Crochet Mae is on You Tube! First video is a speed crochet. My daughter watches a lot of speed drawing, so I thought, ‘why not speed crochet?’ I’m working on my setup and plan to do another one very soon.
It’s wonderful to crochet for family. My daughter has challenged me several times to crochet her stuff. I love doing this as it not only keeps me on my toes but it is nice to make her something she absolutely loves. There’s no better reason to pick up the hook than putting a smile on someone’s face.
When Kirby’s Epic Yarn was released, needless to say that I was excited. Being a gamer and a crocheter it was a no-brainer that I must play this game. My daughter and I would play it together for hours. Good times indeed.
We are both Kirby fans. Kirby is a round-shaped character which makes him a great character to crochet, so when my daughter requested one, I thought, “I got this!”
Kirby was a little more challenging. His body was easy as was his feet. It was his face that presented a problem. It’s very expressive. Safety eyes wouldn’t work and I am not that strong with embroidery. I tried felt. I see so many wonderful examples of crocheters using felt with their projects and it all is very stunning.
I do not enjoy working with felt. Cutting a circle is the hardest thing ever. One way I got better with felt was buying a nice pair of scissors. Since I had gained some confidence with felt thanks to the scissors, I decided to make the eyes and mouth out of felt.
This was my second Kirby. The first one I tried to embroider the eyes, and it was a complete failure. This one turned out so much better.
While I am a long way from being really good with felt, it is nice to know that I can work with it enough to do small projects.
Here is a little Zero amigurumi I did a while back. I didn’t have a pattern, and it was one of the first times I had used felt with one of my creations.
I wanted the ‘ghost cape’ to be flowing and thought crocheting it would make it too heavy. The felt gave it more of a cape feel. Eventually I would like to attempt this again as I love Nightmare Before Christmas.
Each year for Halloween I make a small crochet happy to pass out to the trick or treaters. With the success of Pokemon Go and Pokemon mania in our house for Pokemon Sun and Moon, I decided to make more Pokeballs.
I had made some back when we went to Gen Con. In all I made 21 Pokeballs. My goal was 30 but fell short. I had made them in stages – doing all the white first for 30 then adding the black, etc. We had one left over and I plan to finish the rest for Pax South in January.
Here are a couple of my creations from back in the summer. They were a gift for one of my daughter’s friend and her younger brother. She loves snakes and has a ball python named Monty. She held her birthday party at the local snake farm, so it only seemed fitting to give her something reptile-themed.
I crocheted Monty out of some yarn I have been wanting to buy forever but never had a project for. It’s Sinfonia yarn that I bought at Hobby Lobby. So since the yarn is a thinner yarn I knew it would be perfect for the ami snakes. I did a Ninja Turtle snake for her younger brother who is wild about TNMT. Both were a big hit. I hope to make more but surprisingly it is time-consuming. I hate going in a small round although it looks awesome it takes a long time.
If I ever do a craft fair again, this will be one item I will make since I used a pipe cleaner in the body to give it some bend. I would like to try it with a stronger wire to possibly make a bracelet. That will be for the future as I have a few crochet projects to finish before the end of the year.
Crafters are pretty cool people. Not only do they make creative things but they are also very generous. A while back I had seen a Twitter post from a fellow crocheter who spent the last year making cute, geeky amigurumi to hide at a con she was attending leaving each one with a note to tag her on Twitter to see where her creation would wind up in the world. I just thought that was the coolest thing and vowed that I would do the same.
So I had planned on doing all these great amigurumis for Gen Con but then procrastination and a general lack of desire to crochet took hold. The months passed and I still hadn’t made any amis as Gen Con just got closer and closer. Then, a bit of inspiration happened with the release of a mobile game called Pokemon GO. I could crochet Pokeballs for people to find. Pokeballs are basically a ball made up of three colors – red, white, and black – with the white and black button in the center. I had all the colors in my stash and could easily buy more if I ran low on the long car ride to Gen Con. So our journey to Gen Con began and so did the crocheting.
I tweeted it out and realized the power of the hashtag as I quickly had two likes! I continued to crochet Pokeballs and halfway through our journey I was up to 8.
Our trip took so long because we made a few stops to pick up the rest of our crew. By the time we rolled into Indy I had 16 and decided to stop there meaning that we could hide four pokeballs a day.
We concentrated on places that were Pokestops to increase the odds a player would find them but really it seemed every other person was swiping their phone to catch Pokemon all over the convention center. It was so much fun to hide Pokeballs and then to see people find them. Good stuff. We did get a few tweets back from those who had found them which was awesome. Some Pokeballs we did give away to kids dressed in Pokemon attire which was too much fun.
I will definitely do this again next year. It was a blast from crocheting for hours in the car to hiding the balls to reading tweets from others. I will be doing more Pokeballs for PaxSouth in January. I can’t wait to get started.
I have been crazy for gnomes this past year. I blame Gen Con. Well really I blame Gut Bustin’ Games and their Oh Gnome you Don’t board game that had a heavy presence at Gen Con. It looked like a fun game and we even got a demo at their booth. Also our niece took a crochet class at Gen Con to make a gnome/wizard amigurumi. She is a knitter and new to crochet. I made a gnome from the pattern and loved it so I made more.
For Halloween, I made some candy corn gnomes. Their hats are candy corn colored. I also made a few pumpkin gnomes with a green and orange colored hats.
I had made a bigger one with the idea of decorating with it but didn’t get around to it so I just put it in with the others. Naturally it was the first to go. I made some Halloween crochet monsters in 2013. I have some ideas for Halloween 2015 that I need to start working on. My crochet goal this year is to finish all projects early which means having Halloween crochet done by October 1st.
This was a fun project and hopefully will have a reason to make more gnomes in the future.
Totally inspired by Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy when asked what he was doing (he was dancing around) he replied something like I am distracting you you turd blossom. Turd blossom was one of those phrases that from the moment I heard it I knew it would forever be part of my vocabulary. So in honor of this, I made my own version of a turd blossom in yarn and gave it to my husband for his desk.
It’s a simple cone and a tube of single crochets that I did sewed around the cone. I also did a small flower to represent a blossom. Fast and simple. It’s amazing how the smallest crochet projects can bring so much fun especially for items that you won’t find many places if anywhere.
For Halloween, I decided to make a little treat for trick or treaters stopping by.
These little monsters are done in the round -increasing until 24 stitches starting with six in a magic ring. A few even rounds and then I started the decrease. The first decrease round I did in the back loops so that leaves the front loops available. I used the front loops for the legs or tentacles – use the imagination. Some monsters have one eye, two eyes, or even three eyes. These are the ones claimed by my daughter and she even claimed one Halloween night. We set up the monsters in a shoebox with an adopt me sign that my daughter made.
The kids seemed to like them. One neighbor said I won at Halloween – so I will take that as a compliment! I wished I had started these sooner as I would have done more detail. But there is always next year. This will be a fun, ongoing project that will help to use some of my yarn stash.
I love Game of Thrones so much that I wanted to create something in crochet to remind me of the show. Since it takes me forever to come up with crochet patterns, I decided to use an existing one in the book Amigurumi Toy Box by Ana Paula Rimoli as a starting point. She has a cute cartoonish tree that would be perfect as a godswood tree. It already had a face on it!
So I switched the colors to make the bark an off-white and the leaves a crimson red. Add a face and you have a gods wood tree- Amigurumi style.
Ned Stark and Jon Snow even appreciate the tree.
It was a fun tree that took way too long – but that happens sometimes. I start a project and then can never seem to get back to it. But this one I am glad I pushed through my inhibition and got it done.