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Monday, 16 June 2014

Mini crochet giveaway!


I got this great crochet book recently - Mini Amigurumi - and had a bit of a light bulb moment when the author, Sara Scales described herself as a miniaturist on the first page. I thought, that's me! I am that person who loves shrinking things to dolls-house-size proportions! Always have really, right back to when I was 8 or 9 and I'd make the smallest animals out of felt. Somewhere I still have a teeny green pony in a matchbox shaped bed... lord knows where the inspiration for that came from.

Miniature things have always intrigued me; I've already come clean about my Kinder egg toy collection, so, frankly, it would have been more of a surprise if I hadn't bought the book...


It's packed full of the sweetest little crocheted creatures - the patterns are straightforward and easy to follow, and most of them are pretty similar; it's their tinsy-winsyness that tested my crochet skills. I used a 2mm hook which was mini enough, but the things in the book are crocheted with a 1mm hook. Don't think I'm quite ready for that, and also didn't help myself with my choice of yarn, which frayed and separated and drove me mad! Quite a few hook-bending moments of frustration…


Anyway, on the whole I enjoyed making the little critters, but don't think I'll be adding them to my Christmas Fair stock, only because they take me ages to make...longer than their size might suggest. Isn't that often the way with small things? And if I had to sell them for just a few pounds I think I'd cry.


As I've made a few though, I thought I'd do a little giveaway - so if you'd like one (made into a keyring), leave a comment and tell me your favourite, and I'll put names in a hat - literally the old-fashioned way, because anything more advanced is stepping into unchartered techie waters - and I'll get my youngest to do the honours.
I'll let you know the winner at the end of the week.



Linking up with Handmade Monday

11 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! The little bunny is speaking to me! I didn't know I was bilingual...I understand "Rabbitish"!

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  2. They are sooooo adorable! I love the Robin I think the most. My daughter thinks that every Robin is an incarnation of my Nan, super sweet! My nan loved Robin's so I guess the loved has passed on to us all! Such a lovely collection, well done xx

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  3. Oh Tracey you are SO clever! I could never crochet anything as fiddly as these. I'm liking the frog, I had one in my garden recently but he didn't smile, unlike yours.
    x

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  4. omg how cute!! I dont think i could handle making anything so tiny, and yes selling them would be a nightmare, they wouldnt understand that making something so small could take longer than a bigger item,
    I'm loving the frog too xx

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  5. After a long discussion with my daughter we think the little waving bird is the cutest. She has just got her first ever front door key, so it would just be what she needs.

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  6. I absolutely adore the frog - I used to collect frogs so am always drawn to them. YOu are so clever, I simply wouldn't have the patience for such tiny fiddly things.

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  7. I love them all but there's something about that frog. I'm a miniaturist too and somewhere on my blog I feature a tiny felt Noah's ark I made years ago. I'm not sure I'd have the patience (or the eyesight) now. I certainly couldn't bear to sell those.

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  8. Yes please! Yes please! I hope I'm not too late.... I love penguin and froggy. Little A loves playing with my key ring and another cute addition will add to a bit of peace and quiet. You are so talented! X

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  9. The ability to crochet evades me and I admire anyone who can crochet something so cute, the robin has to be my favourite, I watch a family of robins in my garden every day, I love the way they flit about :)

    Jan x

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  10. They are so cute, strangely enough I bought a book on teeny tiny knitting this week, but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I totally love your little penguin, very cute.

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  11. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments! Fiona's name was first out of the woolly hat, so if you could email me your address, I'll pop the frog in the post :)
    traceymaryradford@yahoo.co.uk

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