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21  Vanna's Choice Amigurumi Elephant in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kksimone on: June 12, 2010 03:06:37 PM
My sister was going to meet up with our friend Michelle and her baby.  Michelle loves elephants, so I figured it was finally time to use my Vanna's Choice pattern book and some light turquoise yarn I bought for...some reason.  (Oh, for those days when I would just buy yarn I thought I might like to use rather than only buying yarn if it was absolutely necessary!)

Vanna says to use 6mm safety eyes, but those looked too small.  I respect Vanna's letter turning skills, but I don't want beady-eyed elephants.

My sister helped me stuff some of the legs.  I was going to use poly pellets to give it a bit more weight, but my mother objected.  And apparently the poly pellets even say not to use them for children's toys.  But once all four legs are on, that compensates for the weight of the head/trunk.

And here's the picture text I got earlier this afternoon, showing that Operation Dumbo was a success.  This is the only picture in which the yarn color is semi-true to life.  The other two are much grayer and paler than the elephant actually is for some reason.
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22  My Pokemons, let me show them to you in Needlework: Completed Projects by kksimone on: May 16, 2010 01:01:15 PM

Once I realized that Heart Gold and Soul Silver had overworld sprites for all Pokemon, my first thought was: more cross stitch patterns.

These were pretty quick, but I was working on them on and off towards the end of the semester.

Squirtle was my starting Pokemon for Pokemon Blue, so I started with him:

I used Charmander for Fire Red since I figured there was no point in playing the remake exactly the same way as the game I'd beaten ten years ago.

For some reason I can't get the Charmander close-up to upload.  Sad

Bulbasaur is...I've never really liked plant pokemon.  I did most of Bulbasaur while I was substitute teaching.

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23  Darth Vader (Angry Angel/Lucy Ravenscar's pattern) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kksimone on: April 24, 2010 03:32:34 PM

I made this for a friend's birthday this weekend (and will probably be making another one for a very belated present for my brother-in-law.  Grad school's a valid excuse for completely forgetting someone's birthday, right?)

I have been coveting these patterns since I saw the https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338592.0 thread for them, but we've always been more of a Trek family (aside from in-laws), so I needed an excuse, such as quick and easy presents for dudes.

I had some issues with sewing the cape on, so I ended up using a glue gun (which is nature's needle and thread)

I also felt he needed a light saber.  My half-assed light saber pattern was ch2, then 5 sc in the first chain.  I did about 4 rows of sc in grey, using the super-precise method of "hold it up to the doll and see if it looks right", then switched to red.  I left a long tail of grey so I could sew the light saber to his hand when he was done.

The little details on the handle were done with black yarn, based off a picture I found with GIS.  (GIS is probably one of my most important tools for nerd folk art)

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24  Re: Darth Vader in Needlework: Completed Projects by kksimone on: March 24, 2010 02:44:34 PM
Thanks, everyone!  I do have a Kirk equivalent:

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25  Darth Vader in Needlework: Completed Projects by kksimone on: March 19, 2010 02:25:54 PM

I'm usually more Trek than Wars, but I just thought making this would be the most awesomely witty thing EVER (I am easily entertained).

Vader's based on a Mini Pop sprite, and his light saber's metallic floss.  This was a quick stitch, but I hate large blocks of one color.
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26  Octopus's Garden in Needlework: Completed Projects by kksimone on: March 16, 2010 05:24:25 PM

I spent about a month working on this (I started during the first huge snowstorm)

This is Tracy Horner's Octopus's Garden.  I changed pretty much all the colors and used 14ct Marbled DMC Aida (instead of linen).  I was originally going to use Charles Craft's Polar Ice, but that was too bright for the new color scheme.

All of the stitches are full cross stitches--no backstitch or half stitches.

The dark octopus is Carries Threads in Grape, and the light one is DMC 210.

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