Hi, everyone. I figured I'd finally do one of these to answer some common questions I get! So here they are:
Q: What yarn do you use?
A: Almost all of the yarn I use is Caron Simply Soft. I also use Caron Party yarn for sparkly things, and a couple light colors I use are from the Bernat Softee Baby line. For fuzzy yarn, I use Moda Dea Dream, Paton's Divine, and Sensations Angel Hair.
Q: Where do you buy your yarn? I can't find the colors you have!
A: I buy most of my yarn in bulk online. A couple of sites I use are Herrschners: www.herrschners.com/ , Annie's Attic: www.anniescatalog.com/ , and Joann's Fabrics: joann.com . I also buy yarn from Ebay, Etsy, or other such resell sites when it comes to yarn that is hard to find. But some colors of yarn I have are discontinued and I can't even find them anymore!
Q: Where do you get your safety eyes? What size eyes do you use?
A: I also buy my safety eyes in bulk online. I've been buying from Sunshine Crafts: sunshinecrafts.com recently. You can also find smaller amounts of safety eyes or noses on Etsy. As for sizes, I most often use 12mm or 9mm eyes. I use 15mm eyes for a few plushies, and also have as small as 6mm for tiny guys.
Q: Do you sell patterns?/Where can I get the patterns you use?/Where do you get your patterns?
A: I make all my own patterns! Sadly, I no longer sell patterns for a number of reasons. You can see this journal for more information on why I stopped selling patterns: fav.me/d5me2k6 However, you can find plenty of other great patterns online, on Etsy, or in pattern books if you want some patterns to try working on!
Q: Do you take commissions?
A: Usually! I shut down commissions at times if I'm getting a high number of orders from Etsy, or if I don't have time for them for some reason. If I'm accepting commissions my journal will show available and taken commission slots. Send me a note if you'd like to discuss a commissions, and I'll see what I can do!
Q: How did you learn to do this?!
A: My mom taught me basic crochet stitches when I was about 10. I made some little things here and there, but mostly stopped crocheting after a couple years. I picked it up again around 15 or 16, and started making my own patterns as well as selling on Etsy when I turned 18. I'm 22 now and I'm still learning new things and coming up with new ideas all the time!
Q: Can you teach me how to crochet/make amigurumi/make patterns?
A: I'm really sorry, but I can't! It's really hard to teach someone over the internet through text. If you're interested in learning how to crochet or make amigurumi, a good place to start is by watching Youtube tutorials. There are a ton of them out there and videos will make things a lot easier to understand. You can also find how-to books for beginners, or usually there are some stitch instructions in amigurumi pattern books as well. It can be a bit difficult at first, but you'll get the hang of it eventually. As for writing your own patterns, I'm not really sure how to explain it! But after you make a few plushies you should start to see how the shapes are formed and begin to be able to figure out what needs to be done to make the shapes you want for your own ideas!
Q: Where can I buy your plushies?
A: You can see what plushies are currently available in my Etsy shop here: syppah.etsy.com
Q: Why isn't (Perry, the unicorn, etc.) in your shop anymore?!!??
A: Many of my plushies are sold made-to-order. This means that I make the plushie after the buyer has purchased the listing on Etsy. Sometimes I have to take down some of the plushie listings in my shop while I work on catching up with current orders. Usually an item isn't gone for good! I'll put it back up in the shop when I cut down the number of orders that need to be made. I'm just one person, so (unfortunately!) I'm not able to make an infinite number of plushies. I also like to set aside some of my working time for new creations! And that means I can't spend all of my time making plushies that I've made before.
Hope that helps! If you have any other questions that you don't see answered here, just let me know and I'll add it to the list. Thanks!!