Happy New Year!
I’d like to say I’ll be posting more this year. Maybe I will! I certainly want to; we’ll see. As the title says… Life gets in the way… sometimes.
In December, I finished another amigurumi doll that I designed myself again adapting the lalylala Dirk the Dragon pattern (it’s so inspiring- well worth buying).
I designed a cow/calf. It’s half the size of the original Dirk doll and has horns, different ears and a simple tail. The scarf is a nice loose stripey you crochet that was quick to make (apart from the weaving in of ends!).
I’ve realised I’ve not shared the half sized sheep I made last year. I will as I was really pleased with how it turned out. The calculations when halving the original pattern all happened then and I just applied to this project.
I’m in the middle of rewriting the pattern for my sheep. Hopefully it will be about half the size of my larger sheep I made a couple of weeks ago. I’m happy with the way it’s turning out though it did take three attempts to get the head the right size. Resizing a pattern certainly isn’t a straightforward process.
I’m making it bit by bit as I write. My hope is that I’ll spot mistakes and problems as I go. It seems to be working so far.
Crocheting the fleece as I go has been much easier than leaving it until the end. Adding it to the legs before I joined them together proved much less fiddly; fleecing the body not having arms attached made the whole process much more manageable.
Now I need to make ears, a tail and the all important arms. 🙂
I have finished the sheep I’ve been crocheting; it looks marvellous.
I’ve previously been referring to sheepy as a he but I’ve recently seen a female sheep name that I really like. I’m open to suggestions , any ideas?
The fleece really finishes him/her off. It was a great deal of work and I did have to take a break from it for a while but it works so well.
My sheep was very much based upon Lydia Tresselt’s Dirk the Dragon pattern from ravelry. Its a lovely pattern that provides a great body shape. The idea for the fleece was one I’ve used before on a previous sheep crocheted using a pattern from Toft’s Edward’s Menagierie.
I crocheted the scarf using the simple Tunisian crochet stitch. I like the addition of the scarf it just adds that little extra something. The yarn used is Sirdar Snuggly Snowdrop Chunky. Its a really attractive yarn but can be tricky to work with as the stitches can be a difficult to see if you are using a smaller crochet hook.
Ironically, the sheep contains no wool all yarns being synthetic or cotton blends. This was an intentional choice as I move away from using yarns and fibres from animal sources.
Just an update on my crocheted sheep. The fleece is definitely getting there. Surely I’m will over half way.
I’m a little concerned that yesterday I started to talk to him as I was crocheting- stir crazy perhaps?
So I think I mentioned before I’m in the middle of making a doll… Inspired by another pattern I have.
The original pattern was for a dragon but I really liked the style and body shape. I’ve decided to make a sheep doll.
It all crocheted together quite quickly but then I decided to give him a fleece! It’s one of those ideas which sounds good but you very quickly realise was baaaaad(sorry couldn’t resist).
I’m single crocheting into the surface of the doll, chaining 8, missing a stitch and repeating up the body. I’ll have to do the other leg later.
I think it looks awesome but it’s taking a long time… Such a long time! I’m doing a baby blanket at the same time so I can flit from one to the other when I’ve had enough of the repetitiveness.
I have no doubt that my sheep will look great when he’s done though. 🙂
[Insert apologies for lack of posts]
Last week I decided I wanted to crochet a sheep or cow in the style of Dirk the Dragon by Lydia Tresselt (follow link to ravelry). I’ve used her lovely pattern to create a basic body shape to which I’m planning to add different ears, feet, hands and tail. I’m also planning on adding a surface crocheted fleece.
I’ve got quite a lot done in a short space of time and will add some updates as I progress!
I felt like crocheting up something quickly. So, I decided to look for inspiration in a magazine given to me by a student I taught last year (thank you Leah).
Simply Crochet: Amigurumi Collection Summer 2015
I came across a pattern for small Japanese dolls called Kokeshi dolls (though it’s my understanding that these folks are traditionally made of would and ornately decorated).
The pattern was very easy to follow and I finished my doll in a couple of hours (whilst also watching TV).
The next time I use this pattern, I might stitch the hair on rather than crocheting a wig cap. I will definitely make sure I stuff the body more firmly and perhaps the head less so- my little doll is a little top heavy and is prone to toppling. 🙂
I finished this project a couple of weeks ago but needed to wait for the big day to pass before I shared my handiwork.
At the beginning of September, I was asked (by a colleague) to crochet another bride and groom. I was a little apprehensive as I was crocheting the amigurumi from my last post and was uncertain if I’d have the time. However, I agreed and began work on the figures as soon as I’d finished the minions I had been working on.
With the brides and grooms I’ve made previously I used no patterns and this project was no different. I had a couple of photos and some very much appreciated details to work with such as colour schemes, hair styles and flower choices.
I’m especially pleased with with the hair on the figures and built it up using lots of repeated stitches. When I compare the hair in this project to the hair on the previous brides and grooms I’ve made I can see so much progress.
Also, the bouquet of sunflowers turned out well. I used a 1 mm crochet hook and embroidery thread. Whilst it was quite fiddly I think the effort was worth it.
I think the body shapes turned out great and was constantly comparing the two dolls as I crocheted. This definitely helped to get the proportions right. I really like the shaping on the bride and think the addition of the antique lace edging to the dress sets it off; aswell as creating more definition between the bride’s skin and the ivory wedding dress.
I finished the two amigurumi minions I was crocheting. To say I’m pleased with how they turned out would be a massive understatement. Best of all, the friend I was making them for loves them too. 🙂
I used a pattern by Stephanie at http://www.allaboutami.com/post/11585794742/minionpattern as a starting point. The pattern called for facial features made of felt but I must admit I’m not keen on doing this, There’s nothing wrong with using felt it’s just a personal preference. As a result, I created my own crocheted facial features… the trickiest of which being the mouth and teeth.
I particularly like the hair on the purple minion which I created by crocheting into the head and chaining 15 repetitively. The yarn was unusual with fibre coming from a central strand (called Brazilia from Schachenmayr).
I’ve already been asked to make another minion and have several other commissions to make too. It;s good to keep busy 🙂
A week ago I started to crochet two amigurumi figures, though I’ve only worked on them during the weekends. Someone I work with asked me if I could make a bride and groom. I said I probably could and set about looking for patterns. There are a few nice pins on pinterest but nothing that really took my fancy so I decided to design my own.
I’m pleased with the finished figures. I’m especially satisfied with the small flowers that I used on the groom and the bouquet (thanks Pinterest); the colour changes for the shirt, and the brides hair (which took most of last night). ￼
The parts that I found the most difficult to do were the faces. I’ve used wool for features in the past and it made the faces look ridiculous. This time l used thin thread which has worked much better. However, I do think that embroidery thread may have been the thread to have used… next time!