Monthly Archives: July 2012

#39: Jigglypuff

  I grumbled through a lot of this one, so it’s not as squee-ey as I hoped it would be. I followed a pattern which didn’t work well for me as far as numbers go – I had to unpick … Continue reading

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#54: Psyduck

#54: Psyduck

I clearly needed cheering up, because I went with the yellow again, to make Psyduck. I’d seen a handy tip on a Youtube video about using a hairpin as a stitch marker, which meant I was getting fewer errors in the counting as I worked. It’s also a lot easier then to zone out and just go round and round and round, so he was much quicker to do too.

His beak was a bit big for him, and his arms a bit small, but he was toddler-approved, since I finished him at a staff party where a colleague had brought along her 15-month-old daughter, who immediately found his beak to be an ideal handhold, just the right size!

Time taken: 12 days (getting quicker!)
Rating: Yay

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#25: Pikachu

#25: Pikachu

Buoyed by the success of my Vaporeon, I couldn’t wait to get started on the next one. I’d already bought 10 balls of economy yellow wool, back when I was getting the other colours and felt I needed to finish off Vaporeon, so Pikachu seemed like the obvious choice.

He was a bit more fiddly than I was expecting. The elongated ball for the head/body was fine, and the arms and feet were okay, but those ears!! It was partially my fault – I’d bought some really cheap, nasty springy black wool that just didn’t want to crochet up at all. But black is a pain to crochet because it doesn’t show up against itself, and then the ears were really skinny, so my ham-fists rather got in the way.

Still, got there in the end, and showed the picture to my colleague at work, who asked if she could commission one for a young relation. I explained that the copyright belongs to Nintendo, so I couldn’t be paid for it, and then gave her the toy the next day as a gift. Aren’t I generous?

Time taken: 2 weeks (that accursed black wool!)
Rating: Yay

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#134: Vaporeon

#134: Vaporeon

I was visiting my parents’ house, and because I like having something to do, I brought home some mid-blue wool and a crochet hook.

“So, which Pokemon is blue?” I asked my littlest bro.

He immediately launched into a pretty thorough list, and after I kicked myself for asking him, I eventually settled on Vaporeon for several reasons:

1. He’s cute!
2. He’s quite a lot of blue, so I could get a long way through before I ran out of the right colours.
3. I found an awesome pattern for him.

He was pretty darn fiddly, lots of little bits to attach to each other, and many times I had to undo things and redo things and in some places I couldn’t get the pattern to work at all and just made up my own thang, but eventually got there, and this is what he looks like!

He now sits on my bookshelf, guarding my MC Beatons and my Janet Evanovichs from any would-be assailants, though he has to be careful where he directs his water attacks. Can’t have damp books, oh dear me no.

Time taken: 2 weeks (or thereabouts)
Rating: Squeee!

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Gotta Crochet ‘Em All!

So I like crochet. Took it up after deciding that I didn’t know how to crochet for long enough. Now, I’m only really a beginner, but somehow discovered amigurumi, and suddenly BAM! My imagination was piqued, and I thought they … Continue reading

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