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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Skull keychain on: February 16, 2006 11:47:49 PM

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Here is something I thought would be interesting to make. It's also a keychain.

It's made from wool yarn and polyfill, with a 1.60mm hook (yeah, it's pretty small). It measures about 1.5" in wide and tall.

I really like how it turned out, so I might try to make more in different sizes and colours. That would require me remembering how I did it - I didn't write the pattern down, I'm forward-thinking that way.
32  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Only the best (amigurumi) for my mum on: February 10, 2006 12:22:39 AM
I'd brought some balls of yarn with me to Singapore on vacation, in order to make some toys for my cousin's kids. My mum is really into home decorating now, so I thought I'd help out by crocheting some toys for display.

Meet Fidelius, the zombie mouse:

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To get some idea of scale, here is Fidelius trying to make friends with two of my mum's cats:

He's part of a wreath now, sitting above some teddy bears. As is my 'style' (that's my story and I'm sticking to it), all sewn on bits aren't exactly what you'd call symmetrical.

And here is Crispin, yet another duck, but he's an 80's freak, check out the big hair:

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Here is Crispin with Michel:

Crispin lives in a pot in the master bedroom, surrounded by greenery, butterflies (pot decorative thingies), and lots of cats!

What do you think of the wee fellas?
33  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Small bird, big name on: January 18, 2006 02:28:00 AM
Meet Reginald. He was meant to be a penguin, but I made him a little too wee.

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Once again, no pattern was used.

My boyfriend pointed out that he's a good size for a keychain, so voila! Reginald is a late Christmas present for my sister, who I'm going to be catching up with in Singapore this time tomorrow.

Hope you like him. I hope she likes him.
34  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Le quack on: January 17, 2006 07:48:37 PM
Given that I've got loads of very thin wool yarn, I decided to try and make something I'd never attempted before (there are loads of things I've not attempted before, I'm fairly new at crochet):

Meet Michel, the duck from Marseilles

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He's only little, about 2.5" tall. As is my (unintentional) style, his wings and feet are not 100% even (one big wing, one small wing, one big foot, one small foot). Michel was made without a pattern, I just winged it (haha, I'm such a comedian) as I went along.

Michel is named after Michel Gondry. He had a dream about having an extra big hand, and incorporated that into the Foo Fighter's "Everlong" video.
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting in rounds using very thin yarn on: January 05, 2006 08:19:00 PM
Hi, I've restarted crocheting after about a twenty year hiatus.

I was really into learning how to crochet amigurumi, and as I use very thin yarn (it's called 216 or 215 here in China, where I live at the moment) and needles (1.60mm), I need to crochet lots more rounds in order to get the sizes most other people get with their 4.00mm hooks and yarn.

Anyway, what I wanted to say was, I've noticed that using a slip stitch to join the rounds creates an unsightly dent all through the join in the finished work. I've experimented, and if I use a single crochet instead, it seems to minimise, but not eliminate, this problem.

Does anyone else use such thin yarn, and has anyone else got a tip for me regarding these dents?
36  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mel the mutant turtle on: December 29, 2005 09:12:06 PM
I got it in my head to try crocheting a turtle, though I don't know why, I'm not that into turtles.

Mel is a mutant because she has a pink shell and two tails. The pictures don't show it too well, but she has a sad look on her face. Her head is somewhat outsized (and how), but I decided with was appropriate in the end. Mel was made without a pattern, as is obvious.

I was thinking of doing something more extreme with her, but I don't want to let personal ambition outpace my abilities. This is only my second crochet animal. She's far from perfect, but as a paperweight (stuffed with polyfill and aquarium gravel), she functions fine. And maybe she'll cheer up with a purpose in life.

37  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi penguin paperweight on: December 23, 2005 08:42:27 AM
I'm not sure if this counts as amigurumi, but it's an animal, and was mainly crocheted in circles.

His name is Nigel, and he's my first amigurumi project. I am really bad at following other people's patterns (I have the attention span of a puppy), so I made up my own, i.e. wrote things down as I did them. He is not totally even, but I'm pretty happy with how he turned out.
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