Saturday, January 31, 2009
Meet Mr. Moo! Another amigurumi made from a pattern in Amigurumi & Komono. This guy was really fun to make. The pattern was pretty easy. Only the legs were were tough since they are crochet as part of the torso instead of being crochet separately and then sewn on. I gave him a pair of my purple hand painted eyes. I didn't like the bib's flower the pattern called for so I just sewed on a yellow star. Lazy lazy me.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Becky from SMALL TIME SHOPPING contacted me about doing a trade. She had some really adorable handmade accessories. It was hard to choose what to pick from her shop but I ended up picking an adorable bee hairpin & 2 kitty charms. She even included an extra doggie charm and some really cute magnets.
She wanted a black sheep like the one I had previously sold.. only with a pink scarf. So I cloned her a sheep!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Last week I was over at my mom's house and she showed me her new cookbook holder. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be the most perfect book holder for amigurumi books. Whenever I am crocheting from a pattern in a Japanese book I am constantly looking down at the diagram. Sometimes (especially when the book is new) it will end up shutting. What a pain! I mentioned to my mom that I was going to go buy one.. she went out and bought one for me! She is absolutely the greatest mom in the world and I am spoiled rotten (so are my own kids). If you want one of these bad boys they are only $7.95 at your local Barns & Noble or online here.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This darling amigurumi may be a black sheep but she's no disreputable member of the family. Another wonderful pattern from Amigurumi no Nakamatachi. Usually I'll make one amigurumi from a book and then put it away for awhile.. but this book has really got me hooked (please disregard the pun). I'm also eyeing the cat pattern, but I promised my son I'd make him a white Totoro and then there is the wool I ordered for needle felting that has arrived. So it's time to but the book away.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Here's another amigurumi I made with a pattern from Amigurumi no Nakamatachi. What a great book! Froggy was really fast to make. The hardest part of the pattern to figure out was the toes. I used the last pair of my hand painted neon green eyes. I went to paint more today and found my whole set of neon paint was dried up an crusty. Looks like I'll have to hunting for more of that. I did end up painting some more of my glitter eyes, since that paint was still in good!
Friday, January 9, 2009
I love hedgehogs! They are just the cutest lil things! When I saw the hedgehog pattern in Amigurumi no Nakamatachi I just had to make it! The pattern was fairly simple to follow so I'll most likely be making more of these fellows in the future. I used Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends yarn in ebony for his back and I was really happy with the texture it made!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Last week I finished up an amigurumi bunny I made from a pattern in Amigurumi & Komono. I sure am enjoying this book! I have a few more projects I've finished up over the last week including the black sheep in my new banner. I'll be posting those in the next few days.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Around Thanksgiving I ordered a small needle felting kit from Jo-Ann's. I finally had a chance to try it out over the holiday break and I totally fell in love with it. The end result was this cutie little kitty.
Needle felting is addictive! Poking wool over and over with a VERY sharp needle is really fun and really therapeutic in a way, lol. I only jabbed my finger once... trust me once you jab it after that you are very careful not to do it again. This is not something I can work on while the kids are at home. I know they will distract me and I'll jab myself!
My mom gave me a $40 Jo-Ann's gift card for Christmas and I ordered a ton of wool in a whole range of colors. So be prepared to see more needle felted cuties coming real soon!
Friday, January 2, 2009
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!
Our family had a lovely white Christmas... thankfully the snow melted by New Years!
My husband bought me a wonderful set of James Bond movies (I LOVE 007, hehe). And I bought him the Complete V collection and a "The Killer's" t-shirt. The kids bought me a book "Amigurumi & Komono"!! I was really lucky this year!
We got the kids the usual video games and toys they asked for.. plus I made them each a crafty gift.
For my youngest son I made Totoro. Following a pattern from http://heavens-hellcat.livejournal.com/420.html. I used felt for the tummy and around the eyes instead of crocheting. I was pretty happy with the way he turned out except.. his arms look a bit to buff! Tayler absolutely loved him and now wants me to make the little white Totoro and a Soot Sprite too.
My older son Skyler has wanted a real sock monkey for a long time and this summer I was lucky enough to find "Create your own sock monkey" project at a yard sale last summer. It even had the real Rockford Red Heel socks. The pattern was pretty simple and the hardest part was just trying to cut the socks up in the proper way.
A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a give away from Berrysprite. It included 2 cutie pencils, 2 bento sauce containers, a zipper pouch (that were the perfect size for my Clover crochet hooks, woot!) and one of her new Bearlets! Wowies is he a cutie! Berryspite is just now putting these Bearlets out in her shop and I highly recommend them. Great quality workmanship and they are soooooooooo freaking adorable!!