Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Amigurumi and Moose!

I took a stab at Amigurumi over the weekend.
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture.
And here is what I created...

Ssssssnake!

As you can see... It's a snake. I made it for my friends son. He's turning 2 in May (flashback to baby pictures!) and this was part of his gift. I had previously made a snake for him out of fabric, but it didn't past the toddler test and ripped open. So this Amigurumi snake is its replacement.

I was actually surprised how easy this was to do. Basically the only stitch you need to know is the single crochet. There is a little bit of increasing and decreasing - which isn't as hard as it might seem. In fact, the video I watched for the tutorial explains how to do it!

Snake Video Tutorial


SSSSsssSSssssss.... He is a little on the short side, but perfect for a 2 year old!


I also made a little Moose stuffed animal/pillow thing. For anyone without kids... this is Moose from NickJr..... Though NickJr. fired him and his pal Zee.

Moose

I kind of wish I would have just made this a rectangle pillow... but this works too!

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What was your favorite stuffed animal as a kid?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pac-Man

Another little kiddo I know is turning one! I made the standard "1" shirt. I got a pair of shorts to add to the outfit and the fabric from the "1" is from a much larger size 5t shorts. At only a few bucks a pair it was worth it, made it more matchy-matchy.

Enough about the "1" shirt....

You've seen many of those kinds of shirts I've made.... but you haven't seen one like this! 


Yep, that is a Pac-Man cross stitch shirt!



Is it perfect...?

No.

Is it awesome...?

Yes.

Now don't go thinking I was able to line up all those Xs without help! I used 10 count waste canvas... which is kind of like regular cross stitch canvas, but when you get it wet you can pull out all the little threads and it's like it was never there (like this)!

I was worried how the whole thing would do in the washer so I made a trip to the fabric store and ended up with this for the back. Hopefully it will last through the washings and keep the threads from pulling.
Back of shirt

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Rag Rug

It seems that once you learn to crochet, the possibilities are endless.... So far I've worked on granny squares, made a hat, made some necklaces and couple of dishcloths. Now, I've moved on to RAG-RUGS! Since I didn't have any of my own old sheets to tear up, I went to Goodwill. I ended up with this top and bottom twin size white sheet.


I took the top sheet cut it in half and dyed one part turquoise and one part tangerine. The original plan was to dye the fitted sheet navy blue and have that as my base and use the turquoise and tangerine as my stripes.... but when I got to playing around I quickly realized there wasn't going to be enough. So I made another trip to Goodwill for a brown king size sheet. I used the whole top sheet and some of the fitted sheet. Much more than I thought I was going to need!

Though I like a lot of the round rag-rugs out there, I decided to go with a rectangle for in front of my bathroom sink. I think it turned out pretty nicely!


I didn't really follow much of a pattern. I used 1.5 inch strips with a P (15mm) hook. It's 30 stitches wide and a lot of rows long ;-)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cali Chairs

When we went to visit my Aunt and Uncle in California a couple weekends ago we were on a mission. A mission to help recover their dining room table chairs. Stupid me didn't get a "before" picture... But they were a white textured fabric held down my a zilllllion staples.

Staplezzzz
argghhh

Sisters hard at work (my Mom and Aunt) They did most of the work!
Sisters

TaDa! Finished project!
I think they tuned out pretty awesome!