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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / R2D2 toddler costume on: October 29, 2007 07:01:12 PM
My younger son will be two in December. He loves R2D2, whom he calls "R2 2D." Close enough.   Smiley

The costume is white fleece with colored fleece and sewn details. The arms attach to the shoulder with a tab of Velcro, and then some elastic (held together with a toggle) keeps the arm attached around his forearm. We live in Minnesota, so it has to be wearable for a variety of weather -- either over a T-shirt or over a snowsuit.

The hat is some stretchy silver material that wasn't as hard to sew as I thought it was going to be. (Phew!) But by the time I got to the hat, I was sort of done. So all the details are just hot-glued on. (Sort of humiliating, but a person can't stay up drinking wine and making costumes all night long ... at some point, she hast to sleep. Right ...?)

Thanks for looking!
22  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Star Wars amigurumi: Princess Leia on: August 30, 2007 01:48:09 PM
"You fly that thing? You're braver than I thought."
--Princess Leia to Han Solo

I've been working on the cast of Star Wars -- sort of like crocheted action figures. They're much taller than the real action figures, but shorter than Barbie dolls.

I realized just a bit too late that I had forgotten to flare the arms. Had I thought of it a few rounds earlier, it would have flared much more. Oh well.

In the movie, she's sort of got leggings under her dress/robe thing.

Her iconic hair. I wanted to make braids and then twirl them into buns, but this worked better. (It's sort of a flat-ish ball that I smooshed down flat against her head.)

My little guy, so you can see the scale. He's sort of sweet on dolls.

Now that I've seen Owly's incredible hair tutorial (http://owly.wordpress.com/2007/08/27/amigurumi-hair-tutorial/), I want to rip off all these dolls' heads and do them over! I'm actually looking forward to trying this method for Luke.
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Small Jimmy Neutron doll and his rocket on: June 16, 2007 06:22:47 PM
My 3 1/2 year old son has become obsessed with rockets and spaceflight. Someone suggested that we let him watch the Jimmy Neutron movie. (Hardly Star Wars, but harmless enough.  Smiley Of course Tom loved it.)

Jimmy is 5" - 6" (12.5 - 15 cm) high without his hair, which added another 2" (5 cm) or so. I tried his hair three different ways. I'm still not delighted with how it turned out, but my son tells me it's fine.

Jimmy gets around in a rocket ship.

The rocket had no form at all, so after I finished, I stuffed the tail section and put a circle patch over it to keep the stuffing in. Then I cut 1" strips of plastic canvas and sewed them inside the main body of the rocket to form a sort of framework or skeleton. I wish I'd taken a picture of that -- boy howdy, was it ugly. So then I made a liner and sewed that inside to cover the skeleton. Much nicer.

Now all he needs is Goddard (his robot dog).

24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Star Wars amigurumi: Han Solo on: May 24, 2007 02:54:42 PM
Making amigurumi ain't like dusting crops, boy.

I wanted his hair to be all carefree 70s-ish, but it came out a bit more Harry Potter-ish than I envisioned.   Smiley 

Here's a close-up of his holster and leg. You can see much better here that the pants are navy. Hilariously, this yarn is called "Bright Navy," but it's nearly indistinguishable from "Black" in any light other than noonday sun or a camera flash. I didn't continue with the red stripes on this side because I figured they'd be covered by the belt and holster. Well, almost ...

I'm going to do Luke, Leia, and Obi-Wan next ... but probably not for another month, because it seems I'm actually going to have to start paying attention in chemistry class. Egad.
25  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Star Wars amigurumi: Chewbacca on: May 15, 2007 01:42:13 PM
Soon I'll be able to fill a Millenium Falcon on its way to Alderaan.

His bag is functional. I'm not sure what he keeps in it. Ammunition for his crossbow? Beef jerky?

I'm trying to keep it all to scale here. I'm not sure Chewie is supposed to tower over the droids quite this dramatically, but he is mighty tall.

26  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / C3PO (img heavy-ish) on: May 04, 2007 06:38:54 PM
I've been wondering if my friends do an intervention if I do the entire cast from Star Wars.

I should have used a smaller hook, or bought more Glitterspun to stuff him with, but I got impatient.

I wanted to do the chest detailing, too, where his pecs are outlined like the circle on his belly -- but it always looked like he was wearing a bikini. So funny, and so, so wrong.

C3PO's eyes are kind of lit up in real life (well, in movie life), so I used yellow thread to embroider that on, then outlined it with yellow yarn. I'm not terribly pleased with how it turned out, but you get the idea.

I am pleased with his legs, though. In movie life, his knees are horizontal cylinders. This turned out pretty well. (In real life it looks better.)

His arms have those shock-absorber things connecting the forearm to the bicep.

Here he is with his pal.

27  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / R2D2 on: April 28, 2007 08:21:49 PM
I dig Star Wars.

I seem to have a hard time managing anything under about 12 stitches in circumference, so that's why his legs are so big. But he still turned out pretty fun.
28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Rocky Balboa on: April 16, 2007 06:27:31 PM
Hi, everyone! This is my second-ever post, and the first project I've posted. I totally (heart) this board! So posting this is fun and just a little bit intimidating.

I've been crocheting for about three months. I made four inches of a washcloth, then a scarf -- and when I figured out how to increase and decrease, the world of amigurumi opened up to me. Woo hoo! I made this for a friend who's a huge Rocky fan. The boxing gloves are removable.

A few things: I worked without a pattern (Rocky may be the only crochet pattern that you cannot find on Etsy), which was fine, but I did most of this in the car on a long trip and I forgot to pack any pictures of Rocky, so I had to do it from memory. The proportions (the torso, the headsize, the shoulder) are all a bit off. And I knew I wanted him to have those baggy shorts boxers wear, but then I couldn't figure out how to slim his waist -- now he looks like he could bear children. But I feel good about his arms -- I decreased around the wrist, elbow, and shoulder, which gave his arms a muscley appearance. (It's more pronounced when you're looking at him from the top rather than the front.)

I think it would be fun to do a bunch of movie characters. Crocheted action figures. That would rock.

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