I saw ‘Star Wars’ over Christmas. Soooo good. And I’m not even a huge Star Wars geek (although I know enough to know that the first three movies don’t actually exist). I really loved the feminist kick to it (although don’t even get me started on Darth Snape). I also really loved this little guy:
Everyone in the crochet community must have gone nuts the second they saw BB-8 right? He’s practically designed to be Amigurumified! (One day I will attempt Chewie too, but til then do you like my backpack?) They pretty much gave us the challenge – BB-8 is probably the new Minions. So of course I crocheted him. And so can you – free pattern after the jump.
I first discovered the Discworld books when I was probably in my preteens, when my older brother left ‘Mort’ on the kitchen table and I was in need of something to read. I picked it up not really expecting much, and then spent the rest of the summer hungrily hunting down other books from the series. And I’ve been pretty much addicted ever since. My favourite books are the Watch books – there’s something about Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot and Sergeant Angua that really just grabs me. I don’t have a favourite book, I find it impossible to pick one. But when I have nothing to read, or when I don’t feel well, or when I just really fancy phasing out and losing myself in another world it’s always Discworld that I return to.
So when Terry Pratchett died back in March, I knew I needed – not wanted, needed – to pay tribute somehow. And I’ve finished in time to tie in nicely with the release of the final (sob) Discworld book ‘The Shepherd’s Crown‘ next month, so consider this free pattern my prerelease gift to you, in memory of a man whose creativity and writing genius far outstrips anyone else ever. You’re missed Sir Terry- RIP.
I present: The Discworld.
The turtle, Great A’tuin, and the disc itself are my patterns, and the four elephants, Tubul, Jerakeen, Berilia and Great T’Phon, are made using Mad Crochet Lab’s Elephant pattern which you can buy for just $2 at the link. Patterns for my parts are available free after the jump.
So the following posters have been spotted around London recently :
Credit: chloeolympe on Instagram, via Buzzfeed
I’m not from London, I’m from West Yorkshire, but imagine my glee when the Buzzfeed article about this mentioned that Clive’s owner, James McMahon was from South Yorkshire. So I, of course, like any concerned citizen, searched my yarn stash, having a suspicion that mini Monsters often like to hide in such places. Lo and behold, look what I found:
He appears to have changed colour to blend in – camouflage is a wonderful skill. I have contacted James to see about returning his companion. Watch this space. In the meantime, if you’d like to make your own Clive, follow the pattern after the jump.
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.
The original image is from Begemott on DeviantArt. I love it – it totally describes what I feel about my bear Snuffy who I showed you all earlier in the week. And while idly flicking through the internet a couple of weeks back I got relinked to the meme and decided I HAD to make that bear.
Yes he’s fighting a sheep in that last photo. I didn’t have any scary soft toy monsters!
I call him the Guardian Bear and he’d be a great make for anyone, but I think he’d be a particularly nice gift for a child who is struggling with nightmares. Or in my case an insomniac adult who’ll give anything a shot (I’m not sleeping because of monsters, sure – gimmie the Guardian Bear!).
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…