A Dragon’s Tale…

So another birthday is coming up and I got a good advanced start on this one, I am done and still have a month to go to gift it!  Yay me!  Anyway I was informed by her father that she was an avid Toothless fan, the dragon from”How to Train Your Dragon” ( a DreamWorks Animation ).  So I was happy to find this pattern:  Toothless   It is a clearly written and easy to follow pattern.

I did run into several problems with the making of this little guy however, but it was not due to anything but my own inexperience.  Let me tell you one thing I learned right away with this project….I do not like black yarn!  Possibly it’s my eyes but I had a really hard time distinguishing sewn yarn from stitches. You may wonder why this was even an issue and I answer that curiosity with the first thing I did was sew the head on backwards and had to remove it!!  NOT FUN!  It seriously took me forty minutes to decapitate it then reattach it to the body correctly!  So, word of warning, be very sure which side of your head is the face side before sewing it onto the body!!  Probably common sense there but this was a sort of odd shaped head. I think if I ever make this pattern again, I will put a stitch marker in at the row 12 increases as this is the section that builds up the “nose area”…then I will be sure not to make that mistake again!  So I not only removed his head but also both back legs because he wouldn’t sit up proper and the horns and ears fought with me at every turn!  So they too got removed and replaced a few times, you would think I would have learned to pin them or something…no, not me!  I’m stubborn like that!  Oh well, he is done now and I am glad that it turned out well!

Another thing I learned about black yarn, that I didn’t really care for, is that you can see the white stuffing. It would be nice to have black stuffing for this guy so those little white curly cues wouldn’t show up everywhere, I find them very noticeable and annoying! So before taking pictures I went over him with sticky rollers and tweezers… whew!

IMG_0096   His eyes are greener than they look in these photos.

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IMG_0092  Back view to show the wings and tail fins.

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I do have a menagerie of various colored furry pets which unfortunately showed all their furry contributions to the project as well! I don’t think I could ever give my Amigurumi to a person with pet allergies!  Thankfully the sticky rollers removed that pretty well also! After all is said and done, this guy turned out really cute, albeit frustrating at times. I do believe he will be thoroughly enjoyed all the same when I give him to my niece.

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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Just another day

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So, I wasn’t going to publish this until my daughter actually received it, but I am so excited! Not that it is “oh so spectacular” but because I just know she is going to love it! I made it from looking at a picture of something she liked, it’s not exact or even perfect, but … Continue reading

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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