So yeah. This is another spur of the moment inspiration that I worked up right after I thought of it. Of course, I was procrastinating really, really hard at the time, but it only took an hour to make and anyway I needed the break.
Anyway, I’m really proud of the way this turned out. I’ve spent the past two days playing around with it in between bouts of essay writing, which I think is the mark of a well-made toy. I’m also excited that now the octopus isn’t the only aquatic animal in my arsenal.
The pattern is here. Use as you will. Send me a picture if you make one. I’d love to see it.
All right. So. One of my friends at college is in a sorority. Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) specifically. Last week was big/little week which, for the uninitiated (like me) basically means she was assigned a new member of her sorority chapter to, essentially, shower in gifts all week. (I don’t know if that’s 100% accurate, but that’s my understanding of the process.) ADPi’s mascot is a lion. So, she commissioned a tiny lion from me to give to her little. And that is why this pattern exists.
It’s debatable whether I would have ever gotten around to designing a lion in the absence of these very specific circumstances. Literally all the other animals in the tiny animal series were made because I, personally, am a fan of that animal. And while lions are cool, they’re not my favorite animal. But I digress. Point is, I probably would have gotten around to them eventually, but I doubt it would have been this quick if I was left to my own devices.
Of course, I wasn’t left to my own devices, so let’s talk about the design process.
The basic form of the lion was easy. I copy-pasted it out of the bunny pattern. I used the bunny pattern because the body is rounder than the fox or cat, and my original copy-paste out of the cat pattern looked really weird. Note to self: lions do not reduce to cones, they reduce to rotund semi-cylinders.
The ears were also easy. They’re basically classic teddy bear ears—little circles folded in half, rounded and sewn to the head. No big deal.
The mane was a little more complex, but I correctly assumed that it would be easier to just make it into a geometric shape and not try to build one out of short strands of yarn knotted together. I modeled mine off a potato chip scarf, with a little bit of light scalloping. I like how that turned out. I think it gives it dimension without becoming really hard or complicated to make. Although, if you’re looking for a lion with a mane that covers the back of its head, maybe look elsewhere.
The tail gave me some trouble. It went through a few different iterations before I finally decided to reduce it to its basic geometric shapes (a line with a little pointed cylinder on the end). I wound up exaggerating the proportions of the fur tuft at the end of its tail to make it remotely doable, but I think it turned out cute.
So, yeah. Tiny crochet lion. Super cute. Great for ADPis. Apparently. I’ll have it listed on Etsy once I have one that I can take more salable pictures of. Until then, if you’re of a crafting mindset, here’s the pattern. Feel free to give it a shot. Send me pictures if you do. I like seeing my creations out in the world.
I don’t know why, but you always seem to inspire me to commit to large projects. Case in point: this hat.
Okay, I know it doesn’t look like much from the front, but what if we looked at it from another angle?
Okay, what about the back?
So yeah, my final Christmas present for the season (which I started on December 26, finished three weeks later, and was finally received last week. I’m awesome at Christmas, you guys.) came in the form of a fashionable hat. And for those of you who only know Dani from occasional mentions, this is a very Dani hat.
Which is kinda funny, given that my original idea was to shower her in an army of rabbits and it wasn’t until December 26th that it hit me that you can make fancy sunhats. With, like, decorations on them and stuff. And then, as I am wont to do, I promptly searched up a pattern and began crocheting an entire sunhat. In two weeks.
(Although admittedly this does pale in comparison to the epic saga that was the Matoki project.)
Anyway…The hat and hatband are adapted from this pattern, which is gorgeous, but also really small, so I had to add a few more rows of increase and adjust everything else accordingly. Also, the hatband is knitted and I, a novice knitter at best, struggled with trying to repeatedly knit 3 together before giving up in favor of something both simpler and faster.
The cherry blossoms, on the other hand, came from this website and I would like to take a moment to thank my mother for making me “as many as possible” (of which I wound up using about half) so I could get it done before I had to go back to school for the semester.
I think my favorite part of the whole experience was sewing the cherry blossoms onto the hat. I really like the way they look clumped together like that.
So, yeah. Will I ever make anything like this again? Who even knows, really? It definitely won’t be a regular thing—I don’t have that kind of patience. But at the same time, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to try and make something this elegant again.
So. Yeah. Merry Christmas in late January, Dani. I hope you like your hat.
So the school year got off to an exciting start last week when school was canceled for two days due to subfreezing temperatures. It got cold enough to snow. That is entirely too cold. Now, for those of you from the frozen north, keep in mind that I hail from the barren wastelands of the desert southwest, meaning I am perfectly adapted to withstand 100+ degree heat (that’s about 38 degrees Celsius) but simply cannot survive any temperature below the freezing point. As such, I spent my snow days inside, making a hat.
Long time readers may remember the hat I made last year for this explicit purpose. I’m pretty sure gremlins stole that hat, along with the accompanying gloves, because I cannot find it for the life of me. So I took to Ravelry, searched for quick and easy hat patterns and found the Divine Hat, designed by Sarah Arnold. I really like this pattern. It’s very visually interesting, especially for how simple it is to make. I’d definitely recommend giving it a shot if you are also in need of a hat.
After finishing the hat, I still had a few hours left in my second snow day, so I decided to see if I could find a good glove pattern to go with it. So, back to Ravelry I went and, um…
…I may have taken the pattern’s name as a challenge. And failed. It took a little longer than one evening to finish the gloves, which may have been a result of me choosing to watch a subtitled Korean reality show instead of something I could, you know, look away from for any period of time.
But regardless, the gloves turned out nice. They’re simpler than the pair I made last year, but sometimes simple is good, and paired with the yarn I was using, I think they turned out really pretty. If you want to try making them, you can find the pattern here. Let me know if you actually finish them in one evening.
Of course, now that I’ve made these, the weather has taken a turn toward the not-cold, so who knows when I’ll get a chance to actually use them. But it’s nice to have them on hand in case I need them. At least, until gremlins steal this set too…
Okay, one bunny. Apparently I’m too lazy to make multiple bunnies. Don’t worry, I’m sure it will multiply soon.
This pattern was blissfully easy to make, partly because it’s kind of a Frankenstein’s monster of other patterns I’ve done. I took the head pretty much word for word from the cat pattern, and the ears are a sized down version of what I did with the matoki, sans pipe cleaners. The body is new because I wanted the bunny to be chubbier than the fox and the cat, but it didn’t really give me any trouble for some reason. Maybe I’m just getting better at creating specific shapes. Yay!
The only part that gave me any trouble was the tail. Mainly because I originally thought it should be a lot bigger than it had any right to be, and it took a few attempts to get one that wasn’t enormous. Rabbits have nubs for tails. I’m not sure why that wasn’t obvious.
So…yeah. Quick little January pattern. If you want to make one of these rabbits, by all means, do so. The pattern is here. Go nuts. Go rabbits? I don’t think that works.
If you don’t want to make one, but still want a tiny rabbit (because really who doesn’t), you can buy one here.
Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2018. It feels like I should write a post reflecting on last year, or laying out some new years resolutions for this year, but I don’t really want to. So instead I’m going to take it back to 2017 and talk about a thing I made. Namely, this scarf.
I made this for two reasons. The first is because my sister wanted it, so I gave it to her for Christmas. I’ve been working on it off and on since July. She even picked the colors. The pattern is here. It was clearly supposed to be used with a different kind of yarn, but I used Bernat Blanket Yarn to make it super fluffy, and I think it worked out pretty well.
The other reason I made it was as a means to a separate, quasi-related end. There’s another project I want to complete, for which I need to know how to construct a hood. Since I had no idea how to go about doing that, I figured I’d make something else that was hooded to get the feel for it. And now that I have, I’m going to go start that. See you next week!
Okay, now I know what you’re thinking. What could I possibly have been doing all week that I had to delay my weekly post until Wednesday? Well, three things:
Making a veritable army of tiny octopi. One of my friends ordered a lot of them to be shipped internationally in time for Christmas. I currently have about 10, and I need 20 by the end of the week. Wish me luck.
Making a freaking DINOSAUR!
What? I like dinosaurs. They’re cool. And this one’s adorable. He’s like a foot tall and super chubby and I just want to squeeze him.
So, I did not design this dinosaur. I found the pattern on Ravelry (obligatory link), and it was designed by Bluephone Studios, which is apparently an Etsy shop. The pattern does cost money, but it’s just so freaking cute that it’s super worth it in my opinion.
Anyway, I actually made this dinosaur for the yearly white elephant that’s put on by HYPED (the k-pop dance cover group that I am a part of), which happened yesterday. (And is the real reason I pushed this post back a day. Some of the members read my blog, and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise.)
So that’s the first Christmas item crossed off my list! Now I just need to finish up my Stitching Santa gift and all of the things for family and friends back home.
Okay, it’s official. I have started a series of tiny animals. This one’s a fox. Because foxes are cool. I mean, look at this thing.
The pattern for this is loosely based on the one for the Tiny Cats (Note the similar, chess-piece-shaped body), but with the addition of a muzzle and a fluffy tail to make it distinctly fox shaped. And a lot of color work to make it distinctly a fox. The color work did go through a few iterations, resulting in one proto-fox that had very little white on its belly, and was stuck looking forever to the right, but I really like the way it turned out.
Overall, I’m really proud of this pattern. That said, it is a little more intricate than most of my designs (matoki notwithstanding), so it’s available for $1 on my Etsy shop. Here’s a direct link to the listing. This was a hard decision to make since, as a crafter who does not have infinite money, I understand how frustrating it can be when a pattern you like costs money. However, as an artist and as a business owner, I kind of want to be paid for my work, and I think this pattern is worth a dollar.