Cross Stitch Pattern | Orville & Wilbur | Animal Crossing

Hello everyone!

3 days on the trot for patterns now – it’s a really rough time so I thought I’d share my fan made patterns with you as I love combining my video game and stitching hobby.

I put together Orville & Wilbur, two new NPCs from Animal Crossing and have risen to the top of my favourite Animal Crossing characters!

So here is the preview:

Orville pattern download

Wilbur pattern download

What do you think of the Dodo bros?

If you want to request any characters you think are worth having a go at, let me know! I love providing free patterns for all, especially during these tough times.

-Amy x

Cross Stitch Pattern | Isabelle | Animal Crossing

Hi everyone,

Today I am bringing you a free Isabelle head shot pattern from Animal Crossing New Horizons!

Enjoy, I’d love to see the pattern if you decide to stitch it, please tag me on Instagram @StitchesInWonderland 

Isabelle

Download the Isabelle pattern here

Have you been playing Animal Crossing New Horizons? I’ve been playing it exclusively for weeks now!

-Amy x

 

Cross Stitch Pattern | Villager, Apple | Animal Crossing

Today I am experimenting with my WinStitch tool (especially in the current climent of lockdown and isolation).

I have started to see if I could make small head shot patterns of my favorite villagers in Animal Crossing.

Starting with my #1 gal, Apple! I tried to simply the colours slightly and I finessed it based off the original picture I had as reference. I ❤ her!

Apple

 

You can download the pattern here if you want to give it a try!

Let me know what you think, would you be interested in picking one up of your favourite villager?

Are there other Animal Crossing / Cross Stitch lovers out there?!

-Amy x

What I read – February 2020

I want to open this blog by saying that I have started a 2020 mini book review thread on my Twitter, feel free to check it out here. 

Annihilation

Rating: ★★

I’ve had this in my collection for quite some time now, both physical and kindle version. Most of my book reading friends told me to jump on it as I would love it and I’m so gutted I put it off for so long. I really enjoyed Annihilation, the twists and turns, the setting, the characters – it was such an intense short read. I am now going to pick up the rest of the books in the series!

Revenge

Rating: ★★

Revenge was right up my street – it was short, crazy and dark in places. The world of Revenge is a bunch of short stories which intertwine within each other, and although they’re short stories it does still feel like this book has a beginning, middle and end. I was thoroughly gripped in every page and have now wishlisted a bunch of Yoko Ogawa books as I adored the writing of this book.

I only read 2 books in Feb due to it being crazy with big family birthdays, leaving my current job AND I’m midway through two books I’ll be popping full reviews up for 🙂

What did you read in Feb?

-Amy x

 

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What I read – January 2020

The Bone China

Rating: 

I have read quite a few Laura Purcell books and I was so excited to tuck into Bone China, I thought the book was enjoyable enough however the thing for me which didn’t quite make it rate as high as other books by her was the lead character. I couldn’t relate to her character at all and I found her a little annoying – whether that was intentional or not, I didn’t enjoy reading scenes with her quite so much. As usual though it was full of suspense, twists and turns as well as some pretty thrilling scenes.

The Nakano Thift Shop

Rating: ★★★

This was a very short read for me, but one I adored. I really love Nakano’s character, I found his quirky and slightly charming ways so fun to read. There is a dynamic between a bunch of very different people working as a small shop like this really enjoyable to read, even if Takeo was a bit of a dick.

Snow Country

Rating: ★★

I found this book such a beautiful read, it was another short one – however I found myself absolutely absorbed by each word on the page. I really took my time with this to take it all in. I found it a tiny bit confusing near the beginning of the book it seemed to have a random flashback which threw me off guard and made me go ‘uh?!’. However besides this the book was a lovely and heartbreaking read.

What did you read in January?

-Amy x

*please note I sometimes use Amazon Affiliate links within my posts, you do not have to use these but any revenue will go back to my website 🙂

Beginners guide to crochet!

I thought I would put together a beginners guide to crochet for anyone looking to pick up the hobby.

What you’ll need: 

– Hooks

I recommend getting a set of hooks as you’ll never know what size yarn you’ll pick up, these soft grip starter sets on amazon are amazing and so affordable. They usually come with some other goodies which I’ll list below too.
However if you’re looking to just pick up one hook for now, I recommend a 4mm one as this is pretty much the standard for most yarn.

– Yarn

Capture

You’ll want to head down to your local crafts store or have a shop online (I made a list of the places I buy yarn from here). It’s important to have a yarn which matches your hook size, you can usually find the size of hook you’ll need on the size of the packaging.

– Stitch Markers 

When I first started crocheting I used markers a lot so I did not lose my place / could understand where the beginning of a row was. Once you get the hang of counting you may not need them but they always come in handy for some more difficult projects!

– A notepad

This is really good for helping you count how many rows or stitches you do by marking them in notebook. Also if you’re working from a pattern and want to make notes (especially if you’re deciding to change the pattern slightly).

– Scissors 

A simple thing that most people have in their home, but you might want to treat yourself to a gorgeous pair of crafting scissors. I love these ones on Amazon.

– Needles

If you haven’t started yet you might be wondering why needles? You’ll need blunt needles to be able to sew in the ends of your work – you can try and do this without a needle but it’ll be time consuming.

Nice to haves: 

– Measuring Tape

– Thread ruler

– Crafts storage

Best ways to learn: 

– Beginners books (I own all of the books below)

– YouTubers I recommend

Some basic tips and tricks:

– Try a Granny Square first

– Don’t fret if your first try is unsuccessful

  • My first few grannies squares looked really bad. They were twisted and every stitch was a different tension. Do not give up – keep making them and watch your progress (I saved my first ever squares to see how far I’d come)

– The more you redo the better you’ll get

  • Similar to the last point, it’s so easy to undo and redo your work with crochet, you simply pull your yarn. However it’s also nice to see your progress so you might not want to undo every single mistake.

– Tension is key

  • It will take a while before you find your perfect tension, most people begin crocheting with their tension quite tight, however I found that the loser the better.

– Try not to lose count

– Find a way to hold your yarn that’s comfortable for you

  • There are so many tutorials which tell you how to hold your yarn, I tried all of these but in the end found a way which worked for me. You might find that the way someone recommends you to be perfect, or you might want to experiment and find a comfortable solution.

– Learn what the ‘top’ of a stitch looks like

  • Once you move onto a second row of any project you’ll be more than likely stitching into the top of a stitch, so it’s worth making sure you recognise what the top of a stitch looks like.

– Challenge yourself

– Do not give up! 

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How many of you are going to try Crocheting? And how many of you have stories to tell of your first time learning to Crochet?

I also started an Instagram specifically for my Crochet/Cross Stitch, you can follow me here on Stitches In Wonderland.

-Amy x

Holly & Hazel – Review

 

 

 


Title: Hazel and Holly

Author: 
Sara C. Snider
Publisher: 
Double Beast Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Release Date: May 16 2019
Rating: 

 

 

 

So I have a confession, I actually started reading this quite some time ago but I had so much going on with work I stopped and suddenly picked it back up. I was instantly hooked on the book once again and binged the last 2/3’s quite quickly.

Here is the synopsis pulled from Netgalley:

Nestled within an enchanted forest is the Grove, a community where witches and warlocks practice natural magic, brew mystical potions, and lock their cellars against beer thieving gnomes. Life is quiet and uneventful. Well, except when Hazel’s long-lost father uses necromancy to trap her dead mother’s soul.

That simply won’t do. Necromancy is forbidden in the Grove, and for good reason too. Nobody wants filthy corpses shambling around, mussing up one’s garden. Hazel is determined to find her father and undo his treachery.

But despite Hazel’s plans of becoming a one-woman army, she can’t do everything alone. It’s not until wild sister Holly convinces her to leave the house for once and go to a party that Hazel finds a pair of unlikely allies in two bickering warlock brothers.

Together, the four of them go on a journey that takes them out of the Grove and into a world where necromancy reigns and the dead won’t respectfully stay in the grave. Hazel will do whatever it takes to stop her father and save her mother’s soul. Even if it means turning to necromancy. Even if it means losing her friends. Because they would never help a necromancer. Would they?

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