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Invisible Decreasing

Hey everyone!

So this time I am not posting about anything I am doing, but instead giving you a very useful link! I checked my blogroll this morning and I found just about the coolest post I have seen in a while - how to do an invisible decrease. For those of you who alreayd know about it, I am sure this is just a 'big whoop', but for thoes of you who don't this is really awesome ^_^. I think the best part of the whole tutroial is that there are very clear, well taken pictures and this really helps.

The link is here and I suggest for all of you who love amigurumi to follow Rinske on her blog Fun & Fang!

Up & Arty

Right, so I made myself a deviant art account. I have now promised myself that I am going to try to make one sketch per day and I thought that it would be fun to have some place to post them. You Can find my deviant art account here ;).

Life Update

Right, so I haven't simply just posted in a while so, I thought that I would. As per normal my life has been crazy... Work harder than I expected blah, blah, blah. I have posted about it before so no point in rehashing the past.

I do have a fun update though! As some of you may know I gave my work colleges little amigurumis when I thought that I was leaving the company... well.... Now people are starting to order my stuff! I have already done two orders one of an alcoholic pig and another of an artist dragon. It was so much fun working on these orders (pics to come at one point... possibly)! It is nice to have a reason to craft, rather than just starting a bunch of random projects.

I also have a new order for a little kitty ^_^. I am going to make her a cool little house to go along and a milk bowl. I am so excited to start this project, but first I am going to relax for the weekend!

This weekend my Mom is visiting and so are my boyfriend's parents because there is a festival in…

Cuppy The Alien

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Cuppy the Alien

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So I have been shamefully neglecting my blog, but I have put up a new pattern for all of you. I was inspired to make an alien from an amigurumi along in Raverly! I hope you enjoy the pattern.

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Materials= I colour of yarn, 2 safety eyes

Hook = Whatever you like! The smaller the hook & yarn the smaller your alien etc.etc.etc.

CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
ST= Stitch
FO = Finish Off
DEC = Decrease

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Feet (make one)

Foundation = Magic ring 6 (if you don’t know what a magic ring is please find a tutorial here. This is the tutroial I learnt from and it is awesome ^_^)
Round 1= 2 SC in each ST around
Round 2= 1 SC in the next ST then SC twice in next ST - do this till end of round
Round 3= 1 SC in the next 2 ST then SC twice in next ST - do this till end of round
Rounds 4 -7= SC around ((Don’t forget to stuff the foot!))
Round 8= 1 SC in the next 2 ST then DEC - do this till end of round
Round 9= 1 SC in the next 1 ST then DEC - do this till end of round
Round 10= DEC…

Teasing my Spoilie.....

Hahahahahha *pokepokepoke*



Okay, this swap is getting to me... too much false power etc.etc.etc.

Crochet Hook Grips/Handles

Right! So today I wanted to blog about something a little different than I normally do. First off - because I am totally not not working right now, which I should be. Secondly, this is really lovely and I want to share it with everyone!

Topic: Crochet Hook Holders

So for those of you who don't live in the US or don't have access to crochet hook grips it can be very annoying! I think I have now built up a nice little callous on my finger, but before I would get blisters for crocheting too tight. This sucks. Period. But! I have found our saviour! While perusing a tapestry crochet website I found this tutorial to make crochet grips out of bake-able clay (Fimo for example).

Now I don't know if I am the densest person in the world, but I seriously never thought of the idea! It is a fantastic idea and you can make beautiful handles for your hooks. I found tutorials to make flowers, faces, etc.etc.etc. Hurrah for the internet!

Check out the tutorial here, it is a little bit from th…

Beholder Pattern

Here is the patterns for Paul, the Albino Beholder. You can of course, make him a normal ruddy beholder colour if you want (it is your amigurumi :D), but I simp[ly thought the world didn’t have enough happy-go-lucky cute things ;). Also, if you find the 10 eye-stalks too much you can also put less on. (I won’t even get into an intense nerd-debate with you about hoe a beholder actually does need all 10 eyestalks in order to be awesomely magical.)

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Beholder

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Materials= I colour of yarn, 1 safety eye, 10 black beads (see below), yarn needle, thread for sewing a mouth

Hook = ((2.5mm)) I am not putting a 'strict' hook size here, because you can basically do this pattern with any size hook & any size yarn. The larger the yarn/hook, the larger your beholder will be. However! This is very important make sure to guage your thread around the black beads that you buy for the eye stalks. My pattern calls for a CH6 around the eye beads and you should check this before you start. If y…

Life Update

So! My life has been insane. Good news – I got my working visa and I can go back to work Monday. Bad news – I am super lazy and I just don’t know if I can handle a working life *swoons* :P. To be honest, I was getting a bit antsy not working and I really think it will be good for me to leave the house as it has pretty much come down to me muttering to myself on the couch and making things for my swap partner. I guess this is what happens when you are a ‘grown up’ and you have to live in the ‘real world’ and all your friends are grownups who work in the real world too /cry. Meh, I’ll get over it, I mean I still have this lovely internet world to escape to filled with amigurumi D&D dolls and people I can talk to without wearing pants that button, huzzah!

Okay enough of the cruel, cruel world rant and on to what I have been doing in terms of crochet. First off, I have some rocking patterns for everyone. But! I need to wait to post them till I send my swap package. I have one that I a…

Swap Partner

Right! So, as you might have guessed I am participating in a swap (on Raverly)! I just got my partner's name and I am so excited to start. The swap's theme is: zombie & apocalypse so I know I am going to have a great time with this one! We have to keep our swap partners a secret so I will shut it on any more info about him/her. Sufficed to say I am super excited ^_^.


On other projects... Well at the moment I am trying to finish an angel amigurumi I started about a week ago. It is inspired by my own favourite end of days scenario a biblical apocalypse. There is just something about angels/plagues/ etc/etc/etc that speaks to me haha! Plus I grew up in the 90's/2000's (what do we call that the 00's?) and there was a whole slew of movies about biblical end of days that I religiously (pun intended) watched as a kid.

Any way! This leads me to my next question: What is your ideal apocalyptic scenario?

Happy Flower Pattern

Here is another pattern, for the happy flower I made for my co-worker! Enjoy!

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Happy Flower Amugurumi Pattern

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Materials= 3 to 4 colours of yarn, safety eyes (or another colour of yarn for the eyes)

Hook = 2.5mm

CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
TC= Triple Crochet
ST= Stitch
FO = Finish Off
DEC = Decrease

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Head
Foundation = Magic ring 6 (if you don’t know what a magic ring is please find a tutorial here. This is the tutroial I learnt from and it is awesome ^_^)
Round 1= 2 SC in each ST around
Round 2= 1 SC in the next ST then SC twice in next ST - do this till end of round
Round 3= 1 SC in the next 2 ST then SC twice in next ST - do this till end of round
Round 4= 1 SC in the next 3 ST then SC twice in next ST - do this till end of round
Rounds 5 -15 = SC around
Round 16= 1 SC in the next 3 ST then DEC - do this till end of round
Round 17= 1 SC in the next 2 ST then DEC - do this till end of round
(This is a good time to add your eyes & stuff the head!)

Body
Round 18= Switch yarn colour …

New Projects! Finally!

Right! I made these for little girls for my work colleagues! They are a happy flower, punky bunny, fashion cat and a surfing seal. Yes, it is an odd bunch - but if you knew these people it isn't so odd!

These projects have been a little bit of what I have been up to, but I have a few more projects to post (I am going to save those for next week as one photo session with my horrible camera is enough.)

I am going to post a new pattern of one of my creations, but I am not sure which one. Does anyone have a vote? The one with the most will win. I know this is a bit silly as I only have like 6 followers (who count for like 1000 in their sheer awesomeness ^_^) or something like that, but maybe there is one that is more awesome than the others and in that case I will post that pattern :D.

Fighting with HR!

All right I have been a bit lazy in blogging for a while due to life... issues >_<. I am having problems securing my job at the moment and it is very frustrating!(I am trying to transition from being an intern to being a fully paid member of staff)

I never thought that working with HR would be so complicated, then again I can't blame them because I am a US citizen living in the Netherlands and I guess there is always issues hiring expats. So any way it is very complicated and my internship ends on the 24th so I have no idea what I am doing at the moment. Bah!

In any case I have been crocheting, due to lack of gumption to do anything else & I will take pictures soon and post!

Baby Owl

Right so I made this, this morning and I thought I would post it. I tried needle felting and I think it went pretty well. I was actually using synthetic yarn and it worked just fine.

The next thing I am going to try is using a slicker brush! My friend owns many-a-cat and so she is going to lend me her brush.

After I try it I will post so you can see what happens... I predict mayhem. :P

Lil' Monsters Dice Bag Pattern

Right! So here is my first pattern. If you make it, please let me know! I am very curious to see if my instructions are clear enough or not.

Lil' Monsters Dice Bag

This is a very simple & easy pattern to replicate - so if you are a beginner this might be good for you :D. Also, I am pretty sure you can scale up this pattern a few sizes and it will be fine, so don't worry if you don't have the exact right size yarn & hook.

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Materials= 2 colours of yarn (body & hair), felt for decorating & yarn needle

Hook = 2.5mm

Final Size = 9cm (aka- holds twelve d10s quite nicely ^_^)

CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
FO = Finish Off

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Bag
Foundation Chain = CH 26
Round 1 = Turn work, skip one stitch and SC back down - at the end of the row instead of turning your work add an extra crochet into the last ST and ST around (eg - work on the other side of the foundation chain), this makes one round.
Round 2- 25 = SC in each SC around. At the end of the last round cut yarn & le…

Mini! Human Wizard

Right, so this has nothing to do with crocheting, but I thought I would post it any way! Another hobby I have is repainting my minatures for D&D so that they look at least some what like my characters. Unfortunetly, though WoTC tries very hard to make awesome minis, a lot of them are painted too fast. Plus, for some reason I can never find one that looks like my character, hence my repainting so many of them.

The most recent one I have re-painted is one of an Elf Druid. I repainted her to look like my Human Wizard - Gwen. Gwen was basically zapped into the Elemental Chaos as a young woman after casting a ritual that went very wrong. She lived there for 40 years, fighting for her life and growing in power. etc. etc. etc. Finally, when she figured out how to get home she was in her 60's - but when she got home it was as if only minutes had passed.... Therefore she began her life as an Adventurer!

I wanted her to look a bit odd, strange clothing (for a wizard at least) and also li…

Cheer me up Cthulhu!

So my friend told me she was having a crappy day, so I decided to finish this for her! I had a random Cthulhu body that I had made/felted just for an experiment laying around & I thought why not? She needed to be cheered up so I added some cute little pink wings and bows galore ^_^. Over all I am happy with the way this project went. It was a nice break from the epic dragon I am attempting to make. (A projects which is going... okay. Despite the fact that I have un-ravelled the belly twice now hahahah.)

Dragon's Tail

Got back from my Mom's yesterday! It was a lot of fun, but sad when I had to leave as I only got to see her for the weekend. I think she is going to come to visit me some time in June though - si it isn't that bad!

Note on crochet hooks on the plane: 'Elf' was right, if they are wooden & plastic it is okay, just not metal. Haha, I wish I read that post before I got there! I only have metal hooks so I couldn't bring it on board :(. Luckily my boyfriend was there to take my hooks home so they didn’t get taken by security.

On to my crochet project! Here is a picture of the tail of the Red Dragon I am working on. Though I am planning on making it very large, I decided to use a 2.5mm crochet hook & (obviously) yarn to fit. I want to get the look of very small scales over the body. So far I am happy with the way it is turning out. I put wire in the pail so that you can move it how you would like etc. Plus it wasn't fitting to have a dragon that can't have i…

Can you bring crochet needles on a plane?

So I am going to see my Mom this weekend! I am really excited I haven't seen her since I graduated University so it is going to be nice to go home. Plus, I get to see my two dogs & kitties so I am happy! Hopefully all we are going to do when I am there is eat chinese food and veg out on the couch :D. It is going to be so much fun!

But I have a conundrum! Can you bring crochet hooks on the plane? I am only carrying hand baggage onto the plane because I am only going to stay for a weekend & I don't want my hook to be taken away. I have read a few websites and everyone says something different. Then again I read the official website for flying in the states and they said you can bring scissors on the flight as long as the blade is shorted than 4inches... So I would think you can bring a crochet hook too, right?

Any way I am going to ask at the check-in desk when I get to the air port. I will let everyone know how it goes :D!

Deva Invoker

He is done huzzah. Okay so making the accessories was not as bas as I thought it was going to be. Actually once I was done with the helm it was quite fun. I think the helm is what threw me off because it is pretty hard to get one that fit the doll & also fit what Deva's are meant to wear, but now I am really happy with the result.

In the end I decided to hand sew the entire outfit except for the sleeves because I used a really thin fabric on them & if I didn't zig zag the ends they would have just fallen apart. It was nice to hand sew because I could do it in front of the TV plus if you make a mistake you see it right away rather than have hours of fun with your seam ripper, which is always a plus.

In any case! My next projects: Finish felted cthulu & HUGE red dragon! But first I must wait to get paid or else my bank account will break up with me ^_^

Helms & followers ^_^

Yay! I have two followers and it makes me happy :D. Plus, Rae gave me awesome advice so that is just the cherry on the cake.

I finally finished a helm that I like for my Deva. It is tall and ridiculously ornate, which is basically perfect for the look I am going for. Seeing as it has taken me a few tries to get to this, I am pretty happy with how it came out. Now to make all the other finicky bits that Deva's like to wear. We will see how that goes. Hehe, the accessories are taking longer than crocheting the actual doll.

Therefore! Note to self: Next project - HUGE Red Dragon. All crochet & no accessories! Till I got crazy and decide that the Red Dragon needs a treasure pile. If you don't hear anything in two weeks you will know I have died under a pile of Fimo clay :P.

Felting

So I tried felting last night! I just got some wool yarn and I made a little kitty out of it, very cute and very small of course. So I decided why not wash it and make even smaller (and cuter?:P) In any case I am not sure I got the correct results. I can still very much see all my crochet stitches and though it shrunk - it wasn't that much.
Why did this happen? Okay I have a few ideas. My aunt said maybe my washing machine isn't harsh enough to the clothes so it doesn't get enough friction to shrink. (But I mean this can't be true because I by mistake felted one of my boyfriend's favorite sweaters, by washing it too warm >_<). But! Okay second idea - I put my little cat in a sock before I felted her because I didn't want her to get sucked up by my washing machine so maybe she didn't get knocked around enough. Hrm, hrm, hrm!
I am going to try again this weekend and post when I see how it goes!

Deva Invoker

Okay I finished the body of my Deva Invoker last night! I will post it later here when I upload the photo. I am working on the armor right now and it is kicking my butt. I am using Fimo clay to work on a aluminum foil mold and the mold is too bumpy. Hrm, I am going to try to make a better mold today. If anyone is reading this and has tips let me know! Haha, I think that I am going to have about 15 helms before I make the right one.

Tiefling Warlock

Right, so for my first project I made a Tiefling Warlock. I am really happy how her hair turned out as I orginally bought that yarn to make a baby cap for my boyfriend's nephew, but stupid me over-estimated my crochet skills and it was comepltly un-doable. :P So! I found another purpose for it, huzzah! I also made her an implement and a purse for her GP, because well every adventurer needs that.