Hiya everyone. It’s Summer! And that means SUMMER HOLIDAYS! Yay! I now have six weeks off work (well, six weeks at home with a lot of stuff to do before I start the new school year but I’m not complaining). And that means I should have a bit more time to post things on here. Which I will start with now with my Ami-Me.
For anyone who doesn’t read Mad Crochet Lab, Ami-Me is a CAL she’s ran these last two years. The idea is you make up (or amend) a pattern for a mini you. She’s displaying all this year’s entry over at her blogso go check them out (Trace‘s is my favourite!). I didn’t get to take part last year, so I made it a bit of a mission to manage it in 2014. And success! Meet my Ami-Me:
My Ami-Me is all kitted up for Roller Derby (my skates, pads and helmet actually are those colours too). And she’s posable too, thanks to some concealed pipe cleaners. She’s made as a blank, naked body then I created clothes to sew her into plus removable equipment. Then I made her the best accessory ever – an Ami-Boyfriend!
Based on my actual other half, again with (at the time!) accurate kit (yes he does have horns on his helmet – his Derby name is Lucky Devil (mine is Rainbow D45H). He bought red skates shortly after making but at the time they were correct).
I liked this pair so much, I also recently Ami-fied my Mum and Dad for their birthdays, but I did theirs using colour changing while making the bodies to create the clothing, to make the process quicker.
I plan to do the rest of my family as their birthdays (or possibly Christmas) happen.
Guys, I have discovered a new obsession, nearly as life consuming as crochet.
For the uninitiated, Roller Derby is basically rugby (or american football) on roller skates, minus the ball. The idea is to get one player on a team of five past the other teams players to score points, and to do that you push the other team’s players out of the way or get in the way of them moving in order to let your jammer (the point scorer) through your wall of blockers. If you’ve ever seen ‘Whip It’ it’s that, only not actually quite as violent, and on a flat track in my case. I’m only very new new to the sport, so not at a game playing level yet until I pass some more minimum skills, but I am loving it.
And as is the case when you love something and also make ami’s, of course you crochet it!
Meet Ami! On the left here she is skating on my boyfriend’s team’s floor. On the right she’s been expertly modelled by my team mate Ninja Nina* from the Halifax Bruising Banditas. Check us out if you’re UK based, we’re recruiting! Check us out if you’re not UK based too of course 😉
*Names are a thing in Derby, as are personalised numbers. Mine is Rainbow D45H, after the My Little Pony character. I’m cool…
So last week I asked for people’s opinions and my Lady pattern won the vote, so here she is!
She’s posable and everything! The Lady was made as a gift for my brother’s girlfriend, who had requested ‘something for her desk at work’ ages ago. She’s big on history and textiles, especially dress and corset making, so I intended on making a beautiful Victorian style doll with a crinoline skirt. She actually looks more like she’s wearing some kind of space crinoline, but she was well received either way! Free pattern after the jump. Continue reading →
Howdy. A day later than usual I know, but forgive me – I was re-jigging a totally awesome pattern for you.
Earlier in the week, I was watching the ever fantastic QI, a British TV panel comedy show based around general knowledge and random facts, presented by the wonderful Stephen Fry. The episode featured shrunken heads, and Mr Fry gave out some genuine fake shrunken heads from Ecuador (I think – I may be wrong with the location!). They were made from goats skin, not humans, but straight away I wanted to crochet one.
Here’s the result:
I played around with hook sizes a bit, so the one on the left is bigger since it’s made on a 3.5mm E hook and is more true to life, fills the palm of your hand size, whereas the one on the right uses a 2mm hook and is slightly smaller, so would be less distracting to say, hang from your car’s rear view mirror. Add a lavender sachet and it becomes a creepy air freshener.
I spent ages frogging and shaping them, only to remember near the end that Wooly Toons has an excellent pattern on her site too. But her’s are based on the Beetlejuice characters, whereas mine are more aimed towards the real ones. One can never have too many option when it comes to tiny noggings though, it must be said 😉
As I type, my wrists are bloomin’ sore. This last fortnight has been one of neglecting my university studies to focus on my crochet. Meh – there’re other trainee teachers out there to meld the minds of the yoofs! If you’ve followed me on Facebookyou’ll have seen a few bit – I’ve an Oogie Boogie that I’ve played about with, a mobile phone case, and I’ve also joined in with the Fairy themed CAL running over a Mad Crochet Lab.
So please bare with me this weekend for just posting a quicky pattern edit. Using my Basic Amigurumi Human Base, I made these for my little sister and her boyfriend for Christmas – Harley Quinn and The Joker.
It took a few edits to the patterns, the most notable being the head and body balls being turned on their ends, mainly so that I could do the coloured halves of Harley’s costume, and then I ended up doing the same on the Joker just so that they looked like a pair.
And the addition of boobs.
Close ups and discussion after the jump (not technically patterns, but I’ll describe the edits so you could feasibly attempt your own too).
I am back in the time stream! By which I mean what you are reading is a post typed up and posted on the same day, not one of my scheduled posts from the past. My house move went ok, although we’ve been living here for six weeks and the spare rooms are still not unpacked because life happened. Me and the mister are involved with an amateur theatre group, who decided to do a challenge of putting on ‘How the Other Half Loves’ (a very complicated Alan Ayckbourn play) with only six weeks of rehearsals, which mean I haven’t had an evening free to unpack since roughly five weeks ago! But that goes on this week (wish me luck!) so after that I’ll be free to unpack and finally sort out my craft half room. I’m taking over half of one of the spare rooms, as much out of necessity as design. My wool stash is currently piled haphazardly in a corner and my amigurumi are in a box waiting to be displayed.
Anyway, enough waffle from me. On to the interesting stuff: a new pattern! Partial credit goes to Geek Girl Crochet who inadvertently helped me with the head when she was trying to help me with my Clanger. It’s not the exact pattern she helped me write, because I changed the last third while I was messing about, but I wouldn’t have concocted the rest of this creature without her input, so thank you!
Without further ado, here is the Jelly Tot Sprite:
The Jelly Tot Sprite is one of those creations which was never intended to be made, but which forced itself upon my hook and wouldn’t leave until she was created. She’s a little bit creepy like that. She’s bigger than anything I’ve designed before, standing a good six inches tall. The hypnotic eyes will make you feel slightly uncomfortable, but will burn into your soul and won’t let you leave her. But it’s ok, she can be easily appeased with chocolate milk.
I have no idea why she’s called the Jelly Tot Sprite. It just seemed to fit. She was going to be a mushroom…
I made this pattern up a while back, but now seems a perfect time to release it. Yes, I’m off the grid writing from the past to post in the future (or the present as you’re reading) but I wanted to give something awesome in the middle of what will be some very quick minor posts. I present – The Red Castle Crashers Knight.
Castle Crashers is a game on the Xbox 360. It features little cartoon knights who are freaking adorable. There’re loads of different colours, but the red one is very well known (the main four are Red, Orange, Blue and Green) so I decided to try the pattern with him.
First up is Finnick Odair for the Hunger Games Trilogy (Books 2 and 3) which I made for my little sister’s birthday (I say little – she turned 20 on Sunday!).
For those of you not familiar with Finnick, he is a former Hunger Games champion from a water based District (District 4) and the ‘clothes’ (term used loosely!) I’ve made him in are from the opening ceremony where he wears just a net and carries a trident. Fisherman, gettit? He’s by far the funniest character in the book, and my sister and I both have a mini lit-crush on him. Even if you DON’T know who he is, after the jump I’ll go through how I made and attached his hair, the net and his trident which might be of use to you 🙂
The second edit I have made so far is Ajani Goldmane, a Planeswalker from the card game Magic: The Gathering.
Again, probably one most readers won’t know – he’s essentially a White Magic wielder that looks like a big albino lion. Again, after the jump I’ll tell you how I made his mane.
Freebie pattern of the week, and Yarndango project number 4 – the Basic Amigurumi Human Base (also linked to Handmade Monday)
This is one of the two I’ve been excited about posting, not because I think it’s particularly awesome (that comes next week!) but because I’m pleased with how it turned out. I spent hours and hours doing trial and error to get this base sorted for the finalised, bits-added-to-it-to-make-a-specific-character project I’ll detail later in the week (it’s being used as a present that won’t get passed on in time and I’m not sure if the recipient reads my blog, so split post it is lol). I’m sure it’ll get used in a few of my projects in the future too, since I’ve already created a second character using it and have plans for a few more!
Anyway, for now, here’s how to make the base. Pattern and lotsa how to photos after the jump.