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Henry the Small Dragon

 

This is Henry, the small dragon. He is Harriet’s, the big dragon’s, little brother.

Henry’s body is as slender as Harriet’s body but due to the size difference in the two, his body was a much quicker crochet. His tiny wings, horns, and spikes are adorable but due to their size they were time consuming to crochet and stitch on.

Henry is very mischievous and is always into trouble. Harriet and especially Henry have stolen my heart and they sitting next to my sewing machine where Henry hides my scissors and steals my pins.

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Denver Broncos Number One Fan

Well not me personally, but most of my family seem to be big fans of the Denver Broncos. I don’t really have any particular sports teams that I root for and I’ve never been a big professional sports fan.broncos2

P1030923My dad though is a huge Denver Broncos fan, and he fights a constant battle during the summer trying to keep the squirrels from eating everything in his garden. And  because I just love to tease him about them doing it, I decided to make him this one of a kind, custom made in team colors of orange and blue, Number One Denver Broncos Fan Squirrel with a matching foam finger.

The squirrel pattern that I used for it is a free one that I got from the Red Heart yarn website. I used a 4mm G hook with Red Heart mocha, aran, orange and blue colors.P1030929

It crocheted up very nicely even though I was concerned that the arms and legs were going to be too small. But once I started to assemble the pieces it all looked the way the pattern showed it should. Also when I crocheted his tail according to the pattern it seemed to be too small to me, so I made it about 10 rows taller than the pattern showed and about 6 sc wider. I also used one of my large round sewing weights to go in the very bottom part of the squirrel to weight him down somewhat. I figured with his very large tail he would fall over or be wobbly without some extra weight to keep him upright. And I was correct. Once I attached the tail he would have fallen over very quickly without the extra weight. And I changed the design of the hat shown in the pattern from a santa or elf shaped pointy hat to a more rounded stocking cap design.

IMG_0027I used the felting fuzzy brush technique that I recently learned to do on a previous blog post on his tail and it turned out great too! It looks very puffy and fuzzy just like a real squirrels does.

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In the end I think he turned out great and I hope my dad likes him!

Go Broncos!

And good luck in winning this year at Super Bowl XLVIII!

One Large Combo Puppy To Go

Since I was still in a puppy making mood, I decided to mix up my patterns and take parts from several different patterns to make my next puppy.

I started with a pattern I have made several times before. Remember the bunny, Cali, the bear and Ming Long, the panda? Yep, I started with Ana Paula Rimoli’s pattern Toys In Pajamas from her book Amigurumi World Two. I have really enjoyed making this pattern before, so I was looking forward to crocheting it again.

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I crocheted the arms and legs as written in the pattern, but I took the idea from the daddy puppy pattern to make one of the paws a different color. This puppy’s muzzle and ears though came from the patchwork puppy pattern from Crochet World, with his eye spot coming from the daddy puppy pattern. The last piece, his tail, also comes from the patchwork puppy pattern, but I did change it a little, making the tail shorter and fatter.

While crocheting the body, I decided to insert the arms and legs into the body as I did on the puppy love puppy. This took some counting and decision making to figure out on which row and which stitches I wanted the arms and legs inserted at. I like the arms and legs when attached into the body, and this puppy will sit very well because of this and  he looks fine when standing too.

It took all the stuffing skills I have to finish up the last of the Simply Stuffing I had left in the bag to stuff this puppy without too many lumps and bumps. I am glad that the bag is now empty and I can open a new bag of the better quality Polyfil stuffing for my next project. But I still have one bag of the Simply Stuffing left. At first I thought I would just use it up but after stuffing this puppy, it’s going away instead. I am going to take it to Goodwill and hopefully someone else can use it. I am not really happy with the stuffing job I did on this puppy, but it is what it is.

The final piece of this puppy is his collar that I designed based on the collar on the last amigurumi Snoopy I made. I used a some scraps of Red Heart cherry cola variegated yarn left from three eyes and fries. I wanted a little color in his collar without getting away from the brown tones.

At first this was not my favorite of the puppies that I have made recently, but he has grown on me and now I think he is just adorable as the others. He is now in need of a good home though, just like the bunny, Cail and Ming Long have moved to.

Daddy and Son

Because my crochet bag was still filled with shades of brown from the previous patchwork puppy and turtles, I decided to make more puppies. The first puppy pattern that came to mind was the first amigurumi that I had ever made, a yellow puppy from a pattern from Ana Paula Rimoli’s book Amigurumi World.

I have learned much about the construction of amigurumi’s since I had made the yellow dog. When I made the yellow dog, I didn’t pay much attention to the stitch count. If one row had an extra stitch, I just did not increase as many on the next row, or I decreased an extra stitch on the next row, whichever it needed. I didn’t worry about keeping my tension even and I had never stuffed anything before. When I stuffed yellow dog, I poked some stuffing into the crocheted parts and called it done. I did not fuss over the stuffing to make sure it was smooth, or even, or packed as I do today. Even with all these things done wrong though, the yellow dog came out so cute that my amigurumi career was off and running.

Now was my chance to try the yellow dog’s pattern again with all I had learned, so I did. Because of now having more experience crocheting amigurmi’s, this pattern worked up easily and smoothly. The end results are so cute. The new daddy puppy turned out just adorable.

Being in the car again at the completion of the daddy puppy, I decided to make the baby puppy on the next page too . As with the baby turtle, the pattern was easy to follow but not as much fun to crochet because of the smaller parts. The results, although cute, just lacked the details of the larger daddy puppy, so baby puppy is just not as cute. The daddy’s eye spot is shaped, where the baby’s eye spot is just round. The daddy has a different color paw, where on the baby the the whole leg is a different color and it did not turn out as cute as just the paw being a different color.

Side by side the daddy and baby puppy are adorable and turned out great. But, as with the baby turtle, I like the daddy pattern better and would happily make it again, but I would probably pass on making the baby puppy again. Instead I would spend my time on the larger pattern.

Momma and Baby

We have done some traveling recently so I have found myself with travel time to crochet. Because I love the turtle amigurumi pattern so much, it was still packed in my travel crochet bag. After my last purchase of variegated yarn, a lovely skein of Woodsy Sylvestre from Red Heart, another turtle became my next project.

As before, the turtle’s pieces crocheted up easily and were a lot of fun to construct. As I finished crocheting the shell of the turtle, I started to debate about what my next project would be, and that is when I noticed the baby turtle pattern on the back side. Now, I had looked at the baby turtle pattern previously but I like to make bigger amigurumi’s so I had just passed over it. Sitting in the car, I decided that since the pattern was out and I had the colors right there handy, and since the adult turtle pattern is so much fun to make, I would just whip a baby turtle up to see how it looked.

The baby turtle pattern was easy to follow, but it was not as much fun to make as the adult pattern because of the tiny pieces, but it was still turning out to be very cute. All was going well until I put the eyes in. The smaller eyes in the smaller head made the baby turtle look evil. So evil was its look, that I almost titled this post “Momma and the evil step child”. I continued the construction of the baby turtle hoping that as I stitched the pieces together that the look would soften. It didn’t. My last hope was the smile. A cute little smile on the baby turtle would erase the evil and would help the baby turtle to become cute and cuddly. It didn’t happen that way, but it did help. It turned some of the evil to a look of mischief instead.

When sitting side by side, the momma and baby turtles are cute. But, I can still see the mischief in the baby’s eyes. Maybe it’s just me though. I have wondered if I used bigger eyes on the baby turtle the next time if that would soften the look some, but I don’t know if I am willing to try another baby turtle with bigger eyes yet. I enjoy the making and the results of the adult turtle pattern so much that I would rather spend my time making more adult turtles than trying the baby pattern again. We will see.

Meng Long – The Fierce Dragon Panda Bear

After perusing my usual crocheting web sites, I noticed that many people were crocheting amigurumi panda bears in various shapes, styles, and sizes. All the panda’s looked so cute that I decided I wanted to make one too. So, this is Meng Long. His name means fierce dragon but I don’t really find anything fierce about him. I think he turned out super cute, and is just adorable.

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Meng Long’s pattern came from the book Amigurumi Two by Ana Paula Rimoli. I used the “toys in pajamas” pattern. I have made this pattern a couple of times and just love it. It crochets up quickly and easily and the end results are  always cute. I really like the shaping on the hands and feet of this pattern.

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The time limiting factor in Meng Long’s construction was the details on his face. Did I want to use felt or crochet rounds for the black of his eyes? Did I want to add white felt to the eyes as well? Did I want to crochet him a muzzle or just use felt for his nose and mouth? If I crocheted a muzzle, did I want to use a plastic nose or embroider a nose to the muzzle? I finally decided to stop asking questions and just try a few things out. So, with that, I got started.

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I liked the felt on the eyes better than the crocheted rounds right off. And I decided on blue eyes early in the process even though I know that pandas do not really have blue eyes naturally. The white felt on the eyes was a must. It took a long time, with lots of trimming, and several tries to get the felt shapes I wanted for the eyes, but the end result was worth the time and effort. I crocheted a muzzle but it took only a couple of minutes to decide that I did not like it with the muzzle. I decided I wanted him to be cartoonish cute, and not look very realistic in the end. I embroidered  his nose square, but the husband said to add the point at the top of the square. After adding the point, I agreed with the husband. It looked better that way. The crooked smile I made him with was my idea though.

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After the face was designed,  Meng Long just needed to be stitched together. The stitching together of the parts went smoothly. I did not rush the process. I took my time to do it right, which kind of made it fun to see him come together. I decided to stitch his arms and legs closed and then stitch them to his body. This way he can sit down, but it is harder for him to stand. This is ok because I designed him as a toy to be  played with, and not a decoration to be displayed.

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Meng Long is having a great time in the sewing room playing with Sarah and the other amigurumi’s hanging out in there, but he needs a home of his own where he will be loved and played with.

The Hip Bone is Connected to the Leg Bone

Although Halloween 2011 is now just a collection of wonderful memories and good times for me, the skeleton I was making before Halloween is finally done. Even though I did not make him as a Halloween decoration, I did start him before October 1st. But, with some endurance and a few projects made in-between, I have finally completed him.

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I bought this pattern off of the internet. I fell in love with the pattern the minute I saw it and it moved to the top of my to do list quickly. I knew it was not going to be a quick or easy project for me. I knew it was going to be one of those projects that I had to concentrate on while I was crocheting it, not watching TV or riding in the car. Although as I started to crochet the parts, I quickly fell into the rhythm of this pattern. Once I had crocheted one foot or one hand or a rib, the next one was much easier and much quicker to make. If I make a second skeleton, it will take me much less time, effort and worry. Actually, after completing the hands and feet, it was fun to see them come together and be so cute that I had no problem crocheting the last foot while watching TV.  My only complaint about the crocheting would be the small count of the rounds. Ten sc was a common count of the rounds and that is a tight area to work in especially when my hands were tired. At least he was made with a size G hook so I could keep a good grip on it. I am not a fan of crocheting with tiny hooks.

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My biggest complaint about the construction of this skeleton is, and of course you have already guessed it because it is a reoccurring theme with me, the sewing together of the parts or in this case the bones. This is really what took the most time and it is totally my fault because I can not do this quickly or for a long time without a break. So, don’t let my problems discourage you from giving a pattern like this a try. I will say though that it was fun to see the skeleton come together as I stitched it. This does bring me to the only complaint I have about the pattern and that is that the author of the pattern needs to give more pictures of the construction stage of the skeleton. Other than that, the pattern was great and well written.

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Although when I first saw this pattern I was afraid it would be too complicated for me, it turned out to be a lot of fun to crochet and, well, sew together. I am very pleased with the end results and would not hesitate to make a second one. So, the moral of this skeleton construction story is to not let a pattern that looks overly complicated at first glance discourage you from giving it a try.