ba dum tss…
Actually it’s a snail. But I was trying to make a theme there.
While waiting for the day hubby will take me to hobby craft to get me a skein of wool to finish my elephant, I decided to stop sulking and doing other thing instead.
Found the pattern at ravelry, and it’s refreshingly different from most patterns I have seen before. No bloody magic ring!!
The pattern has two alternatives: short rows or double treble, i chose the easier one. Although I love the end result, i think double treble doesn’t hold the shape as tight as short dc rows.
Now though… I want to decorate the shell and put face on my snail:)
Not so long time ago, my knit and crochet group on facebook posted a link to a free elephant amigurumi pattern. They called it Olivier.
It looked cute, and I decided that if some of the members there could make one, I should do too…
trunk looked promising…
I have to say that compared to amigurumitogo.com pattern, this one is more difficult to follow. I am not crazy about the over simplified method. And although they never asked for magic ring, I did magic ring anyway. Because I can.
Other than magic ring and eyes, I don’t do any other changes to original pattern.
it’s always nice when your amigurumi starts to take shape
I was a bit anxious when I finished the body part. Thing is, I was using leftover yarn, and I wasn’t sure it would be enough to finish four legs, two ears and a tail.
And I was right. Once I crocheted all legs there’s no yarn left. I do have other type of yarn but you know what I was talking about…
in the end of the day, I ended up with an eyeless, earless, and tailless elephant…
So I am now in a big dilemma. I kind of like this elephant now, and I definitely like this paton fab yarn. My options are: redo the elephant with new yarn or run to the closest hobby craft to get a ball of that particularly pretty yarn.
I am broke and I am unemployed. But I like crochet. I think by that definition: I am doomed.
I made a basket before, but my problem was always the rigidity of it. I was a noob though, I did not know that to get the stiffness I want, all I need to do was to pick smaller hook, or double the thickness of the yarn.
Duh! That’s easy.
looking good and rigid enough to hold some weight…
So I started with the base. I used 3 dk yarn (or 4 ply– can’t remember now), and crocheted it with 5mm hook. The yarn was recycled from old and tatty scarves.
It took longer than what I expected. I thought that bulking the yarn means speeding up the process. Well… It does, but since it is really tight and stiff, it hurts my fingers.
I wonder if this happened to other crocheters.
However, after a week. Yeah, I am slow… We’ve got ourselves a nice looking yarn basket.
I mean… Yarn yarn basket…
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Okay… I have never done award before, so I don’t really understand how to do it properly. But, I love challenges, and there is always a first for everything, some might say.
So, I would like to thank MrsKirstyHoll who nominated me with this award. If you haven’t seen her blog than you probably should. She has one of the most exciting blog I have ever seen (that’s why I follow her blog, YAY!). It seems like she always have some creative ideas in her head. Gosh I could not keep up.
Anyway, for this award, she has asked three questions (I think three is the rule), that I need to answer.
- If you could visit any country in the world where would you go?
This is a bit tricky. I am originally from Indonesia, and the first country on my list was the Great Britain. Now that I am here, I might have to give you the second country on the list. And it would have to be Japan. I would love to visit Japan.
I have heard stories about how pretty the temples were, and how beautiful the scenery was. I am fascinated by their culture, their kimono, their food. I love how they balance their modern life (with asimo robot, fast train, etc) and their tradition (traditional festivals, respect to the elders, etc).
Aaand… they have beautiful yarns too…
- What is the favourite craft item you have added to your stash recently?
This is hard to say. I have been in a stash diet for a while. I realised that I have got more projects than what I could finish in a lifetime.
But a stasher is a stasher, aren’t we all? Few months ago, I started to get my hand on cross stitching, and my current favourite item is the cross stitch kit I am doing now. Unfortunately, it is also a secret item, because I am going to give it as a surprise gift for my sister’s wedding. Once it’s done and gifted, I will definitely show it off here 🙂 Promise 🙂
- What’s your favourite F.O. so far this year?
Gosh… I haven’t finished too many have I? It’s difficult because I knit, crochet and cross stitch, and I have my own favourite in each lol. But, if I really do have to choose, it’s probably my scrap yarn granny square sofa blanket.
OK… now I think I should nominate people too. I will nominate three (because I don’t know how many I should nominate). And they are:
The Sock Monkey
although if it’s allowed I would like to re-nominate MrsKirstyHoll too just because I want to know her answer to my questions (cheeky me)
I chose these blogs because they inspired me to keep creating something everyday. And for them, these are my three questions:
- The journey of crafting (knitting/crocheting/stitching) must have started somewhere. How did you start with yours?
- What was the proudest moment in your crafting (knitting/crocheting/stitching/others) life?
- What was the worst comment you have ever heard from other people (who usually don’t understand what you’re doing) about your work?
Thank you, and enjoy the sunshine 🙂
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parts to be assembled…
Crocheting parts took a lot of patience. And I am not known for my patience. But after some times parts were made and ready to be assembled.
i can’t help thinking of a pig with a head wound
Assembling piggy parts was no less fiddly either. Even, sometimes it could look a little bit creepy. It was as if I was building a Frankenstein piggy. That doesn’t sound pretty, does it?
this little piggy was asleep
this little piggy was in a murder scene…
this little piggy was amused
and this little piggy was not…
But tell you what? Crocheting them was obviously worthwile. I have four more cute little piggies in the house. The more the merrier… I suppose?
Well, I have planned on giving them away to some family and friends later when I go back to Indonesia. But for now, they can sit back and enjoy their time together with their predecessor.
these little piggies were having fun…
So I’ve decided to make some friends for my piggy and mouse/bear. I have plenty of recycled pink yarn, and it would be just perfect to make more piggies.
i wonder if all amigurumi should start with a magic ring. because I don’t like making magic ring…
I think it is a good way to practice amigurumi making. I have to admit that amigurumi is not quite the same with the usual crochet projects I have done in the past. It needs more attention in details, meticulous work, and patience. Considering that I don’t like sewing, I quite enjoy making dolls.
i learned that having a rough paper to help me remember how many rows i have done is a bloody brilliant idea.
Making head and body part is my favourite, because it’s probably the easiest part of amigurumi. When it’s time to make hands or feet, I will grunt in despair as they are sometimes too small for my finger to grip properly.
the fun part is over 😦 now i have to do the small parts 😦
Finished the bodies of the piggies, will come back to show you when they’re assembled.
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“it’s a bit snug”, i said. “no, you need diet”, the jumper replied
After some failed attempt to take photo of the jumper myself, I asked my husband to do it for me. But he’s almost 190cm tall and I am just 162cm. So we ended up with a slightly skewed size photo.
But the jumper is okay. A bit snug – a reminder for me that I have to start losing some before my sister’s wedding in October.
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