Chibi Cat girl

I just finished a doll that took me longer to crochet than usual because I have been very busy with boring life events that made me wish I could move to a deserted island with just my crochet hook and my yarn… Just crocheting to my heart’s content.

Anyway, let me introduce you to my new little one. She is a fierce cat girl that I drew on my drafting paper a while ago, feels like ages now but truly it’s been just three weeks. I wanted to make a goth cat girl, and this is what I came up with.

I think she turned out really cute. I really like her little sweater with the paw print on it. This sweater took me forever to crochet because the stitches are much smaller than the rest of the doll. I used thinner yarn because I didn’t want her to look too bulky.

Now that I think about it I would like to make another version of this doll, a cute version with pinks and fluffy girly things. She would be the polar opposite of this one but since they would be sister they would get along… Sometimes. I will have to get back to my sketching notebook with that idea in mind!

Anyway, back to my gothy cat girl. I usually put wires in my dolls body to hold the head straight but I did not need one in this case because the neck is very thick. I wasn’t sure that it would since the head piece is quite heavy but it worked!

I have more projects coming up, I am currently working on a little zombie boy in a teddy bear costume. It’s on the sketching phase at the moment, I just need to figure out the right colors for the body (hopefully the colors that will match the stack of yarn I have in my overstuffed closet because I am tired of taking trips to the craft store to buy more)

What do you think of my little cat girl? Do you think she look fierce enough to save the world?

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Baby Captain America

It’s already the end of the year and I just finished my last doll until 2019. A friend of mine asked me if I could make her a baby version of Captain America and I immediately said yes, I was very excited to start this project. I started two weeks ago and just finished it today. Here is the result:

I used a pattern by Mariya Kozlova – Baby with Dummy to make the base. It’s a free tutorial to crochet a baby doll which is well written and easy to follow. I only had to make a few adjustments and color changes to turn it into Captain America.

I crocheted this doll with Red Heart Super Saver and a 2.75mm hook.  The stars, the A letter, and wings are cut in white felt. I did make the head a little smaller than instructed on the pattern because I was afraid it would be too big with the mask on top of it.

The mask was my biggest challenge because I had never crocheted one before. My first attempt was a fail, I had made the holes too wide and too loose. It took me three tries to get it right which is not too bad considering that I had no idea what I was doing.

I considered making a pacifier that looked like his shield but opted otherwise after realizing it would be too much going on. It had to be one or the other and I can’t imagine Captain America without his signature shield. No pacifier for this baby, he’s a tuff one anyway!

I had a lot of fun crocheting this little Captain America, I couldn’t have finished the year on a better note. I am really looking forward to next year for new exciting projects. I have a long wish list!

This is my last post of the year so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year. See you in 2019! ūüôā

Himura Kenshin

I gave myself two challenges last month, one was to learn how to embroider eyes and the other was to make one of my favorite manga characters, Himura Kenshin. I started working on this doll at the beginning of September and finally put on the last touches yesterday. It took a lot of patience but I am very happy with the result.

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Himura Kenshin is a former assassin turned wanderer in search of redemption during the Japanese Meiji era. He is distinguishable by his orange hair, his purple eyes and the scar he wears on his cheek. He is a manga character that was also featured in an anime and live action series.

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I started the doll by crocheting the head, then practiced embroidering the eyes until the face was so worn out I had to start all over again. I tried different tutorials from Pinterest and YouTube before figuring what worked best for me. It took a lot of patience and I think I spent an entire day just trying to get it right.

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I had the most fun with his Kimono. I love crocheting costumes, it’s always my favorite part. The skirt was not worked in rounds, I crocheted the front and the back separately and sewed both sides together with yarn. It was rather easy even though I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.

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The hair was quite a challenge. First of all, I had to make a decision on the color.¬† It’s between a reddish and orange color, except for Takeru Satoh version of the character (live action) which has much darker tones. I opted for a deep and vibrant orange because red would blend too much with the kimono and more fun to work with than a darker shade. I made the hair in layers to achieve some volume, and for that reason, it took me a long time to cut, glue and spray the entire head. It is nerve wrecking because any mistake might ruin the entire doll. I have a love-hate relationship with my glue gun for that very reason. The key to success is time and patience, crafting will definitely teach you patience!

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The last challenge was his Katana. I really wanted to add it to the doll because I cannot imagine Himura without his sword. I didn’t know what kind of material to use to make one, I had to improvise and think “outside the box”. I ended up using felt and after trying different versions I opted for the one I liked best. (Here is a fun fact about Himura sword, it has a reversed blade which was made that way because he had sworn to never kill again after ending his career as an assassin).

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I love my little Himura Kenshin, maybe I should consider making a crocheted version of Kaoru to keep him company. I definitely want to make more manga characters, they are so much fun!

Here are links to different tutorials to embroider eyes:
Step by Step pictures by Feri_Dolls

Youtube Tutorial by Petus Ochoa” target=”_blank”>Youtube Tutorial by Petus Ochoa

Another step by step pictures by Fery-Y

Happy crocheting.. and embroidering!

Petal

Petal is a character from a video game called Vainglory. I haven’t played it yet but one of my friends who is a big fan introduced me to some of the heroes involved in the gameplay. I fell in love with Petal, a really cute but deadly sniper who lives in the jungle. Since I am a big fan of video games and fan art, I couldn’t resist making a crocheted version of that character.

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There are different versions of that character that involve different costumes, but I picked the bee skin because I loved the hat and the big antennas. It was a little bit challenging because I didn’t have a lot of pictures to work with for that particular one.

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I used a 2.75mm hook and Caron Simply Soft to make this doll. She is very small, except for her ears and wings that are almost as long as her body. I really had a lot of fun with this project, I wasn’t sure if I would succeed but I am very happy with the result.

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I think the most challenging part was the three-dimensional snout and mouth. I didn’t know what technique to use because I had never crocheted anything like this before.¬† It took some trial and error but I have learned a lot in the process.

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This fan art project was really inspiring, I love my little Petal. I am tempted to play the game but PVP is not my forte, it stresses me out and I usually get very frustrated.

Happy crocheting!

1950 Vintage Bear

Not long ago my neighbor knocked on my door to show me a toy she had cherished since she was a baby. She knows I like to crochet stuffed animals and she thought I would be interested to see what her grandma made for her when she was born, a crocheted stuffed bear from 1950. Since I had never seen one before I was delighted to see it.

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Her grandma was a native american from the Chataw tribe in Oklahoma. She was very skilled in crafts and liked to make things for her family. Crochet was one of her talents and when Candy was born she decided to make her this little bear. There was no such patterns available at the time so she had to improvise all of it. I am very impressed with the result, it is unique and so cute!

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I can’t believe she kept that bear in such good shape for so many years. It doesn’t any tears or scratches, it looks like it was made yesterday! I was very interested in the technique she used so I took some close up pictures to show how it was made.

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She crocheted half circles that she slip stitch together for both the head, ears and body. I have never tried this method before but I really like the result.

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The arms are not crocheted in spirals but slip stitch at the end of each round. They are not stuffed at the shoulders, she kept them flat to sew them to the seam of the body. I couldn’t tell what she used for stuffing but it felt like cotton.

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She used pink yarn she crocheted in spiral and sewed to the arms. I would like to try to crochet arms this way and see how it turns out. Her method is different than the one used for Amigurumi but I really like it.

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You can tell that a love of love was put into her craft and I understand why Candy took good care of it, it’s a very special gift made from the heart. I am very glad she shared it with me, and I want to thank her for allowing me to take pictures and post them on my blog.

I hope you enjoyed this little story as much as I did. I find it very inspiring!

Tinkerbell Fan Art

I don’t crochet Fan Art dolls often, but every once in a while I like to challenge myself with a project that involves characters I love from movies, video games, or books. Last week I got inspired, and decided to try my hands on a Tinkerbell, the beloved fairy from Peter Pan.

When I said I like a challenge, I wasn’t joking. It took me three weeks to make her, with trials and errors, and even though I am very happy with the results I would modify a few things on the pattern if I was to crochet something similar.

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The two challenges I encountered are the facial features, and the hair. I really wanted to give her eyes an almond shape but I wasn’t sure how to proceed. At first I wanted to make them just using felt, but I changed my mind and insted used a pair of 12mm blue safety eyes, white felt for the shape, and black felt for the contour. I added some plastic eyelashes to make her look more girlie. I feel that the eyes are a little too big, but it still look cute.

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I don’t know why but I always thought that Tinkerbell had her hair pulled back in a bun, that tells you how much I pay attention to detail! She definitely have a bun, but the rest of her hair is shaped into a pixie cut style. I was tempted to crochet a wig to put on her head, but I opted for strands of yarn instead.. Lots of them! I did crocheted the bun however, which I embroidered afterward with yarn.
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The wings on her back are very simple, I used double crochet and treble that I worked around a chain. I sprayed them with starch to keep them from flopping over. I will upload a tutorial next time if anybody is interested, they are very easy to make.

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Voila! This was my attempt at crocheting a Tinkerbell. I learned a lot from it, and even though she is not perfect I still like her a lot. Practicing crochet on characters that inspire you is a lot of fun, it helps you improve your skills and gives you inspiration.

Happy crocheting!

Fuzzy Panda

Two months ago I made a post about a panda bear pattern I had created for my ETSY shop, a cute little amigurumi crocheted with regular acrylic yarn. I enjoyed that project so much, ¬†I thought¬†it would be fun to¬†try¬†a¬†different version of the panda¬†using the same pattern but with a type¬†of yarn that would give it some fur. Both versions are cute, but the¬†result is so different that it doesn’t look like¬†it was made from the same pattern.

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the second version of the Panda, so fuzzy!

The first version was made with Caron Simply Soft, which is labeled as a medium weight #4, and 100% acrylic. It is quite small for a yarn of that category, I usually end up with smaller plushes when I use Caron.

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the first version of the panda

You can really tell the difference in size. The first version of the panda is about 5.5 inch tall, the other one is 7 inch. I used the same 2.75mm crochet hook for both plushes without any alterations in the rounds, but the yarns I used for my second panda are thicker, hence the result.

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Big fuzzy panda and its little acrylic version.

I used two different brands of yarn to crochet the fuzzy panda. I usually prefer to work with the same brand on one project when I need different colors but in this case I couldn’t find both in the same collection so I settled for Butter Cream Angel Air in black, and Yarn Bee Tender Touch in white. The black yarn is¬†50% Acrylic, 28% Nylon and 22% Wool. The white yarn is 100% acrylic but still has a fuzzy feel to it, which is what I needed to create fur.

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In order to create the fur, I gently brushed each parts of the panda with a pet brush before sewing the parts together. I think it is better to brush after the parts are stuffed with fiberfill, otherwise you might end up with stretched parts (it happened to me the first time I tried this method).

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On top, the fuzzy yarn and at the bottom, regular acrylic yarn

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the magic pet brush (which I never used on my cat)

Trying two versions from the same pattern was a fun experiment, and I cannot tell you which one I like best because I love both pandas. I hope you enjoyed this post and that it will inspire you to also try different type of yarns for your projects.

As always, happy crocheting!