Moru's Crafts


Shoulder Shrug and More Amigurumi
March 21, 2012, 9:38 pm
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I finished a few projects recently. My mother’s purse was one of them, and now I’ve finished more presents for people. Everyone is so patient when they know I’m making them something. I really love that they don’t seem to complain much even though it takes me ages. I wish that I had the same kind of patience. I think it’s a family trait … the impatience. My mother doesn’t have much of it either (although, she does have more than I do).

My two projects were an Amigurumi Master Shake, using this pattern, on one of my favorite blogs: nerdigurumi . It’s a great pattern… and after I remembered how to crochet in the round (I do it often… I just forgot how to join and still have the right amount of stitches. I had to pull out a whole 6 rows of stitching, before I figured out how to do it correctly). I love all of the tutorials on this blog, and the patterns are just nerdy enough for my liking.

Mine turned out pretty well. I didn’t take many pictures of it, but here are two:

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Just before I made the eyes.

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all sewn up~!

I really like how he turned out. I would have liked him more if I used cotton yarn (which is really good to use in amigurumi because it holds shape better, and doesn’t stretch as much as synthetic yarns). I needed to use up some scraps though… I had the end of a red heard white skein to use and the arms are also scraps.

Other than that, I had a little shoulder shrug that I made for S. She asked me for it months ago. She even bought the yarn (simply soft from Caron. It was a pinkish). Sadly, I got side tracked with all of the presents other people wanted from me. Finally I decided to just make S’s shrug. Couldn’t take that long, right? Right. It took me a few hours of concentrated effort, and only one skein of yarn!

Plus it turned out really cute.

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Front

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side/back

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stitches close up.

The edging is done in star stitches, and the middle bit is just HDC. It needed to be breathable, but not too seethrough, because it’s for work. She got compliments on it, today! I might put the pattern up in my Etsy shop, once I get it written. It’s a very simple, but stylish design!

If enough people want the pattern, I may make another version of it that will be free.

Happy Crafting!

Up next: What to do with all these scraps?!

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Amigurumi, Inspiration, and Rain, oh my!
March 19, 2012, 5:38 pm
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Amigurumi is probably my favorite of all the crochet crafts. To me it is the most satisfying, because each ami works up very quickly. I recently made a crocheted mustache using the pattern found here He loved the present, and now I have a hundred people asking me if I can make one for them, too.

It’s the most fun, because almost anything you can imagine can become an amigurimi doll. I have seen whole blogs dedicated to amigurumi of all types. One for “nerdy” Amis, one for food Amis and it doesnt stop there. There are dozens of great amigurumi blogs out there. Including one called free amigurumi patterns, which is just what it sounds like.

Most recently, I made a small whale using a pattern I found here. My mother will be happy to receive this along with a small crocheted pot of petunias. I would have been better if I had learned how to crochet before last march, since it was my mother’s Douglas Adams themed 42nd birthday, but it’s better late than never :)

I am now working on another amigurumi. I am making master shake. He’s nothing to look at, yet, but soon I’ll post pictures (at the moment he is a 3 round circle. Not much to look at). I got the idea from the Nerdigurumi site. I’ve been looking there a lot lately. It has given me some great inspiration.

This year, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to make amigurumi presents for everyone for Christmas and the various holidays. I have already been scoping out the market on what kind of patterns to use for my family specifically. I have some ideas so far, but nothing solid.

I think one of the most important things to know about amigurumi is that cotton yarn is better than acrylic, and invest in some Amigurumi eyes. They come pretty cheap for a lot of them, and they look much better than hand-stitched eyes. I like french knots… but only to a certain extent. I highly recommend getting the eyes.

Crocheted Petunias

Oh! I finished the purse, and took pictures of it, finally. I got the original pattern from April Draven’s Blog. She has a bunch of cool crochet patterns and charts to crochet. Mine varies very slightly, because I wanted mine to say something else. Plus I didn’t use her exact tardis. My mother has been waiting… so patiently for this purse. I’m surprised she hasn’t flown to Texas just to get it from me.

 

It has been raining for about an hour. There are thunderstorm warnings, and it was hailing a few minutes ago. The dogs are not too happy about it. They’ve taken to either panting and shivering, or just laying there… pretending not to care that there is a big scary monster outside. I keep getting stared at while I try to browse pinterest.