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Loopy Little Lamb Ready!

I’m very excited to announce that the crochet Loopy Little Lamb Pattern is published and ready for everyone to purchase. This pattern was tested and everyone absolutely loved whipping up this little cutie. Quick and easy and all my example Lambs sold before any of my spring craft fairs. These could possibly be a hit in upcoming spring events!

If you want to grab this pattern you can shop on my newest Ravelry store or Etsy. Links below!

Ravelry: Loop Little Lamb Pattern

Etsy: Loopy Little Lamb Pattern

I hope you enjoy these Loopy Lambs!

Happy Stitching!

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New Pattern Coming Soon

Whizzy the Dragon Sorceress is making her way into my newest of designs! Since I’ve decided to start selling my patterns, I realized that I should get super creative! I haven’t seen any other dragon like this anywhere on the web.

The pattern also allows to create a dragon with a few different features. Isn’t he cute? My sorcerer dragons are just so cute and don’t forget magical! I added a simple chain and cracked glass bead to create a mystical look. Looks like a magic orb? Or potion? Either way I’m loving it.

The pattern is currently being tested for any flaws, difficulty, and unclear instructions. I like to make sure my patterns are easily understandable and enjoyable to complete.

I will be looking forward to the pattern launching in my Ravelry and Etsy shops.

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Thicket the Deer is here!

Thicket is making his debut!

Well, the pattern for my second “It’s Spring My Deer” pattern has finally be written and has went through it’s first round of editing. Soon enough, I will have it go through testing and revise the final draft. Creating Thicket has been a blast and I’m very happy to see my lady Deer have a Boyfriend. Thinking about giving her a name.

What should I name my Female Deer?

Hopefully I can come up with some ideas.

Don’t they look so cute together? The patterns will be released sometime in February. Just in time for Spring! Hopefully these dolls will make their way into an Easter Basket somewhere.

Please stay tuned for the pattern release. I am going to be having a huge pattern sale to celebrate their arrival! 50% off all patterns in the shop!!! You can’t beat that.

Until then, Happy Stitching!

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It’s Springtime My Deer!

display 4I am pleased to announce that my newest pattern will be published in the near future. I’m very excited to release this pattern just in time for Spring!!! (Maybe a little early). This newest pattern is titled “It’s Springtime My Deer”. The inspiration for this pattern came from my love for Spring, Nature and Animals.

I live in the North where the winters are so cold and frigid. This year, the temps have been in the single digits with blistering winds and not even a promise of snow. So as I snuggle up with a hot cup of tea at night, after I lay my two girls to sleep, I started to wish for warmer weather so we can enjoy the outdoors once more. Being cooped up inside can really take a toll. So that is when I grabbed my hook and yarn and got to Stitching! This is what I have designed and I’m rather pleased.

So, this pattern is my dream of spring. Flowers in bloom, Nature enjoying the newly grown leaves and the sun breaking free from the overcast and freezing winds. “It’s Springtime My Deer” showcases Spring by the light pastel colors (If you choose to use them). Her dress is a three tiered skirt to resemble a flower in full bloom. I plan to embellish her with butterfly buttons and silky flowers.

Once this pattern is released, her male counterpart will soon be in the works. Thicket the Stag’s pattern will soon to be announced.

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Her dress is made of so many petals! Inspired by flowers in full bloom! I chose to use a very light purple, second, a very light pink and lastly, a dark purple.

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I also wanted to add extra details on her face. The little V stitches on her face really create the deer look. I’m just loving the way she looks!display 5

I’m just so excited for you to meet her! Links to her pattern coming soon!

Inspiration

Inspiration

Life Doesn’t Wait

I have an inspirational calendar and each month I plan to take action with what each month says. This gem is January. My special month because not only does it mean a fresh New Year, but also it’s the month of when I was born. New Year, New Age and Fresh Goals.

Sometimes in life, we try to do things on a schedule or life calendar. We try to plan when and where events will take place, when we will finally square away all those little things we’ve been meaning to do. However, as that beautiful song by Green Day says “Life grabs you by the wrist and directs you where to go”. Those words couldn’t be any more true. We can try to plan out our life as best as we can but life will ultimately rule when it happens.

There is no time like the present to start doing what you want to do. Wishing for something is fine but that’s just the starting point. That wish should quickly be turned into “I will”. As we work towards our goals and aspirations, we can accomplish so much. Don’t wait or wish! As another famous saying goes, “Just Do It”!

To make this short, the subject of this post:

Be a Verb in a would of Nouns.

This is what I plan to be. I’m finally taking an action to gear up my business, gain more sales and reputation. It’s just the start, but it’s no long just a wish.

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Mother Hen Is Here!

In an effort to kick start the new year and my new crochet endeavors, I have my Mother Hen pattern here for Free! You can always find it on my website at SoftStrings yarn designs free patterns! As always, if you want an easy to read , printable PDF to keep handy with you where ever you go (includes more pictures and tips), you can always purchase from my Etsy shop! Get stitching everyone!

Go to Free Pattern Now!

As always Happy Stitching! I’ll be writing up more patterns soon so stay tuned and follow my page for some more awesome stuff!

Purchase Pattern Now!

Free Patterns

Free Patterns Featured!!!

Part of my blogging adventure is to offer really cool free crochet patterns (with options to purchase an easy to read printable PDF). You can find them on my website! Just scroll through the Free Patterns menu link and viola! You can start crafting some cool stuff! I hope you can check them out sometime soon!

I love your talents! Tag me #softstringsyarndesigns in your creations so I can see the totally awesome things make!

On another note, I will be introducing some basic beginning tutorials and tips into my website. Stay tuned for the newest menu link!

As always, Happy Stitching!

Inspiration

Top Hat Boys!

Introducing some very fancily dressed boys! My top hat Tea Party boys! Inspired by the wacky tea parties from Alice in Wonderland, these boys were created with a fun design in mind. A fun top hat, Loopy hair and a removable blazer. There are a lot of possibilities for creation and design with this pattern. You can find the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry.

Ravelry – Top Hat Tea Party Boy

Etsy – Top Hat Tea Party Boy

Just like the Top Hat Tea Party Girls, this Pattern has been tested for accuracy, clarity and broken links. This is a fun, easy and quick pattern! You will be making enough dolls to sit around the tea party table for sure.

You can also find the girl version in my Etsy and Ravelry Shops as well.

I hope you enjoy these patterns as much as I do! As always,

Happy Stitching

Inspiration

Top-Hat Girls are Finally Here!

After some time designing, creating, writing, testing and editing, the Top-Hat girls crochet pattern is finally available for purchase in Ravelry and Etsy!

Ravelry: Top Hat Tea Party Girls

Etsy: Top Hat Tea Party Girls

A few things about this pattern:

Works Up Quick

This doll works up quick! The testers of this pattern certainly enjoyed it. The instructions are very clear and there is no guess work with this doll. Clear instructions means more time crocheting rather than scratching your head!

Room For Creativity

While the pattern is geared towards making the example dolls as shown, there is room for your very own personal touches, what color boots, skirt or blouse? Which bead/pendent would you add to the vest. How about ribbons and decorations on the top hat? How will you style the dolls hair? This pattern allows you to add your own stamp on the doll you create.

Tested & Tested Again

This Pattern was tested for any design flaws, confusing literature and broken links. Testers say it’s well written, pictures are helpful and relevant to the pattern and links are not broken and safe to use. You will not be displeased with this pattern.

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as the awesome pattern testers and myself do. Until next time –

Happy Stitching!

Inspiration, updates

Top Hat Girls Coming Soon!

Just in time for Spring Craft events, these Top Hat girls would be wonderful to add to your craft table. The pattern is in testing as I write this! I’m very excited to get this pattern published.

These Top Hat girls are really simple and are actually very quick to work up. As with all my patterns, I want Amigurumi to be fun and easy.

I often hear From others about how Amigurumi is hard or some people feel like their skills aren’t good enough but I’m here to say, YOU CAN DO IT TOO! My patterns are geared towards beginners or even if you have never made many Amigurumi dolls, the patterns are very clear and to the point.

The best part about this pattern is the million ways you can color coordinate! I’m having so much fun making them. Soon, another edition will be added to the Top Hat collection.

Stay tuned for the pattern release announcement and the newest pattern on the work bench.

As always, Happy Stitching!

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Loopy Little Lambs

After a small delay in pattern designing, I’m finally excited to announce that my newest pattern is being tested now.

It’s been a cold few days and I have even caught that dreaded cold. I’m finally coming out of the fog and ready to get back into the thick of it!

Check naval for some more details about the pattern release for the Loopy Little Lamb.

Until then! Happy Stitching!

Inspiration, updates

New Pattern Release

Pattern Sale Introducing my two newest patterns! I have officially launched my “It’s Spring My Deer” patterns on my Etsy shop. You can purchase them individually or in a bundle package! I promise, you will LOVE these patterns. Testers absolutely loved working them and their dolls came out AMAZING! If you want to grab your very own pattern, visit my shop now!

SoftStrings Gift Shop

This weekend, I am celebrating my newest patterns by taking 50% off all of my patterns! What a deal? Stock up now and stay busy this cold cold winter. I’m very excited as you can tell. It’s been a long adventure of designing, writing, editing and lots of little changes here and there to perfect the pattern and to make it easily understandable to even the beginners of crochet/amigurumi. I hope you pick one up and start creating away!

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I won’t make this post too long but please share and enjoy this awesome sale!

As Always,

Happy Stitching!