Works in Progress

Back in my first post I mentioned have a lot of projects on the go and that this blog could possibly provide some incentive to get them finished. I realize that might work better if I actually post some of them so here are a handful of my works in progress. Excuse the pictures. The light in my living room is terrible.

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Doll
This doll is being made from my Emma pattern. The plan is to have her finished by this weekend. Of course, things rarely go according to plan around here.

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Scarf
A C2C style scarf I’m making from some leftover yarn. I might even have enough yarn to finish it… 🙂

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C2C Blanket
I’ve literally been working on this blanket for months. It’s about half done now and has been at that point for at least a month. I’m lacking in motivation for this one because I know I don’t have enough yarn. 😛

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Virus Blanket
This pattern is hugely popular on the internet now and it’s gorgeous so I just had to jump on board. The pattern can be found here: Virus Blanket. It’s a fairly simple four round repeat so it goes pretty quickly once you get the hang of it. Then again, I did rip back multiple rows several times until I got it right so maybe it’s not that quite that simple after all. Or maybe I just can’t count. That is also a possibility….

I think four projects are enough for now. There are more hiding in various bins but I don’t have pictures of them. It’s probably time to reorganize my bins. This batch of projects will likely be blog posts when I do finish them. If you haven’t seen them go up by Christmas, feel free to ask about them. 🙂

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A Few of My Favourite Sites

I spend far more time than I probably should surfing the internet. A lot of the time is spent on crochet related sites. As the title of the post suggests, here are a few of my favourites:

  • Moogly
    • This site has tons of free patterns and tutorials. If you are looking to learn ow to crochet, this is a good place to start.
  • By Hook and by Hand
    • She makes beautiful doll with a variety of techniques, including crochet. Again, lots of free patterns. I learned a lot from this site when I started making dolls.
  • Tales of Twisted Fibers
    • This is another site with lots of dolls and other amigurumi. They’re all so adorable.
  • Ravelry
    • This site is awesome if you’re interested in any sort of fiber arts. It requires registration but it’s free and it won’t spam you. There are thousands of knit and crochet patterns in the database, many of which are free. You can post your own projects as well. There are groups relating to just about any topic you can think of and there are plenty of people willing to help if get stuck on a project.

So you have a favourite website you like to visit regularly? Feel free to share it in the comments.

Alice

 

I’ve recently been invited to a group on DeviantArt called PopCultureCrochet. I never really thought about it before but I guess a lot of my dolls could be considered Pop Culture. If you’ve never been to DeviantArt you should really consider checking it out. There is a ton of art of all kinds posted there, including several categories for crochet. This link goes directly to my profile. It doesn’t have much on it yet but from there you can go to the ‘More’ link at the top of the page and start browsing. While I’m linking to my other sites, check me out on Facebook and Pinterest.

Ok, enough shameless self-promotion, on to Alice.

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I put Alice together a little differently than Emma so her pattern is slightly different as well. I’ll post it after I’ve worked out all the bugs. She has more defined knees and elbows which make her limbs easier to bend into different positions. Her legs are also attached to her body differently than Emma’s. This makes it easier for her to sit. These changes, combined with a wire armature, make her quite a bit more flexible than Emma.

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Alice as inspired by a couple of video games I enjoy (hence the pop culture reference) that are based on Alice in Wonderland. As you can see from the pictures, the games are considerably darker than the original books. The game sitting on my coffee table right now is rated M(17+). Disney this isn’t. :The vorpal blade in her hand is just a bit of aluminum foil and tape. I felt that I needed a photo and it’s the best I could do. I’m thinking she needs a Cheshire cat for company but I have a couple of other dolls on the go at the moment so he’ll have to wait.

 

 

Steampunk

Ah, steampunk. I’ve had a fascination with steampunk for years. The fashion, the tech, the adventure. Who doesn’t like the idea of traveling all over the world in steam powered airships, dressed in quasi-Victorian era clothes, and flaunting the traditional values of society while having adventures? Ok, probably not for everyone. For anyone unsure what steampunk is, think 200 Leagues Under the Sea, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or Wild, Wild West for a more western spin.
To put it simply, I’m a fan. It’s terribly geeky but I did warn you in my first post that geekiness would show up here from time to time. Now, since I’m a big geek, I find it kind of depressing that in spite of owning two corsets I have yet to put together a descent steampunk outfit. My attempt for this year’s Calgary Expo was somewhat underwhelming. And, as I volunteered again and couldn’t anyway on those days, I needed my stand-in. So I present Steampunk Emma.

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Her costume needs some work but it looks a lot better than mine did. She has an underdress you can just see peeking out at the bottom of her skirt, a corset, and a bustle at the back. What do you think? Isn’t she adorable? And yes, those are the same boots from the elf costume… 🙂

Emma Doll Pattern

It’s been almost a week since my first post so I guess it’s time for another one. I’m hoping to do at least two posts a week from now on. We’ll see if I can stick to that…
Anyway, today’s post is the pattern for the Emma the Elf doll from last week. It’s just the doll, not any of the clothes. I will eventually post clothes as well but I’m still trying to write down patterns. The problem with just winging it when you make something is coming back to it later and trying to figure out what the heck you did. 🙂
So, without any more rambling, here is the pattern for Emma:

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Yarn: weight 3 (I use Paton’s Astra)
Hook: 2.5 – 3 mm ( I used a 3mm hook for Emma)

Doll will be approximately 26 cm (10 inches) tall.

Stitches used:
Single crochet (sc)
Increase
Decrease
Bobble stitch

To make a bobble stitch: Yarn over (YO), hook through sc, YO, pull through sc, YO, pull through 2 loop on hook – 2 loops remain on hook
YO, hook through same sc, YO, pull through sc, YO, pull through 2 loops – 3 loops remain on hook
YO, hook through same sc, YO, pull through sc, YO, pull through 2 loops – 4 loops remain on hook
YO, pull through all 4 loops
All rounds (r) are worked in continuous, not joined, rounds. Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of the round and move it up every round.

Head
r1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
r2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
r3: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc* until end of round (18)
r4: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* until end of round (24)
r5: 1 sc in first sc, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* until one stitch before end of round, 1 sc in last 2 sc (30)
r6: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc* until end of round (36)
r7: 1 sc in first 3 sc, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc* until two stitches before end of round, 1 sc in last2 sc (42)
r8: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc* until end of round (48)
r9: *2sc in sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc* until end of round (54)
r10-16: 1 sc in each sc (54)
If you are using safety eyes, attach them around row 10 or 11 before you start decreasing.
r17: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 7 sc* until end of round (48)
r18: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 6 sc* until end of round (42)
r19: 1 sc in first 3 sc, *1 dec, 1 sc in next 5 sc* until 2 stitches before end of round, 1 sc in last 2 sc (36)
r20: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 4 sc* until end of round (30)
r21: 1 sc in first sc, *1 dec, 1 sc in next 3 sc* until 2 stitches before end of round, 1 sc in last 2 sc (24)
r22: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 2 sc* until end of round (18)
r23: *1 dec, 1 sc in next sc* until end of round (12)
Fasten off (FO)
Stuff the head firmly, embroider face, and set aside.

Legs (Make 2)

r1: chain 5, sc in 2nd chain fr hook and next 2 chains, 2 sc in 4th chain, sc in next 3 chains, 2 sc in last chain (10)
r2: 2 sc in each sc (20)
place stitch marker at 1st and 10th stitch
r3: 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each chain to stitch before marker, 2 sc in stitch before marker, 1 sc in 10th stitch, 2 sc in next stitch, in sc in each stitch to stitch before marker, 2 sc in last stitch (24)
r3-4: 1 sc in each sc (24)
r5: 1 sc in next 6 sc, 6 decreases (dec), 1 sc in last 6 sc (18)
r6: 1 sc in next 3 sc, 6 dec, 3 sc in last 3 sc (12)
r7-10: 1 sc in each sc (12)
switch color if you want the doll to have permanent socks
r11: in back loop only (BLO) 1 sc in each sc (12)
r12-32: 1 sc in each sc (12)
FO
Stuff leg firmly.

Body

with underwear color join legs with a slip stitch (sl st) in two sc (one on each leg) , sc around outside of legs skipping slip stitch (22)
r1: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 17 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc (24)
r2: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in 3 next sc* until end of round (30)
r3-6: 1 sc in each sc (30)
switch color
r7 in BLO 1 sc in each sc (30)
r8-16: 1 sc in each sc (30)
r17: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 3 sc* until end of round (24)
r18: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 2 sc* until end of round (18)
r19: * 1 dec, 1 sc in next sc* until end of round (12)
Stuff body.
r20-24: 1 sc in each sc (12)
Stuff neck.
r25: 6 dec, close neck (6)
FO

Arms (x2)

r1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
r2: 2 sc in each sc (8)
r3: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc* until end of round(12)
r4: 1 sc in each sc (12)
r5: (1 dec, 1 sc in next sc* twice, bobble stitch in next sc, sc in next sc, 1 dec in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc (9)
r6-22: 1 sc in each sc (9)
FO
Stuff arms.

Sew arms to body at row 17.
Attach head to neck. Part of the neck should go inside the head so it is actually attached at around round 22. You can sew the head or go here for a really awesome tutorial on how to attach the head so it can be turned.

 

 

First blog post

Wow. My very first blog post. I guess I should say a little bit about what this blog is going to be about…

Obviously, there will be a lot of crochet. I freely admit I’m addicted to the craft. 🙂 I have so many projects on the go I can’t keep track of them all. If I post them here maybe it will be enough incentive to actually finish some of them.

There are also likely to be a fair amount of geeky themed posts. Listing all of the geeky tings I love would take a whole post so I’ll just skip that for now.

Back to the crochet part… Some of my projects are from other people’s patterns, some are things I’ve created myself. I plan to post the occasional pattern, like the one for this doll:

Emma the Elf

This is Emma the Elf. She’s just lying around in the photo but she’s fully posable thanks to her wire armature. I made her the elf costume so she could be stand in at Calgary Expo (our local version of comic con) last year. I volunteered so wasn’t able to dress up. (Darn them for wanting the volunteers to be recognizable ;p). Emma went steampunk this year but I’ll save that for another post.

I think that’s long enough for a first post. Until next post then…