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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm really new to this, could I get some help? on: January 18, 2012 12:56:54 AM
Amigurumi is just the word used in Japan to describe crocheted or knitted dolls, that's all.
The most common stitch is single crochet, with increases and decreases along the pattern, but I've seen (and I've made) patterns with other stitches.
I can't speak about knitting since I don't know about it.
You can make the dolls with any kind of yarn, cotton thread, or even sewing thread.
And you can make any kind of doll or stuffed animal, there are no restrictions
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do YOU make patterns? on: December 23, 2011 03:38:33 PM
Start with some pattern you've got and try changing things, see how increasing and decreasing change the outcome.
Write down everything you make. When I started making my own amigurumis, I never wrote down the steps I took, and then I couldn't remember how to crochet them again.
Don't be afraid of making something hideous, if you don't like what you have crocheted, undo some stitches and try again.
Use cheap and unwanted yarn for your pattern-projects, so you don't mind if it gets damaged or you've got to throw it away.
Mostly is trial and error until you get accustomed, don't be afraid and keep crocheting Smiley
Hope this is useful to you
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Robot Santa with free pattern! on: December 23, 2011 03:20:33 PM
I don't know enough words to say how I really like your Robot Santa, and you've given us the pattern! Many thanks!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Solun the dragon on: December 23, 2011 03:16:55 PM
Amazing! Your dragon is simultaneously beautiful and adorable. Beautidorable?
Did you embroider the details all down the side and on the tummy? It's gorgeous. Glad to hear you won!
Thanks! I like beautidorable, it's a great new word XD
I didn't embroider the details, everything is crocheted. I used double thread and changed one thread for another color in some stitches, that's how the dragon got a little bit of blue, yellow and red Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any tips for XL Dolphin in the making? on: November 22, 2011 02:06:18 AM
I'll try to answer you as better as I can (english is not my main language and there are things that I don't know how to explain =S)

1) I think the beak is good as it is, better if you round it, as you say, but I don't see how can you attach it better

2) I've bough sometimes some fiber filling that is compressed, like a sheet (a 2cm thick sheet, but a sheet XD) You could use this, cut the form with the pattern of the tail and put it inside the fabric tail. And sew the end of the body-begining of the tail so that the body filling don't go into the tail. (Same for the fins)
Oh, also, you need to make your fin pattern wider not larger. When you draw a pattern you should take into account that you will stuff it, so it will be a little less wide than you have drawn (I don't know if I'm explaining it right >_<)

3)What I would do is to sew the fins separately (with the filling I've said) and sew the to the body, this way you won't get many rips and the fins will be separated form the filling of the body (so they won't get wonky)  If you want to sew all together (body and fins) and flip all inside out at the same time, you have to make some cuts in the fabric before you flip it. Here is some crappy draw (sorry, I only have paint in this pc) where I point where to cut



Watch out you don't cut any stitch, but try to cut very close to it. If you cut it that way, it will get a better shape.

Ok, I hope I've made some sense and this help you with your plushie, tell me if you don't understand anything and I will try to explain it better Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to stiffen fabric on: November 22, 2011 01:20:22 AM
At first I was thinking in interlining the fabric, but you say that you've already sewn the wings, so it's discarded.
The only option I see is to starch the wings, you can use a chemical starch or water mixed with sugar, it serves the same. Wet the wings with the mix and let them dry in the position you want them, that should do the trick
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to clean a knitted doll (no love from the knit board ; _ ;) on: September 24, 2011 02:12:00 AM
Hi! I'm going to tell you the way we get ride of these stains in Spain. What you need is soap bar, preferably if it's handmade soap, but will do any kind. (This is the most used soap in Spain for that purpose, if you are curious http://www.euroquimica.es/es/catalogo/03_jabcom_01.html)
You have to handwash it carefully, and before rinsing it, let it dry in the sun. Then handwash it again and the stain should be gone.
Also, is there any possibility that you can remove the fill from the doll? Open up some seams so you can replace it with brand new polyfill. That would be the best.
Hope all this is useful for you Smiley
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Solun the dragon on: September 09, 2011 09:33:46 AM
This spring the brand DMC held a contest in Spain with the new product "Natura Just Cotton"
The only rule was to use that cotton, nothing else, so I chose some beautiful colours, took my crochet needle, pencil and paper, and started to design my entry: a little dragon.
And this is what made, its name is Solun, is 40 cm from head to tail and its wings are posable:











If you want to know it, I won the contest, yay! XD
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Little football pattern? (Soccer, not American football!) on: June 12, 2011 04:33:16 AM
You could make 12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons, and then join them like this:
http://www.crochetbug.com/how-to-make-an-african-flower-soccer-ball/
http://www.crochetbug.com/how-to-make-an-african-flower-soccer-ball/assembling-the-african-flower-soccer-ball/

Here are two more ways of crocheting hexagons and pentagons:
http://www.suite101.com/content/patchwork-crochet-blanket-free-pattern-a223866
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278338.0

I hope this is useful to you Cheesy
10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Homemade Frozen Yogurt Popsicles on: June 09, 2011 10:23:55 AM
Oh I really like yogurt popsicles! Cheesy
I'm from Spain and I've been eating them since I was a child, my mother was also concerned with our health and made for us popsicles with yogurt, natural juice or petit suisse (it's a kind of cheese dessert with fruit flavor)
Nowadays, during the summer, some yogurts are sold with sticks in case you want to freeze them Smiley
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