Introducing Fanny Aubergine, wild eggplant from the wrong side of the tracks. A bad role model for little sprouts everywhere, she has been seen with Axel Asparagus and other members of the Crisper Gang.
My first slippers, made for my 5-year-old. I found the pattern at http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/lffunt/hexslip.htm. They were pretty quick, the pattern is basically 3 granny hexes, sewn together and attached to a rectangular sole. I didn't really like the instructions for the soles, so I made up something different, but the shape is the same. If i do them again, i'll make a sole with more a foot shape to it, though.
These slippers feel very Thanksgivingish to me. The pattern reminds me of turkeys and has a vaguely Native American vibe, and i love that harvest-hued variegated yarn.
I did it in green so I wouldn't feel quite so Victorian while working on it, but now I wish I'd done it in white. Anyway, I don't see us ever actually using doilies as doilies in this house, so I might frame it and hang it up, in which case green is good.
It's somewhat lumpy, and I couldn't quite understand how I was supposed to finish the clusters in the last round so they are very uneven, but it was fun to do. Doilies rock, dudes!
Like the subject says, I'd like to hear from anyone who has completed these. The magazine is very nice and has these awesome espadrille-type sandals in it, with their soles made from heavy twine - they suggest jute twine. I had to try it, used hemp cord instead of the jute and had tons of fun getting blisters on both hands trying to crochet what is basically thin rope. Seriously, this was a blast.
Then I got to the uppers. I can't make them work. My rows keep getting shorter, and I can't figure out why. I've followed many patterns and can usually work out the little glitches of interpretation and even correct for misprinted or miswritten patterns, but I can't get this damn thing right. I suppose I could make it up, but the uppers in the picture have such a nice curve over the arch of the foot, and seem to be good and strong as well, so I'd really like to know what I'm doing wrong.
The latest fantasy finger puppets - Teeny the Elf, Sir Back-Loops-Only, and One of Many. Teeny is just an attempt to make a generic small figure as a basis for other characters. Sir Back-Loops-Only is my favourite from this group, because of how the armour came out - it is indeed back loops only, which I thought gave it a nice texture, kind of like scale mail.
One of Many is a grasshopper man, in case you can't tell. One has come representing Galactic Swarm 15339 to help us Earthlings with our little human problem. I was actually setting out to make a witch, but the way I shaped the head just said "Grasshopper" to me, so I gave him four arms/wings and went with that.
This picture shows the back loops "scale mail" a bit better.
Little guys seem to relate very well to these pocket-sized critters. My daughter makes up the most insane stories for them. If you know any four-year-old girls, you can imagine the sort of soap opera-styled fairy tale lunacy you can get with a bunch of these. I'm still trying to make a princess - the hair is tricky.
I started making fantasy finger puppets as a present for some friends. I named these Pithy the Fool, Palindrome the Elf and An'Gora She-Thing. Pithy is my favourite so far, as he has the best hat. I thought the hat would be impossible to make, but it turned out to be pretty easy. Hardest part was figuring out how to get the beads where I wanted them.
(Palindrome was going to be a kind of Legolas wannabe crossed with one of the Minish from the Zelda game, but turned into something more like a Santa elf. He's very proud of his star, so don't make fun of it.)
Sorry the images are so bright - you can't really see much of Palindrome the Elf. I tried different backgrounds and flash settings, but couldn't get my camera to focus properly without flash. Crochet is easy - using my digital camera properly is way beyond me!
Pithy the Fool!
Left to right - Palindrome, Pithy and An'Gora
The trio without flash. Unfortunately, without focus too.
Next up, Princess Mayberry, Croon the Witch, and probably some kind of Orc.
My first attempt at making a hat with an image on it - I had some trouble figuring out how to do the color changes properly. It came out a little lumpy, so if you don't quite recognise it (Jack Skellington, from the Nightmare Before Christmas) I won't be too offended. But I kinda like it anyway.
I did the last row with decreases every 10 stitches so that the end wouldn't roll up. If anybody has a better idea about how to finish skullcaps, please let me know. I had thought about doing a short rib with back post / front post DCs, but I don't know if I like ribs on a skully.