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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / 3 Creepy Cute Amigurumis on: June 18, 2010 07:47:00 PM
Creepy Cute was one of the first crochet pattern books I bought.  I really like the designs, but some of the pattern pieces have been...difficult.

One of the main reasons I bought Creepy Cute was because my father went to Duke and my sister graduated from Duke Law this spring.

This is my sister's graduation devil with the crocheted collar, but before I made a cape or a goatee out of felt.  The eyes are just plastic safety eyes instead of the clay ones the book tells you how to make.  I attempted to figure out the pattern for the tail, failed, and then just made something up I can't remember.

I'm pretty sure the head is borrowed from Amigurumi World, but with slight alterations for the horns.  Well, it might be a slight hybrid.

The goatee is what makes him evil.

Here's my bootleg version with an officially licensed Duke Devil.  You'd think I wouldn't be so blatantly violating trademarks for a law school graduation present, but the Duke Blue Devil is a man dressed up as a devil, while K.K.'s Blue Demon is an actual devil who happens to be an unusual color (The thing about the Duke mascot is actually true.  It enrages me.)

I don't have any progress pics of my father's (belated) birthday devil:

I think I may have actually gotten the tail right this time or have at least come up with a better interpretation of "sl st in front two loops of dc".  (It's one of those directions where I understand all the components, but have absolutely no idea how it's supposed to work in real life.)

I didn't bother with the crocheted collar this time because I'm lazy and the present was already late (yeah, he still hasn't opened them.  I think we're probably waiting until Father's Day...and I still haven't finished that present).

On Monday I found out that my karate instructor's birthday is this weekend, and since I had a belt test...

The pattern says an E hook and worsted weight yarn.  I used a G hook, and my severed ninja head was still pretty small.  

My ninja is incredibly pale due to Ben Franklin's felt selection.  For the eyes I cut two small slits in the felt to get the safety eyes in the felt, then put the safety eyes into the head (I did this around either the 10th or 11th row).  Once the head was finished and stuffed, I used hot glue to keep the skin around the eyes from sticking up.

I don't think you can really see it in any of the pictures, but the yarn sparkles.  I used white so I could give the ninja a black karate belt.

The belt is enough chain stitches to go around the body of the figure and be tied.  I (briefly) considered making it long enough to be tied like a karate belt, but then I remembered that 1)I'm lazy, and 2)I still don't know the correct way to tie a karate belt.  

The belt is secured with a bit of hot glue under the knot, and in the back (where I think it shows, but technically you shouldn't be able to sneak up on a ninja).

12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Vanna's Choice Amigurumi Elephant 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.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My Pokemons, let me show them to you 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.

14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Darth Vader (Angry Angel/Lucy Ravenscar's pattern) 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)

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Darth Vader 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.
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Octopus's Garden 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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