I am over the moon excited to announce this project! I have been giving hints on my Facebook page, in the Friendly Crochet Club, and over on Instagram… And I am so ready to finally be able to talk about it with you all!
But first, I want to give a big HUGE thank you to everyone who has followed along this journey of mine. If you have been around long enough, you know that this isn’t just a hobby but how I supported my family while my husband went to graduate school for his Physical Therapy degree. I have two little boys who I stayed at home with and while I have loved this journey so so so much, the pressure to pay rent, churn out creative content, keep my social media going, etc. etc. etc. started to really take its toll. I was burned out but I couldn’t stop (remember those boys and the rent??) It was frustrating to be designing and working every spare second I had when all I wanted was a break. I think everyone goes through something like that. But as I look back at the last couple of months my heart is SO FULL that so many people were so kind, and so supportive, when I was just SPENT. So thank you, thank you again! We literally could not have done it without you!
Which leads me to this new project. After some of the pressure has been lifted (my husband started work a couple weeks ago!), and I took a little break I am ready to get back to what I really love… creating. I have this blessing- an incredible amount of ideas. And this curse- way too many ideas! ha! The BIGGEST struggle I have with work is deciding what to work on. I realized that I needed to make some kind of rules for myself, but I wanted to have some flexibility, too. So I am crocheting the Alphabet! Amigurumi from A to Z!
Each pattern will follow the style I have worked to cultivate as an amigurumi designer. I enjoy patterns that are unique but simple. I don’t like to over-complicate my patterns because I just don’t think I need to! I like to add special details, make smart yarn choices, and be creative with basic shapes to make something wonderful. I strive to make my patterns, if not absolutely beginner friendly, at least at a level that a determined beginner could figure out. I also work pretty hard to provide tutorials to help along the way!
Now the part I am most excited about! I need YOUR help! I have had so many wonderful ideas from the friends I have made in the Friendly Crochet Club and on Instagram and I don’t want it to stop! I will be asking for ideas for each letter using your input for what I make! And as a thank you for your help, for every letter I will be doing some kind of a giveaway! If you make the pattern and post it on Instagram or on Facebook and tag me (@thefriendlyredfox) and use the hashtag #friendlyatoz you will be automatically entered for a chance to win as well as be featured in the Friendly Newsletter and on my other social media!
These will be posted as free patterns on my blog, although a few patterns might be exclusive to the book I will be compiling at the end of this journey. I haven’t decided yet! 🙂 What I do know, is that I want this to be a fun thing, a chance to flex my creative muscles while still serving you with (what I hope are) fun, free patterns! The one thing I have been worrying over is the timing. Do I do one a week? Every two weeks? Thinking about that too long made me anxious and want to crawl back into my bed, so I will just say that I will publish them as they are finished! Because I want these to be fairly simple patterns, I think that will be fairly quickly.
I also will focus on animals because that is one of my favorite things to make but I won’t be limiting myself to that either. For example, for the letter “F” I might make a fox or a flamingo. Or a fairy or a fireman!
If you want to follow along on this journey with me there are a few things you can do to stay in the loop. First, join the Friendly Crochet Club if you haven’t already! A LOT of the fun will take place in there. Also follow along on Instagram! Quite a bit of the behind the scenes, polling, and tip giving will be over there. Then, last but REALLY not least, make sure you are signed up for the Friendly Newsletter! This is the BEST way to see what I am making as it comes directly to your inbox!
To start off the journey be sure to check out Alan the Alligator and read his story! I am so excited to finally share this with you all!