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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / help clothe the incredible shrinking saucer head!! on: March 04, 2008 04:58:47 PM
here's my first experiment with shrinking the saucer head down a little bit.  (the other two i've posted before but they're just there for scale now to show shrinkage)
i had trouble the first few times because shrinking while keeping the proportion of the saucer head gets tricky for a crochet newb like moi.

(i came across a formula for calculating increases and decreases in a blog about a month ago and can't find it again...if anyone reads this and knows what i'm talking about would you mind posting the link?  thanks!)

he/she is still naked.  i can't decide what to make for clothing.  suggestions needed, solicited, and appreciated!! 

so far all i know is he/she has a green grocery bag since the other two got mice.

stay tuned for the next saucer headed ami...
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Overaccessorized Bunny & Friend on: February 17, 2008 07:19:44 PM
The first amigurumi I've made that actually looks sort of decent!

the dress is too big but other than that, i'm kind of enjoying it.  i love the UFO sized head.

(the pattern's from Mr. Funky but I changed it a little)

This is amateur transvestite cat with mouse. 
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first few amigurumi projects--and a request for advice from a newb. on: February 03, 2008 07:05:01 PM
i completed these guys last week and they've been sitting around waiting to be photographed.
so...my crochet skillz suck a little  (don't be jealous).  i'm working on a few others and have so many questions that i haven't found covered in the NUMEROUS tutorials i've found online across the web.

1.  embroidery-yes, let's talk about the demented eye embroidery going on--you have to wait til the guys are stuffed before they get faces, right?  so how do you hide the ends of the embroidery?  my guys's eyes and beaks are unravelling as we speak...can anyone help out and provide some detailed aid here?

2.  my guts are pouring out-as you can see from one of the pictures, when i decrease then increase--ie at a neck joint (or actually a the bottom of a ball when i'm decreasing (sc 2 tog) to close off a sphere--it creates large holes that are a.) visible and b.) great windows for stuffing to escape.  i've tried switching to a smaller needle, and making my stitches really tight...but at some point, no matter how small the needle, it just won't penetrate a tight stitch.  any advice?

(the color of the bird is also one of the novelty colors i mention here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225109.0 i honestly never want to see the color again)

and...here are the patterns for my guys (i'm sure they've been posted here before but here they are again anyway)

next i'm working on these wonderful patterns from angry angel.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / This might be a silly idea...but Yarn scrap swap? or donation? on: February 03, 2008 06:01:21 PM
hello all--it's my first topic post & i'm a newb here, i've been having a great time bookmarking future projects and sending thanks for all the free patterns.

I'm sure there are plenty of people, like me, who buy a full skein of yarn for a few little amigurumi projects...and honestly for novelty colors after i've used them a couple of times, i get sick of them and never want to use the color again.  So i end up accumulating partial skeins, as well as yarn scraps left over from larger projects.  I end up donating them (and just did so) but I just had a thought while persuing all the posts -- and i wonder if anyone's ever attempted a yarn swap or started a thread where crafters can post a wanted list for people to donate to (to be used for your own projects, of course, not for ebay!!! or other resale)?

depending on the project i sometimes have higher end yarns--whose value seems a little wasted for elementary schoolers to make pom poms out of, etc.  acrylics are fine for that, but i kind of want my better yarn scraps to find a better home...

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