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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Grumpy Frog on: August 27, 2018 03:03:33 AM

My newest niece is super adorable, and super grumpy. She looks like a grumpy little frog, which earned her the official nickname Grumpy Frog. I decided she needed a bib to go with her grumpy self. Smiley
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fluffy Pup on: August 07, 2018 02:55:23 AM
I made a fluffy puppy using fun fur. I wish I'd written down the pattern as I created this. Alas, I did not.

13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Baby Otter on: August 07, 2018 02:37:00 AM
I found some fun fur at the Dollar Tree, and I couldn't resist buying it. I couldn't resist making a baby otter, and I'm so glad I did because it's so adorable!

I wrote the pattern as I crocheted it, and the free crochet pattern can now be found on Ravelry.


14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Weeping angel on: July 25, 2018 09:50:37 PM
I made a weeping angel from one of the best episodes of Doctor Who. She stands about 4.5 tall. I havent decided if she should be a keychain or an ornament. Is 4.5 too big for a keychain?

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rainbow Lion Cross Stitch on: June 17, 2018 02:54:16 AM
I cross stitched this lion for my father for Father's Day. My maiden name is Lyon, so it was very fitting to make him.

I didn't have any black aida cloth on hand large enough to use for this piece, so I had to stitch on all of the black background. I have a rainbow giraffe pattern I'd like to try next, but I think I'll learn how to dye the cloth black for that one!

This piece is 28,836 stitches, is roughly 11x10 inches, and took about 250 hours to finish stitching. I finished this just in time to show him a picture, but not soon enough for it to arrive in time for Father's Day. He's already seen it, and he's super excited to see it in person and get it framed. Smiley
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Giant Fox on: November 26, 2017 04:20:54 PM

A friend asked me to make a fox for her. She sent me the link to a pattern she liked, so I purchased the pattern and gathered my supplies. The original pattern called for a fairly thin weight yarn and a tiny crochet hook, but I didn't notice that when I began crocheting. The pattern stated the finished fox would be roughly 10.5 inches tall. She wanted it to be slightly larger, so I used worsted weight yarn doubled up and an I (5.5mm) hook. I'm glad I didn't pay attention to the supplies listed, because I never would have doubled the worsted weight yarn and created this giant.

My finished fox measures 21 inches tall! I knew it was going to be huge when I finished the head. By itself, the head measures 7 inches tall!

Once I finished the torso, arms, and legs, I took a photo and measured this big boy to make sure my friend would be happy with the size. She was ecstatic! I finished the tail and attached it, and now this behemoth will be heading to its new home tomorrow. I'm kind of sad to see it go because I fell in love with it. I guess that just gives me an excuse to make more! Smiley

17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Superhero Duo on: October 25, 2017 12:24:41 PM
Last night I finished making both of these superhero dolls. They are roughly 11" tall.

Batman is from a pattern I found on Pinterest. I only made one minor change to the pattern. I chose not to work the back part of his hood. It looked too much like a mullet to me. I also chose to add a cape. The lower edge of Batman's cape has picot stitches worked across to give it the jagged bottom he traditionally wears.

I used the Batman pattern to make Superman with a few alterations. I didn't work the cuff part of the arm as Superman doesn't wear gloves. I created the cape for him with a straight edge bottom. I crocheted a hair cap and sewed it to his head and embroidered on a little bang curl. The logo on his chest was a PAIN to make. I think if I ever make another Superman doll again, I will use felt for his chest logo. That may prove to be an issue too, though, since it's pretty small.

18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Two Halloween Sweaters on: September 12, 2017 04:00:35 AM
I recently crocheted a rainbow cardigan for my niece. A friend loved it so much, she wanted a sweater for her young daughter, but she customized the colors. Her daughter is two, and has recently become obsessed with Halloween. She chose candy corn colors, and it was so much fun to make! I decided my niece needed a second sweater in Halloween colors as well, but I changed up the color scheme yet again. She's five, and she keeps asking when Halloween is. She's also super excited! Smiley

Here is the sweater I made for my niece.

She was feeling very goofy while I was trying to shoot some photos of her wearing it. She wouldn't stay still, and kept being super silly.

I love how the Frankenstein applique turned out. It makes for a wonderful pocket. My sister requested I make it the size larger than my niece actually needs so that it will fit this year and next year, which makes total sense to me. It's a little large on her right now, but not so huge that she can't wear it.

The candy corn sweater is also super adorable. I personally would have preferred to make a candy corn pocket, but my friend requested a jack-o-lantern, so that's what I made. It's super cute as well, and definitely fits the Halloween theme Smiley

I have so many more ideas for different color schemes and applique options. i think I will be starting a few of those next! Smiley
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bangers and Mash on: September 07, 2017 08:32:04 PM
A little while back, I made Super Sausage for my niece. Tonight I finished Super Spud, and together they form the dynamic duo, BANGERS AND MASH!

I thought I made a community post for Super Sausage when I made him, but it appears I only shared him in the Nerd Games, so I'll share photos of Super Sausage first, followed by his sidekick, Super Spud.

Super Sausage was made following this pattern. I made an alteration to his superhero logo by adding sausage links to fit his persona.

My niece was in love with him. She still is, but even more so with the addition of his sidekick.

Now on to Super Spud... I came across a pattern for something called a Pug-tato. I showed it to my sister, QueenHobo, and together we came up with a new super dog. The idea for him has been brewing for a while, so yesterday I finally started him, and I finished it today. I didn't follow a pattern, but I did use photos from the Pug-tato pin I found to inspire me.

Here's what I did:
Using a G (4.25mm) hook and worsted weight yarn,
MR: 6 sc
R2. Inc x6 (12)
R3: (sc, inc) x6 (18)
R4: (2 sc, inc) x6 (24)
R5: (3 sc, inc) x6 (30)
R6: (4 sc, inc) x6 (36)
R7: (5 sc, inc) x6 (42)
R8: (6 sc, inc) x6 (48)
R9-24: sc around (48)  - 16 rows
Place saftey eyes (12mm) between rows 10 & 11, with 6 stitches between.
R25: (6 sc, dec) x6 (42)
R26: (5 sc, dec) x6 (36)
R27: (4 sc, dec) x6 (30)
R28: (3 sc, dec) x6 (24)
Begin stuffing.
R29: (2 sc, dec) x6 (18)
R30: (sc, dec) x6 (12)
Finish stuffing firmly.
R31: (dec) x6 (6)
Finish off, use end to sew opening closed

Using the same color as the body, ch 8. Starting in 2nd ch from hook, work 2 sc in each ch (14).
This will make the tail curl around like a corkscrew. Leave a tail long enough to sew to the back of the body.

Using felt and the picture as a guide, cut out mouth and ear pieces and sew to the body. Use black embroidery floss to stitch a smile onto the muzzle. You may find embroidering on the smile easier BEFORE sewing onto the face.

For the cape, starting with red, chain 87. Starting in second chain from hook, sc across (86)
Finish off red, weave in ends.
With blue, skip the first 31 stitches of the red strip. Attach in 32nd stitch and sc a total of 24 stitches across. Leave the remaining 31 stitches unworked. Ch 1, turn. (24)
R2: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn. (26)
R3 & 4: sc across. Ch 1, turn.
R5: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn. (28)
R6 & 7: sc across. Ch 1, turn.
R8: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn. (30)
R9 & 10: sc across. Ch 1, turn.
R11: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn. (32)
R12 & 13: sc across.
R14: sc in first stitch, inc in next, sc to last two stitches. Inc, sc in last stitch. (34)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
With right side facing, attach blue in the side of the first row near red strip. Sc in each stitch along the side, work 3 sc in the bottom cormer, sc along the bottom, work 3 sc in the corner, and sc along the final side, finishing off when you reach the red strip. Weave in ends.

Using the photo as a guide, cut out a potato shape from felt, attach to the cape, and add several small x's like potato eyes.

Tie the cape around your new super hero, and play away!

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TARDIS on: September 05, 2017 04:25:32 AM
Whew! I just finished stitching up this plastic canvas TARDIS. I LOVE IT!

The lid even comes off!

I struggled a little with the assembly, until I read it through for the fifth or sixth time. It finally clicked what I was supposed to do. By far the most time consuming part was stitching the four sides of the TARDIS.

Once those were done (about 6 hours of stitching per side), the remaining 29 pieces went much faster. The second most tedious portion of the pattern was the assembly, but I love it. I may have to make more of these for Christmas presents. I know a few people would would love one!
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