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31  Doop from X-Static Crochet Pattern in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by AmyLynn98 on: August 21, 2012 06:13:27 PM
Doop is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe who was created by writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred. He made his debut in X-Force vol. 1 #116. He is a green, floating spheroid creature of unknown origins who spoke in a "language" all his own (represented in text by a special font). For a time, he also served as the team's cameraman.

His abilities include levitation, an accelerated healing factor, superhuman strength, and he has an extra dimensional void within his body that can store objects and people.

A friend of mine saw a crocheted Doop on another website, minus a pattern, and sent it to me with a request to make one for his desk at work. David said he liked Doop because he looks like a demented pickle. I think Doop looks like a stoned pickle.

MATERIALS:
         E sized hook
         G sized hook
         Stitch markers (optional)
         1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Honeydew
         Small amount of  yarn, your choice of shade and kind (I used Premier Yarn Deborah Norville Everyday in Royal Blue, ED100-09)
         Fiber Fill
         Red, yellow and black felt (small amount of each)
         Fabric glue
         2 googly eyes, 1" wide
         Yarn needle

BODY:
Working from the bottom up, with the Honeydew yarn and the G sized hook (This is done in the round. Don't join the rows.):
1) Make a magic circle of 6. Join with a slip stitch here only and pull tight.
2) Chain 1 here only, and work 2 sc in each st around [12]
3) Work 2 sc in each stitch around again [24]
4 & 5) *sc in next 2, 2sc in next* repeat ** around
6-19) sc in each st around
20-23) sc2tog. around, evenly spaced, 3 times

Start stuffing the body.

24) work 1 sc in each stitch around
25-28) increase by 3 sc, evenly spaced
29 & 30) work 1 sc in each stitch around
31) work 1 sc in each of 17 sc stitches, then work 3 sc in each of the next 2 stitches. Finish off the row with 1 sc in each stitch around. The section of 6 sc in the previous 2 sc will become Doop's nose. You may want to leave a stitch marker here for later.
32) work 1 sc in each stitch around
33) work 1 sc in each of 18 sc stitches, then work 2 sc in each of the next 2 stitches. Finish off the row with 1 sc in each stitch around.
34) work 1 sc in each stitch around
35) work 1 sc in each of 19 sc stitches, then work 2 sc in each of the next 1 stitch. Finish off the row with 1 sc in each stitch around.
36) This row starts the uneven bumps on Doop's head. Work 5 sc in as many stitches around. Work a 4 dc popcorn stitch so that it pops to the front of your design. (Work 4 dc in the same stitch. Drop the loop from your hook. Insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first dc of the group. Grab the dropped loop with your hook and pull it through the stitch.) Repeat the 5 sc/1 popcorn stitch pattern around to the end.
37-40) Repeat row 36, but adjust the sc so the popcorn stitches are not even with the previous row. His bumps are random. There doesn't even have to be the same number of them on each row. Also, decrease each row by 2 random sc. Continue stuffing the head.
41) work 2sctog all the way around and continue doing so until the top of his head is closed. Fasten off the yarn with a slip stitch and weave in the end.

Cut a circle out of the yellow felt, about three fingers wide. Glue the circle to Doop's chest, straight down from his nose (where you may have left the stitch marker), about halfway down between the bottom and the intention of his neck.

Cut an X out of the red felt, making it larger than the yellow circle, and then glue it over the top of the circle.

Take a small sliver of black felt, about 1" in length, and glue it on Doop's face, below the nose, a couple rows down.

Glue the googly eyes on his face, so the horizontal center of each eye is about even with his nose. The eyes should be spaced out so the vertical center of each lines up with the edge of his mouth.

EYELIDS (Make 2)
You're just crocheting rough half circles here. This will give Doop his slightly stoned look. Working from the bottom up, with the Honeydew yarn and the E sized hook:
1) Leave a good length of yarn and make a slip stitch. Chain 10. You may have to adjust your own count here. The eyelids need to be slightly wider than the googly eyes  you're using.
2) Turn and starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 sc in each stitch across [9]. Chain 1 and turn.
3-5) Work the first 2sctog and the last 2sctog. All stitches in between are 1 sc each. Chain 1 and turn at the end of each row. Fasten off the yarn with a slip stitch at the end of row 5.

Place the lids over the eyes so the eyes are half covered from the top down. Use the beginning length of each  eyelid and whip stitch the lids in place. Weave in any loose ends and fasten off yarn.

ARMS (Make 2)
Working from the wrist first, with the Honeydew yarn and the E sized hook:
1) Make a magic circle of 1 chain and 5 sc. Pull tight and secure with a slip stitch. Chain 1. This is the only time you'll join rows here.
2) Work 2 sc in each stitch around, including the slip stitch from the previous row.
3-13) Work 1 sc in each stitch around.
14-15) Work 1 sc in each stitch around and work 2sctog in the middle of the row. This is Doop's elbow.
16-17) Work 1 sc in each stitch around and increase by 1 sc in the middle of the row.
18-22) Work 1 sc in each stitch around.
23) Work 8 sc, chain 1 and turn.
24) Work 2sctog, 5 sc and 2sctog. Chain 1 and turn.
25) Work 2sctog, 3 sc and 2sctog. Chain 1 and turn.
26) Work 2sctog, 1 sc and 2sctog. Chain 1 and turn.
27) Work 2sctog  and 1 sc. Secure with a slip stitch and leave a couple inches on the yarn.

Lightly stuff the arm. Position the arm so the flap you made at the end is on Doop's side and level with his neck. Slip stitch it into place. Weave in all loose ends.

FINGERS (Make 6)
Working from the fingertips first, with the Honeydew yarn and the E sized hook:
1) Chain 6.
2) Turn and starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 sc in each stitch across [5]. Chain 1 and turn.
3-6) Work 1 sc in each stitch around. Chain 1 and turn. At the end of row 6, finish off with a slip stitch and leave a couple inches for the tail.

PINKY FINGERS (Make 2)
Working from the fingertips first, with the Honeydew yarn and the E sized hook:
1) Chain 6.
2) Turn and starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 sc in each stitch across [5]. Chain 1 and turn.
3-4) Work 1 sc in each stitch around. Chain 1 and turn. At the end of row 6, finish off with a slip stitch and leave a couple inches for the tail.

Roll each small square into the tightest little rod you can. Whipstitch up the side of the roll, and attach the finger to the hand (four fingers per hand). Weave in all loose ends.

BUTT POCKET
Doop has a back-up brain in his butt. No, really, he does. Working from the bottom up, with the Honeydew yarn and the G sized hook:
1) Make a slip stitch and chain 17.
2) Turn and starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 sc in each stitch across [16]. Chain 1 and turn.
3-5) Work 1 sc in each stitch across [16]. Chain 1 and turn.
6) Work 7 sc in as many stitches across. Work 2 sc tog, and work 1 sc in each remaining stitch across. Chain 1 and turn.
7-8) Work 6 sc in as many stitches across. Work 2 sc tog, and work 1 sc in each remaining stitch across. Chain 1 and turn.
9-101) Work 1 sc in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn at the end of each row. At the end of the last row, finish the yarn off with a slip stitch and leave a tail of several inches.

Lay Doop face down on your crafing area. You'll see the start of the two little cheeks should be facing up towards you. Try to line up the bottom edge of the pocket to around row 6 of Doop's body (where all the increases for the bottom of his body are already done). Using the tail you left, whipstitch the butt "pocket" to Doop's body, through the two sides and bottom edges, making sure to leave the top of the pocket open. Weave in any loose ends and fasten off yarn.

BACK-UP BRAIN
He's a green floaty alien, so why not a strange colored brain? Working with your choice of blue yarn and the E sized hook:
1) Make a magic circle of 1 ch and 5 sc. Join with a slip stitch and chain 1.
2) This needs to be turned into a rough little oval, so work the following sequence around this row: 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc. Do not chain 1 unless specified.
3) Work the following sequence around this row: 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, 2 sc.
4) Work the following sequence around this row: 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc.
5) Turn the brain over and work some random surface sc over one side. Just try to give it a little bit of texture.
6) Work your way back over to one edge of the brain and chain 40. This is almost like Doop's back-up brain's umbilical cord (you don't want to lose a back-up, do you?).
7) Cut off a length of a couple inches and secure the chain with a slip stitch. Use your yarn needle to sew the slip stitch end of the chain to Doop's rear end, on one side of the inside of the butt pocket. Weave in all loose ends and finish off the yarn. You can either tuck his back-up brain into the pocket or have him hold it. Depending on how you've attached his arms, you can adjust the length of the chain as needed.



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32  Re: "Work Your Theme" ATC Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AmyLynn98 on: August 19, 2012 11:00:09 AM
I received my final card from KittyHerman on Friday.



It's K-9 from Doctor Who!!!! Love him! He's actually quite shiny and heavy.

Thanks, Kitty!!!

And what K-9, I've sent and received all three of my cards.  Cheesy
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33  Re: "Work Your Theme" ATC Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AmyLynn98 on: August 13, 2012 06:53:34 PM


Please excuse my shitty pictures lately. I'm having a hard time getting good photos of these cards. I have overhead lights, so the "close up" option on my camera sometimes doesn't look right.

gala_apples did this dolphin card for me (it just arrived today). It seemed appropriate to get a dolphin card in this swap. About 2-ish weeks ago, my FIL, step MIL and a nephew were visiting and we went on a charter fishing trip in the Atlantic Ocean. Before I lost my breakfast and was unable to fish from being surprisingly seasick, I got to see loads of dolphins in the ocean. Adults and babies alike were leaping through the air and swimming so fast. It was so amazing!

Thank you, gala_apples!!! Love how it looks like homemade paper. Very cool!
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34  Re: "Work Your Theme" ATC Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AmyLynn98 on: August 12, 2012 06:53:31 PM
Whoo hooo, got my first card back. I received my stargazer lily ATC from Spikefan on Friday.



LOVE IT! This is my favorite flower and you did a great job of creating one for me.  Grin Thanks, Spikefan!
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35  Made a Lane Bryant shirt smaller in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by AmyLynn98 on: July 29, 2012 02:59:24 PM
I just finished this modification this afternoon finally because my in-laws just left this morning from a 1 1/2 week visit. I actually bought this shirt in May from my local thrift store and have just been hanging onto it because I didn't have time to sit down with it. I think it was $2.99.

It's a Lane Bryant shirt, size 22. This is the before picture. I knew this would be a big shirt on me, but I loved it so much that I had to have it. The teal and brown are so pretty together, the fabrics are light and airy, and the embroidery on it (although machine-done) reminds me of a Moroccan design. I'm not a plus-sized woman, but I really did LOVE this shirt.

I knew this might be more of an advanced modification than anything I've done so far. I had to remove the stitching from the top and bottom part of the shirt first, on each side, so I could then take in the sides correctly. From both bottom layers, I took about 1.5 cm in on each side of the shirt where it was already pieced together. Then, I had to go back to that horizontal seam and put it back together.

I did really well with this one! I'm surprised that I was able to keep the vertical seams matching on the top and bottom, considering it was just the bottom I took in and not the top. I haven't taken an after picture but it's considerably smaller on me now and it still looks so good! Yay me!
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36  Slight Shirt Modification in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by AmyLynn98 on: July 15, 2012 08:17:01 AM


This is an XL sized shirt by Mossimo, that I bought a couple weeks ago at my local thrift store. I think it cost me $2.99, and I like to Mossimo line already. I fell in love with this shirt when I saw it but I didn't try it on. Once I got it home and washed it, that's when I finally tried it on. I really should try the clothes on when I'm shopping for them. The store does have fitting rooms. (This is just the after picture, because this modification is so slight, it doesn't need a before picture.)

Anyway, I'm guessing this shirt shrunk at some point, because the arms were tight. Luckily for me, I found this tute over at Crafty Stylish (http://www.craftstylish.com/item/49711/easy-fix-for-that-tight-uncomfortable-sleeve) on how to fix that.

I won't run through it step by step here, but I dropped the hem, opened up the sleeve, and resewed it. samsstuff, the writer of the tute, has a much better way of explaining it.

I also removed the ties from this shirt. They were long thin ties, secured at the sides, up by that hem just below the bust. The rest of this shirt was loose and billowy, which is a look I love but doesn't work on me. I think it makes me look chunky or pregnant, and I don't want to look either. To take it in a little bit, I used a hint I learned from another shirt I bought at the thrift store.

I scored this awesome black and red checkered Torrid shirt, buttons down the front, collared and with 3/4 length sleeves. It has a line of buttons down the back as well, to cinch it in a little bit. I pinned the back of this shirt so that it was cinched too, and then sewed it down. This brought it in a little tighter by about 3/4".

I have a thin braided leather belt from some other piece of clothing that I think will look good with this shirt, so I can wear that on my actual waist instead of having it up high. I hope this shirt lasts me for a while, because the material is thin. I can't tell if it's supposed to be like that or if it's been well washed and well used.
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37  Re: The Walking Dead Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by AmyLynn98 on: July 08, 2012 10:40:54 AM


My package from pearljam.
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38  Re: The Walking Dead Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by AmyLynn98 on: July 02, 2012 06:09:54 AM
Between pearljam94 and myself, we have had a hell of a time here. We each needed additional time for our goodies, so I'm posting a couple pics here of the package I sent to pearljam94. My package from her should be arriving here in a day or so.

This particular swap, I knew the kinds of things I wanted to make and just had to hope they tied in to my partner's likes somehow. I got lucky with being matched with pearljam. Smiley Please excuse the crappy cell phone pics...I thought I had my camera with me this morning. All I had was the charger and card reader, but no camera and card. But I had a few pics on my cell phone. Smiley


I knew from the get-go, I wanted to do some kind of portrait of Glenn. But I'm no painter...I get frustrated when I try to paint and it doesn't turn out exactly perfect. So, I cheated a little. I found a picture of Steven Yeun online that I really liked, as Glenn, took it into Photoshop, cloned out his features, and then smeared it. Once this image was big enough, I projected it onto the "canvas" with a mini projector, traced it on in pencil, and started painting.


This was actually a wall hanging print from Big Lots that I bought for $5. The grey background is actually primer paint. It looked like a tin ceiling tile print. The red splatter around him is really watered down red crafting paint that I flicked on. I am really freaking happy with how my portrait of Glenn turned out! It pained me a little to send it away.


I also bought a wall clock from Wal-Mart and redid the face of it, the same way I redid my crafting room clock a while back. I really wanted to upcycle both a print and a clock for this swap, but I couldn't find anything good in the thrift stores, so I had to buy new. Sad I didn't want to take chances on a $1.99 thrift store clock when I felt that a $4 Wally World clock would work.

I used Photoshop to design a new face. Rick was originally in this image, on horseback, riding into Atlanta, right below 5 o'clock but it looked busy and full in that corner so I cloned him out. I did try including a red bloody biohazard symbol in the center where the hands come through but that looked busy too. The frame of the clock was plain white but I added some red crafting paint bloody fingerprints to it, because everything is better with blood. Smiley
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39  Dresses into skirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by AmyLynn98 on: May 27, 2012 01:26:33 PM
I've turned two long dresses that my husband got me in Iraq a few years ago into skirts. Over the last few years, I apparently have become a little more...busty. Smiley Yeah, sure, busty, that's what it is. I'm sure it wasn't a weight gain or anything. Each dress was a tank top style and I cut the tops off and made new waistbands.

Before of the blue/grey one. This is a beautiful color in real life! See how the tank couldn't be buttoned?

After of the blue/grey one.

I forgot to take a before one of the khaki one. I really like this one, because the left side hem on it has a random point coming down from the asymmetrical hem. That one is secured on the side with a snap.

I'm really proud of how these turned out. I've tried other clothing modifications before and they haven't turned out yet. Granted, I ripped out the waistband a couple times to get it right, but I feel like I've turned a corner with my sewing with these projects. I can't wait to wear these to work!
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40  Jedi Robe=Finished! in Halloween Costumes by AmyLynn98 on: May 07, 2012 07:32:48 AM
The on-going saga of my Jedi costume has another item complete=the Jedi robe! I finally finished it up last night. This is actually going to be a part of the Jedi costume I made and submitted last year for the costume contest.

I don't have any finished pictures of it yet and I need to head out the door to work, so here's a picture of it when it was about 3/4 of the way complete.


It's made of 100% linen from Joann Fabric, and the color is called "potting soil." I tried buying the remaining yards that I needed online but the fabric store's website kept saying there was an unknown error. The Va Beach store didn't get any more in since I bought all of what they had, so I had to go to the Chesapeake store to get the rest. That was a bit of a bummer too. If I had been able to buy it online, I would have saved a few more bucks over what the in-store sale price was.

Anyway, I bought a total of 7.8333 yards of this stuff ($95.07...YIKES!) and I don't even know how much I used for the robe as I have a lot left over. But the plus side is this: I have enough left over of this stuff to remake the tabbards and sash of the costume. Since I'm going for the best costume I can make, this is a good time to take another crack at it.

The only thing I wish I had done differently was the hem on the sleeves. For the very bottom hem and the hem around the hood, I used an X style of stitch, instead of a straight stitch, in matching brown thread. I thought having those XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX's all the way around the hems might add a little detail to the robe that only I would notice. If I had been thinking, I would have done those same X's around the bottom of the sleeves as well.

I actually made my sleeves an inch or so longer than the pattern, and I made the hood larger as well.

One of the Jedi robe "trademarks" is that the hood has to be large enough to "pool" on both sides of the head on the shoulders. Sons of the Suns had a nice image there to help show how large the hood should be.
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