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Jan 14, 2022

Happy New Year! Some bad news and some awesome news. Let’s start with the bad news, I have had to up my prices a bit as materials have gone up. Now for the awesome news! I have partnered with Dizzy Goose here in Campbellford. This means my stuffies are in a shop again!! Yuppie! Happy dance time! Come in and see them for yourself and check out all the cool things in store šŸ˜ƒšŸ˜

Picture of stuffies in at the dizzy goose. Tiger, fairy, robot, unicorn, etc.

Dec 27, 2021

This year is almost done! Thanks to all of you for your support! It means the world to me. Hope you had an awesome holiday time and all the best for 2022! šŸ„‚ā›„ļøšŸ˜€

Nov 21, 2021

I love making stuffies! They make me happy and bring joy. I am very lucky to have my work so well received! People always say that they love them and wish they could crochet like me. This always makes me think of when I first started to teach myself crochet. So for this month’s blog, I am sharing that memory.

It is the Fall of 2008, I am in my local book store starting my Christmas making plans. I have 3 younger cousins that I adore and always make them something special for Christmas. This year is a bust, I have made them everything I know how to make (even a Gryffindor scarf that is longer than the boy was tall, another story). Sigh…what can I make them?

I look to my left and there on the end cap is my solution! A book called “Tiny Yarn Animals” by Tamie Snow. The lemur, koala, and lamb seem to look at me like “Ya, you can make us! It will be fun!” And suddenly I think that I can teach myself to crochet. After all, I can knit. Yes, with just this book, I can teach myself how to crochet stuffed animals!

If you talked to me during that first week, I was tossing it all out. Crochet was impossible! There is no way to knit with just one needle! Madness! Sheer madness! But I am stubborn. And the idea of giving up on homemade stuffies when the cousins and I all loved them, was not an option. 

The fix? How did it all come together? Well, after reading the instructions and looking at the pictures and making so many attempts! I just said “F*ck it!” and picked the easiest looking pattern and made it. Was it right? Did it look awesome? No! The octopus that I named “Octave” is a sad, pathetic, little lumpy thing. And I could not have loved her more! My blood, sweat, tears, and pure stubborn will made her. She is perfect to me.

Technically speaking, Octave is all wrong. I could not figure out how to “single crochet” so I ended up slip stitching the whole thing! This was before the days of wonderful people posting “how to” videos on YouTube. The poor little thing is much too small for the pattern. And lumpy. I improvised the “feet” as I could not get the pattern right. But that is what beginnings are. They are messy, imperfect, small little things. So I learned a lot. And not just about crochet.

Picture of Octave
Meet Octave

Oct 5, 2021

Two new things to report. The first is that I have opened up my facebook page to allow “following” for people who are interested in seeing what I make, on that platform. I post my special orders as they are done and when I am in the market. I use the short form of my name there (Rose Neumayer). Feel free to message me there with questions as well.

The second thing is that I came across a coloured and framed picture from my ACB (adult colouring book) “What Cheek!” This was done as a motivational gift and I just love it! Thank you Shannon!

Framed picture that reads "you bet i'm fucking fabulous!"

Sept 8, 2021

I have decided to put up a “Blog” for all my random bits of news and aimless ramblings. My first thought with this is “yuck” as blog sounds well, gross. It reminds me of vomit. But it does have a purpose. And it can not help that it sounds gross. My next thought was that I am not found of the busy layouts that are offered and often seen. So this will be a clean and simple thing. Just words on a page with the occasional picture.

I am a avid reader. My favourite author since I was a teen (and read my first Xanth novel) is Piers Anthony. He is the one responsible for warping my sense of humour. If you like my adult colouring book, you can thank him. Like wise if you don’t. I sent him a copy as thanks and he was kind enough to review it! I am posting the screenshot of his review below for your reading pleasure.

Full review of "What Cheek!" Adult colouring book by Piers Anthony. A clip reads "Children beware!" And "...if you have time on your hands and naughtiness on your mind, buy this book..."
From: http://www.hipiers.com/ and his SapTimber news letter for 2021. If you want a copy of “What Cheek! by Rosemarie Neumayer” pop over to the shop page for the link to Amazon. Don’t have an Amazon account? No worries! I have a few for sale, email me at rdneumayer@yahoo.ca.
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