K is for Koala.

Time for the next letter in alphabet – K. For this one I attempted on making another animal based on the same form as my thesis. The body and limbs were simple and standard as I make them for anyone. Interestingly enough I found out that Koalas have no visible tail, not even a small one. The main part of the ears (grey) was also pretty basic but adding the white was much trickier than it seemed. It tended to be too much or too little and in the end they are not completely identical but in such cases I figure this is nature, it doesn’t always have to be the same.

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This fellow was also one that I took into a shop for sale among some other older ones that you have already seen (i.e. donut, two monkeys etc). We’ll see and hear in some while how it went and if anyone had interest in them. I really like the grey, black and white combo here and the fact that the grey is also somewhat speckled, gives it a more natural feel.

Black yarn I used for the nose is organic cotton, grey is recycled cotton and the white fluff is made of organic cotton and silk blend. The last one I also brushed a little to give some extra fluffiness. Crochet hook I used was 2.25 mm, safety eyes 6mm and safety nose 7 mm. It’s stuffed with pure wool.

How do you like him? I’m looking forward to making other animals and creatures on my amigurumi base, I love experimenting like that. What kind of characters would you like to see? What else would you like me to make in addition to amigurumi? Let me know in the comments! (:

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Double puppies.

These two charming ladies were made as a commission from my new Facebook page. They were the first I made for a person I actually didn’t know! It was so awesome!

I think I started Monday night and finished the first one on Thursday. The second one I started after that and finished by Saturday evening. It took a bit time to figure out how exactly to make all the details but take a look at yourself and compare. Also the furry ears were something I knew I had to make – took some testing and this is the result. Here is Mia, the one who was the model for me on these following pictures.

Will post a picture of all of them together soon!

Mini minion.

Since Despicable Me 2 is coming and I can’t seem to get over the trailer I thought it was time to create my own minion pattern.

Once again I wanted it to be as simple as possible an in this case – tiny as well. I made it using a 3mm crochet hook and it measures up about 6cm, the width is about 1,5 – 2cm.

I attached a key ring chain to it in order to make it usable as well.

 

You will need tiny amounts of yellow, blue, grey and black yarn + some filling and an eye or two. The key ring chain is optional.

 

Make your own Mini Minion like so:

1. Using yellow single crochet 6 into magic circle

2. single crochet 2 in all stitches around (12 st in total).

3. – 8. single crochet around (12)

9. single crochet around changing colours like this:  3 yellow, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 3 yellow, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 blue.

10  – 12. single crochet in blue around (12)

13. single crochet all stitches together around (6)

14. using black yarn single crochet around in back loops only (6)

finish off

 

Using yellow yarn chain 3 and finish off, make two like this.

Attach them as hands on the sides of the body (in the 1 yellow between the blues on row 9).  I only sew the hands from both ends so the middle part is kind of just floating.

Wrap a little black yarn around the bottom parts of the hands to make gloves.

 

Place the eye or eyes.

Chain long enough strip with grey yarn to fit around the eye and sew it in place. In case of two eyes make that double.

Chain long enough strip with black yarn to reach from one side of the goggle(s) to the other. Sew it in place.

 

TIP! If you don’t have such black and white wiggly eyes or anything similar you can use pieces of black and white felt instead!

 

Don’t forget to tuck all the tail ends inside!

 

Now you have made start with your own little minion army!

 

 

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Red Fire-Dragon.

Here is another Dragon I made. I made it for a Crafter..oo competition and got inspired by Umi-cha in DeviantART.

I finished it quite a few days ago now but have been struggling to get a decent enough picture. This is one from the last session and I say it has to do!

The pattern I just made up on the go, except the wings which I got from a book. This should be the English version of it.  Making a curvy shape is trickier than it might appear but I think I managed to pull it off.

Enjoy!

Crafter..oo Pinterest Challenge: March.

As I mentioned, my initial “March” didn’t actually work as I would have liked so I made another one next to it.

Here is the pin for the failed attempt.

And an image too:

He looks kind of creepy doesn’t he!?

And the pin for the second attempt.

Plus the image:

Yes, you have already seen her. I just forgot to mention she had a pin too to inspire me – I have long wanted to make something traditional (thus the goldfish too as the matter of fact).

Mellony.

Why tere is a friendly face. Not the best kind of pictures but the best I have managed to get of her. She doesn’t neither on my window pane nor in my mini studio-box.  Maybe someday I will somehow get some better ones. I’ll definitely show them then. Maybe when there is enough temperature and light just to take her outside.

She is the largest of amigurumies I have ever made. Haven’t measured but approximately 45cm if I may guess. She is made of a soft acrylic/viscose yarn. Can’t put the name on it but it feels quite good in hand and is easy to work with. Maybe if I could find the label I’ll tell you.

The pattern is from Stitch. I had it bookmarked for a very long time as I didn’t had the kind of yarn I wanted her to be made of. I had a great luck with these materials finding on sale in a basically grocery store. Although, I now remember (as I don’t have her with me at the moment) the purple, orange and white yarn are actually cotton. The purple one is somewhat thicker and white one finer but as I used the same crochet hook all along it looks just fine. I remember thinking that I’d have liked the dress to be made of some finer yarn but then it wouldn’t have fit as it is quite snug already.

According to the pattern the purple trims should be done the same way as the orange on the shoes but I didn’t get it while I was doing it in the first place. It didn’t look bad enough to tear it up though. Although I have been thinking more than once that maybe they should be the same way after all I have been to lazy to take any actions. I also remember I removed the “thumbs” as I couldn’t make them to look neat enough. I think she looks just fine without them.

I like that she always has some clothes on. I guess you could crochet the clothes in separate pieces but that just might be too bulky. The brown yarn for the hair is a cotton from the same line as the purple one. I used almost all of the skein. At first I had it tied with two strands of the yellow yarn but once I bought some ribbon I gave her the bow-ties too. As you may have seen some on the other fellows I have made. I also added ribbons and ties on her stockings in kind of a lacy way.

The eyes are the only safety eyes I have used as she has been the only one big enough to carry them out. The mouth I embroidered with some red yarn piece and the buttons are actually wooden beads – bigger on the shoes/slippers and smaller on the dress. They came with some sort of vintage lamp-shade making kit I once thrifted.

I like making really tiny amigurumi and I thin they look adorable. I really like that they get finished almost always on the same day I started them. I like that I can make many of them with same supplies. Saying all this I still think that she over here is one of the best work I have done. I am really pleased with the results. I used many skeins of yarn almost fully and used many hours working on her. She just is somehow special for me. And she deserves better pictures than these!

This is the final piece I made pictures of on that day. I have some more items but not all of them look neat enough as they are the ones I started making amigurumies with. Next one should be one of my own patterns if everything goes on according to plan.

Toothless.

Many of you may have already met this fellow. His name is Toothless and can be seen on an animation movie “How to Train Your Dragon“. I really enjoyed seeing it and once I stumbled upon the crochet pattern of Toothless aka Night Fury I absolutely knew I had to make one. I gifted him away but he still stays rather close to me.

The pattern belongs to Sarselgurumi. I just made a little change crocheting one tail fin with red yarn (as the prosthetic) and also included two “straps”. I really hurried with the pictures as I didn’t want him to get too snowy and wet and forgot to take a shot of the tail in details. You can still give a glimpse of it in the blur. 🙂

He is made of 100% acrylics – yarns, stuffing and the felt pieces as eyes.

I really like him. Maybe it’s because I am kind of a dragon myself (according to Chinese Astrology). Secondly it seems particularly appropriate for the Year of Dragon although he was finished far back in august. These are still the very first pictures of him.

I think he actually enjoyes being in the snow, don’t you?!

Happy Year of the Dragon!