3.15.2017

Miss Crolly, an Irish Dolly

** Special Price for St Patrick’s Weekend!!! ***

Miss Crolly, is inspired by the dolls that used to be made by the Crolly factory in Donegal.

I recently was asked to make a replica outfit for an original doll and it sparked an interest in me about these vintage dolls. The factory in Donegal made toys from 1939-1970, when it closed. The toys were very popular because they were really well made, and the irishness struck a chord with people both in Ireland and abroad.

Miss Crolly is my homage to the beautiful original dolls, but this version has a soft body. She wears the iconic red cape, and her outfit is completed with a green skirt and white apron.



The pattern would be suited to an intermediate knitter - there is some short-row shaping, and there is quite a bit of seaming. The overall pattern is quite simple though, and has simple colour palate.

As it is St Patrick’s Day on Friday I am offering the pattern for sale for €2 until 20th March (it will be €3.50 after that date.  The pattern can be bought through my Etsy shop (www.missiane.etsy.com) or on Ravelry.





2.14.2017

New Pattern!

It's quite a while since I self-published a pattern, what with making dolls, family bereavements and a husband changing jobs, and beginning some regular magazine work.

But through it all I've found a little bit of time to work on my own designs.  This particular design had been floating around my head for a few months so I'm very excited to finally be able to release the finished pattern.

Meet Polar Bear.

He's quite large at 17 inches tall and he has a pretty rotund tummy, making him nice and squishy for hugs!  The best part has to be his removable fairisle jumper.  It really turned out well, and has a modern 'Scandi' feel - that's very hip at the moment!!

The pattern can be bought on Ravelry, or Etsy.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/polar-bear-39

2.02.2017

A Maths Morning

I'm doing lots of maths this morning trying to design a Scandi-inspired jumper for a teddy. I just need to knit it up now and see if it works.


1.25.2017

Ombré Shrug

The latest issue of Let's Get Crafting - Knitting and Crochet is now out. And it's got a fabulous pattern for a little ombré shrug designed by yours truly.




It's my first published clothing design pattern so I'm pretty excited by it.


1.24.2017

Finished Blanket





I loved working on this blanket. They mix of colours worked out great (slightly different to the actual pattern) and all the different stitches kept it interesting. It didn't take too long either - about a week and a half.
Hopefully the little man likes it!

1.20.2017

Some photos of Christmas Makes








I just realised a post from Oct/Nov never published. My father-in-law died after a very short stay in hospital and the months before Christmas were very busy dealing with my mother-in-law, as well as continuing to design for Let's Get Crafting magazine and supply a shop with some toys.

Things are starting to settle down now. My magazine design work is continuing, which is great. The only downside is I can't blog about the stuff I'm making most of the time. I do hope to start self-publishing again over the next few months also as I've a few ideas going around my head.

Right now I'm taking some time out to crochet a blanket for Oliver's room. I'll share a picture once i can figure out how to do that on my phone!