Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pocket-sized dragons

A little while ago I had a go at making an amigurumi dragon pattern, which turned out pretty good. In fact, it was pretty popular among my friends and I even made a couple for a quick bit of cash! It also had a good response on Flickr, and so after urgings from Biz I have now written the pattern out and plan to sell it on Etsy. (She's going to test it for me and see if the instructions make sense...) This particular little orange and green guy will be for my nephew's birthday in a few weeks time, I needed to make one to test and perfect the pattern so he's been quite useful. Cute too, don't you think?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Things with faces

A few months ago, my beautiful arty friend Haline gave me a book on making Amigurumi - little crochet toys. It's gorgeous and has given me something else I can crochet besides blankets and scarves! I made a whole lot out of the book, came up with a pattern of my own and raided other people's blogs and craft pages for free patterns too. Yay internet!

I've now sent my 2nd Flickr Amigurumi swap overseas...although I think this may be the last one for a bit. VERY expensive to send the stuff, that's the downfall of living in Australia I suppose. It's a long way to anywhere from here! For this swap I made a cupcake and a mushroom with faces, I reckon they're cute and hopefully the girl I sent them to likes them also.

Cakie and Mushie

This little doughnut guy was made for Biz, for my first Ami swap. He was based on the character from the Wrigley's Extra gum ad -

And, in a not-so-co-incidental co-incidence, the guy who designed this character happens to be friends with the girl who gave me the original Amigurumi book. Oooh freaky! The circle of life, people, the circle of life....

Pink doughnut guy
My other amigurumi pictures can be seen on my Flickr account, there's not enough room here for me to upload them all.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Experiments in Miniatures

I'm doing my second Amigurumi swap on Flickr at the moment. My swap partner has Blythe dolls and I thought it might be cute to crochet a Blythe-sized chocolate cake. The thing is, I've never actually a) crocheted a cake and b) done anything in miniature. So wisely (and without an actual pattern) I had a go at making one anyway. Here's how it went:

Side angle view
Top view

Close up

It turned out all right, but I wasn't happy enough with it to send it off as a gift to someone. So I presented it to my own Blythe petite doll, Ruth. She dug it.

Look at those eyes!!

The hook in the photos isn't the one I used to make the cake, it's just there for perspective. I actually used a size 3mm hook for this one, and some Anchor stranded cotton (the stuff used for cross stitch and embroidery). The beads on top are little coral hearts I bought from a clearance sale at Spotlight about 18 months ago.
When I finish the Amigurumi for the swap I'll post the pics here, along with the other one I did for the first swap with Biz.