Fancy Chicken

Another project done after a request from my brother. A friend of his will give birth to a baby girl this summer, so he asked me if I could make a baby gift.

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I’ve had the pattern for this one for a long time already, but I never really felt the need to create it. For some reason, it looked a bit too.. feminine or girly or something. But while working on her, I reaslised she was pretty fun to make! She does have a lot of details and parts, but if you just take your time for this one, it’s a really rewarding project.

Close ups:

She can't do without a fancy pearl necklace

She can’t do without a fancy pearl necklace

Her little purse is soooo cute~

Her little purse is soooo cute~

The pattern is from Christel Krukkert and you can find it in the book “Gehaakte Beestenboel” (Crochet Caboodle). As far as I kow, it’s only available in Dutch, though.

Looking at these pictures, I think I will add some wiring in her legs, to make her easier to pose… Hmm, I hope I can still get it in there without have to take them off completely.

Cheers, Lydia

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More Minion Mayhem!

As you might have noticed in my previous posts, I’ve been working on a minion again (from the movie “Despicable Me”). I have been working roughly from the same pattern as before, but this time, I modified it for my own personal need: size.

My brother asked me if I could make him a big minion. When I asked him ‘how big’, he said: “however big you can make it.” Well, I did my best and though I could have made it a lot bigger if I wanted to, this looked like the right size for one.

So, without further ado, here’s the result!

He looks so cheeky!

He looks so cheeky!

Chair for scale ^_^

Chair for scale ^_^

 

Like the original pattern, you can remove his goggles and overalls, but this time, I didn’t sew on the gloves either. So you can basically take off all his clothes until you have a hairy jelly bean with arms ^_^’

Naked Minion :-O

Naked Minion :-O

Some close-ups of details:

Eye behind the goggle

Eye behind the goggle

Button holes that actually work!

Button holes that actually work!

Gru logo on the front pocket

Gru logo on the front pocket

When I made the last one, I didn’t like how the face came out. This time, I think the arms are slightly too long, but then again, I didn’t have the motivation to redo them, so that’s a lesson for next time (if I will ever do one this big again, that is!)

I have written down how I made him, but I don’t think I will post the pattern online, since it’s pretty much a redo of the original by AllAboutAmi. Basically, what I did was make the body, arms and overalls with mostly half double crochets instead of singles. Then, to get him even bigger, I added some extra rounds and kept increasing. If you want to get the pattern, you can contact me and I’ll try to get it to you.

Cheers, Lydia

Happy Fathers Day!

After a rather easy mothers day, fathers day was a bit more difficult gift-wise. For some reason, fathers always seem to have everything they want or need. Plus, I find crocheting for men much, much more difficult. So both my dad and my father-in-law will have to make due with ‘normal’ gifts.

In the meantime, I have been making progress with the minion from my last post:

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Now come the hardest parts: shoes and gloves. For the rest it was pretty easy to figure out how it has to be done. I’m kind of following the all about ami despicable minion pattern, that I have done before, only with half double crochets and working more rounds to make it bigger. But scaling up the shoes is going to be a challenge I think :S

Wish me luck!

Cheers, Lydia

Variety is the spice of life!

So, as said in my last post, I didn’t get to crochet during the past weekend. I did get to run around a lot, not eat very much and stress out. Of course, I also had loads of fun and I got to relax a little bit every now and again.

Something that got me back into a bit of a Zen-state, were the simple origami cherry blossoms:

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I could just feel myself calming down a little more with each fold. Plus, they look adorable.

One thing I really wanted to do this weekend is follow the ‘sweet creations’ workshop, where you learn to make little chocolates from fimo clay (not sure if it is called the same in English, but I’m actually too lazy to look it up right now).
And here’s my result:

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Not bad for a first try and without any tools besides a cookie-cutter and a razor knife, if I may say so myself ^_^

But now, I’m back at home and thinking what project to start next. Then again, I could always try to finish reading ‘The Hobbit’ before starting anything else…

Cheers, Lydia