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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted hats on: September 25, 2014 11:37:51 PM
Hats that I crocheted for my older sister and her children who live in Michigan.
This one is for my niece, Phiona, who LOVES anything and everything pink:

This one is for my nephew, Logan, who only said he didn't want a pink hat:

Those two hats were made by crocheting rectangles which I then stitched together on their short sides then gathered and stitched up one of the longer sides for the top. I got the idea from a crochet book that picked up at Goodwill but I don't recall the name Huh

This one is for my sister (though I'm wearing it here), MacKenzie, whose favorite color is green:

Her hat started out using a pattern I'd found online but I lost it so I had to make up the rest as I went along since I don't remember where I got the pattern Huh
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Probably a silly question but asking anyway! Acrylic sweater? on: August 18, 2014 04:14:33 AM
A coworker gave me McCall's Crochet Treasury a few months ago and it has a pattern for a crocheted hoodie.
I'm in love with Red Heart's Blacklight yarn and would love to make myself a wild colored hoodie out of it for this winter.
But I've been looking around and most people seem to say not to use acrylic yarn for clothes because it's heavy and gets stiff and scratchy over time.
My question is, have any of you had those issues? I'd hate to put a lot of time into making a hoodie that would only have a couple years of use.
Also, should I just use some of the Vanna's Choice yarn I have? It's an acrylic/rayon blend. Would that be any better?
As you can probably tell, I've never made clothes, just amigurumis and a few wash cloths.
13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Pyramid Head on: June 26, 2014 07:09:16 PM
One of my lovely friends over on DeviantArt was kind enough to send me the Hunger Games series because she had an extra set. I figured that it was only fair that I make something for her in return. Instead, she asked that I make something for her son: a Pyramid Head. So I dug around in my stash and found colors as close to PH's as possible and this is what I got:

Little PH stands on his own but only if he's holding his Great Knife because of his head. There are pipe cleaners in his fingers so that he can hold his Great Knife. However, his fingers aren't quite long enough for a good grip so I'm going to go back and add a strap to the sword handle so that it won't slip from his grasp.
I made him from my own pattern and his hands were a struggle. My sister found a tutorial for crocheting fingers on amigurumitogo.com after I finished. Tongue

This little guy is LONG overdue so sometime soon he will be packed up and shipped off to his new home.
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Custom- Daryl Dixon on: May 01, 2014 02:21:34 PM
I was so happy when I saw this challenge! Cheesy I love Pinterest so much but I spend hours pinning things and hardly ever make anything from the pins that inspire me Tongue
But that changed when I found myself wanting a Daryl figure.
I can't find one locally because the only place that carries them is GameStop and the employees have confessed that they never let the Daryl figures hit the shelves, taking them all for themselves.  Angry
And the ones I find online are out of my price range. So I decided that I would just make my own using a Monster High Deuce Gorgon Grin
This doll started his life as a "Scaris" Deuce Gorgon.
I removed his "snake-hawk" and molded hair, his face-up, and the tattooing on his left arm.
His hair is made from a long pile faux fur, his shirt is a poly-cotton remnant, and his jeans are a denim remnant. His vest started its life as a Liv doll's leather jacket and the wings on the back are made of iron on fabric and were hand-drawn then outlined in Sharpie. His clothes are all hand-sewn and the worn look on his jeans was achieved by rubbing them down with coarse sandpaper.
His crossbow is made of a wooden dowel, plastic canvas covered with yarn, hemp cord, a piece of bamboo skewer, and a bit of cardboard; the wooden and cardboard bits are painted with black acrylic paint. His bolts are made from slivers of plastic canvas and little bits of felt.
His face was painted using watercolors then sealed. His eyes came out bigger than I wanted them to but I didn't have a small enough brush and my hands aren't all that steady. In other words, I need to practice painting doll faces more. Embarrassed
His motorcycle was a gift from my sister. It's from the Bratz Boyz "Motorcycle Style" Cade doll. I simply repainted it so that it would look like Daryl's motorcycle. The crossbow is just propped on the motorcycle because I couldn't get the wire to look neat.
My Pinspirations

Edit: forget the shine in his eyes! Added a pic with the changes. He's sitting next to Deuce for reference.

Edit2: Daryl is getting a repaint. Here's the progress so far:
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wee bit of Irish luck *with pattern* on: March 16, 2014 04:17:36 AM
Since tomorrow is St. Paddy's Day, I decided I needed to crochet up some luck for myself Cheesy

This is actually the second one I crocheted. The first I sewed onto a hairclip for my sister:

For anyone who's interested, here's the pattern I wrote:
Make a magic ring, ch 1 then sc four times in the ring
sl st to join first st
Triple crochet twice in next st, chain 3, sl st into same st
repeat for next 3 sts, sl st in first st on beg tc, ch 4, f/o weave in ends

Sorry if you can't follow it! I've never tried to write a pattern for others to follow so it may not make sense.
There may be small gaps in the clover but you can close those from the back using the tail of yarn from the center of the ring.
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Cicero on: March 14, 2014 04:59:57 PM
Ever since I found Cicero in Skyrim he has been my favorite NPC. I can't help it: I love redheads, jesters, and nutters and he's all that rolled into one Grin
So I had to make myself an ami of him to sit atop my dresser. He doesn't look exactly like Cicero does in game but I like him and that's all that matters Tongue

I made him using a pattern I loosely based on this one.
His hat was a pain to make but I love it. I like flipping up the tails on it so that he looks like a bunny. I can't help thinking the "real" Cicero would find this amusing because he likes carrots Grin
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Chibi Lunatic (Cicero) on: February 24, 2014 03:53:08 AM
I've been playing Skyrim a lot lately instead of crafting.
I can't help it! I can't resist the call of caves and dungeons packed with dangerous traps, deadly enemies, and treasures untold! Grin
And as any good adventurer will tell you, it's often more fun to go on a journey with a companion. Even if your companion has the personality of a rock, they're good to have because they can help you carry loot.
I have found a favorite among those available as companions. Meet Cicero! He's the completely loony member of the Dark Brotherhood who likes to dress as a jester. I love jesters so he is with me always. It doesn't hurt that he can't die, either!

Cicero was sketched in pencil then colored with Prismacolor Premiers.
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Five-o'clock shadow/scruff on an ami? on: December 15, 2013 11:54:26 AM
I made an amigurumi of LJ Phillips' character Vinnie, who is supposed to have a bit of heavy five-o'clock shadow, but didn't give him the scruff because I couldn't figure out how to do it Huh
Like here and I wanted to know if anyone could give me advice on how to do that. The only thing I could think of was fabric paint dabbed in the right places.
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Ugly Sweater Party Vinnie on: December 15, 2013 11:01:04 AM
LJ Phillips, the artist/writer of my favorite webcomic, hosted a holiday themed contest. This was my entry:

Vinnie is wearing a bright red sweater covered in Christmas lights and his friend Rabbit gave him a pin to try to cheer him up (Vinnie isn't a Christmas person). The pin didn't cheer him up but I think it works to make his sweater uglier. Grin The pin reads: Be Naughty Save Santa the trip".

He was made using my own pattern, which still needs a bit of tweaking, and he stands about 15" tall. I know that's big for an ami but the guy he's based on is well over 6ft tall.
His skin is Red Heart Super Saver Cafe Latte, his sweater is RHSS Cherry Red, his side-burns are RHSS Light Gray and his shoes and hair are RHSS Black. His pants are made of wool/acrylic felt and all of his clothes are completely removable.
The lights on his sweater are Favorite Findings Brite Lights charms.
His eyes are small shank buttons that I covered with air dry clay, painted, then sealed with spray sealant.
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Perky Peppermint Elf on: December 09, 2013 10:13:47 AM
One of my coworkers commissioned me to make this doll for her sister-in-law who collects Christmas elf decorations. However, instead of paying me, I've asked her to give me yarn because I didn't make the pattern but edited the mini ami pattern available on the tuts board here.

Her tutu, scarf, and hat were made using vintage Red Heart Candy Cane yarn in Spearmint. She wanted the elf's entire outfit in that color until I showed her how it worked up. Then she realized it would look very busy.
The green is a vintage Caron Bright Green and the red is Red Heart Super Saver Cherry Red.
For the cuff on her boots and sweater, I made chains long enough to wrap around then sewed them on. For the boots' cuff I left tails on either end for the bows. Her hair ties are single chains tied on very tightly. Her hat and scarf were tacked on so that she wouldn't lose them once she's put in storage. Her eyes and mouth were hand embroidered.
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