Easter Totoro

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Crochet, Feature | 0 comments

I’m so excited to show you my latest crochet project, Totoro! I knew that this year I wanted to knit or crochet a plushie for Lex for Easter since he is old enough to sort of get it. When I went hunting for patterns on Ravelry, I found this awesome free pattern that I shared with you in this post. I debated for a moment whether or not to do a traditional rabbit or a Totoro. I put the question to my Facebook friends, and everyone voted for Totoro. I think they made the right decision, don’t you?


Isn’t he the cutest? Totoro is definitely cooler than some old rabbit.


He was a little more interested in the camera than in Totoro, but he really does like him. See?


Ok, so a moment later this happened.


You know. He can’t stay still and look at a stuffed animal all day. He’s got things to do!


Like find a stick and check out the fire hydrant. What!?


Happy (very belated) Easter! 🙂

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Weekly Inspiration

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Blog, Crochet, Weekly Inspiration | 0 comments

I think I’ve mentioned before that I used to be a bit of a craft snob. To me some crafts (like decoupage and knitting) were cool, while others (like crochet and dollhouses) were something that weird older women liked to do. Yeah, in my head I can be kind of horrible.  Now that I have spent more time on the Internet and places like Craftster, I know that all crafts can be cool– you just have to make cool things with them. Instead of frilly flowery dolls in Rococo style houses, you can make a castle or a witch’s house. Instead of crocheting lacy doilies, you can crochet a miniature Boba Fett.

When I discovered that crochet can be just as cool as knitting (if not cooler), I taught myself to crochet. Now I often times prefer it to knitting. It’s so much faster and has a ton of versatility. Last week I got lost in Ravelry for a few hours looking at all the gloriously geeky crochet patterns on there. Here are some of my favorites.

If you’re a Whovian, then you know what this is– an adipose! Ever since I first laid eyes on those little critters I’ve thought that they were adorable. I was so excited when I saw this pattern that I almost squealed out loud at work.

To-to-ro! To-to-ro! Yes! Patterns for both the blue and the white totoros are available for free. I’m about 85% done with the blue one already. I can’t wait to show you guys!

This is another pattern by Lucy Ravenscar, the same lady who wrote the ones for the totoros. All of her stuff is really adorable. This guy is called a fierce dragon, and I think he’s going to be my next crochet project.

I love swirls and so I love this pattern. I started a block with dark purple and cream, and I’m really loving how it has turned out so far. As I’ve had more experience with knit and crochet, I get bored easily by simple projects like scarves and beanies. This one is a fun challenge because you have to keep close tabs on which stitch you’re on.

How fun is this little crown? It was designed as a prop for newborn photos, and I really wish I’d seen it when Lex was itty bitty. I still think it’s a great prop for dress-up, though, and it’s gender neutral.

Here’s another geeky pattern– cuddly Cthulhu! Cthulhu is a character from a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, and something about him has fascinated sci-fi and fantasy fans like me. I love this little cuddly version of him.

All of the patterns above are free! If you’re a crocheter or knitter and have not perused Ravelry yet, I highly recommend it. There are so many patterns on there, some for free and others for sale. And if you don’t know how to crochet but want to learn, there are all kinds of free resources online that will teach you how. It may seem intimidating at first, but it’s really very simple. Most of these patterns only use one or two types of stitches. The rest is increasing and decreasing which is really easy with crochet. I’d be more than happy to help you learn! Just leave a comment and we can figure something out. Happy hooking!


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