Posts Tagged "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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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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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:

Drupal Drop

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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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?

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

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

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Ok, so a moment later this happened.

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

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

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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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