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91  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Adventures, Volume 1 on: December 10, 2008 09:01:39 PM
I've just taken up crochet after a few years of knitting, and thought it might be fun to share my first projects.  I started from Tamie Snow's Tiny Yarn Animals book, then decided to stretch my wings and make up a few patterns of my own.  The lamb and hippo are heavily based on patterns from the book (with some unintentional modifications, as I made lots of mistakes along the way!), but the rest are mine.  Hope you enjoy!

One of my very favorite characters, in all his yarny splendor. I shelled out an extra $.69 for a pack of animal noses, and made his whiskers and claws out of floral wire Sharpie'd black. He's stuffed to the neck with lentils, too, so quite the hefty little fellow!

A special project for my little sister Meisha. I couldn't find a pattern I really liked, so I borrowed ideas from lots of pictures of stuffed fawns of all varieties (especially this cutie). I originally wanted to make her in a lying-down position, and was going to make her neck as part of the body. Not so cute, but I might try again next time.

Because I'm a gigantic Final Fantasy nerd... I created this pattern myself based off of my three licensed chocobo plushies. I'm especially pleased with the wings, but the shaping may be hard to see from the picture. She also has three big tail feathers around back. Wark!

My first try at an original pattern, although as a beginner I am, of course, extremely dependent on the methods from Tamie Snow's Tiny Yarn Animals. This is Sackboy, the main character from LittleBigPlanet for the PS3. He's such a happy little fellow that I couldn't resist trying to make one for myself. Part of the fun of the game is dressing up your Sackboy, so I plan to do a series of customized Sacks for some friends.

Another based on a pattern from Tiny Yarn Animals by Tamie Snow. Mostly, I liked the way her pattern for the snout looked, and I made up the rest (in particular, the stubby limbs, teensy ears, and tilted head). My fiance called dibs on him as soon as he was done, and I think he's going to be named Hipolito after the writer from Amelie.

My very first crochet project. I tried to work from a pattern in Tamie Snow's Tiny Yarn Animals book, but managed to muck it up at many steps along the way. I did my best to adjust on the fly, and even though she didn't turn out the way she was supposed to, I'm quite happy with her!
92  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Urban Outfitters-esque Beret! on: December 10, 2008 08:55:27 PM
Wow, my Christmas shopping just got a lot easier...  This is glorious, thanks!
93  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Critters on: December 10, 2008 08:45:52 PM
I love the fox and the brain slug the best, because the fox used to be my favorite animal and the brain slug is just a great idea! haha great job! I'm new to crochet but I think I'm doing good so far, still on straight lines though, I can't wait to graduate to amigurumi!

You can do it!  They're harder to mess up than you might think-- in fact, I learned on amigurumi using Tamie Snow's Tiny Yarn Animals book, and just barely tried my first "straight line" pattern.  I tried to follow the patterns as best I could, but it's also fun and very educational to improvise.

And a huge second on the vote for the brain slug!  So clever, and I know someone who'd love one for Christmas.  Thanks for the inspiration!
94  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Hair Snood on: December 10, 2008 08:40:22 PM
I haven't seen a snood in ages!  My sister loved wearing them when her hair was long.  This one would be so pretty against light colored hair.  And never be ashamed of making presents!  Half of my extended family (coincidentally, the wealthier ones who think they have "too much junk already") isn't even giving gifts this year because it had turned into a giant gift card swap.  I think the problem is that they are so far removed from the fun and forethought that makes gift giving so much fun.  Keep on rocking!  Smiley
95  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I have been hat cookoo for the past weeks...IMG heavy on: December 10, 2008 08:30:45 PM
So imaginative!  The ornament hat is especially charming, and using the stitching along the edges as a decorative element is just brilliant.  I'm inspired, thank you!
96  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Scarf with clouds **now with pattern-post#32 on: November 22, 2008 01:02:19 PM
Brilliant!  Thanks for sharing-- as soon as I finish Christmas presents, this is next on my to-make list.  And thanks to everyone who posted tips, as well.  I'm a knitter who just turned to crochet and am so grateful for advice.
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