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Solve For X: Crochet Toy!

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Its here, its here, its here!!! Look at this bright beauty!!! I am SO in love with this gorgeous toy! Like my last one, I cannot keep this away from my kids. They sneak into my craft room and run off with it ALL THE TIME. Trying to get pictures taken before it dissapeared into the depths of their rooms was a CHORE.

The Neon Sundrop Crochet Toy in Lion Brand Cupcake colorway “Clown Car”

But I wouldn’t have it any other way! If I’m going to make something I want it to be well loved! I’m never happier then when my kiddos are excited about a new pattern. I’m so lucky to have such a support team. We would make big corporations jealous.

Lovecrafts recently asked how I express myself through craft. My answer is my kids and fibers. And when those two meet there is magic! I was struggling with the yarn choice for this toy and I ended up asking them what I should do (kind of in desperation). The first words out of my eldest boy’s mouth were “You should make it a kind of a rainbow”. I don’t know if this is what he envisioned when he said that, but he loved the outcome and is so proud to have contributed to the final product.

My daughter inspired the Not a Square toy

Combining the love of my children with the love of making has made such a difference in how I view life and work. I do what I love now. I’m not looking for anyone’s opinion but my own! And It feels special and amazing to bring my kids along with me

Both of my big kids have a toy pattern they helped me with. Now to see if the baby will do anything besides be adorable and model for me!

Comment below to tell me how you find your voice to express yourself!

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The “Not A Square” Experience

Crochet cube baby toy crochet sensory toy for kids Crochet pattern for block toy textured Crochet square toy pattern for Children

Hello, Friends! I am so glad you are here! Check out my Ravelry or Etsy to browse my designs!

WARNING: I talk about brownies below. I might be hungry while I write this. And I might be in need of something yummy to go with this perfect cup of coffee on a dreary June morning!

Today I celebrate one month since the release of my crochet pattern “Not a square toy”, and friends. Everything around this design has been filled to the brim with joy. The interactions and connections I have made on social media, the responses from my customers who love the design, and the cheers of my friends who are happy for me and with me. I could not have even hoped or dreamed of this kind of joy around my first crochet pattern!

It’s just been a “the cream cheese icing on the perfect brownie” moment.

Not a Square crochet toy pattern made with Lion Brand Jeans yarn. Designed by Ila Quinn Designs.

Crochet is such a joyful part of my life! It is styled and quirky, and my moments of peace and a deep breath during a stressful day. It feels like freedom to my hands! It was the first craft I ever learned and it lets me do whatever I can think of! I can make it look like anything I want, and if it doesn’t work I can just frog it and try again! Speaking of frogging. I remade my latest pattern 4 times, and it was totally worth it!

Crochet cube block square pattern Crochet Baby Sensory toy Child block toy soft toys for kids children's toy cube
“Go Insane, Go Insane, Throw some Skittles, Make it Rain”

Sometimes joy strikes when we don’t expect it. And sometimes we have to make a little joy when the world is being stingy with the icing. I’m going to bask a little in the happiness and take this feeling along with me into my next pattern (which is coming very soon!).

Crochet cube block square textured crochet sensory toy pattern Intermediate crochet pattern Photo tutorial written instructions

I’m going to go make brownies now. I can’t stand it anymore!

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I Lava you

I love you I lava you cross stitch pattern in pink and brown I lava you in cursive black lettering

This design is so special to me. It hangs in my daughters room and I sing this song to her daily. I love having fun little things like that to help my kids stay grounded. She will come up to me and ask me to sing it to her when she is feeling lonely. I stop and hold her and she gets to just rest with mama for a bit.

It has become such a peaceful place in our life, and I am so glad to be sharing it.

Follow the link to make your own, or you can place a special order for me to make it for you!