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Published on November 16th, 2016 | by Eric

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Halloween HotTag competition winners announced!

Halloween might seem like a distant memory as you prepare for the upcoming holidays, but we absolutely love these patterns, and couldn’t wait to announce the two amazingly talented winners of our Halloween competition and share their stories.

Spooky Spider

Spooky Spider

This wonderful project by Toni R was chosen as our winner for the knitting portion of the competition. We absolutely loved this pattern by Alan Dart, and Toni did a cracking job on this intricately detailed toy. We asked Toni where she gets her inspiration when knitting:

“I love to decorate for Halloween.  I love to knit toys, they are my passion. I got a masters from the Knitting Guild Association (TKGA).  It took me almost three and half years to do it but I did it.  I did it to improve my knitting and to one day design and make my own toys.  Although there are so many great designers out there its hard to find time to do my own. Alan Dart is an inspiration to all toy makers his work is great.”

Here are some other great toys Toni has made:

Rodent Halloween toys

Spooky corn on the cob

Megan the Tiny Monster

Megan The Tiny Monster

This cute and terrifying amigurumi toy won the crochet section of our Halloween contest. Made by designer Little Wendy crochet, Megan the tiny monster was created as a free pattern for Wendy’s blog which you can see here.

Wendy gave us the great back story behind Megan:

“The name and the story behind the creature are influenced by my personal life. I recently became mother to a (now) 21 months old adoption son. I wanted to make something to honor his country of birth, Uganda. The name of the monster is a creative wordplay from the Lugandan word for hairy (Nywele). Uganda is famously known for its gorgeous rainforest, the cute and tiny tree frogs and has many orchids growing in the wild.  So I created a story around these elements.”

So what will Wendy do with all of the yarn that she won?

“At the moment I don’t know yet what I will do with the yarn. Some of it will probably be used for designing cute amigurumis and baby accessories. I also make a scarf every winter, and I saw a gorgeous Tunisian crochet design that I would love to make. And every scarf should have a matching beanie, so that’s definitely one on my list as well. An other option is to make a cute crocheted vest for my baby boy. It would be a great way for me to learn new techniques, since I’m fairly new to crocheting garments.”

Thanks so much to all of the wonderful entries in our competition, and thank you to Toni and Wendy for their winning projects. Be sure to enter our current “Festive Projects” contest which is open until December 21st.

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