My Sunday Photo 17th February 2019

I have missed doing a Sunday photo for a couple of weeks. It was mainly because of illness and not being able to spend more than two minutes at a time at the computer.

a pink crochet axolotl

We’ve not been out much and I don’t have any brilliant shots to share with you, but I wanted to share a photo of my Axolotl that I made. I put a photo of it on Instagram and Simply Crochet Magazine have asked if they can feature me on their ‘Show Us Yours’ page. It said I’ve been shortlisted, so I don’t actually know if it will appear yet, but it’s still exciting to know that something I have made has caught their attention.

side view of the crochet axolotl
side view


I first learnt to crochet over 30 years ago. I didn’t get the hang of it and the only thing I made, a baby jumper for my son, was a disaster. So I gave it up.

Then a couple of years ago I thought I’d try again. I kept seeing patterns for these little amigurumi critters and fell in love. So, I started again but soon found out that fiddly little stitches were not the best idea, especially with my failing eyesight. So, I made a blanket.

I’ve made several blankets, hats and scarfs since then and I love my crochet. It’s so relaxing and I love seeing something I’ve created looking good afterwards.


Then I saw a pattern for this axolotl and my little girl wanted me to make one. It was fiddly but I managed it and was happy with the results. So were my girls, I now have to make two more. I might try a lighter pink for the body, it’s supposed to be lighter but the wool I wanted was out of stock so I settled for something pinker. My daughter was okay about it, as she pointed out, axolotl can be quite pink.

I’ll just finish with the first axolotl we met at Hatton in 2017.

Sunday Snap


  1. February 17, 2019 / 10:07 am

    I love your axolotl! It’s brilliant. And well done for making the shortlist on Simply Crochet mag, that’s an achievement by itself!
    I am so glad that I learned to crochet, it’s addictive isn’t it?!

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Hope you’ve had a good weekend. x

  2. February 17, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    Oh my, Anne, your new crochet friend is just adorable. And pink!

  3. February 17, 2019 / 6:33 pm

    Aww! That is so cute! You are so talented. I wouldn’t know where to start with something like this x

  4. February 17, 2019 / 7:36 pm

    He is so cute and sometimes doing nothing is good for the soul I think X #Sundaysnapshot

  5. February 18, 2019 / 11:29 am

    Wow, it’s amazing! Very cute. And how cool that the magazine is interested in featuring it.

  6. February 18, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Wow that is so cute and what an incredible soft toy. That looks lovely xx

  7. February 22, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    That’s jus so perfect! I can see why you are going to have to make more now!

  8. February 23, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    What awesome crotcheting! Thanks for linking up with and for taking part in #MySundaySnapshot.

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

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