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This cutie is winging (swimming) his way all the way to New Zealand. Safe travels my turtle friend. 🐢 . . #crochet #amigurumi #handmade #wahm #turtle #customorder #rosieandbright #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #oxfordetsy

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Day 30: anything goes. It’s the end of November and the last day of #crovember. I’ve absolutely LOVED this month long insta challenge. I set it up as a means to motivate myself to crochet more. It has been wonderful to have so many of you join in and play along. Shall we do it all again next year? . . . #crovember #crochet #wahm #christmasiscoming #makersgonnamake #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #rosieandbright #handmade

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Day 30 (the last day) of Crovember - Anything goes Firstly I'd like to thank @rosieandbright for arranging this fun November event, I've never done anything like this before and I've surprised myself by keeping with it (I can be a bit if a 5 minute wonder). I've really enjoyed joining in X These two photos represent an anything goes turning point in my crochet. The gothic Merwitch with her boobs and spikes and general darkness helped me step out of my beige, blend in and don't show an alternative side comfort zone. I'd been worried about sharing something out of my norm incase I shocked family and friends, well I did shock them to the point people did not acknowledge her at all but she helped me care a little less about what others think of my work. The Twiddle muff grated on me the whole time I worked on it, I HATED the clash of colours and stitches and the bright plastic accessories but I liked the reason I was making it. This helped me a little with not having to have things perfect and just so and with not having to like the thing I'm working on as long as the person it's for does. Anything goes and that's ok. ❤️ #crovember #rosieandbright #anythinggoes #merwitch #twiddlemuff #mildlyoffensivefibreart #fibreartist #fibreartitsofinstagram #crochet #lovecrochet #crochetlove #crochetaddict #makersgonnamake #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersoftheworld #handmadewithlove #crochetmagazine #amigurumi #loveamigurumi #amigurumilove #amigurumiaddict #amigurumimagazine #amigurumitoy #amigurumitoys #amigurumidoll #amigurumidolls

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Day 28 of Crovember - Why I crochet For me Crochet isn't just a hobby or something to do or even just about making nice things to give to people, it's something that helps calm my busy brain, it's my therapy. For as long as I can remember I have always been the funny one, the jolly chatterbox, everyone's cheerleader, little miss optimistic, the one who will help you with a problem day or night. I'm older now, not so optimistic but still lean towards the jolly chatterbox willing to help. Unfortunately I'm also an emotional sponge and didn't realise that taking on everyone else's problems whilst at the same time ignoring my own wasn't going to end well. I find switching off very difficult, my mind is a swirling cocktail of self-recrimination, recaps on what I should have done better that day and what I shouldn't have done at all, replays of old memories that refuse to leave and flashes of what the future probably holds. Run through after run through of my Wife and Mother short comings and just a general mix of negativity and what's next on my to do list. After trying a few different relaxation techniques and feeling more uptight about the fact I wasn't relaxing I realised one day that crochet WAS my relaxation technique. It dawned on me that I'd had to concentrate so much on following the pattern, counting my stitches and making sure they were correct that I hadn't thought of a single other thing the entire time. This wasn't a one off event, it happened each time I crocheted so I started to reach for my hook and yarn most evenings to shake off the day. As I've moved past the absolute beginner stage I find I have to work on something a bit more challenging if life is feeling particularly difficult, I see this as a positive as it's not only helping me de-stress it's helping develop my skills. To others struggling a little or a lot with your mental well-being I would whole heartedly suggest picking up a hook and yarn and give crochet a try. The aim is not to create a masterpiece or even anything you could recognise as crochet it is simply to give your brain a chance to refocus or pause the chaos and breathe for a while. You are not alone and there is love in

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Why do I crochet? I started when I had a very different life. I worked full time as a head of department in a special needs school. I loved my job but it was full on. I also had two small children. Crochet became my way of unwinding after (often) very long and busy days. The beauty of crochet is it is easy to pick up and do a couple of rows/another granny square/whatever (see also: Day 5 WIPs). Once I stopped work crochet (and sewing) became my work. There is much talk about making being good for your mental health. It’s true. Something about the repetitive motion, the time sitting quietly, making something out of nothing. That’s why I crochet. . . . #crovember #crochet #makersgonnamake #mentalhealth #makingisgoodforyou #wahm #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #rosieandbright #rainbow #crochet #handmade

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Day 28 of Crovember - Patterns This shawl was the first more complex pattern I made as a learner, it really challenged me and taught me a lot about reading a written pattern (counting, keeping track of where I am in the pattern, using stitch markers and knowing what a certain stitch is etc). I like following a pattern, in the beginning a bit too much, I was scared to make changes and lacked confidence in my own knowledge to correct mistakes I found. I'm better now at relaxing and going with the flow a bit more and tweaking things to how I would like it to be. I am only just starting to understand drawn patterns, in fact I used one almost exclusively the other day before I realised what I was doing 😊 I have occasionally been asked for a pattern for things I have freehanded. Unfortunately I don't have the confidence to write and sell patterns. I have written one and even had people offer to test it, they did and all really liked it but then I chickened out on actually selling it 🙈 maybe one day 🤷 #crovember #rosieandbright #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #hayfieldspirityarn #secretpathsshawl #fibreartist #fibreartitsofinstagram #crochet #lovecrochet #crochetlove #crochetaddict #makersgonnamake #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersoftheworld #handmadewithlove #crochetmagazine #amigurumi #loveamigurumi #amigurumilove #amigurumiaddict #amigurumimagazine #amigurumitoy #amigurumitoys #amigurumidoll #amigurumidolls

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Day 26 of Crovember - crochet outdoors. I NEVER would have crochet outdoors a year or two ago as I would have been to self-conscious and embarrassed. Now I will crochet on a train, I will crochet on a plane (sorry, we've been watching Green eggs and ham lol), I'll crochet in the park and in soft play places. I'm still a little shy so I usually tuck myself away if possible and try not to draw too much attention although usually if children see me they tend to stand and stare 😆 some have asked what I'm doing and some parents have even asked for advice. #crovember #rosieandbright #crochetoutdoors #crochetoutside #wildcrochet #fibreartist #fibreartitsofinstagram #crochet #lovecrochet #crochetlove #crochetaddict #makersgonnamake #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersoftheworld #handmadewithlove #crochetmagazine #amigurumi #loveamigurumi #amigurumilove #amigurumiaddict #amigurumimagazine #amigurumitoy #amigurumitoys #amigurumidoll #amigurumidolls

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Do you crochet in public? I do. I’ve done it in bars, on trains, in waiting rooms, at soft play, on cub camp. I’ve had comments ranging from “my granny used to do that” to “how do you knit with just one stick?” . . . #crovember #crochet #crochetinpublic #handmade #wahm #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #rosieandbright

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Day 25 of Crovember - on the hook Suggestions welcome... I'm working on this Christmas tree at the moment, the pattern is by @brianakdesigns and I am loving every minute ♥️ I have added battery operated lights and I'm probably going to add a few little decorations but I can't decide whether to crochet a silver or gold trim around the edges of the boughs or twirl thin sheer ribbon around or something else 🤷 any suggestions? The pattern for the star is by Jessica from @stitching_together and was really easy to follow, I made 2 and attached them to make it stronger and also so that it looks the same from both sides. #crovember #rosieandbright #brianakdesigns #stitching_together #christmas #christmastree #crochetchristmastree #star #crochetstar #fibreartist #fibreartitsofinstagram #crochet #lovecrochet #crochetlove #crochetaddict #makersgonnamake #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersoftheworld #handmadewithlove #crochetmagazine #amigurumi #loveamigurumi #amigurumilove #amigurumiaddict #amigurumimagazine #amigurumitoy #amigurumitoys #amigurumidoll #amigurumidolls

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Day 23 of Crovember - top tips My top 5 are... 1. My ALL TIME FAVOURITE tip is turning the yarn you have into a thicker yarn ♥️ I use this method so much. SOOO MUCH! I learned watching @BrianaK 's 'Creating bulky yarn from one light weight skein' on YouTube. https://youtu.be/tieArIwQ9Vk 2. When making amigurumi go down a hook size at the very least. I tend to use a DK cotton that asks for a 4mm hook but I always use a 2.5mm so the stitches are nice and tight. 3. If your tension is always very tight (guilty🤦) go up half or a whole hook size, but do check your guage as you don't want to be way out. 4. If you're on your last row or two and you know you're not going to win at yarn chicken, try going down half or a whole hook size. 5. Have fun 😊 don't be scared of going off pattern, changing things to how you'd prefer it, use completely different types of yarn than suggested. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new and perhaps more challenging. You may be pleasantly surprised 😍 #brianak #crovember #rosieandbright #toptips #stepoutofyourcomfortzone #fibreartist #fibreartitsofinstagram #crochet #lovecrochet #crochetlove #crochetaddict #makersgonnamake #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersoftheworld #handmadewithlove #crochetmagazine #amigurumi #loveamigurumi #amigurumilove #amigurumiaddict #amigurumimagazine #amigurumitoy #amigurumitoys #amigurumidoll #amigurumidolls

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Day 23 of Crovember - Boomerang Well, after trying to figure out what on earth I would boomerang and then having to practice using it, I finally decided on using it to show off my Christmas tree 😍 I have literally just this minute finished it and although it's not perfect and there are parts I'd change a little if I was to make another I LOVE it! The pattern is one of @bautawitch designs and I have wanted to try making it ever since I started to learn to crochet. I haven't quite finished yet as I plan on decorating. #crovember #rosieandbright #boomerang #christmas #christmastree #crochetchristmas #crochetchristmastree #bautawitch #amigurumichristmas #amigurumichristmastree #fibreartist #fibreartitsofinstagram #crochet #lovecrochet #crochetlove #crochetaddict #makersgonnamake #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersoftheworld #handmadewithlove #crochetmagazine #amigurumi #loveamigurumi #amigurumilove #amigurumiaddict #amigurumimagazine #amigurumitoy #amigurumitoys #amigurumidoll #amigurumidolls

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Way back in May I tested a bobble hat pattern for @thecraftybird22. Today it kept me warm on a drizzly six mile walk with Beavers and Cubs. . . . #crovember #boomerang #CubLeader #bobblehat #crochet #rosieandbright #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #handmade #wahm

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You can never have too many blankets, right? . . . #crovember #crochet #blanket #handmade #wahm #rosieandbright #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness

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Day 22 of Crovember - Blankets Don't be fooled by the video, a couple of days after he HATED it so much it couldn't even be in his room, he was totally creeped out by the face 🙈 The Christmas one was a Christmas CAL being run by @mariasbluecrayon It was my first and I still love it and can't wait to unpack it next month. The hideous granny square turned into a hideous baby blanket. The other two were started quite a while ago but haven't moved on any further 🙄 There's also one that I made for my Mum that I added a pocket to keep her hands warm but I can't find the photo. #crovember #rosieandbright #blanket #crochetblanket #thomasthetankengine #graphgan #mariasbluecrayon #christmascal #christmas #christmasblanket #illmakemyownthanks #fibreartist #fibreartitsofinstagram #crochet #lovecrochet #crochetlove #crochetaddict #makersgonnamake #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersoftheworld #handmadewithlove #crochetmagazine

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This little guy is mostly monochrome... . . . #crovember #monochrome #crochet #amigurumi #penguin #handmade #wahm #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #rosieandbright

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Day 20 of Crovember - Neutral This is one of two panels I have started to make for my two Nieces who lost their Mum to cancer aged 11 and 16 (now 21 and 26). It is made from wool taken from a knitted cardigan that belonged to their Mum, I have tried as hard as my crochet skill set will allow to recreate some of the stitches used and I will add the buttons in some way also. They don't know I've been working on these, I hope it makes them happy and not hurt too much when they eventually receive them. #crovember #rosieandbright #neutral #neutralwool #neutralyarn #homemadeclothes #cardigan #neutraldecor #fibreartist #fibreartitsofinstagram #crochet #lovecrochet #crochetlove #crochetaddict #makersgonnamake #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersoftheworld #handmadewithlove #crochetmagazine #fuckcancer

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One of my favourite things about crochet (and making stuff in general) is that you can take something dull and turn it into something pretty. Swipe to see what I’ve turned string into. . . . #crovember #prettystringthings #makersgonnamake #crochet #wahm #rosieandbright #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness

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Day 19 of Crovember - Red I haven't made a lot with red yarn but what I have made I LOVE ♥️ The Santa hat I saw being worn years ago by Penny on the Big Bang show, I REALLY wanted one but couldn't find a crochet pattern so I ended up winging my way through making one without. I don't normally allow myself to feel proud about my makes but for this one I made an exception 😊 The gnome with the earflaps was my first non - cowl/scarf make, no pattern and the other I made a couple of years later for my Sister again no pattern. I've just noticed a pattern, I seem to like to make things difficult for myself lol #crovember #rosieandbright #red #redyarn #crochetchristmas #homemadechristmasgifts #christmas #fibreartist #fibreartitsofinstagram #crochet #lovecrochet #crochetlove #crochetaddict #makersgonnamake #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersoftheworld #handmadewithlove #crochetmagazine #amigurumi #loveamigurumi #amigurumilove #amigurumiaddict #amigurumimagazine #amigurumitoy #amigurumitoys #amigurumidoll #amigurumidolls

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I love these apples 🍎 my daughter’s teacher has hers on her desk. . . . #crovember #red #rosieandbright #crochet #amigurumi #teachergift #wahm #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #handmade #handmadegift

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