Sunday, February 17, 2013


Part of having a blog is letting people get to know you, right? Even if it's just one side of you (such as crafts or fitness or any-other-blog-theme).

So do you want to know something about me, that relates to my crocheting? 

According to an unofficial test I took in a business course: I'm an Idealist. Out of the four temperaments, I am most definitely an idealist (the other ones being Guardian, Artisian, and Rational). 

I thought about the characteristics of these temperaments and how they apply to my crafting/crocheting. Here are some examples I came up with: 

1. Idealists look for meaning in absolutely everything. If I make a gift for someone, everything about it has some sort of subtle (and probably ridiculously out-there) meaning. For example, the colour will most definitely be significant, as well as the facial expression of an amigurumi. Below is an example. I made this cow for my aunt: Cows are her favourite animal, purple is her favourite colour, and the sideways smile is to increase the expression. Meaning = seeped through this entire project and on purpose! Sometimes, it's not as subtle. Such as when I used red-shimmery yarn in a Unicorn project because my grandmother wears shimmery red nail polish.

2. Idealists may not have realistic time estimates/requirements. This is especially true! I've taken a major project (which will be elaborated on throughout the year) that requires about 75 big amigurumi by December. December seems so far away, but I better get started on it now. I have 3 done for the event, which leaves about 40 weeks to make 72 more. 

3. Idealists tend to be optimistic and encouraging. I'm not sure what this says about my crafting style, but the thought makes me smile-- I use bright colours. Maybe that makes me optimistic in crafts! 

Our personality and temperament plays a big role in our crafting style; sometimes they determine how many projects we take on at one time, whether we stash supplies or only buy as we go, and what we make in general. I'm sure there are tests online to determine your own temperament, if interested! :) 

Also, the Triceratops Lovey is now ready to download on Ravelry. Check it out!

Saturday, February 9, 2013


I'm baaack! and there's lots of catching up to do!

On November 28, my grandfather passed away. I (metaphorically) lost my voice after that and didn't have any interest in blogging. 

However, quite a few weeks later, I'm pretty sure I'm ready to restart this blog! A new name and a new purpose-- HollieJolly Designs suits me better than ATadPlaid :) 

Now, to catch up from where I left off! There has been lots of crocheting since then, but there are only a few things I want to highlight:

First, 2013 has basically been the Year of the Horse for me. I've made quite a few horse things!

The top-left and bottom-right are by FreshStitches, while the loveys are pattern from Bowtykes. Both designers are highly recommended!

I was also lucky enough to test MonstersToybox's first pattern (to be released in a few weeks):

And speaking of first patterns, I'm releasing my own first pattern on February 16! I'll be releasing the Triceratops Lovey pattern on Ravelry, so keep a lookout for when that goes live!

I'm glad to be back in the blog-o-sphere and to share more events and projects of 2013 with you!