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Shop Talk: Cute’thulhu!

10 Dec

Hey All! I’m really happy to talk to you about my favorite cute little star-spawn:

Cute'thulhu!

Cute’thulhu!

Cute’thulhu is my first foray in to crochet amigurumi design. A couple of years ago, after making a crocheted C’thulhu from a pattern, I thought a smaller-shaped C’thulhu would be even more adorable. I couldn’t find a pattern, so I decided to create my own! After some experimenting, I came up with teeny little Cute’thulhu.

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He has three little face tentacles, teeny little arm flaps, and a set of itty bitty wings!

He’s about 3.5″ tall, though he’s a bit squish-able and can be slightly flattened or pulled up slightly taller. I used acrylic yarn and hard plastic safety cat eyes, and stuffed him with poly-fil.

I love this little guy so much! When I first created him, I took a bunch of random pics of him around the house.

In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cute'thulhu waits dreaming.

In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cute’thulhu waits dreaming.

Cute'thulhu creepin' in the corner, snacking on Christmas ornaments.

Cute’thulhu creepin’ in the corner, snacking on Christmas ornaments.

Cute'thulhu's helping!

Cute’thulhu’s helping!

Crocheting his teeny little face tentacles with a teeny little crochet hook (I use a size C – 2.75 mm) is kind of a pain, so it takes a bit for me to be motivated to make a bunch of these. But for now, there’s a cute little green dude available in my shop: Cute’thulhu – cute teeny C’thulhu amigurumi.

Gifties: Some Goodies for Riley Paige

16 Sep

My friends Shelley and Bob are now the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Riley Paige! As a way to say “Howdy,” I decided to get back to basics and knit her my go-to baby blankie: The Hoodie Baby Blanket.

I like this Hoodie Baby Blanket so much because it’s simple and functional, and there’s room to personalize it with your choice of yarn, stitch, color, etc. I made this blanket for my two nieces when they were babies: I used a breathable cotton blend yarn in a garter stitch and a crocheted border for warm-weather-baby Lulu, and I used warmer yarn in a stockinette stitch with a broken rib border for winter-born Rosie.

For Riley, I did the main part of the blankie in a garter stitch, and did a seed stitch for the border. I think it made a good combo!

Here's a close up of the garter stitch (green) and the seed stitch (cream) together. It's my first time doing a seed stitch, it's pretty!

I rocked Cotton Ease yarn again, to make for a suitable warm-weather blanket. Um, also, you noticed how ruffly the border is, huh? Well I experimented with using a bigger needle for the border, and that’s what happened. I like it though!

Also, I made Riley a matching little friend:

Meet "Smirky Sue"!

Why is she called "Smirky Sue"? 'Cuz she looks like she's smirking! (Because maybe my attaching-different-pieces-together skills are not so hot... read on!)

I really wanted to make Riley a hippo because hippos are her mom’s favorite animal! I figured it’d be easier to use a pattern instead of trying to make one on my own, so I started out using this one. It’s pretty cute, right?? Well, I made all the pieces, but then I ran in to my nemesis: Sewing Pieces Together. It was coming out aaaaaaawful. I haaaaaaaaate sewing pieces together. I lamented not going with my gut and just whipping something up on my own (which would have involved less pieces to sew together, naturally), but I already had all the pieces, so I just attached the pieces differently and added some CK Flair.

I wanted Sue to be baby-safe, so one of the most important changes I made to this pattern was embroidering the eyes instead of using safety eyes. Also, I added teeth, 'cuz hippos have teeth!

I also crocheted her a cute little hair flower.

And I knit her a sassy little scarf.

Don't forget the rear view!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get these gifts to poor Riley until last week (she was born in July!). But even though I was two months late, she didn’t mind.

Riley's mom was kind enough to send me photographic proof that the blankie and Smirky Sue were well-recieved!

Gifties: Skulls for Love

19 Aug

My fabulous friends Diana and Matt recently got married to each other and threw a killer party at The Milky Way to celebrate. Then they spent four weeks road trippin’ across America. So fun!

I wanted to give them something related to their trip, so I made these little guys:

Little skullies for their rearview mirror!

I used this free pattern as reference; I ended up making them smaller and changed their shape a little. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarns and stuffed ’em with poly-fil. And added a little pink crocheted heart, and a little yellow crocheted flower to one of the skulls.

The little yellow flower! Can't remember how I made this, 'cuz it was a lot of trial and error.

The little skullies on my friends' rearview mirror, ready for a super fun trip across America. (I totally stole this picture, sorry Matt!)

I’m still trying to catch up with everything in, well, life, but I hope to have another little post up by next week!

Homestead Gifties: Video Game Goodness

19 Jul

Hey Dudes! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long. I’ve been reaaaaaaaaaally busy. But that just means I’ll have more stuff to post, bwa ha ha!

But I’m still reaaaaaaaaaally busy, so until I get my act together, lemme post a quick happy little something!

Remember my Amigurumi Christmas Tree that I love to talk about? Well last Christmas I decided to make it a straight-up Video Game Tree, and I wanted to make Pac-Man and all the little ghosties chasing each other around it!

But guess who ran out of time and didn’t get to make the ghosties? But guess who DID get to make Pac-Man at least! I used this pattern: http://fulloffluff.com/wordpress/2007/04/03/14/ to make him.

Look how cute he is! I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn, even for the eyes (couldn’t/was too lazy to find buttons that would work perfectly).

I think he kind of looks like a Muppet though. It might be the red tongue!

Here he is with his friends.

Here’s a shot of the entire nerd fest!

You may have noticed some awesome not-yarn-y 8-bit things hanging on the tree as well. That’s because when my amazing friend Aimee found out I was making a video game tree, she decided to make these goodies for me:

Yes, these are 8-bit classic video game characters made out of Shrinky Dinks covered in that 60’s plastic bead stuff! I love Aimee so much!! Also she took this photo and I stole it from her!

And in return, I made her this:

It’s a metal slime from her fave, Dragon Quest.

I used this pattern but modified it to make it way smaller: http://arpelia.blogspot.com/2008/03/slime-amigurumi.html. And I totally used Vanna’s Glamour and I think like a C hook. So delicate for a slime, haha!

NERDS!!!

Homestead: More October Crafts

28 Nov

October was a busy month!! I made that Classic Movie Monsters Halloween wreath, crocheted those two devil hats for my baby nieces, and went crazy with those spiral apple tawashis. And also, this stuff happened!:

I used this pattern as a base to make adorable candy corns of different sizes! Used a G hook and some Red Heart Super Saver yarn, red embroidery thread, and different sizes of safety eyes.

Took this snazzy photo in my bedroom, on some white paper on top of my bed with my reading lamp and overhead light as light sources, using an iPhone.

I really love this simple coaster pattern, so I went for the gusto and made a bunch of them in different Halloween-y colors. I used a G hook and cotton yarn since cotton easily absorbs leaks and spills. Some of the yarn is Sugar’n Cream, some is Peaches & Creme.

Another iPhone photo!

Side note: I was originally a die-hard Sugar’n Cream fan, I think mostly because it was sold in stores and I really like their logo. But my friend Melanie got me hooked on Peaches & Creme, and now I loooooooove it! It’s so soft and they have awesome colors!

I really like this simple but cool dish cloth pattern (made a lime green dish cloth for myself during the summer), so I decided to make some in holiday colors. Used size 7 needles for them all I think.

I made these two Christmas-y ones using Sugar’n Creme “Holiday Stripes”.

Used Peaches & Creme “Sunrise” for this one. I like the cheery candy corn-y colors!

This is Peaches & Creme “Trick or Treat”, I think it kind of looks like a calico cat. But still, great colors!

Remember the ghost from my Amigurumi Christmas Tree last year? I loved the little picot ruffle at the edge of it so much that I was inspired to make this little Ghostie guy.

Here he is, sitting on top of a pile of trash on my living room end table. I used a G hook and Red Heart Super Saver. And a stuck a little loop of yarn through the top of his head so you can hang him!

Also, I crocheted a little pumpkin! Used good ol’ Super Saver and a G hook (noticed I’d been using my G hook a lot? I actually lost it on the bus one day and almost threw a fit. It was a sad morning and I couldn’t crochet during my commute to work. But then I promptly purchased a replacement during my lunch break).

Here’s this cute little guy, hanging out on a pair of pj pants.

Apparently I’m terrible at decreasing, because, look at the size of those holes on the top! I tried redoing them, but it didn’t look much better. Also I stink at making the stem too. But it still came out cute!

And now, my favorite October thing: my Dark Helmet Halloween costume!! I’d been thinking about it since September, but I really only had time to work on it the week before Halloween. It didn’t come out too bad… for a costume made in a week.

Oh look, another iPhone photo. But at least it gives you an idea of the whole outfit. I started my day off with Mr. Coffee.

I wish I took photos of the whole process, but I can at least tell you about it. I had the boots and the belt, borrowed the black shorts from my sis Amelia, borrowed the gauntlet gloves from Tim, got the shirt and a black ladies dress from Savers, and made the cape out of the dress. I drew the tie and chest plates in Adobe Illustrator, transferred them onto some cardboard, cut them out with heavy duty scissors and an X-Acto blade, and painted them with black and grey gouache (I wish the trim was darker, but, whatever!). The helmet is a crazy conglomeration of a thin plastic bowl my mom gave me when she found out I was making the helmet, a hard hat from Home Depot placed inside the bowl, random things like beer koozies and pieces of fabric from the junk drawer placed around the hard hat to stabilize it inside the bowl, a giant piece of thick paper, strips of paper, bookbinder’s glue, black spray paint, and lots of duct tape. I made the belt buckle for Colonel Sandurz and me last-minute out of cardboard and gouache, and duct-taped them to our belts. Duct tape is my friend. The Schwartz is a Ring Pop, I got a green one for me and an orangey-red one for Lone Starr. I just wore my regular glasses so I could see, ha!

My friend Aimee made me the amazing Dark Helmet and Princess Vespa dolls. I played with them all damn day, it really sealed the deal for the costume!

On Halloween, I went up to Salem, MA with a group of people and we walked around as Spaceballs. Two-thirds of the people up there had no clue who we were, but the other third went nuts over us, including a bike cop, a few 10-year-old kids, and some Gwar-like folks! Tim took photos using the Fraziers’ awesome camera, which explains this awesome non-iPhone photo:

Spaceballs the Halloween Costume!

Gifties: Easter Eggs!

11 Apr

I wanted to make something for my baby nieces for Easter, so I decided to crochet them each a little Easter egg! I found this pattern on Ravelry and thought it was really cute: http://owlishly.typepad.com/owlishly/huevitos-amigurumi-easter-egg-pattern-free.html I used a size F crochet hook and bits of left over Sugar’n Cream yarn. To make the eyes baby-safe, I made little yarn knots instead of using buttons. My little eggies didn’t come out nearly as perfect as the ones in the pattern, but I’m still getting the hang of crocheting in the round and stuffing crocheted creations!

Tim snapped a pic of these cuties before they went to their new home!

My sis Liz ended up taking some really nice close-ups of them for me. Now that they’re preserved in time, the kiddies can have at them!

Rosie's egg!

Lulu's egg!

I think I used pieces of "Pinky Stripes" and "Strawberry" for Rosie's, and "Playtime" and "Daisy" for Lulu's.

Homestead: Cute’thulhu!

26 Mar

“It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster, of a form which only a diseased fancy could conceive. If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.”

—”The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft, 1926.

I found this pattern for Tiny Cthulhu on Ravelry, and started it in December for My Amigurumi X-Mas Tree. But then I ran out of time and patience and put it in hibernation. A few months later, after knitting a bunch of gray-colored winter gear for loved ones (I’ll post about that later), I decided to revive this vibrant bright-green Tiny Cthulhu.

I used Red Heart Ltd. Classic Solid in Paddy Green, and used a size F hook. My guy came out a lot different than the pics on the pattern, but I think that’s fine. I feel like this pattern lends itself to modifications well anyways, which is cool! BTW, the next time I make one of these guys, I’m totally going to make him wearing a t-shirt!

As soon as I started working on it, Tim instantly named him “Cute’thulhu”. The name fits, eh?

My awesome friend Melanie let me use her iPhone to take pics, since my camera's broken! Thanks Mel! I thought making the tentacles would be hard. Turns out it was the easiest and most fun part of this project!

Wings! The instructions were a bit difficult for a n00b crochet-er like me to understand, so thankfully the designer of this pattern also posted a visual how-to on how to do them. It kind of stinks that you have to make both wings going the same way then just flip one of them, because the front and back look different. But I think this may just be an issue with my crocheting skills!

So the pattern suggests that you do invisible decreases for this project, but I was being lazy about learning a new technique so I just decreased the way I already knew how. This means the head and body came out a bit lumpy, but I like it. It gives him extra "character." Also, I got the eyes from crscraft.com.

I decided that he belongs with the biggest Lovecraft fan I know: Tim! He now lives on his desk at work. Thankfully for us, he took some action shots for us to enjoy:

Cute'thulhu enjoying a Coke.

Cute'thulhu killing a Big Daddy.

Cute'thulhu gets an extra life!

Cute'thulhu gets killed by Atomic Robo.

Cute'thulhu gets crunk.

“The Thing of the idols, the green, sticky spawn of the stars, had awaked to claim his own. The stars were right again, and what an age-old cult had failed to do by design, a band of innocent sailors had done by accident. After vigintillions of years great Cthulhu was loose again, and ravening for delight.”

Chrissy and Cute'thulhu, March 2010. Thank you, Melanie, for capturing this sweet pic!