Friday, July 15, 2016

Crochet Plushies. More Plushies. Then Some More Plushies.

I really like making plushies, especially if I get to make a whole lot of different plushies in all different styles, etc., which I've been doing. I really like figuring out how to create different shapes with the skills at my disposal! I've been trying to make more crochet plushies over the last few months when I have some spare time, so that you internet people can see that I also make plushies in addition to hundreds of hats. A few people have shown some interest and this is super cool. *Hint Hint* I can and will happily make you a custom plushie in exchange for money. ;)

Extra Special One-of-a-Kind Stuff

First, there was this camel. I may or may not have made a blog post about him. I'm far too lazy to look at it's almost 2am. Who doesn't love a crochet camel though?

I didn't pattern this camel because sometimes (a lot of the time) I like to make extra special one-of-a-kind plushies. Also, patterning really disrupts my creative flow.

Yes, I made all four legs the same from memory. They're not all exactly the same, but shhh! Close enough - this is why you should take notes at least if you're making a thing with parts that all need to be the same. I'm good at eye-balling.

Next is a chubby polar bear teddy with a scarf. My compulsion to make polar bears wearing scarves is inexplicable.

Again, no pattern. Again, his arms and legs are not exactly the same because I wrote nothing down. In fact, I was making his arms and the second one came out larger than the first, so then I decided it was a leg instead. This is how I roll when making extra special one-of-a-kind crochet plushies.

After the teddy polar bear, I made a vaguely more realistic-shaped polar bear. With a scarf, of course.

MTG Chibi Dolls!

A fine human commissioned some Magic: The Gathering (yes, I'm talking about the nerd card game) dolls and they turned out awesome and were also fun to make. Lots of fun. Super fun. They're Chandra and Jace, and omg I patterned the basic chibi doll shape I came up with! I need to test my pattern one more time and then make a nice PDF which will be available in my Etsy shop on the cheap. It will just be for the blank doll, not the two dolls below. I like to encourage creativity from my fellow internet crafters, you see. Also, patterning these as I made them really would have interrupted my workflow. Plus, Chandra's hair was insane and I'm not even sure how to describe everything I did.

Chandra took about 35ish hours and Jace ran me around 15. If you know me, you know I'm awful at keeping track of how long things take me to make. This is largely because I work on multiple things at once and also because me and time don't really get along.

And Then This Donkey
After making and sharing the chibi dolls on Facebook, I was asked to make a rather specific donkey doll in the same style. This is a donkey with clothes and blue ears holding a chocolate-covered nut. Don't ask because I can't answer. I just make what I'm told. Thiswas also fun. I used my doll pattern, but then I made a donkey head instead of the chibi head.

Feel free to venture on over to my Facebook page to find some WIP pictures of some of these recent projects. It's much less effort to update Facebook than this blog and I'm sorry for slacking lately. But there's a new cheap-o paid pattern to look forward too and hopefully some more awesome free colorwork charts coming soon!
Happy crafting, internet! XOXO

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Cutie Mark Colorwork Charts FOR FREE

Someone's been watching My Little Pony...!

That someone is obviously me. I feel no shame on account of shame isn't one of my feelings. I made a Fluttershy hat for a friend's daughter a while back, but I wasn't super happy with it. I've reworked the pattern to make it a little smaller and also went ahead and made the rest of the main ponies' cutie marks as well. 

I might make even smaller versions of these too in the next day or so. I want to make a few hats for the shop that are just your basic beanies with small, simple cutie marks on them in duplicate stitch.

To get the full-sized version of each of these charts, you may need to right-click and then open it in a new tab (depending on your browser). Feel free to use these charts for knit or crochet projects or you can use them for other needlework. If you make something awesome with any of these I'd love to see it and you can share it on my Facebook page. Also feel free to modify or tweak these charts as needed, but provide a link back to this page to share the love and magic and friendship and stuff.

And here's an amazing gif I found that is completely relevant to this post. Happy crafting, friends! XOXOX