Shopping Spree

Yesterday was Amigurumi Day at Echtstudio. With discounts, Dutch crochet celebrities and goody bags!

Of course, I had to work ūüė¶ But a friend of mine lives near the shop and she went in my place (so awesome!) ^_^ I had a small shopping list of things I’d been meaning to get in the near future and now was as good a time as any.

The stuff I bought:DSC05164

The latest pattern book by Tessa van Riet-Ernst: “Amigurumi & Mini’s” which has loads of patterns for actual tiny amigurumis. Some fluffy yarn and normal white yarn for a pattern I have yet to purchase, but really want to make in the future and some other normal yarn to add to my stash. I was out of black again already, so I figured two skeins would get me through some projects for now and the red is for a project I have yet to figure out.

The best part:

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Free translation: “To Lydia, have loads of crochet-fun with these mini’s, Tess”

My friend got the book signed by the author ^_^

With my purchase, I got a goody bag with loads of fun stuff inside:DSC05167 DSC05168

The goody bag came in the form of a cute and huge knitting bag from Phildar with loads of patterns inside for all kinds of small and cute amigurumi, some cute postcards¬†and a bag of stuffing, which is always a good thing. I go through so much stuffing in one month, every little bit I can get for free helps ^_^” I pretty much immediately fell in love with the pattern for a “Stekelvarkentje” by DenDennis. It’s pretty hard to translate the name, since a¬†porcupine (the actual translation)¬†isn’t really the same. As you might be able to see in the picture, it’s a combination between a piglet and a cactus and it is totally cute, so I can’t wait to get started!

I have got loads of planned projects for the near future, but I don’t really know how I will execute half of them. For now, I will stick with completing the My Little Pony set. Apple Jacks body is complete and now I’m working on Twilight Sparkle’s. I haven’t done the hair yet, I’m kind of keeping that till last, since I’m not entirely sure how I want to make it..

After that, I want to start working on a design of my own to enter into this competition.
Plus, I want to make all the mini-gurumis from my new book ^_^

Don’t worry if you don’t see many posts the coming weeks. I’m pretty much booked for October by my job, which isn’t such a bad thing, since I will make more money to spend on crochet-stuff ^_~

How are you spending your weekend?

Cheers, Lydia

PS: I entered my¬†previous post, with Crocodile Steve, into a BYATWF contest over at Echtstudio. The winner gets free tickets to¬†a craft-fair and a meet and greet with DenDennis, which would be totally awesome! So wish me luck ūüôā

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I’m melting, melllltiiiinggg…

Summer has finally come to the Netherlands and man, when it hits, it hits hard! The past few days have been pretty hot (around and above 30 degrees Celsius, which is pretty darn high for Dutch standards)

When I’m at work it isn’t that bad, air conditioning and keeping busy helps a great deal. But now I have a few days off and it’s already killing me. It’s too hot to crochet even! My hands get all sweaty and sticky and the yarn starts to hurt my fingers…

So I did what any sensible “crocheteer” would do and took to the internet. Googled around quite a bit today and put three new projects on my to-do list -_-” two patterns by All-About-Ami: a penguin and a little dragon, and one from a French crochet-blogger called Semperly: it’s an awesome crochet goldfish.

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Just look how gorgeous it is! The pattern looks to be a challenge as well ^_^’

So what I really need now is for the weather to cool down so I can get cracking on my projects again!

What do you do with your time when circumstances prevent you from practising you hobbies?

Cheers, Lydia