a loss and a win!


gentlestitches losing badge from Evil Squirrel competitionI didn’t win the competition (there is always next year) but I did get to take home this badge for my blog.

Full coverage can be found here and congratulations to draliman and merbear.




I did have a win though last week because my  free Weaver the Koala pattern was featured on Moogly!  This means my patterns will get to meet more people and I get another badge for my blog. Yes two in one week! If you don’t know about Moogly have a click and look!



 Click on the button for 10 FREE Koala patterns!


If you would like a free pattern to make your own Koala, click on the photo or go to ravelry.com and search “gentlestitches”













I hope the weather, wherever you are, is calming down a tad!



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gentlestitches entry for the 2nd annual Evil Squirrel completion.

gentlestitches entry in Evil Squirrel competition 2015

Serious gamer’s get VERY excited. Presenting a brand new SNES found at Savers thrift store and still in it’s box! Rainbow Donkey is challenging Croc to a round of Super Mario All Stars while a large group of amigurumi critters wait for their chance to play the winner. In the forefront are the thumb war finger puppets made for me, my son and my friend Vanja at AmigurumiBB  by Jennifer at squirrel picnic in a make it challenge. Rainbow donkey was made by me but pattern designed by Jennifer and can be found here.

This post is my entry for Evil Squirrels 2nd annual competition which is to include a game and at least two species of animal players. My entry for last year can be found by clicking on this link and my prize for not winning is this badge!  (scroll down to end of page)  An interesting point made by my son about the old games is that everything was SUPER! Super all stars, Super Nintendo, Super Mario Bros. So have a Super bit of nostalgia and ……

Wish me Super good luck!


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CROSHADES for Australia day

I just got back from Australia Day Holidays and getting ready for a productive year writing crochet and knitting patterns and making amigurumi critters. I would like to share our fun with you and I will start with the youngsters modelling the one and only CROSHADES  from SQUIRREL PICNIC .  You can crochet your own croshades  using Jennifer’s free pattern! Croshades at Erskine falls for Australia  Day
Preparing for our big Barbecue with family and friends.

preparing for our gentlestitches Australia Day Barbecue










Lily Models her Australia Day top hat and Tricky shows off her new collar.Tricky and Lily dogs show off their Australia Day top hat and collar









Erskine Falls. More fun than an adventure park. No queuing, no tickets needed just BYO rubbish bag.children applying garbage bags as the get ready to tackle Eskine falls

Wheeeee! Don’t slide too far children.

children sliding down the Erskine falls










Just joking. We were a long way from the lethal drop.

Erskine Falls great Ocean Road

Look Mum, no hands!












On the way home we stopped at Torquay  for some kite flying.gentlestitches kite flying at Torquay









Swimming at Geelong. Bollards art by Jan Mitchel the same artist who painted our Barwon heads Bollards.Geelong Bollards

Cousins taking a break from jumping on the giant thong.

Children and giant thong at the beach on Australia Day

The end of a big six week break and back to school and work for everyone except Jack who finds a sun puddle and takes a well earned break from all the action. 

gentlestitches dog Jack in a sun puddle

Time to get serious about 2015! :-D




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Knitted dog and cat toy


I have been working on my free speech pencils, amigurumi Owls and of course foxes. For a change of pace I decided to design a anipal toy. I wanted it to be fun, safe and versatile. My little boy ,his dog Jack and my dog Tricky were more than happy to road test it.

crochet toy for people cats and dogs

hours of fun for the whole family!











Introducing the anipal foxes.

knitted fox dog toys

knitted anipal toy foxes!











Lily the very beautiful and much loved Terrier barks “yes” to the toy.

Lily the Terrier trials toy

Lily the Terrier trials toy














Jack thinks this is a great game!


Jack the dog plays tug o war with crocheted toy and boy

You are MINE!












Jack is so pleased with his toy he runs outside to bury it!      

knitted fox dog toys

Jack decides he is tired of sharing.











I am still working on the design and will share it when it is completed. Meanwhile I am lucky to have so much keen quality control.



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a brave little pencil.

a movie made by my son and staring amigurumi pencil. If you would like an amigurumi pencil for yourself, go to my ravelry page and download a FREE  copy of the pattern. A FREE pencil for FREE SPEECH.

Amigurumi pencil is tough and never gives up.brave amigurumi pencil






He loves you all and wants to make you smile. :-D

We are wise we are kind we are many.



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