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Friday, August 27, 2010

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 the top of the page and it is the video on the right.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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 you need more just do it, there is little that can go wrong with this pattern ^_^.

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

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Head/Body Thing

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
Round 5= 1 SC in the next 4 ST then SC twice in next ST - do this till end of round
Round 6= 1 SC in the next 5 ST then SC twice in next ST - do this till end of round
Rounds 6 -20 = SC around ((Put in your safety eye here!))
Round 21= 1 SC in the next 5 ST then DEC - do this till end of round
Round 22= 1 SC in the next 4 ST then DEC - do this till end of round
Round 23= 1 SC in the next 3 ST then DEC - do this till end of round
Round 24= 1 SC in the next 2 ST then DEC - do this till end of round ((Stuff here!))
Round 25= 1 SC in the next 1 ST then DEC - do this till end of round
Round 24= DEC till end of piece and FO.

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Eye Stalks
Make 10

CH 6 & slip stitch together
Round 1-4= SC in each ST around
Round 5= SC, DEC, SC, DEC around – You should end up with 4 ST’s after this.
Round 6- 17= SC in each ST around & FO, leave a very long tail of string. Feel free to make the stalks longer or shorter, depending on your taste.
For each eye stalk – Take a yarn needle and pull the FO’ed yarn of the eye stalk back through to the hollow stalk to the beginning. Then take your bead and thread it through the yarn. Finally, thread the yarn back through the stalk of the eye. Use the last of the tail to sew your eye stalk to the beholder’s head. This will allow you to secure the bead for your eyes pretty well. I am not going to say it is child proof (because everyone knows kids can find a way to shove anything up their nose), but it is pretty darn secure.

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Sew everything together and poof! Your very own Beholder (add bow for extra style).

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 am very, very excited about and I hope you will all love it!




As for now, I made a small little pattern in the mean time. I sort of got bored of the zombie / apocalypse theme and went back to my D&D roots. The pattern is in the next post coming, but here is a teaser:



This is Paul, Paul is a Beholder, there is only one problem… He came out snowy white and unfortunately what is adorable to us surfacers is despicable to the xenophobic Beholders of Underdark (I mean they’re evil & Paul loves to wear a bow on his left eyestalk, which doesn’t help.) Paul is on a run for his life and in need of friends. If you have seen anyone willing enough to befriend an albino beholder call: 800-PAUL-4-FRNDS. Thank you!

Friday, August 6, 2010

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?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

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 to your body colour and 2 SC in each ST around
Round 19= SC in each ST around
Round 20= 1 SC in the next ST then SC twice in next ST - do this till end of round
Rounds 21-28= SC around
Round 29= 1 SC in the next 3 ST then DEC- do this till end of round
Round 30= 1 SC in the next 2 ST then DEC- do this till end of round
(This is a good time to stuff the body!)
Round 31= 1 SC in the next 1 ST then DEC- do this till the hole is so small you can’t crochet anymore! Then FO :D.

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Leaf Hands
(make two)
Row 1 = CH 2
Row 2= Turn work – Skip 1 ST and SC twice in next ST, CH 1
Row 3= Turn work – 1 SC in the next ST then SC twice in next ST, CH 1
Row 4= Turn work – 1 SC in the next 2 ST then SC twice in next ST, CH 1
Row 5= Turn work – 1 SC in the next 3 ST then SC twice in next ST, CH 1
Row 6= Turn work – SC in each ST of row, CH 1
Row 7 – till end = Turn work – SC in each ST of row. Work until the end of the row then turn your work and continue to crochet down your new row. Do not CH 1 at the end of the row as you are accommodating for the end of the leaf. Keep doing this till you can only SC once and then FO your work.

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Flower Petals
The important thing to remember is that the flower petals should fit snug on the face so, adjust how long your CH is to make sure it fits nicely around the flower’s face.

Round 1 – CH 35 and Slip stitch together
Round 2 – CH 6 and SC in 5th ST from start – do this till end of round
Round 3 – Make 7 TC in each CH till the end of work. After each set of 7 TC make sure to slip stitch into base SC at the end of each CH - to insure you get distinct petals. When you are done FO.
Round 4 – OPTIONAL take a different colour thread and SC around the petal tops to make a sweet little border!

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Now just sew it all together and you have your very own happy flower!