52 Week Challenge Week 4

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Ok ok i know im a week late here today beautiful people. Life is hectic at the minute. We are planning a move, im working all hours god sends to save for said move and the summer holidays have begun so life is hectic.

Still no excuses i know.

Now this weeks blog post is to be about a childhood memory. Given that its the summer holidays and my daughter is very want want want at the minute it drew my memories back to our holidays at school. How we were happy with simple things and hardly anyyhing had to cost money.
In particular one febuary half term. It snowed a lot. My mum and dad were still together at this point and we had a german shepherd called Judy. The snow didnt stop us going out but when we were kids sleds were expensive. We lived near a ginormous hill when i was young and off course sledding was the done thing. So instead of needing something that cost the earth we decided we would upcycle an old umbrella. It was the best winter ive had and always sticks in my mind.
It wasnt so much the sledding it was the memory of spending time, precious time, with my mum and dad. I can still feel the cold biting at my red rosy cheeks, and hear the dog barking as we hurtled down the hill at what seemed like 100 miles an hour. Magical to a child.

It just proves that you can do things with the kids without spending. The only spend you should have to make are the spending of time together 😊.

As we grow older i think we all realise time is something we never get back. Memories are what we have always. Priceless.

Have a fabulous week beautiful people.

XxX

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Small Hexxi Stars Free Pattern

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Hello beautiful people.
So ive been seeing stars just lately no not the famous kind the crochet kind! I love stars especially because they remind me of christmas.
Now i know i hear you cry its August the 2nd. But these are so small and cute that by christmas you could have thousands wipped up to adorn the tree 😊

So here goes. Gauge, hook size and yarn don’t matter here. Use whatever your heart desires (this is a great scrap buster).
I chose a bright red yarn and a 3.5mm hook.
Pattern is in UK terminology with US in parentheses.

1. Make a slip stitch and chain 4.
2. Join the chain to form a ring by slip stitching into the last chain from the hook.
3. Ch 2, we will now be working in rounds.
4. One Treble crochet (US Double) into the ring. Ch 2.
5. 3 tr cluster into the ring, ch2

***3 tr cluster – Yarn over, insert hook into ring and pull up yarn, 3 loops on hook. Pull through 2 loops, 2 loops left on hook. Yarn over, insert hook into ring a second time, pull up yarn 4 loops on hook. Yarn over pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook, pull through last 3 loops on hook.***

6. Repeat step 5 4 more times. Sl st to the first treble (double). You should have 6 cluster stitches.
7. Sl st into first 2ch space. 1 Tr(double), ch1, two half treble (half double) into the same space.
8. 2 half treble (half double), ch1, 2 half treble (half double) into the next ch2 space.
9. Repeat around and join to the beginning ch2.

You should have what looks like a little hexagon on your hook.

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Now you end this round right in the middle of the straight edge of the hexagon. So you need to slip stitch along to the next ch 1 space.

10. Once you reach the next ch1 space double crochet (single crochet) into the next 4 stitches (the last stitch will be the next corner or ch1 space. Ch1 and turn.

11. Double crochet 2together (single crochet 2together) twice. Ch1 turn.

12. Dc (sc) in each stitch. Ch1 turn.

13. Dc2together (sc2together) once to leave one stitch on your hook. Ch1 turn.

14. Single crochet in each stitch down the point (its roughly 4 stitches) to get to the next straight edge of your hexxi.

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15. Repeat steps 10-14 untill you have 6 points. Sl st in next stitch and fasten of. You can leave the tail for hanging or weave it in.

There you have it a super cute hexxi star.

Happy hooking
XxX

52 Week Challenge Week 3!

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Hello beautiful people.
Im back again this week with the 52 week challenge to tell you all about my family!
Now those of you that follow me on instagram will know i have a beautiful (yes im biased) daughter. A dog a cat and a partner. Those are what i call my little family (youll have to forgive me if this post is grammatically incorrect ive just suffered a night shift πŸ‘).
Ok so firstly my baby girl. Shes my reason for living (clichΓ© i know) but she is. Shes funny, charming, constantly has a smile on her face and is so clever she baffles me sometimes! If you do follow me on Instagram then youll know shes my budding model for most of my crochet items and always has a smile on her face.
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Next we have my other half. The yin to my yang. The clyde to my bonnie. . . . Yeah enough with the crap references πŸ˜‚ hes my rock, he will hate me for posting this pic but he supports me and loves me unconditionally and what more can a girl ask for 😊.
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Next the dog Max. Well what can i say hes nuts! Hes a springer spaniel cross Collie. Hes full of life, loyal and so loving. Hes so good with my baby girl and has such a big heart i couldnt ask for a better companion.
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And finally my cat. Now my cats name is Tinkerbell. We had him thinking he was a girl. A few months ago i disvovered this was soooo not the case, his little bits just sat there staring at me one day and i was shocked and apalled. I didnt have the heart to rename him so he is our she he πŸ˜‚ and an original one at that!
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Of course i have other family.
My mum who is my inspiration and my absolute best friend. Shes been there for me through thick and thin. Is always straight with me and always picks me up when im down. Ours is a relationship matched by no other in my life 😊.
My dad. Hard working, straight talking and would never say no to his wonderful daughter πŸ˜‡πŸ˜†.
And of course my sister. Whom without all the fights, play times and christmas eves waiting for santa i would not be who i am today.
Writing this post i realise how lucky i am to have so much love in my life and how truly thankful i am for this.
Happy reading
XxX

52 Week Challenge Week 2

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Hello beautiful people.
So here i am again week 2 of this glorious challenge is 100 beautiful words. Now instead of trying to make up my own shockingly bad poem or little extract for you to read, scoff at and then move on from πŸ˜‚ i decided id take an extract from somewhere else. To share with you and hopefully inspire you all and fill you with that good feeling that this world is in dire need of.
Also its slightly more than 100 words. I know this is breaking the rules but bare with me it wont happen every week! πŸ˜‡
My love of this particular extract comes for many reasons. The message of the performance as a whole.
The message it sends to all people. Im not particularly religious myself. I dont mind religion each to their own i say, but these words should resonate with everyone. Provide strength and freedom. Hope and cause to carry on.
Wow got a tad philisophical there πŸ˜†.
Finally this is the first film myself and my little lady (who is only 4 so kudos to her!) Had an in depth (for 4!) Conversation about. Shes my strength. Whats yours?
Also points for those that can tell me where these words are from 😊

Do you hear the people sing?
Lost in the valley of the lost in the valley of the night?
This is the music of the people who are climbing to the light
For the wretched of the Earth
There is a flame that never dies
even the darkest night will end when the sun will rise
We will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord
We will walk behind the plough shed
We put away the sword
The chain will be broken and all men will have their reward
Will you join in our crusade who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you want to see?
Do you hear the people sing? Say do you hear the distant drums?
it is the future that we bring when tomorrow comes

Untill next time my beautiesΒ 

XxX

52 Week Challenge Week 1

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Hello beautiful people.

So since my last blog ive been mooching around this glorious blogshpere for inspiration and i found this great post about a 52 week challenge from The Diary Of An Ordinary Mum blog.
I was intrigued. I love to blog and share my passion for crochet but i feel lack of time and inspiration inhibits me so ive decided to give two, yes two, 52 week challenges a bash.
The first will be over here on my blog. Ive borrowed the ‘Ordinary mums’ list as i love the topics and im hoping you’ll all find me interesting enough to read along.

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I also wanted to broaden my instagram slightly so ill be doing a photo challenge for myself over on Instagram too. The Instagram challenge is as below.

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Feel free to join in and tag me if you do.
This is week 1. I guess ive already told you why im doing the challenge whilst i was waffling on! Ill post every Wednesday here on the blog and every Thursday over on Instagram. Im hoping itll be fun and hey i may even learn a little about myself along the way.
Ill still be doing crochety things in the meantime too 😊
Happy hooking lovelies
Woollypops x

Crochet Sea Creatures Pattern Roundup

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Hello lovelies

I know i know its been a long time, its been super busy here at Woollypops HQ ive been busy making, house hunting, and running family life that ive neglected this side of Woollypops and i am truly sorry. I hope you’ll all forgive me πŸ˜‡.

Now just lately you may have noticed these two beauties pop up in my Etsy store

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I have to admit ive fallen in love with crochet sea creatures. I love the blue hues and it makes me think of the beach and feel all summery 😊. Not only that there cute little faces just make me melt! So in the spirit of the sea ive compiled my top 10 favourite FREE patterns. Enjoy πŸ˜„

1. One Dog Woof crochet Jellyfish.
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This is the pattern i used for my jellyfish above. Its super easy, super cute and can be made with any yarn you have spare in any colour combination you like. I also love how the tentacles are free form so each jellyfish is unique.

2. Vibemai crochet sea turtle.
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Again super easy with basic amigurumi techniques. I used this again for my turtle above. The only exception being i omitted the eyes and used safety eyes and added a little embroidered smile. Very versatile and again any type of yarn can be used.

3. Candy Whale from the duchessa’s hands blog
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Who doesnt love a super colourful ami with the worlds sweetest bow! πŸ˜„ Again simple amigurumi techniques are used here and if you’ve made ami’s before you should be fine with this pattern.

4. No sew octopus from K Hook creations.
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The sweetness and cuteness is to much! Adorable, perhaps a little more fiddly due to the size and no sew tentacles but look how cute this little guy is! Also it would look great in chunky yarn.

5. Orca pattern from Amidorable crochet on craftsy
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Im pretty sure you need a craftsy account to access this pattern. It is however totally worth it as you get access to tons of free patterns. The construction and fins will be the most difficult part of this ami.

6. Dolphin designed by Sonja Hood at free patterns.com

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This pattern does require good attention to detail. But its free! Also id reccommend this for more intermediate crocheters.

7. Amigurumi seahorse by black hat llama.
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Another simple pattern using basic amigurumi techniques. I also love this because its head and body all in one piece, any excuse for less sewing 😁

8. Amigurumi Crab at Repeat Crafter Me
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We couldnt have a roundup without the lovely Sarah at repeat crafter me. Of course its another great, easy to follow pattern with great pictures and turns out this cute little guy.

9. Crochet seashells from life made creation blog.
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Original designs by Susan Whitlock. The link can be found on the life made creation blog. I love the colour used (i love bright colours!). The patterns can be fiddly so pleased dont be disheartened if it takes a few attempts to get right.

10. Lastly Nelson the Narwal by Mara Rosenbloom.
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Super cute and simple to make. Colour changes and a fiddly horn make it more advanced than beginner but give it a whirl its free!

Thats your lot lovelies. If you like it pin it. Follow me over on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/woollypop for more crochet goodness.

Happy hooking

Xx

Amigurumi Obsessed

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Hi folks! This week ive developed an unhealthy obsession. Yes thats right the art of amigurumi has swept over me like a case of the pox, and i just cant stop scratching!
I have metaphorically got my fingers in many amigurumi pies. Hence i wanted to share with you some of my favourite patterns free and paid for. Now here i hear you grumble, ive been there i dont particularly love paying for things either πŸ˜‰ but some patterns you just HAVE to have 😊.

Ok so first my pies. This super cute little kitty which is now available in the Etsy Store.

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I am now working on a miffy bunny.

And have also finished a lovely Edwards Menagerie hippo.
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So i hear you ask what do i consider to be my top 10 amigurumis. Well here goes.

In at 10. Beeety the sheep by Lanukas
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Now this was a hard choice as there are so many cute patterns on the Lanukas site. I love this one because of the textured yarn and the super adorable little ears 😊 and it can be adapted for babies kids or left as is for super crazy amigurumi obsessed adults such as myself πŸ˜€.

At 9. Twinkle toes the unicorn by KornflakeStew.
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Now this is the first of 2 Kornflake Stew patterns im going to include. I loooooove Alisons work i looove that this is free ive made up one of these (check my instagram) and it was super simple and so cute. Alison is one of my favourite designers by far so please do check her out ☺.

At 8 we have the My Little Pony Collection by Knit One Awesome.
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For a freebie this pattern selection is fab. Granted some of the ponies such as Celestia above will require a more ecperienced crocheter but i would deffinatley give these a go.

At 7. Dress me bunny from Amigurumi to go.
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Another great freebie site. Sharons amigurumis are lovely and she videos each one so if you arent as experienced you can follow along. I made my first amigurumi watching sharons videos i found it super easy and was thrilled with the results. Another of my favourite designers.

At 6. Llama amigurumi by Julie Chen
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Now there isnt many patterns for llamas or alpacas out there. This is why i love the pattern. Well worth the buy in my book.

At 5. Little bear crochets dragon
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I love little bear crochets. She may not have many patterns in her shop but in my book its quality here that counts. Also check out her instagram feed its a treat 😊

In at 4. Clarence the bat by Kerry Lord
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Now anyone who knows the amigurumi world will not need me to mention that this is an edwards menagerie bat. I have the original book and i love love love the patterns. Theyre so well written and pictured a begginner could put them together and i love Kerry and Toft too so for me thats a bonus ☺

Top 3 now….pomp a poodle from Red Heart Yarns
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What a super cutie and another freebie. A bonus here is you can buy everything needed at the touch of a button on the website. I love the colour and perceived complexity. The whole look of the little doggy is super and im sure would delight any little lady.

Ok coming in at 2 its a Lalylala bina the bear
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Now this pattern is super cute and so worth the purchase. I contacted Lydia some time ago to ask her what was the best pattern for her basic doll so that i could use many of the mods out there. She said Bina was best. I say well worth it because type in lalylala free mods to pinterest and there are tons that work with this one pattern. An array of inspiration from one pattern.

And coming it at 1 its got to be another Kornflake Stew with her mermaid pattern.
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I have recently brought this pattern and am in the final stages of the doll. Its so easy to follow with great results. Clear instructions detailed with pictures. The dolls are just adorable.

So there you have it folks. Sometimes a pattern can be a good investment and the paid ones ive shown i hope demonstrate this.

Happy Hooking

Woollypops xx

10 Free Easter Crochet Patterns

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So it’s nearly that time of year again, when the Easter bunny hops down our driveway and delivers bucket loads of chocolate hidden in various places around the house. So I figured seen as there’s only 26 days to go it was about time I put up a roundup of my favourite and completely free crochet patterns for Easter.
Most of these are super simple and quick patterns, so here we go.

1. Bunny Boo the egg shaped bunny. By Roxycraft.

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This I think you will all agree is a super cute pattern. Easy and quick to make up. Perfect to put inside those plastic eggs instead of filling them with sweets.

2. Chicken beanbag by petals to picot.

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These are a great alternative to gifting chocolate this Easter. You can make them from any yarn weight in any colour. Take them to the back yard and play. Because they’re super cute and soft you can use them inside too.

3. Daffodill brooch pattern by Julie Kyle

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This is a lovely pattern to gift for a mum or nana and you can add stems and leaves to make a bouquet, hair pins to put in yours or a childs hair, the possibilities with this are great. My personal favourite idea is to add these to an easter bonnet.

4. Bunny easter basket from Lion Brand

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This is a gift and egg hunting basket in one. The face can be customised with bows or flowers to make it more girly and again its relatively easy and should work up quickly. Make this up in a cotton yarn and it can be washed and re-used too.

5. Easter chicks by Red Hot Fibres.

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These are great for little bambinos. Makes a great sorting game and a great substitue for chocolate. They fit inside an egg box or plastic toy egg and the pattern again is easy.

6. Bunny pot cover by The Inspired Wren.

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This pattern has great diagrams and is very well explained. Again another great gift, and if youre the more seasoned crocheter you can adapt this to make many animals.

7. Egg cosies by Double Treble Trinkets.

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Who doesnt love a good egg cosy? Theyre cute, easy to make and with this pattern you get 3 different patterns in one. I personally love the sheep ☺ and will deffinatlet be making up a whole host of these this easter.

8. Crochet Carrot pouch by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me.
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This pattern is adorable and a great freebie. This can be used for sweet treats, pet treats, or as a cute little prop for any bambinos dressing up as a bunny this easter. Its easy to make, and like each of the patterns any weight of yarn can be used. Im biased i love tge repeat crafter me website ☺.

9. Crochet easter bunny by WollPlatz.
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This pattern may be a little more difficult. It needs to be translated through google (unless you read german!) And even then some terms are foreign to me. I do want to give this a go however. Anyone who does let me know as i think theyre super cute.

10. Crochet chick decoration by Snovej.

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Now this is a super easy cute pattern. I made one of these up in 7minutes (sadly i timed it i know!) But just to demonstrated how quick easy and well explained the pattern is. Use them to embellish, decorate the easter table or your own easter tree.

And thats your lot folks. I hope you enjoy these fabulous patterns and hook a happy easter ☺

Little Crochet Flowers

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Howdy folks! So its safe to say ive always been in love with crochet flowers. Especially in winter i love the brightness they can add to a grey dreary day ☺. So today im going to share with you how i make my very own crochet flower appliques.
Now im not saying that theres not a pattern out there exactly the same. What i am saying is i havent followed a pattern to make these i figured it out all on my lonesome 😊. So here goes.

Please note all instructions are in english crochet terms, american terms will be in brackets ☺

Materials: any yarn and hook you like or have to spare. Im using a 4mm hook and some pink acrylic double knit yarn.

1. Make a slip knot, slip onto hook, tighten, chain 4.
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2. Make a slip stitch into the last (or 4th) chain from the hook to make a itty bitty circle. We are now going to crochet into the middle of this circle.
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Note: as a general rule of thumb i crochet into the circle multiples of 2 of how many petals i require. Here i will be making 5 petals so i wil double crochet 10 into the circle. If you wanted 6 petals double crochet 12 into the circle and so forth.

3. Double crochet (single crochet) 10 times into the circle. You should now have 10 stitches.
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4. Chain 5, skip one stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch. Repeat around. Slip stitch into the first stitch where you began your chain 5.
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5. Slip stitch into the first chain. 5 treble crochet (double crochet) into the chain. Slip stitch into the chain. First petal done ☺.
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6. Repeat step 5 four more times. After your last slip stitch make another slip stitch into the first petal. Finish of. Weave in any ends.
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Voila. A little bit of flowery cuteness to brighten your grey days 😊.