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.
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!
I haven't really done much painting since school, and then I generally used acrylics, so I'm not at all familiar with using watercolours. I mostly draw little cartoony/illustration type things, and I wanted to try using watercolours to colour them in, but I wasn't sure of the techniques to use. I bought some watercolours years ago and never used them, but then my son said he wanted to do some painting so I broke them out. I had meant to to work out what I was doing first, but instead I just sketched a little creature a bit like ones I've crocheted and gave it a try.
I would love any criticism, and hints and tips on how I could improve would be very much appreciated.
Our school's PTA asked if I would crochet a couple of toys to go in the Easter raffle. Last year I made a rabbit and a lamb, so I tried to think of other animals to do (my son suggested an egg knight in full armour, but I thought that might have limited appeal!). A duckling seemed like a good idea, and frogs always make me think of spring so I tried that. Also frogs are a bit less cute and girly, so it might appeal more to boys. I made them both wearing sweaters - my older son asked why I always do that, but I just like animals in sweaters, it means you can play with more colours.
A few years back I made a blue and a white Totoro, and wrote up the patterns on my livejournal (White Totoro, Blue Totoro). Since then I've been wanting to make a grey one, and to perfect the original two patterns. In the end I did that, and also adapted the pattern for the white Totoro to make a small blue one to go with the grey one, and a tiny white one to complete the set.
This might be easier to explain in photos!
Here's the large grey Totoro, which is about 9" tall, with the small blue Totoro (4.25" tall) and the tiny white one (1.75"). To be honest, the two smaller ones aren't quite to scale with the grey one, but it would have been too difficult to make a white one small enough without changing the type of yarn, which I didn't want to do.
These are the updated blue and white Totoros. The blue one is about 8" tall and the white one is 4.25" tall. When I started remaking them I changed them quite a bit - I obviously crochet a lot tighter now that I did when I made them originally. The grey Totoro and this blue one have a similar pattern, the grey one is a bit taller but the ears are shorter.
The white Totoro and the small blue one are the same pattern, just with extra elements (tummy, arms) for the blue one.
Here you can see the two different sizes of blue and white Totoros, I'm happy that I got the scale pretty much right for both sets.
I also made a little leaf for the grey Totoro, to help keep off the rain. The tiny white Totoro seems to like sitting in it.
All the patterns are available to download at the bottom of this post, so please have fun making them.
I hardly ever make anything for myself, but I've been wanting to make myself a little Frodo for ages, so a couple of months ago I finally did. I love The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbits are my favourite characters. I might get round to making all of them, but for now I've just done Frodo. He's based more on the book character than the film one, though I did give him blue eyes like Elijah Wood. Actually, I think I set his eyes a bit too far apart, but never mind, I still love him. His cloak is removable and the hood fits over his head. I didn't make his feet hairy, I tried but it just didn't look right, but they are big enough for him to stand on his own.
After making Frodo I needed to make something for one of my nephews for Christmas. He's into Romans, so I thought I'd make him a cute little amigurumi one using the Frodo pattern as a base. As I'm a Doctor Who fan, I decided he would be Rory the Roman. He has a removable helmet which I'm especially pleased with, but it does mean he needs a bit more help standing up. Maybe I should have made a Pandorica for him to lean against?
I'm a big fan of Blake's 7, the classic BBC sci-fi show from the late 70s/early 80s, and it was my first fandom. If you've never heard of it, it was the story of Blake and his crew, a group of rebels fighting against the evil Federation, and it was created by Terry Nation, the man who also invented the Daleks. I went to a mini-convention for it last October, and since one of the guests was Gareth Thomas, who played Blake, I decided to make a little amigurumi Blake for the charity auction. I only finished him late the night before, so the only photo I have is of him leaning against a bottle of champagne at the convention. I've put up a couple of photos of the original - he tended to wear a variety of similar outfits, mostly in what has generally been termed goose-turd green.
I also made myself Og, a creature who appears in one of the worst episodes of Blake's 7. He's supposed to be a genetically engineered soldier, but I think he's kind of cute, and I and many other fans are rather fond of him.
Having made a Dobby amigurumi for my son (after the trauma that was the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I), I played with the pattern to make a variety of the 'little folk', friendly or mischievous creatures from folklore.
First I worked on this Fire Imp, altering the basic pattern so he had fingers and toes, and giving him brushed mohair for hair, along with a tail.
Then I wanted to make a Brownie. Brownies were considered to be helpful little folk who might do chores for you if you were lucky. Sometimes it was considered good to give them gifts, such as milk and other food; sometimes leaving them clothes was considered an insult and they would leave. I thought he should have brown skin and curly hair, and be a bit reminiscent of a Hobbit. I made him so he looks like he is wearing trousers and a shirt, and he has a separate waistcoat and little scarf.
In the past I made a Tree Sprite with a very similar pattern to this one, so with a few variations I made an Autumn Tree Sprite, with hair made from eyelash yarn and a scarf to keep him warm.
I decided I wanted to make one creature with long hair, and I thought a dryad-like creature would be interesting. Since she is small, she is actually a Forest Fairy, with antlers and a dress made from leaves.
I'd love to hear what you think of all my Little Folk!