After being inspired by the Lionheart Project - three giant crocheted lions created for the Cultural Olympiad, see here for details: http://www.lionheartproject.com - I made a tiny little lion, named Boris by my kids. We went up to London to take him to see the lions, which were on display at the Natural History Museum.
Several years ago I made a few amigurumi Daleks, two for swaps and one for a friend, but I never made any for myself. A photo of one even made it onto Have I Got News For You when Tom Baker was the guest host! So, with the latest season of Doctor Who just starting, I decided that now was the perfect time to make myself a Dalek or two, and perfect the pattern while I was at it. I'm now really happy with all the details of the pattern, and have made a grey and black Dalek from the classic 1970s era of Who (that I grew up watching) and a bronze and gold one from the new series that I also love.
I had fun trying to get all the details as correct as I could, given their size (they're about 7" tall). The bumps are made with bobble stitch and the vertical slats in the 'chest' area are made by working round the post of the single crochet to give a ribbed effect.
They're great fun to play with - while I was doing their photoshoot they ended up dancing:
I also think they'll be fun to dress up. The grey one decided to wear a wig I'd made for something else, I think he looks a bit like Boris Johnson in it.
If you want to have a go at making one for yourself, you can download the pattern at the bottom of this post. It is quite detailed and complicated, so I think you'd need to be a fairly experienced amigurumi crocheter to make it. If you do make them, feel free to give them to family and friends, but please do not sell them.
Three years ago I made a green fuzzy monkey that I really liked (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317094.msg3651653#msg3651653) and I'd been meaning to remake it for ages. Getting hold of nice mohair yarn can be difficult, so I wanted to see what it would look like made with normal yarn as well, so I made four in different colours, two fuzzy ones and two smooth ones.
I called them Woolly Monkeys because, obviously, they're woolly, and because there is a real species of monkey called that. Mine are a bit more brightly coloured and have stripy tails though.
They've got big eyes and simple faces, which can make them look a little sad at times.
I hope you like them, but any comments are appreciated.
I just finished my latest Star Wars characters - the Jawas.
Here they are checking out R2-D2, and wondering how much they can sell him for:
They are fun characters to make, quite simple but they have a lot of personality. It wasn't easy to give them glowing yellow/orange eyes, I ended up painting the back of transparent orange eyes with enamel paint to make the colour show up better. It's hard to capture that in photos, but in real life they're a bright orange.
I hope you like them too, but any comments and criticism welcomed.
I've now remade Finn and Jake for my kids - I didn't change much, but I did tweak Finn's arms a bit to make the edge of his sleeve a bit neater, and changed the construction of the shoes to match Jake's feet. Here they are, hanging out in my garden:
If you don't know the show at all, Finn is a 12/13 year old boy who wears a bear hat and Jake is a dog who can stretch and shrink to all different shapes and sizes, and they have adventures in the land of Ooo. Watch it, it's brilliant!
Finn is about 13" tall and has a backpack which opens with a button (I put chocolate stones in it for the swap).
Jake is about 8" tall, I tried to make him in proportion to Finn as he normally is when he's not changing shape. I gave him nice long arms though, and his cute little tail.
They're both great shapes to crochet, but since their legs are so thin it's difficult to get them to stand up. I managed to pose them outside, so they look like they're off on an adventure (well, Jake's just hanging around in a tree).
Every year I make lots of tiny amigurumi creatures to sell at my son's school Christmas bazaar. I've haven't got round to posting photos of everything I made for last year, but in the meantime, here are a few that I've written up the patterns for. All four patterns are together in one document that you can download at the end of this post.
Tiny Two-tone Turtles
These are a variation on a pattern I've already posted for little turtles - about 2" from head to tail - that you can easily make into keychains. You can make the shells plain, but if you use spike stitch and two colours you get these lovely patterns on the shells.
With bodies that are less than 1.5" across, you can make a tiny baby octopus with long wiggly legs, or cute little stumpy ones. I've used safety eyes here, but you cn just as easily embroider the eyes, or sew on small buttons.
Maybe it's a bit late to make this little sheep for Easter, but she's so small that you might just have time!
So many cool things appearing! Love the LSP bag, and the talking LSP herself! Cute t-shirts, and the hoop is lovely - great expression on the Ice King's face!
My package from Sylvanna finally turned up today - it had been delivered to the wrong address, and the lady who lived there just found it dumped outside!
I had asked if she could make something that my two boys and I could all enjoy, so she made us a really cool 'Choose Your Own Adventure Time' game. It has four boards representing areas of Ooo that you can arrange in any order, and the cutest, tiniest little playing pieces - Jake, Finn, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline and LSP, along with The Ice King. He takes one of the characters prisoner and you have to rescue them from his ice cage. There's a spinner with a sword through it, and Choose Goose cards that you sometimes pick up. We immediately set it up and had a game, so there are lots of photos, I'll keep some of them as thumbnails, so just click on them to see them larger.