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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Azuma Wataru from Tumbling/Nephrite from PGSM and a tiny Sailor Pluto on: March 29, 2014 12:16:39 PM
A while ago, I discovered the J-drama "Tumbling" and its amazing cast, and fell in love with it.
It took me about a year to complete this Wataru amigurumi (craft blocks suck).
I recently gave him to a friend who loves him too and added the little Pluto for him to cuddle.



Reference pics

(Yamamoto Yusuke is an amazing actor. His proportions are difficult to catch in an amigurumi though and I need to do a better job on them next time.)


Amigurumi Wataru for me also represents a high school age PGSM Nephrite (long story)


Progress pics
   
I'm so proud of the jacket. Worked to look like it was made in rounds (by doing the backrows in backward sc), and the sleeves were done with a bigger hook so they would be flexible enough to slip through.

And a last one!


I'm currently working on the next one and this time, I'm taking notes for a pattern!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tears to rainbows on: November 09, 2013 11:48:58 AM
I had some really really bad days, and I needed my brightest colors around me, so I made a little rainbow ripple to keep me company.



Here it is on the stool it was made to cover, brightening the room, and playing tricks with everyone's perception.


The pattern I used is the Neat Ripple Pattern from Attic24.
I think next time I would revert the colors of the second rainbow, but for this one, I liked the continuous color progression and I'm quite happy with the whole piece.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Paddestoel? What is a paddestoel? on: December 02, 2012 03:09:24 AM
My guess is as good as yours Wink Wink Wink but they look like this:



I found these cute mushrooms by a blogger called Jacq a few weeks ago, and made two with different needle and yarn sizes. The pattern is here.
It was a challenge because the pattern is in Dutch of which I only have the most basic grasp, but it turned out that the pattern was very easy to work with. When I had to do some guessing, it was always easy from the pictures where the crochet would go.

So this was a fun autumn project!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / An Unexpected Journey-The Hobbit Movie Swap Rd 1(sendout Dec 11) on: October 26, 2012 02:36:01 PM



Swap name: An Unexpected Journey - The Hobbit Movie Swap Round 1


Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Ruby Copperhead
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: goldfishpollywog

Sign-up date range: Oct 26 to Nov 10, 2012
Date to send item by: Attention, new sendout! Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012



Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No


Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No


Additional Age requirement? No



Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES

- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES

- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES

- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

- Is at least 18 years old: YES



Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES

- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES

- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES

- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES

- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES



Details of swap:
An Unexpected Journey.
A long awaited swap.
I don't know what else there is to say. The Hobbit movie is coming! Sign up here!
We do a five point / big-and-medium swap.
If you have all the Hobbit feelings and want to do more, please talk to your partner about it.
Please post at least once per week in the swap thread.

If you mail us, always put "Hobbit swap" into the header of your PM.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:



QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: An Unexpected Journey - The Hobbit Movie Swap Round 1
Craftster username

Email address

Your real name

Mailing address including the country (!) as it will appear on the envelope / package and no, no one outside your country knows where your post codes go, believe me.

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country, on your own continent/to neighboring countries, or worldwide?

Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have allergies relevant to this swap?
Do you have allergens in your house?

Talk about your Hobbit or Middleearth favourites:

Favourite characters

Favourite moments and quotes

Favourite theme or thing

More favourite things

Items you'd like to receive? (Yes, this is the place for appropriate begging Grin)

Something Hobbit/LotR related you wouldn't want to receive?

Crafts you can do:

Anything else you want to tell your partner:



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kamen Rider Wizard Ring on: September 09, 2012 04:15:58 AM
I was so excited about the new Kamen Rider series. I got even more excited when I watched the trailers. Everything looked so good! And there were rumours about a female rider as well!
"Oh pleasepleaseplease don't suck!"
(And it didn't suck at all! Yay!)
In order to pass the time before it aired, I made myself a red Kamen Rider Wizard ring.



It's a bit wonky and more something like a prototype to learn how to do it better, but I'm happy wearing it each time I wait for a new episode to be up somewhere (like right now!).

And this is what it looks like in the series:



The rings come in four colors (they actually took the colors of the Hogwarts houses for the Wizard theme!) and my kids now want some in other colros, so I might make some more.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bienchen the Bee on: May 19, 2012 02:35:33 PM
Since we discovered the Sweet N' Cute Creations tumblr, my kids have been requesting almost everything we see there. So I made them this little bee.


Careful, Bienchen, that's not a fellow bee!


Yes, that's a bee!

I must say the bee really is cute, but while I was working on it, I grew more and more aware that bees have six legs, not four, and that this was not a bee. I added the little fur cowl for more beeity, and then I still had to worry about proportions and posture of the thing, which took me a few trials to get right. Now that it's finished, we're all pretty happy with it.
And as our garden was very popular with the bees today, I took some pictures there. 

Before adding the fur, you can see all the bee's parts in this pic quite well.
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Chibi Kunzite on: May 06, 2012 04:02:51 PM


This is Kunzite, one of the Shitennou from the Live Action series Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. He has an insanely detailed costume, and even in simplified form it's the most complex amigurumi I've made so far.
My experiments on Shitennou amis have been going on for while, but only when elfgrove on tumblr, another huge Kunzite fan, asked me to do a personal swap, I finished Kunzite. He has a fabric coat that he can take off, embroidered details, a little brooch and a wooden sword.

Here you can see a bit more of him:


Kunzite is now on his way to his new home, and he'll be in good hands. I'm very happy I finally got challenged to make him, thank you, elfgrove!

Here's the original Kunzite:

(Yes, that is a Sailor Moon villain, and yes, you should watch him it Grin

And if you want to know where I got those amazing hand models... look here to see Kunzite's encounters with lots of great cosplayers.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Hobbit swaps over the year on: January 14, 2012 09:51:37 AM


I can't believe there isn't a Hobbit swap thread here yet! Has no one seen the trailer? The trailer!

Swap ideas? Maybe a big one, and some smaller ones in its orbit?

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The next Sailor Moon swap on: November 27, 2011 04:41:39 AM


Now that the current round is over, and everyone is complaining about withdrawal symptoms, when will we do the next round?

Ideas? Normal sized swap? Bigger? Smaller? OTT? A Sailor Moon themed Sweat Shoppe Swap?

I can organize if it's not December.
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mini Dobby amigurumi with pattern on: November 06, 2011 05:31:36 AM
I made a little house elf for my partner imera in the one tiny thing swap:


It was inspired by Angry Angel's Dobby Doll. I really wanted one, but I wanted a smaller one, to fit Harry Potter themed amigurumi that I usually make.

Size reference: Lucius in this picture is about 5 inches tall.


Some technical information:
I used cotton yarn, fibre fill and a 2mm hook, the eyes were 5mm. Unfortunately, I couldn't get green eyes that small (Dobby is said to have green eyes in the books), so I used brown ones.
The clothing is just a bit of paper towel. I only wanted to use it as a template for a cloth piece, but it had the ragged look and fit well so I left it on.
Edit: I feel so cruel not to have given him clothing... but he was supposed to be with Lucius. But if you make a Dobby, perhaps you could give him a sock?  Wink

House Elf Amigurumi Pattern:

For private use.
This pattern is easy, but requires you to know how to make increases and decreases when working in rounds.

Head:
1) ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or 4sc in a magic ring)
2) 4 sc
3) 6 sc
4) 6 sc
5) 12 sc
6) 18 sc
7-11) 18 sc, insert safety eyes
11 to end) decrease each round by 6 sc, stuff head firmly, close.
The face gets a sorrowful shape if you use safety eyes that allow you to thread some cotton through and pull it very tightly to the back of the skull so the eyes sink into the face a bit. If you use safety eyes that have washers to keep them in place, you can do the shaping by pulling back the eye sockets with a thread. The back of the head will flatten a bit if you do this, but it's not too bad.
Edit: In the meantime, I pull the thread that sinks the eyes in through the throat area, so no more flattening of head.

Ears: (make two, work in rows, not rounds):
1) ch 2, 2 sc
2) 4 sc
3) 6 sc
4) 8 sc
leave a long tail for sewing the ears on later

Legs and Body:
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook (or 6 sc in a magic ring)
2-6) rounds of 6sc, cut thread, leave long tail
7) make another leg the same way, but don't cut off yarn on the second one. continue with a round of 12 sc over both legs. Neaten crotch by sewing shut with leftover tail from first leg
8-13) 12 sc
14) decrease to 6 sc, cut off yarn, leave long tail.
Stuff body

Arms:
1) ch4, 4sc in 2nd ch or 4sc in magic ring
2-6) rounds of 4 sc
leave long tail

Finish:
Sew on ears in a curve.
Pin all parts in place, check posture (for example, if you want the slightly sidewise turned head), sew on head and arms.
Dress in rags.

Please post a picture if you make one!

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