Halloween CAL: Prizes revealed!

Halloween CAL 2015 by @hookabeeThe hookabee BOO + HOO Halloween CAL is in full swing and there are already so many cute ghosts and owls being created. I am thrilled with all the creativity that is going on – each ghost is different from the last, with a variety of yarn, smiles, and hats! If you haven’t already, download the patterns (find more information on the CAL thread) and join in on the fun, especially since you could win some great prizes. I am so excited to finally reveal the prizes for the CAL!

On November 1st, when the CAL is complete, I am going to be randomly drawing three lucky participants for prizes. Two winners will win a hookabee pattern of their choice, and one super lucky winner will get both a hookabee pattern AND a hook and stitch marker made by the talented artist Krystle of HeartSprinkle!! Krystle is generously making the prize specially for this CAL, and I couldn’t be more excited. The prize includes a stitch marker and one of her signature bee hooks, like the one pictured below. While her Etsy shop and website are currently down while she is working on a new, secret project, you can see more of her work on instagram: https://instagram.com/heartsprinkle/

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Bobby the bumble bee amigurumi pattern

new pattern! titleAfter naming my business hookabee, I knew I needed to make a bee sooner rather than later, and here he is!

Bobby the bumble bee amigurumi crochet pattern by @hookabee crochet (www.hookabee.com) #crochet #amigurumi #bumblebee #bee #pattern #stuffedanimal

His name is Bobby and he is larger than life at approximately 11.5 inches long, but he is nice and cuddly, so don’t worry about him stinging anyone 🙂

Bobby the bumble bee amigurumi crochet pattern by @hookabee crochet (www.hookabee.com) #crochet #amigurumi #bumblebee #bee #pattern #stuffedanimalBobby the bumble bee amigurumi crochet pattern by @hookabee crochet (www.hookabee.com) #crochet #amigurumi #bumblebee #bee #pattern #stuffedanimal

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had so much fun making Bobby, and now he is my company mascot!  If you follow me on facebook, google+, or twitter, you will have already seen that I have incorporated him into all my logos and banners.  I just couldn’t wait until he was officially released!

Bobby the bumble bee amigurumi crochet pattern by @hookabee crochet (www.hookabee.com) #crochet #amigurumi #bumblebee #bee #pattern #stuffedanimalBobby the bumble bee amigurumi crochet pattern by @hookabee crochet (www.hookabee.com) #crochet #amigurumi #bumblebee #bee #pattern #stuffedanimal

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I have graded the pattern as intermediate, that is simply because of the the colour changes involved, otherwise he is an easy pattern to work from.  In fact, he would be a great pattern to practice your colour changes with!

Bobby the bumble bee amigurumi crochet pattern by @hookabee crochet (www.hookabee.com) #crochet #amigurumi #bumblebee #bee #pattern #stuffedanimalYou can purchase the pattern HERE.  I hope you enjoy crocheting him as much as I enjoyed making the pattern. Can’t wait to see all the bees on the hookabee ravelry group page soon!

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Why I don’t sell finished crochet items

selling finished crochet items and amigurumi blog post titleSince releasing Harry the Moustache I have received a couple of comments from people mentioning that he would do well as a stuffed animal on Etsy or even wholesale in stores.  These comments made me think more about whether I want to go that route or not – but in the end I decided to stick with my original plan and not sell finished stuffed animals.

From the get go I knew I wanted to design patterns and not sell already completed items.  I had been listening to podcasts about other designers who often started off selling their finished crocheted projects, but then switched to only selling patterns.  The reason for this change?  Most often it was because they got tired of making the same thing over and over again. When I crochet, I like making one item from a pattern and then move on and try a completely different one, a pattern from which I can learn something new  – and I knew I would be the same with my designs.  While I love my patterns and will be making more stuffed animals from them for friends and family, I do not want to make a ton of Harry’s all the time!

Another reason people often switch to designing patterns is that once the pattern is out there, you can make multiple sales on that one pattern without having to do much else (besides provide customer support).  Yes, there is a lot more work that goes into designing a pattern than crocheting a finished stuffed animal, but in the end I think it is more efficient to make the pattern.

While these reasons are great and a large part of why I don’t make finished projects, there is another reason I am hesitant to crochet and sell stuffed animals: I want my patterns to inspire people to pick up a hook and learn how to crochet themselves, not take out their wallet to buy what I have already made. I want people to experience making a cute plush themselves, seeing how their creation comes to life when the face is complete, and then either admiring their work within their home, or giving it to someone else as a gift knowing they had made it themselves.  I think anyone can learn to crochet, and if you are making something you think is adorable, it makes it that much easier and more fun!

I am not saying that you should never buy handmade goods, because I buy them myself, but I think in this case, with these amigurumi in particular, making one yourself isn’t that tricky if you really want one.  There isn’t any crazy equipment or artistic skill needed, just a hook, yarn, stuffing and a bit of time. As my husband likes to say, “you can make that“, and I want others to be inspired to make things, too!

I try very hard to make my patterns uncomplicated and easy to follow so that no one is frustrated with crocheting their amigurumi.  I want people to truly enjoy the experience.  It is my hope that people won’t give up when making their animal (or moustache) because they are confused or maybe don’t like assembling and attaching all the pieces.   I want people to enjoy the experience from beginning to end – so if you don’t, let me know, because I want to help!

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