When you say you need nothing, you get nothing you need.

How many times are you asked what you would like for a gift? Whether it’s birthday or something else some people always like to answer with “I don’t need anything.” I didn’t ask what you needed… UGH. That answer is absolutely no help at all to the gift giver who was obviously trying to get the easy answer to solve the gift giving dilemma in the first place! My mother-in-law just happens to be one of those people that never “need” anything. So there I was a week after her birthday still trying to discover just what she really would like to receive… Tick, tock, tick, tock.. I got nothing…..that is why I asked in the first place!

So now enters my new interest in crocheting amigurumi dolls, she crotchets too, but she makes hats, that is TOTALLY different, right?! Sure it is. 👍 So now, what little snuggly thing could I make for mom? Well she does likes frogs, I haven’t crocheted a frog, she admittedly doesn’t need anything AND….no one needs a frog….perfect! Now we have something! After searching, this Tree Frog is the pattern I selected.

I found this pattern very easy to follow and the only alteration I made was to the eyes. I did not have eyes as large as those used by this blogger (Roman Sock) so I built up an eyeball in red and seated my brown safety eye in the middle, it worked out quite nicely, I think.

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He came out really cute, and I love the bendy pipe cleaner legs!

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Mom enjoyed her frog and after I boxed it it occurred to me that I could have put suction cups or magnets on his feet for hanging in windows or on refrigerator! I wish I had thought of that sooner! But I finally got it gift boxed, so I was done!! Next year I will be ready, mom will have crocheted frogs everywhere!

Better watch out butterfly!

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My son’s challenge

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Well with me making all these cute little guys, my son thought he would challenge me with a larger project request. And in larger I mean very rotund! He requested that I make a King Slime from a video game called Dragon Quest. Not being gamer myself, I headed to the Internet to find out … Continue reading

Nieces and Nephews equals more projects!

My niece and nephew (twins) had asked me to make their big brother the Kirby, which is what got me learning about amigurumi. Once they saw the Kirby they wanted something for themselves as well. My nephew wanted a Prince Fluff, part of the Kirby Yarn World game characters. One I looked up his image I found he was exactly a blue Kirby with a crown and different facial features, no problem! I decided to try a smaller hook just to see what different hooks did to the overall size of the finished product using the same weight yarn.

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Here is the finished Prince Fluff using the same pattern I used for Kirby, just adding the crown.

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Here you can see a big size difference. Kirby was made with my then only crochet hook the H/8-5mm. I now have a variety of hooks and chose the F/5-3.75mm for Prince Fluff. My brother-in-law sent me the photo with the two together and it definitely looks like Kirby gets lots of hugs!

My niece wanted a Princess Peach or a bat in pink or black. Looking up patterns for the princess, I was convinced I’d have to have more experience and possibly come up with my own pattern. So I went with a very basic ball-bat. I had already had a pink ball that I made and it had brown eyes…why did I have this already, you may ask? I told you I was addicted, I just keep making balls! And some balls get faces. 😃. Well I didn’t have any more matching pink so I went with charcoal for the bat’s ears and wings.

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This is a wee little bat! But I find it very adorable right down to the button nose! I made the wings sans pattern..you could say, I just winged it!. I opted to sew the wings around a pipe cleaner fed through the bat head so it’s wings can be posed.

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Another niece and nephew’s birthdays came around and I thought I could whip up a little something they’d like. My nice is a Hello Kitty fan and I opted to try my hand at one of those. There are tons of patterns and options for this famous kitten but I figured I’d refer to some but try it mostly on my own. This is what I ended up with:

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Hello Kitty was given to my niece who will cherish her “to go” sized friend!

My nephew loves super heroes and although he loves Captain America best, the Hulk is right up there and I didn’t think I was quiet ready for all the color changes involved in making the good captain. I found a pattern for the hulk that look acceptable to me and I made only minor alterations in following it. Here is the pattern I used: The Hook Monster

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This is my Hulk prior to getting a mouth and a haircut! I was tempted to leave him a long haired “Hulk Jr”!

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The mouth was difficult as I tried many colors and shapes but finally settled on this flatline mouth, boring but acceptable to me. His haircut really shows off his angry eyes! I am satisfied with him now and will be wrapping him up to present to my nephew this weekend!

My Firsts for Amigurumi

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Once my eyes were opened to the world of amigurumi, I must say I’ve been a hooking fool! My dogs could not find their toy and I knew of a spare squeaker laying around the junk drawer, so I whipped them up a squeaky ball in no time! Max and Loki waiting for their new … Continue reading

Crocheting

My Grandmom taught me to crochet a basic chain when I was about 8.  She did not give me a hook to use or teach me anything more than that one technique, most probably due to my short attention span!  Over the years I have tried my hand at crochet several times, always setting my sights on making an afghan.  At the completion of each afghan I had a lovely scarf to wear; Life and young children to chase had not improved my attention span for crochet projects in 20 years!!

Fast forward many years, my nest is now emptying and I have much more time available for me so I turned to crochet once again.  I figured I better start small this go around and in no time at all dishcloths and coasters were flying off my hook!  From October to December I created small masterpieces (in my own mind) to give as handmade gifts to friends and relatives, I felt very accomplished.  One day my niece and nephews were visiting, the twins requested that I make a Kirby for their older brother.  I thought it was sweet that they didn’t ask for themselves, so I set out to find a way to make one on the Internet.  Now the world of Amigurumi is exposed to me; an enormous variety of small, crocheted dolls!  It seems the possibilities are endless, there are animals, robots, cartoon characters, etc, etc, etc. and everything is crocheted and a small job, well some are bigger, but most are mini, definitely smaller than an afghan!

These small dolls are so adorable, I just can’t stop!  I THINK I AM HOOKED!!!

Here is the Kirby I made following the pattern found at Nerdigurumi’s site http://nerdigurumi.com/tag/kirby

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