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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Froggie Gals on: November 29, 2006 04:25:59 PM
Hi!

I haven't posted on Craftster in awhile (cross-country move, pregnancy, etc.), but came across this challenge and just had to enter.  These little girls are some of the last things I made before packing up.  They're my take on a much altered and added-to basic body pattern for amigurumi animals I found in a Japanese craft book. They each have a satchel in which to carry their most special things and are ready for school in their little spring dresses.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Other methods of sc decreasing? on: January 23, 2006 08:56:05 PM
Hoping someone out there can help me out.

I have this Japanese crochet book with a symbol that I can't decipher, but that I'm pretty sure is referring to another method of decreasing other than the common way.

On most charts a standard decrease (for example stitch one, decrease one) is represented like by an "x" and an "x" with a ^ over it.

On some charts in this book, instead of the standard decrease symbol, this appears (again seeming to indicate stitch one decrease one):

x o

As far as I can make out with my less-than-perfect translation skills, the "o" means something like decrease while also increasing.  From the photos of the finished products, this seems to result in a much smoother-looking decrease.

Anyone have any idea how to do this type of decrease?  I thought there was only one way to decrease in single crochet, but maybe I'm wrong.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Amy
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Japanese Translating--Just A Couple of Lines on: December 30, 2005 07:13:03 AM
Hi!

I'm hoping someone with more language skills than me can help me out tremendously by translating a couple of lines from a pattern for me.  I just got a book with a symbol I've never seen in any of my other books and my husband, who has enough knowledge of Japanese to usually help me muddle through, is stumped, too. 

The scan is below.  It would be great if someone could translate the first few lines, too, but I'd mainly like to know what the part beginning with "o=" says. 


Thanks in advance for any help you wonderful craftsters can provide!

Amy
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Lupin III on: November 27, 2005 08:01:26 PM
Hi!

I just moved this from the toy section.  I've been making lots of crocheted toys lately, and I never know whether to post them on the crochet board or on the toy board.  On second thought, this guy probably fits better in the crochet area.


He is Lupin III, master thief, who if you don't know, is the star of an anime series and several movies.  My husband is really into this particular series and I'd been getting up the nerve to make Lupin for him for quite awhile.  I had a couple of days when my husband was at work and I was at home, so I finally tackled the project. 

The absolute hardest part about making him was the sport coat.  I honestly don't know how it actually ended up resembling a jacket at all.  I just visualized a sport coat and cut, trimmed, and sewed until it look reasonably right.  I was pretty proud of myself after finishing and my husband was very happy to be surprised by him after a Saturday at work.   
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Shaggy Solemn Bunny on: November 27, 2005 07:49:49 PM
I made this gal a few weeks ago, but I've been really lazy about posting.  She's crochet using a strand each alpaca and that cheapy (and lamentably sold out) Target eyelash yarn, so she's extra fuzzy. 


She kinda reminds me of an abominable snow monster, but since she's an abominable snow bunny, she even more rare.  Maybe that's why she's so solemn--she is the only one of her kind.  (Unless I decide to make more!)
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Autumn Amigurumi Bears (With a Touch of Spring) on: October 14, 2005 07:32:02 PM
Here are some new additions to my growing amigurumi collection. The Autumn-inspired bears are made of alpaca--so very soft and fuzzy!  Finally a way to play with somewhat expensive yarn and not spend next month's rent!





Finally, I started out making a bear with Red Heart Baby Teri (which wasn't as hard to work with as I'd feared), but soon discovered that it looked more like a lamb, especially when I added the Spring-y green felt and pink embroidery.  So, it became a Lamby Bear!


Hope you like!  Smiley

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi-A-Rama on: July 14, 2005 06:31:14 PM
Hi!  I've been really lazy about posting as I complete, so I have a bunch of new amigurumi to show you at once. 

Here's a group shot.  These are the first amigurumi I've made without actually following a written pattern.  It was much easier than I thought.


Close-up of my Hawaiian/Hippie Kitty (i can't decide which she is.  Maybe she's both!).  This was the first one I "winged."  She looked a bit bare in her sarong, so I beaded a little necklace/lei and made a felt flower for her to tuck behind her ear. (Guess I jumped on the kitty crocheting bandwagon without knowing it!  Great minds really do think alike.  Wink  )

Close-up of my Yellow Striped Tabby.  I like how the stripes turned out and I like the addition of a muzzle to this one.  Only noticed after I took the picture that I sewed his head on a bit wonky, so he is looking over his left shoulder--oh, well!

I made this Little Girl in a Chinese Tunic based on a picture in the inspiration section of one of my amigurumi books.  I'm already planning other dollies with the same basic body design.

Finally, my attempt at rendering the San-X character Momobuta or "peach pig."  I got a bit frustrated with the arms as the yarn I used was kinda cheap and fiddly, so the poor thing is limbless for now.  Not my favorite of the bunch, but I'll try to finish her.

Hope you like!  It's been really fun to fly free of a pattern. 

By the way, I used mohair-y yarn for the kitties.  I found that when I crocheted, all the furry bits ended up being pushed through to the inside of the piece, so they didn't really look fuzzy.  Has anyone else noticed this?  Is it possible to keep this from happening?  I remedied this by turning them inside out before sewing together, so the fuzzy stuff was more on the outside.  Anyone have any better solutions?

Also, I'd love suggestions for naming these little ones!

Thanks!
Amy
8  California / California: Central / Bakersfield???? on: July 13, 2005 12:43:13 PM
Hi!

I'll be moving to Bakersfield in early August (major cross-country move from Kentucky).  Just wondering if there are any craftsters out there who live in the Bakersfield area.  I'd love to hear from ya!

Amy
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tanuki (Amigurumi Crochet) on: March 23, 2005 05:21:08 PM
Here's another amigurumi!



Like the Daruma that I recently posted, this Tanuki is based on a traditional Japanese mythological/folkloric creature.  A tanuki is a shape-shifting raccoon-dog creature.  He's supposed to be good luck, so he is a gift for my husband who is in the middle of a job search right now.  (I'm sure there are craftsters out there who know way more about Japanese culture than I do, so if i get something wrong, please correct me!!!)

I love him because he looks so jolly and he was so much fun to make! 
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Daruma on: March 15, 2005 04:27:20 PM
Hi!

Here's my latest stuffy taken from a Japanese amigurumi pattern:


He's a daruma!  Supposed to have a fan in his hand, as well, but I will add that later. 

Also check out my other amigurumi effort, if you like:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28194.0

Amy

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