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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Lifesize Amigurumi Ponyo on: January 12, 2012 12:56:20 PM
After I saw Ponyo for the first time I was completely smitten.  Happily have I finished her recently after a long hiatus working on other things.  Once again this is another project I didn't make a pattern for, because i must have ripped out and restitched about 5 times for each part of her if I didn't like the way a curve was going.  Most of her is pretty easy though... to get the ruffled tail I just started with a white circle, switched to red and then put about double the number of stitches in that first red row, so, the last white row, unable to support a red row of so many stitches, basically buckled.  It's a neat effect.  To get an oblong, chubby head, I started with a circle, marked with safety pins where I wanted the sides of her head and cheeks to be, and slowly increased just those areas to give them some volume.  I did the same with my amigurumi Raving Rabbid to give him little buttcheeks.  The hair is an oval of Fun Fur, sewn on with the same fun fur yarn.  Mouth embroidered with black floss.  I love her googly eyes, I think they capture the animation quite well.  Smiley
All the yarn besides the hair was Sugar-n-Cream, as I thought the slightly faded colors matched the anime the best.

You can amigurumi ANYTHING!  I'm sorry I was too frustrated to write down a pattern, much of it was so ad-hoc, but feel free to ask for tips if you wish.

Now I just have to decide which Studio Ghibli character to do next!  I have Ponyo and Chu-Totoro (in my flickr) so far.  Perhaps a cuddly dragon Haku from Spirited Away!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Na na na na, Katamari Damacy! (w/ alt. pattern) on: August 03, 2009 04:51:58 PM

Thankfully this pattern I did write down as I went!  Inspired by the famous magnetic katamari, but wanting something slightly more life-size and less pointy, I crocheted this one, which often gets kicked up and down our apt's long hallway or hugged and is really cute having around.  If only there were a tiny prince at the helm!

Ball Half:
R1 - 6 sc into magic ring
R2 - 2 sc in each st (12)
R3-R20 - inc each row by 6 sc, to a final circumference of 120 sc
R20-29 - sc in each
Leave a tail on one half.

Nub: (make 14)
R1 - green, 6 sc into magic ring
R2- 2 sc into each st (12)
R3- ditto (24)
R4 - orange, inc by 6 (30)
R5 - 1 sc in each (30)
R6 - inc by 6 (36)
R7 - 1 sc in each (36)
R8-9 - purple, 1 sc in each sc
R10 - yellow, 1sc in each sc
Leave a tail of yellow for sewing the nub to the ball.

Sew halves together.  Sew nubs on in rows going around, or a different way to describe it is that there are 6 in a ring around the middle, then 4 in each hemisphere. But all should line up no matter what way you hold the ball.  (I recommend pinning them all [ouchie!] on before sewing.)  Stuff everything firmly enough and it's quite kickable and bouncy.  I used Red Heart for the yellow so it's nice and thick, but the other yarns I just picked for color and contrast.

Yarn colors:
Sugar 'n' Cream - grape
Sugar 'n' Cream - hot green
Red Heart Sport - pumpkin
Red Heart Super Saver - bright yellow
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Gahhhh! Amigurumi Raving Rabbid on: August 03, 2009 04:39:58 PM

I wish I had a written down pattern to share for this, but I just did it completely freehand and made so many changes along the way.  I suppose my only consolation is to encourage you to, hey, if you see something you want to crochet, ANYTHING, you totally can.  It's all trial and error, but it will work out eventually.  Smiley
This Spring I was completely addicted to Raving Rabbids TV Party and needed something to extend the experience.

He's about 17" tall and crocheted completely freeform. I just increased and decreased around to give him a little belly and hips (they're a bit chubby, rabbids) and even a little butt. The arms I sewed separately and tried to stitch back and forth only on one side of the arm opposite where they would join the body to give a shoulder-like effect. The ears are just rows, and there are several pipe cleaners in each, extending into the head, to hold them up. The paw pads and inner ears are just rows.
The mouth was tough. It's a single chain the exact circumference of the mouth, hand sewed onto the black felt, and then the chain is hand sewed onto the face at an angle to cover up the edge of the felt.  Now that was a pain!

He's been officially named "Gahhh!" by the player who always picks that name in the video game.  (I myself prefer Bwahhh!)

If you want to give him a try, this panda bear pattern should help you get started with the legs, which were not attached, but started individually and then incorporated with each other in developing the body.  Then just increase around and decrease til you get a pear-shaped body with a small neckhole, then increase until you get a proportionate head circumference and then stick with that stitch count for the same height as the body, abruptly decreasing at the end.  

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 4 panels from a hanging lantern that is dear to me on: May 06, 2009 02:09:50 PM
Hi all! 
I've had a lightless hanging lantern with me ever since I left home; it was one of the first things I bought for my dorm room with my own money.  Over 9 years the strings have fallen apart and I've tried to recut and attach, and slowly the lantern has gotten warped over time and it was a chore to get it to hang straight... in my spring-cleaning and reorganizing frenzy this week I decided it looked a little crappy... I cut the strings (they lace up the sides) and tassels off and would like to somehow reuse the panels.  Some sort of art for the walls?  Perhaps to cover a container?  They're about 7 x 11" each, and only one has a tear near the top. 

I'm just not ready to let go... Smiley  Perhaps just framing one is enough to satisfy that need, but, I have four!  weee!


5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Directive?" My first big project... The end credits to Wall-E on: February 16, 2009 01:37:20 PM
Hi all!  New here today, but have been reading posts for a while, admiring everyone's stitchwork, especially the geeky stuff!  (woot, firefly and star wars!)  I recently got into 8-bit stitching and perler beading, and recently saw Wall-E and when I saw the adorable 8-bit credits, I knew I had to cross stitch them.  So far I've only cross stitched a couple Subversive X-Stitch patterns, so at least I had a starter's knowledge. Smiley
I put together several screencaps of the credits to create a scene, and with much redrawing created a pattern for myself on a tiny 180 x 120px .tif, where each pixel represented a stitch, and played around with matching floss colors in PC Stitch Pro. (which, sadly I have not registered and thus could not create a pattern that reminded me what flosses went where; I just had to use my little tiff image and my floss list of 20 colors and just wing it)  I'm a beginning stitcher, so didn't want to try any higher than 18 count aida (which was high enough, thank you very much!), so my image turned out rather large, but looks good.

Eve has got about 3 different greys in her (pearl, steel, and pewter), I'm not sure why the camera washed them out a bit.  Boo.
My favorite element might be M-O.  He turned out cute (and has a lot of work cut out for him there!)
It'll probably go under glass ultimately, as, something I discovered during my work on the project, white cat + black aida = hairy mess.

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