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Burple the Turtle

First, if you are not following Blanket of Doom on Tumblr, you totally should. I’m being a very nice person and letting my sister have access to it, and since this is the same sister who manages my etsy shop whilst med school slowly pulls me down a long sleep deprived tunnel, she kindly posts my creations as well.

Today when I logged on I saw this, the story of Burple the Turtle.

Burple is a little handmade crocheted turtle, the only one left of his kind. All of his similar pattern and color turtles were sold!

Poor Burple, an octipus is trying to eat him.

Burple is a pariah when it comes to the other turtles.

Even giant kitty doesn’t like Burple!

Help Burple find a home!

That’s all for now. One more exam and I’m free for the Holiday break, and I have some awesome plans up my sleeve. Working on a My Little Pony themed basket for a fundraiser for March of Dimes! So stay tuned for more awesome and doom!


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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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Tiny Turtle

Since I’ve been in the mood to make amigrumi recently, I decided to whip up a few of these tiny turtles. They were created using a pattern I found on ravely some time ago that I finally got around to making.

The turtles whipped up super quickly, and the pattern was easy to follow. After finishing the first one, I was saddened to discover that they were really front heavy, and didn’t want to stand up on four legs. I solved this problem by putting a small rock in the body of the turtle near the back. The second two turtles were a lot easier to make, because I knew enough to put the rocks in before stitching up the silly thing.

Check out the turtles on etsy.