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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Boris the Tiny Lion - link to free pattern on: October 01, 2012 05:02:28 AM

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.

I've done a pattern swap with Louie of Louie's Loops, so the pattern is available there if you want to make yourself a tiny lion of your own: http://www.louiesloops.com/2012/09/as-i-promised-yesterday-check-out.html

12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Exterminate! Free Dalek Pattern on: September 17, 2012 04:16:55 AM
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.    
13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Woolly Monkeys on: August 30, 2012 05:06:09 AM

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.
14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Utini! It's the Jawas! on: June 12, 2012 04:29:25 AM
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.
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / With Jake the Dog and Finn the Human! on: April 17, 2012 08:46:53 AM

I made these guys for Sylvanna in the Adventure Time swap (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405581.0), but I thought I'd give them their own post.

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).

16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tiny Amigurumi Turtles, Octopuses and Sheep - free patterns! on: April 07, 2012 11:15:58 AM
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.

Baby Octopuses

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.

Wee Sheepie

Maybe it's a bit late to make this little sheep for Easter, but she's so small that you might just have time!

Have fun!
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wanderer, a first try at watercolours on: March 29, 2012 08:42:30 AM
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.
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Frog and Duckling for Easter on: March 25, 2012 03:15:37 AM
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.

I hope you like them!
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / All The Totoros! PDF patterns attached on: March 16, 2012 03:59:15 AM
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.
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Flappy Owls in stripy tops! on: March 02, 2012 09:27:50 AM
I won a competition last year in Inside Crochet magazine, to have the pattern for this cuddly owl published. I've now made a couple more.

It's fun to try different colours for the stripy pullover - I thought the green and purple went nicely together.

Then I suddenly thought, what would Hedwig look like if Mrs Weasley made her a little sweater, and I had to try it out.

Here's the original one, back from his professional photo session at the magazine.

I hope you like them!
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