Amigurumi · Crochet · Patterns

Tiny Kitties

So I adore cats. I think they’re awesome and I want one. Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to adopt one right now….So I made one three.

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They’re like chess pieces with tails!

I really like the sleek, minimalist design. It has just enough elements to make clear that they are cats, while still being small and quick enough to make that I can easily create a small army.

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The octopus is a size reference.

Not only are these kitties adorable, I actually designed them myself! They were relatively easy and fun to design, although there were a few challenges. The tail especially gave me a lot of trouble. I originally tried to make it a thin tube, but that wound up looking really weird, and a little too fat for cats this tiny. Ultimately, I made the tails just one long row of single crochet, which had the added bonus of naturally curling around itself, giving the tail a little more character.

 

The other problem was in trying to get them to stand up. The proto-cat I made (no pictures, sorry) didn’t stand on it’s own very well, and I didn’t want them to be restricted to lying down or leaning on other, sturdier things. The obvious solution was to give them a flat base—which is how they got their cone-shaped bodies—but that wasn’t quite enough. To make it work, I had to stuff the bodies very loosely, so that the base would lay flat.102_8828

Anyway, here is a PDF of the pattern: Tiny Kitty. If you choose to make one yourself, send me a picture. I’d love to see it! For those that aren’t craft inclined but still want one, you can buy them here. Enjoy!

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Summer, Matoki, and General Updates

So, as a full time computer science student, I normally wind up basically ignoring the business side of Entropy Creations in favor of making sure I don’t, you know, flunk out of college. However, finals are over, and I’m home for the summer with nothing else to do, so for the next few months, Entropy gets to be a full time job. Yay!

Naturally, this means I’ve been crocheting. A lot. And what have I been making? Well…octopi.

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They’re seasonal!

And also, like, a veritable garden of hair flowers.

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Pictured: a garden of hair flowers

Both of which are things I’ve already posted about. I’ve been making so many of these because, while I’m here, I’m going to be selling product at the Farmers and Crafts Market in Las Cruces, NM. And I kind of needed physical items to put on the table. And I already had a lot of everything else on my Etsy shop. (Quick reminder that I do, in fact, sell things on Etsy. Here’s a link to my shop.) Well, everything except the matoki. I’m not mass producing those. They take too long.

20170508_201521Speaking of the matoki, they’re on Etsy! You can buy one now! Yay! Here’s a link to the listing.

I wasn’t originally going to sell physical matoki because, as you can see if you click the link, they’re kind of expensive to make. But, after a lot of people started giving me disappointed looks when I said they weren’t for sale, I finally relented and put them on Etsy. As for the pattern…I’m working on it, I swear. I just need a few more weeks.

So…yeah. That about does it.  Just a quick update to share what I’m doing, crochet-wise and reaffirm that I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet. Yay!