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Fluttershy

Everyone, meet Fluttershy.

I created her using a modification of the Hermione the Unicorn pattern (free on Raverly)

I’m actually really proud of this one, so bear with me while I post some progress photos, it’ll build up the suspense to the big reveal.

20130114-190902.jpgThis is the head, I actually pulled it out after the first attempt and did it again. I’m not sure why this gave me so much trouble.  My thought is because of the lack of horn. In going through the comments on the pattern I found one other person who had issues with the head, so maybe I’m not alone. In the end I double crocheted in the rows where the horn would have been attached to make he head longer, and then hid the stitching size difference under the hair later.

20130114-190926.jpgGetting some finishing touches with the legs. One of the way cool things about this pattern is the appendages are crocheted in as the pattern is work, so there wasn’t that moment of “wow I’ve finished everything and now I have to sew it all together.” I approve of that.

20130114-190945.jpgThe eye detail took a lot of time to get the proper placement. The eyes were made of felt, I’m still having some issues getting the pieces to look even on each side.

20130114-190959.jpgHere she is before the hair. Still a cute little badly right? The wings were created using a modification of the wings from a Golden Snitch pattern, I just changed the last row to make the feather divisions more prominent.

And, drum roll please……

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20130114-191049.jpgFront and back view.

The hair was actually the hardest part, getting it to look not bald but not too thick at the same time, who knew right?

I wish I could keep her, but she’ll only be around until March when she’s going to be donated to a raffle to raise money for March of Dimes. I hope her new family likes her as much as I do.

Also, I know a lot of my readers are awesome crafty people, so I’m asking you all to consider donating to the March of Dimes Raffle. It’s a really good cause and if you have a business it’s a great way to advertise. Check out our facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/150567895096795/

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Pokemon First Gen Starter Blanket

Yup, you read the title correctly. It’s finished at last!! (and listed on etsy)

Drum roll please……

Yup, behold the glory that is the Pokemon blanket. It’s pictured on a queen sized bed for size references.

And the beautiful back. Yup, fully reversible, which is why I crochet most of my blankets these days.

I have a few new projects in the works, hopefully I’ll have a bit more time in the upcoming weeks to post a bit more. I’m always looking for new ideas, so fill the comments section with suggestions!


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Pokemon Blanket, Almost Finished!

Good news everyone!

Finals are over, which means two weeks of sleeping, crafting, and eating turkey.

“mmm turkey” she drools.

Oh where were we, oh yea, so in addition to having free time, I also have managed to almost complete my Pokemon blanket!

Now all I have to do is put the squares together. Yay!

And yes, it will be available on etsy in the coming weeks.


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30 Minute Infinity Scarf Challenge–Failed

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Once again it’s Friday and I have nothing to look forward to but an endless pile of notes to memorize.

I have been seriously neglecting the creative side of my brain, and it is dying to come out and play, so I’ve decided to do a crochet project today (despite all my WIPs lying around). I had found a pattern a few weeks ago on pintrest for a 30 minute infinity scarf that I was going to do today (30 minutes isn’t long at all!). However, when I actually went to go look at it, something that was tagged as “free 30 minute infinity scarf pattern” was actually an $8 pattern. Now, I don’t mind paying for patterns, but whoever decided to pass it around as free was a meanie.

So, I went in search of a similar pattern that was actually free.

I’m going to be making this infinity scarf instead.

20120928-125115.jpgI’m going to be using Homespun yarn, and am debating on the size hook. It’ll either be a size K hook or a size P hook (since they are the biggest hooks I have, and I’m too lazy to go purchase a new hook).

The challenge (because everything is more fun with challenges): There isn’t a project time listed with the pattern, so I’m going to attempt to make it in 30 minutes. Will I succeed? Probably not.

The plan is to work in small chunks throughout the night as I work on memorizing stuff. I will be updating this post periodically, so stay tuned. You can also follow my random antics on tumblr:http://blanketofdoom.tumblr.com/

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Time so far: 5 min

Foundation chain completed. I decided to go with the K hook which will undoubtedly add time to the project. However, it looks much better. I’m making it long enough to wrap around twice. The foundation chain is 110 chains in case anyone is interested. Also, I did not realize that the yarn was the same color as my shirt.

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Variation on a Theme

The other day (whilst on an energy drink high) I had the great idea to make a series of turtles.

(Why turtles? No idea)

All are based on two patterns: the Tiny Striped Turtle by Kristie and the Itty Bitty Turtle by Rachel. Both are available as a free Ravelry download, be sure to check them out.

To class the place up a bit, I’ve added a video for your listening pleasure as you scroll through this post.

So click play and be prepared to witness the awesome.

I started simple, choosing to first create a turtle that had no stripes in order to get a feel for the pattern.

Then came the striped version, a little more difficult to create, but not too bad.

Rainbows always make me happy. The best thing about variegated yarn is that it self patterns, yay for no color changes!

This one has inverted colors for the eyes and head. It looks a little spooky to me.

Changed the shell so that it was flatter. It made the head look a little huge, but big heads are in.

This was by far the hardest to make, and the reason I didn’t get to make 12 turtles to go along with each variation of the song. It features a white shell with a rainbow spiral. The spiral goes around the outside of the shell, but was worked using the white and rainbow yarn at the same time.

And there you have it, six variations on the turtle. Keep your eye out for another post featuring six more. ^_^


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Pokemon Blanket Part 5

 

My latest block for the Pokemon blanket is possibly one of my favorites.

Bulbasaur has always been one of my favorite Pokemon, and I’m pretty happy with how his square turned out. The spots on the legs look a little too much like plus signs for me now that he’s finished, but other than that he turned out really well.

I’m going to create solid colored squares to fill in the rest of the blanket now so that the blanket isn’t too busy. Then all that’s left is to put the blocks together. Hooray!

 

 


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Toothless Amigrumi

 

 

I get bored quickly, so after a couple of weeks of doing nothing but jewelry, I lost my inspiration and decided it was time to crochet for a bit. Since I have two blankets sitting half completed, I decided to look for some amigrumi. One of the first things I stumbled across was a pattern for Toothless, and I fell in love.

This free pattern, by Sarah (who as it happens has a really cool etsy store) was super easy to follow. Some of the pieces are adopted from different sources, which each used different notations, so it took a bit of thinking to get used to the different styles of notation.

I created Toothless using Vanna’s Choice yarn. I was afraid I would run out, but it turns out I had plenty left over.

One of the best parts of this pattern is all the details that go into it. It’s too bad that you can’t see too much of the wings and tail from the front.

I love that several other people linked their projects in the comments, so if I haven’t inspired you to make your own, be sure to check out these fine posts:

Stupid Crayon–Has a really great photo of the back of the dragon. I wish mine came out that well.
Lemmy Loop–The way she did her eyes totally inspired me.
Vinegaroon–Has a great pattern for different styles of tail fins, plus the eyes she did were so amazing!