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Halloween Time

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IMG_0012P1040200Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. I enjoy the decorations, the costumes and the candy. Each year, I like to make some new Halloween amigurumi’s. This year I made two, a devil and a ghost.

I found the devil’s pattern on Ravelry. I like the pattern, but I loved the devil one crocheter had made from a red and black variegated yarn. I knew this had to be one of my Halloween amigurumi projects for this year. My sources for purchasing yarn are limited, but I kept an eye out for some red and black variegated yarn.

While in Joann’s one time, I came across the Red Heart Team Spirit yarns and there was a red and black variegated skein. It did not really look like the yarn from the other devil that I had seen but it was the best that I had found so far. So I purchased a skein of it and I got started stitching it up.

IMG_0018IMG_0020The pattern for this devil is well written and crocheting the parts was fun to make. Unfortunately, the Red Heart Team Spirit yarn is not really a true variegated yarn. It is a long section of red then a long section of black and so on. So this did not give me the look I wanted, but the pieces of the devil were turning out cute anyway, so I kept crocheting.

I could have saved the money spent on this speciality yarn though and just used separate red and black yarns for a similar look. The devil stitched together nicely and his tail turned out very cute. I like the heart shaped point at the end. I also really like his folded arms, one of the features that attracted me to the pattern.

All in all, this devil turned out quite cute and is a fun addition for Halloween.

DSCN0514DSCN0516The next Halloween amigurumi I made was a ghost. What enticed me about this pattern was the bottom of the ghost.

As you crochet the bottom of the ghost, you decrease on one side of the round and increase on the other side of the same round. When it is time to stuff the ghost, part of the bottom is already crocheted together, so there is less to be stitched closed.

With the increasing and decreasing on this ghost, I was having difficulty keeping track of which round I was on while crocheting. I had to keep counting the rounds from the head down. This was a pain and it was taking a lot of time away from the crocheting. I finally wrote the rounds I had left to crochet on a post it note, and marked them off as I stitched each round. This worked great. I will remember this trick if I have a counting problem again on other amigurumi’s.

DSCN0521DSCN0520I did not add safety eyes to this ghost as I crocheted it. My intention was to use wiggle eyes when it was done, but when it came time to attach them, they just did not look good. This lead me to use some felt eyes.

After trying several variations, I decided on the three layer black and white eyes that I made. I tried a yarn smile on the ghost but that did not look good either so I tried a frown, then a jagged line. Nothing looked good. As I debated over the design of the mouth, I dropped one of the felt pieces I had been cutting for the eyes onto the ghost and the black “boo” shaped mouth came to life.

This round felt mouth was perfect fit for this ghost.

While making this pattern I had my doubts along the way, especially with the eyes and mouth, that this guy would turn out ok. Not only did he turn out ok but he turned out great. I think he is fun and ready to do some scaring on Halloween.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Until next time, Crochet forth and get your scare on…

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This is Halloween…

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Happy Halloween Everyone!

Hopefully you enjoy this years Halloween/Day of the Dead Diorama that my husband creates for me every year from all of my crocheted Halloween Amigurumi creations! I sure do, and I think this years is the best yet!

October 31st, straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

IMG_8549 - Version 5The Day of the Dead celebration (Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include making catrinas, building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Three Spooks

P1030668Bad news! Due to a schedule change at work, it looks like I am going to have to work on Halloween night this year. Major bummer man! I won’t be alone though, I will have three coworkers working with me too. Horror of horrors! So I decided that rather than being too bummed out about working, I would still have a great holiday and that I would make a little something fun for my coworkers since they had to work too.

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I picked these fun Halloween dolls to crochet up for my Halloween coworkers as gifts. The pattern included all three dolls. I did not want to make the same doll three times so I decided to make them each a different doll from this pattern. The three dolls, the Pumpkin Head, The Lil’ Devil, and the Skeleton all have the same P1030713basic parts for each doll then there are some adjustments to the parts make each doll unique. After making the first doll, the second doll came together quickly with the last one taking even less time to make. The arms and legs were the same for all the dolls and it only took making a couple of arms and legs before I had the pattern done and they worked up very easily from there. I stitched the arms and legs to the bodies before I stuffed the bodies. On the first doll, I inserted the legs into the body and make a knot inside the body. This did not work. The leg P1030704was not secure and the knot could be pulled out too easily. I then tried make the knot bigger with still no luck in securing the legs. Finally I figured out that I needed to stitch the leg to the body and then knot the leg. This secured the legs and made them so they could not be pulled off of the body. After that the attachment of arms and legs went quickly.

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The part that took the longest on these three dolls was in the details, but it was the most fun part too. Their little bow ties worked up easily and turned out so cute. I really like the little bows ties on the dolls. The pattern was easy to follow to make the hat for the skeleton, the cap for the devil and the leaves and stem for the pumpkin. It just took time to crochet and stitch on these parts. But, not as much time as the P1030724smiles, eyebrows, and bones took to add to the dolls. I spent a fair amount of time giving each doll its details. I wanted a mischievous devil and not an evil devil. I wanted the pumpkin to have a crazy smile but not too crazy, and I wanted the skeleton’s bones to be even. Even though this was time consuming, it is these details that makes these dolls so dang cute.

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I am very pleased with the end result of each of the dolls and I really had a great time making them and would love to make more of them. I am going to use these dolls in my Halloween diorama this year before I give them away on Halloween night. I hope my coworkers like them. I sure do.