Crochet

Morrissey Doll

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Crochet, Feature | 3 comments

For the past couple of months, I have been crocheting like crazy because I finally got my Etsy shop up and running. I got a fair amount of orders for my crocheted Viking hats and beards before Christmas, which was great because we were also gearing up to go back home for the holidays. In the middle of fulfilling those orders, I got a request from my friend and former co-worker, Christi. Her BFF Kelly Sue is a HUGE Morrissey fan, and in her search for the perfect Christmas gift for her, she found some knitted Morrissey dolls. She knows that I knit and crochet, and asked if I could recreate one. Not having enough faith in my knitting abilities, I asked if she would mind if I did a crochet version, and she said that’d be fine.

So, I consulted the awesome book I got for my birthday last year, AmiguruME by Allison Hoffman, and here’s what I came up with:

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Christi chose the outfit, and I think it suits him well. I relied on Christi for advice in getting his facial features just right. We debated on his hair color as well. Sometimes it looks brown, other times it looks black, so I decided to use a dark brown yarn. Getting the pompadour and hairline just right was tricky, but I was happy with the end result. His shirt is removeable (obviously), and his arms are poseable.

Christi and Kelly Sue were both happy with mini Moz as well! Happy customers always make me happy, and these two ladies are the best, so extra warm fuzzies for them!

If you want to get your own crochet Morrissey doll, I have created a listing in my Etsy shop for him.

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Wee Castle & Knights Play Set

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog, Crochet, Feature | 0 comments

A couple of years ago, I saw this great wooden castle dollhouse type thing at Michaels in the same area where they carry the wooden dollhouse kits that I used for the spooky dollhouse and Ophelia’s fairy cottage. I immediately wanted to get one for Lex since it was like a dollhouse but for boys. :) It cost $20, which I thought was a bit pricey, but with a 40% off coupon, it wasn’t too bad. I started working on it and meant to get it done in time to give to Lex for Christmas 2012, but that did not happen.

On one of my regular trips to the thrift store down the road, I found another one just like it for only $7, so you know I snatched that baby up. It was mostly unpainted still, but it had been painted a bit. It just needed a facelift. I figured since I already had one, I would paint the other and put it in the upcoming silent auction that our province is having our next event this weekend. Plus I could finish Lex’s castle at the same time. I am so happy with how it came out. I almost don’t want to give it away!

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I also made some cork knights to protect the castle. The pattern for them can be found here. Here’s a closeup.

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To create the effect of bricks, I painted the whole thing black, inside and out, and then used a sponge cut into small rectangles and dipped into gray paint to paint each one. Protip: start with the windows and doors and then do the rest, working from the top down.

Now let’s look inside.

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I decoupaged some scraps of mulberry paper onto the walls. I thought it would be easier than trying to paint each room without getting anything on the floors or ceilings. Looking back, I’m not sure that it was easier. Either way would have been tricky, especially in the rooms with stairs. The stairs make everything difficult.

I like using the mulberry paper because the Mod Podge soaks through it easily and it doesn’t bubble and wrinkle like thicker paper. Plus the overlapping doesn’t look bad because it’s kind of hidden by the texture. It also looks really cool.

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The castle comes with a little box that fits into one of the rooms which is very handy for storing the soldiers when it’s time to pack up.

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Lex’s castle, unfortunately, is still in pieces, but I have made some progress. I really want to get it done soon because he keeps referring to this one as his castle.

This wee castle with its knights will be in the Southern Shores silent auction this Saturday at Newcomers, so if you’re in the Bay Area, please come and maybe place a bid. :)

 

 

 

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Crochet Happenings, Part 1

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Crochet, Feature | 5 comments

I’ve been doing a LOT of amigurumi (Japanese for crocheted stuffed toy) lately and realized that I haven’t been sharing all of my little projects with you all. So I’d like to make up for that now.

I’ve been in the process of creating some new patterns that I’ll be putting in my online store (coming soon!). Here’s my first attempt at America’s favorite star ship captain, Captain James T. Kirk:

 

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I’m not 100% happy with how he turned out. I’d like for him to be a little less lanky and a bit more muscular. I made some adjustments when I made his best friend and first office, Mr. Spock:

 

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I’m really pleased with how Spock came out. It was my first time wiring a doll so that it would be pose-able, and it was really easy thanks to this tutorial. I’ve been writing the patterns for my Star Trek guys as I go along. I’m planning on doing the whole crew, so stay tuned. :)

 

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I took this photo when setting up for the Museum of Discovery’s annual TinkerFest here in Little Rock. I was one of the Makers there and taught kids how to crochet (more or less) and got to show them what kinds of cool stuff they can make with it. In my area we also had a spinner with a spinning wheel and a knitter who makes really awesome knitted stuffed things, including a giant squid she’d made for her husband. I’m kicking myself for not getting a picture. It was really great!

Also pictured are a Weeping Angel inspired by Doctor Who and C-3PO. I got the pattern for C-3PO here. I’ve since added some little red and blue wires to his middle. The Weeping Angel pattern can be found on Ravelry here. I modified it a little by embroidering the hair and adding a headband to make it look more like the ones in the show. Here’s a closer look:

 

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 Don’t blink!

Next up is a little elephant I made for my mom for Mother’s Day.

 

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I found this pattern on Ravelry after a co-worker commissioned one for a graduation gift. And since it was right around Mother’s Day, I thought it would make the perfect gift for my mom since she loves elephants. For hers, I added three hearts for her three daughters, one of which had a smaller one attached to represent Lex and me.

 

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There are even more things I’ve done in the last few months, but I’ll leave it at this for now.

I’ve surprised myself by not getting sick of crocheting already. I’ll usually get tired of doing the same kind of craft over and over, but I think making little stuffed animals keeps it fun. Plus, since they’re small, they work up really quickly and you get that feeling of instant gratification.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Crafting Frenzy

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Crochet, Feature | 1 comment

Where’s Derby Thursday? Well, I’ve taken an unofficial break from roller derby until we move in the spring. Attending practice an hour away has been difficult for me. So until I start attending practice again, Derby Thursday will be on a short hiatus.

Since the first of December I’ve been frantically trying to make a little something for everyone on my list this year. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do for everyone that would be appreciated and not take a whole lot of time. Until, that is, my good friend Mandy brought me a book called Creepy Cute Crochet. I’d seen this book before and thought it looked pretty cool, but I haven’t bought any craft books in a while since they tend to sit unappreciated on the shelves for the most part. Mandy had perfect timing with this, though. It has the cutest little creepy critters, and there is a wide variety of them, too.

Since I got it this weekend, I’ve already finished one and gotten about 90% finished with another and about 50% finished with a third. That’s why I love crochet– it shapes up so quickly! I also love following other peoples’ patterns because I get to learn new techniques. If you’re a Facebook friend or you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen these, but here they are again.

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Day of the Dead Gal 90% done

The second creature I’ve been working on, a Day of the Dead gal. All she needs is a face and her crown permanently attached.

Here’s my first batch of eyes for the creatures and a couple of button eyes for my fairy doll. I wouldn’t have considered making eyes from polymer clay if I hadn’t read about it in Creepy Cute Crochet. They’re easy to make and attach (with glue instead of sewing). I would use safety eyes if I were making something for Lex, though, as these could pose a choking hazard. Since the recipients of these gifts aren’t prone to sticking inedible foreign objects in their mouths out of curiosity, I think we’ll be ok.

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Here are the button eyes attached. I used a silver embroidery floss to sew them on, which I think looks pretty cool, almost like a glint in the eye. The face did not end up looking the way I originally envisioned, but I still like it. Kinda creepy but also cute. I’m sure Ophelia will love it.

Ophelia is a girl after my own heart when it comes to making stuff. She’s thinks it’s super cool. Last weekend she was upset because she was bored, and to cheer her up, I agreed to help her sew something. She chose a teddy bear. We looked for a pattern online, and decided on this one. However, you had to buy it. It looked pretty easy to figure out, though, so I winged it. The result, while not exactly the pattern online, was very cute and floppy.

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Not bad for my first teddy bear pattern attempt, eh? And Ophelia did help with it. She stuffed an arm and a leg, and she helped sew up the straight parts on the sewing machine (with a little help from yours truly). She also chose the fabrics we would use and the buttons for the eyes. Now that I look at the inspiration bear, I see that I shouldn’t have sewn a line between the body and the head because Ophelia’s bear has no neck support (oops). But it was still a success, I think. Lex also liked the bear and fought over it with Ophelia a bit. It was pretty cute.

Speaking of Lex, I’ve barely started on his Christmas present. There is so much to do in the next 12 days! I’m starting to feel the familiar stress of the holidays. *Deep breath* Nothing to do but keep moving forward!

Good luck and godspeed with all your Christmas crafting!

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Hooking Like a Madwoman

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Crochet, Feature | 0 comments

Tee-hee-hee. I love that double entandre for crocheting! I’ve been a little crochet crazed lately. For Lex’s birthday I made a set of characters from Where the Wild Things Are using the patterns from CraftyisCool. I was so thrilled with how they turned out. And apparently I’m the world’s worst person for uploading photos to computers so I don’t have a pic to share at the moment. I’ll do another post about them soon.

Those wild things are definitely the most complex things I’ve ever crocheted, and I learned a lot just from making them. It’s like something clicked in my head and I suddenly understood the construction of crochet patterns. When I first learned how to crochet, I was so amazed at how people could create patterns for all kinds of different things. I guess some people are more spatially gifted than I am and it comes naturally to them. As for myself, I have a hard time visualizing how things fit together without having something physical in front of me. So constructing these little creatures with all of their different details helped me understand how different stitches and increasing and decreasing make different 3-D shapes. It’s really cool.

Because of my new understanding of crochet, I have been inspired to make my own original patterns. See, when I showed people the wild things, they almost all said I should sell them online. I explained that I could not because the pattern’s author expressly asked that people who use her pattern not sell the products. But if I create my own things, I can sell not only the things I make but also the patterns themselves. So then there’s only the question of what to make.

The hubs and I had a brainstorm on the way home from work one day. He’s a web developer and works a lot with a platform called Drupal. The  mascot/logo is a little blue drop of water with a face:

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Kinda cute, right? Well he’s going to DrupalCon in the spring in Portland, and he suggested that I crochet some Drupal drops to sell or give away at DrupalCon. I agreed and started working on drafting a pattern. After only a little bit of frogging and cursing, I was successful. When the hubs posted a picture of his on Facebook, a friend immediately bought 3. So now I’m busy cranking out these little guys:

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I just recently finished making my second from scratch crochet creation- a doll for Ms. Ophelia, my step-daughter. It’s my handmade contribution for her Christmas this year since she just loved the little Wild Thing dolls I made for Lex. When finished she’ll be a fairy with pointed ears. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen a couple of pics. I’m afraid she looks a bit creepy here without any hair:

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But look now–awesome magenta curly hair!

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I really like making doll hair. It’s so gratifying. Now she needs some eyes, a mouth and ears. Oh, yeah, and some clothes. :) I think I’m going to sew them rather than crochet because honestly I don’t like the way crochet clothes look in general. I think they’d be too bulky on this little lady.

I want to make a bunch of different versions of this doll, some male and some female. I was inspired by Waldorf style dolls and by CraftyisCool’s designs. I wanted to blend the two and add my own style to make something unique, and I think once I’m finished I will have achieved that.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. That and steadfastly not exercising. >.<

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Sweet Cuppin’ Cakes!

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Crochet, Feature | 1 comment

This week is Staff Appreciation Week at Lex’s daycare. Every year all the parents contribute to give the workers a little bonus and little treats all week long. For my contribution, I decided to make a gift basket. I wanted to do something handmade but didn’t want it to take up too much time. I settled on a cupcake baking gift basket with crocheted potholders. And when I searched for cupcake potholders, look what I found.

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Yes! Cupcake-shaped potholders! Aren’t they adorable? They’re made with cotton yarn so that they can stand the heat from the oven, and there are two layers sewn together. I was really pleased with how they turned out except for their scale. I guess my gauge is large because it seems like everything I crochet turns out bigger than it should. Here’s a pic with my hand to give you an idea of how big they are.

If I end up making them again, I’ll definitely have to scale them down a bit. I really liked the color combo of the bright pink and white. It reminds me of Hello Kitty. In case you’re wondering, the reason the loop at the top is red is because it’s meant to be a cherry on top. When I first set out to make these, I also envisioned using embroidery floss to make little sprinkles on top, but I didn’t have time in the end.

For the basket, I put in a box of Funfetti cake mix, some cute cupcake liners, cupcake frosting in a can with decorative tips, and pastel sugar sprinkles along with my cupcake potholders.

This basket is going to be a door prize that one of the workers will take home. I hope he or she enjoys baking!

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I was very happy to do this for the people at Lex’s daycare. They’re always so friendly and seem to really enjoy working there. Having worked at a high stress job myself, I know how important those little perks like employee appreciation weeks can be for morale. Hopefully this will brighten someone’s day and make them feel appreciated.

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