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21  Darth Vader amigurumi [EDIT: Now with SUPER long and SUPER lame pattern on p3!] in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mplsdeanna on: November 25, 2007 01:26:19 PM
"The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of crochet."



I am slowly creating a crocheted cast of Star Wars, and here's the latest addition. I have a vague plan for each one that I make, and I've been trying to work up a real pattern, but the shoulders always throw me! (Sorry, jmigs -- that's what's taking so long!)

Here's a bit of a close-up on his chest and belt. I thought this would be so easy to embroider and make it look great, but then everything I tried just looked lame. So after this version, I gave up and called it done.



I'm pretty pleased with his helmet, but if I had it to do over again, I'd make his head one or two rounds taller, because the helmet would look better if it sat up just a little higher off his shoulders. But I think the cape turned out really well.

Here's a photo with my hand to show size perspective, but it probably would have made more sense to show him with a ruler.



I would love to hear what you think (especially if you have any advice for writing up patterns!)! Thanks for looking!

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22  Jellyfish costume in Halloween Costumes by mplsdeanna on: October 29, 2007 07:08:13 PM
I got this idea from the Make Magazine blog. They had a link to an Instructable for a very fancy version using battery-powered LED rope lights and a large plastic wash basin bolted to a skateboard helmet. (http://www.instructables.com/id/Halloween-LED-Jellyfish-Costume/)

I went the lo-cal route, with a bunch of glowstick bracelets (eBay!) and a dollar-store plastic bowl. Here my son almost holds still enough to get a good photo.



I used plenty of clear tape to hold it all together, and I also used some strong packing tape to attach a circle of elastic at the front and back. That way I could stretch the elastic out and lower it onto my head, and the elastic would hold it more or less steady. It turned out really well.



Thanks for looking!
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23  R2D2 toddler costume in Halloween Costumes by mplsdeanna on: October 29, 2007 07:01:12 PM
My younger son will be two in December. He loves R2D2, whom he calls "R2 2D." Close enough.   Smiley



The costume is white fleece with colored fleece and sewn details. The arms attach to the shoulder with a tab of Velcro, and then some elastic (held together with a toggle) keeps the arm attached around his forearm. We live in Minnesota, so it has to be wearable for a variety of weather -- either over a T-shirt or over a snowsuit.

The hat is some stretchy silver material that wasn't as hard to sew as I thought it was going to be. (Phew!) But by the time I got to the hat, I was sort of done. So all the details are just hot-glued on. (Sort of humiliating, but a person can't stay up drinking wine and making costumes all night long ... at some point, she hast to sleep. Right ...?)

Thanks for looking!
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24  Star Wars amigurumi: Princess Leia in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mplsdeanna on: August 30, 2007 01:48:09 PM
"You fly that thing? You're braver than I thought."
--Princess Leia to Han Solo

I've been working on the cast of Star Wars -- sort of like crocheted action figures. They're much taller than the real action figures, but shorter than Barbie dolls.



I realized just a bit too late that I had forgotten to flare the arms. Had I thought of it a few rounds earlier, it would have flared much more. Oh well.



In the movie, she's sort of got leggings under her dress/robe thing.



Her iconic hair. I wanted to make braids and then twirl them into buns, but this worked better. (It's sort of a flat-ish ball that I smooshed down flat against her head.)



My little guy, so you can see the scale. He's sort of sweet on dolls.



Now that I've seen Owly's incredible hair tutorial (http://owly.wordpress.com/2007/08/27/amigurumi-hair-tutorial/), I want to rip off all these dolls' heads and do them over! I'm actually looking forward to trying this method for Luke.
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25  Re: Small Jimmy Neutron doll and his rocket in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mplsdeanna on: June 19, 2007 07:28:37 PM
Wow, thanks, everyone! You all understand where I'm coming from so much more than my 3 year old.   Smiley

Now, if anyone has any ideas for how to do Goddard, the robot dog ...

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26  Small Jimmy Neutron doll and his rocket in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mplsdeanna on: June 16, 2007 06:22:47 PM
My 3 1/2 year old son has become obsessed with rockets and spaceflight. Someone suggested that we let him watch the Jimmy Neutron movie. (Hardly Star Wars, but harmless enough.  Smiley Of course Tom loved it.)

Jimmy is 5" - 6" (12.5 - 15 cm) high without his hair, which added another 2" (5 cm) or so. I tried his hair three different ways. I'm still not delighted with how it turned out, but my son tells me it's fine.





Jimmy gets around in a rocket ship.



The rocket had no form at all, so after I finished, I stuffed the tail section and put a circle patch over it to keep the stuffing in. Then I cut 1" strips of plastic canvas and sewed them inside the main body of the rocket to form a sort of framework or skeleton. I wish I'd taken a picture of that -- boy howdy, was it ugly. So then I made a liner and sewed that inside to cover the skeleton. Much nicer.



Now all he needs is Goddard (his robot dog).

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27  Star Wars amigurumi: Han Solo in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mplsdeanna on: May 24, 2007 02:54:42 PM
Making amigurumi ain't like dusting crops, boy.



I wanted his hair to be all carefree 70s-ish, but it came out a bit more Harry Potter-ish than I envisioned.   Smiley 

Here's a close-up of his holster and leg. You can see much better here that the pants are navy. Hilariously, this yarn is called "Bright Navy," but it's nearly indistinguishable from "Black" in any light other than noonday sun or a camera flash. I didn't continue with the red stripes on this side because I figured they'd be covered by the belt and holster. Well, almost ...



I'm going to do Luke, Leia, and Obi-Wan next ... but probably not for another month, because it seems I'm actually going to have to start paying attention in chemistry class. Egad.
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28  Star Wars amigurumi: Chewbacca in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mplsdeanna on: May 15, 2007 01:42:13 PM
Soon I'll be able to fill a Millenium Falcon on its way to Alderaan.





His bag is functional. I'm not sure what he keeps in it. Ammunition for his crossbow? Beef jerky?




I'm trying to keep it all to scale here. I'm not sure Chewie is supposed to tower over the droids quite this dramatically, but he is mighty tall.

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29  C3PO (img heavy-ish) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mplsdeanna on: May 04, 2007 06:38:54 PM
I've been wondering if my friends do an intervention if I do the entire cast from Star Wars.





I should have used a smaller hook, or bought more Glitterspun to stuff him with, but I got impatient.

I wanted to do the chest detailing, too, where his pecs are outlined like the circle on his belly -- but it always looked like he was wearing a bikini. So funny, and so, so wrong.

C3PO's eyes are kind of lit up in real life (well, in movie life), so I used yellow thread to embroider that on, then outlined it with yellow yarn. I'm not terribly pleased with how it turned out, but you get the idea.

I am pleased with his legs, though. In movie life, his knees are horizontal cylinders. This turned out pretty well. (In real life it looks better.)



His arms have those shock-absorber things connecting the forearm to the bicep.



Here he is with his pal.

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30  R2D2 in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by mplsdeanna on: April 28, 2007 08:21:49 PM
I dig Star Wars.



I seem to have a hard time managing anything under about 12 stitches in circumference, so that's why his legs are so big. But he still turned out pretty fun.
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