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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Come on sucker lick my battery... UPDATED on: December 14, 2009 05:10:33 AM
For my BF's birthday (in January) I decided to make him a felt robot because robots are amazing. I started by making a tiny pink pet robot for the big robot. It had to be pink because 'our' album is Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips. The big robot took about 16 hours to complete and has about 1,650 hand stitches. On the night I met my BF, it was an early halloween party and I was dressed as the Queen of Hearts with red felt hearts stitched onto my tutu (and a pig's heart in a box but that is probably another Craftster post), the last of these felt hearts is stitched on to the chest of my robot. He has a coin slot in his back (complete with chocolate coin), his arms and legs are elasticated and his mouth and tongue and position-able Wink

So here he his, as yet nameless Bert (short for Ro-Bert) on location in the meter cupboard:  

And here with his little pink robot pet:

And one for luck:

Hope you like him. We are going to go off today and do a shoot around London so I will try and post more pictures after that. I am thinking maybe he needs a scarf too and as yet he has no name so any suggestions are welcome.

Malinki xx

Edited to add: Today I took him on the London Underground... He loved it...

Waiting for the tube:

On the tube (which gives you a better idea of scale):


I added a made with love tag to the back of his hand... It is attached with a surgical staple as once due to over-excitement I accidently surgically stapled the back of my hand Smiley It is held on with red ribbon which the BF used to tie something special. Awww!

And this is his coin slot (complete with chocolate coin) which pays homage to a whole slightly crazy afternoon spent listening to Dresden Dolls we once had.  


Edited to add an update:

Thanks everyone for all the really sweet comments. I gave him to my amazing BF about a month ago now and he absolutely loved him. It has become a bit of a habit to take Bert everywhere with us. Including to our friends' Harry Potter theme costume party - being slightly random we decided to make him a costume too. Our friends have now decided that we have to bring him dressed up to all future parties.

Presenting Dumblebert!

He is settling in to life at my BF's place really well and has developed some new hobbies:

He has become an expert in cheese and wine:

And taken up yoga:

And chillaxing with the BF:

Any for anyone who is interested, here is my BF with Bert. I love how you can see how much he loves him in this picture:

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first amigurumi - Reggie the Polar Bear on: September 13, 2007 05:16:52 AM
Hello, I thought I would share with you my first amigurumi animal ever. 

I didn't use a pattern because I am not very good at reading crochet patterns so I just sort of made him up as I went along.  I am really pleased with how he turned out for a first attempt, and without a pattern too.  Before I started I knew how to make a magic loop and increase and decrease circles and I think I am pretty good at thinking 3-dimensionally.  He is about 6 inches tall.  I wasn't really neat enough in places and I think he was a bit loose, so if I made something similar with the same cotton I would need to go down a hook size, but because he is white it is not so noticeable.  Also he does look a bit like a sheep Undecided

So here he is, Reggie the polar bear - smiling for the camera: 

Full body shot Smiley  I made him a little tie (tied in a half-windsor knot) because he looked a bit naked. 

And the side view, so you can see how chubby he is: 

Finally, despite being originally from a cold climate, Reggie wanted to go out in the garden so here is: 

I hope you like him, I need to work on my technique a bit especially the decreases.  But for a first attempt I think he came out well.  I guess now I know how to make the basic body and head shape I can do it in different colours with different ears and tails and so on and make lots of different animals Smiley 
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Paris Photographs IMAGE HEAVY on: April 24, 2007 05:28:25 PM
I was lucky enough to go to Paris last weekend (a surprise from my boyfriend) and we got to go to a gorgeous food market, where I took some pictures.  Aslo a few others I took.  No standard tourist pics, I am afraid! I would love some feedback/critique.  I am thinking of switching to a DSLR camera, because I think I am at my limit of what I can do with my fairly good standard digital camera. 

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Foodie ones:

Fish Seller:

Other stuff:

Grave at the largest cemetary:

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / GIANT monkey in lingerie! on: April 24, 2007 05:15:18 PM
It is my gorgeous boyfriend's birthday on Saturday, horrah! So to keep in company in bed (we live 100 miles apart) when I am not there during the week; I made Schmoola.  My boyfriend calls me his Snuggle monkey, so by making her from nuggly fleece he can cuddle up to her. 

She is about 3 feet tall (my largest soft toy to date) and has a 22" waist; I made her from fleece and hand stitched the face on in felt with buttons for her eyes.  I made her some clothes, and tomorrow will make a bikini, some bananas and a suitcase to keep them in.  My boy abosolutely loves cuddly toys and I already make clothes for the toys he already had Smiley

This is Schmoola all dressed up, she is really excited about going to London on Friday on the train and she might even get a trip to the seaside on Saturday.  DB always tells me a story about a monkey who shoplifts bananas, so she is going to have some bananas hidden up her coat! 

I made her a Polka-dot dancing skirt so she can wear it to dance with DB, who is a fabulous dancer:

She has a lovely summery dress to wear to the beach and under her jacket:

Will post bikini pics when it is made!

Edited to say, lingerie and bikini made!

Lace white crochet underwear with rose buds:

This is the bikini she can wear to the beach on Saturday, it is yellow double layered jersey fabric with pink stitching:

Just some bananas left to make which I will do tonight, not bad for 24 hours work, I should really start trying to make my own clothes!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Imaginary Bloo Mittens (Pattern/Tutorial) on: February 24, 2006 11:02:16 AM
I made these mittens for a swap, I was swapping with a Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends fan who wanted some mittens (it was a wishlist based swap) and this is what I came up with:

I made up the pattern because I wanted a two needle mitten pattern with a flap top:

It is possibly the simplest flip-top mitten pattern I could come up with, I didn't want to use DPNs because I am a fairly new knitter and this was an istant swap.   Grin The details were stitched on in felt. 

Bloo is the coolest character in the world, now I want to work out how to knit Eduardo!

Okay here is the pattern, for a women's size, medium ish... I used size 4mm (7 US) and 5mm (8 US) and chunky (which is thicker then US Chunky, so maybe US bulky) weight wool, with a gauge of about 6 stitches to an inch.  The yarn is from the UK, and it is "Peregrine Chunky", I picked it up in my LYS, the colour is Butterfly.   I used exactly 1 100g skein, unfortunately it doesn't list the yardage on the label. 

Flip top mittens, makes women’s medium-ish
Using 4.5mm needles and leaving 10 inches tail, cast on 35 stitches.
Row 1 (WS) P1, (k1, p1) across.
Row 2 K1, (p1, k1) across.
Rep Rows 1-2 for approx 5 inches (if you want a turn up cuff, 2.5 inches for no turn up) , ending with RS row. Switch to 5mm. Beg with a purl row, work 7 stocking st rows.

Row 1 (RS) K17; place stitch marker); M1, k1, M1; pm; k17.
Row 2 and all WS rows P across.
Row 3 K to marker, slip marker, M1, k to last st before 2nd marker, M1, slip marker, k to end.
Rep rows 2-3 until there are 13 stitches between markers.

Main bit of the mitten:
K17 sts; remove markers and place the 13 sts on stitch holder ; k17. Carry on in Stocking stitch until piece measures approx 5.5 inches from the cuff.  End on a WS row, placing a marker between two center stitches. Bind off.   
Pick up 17 stitches from about 5/8th of an inch from the top on one side of the mitten (the side you pick up from with depend on which hand you are knitting, but for the left hand pick up from the left section and for the right side from the right part) Cast on another 17 stitches so you have 34 sts.  Carry on in stocking stitch for 2 inches (less if you have smaller hands)

Top Shaping: Row 1 (RS) *Ssk, k to within 2 sts of the central marker, k2tog; ssk, k to within last 2 sts, k2tog. rep from *, ending row with k2tog.
Row 2 P.
Rep these 2 rows 3 times – 18 sts.
Next Row K2tog across.
Next Row P.
Break yarn. Using yarn needle and beginning with last stitch on needle, pull tail through remaining stitches twice, pull tightly.

Thumb Top bit:
With RS facing, return stitches from holder to 5mm needle. Join yarn and k across.
Next row P6, p2tog, p6. Work 4 more rows in Stocking stitch.
Last row K2tog along the whole row. Break yarn. Thread tail into yarn needle and back through stitches twice.
Stitch it all together!

Attatch a small loop of either icord or chain stitch or finger knitting to the top and work out where the button needs to sit in order for the flap to button down, sew on buttons!

The face is stitched on felt
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Exploding Valentine Cuteness on: February 04, 2006 03:51:18 PM
I was trying to think of something for my lovely boyfriend for the dreaded v-day...  He has just bought a new house so I decided to make him a very practical tea/dish towel (as well as some other things I have bought him).  This is my first ever embroidery project, I have never even done cross-stictch before this... Anyway, I found an image of explodingdog.com.  

Link to image here: http://www.explodingdog.com/january2/ihaveloveforyou.html

And I made it into this... with the word Mwah on it, because we type it to each other all the time.  


And close ups (my stitching is a bit messy, sorry)


Anyway, I hope he likes it...
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find this site? on: January 26, 2006 03:09:11 AM
Okay, I am looking for a website, I know I have seen a few people here use images from this guys site in the avatars, basically he draws very simplistic line figures, with colours sometimes, that refelect a theme... so for example I remember one "look no hands" or "i hate math" ... It is a *very* popular site, I can't seem to find the bookmark and google is not helping...

Anything else I can think of...

They are often sort of sad looking Sad
The people he draws are just one step off stick people. 
Er... I think you can submit themes...
It is really cool...

ETA: they are computer drawn, not hand drawn and they tend to have mouths which go from one side of their face to the other. 

I have been trawling thought avitars to see if I can find an example, but I cannot spot one atm.

The reason I am asking, I want to embroider some images from the site onto a pillow case for my boyf. for v-day.... please please please help... Thanks!
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Hello Kitty modified Kittyville Hat. on: January 08, 2006 11:05:18 AM
I have made a modification on the Kittyville hat... basically no ear flap as they don't suit me and I made it a little longer to cover my ears.  I made it with a removable red Hello Kitty style bow, which is just two strips of red stocking stitch sewed together with a safety pin to fasten it to the hat.  I have worn it out and loads of people said they liked it, including an old man at the garage.  I made the bow removable because without it is okay for wearing and looking less obvious and I thought I might knit some flowers and make it sort of interchangeable. 

With the bow

Without the bow:

This was my first attempt at grafting (for the ears) and it was actually easier than I thought it would be Smiley I am not having my four week knitting anniversary, so I have just started to make the under-the-hoodie jumper... it was very scary.  I suppose I have to start somewhere!
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Tomato Hat and Shoes! on: January 03, 2006 10:56:29 AM
A sort of adaption of the Umbilical Cord Hat and the One hour booties.  I am not sure why tomatoes but hey.  I only learnt to knit in december, and until I made the famous Panta from the pattern on this site I could only do knit and purl.  But I am am learning Cheesy It is so exciting.... except I have reallly sore fingers. 

Anyway, cute?

Love Linki
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sushi Hair Sticks and felt fortune cookies! Yum! on: December 18, 2005 04:26:36 PM
My friend has just started studying Japanese at uni, so for Christmas I made her some Asian themed things.  I made felt fortune cookies and put really odd chinese proverbs in them like "Donkey's lips do not fit into the mouth of a horse" - genuine proverb.  Then I made fimo sushi, I mixed alot of transparent fimo in so it gave it a more food like look, and make the little rolls and then texturised the rice with a pin head.  Cooked it and then varnished and superglued them on to black chopsticks.  All served in a take-away box with a green ribbon.

So on to the pictures Smiley

The fortune cookies:

And now the Jewelry bit, hair sticks, the rice looks very brown... but it really is slighly transparent white:

The finished item:
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