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31  Jolly Roger Cat Blankie! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by JenGoPop on: August 27, 2008 12:55:52 PM
I almost made the Jolly Roger sweater in this old peach yarn my mom found at the thrift, but I knew all those rows of hdc's would be unflattering on me.  So I made the design anyway, and gave it to my cat! 

He likes it!  And not just because I sprinkled catnip on it . . . (cough)

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32  Unseamly in Greenly in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by JenGoPop on: August 11, 2008 07:35:18 PM
Well, here's my unseamly sweater!  I made it in Hobby Lobby's acrylic "I Love this Yarn." I do indeed love this yarn--for afghans.  For sweaters, it's not the best choice, but hey, it was my first sweater.

My advice for anyone making this sweater is: 

1.  Try it on, early and often.  I started out making a large to accommodate my hips but decreased to medium after the middle section because the top was way too big for my, um, smaller upper half.   Wink

2.  Also, as others have said, make darn sure the base chain is big enough right off the bat.  Use a bigger hook if you have to.

3.  If you think the sleeves are too narrow, think again.  I tried to increase them and they were a disaster.  Sew them up and try them on to be sure.  I have flabbish middle-aged arms and it turns out I didn't need to alter the sleeves at all.

4.  Don't try on sweaters the day after you get a sunburn.  Ouch!

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33  Sesame Street--Ladybugs' Picnic! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: July 11, 2008 09:54:47 AM
1, 2, 3 . . . 4, 5, 6 . . . 7, 8, 9 . . . 10, 11, 12 . . . the ladybugs came / to the ladybugs' picnic . . .

If you need to catch up on your Sesame Street, you can find the clip here:

Well, I only made one ladybug, but here she is:

And here she is with a marshmallow on a stick (alert the fire department!)

I'm not 100% happy with all the proportions, but I think she came out pretty well for a first try!  Cheesy

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34  Mr. Rogers Ami and Trolley (Lots of Pix) in CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES by JenGoPop on: July 01, 2008 02:33:51 PM
Early childhood for me had a lot to do with watching and learning from the Big Three: Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.  To this day I admire Fred Rogers very much for his dedication to teaching children to be decent to each other, to express their feelings, and to be creative.  Some of my favorite guests on his show were simply people who painted portraits for a living, or did pottery, designed furniture, or made crazy sculptures out of scrap wood and junk jewelry.

So here is my Mr. Rogers amigurumi.  In keeping with the classic opening and closing segments of his show, where he changes from dress shoes to play shoes, and puts on a sweater, I made the sweater and shoes removable.  Shoes attach and detach with Velcro.

Because he's helpful as all get-out, my husby John made a scrap basswood Trolley at my request, using his awesome Exacto knife and Dremel drill skills.  I painted the  Trolley with acrylic paint.  One pair of shoes may be stored inside the Trolley at a time . . . when Fred isn't wearing them, of course!

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood . . .

Here's Mr. Rogers, sans sweater:

And with sweater:

Close-up of Trolley with dress shoes fitting inside:

Let's see what's on picture-picture today:

Well, I forgot to take pix in progress until this point, oops:

And here's Trolley, off to the Land of Make-Believe (or at least out of our parking lot):

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35  Big Honkin' Cthulhu (Now with More Tentacles) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: June 11, 2008 12:39:48 PM
I just spent the past couple months making this Cthulhu for my husband.  I made up the pattern pretty much as I went along, stuffed it with polyfil, and buried a cloth-stuffed paper towel tube inside for support.  The eyes are some very old coat buttons my grandma gave me (rest her soul . . . if she only knew what I did with them . . .  Wink)  The wings have craft wire worked into the edges so they stand up fairly well.  My husby's pretty pleased with how it turned out! 

What do you all think?  Grin

Edited to add:   Shocked  Wow!  I am so overwhelmed by the response to this . . . thank you, everybody!   Grin

To answer a few questions:

May I ask if you'd consider doing any others and what you might charge to commision one? Or was this just a one-off piece you did? 
It's a one-off.  The time involved would make it absurdly expensive to make and sell more . . . but who knows, I might change my mind at some point.

Is that a little label of your name on his foot?  It's cute--how'd you get it?

Photoshop.  Wink  Though I am considering embroidering a real one, somehow.

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36  ami Q*Bert with pattern! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by JenGoPop on: May 07, 2008 11:26:05 AM
So I crocheted my all-time favorite video game character!

Here's the pattern I made up.  This is the first time I've ever tried to formally write a pattern, so please let me know of any problems.  I'd really appreciate it! Enjoy!

Materials Needed:

size F crochet hook
tapestry needle
stitch marker (you will be working rounds in a spiral)
orange worsted weight yarn
small amount of white sport weight yarn
small amount of black worsted weight yarn
metallic elastic cord
(optional) orange pipe cleaners or 24-gauge orange plastic-coated craft wire


Round 1:   With orange yarn, 6sc into adjustable ring.  Pull ring tight.
Round 2:   2 sc in each sc (12 stitches) (from now on, indicate first stitch of each round with a marker to keep your place)
Round 3:   *1 sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc* all around (18 stitches)
Round 4:   *1 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* all around (24 stitches)
Rounds 5-13:   1 sc in each sc around (24 stitches)

Pause here to sew on eyes, embroider pupils onto eyes with black yarn, and attach nose.  Knot all ends and hide inside body.  Partially stuff with filling.

Round 14:   *1 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, decrease (skip) next sc* all around (18 stitches)
Round 15:   *1 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc, decrease (skip) next sc* all around (12 stitches)
Round 16:   *1 sc in sc, decrease (skip) next sc* all around (6 stitches)

Finish stuffing body, and slip stitch in each of the 6 remaining stitches to close body.  Finish off end and use embroidery needle to thread end through body.  Pull tight and snip off; end will retract into body and be hidden.  Attach legs and hide yarn ends the same way.

(Note:  On all parts from this point down, make sure your first end is long enough to sew and/or tie with (at least 2 inches)

EYES (make 2)

Round 1:   With white sport weight yarn, make an adjustable ring. 5 sc into ring.  Pull ring tight.
Round 2:   2 sc in first sc, 2 dc in next sc, 2 dc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sl st in next sc.  Finish off, leaving a sewing length. 


Round 1:   With orange ww yarn, make an adjustable ring.  5 sc into ring.  Pull ring tight.
Round 2:   2 sc in each sc (10 stitches)
Rounds 3-4:   1 sc in each sc (10 stitches)
Round 5:   1 sc in each sc; sl st in next 2 sc (12 stitches) 

Finish off, leaving a sewing length.  Weave end down to the base of the schnozz.  Gently pull around the open end of the nose to flare it out a little.

LEGS (make 2)

Round 1:   With orange ww yarn, make an adjustable ring.  4 sc into ring.  Pull ring tight.
Rounds 2-8:   1 sc in each sc (4 stitches)

Finish off, leaving a sewing length.

FEET (make 2)

These may be a little tricky.  You'll be working on both sides of the chain (it ends up more or less down in the middle)

Chain 5, turn

Row 1:      skip first ch; sc in each of remaining 4 ch (4 stitches),  Ch 1, turn
Row 2:      sc in each sc (4 stitches); do not turn
Toe row:   working along short side of foot:  ch 2, sl st in the last sc you just did; ch 2, sl st in middle of short side; ch 2, sl st in same place as last time, do not turn
Row 3:      working down the unused loops of the original chain, sl st in each (4 stitches), do not turn

You should be at the original knot.  Jump over it, sl st in middle of short side (back of foot), then finish off, leaving a sewing length.

At this point, you can slip a pipe cleaner through the leg tubes, then sew legs (open end toward ankle) to feet, and bend the knees.

Alternatively, you could do the same with a piece of craft wire, and gently work the wire down into the stitches in the bottom of the foot before sewing leg and foot together (this is how the Q*Bert in the picture was done.)  You'll need to bend the ends and work them over and through a couple of stitches in the feet to keep them from poking out, which they might do anyway.  IF you intend your Q*Bert for a young child to play with, I would not recommend this method.

Alternatively again, you could leave the legs dangly, so your Q*Bert can sit down.  It's your call.  Smiley

Almost done! Using an embroidery needle, attach a short length of metallic cord through the top of Q*Bert's head.  Knot securely and hide ends inside.

(Note:  Feel free to do what you wish with your Q*Bert(s) , but please do not sell this pattern.  Besides, I don't own the rights to Q*Bert and you probably don't either Wink)
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37  Red Exchange Bag with Matching Cell Phone Case! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by JenGoPop on: April 13, 2008 02:12:59 PM
Hi everybody!  This is my first time posting pix so please forgive me if I do something wrong . . .

Anyway, I made the exchange bag in that red Hilos nylon yarn (heavy stuff!)  I made the strap a lot longer because I like to wear bags across my body rather than dangling off a shoulder.  The lining is actually a cool snowflake t-shirt I got from the thrift store, but, alas, didn't fit.  So, I got use out of it after all.  Cheesy I also made a cell phone cozy--mainly using rounds 6 and 7 of the bag pattern.

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