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« on: May 23, 2012 05:17:21 PM »

Spread some wrinkly puppy love!  Cheesy

I designed this guy for Lion Brand's national "Vanna's Choice" 2012 contest using 4 skeins of Vanna's Choice Taupe yarn. It took me about two weeks to complete using a 3.25 mm hook, and I'm oh so excited to show him off--especially since I just found out he's been named one of 12 finalists in the contest! Beau's currently on a vacay in New Jersey at the Lion Brand headquarters while awaiting the results of the public vote on the Vanna's Choice contest site (which ends June 23rd). You can check out all the finalists here http://www.lionbrand.com/vote.html and cast your vote for your favorite project.



I did a lot of experimenting before I finally got a system down for crocheting seamless wrinkles. I ended up working the wrinkles in a series of rows off the body as I went and then folded my work over, slip stitched the back together like a sandwich, and then moved on to the next wrinkle.

 

Some strategic increasing and decreasing was necessary to make the wrinkles different shapes and thicknesses, but the whole head and body was made in one piece and then I attached the ears, legs, and tail separately. I was aiming for a realistic wrinkle appearance, so I nixed trying to make everything symmetrical and gave up on patterning pretty quickly.




Beau is 18 inches tall, and I think the next sharpei friend I make for him is going to be smaller and more "patternable." Some of you may remember my crochet peacock that I posted on here a few years ago. It's taken me 2 summers, but I'm FINALLY on the verge of finishing that pattern (yay!) LoL, so maybe in another few years I'll manage to eke this pattern out too  Grin

Thanks so much for taking a peek!

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012 05:25:50 PM »

Beau is simply AMAZING! I'm in awe. Even if I crocheted forever, I don't think I could ever just come up with something like this. You are quite talented! I'm gonna go vote for you/him right now. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2012 05:37:19 PM »

This is absolutely stunning! It's so perfect, and looks so much like a Sharpei.  Well done!
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012 05:43:02 PM »

this one incredible art piece!!  Good luck with the contest!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2012 06:08:52 PM »

I voted for this amazing little guy! My oh my he's squeal inducing!
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2012 08:37:37 PM »

He looks real!! Nice work...wow!   Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2012 11:16:59 PM »

Serious Amigurumi Skills!  Wonderful job!  Good Luck!
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012 01:54:39 AM »

Wow this is amazing! Gorgeous work.
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012 03:34:33 AM »

Beautiful!  You have captured the wrinkles perfectly.
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2012 05:07:18 AM »

This simply rocks!  I loooove this little guy and I hope you win!
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2012 07:10:13 AM »

Very impressive.  You nailed those wrinkles. Pinning and this rocks \m/ !
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2012 07:32:05 AM »

wow he's incredible--I love all his wrinkles
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2012 08:50:22 AM »

this is awesome!!! Im flabbergasted!!
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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2012 01:22:28 PM »

Oh my goodness. This rocks so much!!
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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2012 03:54:00 PM »

Thanks so much for your kind compliments and support everyone! Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2012 03:52:07 AM »

Most excellent!  You have a winner!
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« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2012 09:47:58 AM »

He rocks! That is incredibly realistic -- beautiful work!
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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2012 02:26:06 PM »

Oh wow! He is too cute! I do remember your peacock also and I can't wait for you to finish that pattern! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2012 04:09:08 PM »

Amazing - he looks so life like, good job!
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« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2012 05:45:01 PM »

Hi looks like my baby boy Smiley my shar pei don't have that many wrinkles Sad  good job  I love it
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« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2012 07:19:32 AM »

Have to say, this is probably the best amigurumi I've seen yet.
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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2012 09:51:15 AM »

This is so cool! Quite realistic looking.
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« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2012 03:40:11 PM »

This is incredible - taking crochet beyond craft and WAY into art territory. I've voted for you and I'll be genuinely surprised if you don't win hands down - he's incredible.

I also adored your peacock from a while back so I'll be very excited if a pattern finally comes together for that!

What can I say? You're inspirational!
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« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2012 08:46:45 AM »

I'm in awe of your mad crochet skills. I adore this little ball of wrinkly love! I voted for you; hope you win!
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« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2012 01:40:35 PM »

Wow, this is SO extremely pretty Smiley Well done!
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« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2012 09:09:27 PM »

Awwww he is so cute!!! I voted for him!!
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« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2012 10:23:46 PM »

Aww he's so cute!  Excellent work Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2012 11:32:04 AM »

WOW!!! You are seriously talented! I voted for him. I hope you win!
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« Reply #28 on: May 30, 2012 12:23:17 PM »

He's such a cutie, his shapes are perfect, and your skills are stunning. I can't even imagine the patience and trial and error it took. Everything about him is amazing. I hope you win!
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« Reply #29 on: May 31, 2012 10:58:03 PM »

If you don't get first place the jury is rigged!!!! This rocks
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« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2012 08:34:35 AM »

Thanks again everyone! Tomorrow's the last day of voting--so excited!!!  Grin
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« Reply #31 on: June 19, 2012 06:59:24 PM »

You are a genius! ..that is all Smiley Best of luck in the contest!!!
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It's amazing! What a great work and congratulations! Smiley
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