I can’t believe it’s already September! Time is moving so fast (and um, it was 105 in Los Angeles last week… that feels like July to me!).
As always, I have lots of exciting news to share! If there’s something specific you’d like to see on the blog, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email!
Mojo the Monster
This month’s exclusive Ami Club pattern is Mojo the Monster!
He uses the new shaping technique we learned for the horns last month (single crocheting in one row below instead of using slip stitches, which have a tendency to bias)… I’m really loving it!
Mojo uses a 24mm black eye… but I also think he’d look amazing by leaving out the white crocheted eye and just using a 40mm eye (by painting a 40mm clear eye. Check out instructions here.) So many possibilities!
Handpainted Eyes back in stock!
Last month, I made a limited edition number of handpainted craft eyes just for Ami Club members. They were so popular (they sold out in just a day or two!), that I’ve decided to make up some more!
My plan is to bring in a limited number of colors and sizes on a rotating basis (for example, this month is purple and copper 12mm, next month might be 15mm or glow-in-the-dark), so I encourage you to grab a color that you love when you see it.
Because theses are each handpainted, they’re a bit pricier than usual, and sold per pair.
If you’re looking for a great value and consistent stock, then don’t forget about my commercially-produced colored eyes which come in lots of lovely pearlescent colors! Because they come to me painted from the factory, I am able to offer them at a low price (and they’re way prettier than the dull brown ones you get from craft shops- if they still have eyes in stock!)
Featured September Patterns
These patterns are 50% off for Ami Club members… the coupon code is in the forum: September Featured Patterns: 50% off!
I went with a theme this month… all of the patterns use 18mm brown eyes! That way, you can buy a 5-pair pack and make all 3… and still have two pairs! Hooray!
Jim the Goat
We went to the county fair last weekend and they had baby goats… squee! I think they’re just the cutest! Don’t let them try to eat your pants leg though ;)
Jackie the Cow
This pattern is a real favorite… I think he might even be the second best-seller behind Nelson the Owl! Everyone loves a sweet cow, and you can have lots of fun by getting really crazy with the colors! Check out this one I made as a custom order:
Purchase link: https://freshstitches.com/cow/
Little Ger the Felted Bear
I love felting- just crochet with a wool yarn and throw it in the washing machine! (more detailed instructions are in the pattern, but basically that’s it!) The result is a very sturdy and durable fabric that will make a long-lasting stuffed animal. Give it a try!
Purchase Pattern: https://freshstitches.com/bearfelt2/
Crochet-a-long begins September 15th!
I’m not going to spill the beans on the theme yet, but our new crochet-a-long begins September 15th and runs through October 31st! Everyone is welcome to participate, but only Ami Club members receive the crochet-a-long pattern as a free download. (psst… membership is only $6/month- that’s the price of a pattern! Maybe you want to try it for a month and see if you like it!)
Post photos on Facebook
You may or may not know, but we have a crazy number of followers on the FreshStitches facebook page… over 568,000!
Now, to be totally honest, I’m not really sure who all of the people are… because I certainly don’t have over a half-a-million users on the website! Anyway, needless to say, when we were going through that growth spurt, moderating the page got a little crazy (with people posting a lot of spam and such). To keep it under control, I turned off the ‘post to page’ option.
Now things have calmed down, and I’m trying an experiment. I’ve turned ‘post to page’ back on, and I would love for you to share your crocheted amigurumi– FreshStitches or not (but bonus points if it’s a FreshStitches patterns or feature my eyes!) And we’ll see how it goes!
Obviously, I want a friendly atmosphere and would rather develop content for you than spend all day moderating the facebook group, so if it gets crazy again, we may need to edit. But let’s give it a try!
- My Crocheted Closet: this book looks like it’s going to be amazing! It’s already an amazon best-seller!
- Really interesting article about how much the average woman spends on yarn. Are you over or under?
- I absolutely love this Ravelry group dedicated to donating yarn to those who lost their stash in Harvey.
- I love Symposi Press, and these new (knitting) stickers are gorgeous!
- I’ll be teaching at Stitches Texas next weekend- will I see you there?
- These quilting enamel pins are lovely! (stay tuned, I’ll have a new pin for your collection available soon)
I hope you have a great September, and for those of you in Florida, please be safe!!!