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Caron Simply Soft: Yarn Love Video Review

Moogly - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 15:19

Caron Simply Soft is a classic yarn, long loved for its easy care, soft feel, and amazing range of colors. But did you know that there are nearly a dozen different types of Simply Soft? Get a closer look at this much-loved yarn in the Yarn Love Video Review on Moogly – including hundreds of...

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On The Go Arm Project Bag Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:00

Stitch and Hustle On The Go Arm Project Bags are so great for both knit and crochet! Thoughtful design and even more thoughtful creation make them a great addition to your yarny life. And I get to give one away to one lucky winner on Moogly! Disclaimer: Materials for this giveaway provided by Stitch and...

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Neapolitan Twist Cowl

Moogly - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:00

The Neapolitan Twist Cowl features two gorgeous yarns held together for a super warm and luxurious neckwarmer. Soft to the touch but stiff enough to stand up to the coldest winds, it’s a free crochet cowl pattern on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Yarnspirations and Furls. Neapolitan with a Twist...

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MOOGLYCAL2020 – BLOCK #3

Moogly - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 16:00

Three’s company with MooglyCAL2020 Block #3! Designed by Jessie Rayot of Jessie At Home, it’s cute, fun, and interesting all the way through! Read on for all the details, and for the link to Block #3 in this free year-long crochet along! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Yarnspirations, Furls, and Chetnanigans....

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Hookin On Hump Day #208: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 02:00

Hookin On Hump Day has its own beautiful palette of designs this round – and they’re all crochet, and all free! And they are all about staying warm and cozy! Be sure to check them out – as well as the new entries below – and let them know you found them on HOHD! What...

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Knitter’s Pride Ginger Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hook Set Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 02/03/2020 - 16:00

The Knitter’s Pride Ginger Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hook Set is a gorgeous luxury set of hooks and accessories in a beautiful case. It’s a stunning set that is a joy to use, and we’re giving away one set on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials for giveaway provided by Stitchcraft Marketing. Tunisian Crochet...

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Strikke Cocoon Cardigan

Moogly - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 15:50

The Strikke Cocoon Cardigan is the much-requested knit version of the Hygge Cocoon Cardigan crochet pattern! Featuring a similarly easy, over-size fit, and a shorter version of the cozy ribbed sleeves, it’s made with Red Heart Hygge yarn, and it’s a free knit pattern here on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided...

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Simple Spa Slippers Tutorial

Moogly - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 16:00

The Simple Spa Slippers are the perfect slippers for crochet beginners – and those who like something cozy! See the right and left-handed video tutorials below to learn to make your own pair today! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Yarnspirations. Simple Spa Slippers Tutorial: How to Crochet the Simple Spa Slippers...

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Facebook & YouTube Live: January 2020 – Intro to Punch Needle!

Moogly - Wed, 01/29/2020 - 16:40

In the January 2020 Moogly Facebook Live I’ll be taking a closer look at what’s happened so far in 2020 on Moogly, and what’s coming next month. And on YouTube, I’ll be demoing one of my favorite new (to me) yarny crafts – punch needle! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations, and contains affiliate...

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Backyard Wildlife Photography: UK & France

Planet June - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:23

I’ve just got back from a holiday visiting family in England, Jersey and France. The weather and time of year meant everyone’s gardens were in full bloom and the bird feeders were busy, so I took the opportunity to practice some garden wildlife photography.

After the photography workshop I took a few months ago, I’ve been trying to pay more attention to composition, depth of field, etc, to improve my skill level. This is especially challenging when it comes to wildlife photography – wild creatures don’t tend to sit around and wait while you try to get the best angle and compose the perfect shot!

The galleries below showcase my favourite bird and butterfly sets from the 1200+ photos I took over the past couple of weeks, and I hope you’ll take a couple of minutes to relax and enjoy them…

Click into each gallery to see the full-size photos.

Butterflies Birds

I consider some of these photos to be among the best I’ve ever taken – do you agree? Even a humble house sparrow can be quite enchanting when posing for a photo.

Although the subject matter of these photos isn’t as exotic as my African photos, my safari experiences have changed me – these days, I’d much prefer to watch and photograph wild animals and birds in their natural habitats instead of caged animals in zoos.

I’ve really missed practicing this hobby – it’s so relaxing to get out into nature and watch and wait for something interesting to photograph! When I have my own garden again (we’re currently renting until our new house is built) I’m planning to make a native wildflower meadow so I can attract pollinators (birds, bees and butterflies) and other local wildlife to visit my back yard. Isn’t that a lovely idea?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos, and that you’ll remember to take time to look out for your local wildlife too…

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free pattern: Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds

Planet June - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:41

I recently started using a facial toner, and suddenly I was throwing out more cotton pads in a week than I usually use in a year! I try to minimise the amount of trash I generate, and, as the bathroom bin started to fill, I decided this had to stop. Enter my new free crochet pattern: washable, re-useable Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds.

Use these washable rounds anywhere you’d use a disposable cotton round or facial wipe – for cleansing, toning, or removing makeup – and save money while helping the environment! They crochet up in minutes, take very little yarn, and make a pretty and practical gift.

Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds are easy to clean – simply toss the used pads into a mesh laundry bag or a drawstring bag and run them through your washer and dryer with your laundry.

As I like to reward people who choose to donate for my donationware patterns, the PDF version of the Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds pattern also includes the bonus pattern for the Mini size (pictured above; I find this size is perfect for applying my toner!) and additional instructional photos and tips, including left-handed photos. As always, the pattern for the Standard size is free for you to use, and you need only donate if you’d like to thank me for my time in creating it, or if you’d like the easy-to-print PDF version with the bonuses.

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I hope you’ll find this pattern useful! And every step we can make towards helping the environment by reducing waste is a step in the right direction, no matter how small.

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Using a Stitch Marker in Amigurumi [video tutorial]

Planet June - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:30

My next few crochet video tutorials will be in response to customer requests. If there are other crochet techniques you’d like me to cover in future videos, please leave a comment below, or email me (june@planetjune.com) with your suggestions!

If you’ve ever lost your place while crocheting in a spiral, or discovered that you must have made a mistake many rounds earlier, I highly recommend you use a stitch marker to mark the start of every round while you crochet your amigurumi! But how do you go about doing that? How does it help you avoid mistakes, and what do you do if you realise you’ve made one?

Or, if your pattern directs you to mark a specific stitch while you crochet, how exactly do you do that?

In my latest video, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about using a stitch marker with amigurumi (or any other crochet worked in a continuous spiral), including:

  • How to mark the first stitch of the round
  • How to fix a mistake
  • How to mark a specific stitch

As always, the video is available in right-handed and left-handed versions.

This video is ideal for amigurumi beginners, but I recommend you watch it even if you’ve been making amigurumi for years – you may still pick up a tip or two!

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crochet for Canada Day

Planet June - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:16

My patriotic Beaver just can’t wait until Canada Day (July 1st) to start his celebrations!

I’ve just updated my Maple Leaf Collection crochet pattern to also include instructions for making this small thread Canadian Flag too – it’s perfect for an amigurumi to hold.

If you’ve already bought the Maple Leaf Collection, log back into your PlanetJune account, go to your old order for the Maple Leaf Collection and re-download the Canadian Flag Background PDF – you’ll see a new page at the end with the updated details for the thread flag!

Canadiana crochet patterns

I have a small, but growing, collection of Canadian-themed patterns now – the adorable Beaver, and the Maple Leaf Collection (which includes the Canadian Flag background):

Find all my Canadiana crochet patterns here!

Are there any other Canadian icons you’d like me to add to my Canadiana pattern collection? Let me know in the comments!

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free pattern: Tulips (and a new video!)

Planet June - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:04

Here’s a new addition to my stemmed flower patterns: a beautiful realistic tulip flower with a clever one-piece construction. You’ll love how it comes together!

Don’t they look gloriously spring-like in their distinctive tulip colours? (I had so much fun picking the colours for these!)

I’ve also completed a new video (the first of many!) using my new audio/video equipment to accompany this pattern, and all my other stemmed flowers: Easy Yarn-Wrapped Stems for Crochet Flowers. As always, my videos are available in right- and left-handed versions, so you can see exactly what to do.

I hope you can see/hear the quality improvement in this new video, but if you don’t even notice because you’re concentrating on the content, that’s fine too. Clear, close-up and well explained techniques are always my top priority. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel so you’ll always see my latest videos – I have lots more in store!


Here are all my stemmed flowers together: Basic Rose, Daffodils, Carnations and the new Tulips. I hope they all brighten your day!

As I like to reward people who chose to donate for my donationware patterns, the PDF version of the Tulips pattern includes additional assembly photos (including left-handed photos) and my special technique for fastening off the yarn neatly at the base of the stem. As always, the pattern is free for you to use, and you need only donate if you’d like to thank me for my time in creating it, or if you’d like the easy-to-print PDF version.

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