Workshop worries

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Not much to post about lately. My crocheting has been slow at best, mostly because my days have been rather busy. I didn’t have to work all that much, but my free days were filled with activities. One of those was the crochet workshop I did together with my friend Doretta from hagoort&co (Dutch site!).

Earlier this week we did the shopping for the needed materials. I had to contain myself in order not to buy too much stuff for myself, but I ended up coming home with some pompom makers anyway. I couldn’t resist. Not that I make a lot of pompoms, but whenever I do, it’s a lot of work messing around with cardboard circles. Now those messy days should be over! I saw a lot of other stuff that made me go squee, but I really had to take it easy.

This has been a week of shopping at least a little bit. On Thursday I visited a museum with my mom, my cousin, and her daughters. After that, we went into Leiden to do a little shopping. I fell in love with this huge chest with owls on it. And my mom bought it for me ❤ now I have more than plenty of room for my stash (my old box wouldn’t really close any more) I do still want to sort everything on colour, but I ended up just putting everything in there quickly, cause I just didn’t have a lot of time to sort.

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Coming to my point, yesterday it was time for the workshop. I was pretty nervous about this, since I didn’t know the people that we were supposed to teach how to crochet. I worried if they would like the pattern we were working on, if they would be able to pick up the technique, if I would be able to explain things clearly. Luckily for me, they were pretty enthusiastic and my friend did most of the explaining.

Something I learned about myself: I am not a patient woman. I am more than happy to explain something, but I just can’t get myself to do so several times in a row. After a while I get sidetracked and want to just take the work out of their hands to do it for them. I really need to work on that ^_^” Thankfully I was working on the same pattern, so I got to work ahead a little bit in between waiting for the others to get the hang of things.

It’s hard to imagine now that I started out exactly the same way. It’s been almost three years and I’m so happy that I didn’t give up when I had trouble at first. In the end, I think the three people who signed up did have fun and I hope they will continue to practise and enjoy their crochet the way I do.

On another note: when I keep quiet on the blog like I have this week, it’s a good idea to check out the Crochetnanigans Facebook page. On there, I share little updates that just aren’t big enough to make a blogpost about. You can find the link on the right side of your screen ^_~

Time to get back to crocheting, enjoy your Sunday!
Cheers, Lydia

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The Legend of Zelda: Deku Scrub pattern

As opposed to my last pattern, I did play the game this character comes from, many, many times. It’s a Deku Business Scrub from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. (sadly, I have never been able to finish the game, I just can’t get past the last boss T_T)

I was quite the late-bloomer when it comes to videogames, so many of my favorites come from the Gameboy Advance series. I still really like the style of these games, as opposed to the designs you find on the Wii or DS. Then again, maybe it’s just because the newer designs are already in (sorta) 3D and they leave little to the imagination when it comes to translating them into crochet. To each their own and I’m certainly not saying that new is always worse. (As you might have noticed with my Pokémon patterns, I am certainly not partial to the earlier games!) But putting all that aside, it’s time for a new pattern ^_^

This is a pattern that had been swimming around in my head since the start of the year. There are a couple more coming up, but with me, you never know when a pattern will just suddenly pop out ^_~

First off, I want to share the picture that I used as the base for this pattern:

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Just so you know that if it doesn’t completely look like what you thought it has to look like, I had very little to work with besides my own memory and what few pictures there were to be found online. Many more where from later LoZ games and I just didn’t like the design. I much prefer the more cartoony look from The Minish Cap, since it’s easier to translate to crochet. It’s hard to make lifelike designs ^_^”

And now, without further ado, The Pattern!

Deku Scrub crochet pattern
Materials
– Brown, golden yellow, and green yarn
– Stuffing
– whatever hook to fit your yarn. I made mine using a 3mm crochet hook
– a yarn needle to sew the parts together

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st – stitch
BLO – back loops only
fo – finish off
repeat – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

The pattern
Body
Using brown yarn, make a magic ring or ch2 and start working in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: increase around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R8: *sc6, inc* repeat 6 times (48)
R9-18 (10 rounds): sc in every st (48)
R19: *sc6, dec* repeat 6 times (42)
R20:*sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
R21:*sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R22:*sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R23:*sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Start stuffing
R24:*sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
R25: decrease around (6)
FO, close the hole with a tail of yarn and weave in the end.

Eyes (make 2)
With golden yellow yarn, make a magic ring or ch2
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: sc1, inc, sc2, inc, sc1 (8)
FO and leave a tail of yarn to sew the eyes onto the body.

Mouth
The mouth is basically a long tube with the open ends sewn together to make a ring shape.
With golden yellow yarn
R1: ch8 and form a ring with a ss (8)
R2-16 (15 rounds): sc1 in every st (8)
FO and leave a long tail. You don’t have to stuff the mouth, but if you want it to stay a bit round, you can stuff slightly.
Sew the open ends together and then sew the mouth to the body.

Detail of the mouth and eyes

Detail of the mouth and eyes

Rings
The best way to describe this part is that it’s the rings on top of the head that keep the leaves together. It’s made out of two long tubes with the ends sewn together to create rings. Stuff these slightly as you go, or else they will lose their ring shape when you put them together.
With golden yellow yarn
Part 1
R1: ch6 and make a ring with a ss (6)
R2-30 (29 rounds): sc1 in every st (6)
FO and leave a long tail to sew the ends together and to attach the ring to part 2

Part 2
R1: ch6 and make a ring with a ss (6)
R2-35 (34 rounds): sc1 in every st (6)
FO and leave a long tail to sew the ends together and to attach the ring to the head.

The long tube to make the ring

The long tube to make the ring

Open ends sewn together

With the ends sewn together

Leaves (make 5)
With green yarn, start by making a magic ring or ch2
R1: sc3 (3)
R2: increase around (6)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 3 times (9)
R4: sc1 in every st (9)
R5: *sc2, inc* repeat 3 times (12)
R6-10 (5 rounds): sc1 in every st (12)
R11: *sc2, dec* repeat 3 times (9)
R12-15 (4 rounds): sc1 in every st (9)
R16: fold your work in half and sc through both layers to close.
FO and leave an end of yarn to sew the leaves together.
Stuff one of the leaves before you crochet it closed, this will become the middle one.

Sew the leaves together before attaching them to the head. After they are on the head, put the biggest ring (part 2) over them and sew it to the head. Then put the smaller ring (part 1) on top of that and sew them together.

All the leaves, with the middle one stuffed slightly

All the leaves, with the middle one stuffed slightly

Sew the unstuffed leaves around the stuffed one to make a bundle

Sew the unstuffed leaves around the stuffed one to make a bundle

Sew the bundle of leaves onto the top of the head/body before the rings!

Sew the bundle of leaves onto the top of the head/body before the rings!

Detail of the leaves and rings on top of the head/body

Detail of the leaves and rings on top of the head/body

(As you can see, I stuffed the rings a little too tightly, so be sure to really only put in a little stuffing!)

Feet (make 2)
With golden yellow yarn, make a magic ring or ch2
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: increase around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: BLO, sc1 in every st (18)
R5: sc1 in every st (18)
R6: sc5, dec, sc1, dec, sc1, dec, sc5 (15)
R7: sc5, dec3, sc4 (12)
R8: sc1 in every st (12)
FO, stuff and sew to the underside of the body.

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Sideview. It might take a few tries, but if you position him just right, this Deku Scrub is able to stand on his own ^_^

Sideview. It might take a few tries, but if you position him just right, this Deku Scrub is able to stand on his own ^_^

Voilá, one Deku Business Scrub for you to make and enjoy ^_^

Remember, this character and all others connected to The Legend of Zelda games are copyrights and trademarks of Nintendo. Do not sell this pattern. Feel free to share, but please give credit and link back to my site. If you have any questions or difficulty with this pattern, don’t hesitate to contact me ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

Flappy Bird Pattern

People who have been following my blog for a while might have caught on by now that I absolutely adore internet hypes and memes. I’m not entirely sure myself of the exact reason, but sometimes I just can’t resist crocheting something I have seen online one too many times. The same goes for Flappy Bird. I have never, ever played the game and the way it looks right now I will never be able to. Maybe that’s just for the best, seeing the many youtube movies where people smash their phones out of frustration.

For those of you that do play Flappy Bird and can crochet (or have a friend/family member who can) I have the solution to your phone breaking problems: your very own Flappy Bird to abuse, throw around the room and submit to whatever else you  think you need to do to vent your frustration.

It’s a kind of short and sweet pattern and shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. As always, if you do have any questions, feel free to contact me in the comments or send me an email over at lydia[at]crochetnanigans[dot]com ^_^ Flappy crocheting!

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Flappy Bird crochet pattern
Materials you need:
– Yellow, a darker yellow or orange, red, and white yarn
– A bit of black embroidery thread
– Stuffing
– I made mine with a 2.5mm crochet hook, but of course you can use whatever size hook you want as long as it matches your yarn thickness.
– a yarn needle to sew the parts together

Abbreviations
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the round

The Pattern!
Body

With the light yellow yarn.
Start with a magic ring, or ch2 and work in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: increase around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7-10 (4 rounds): sc1 in every st (36)
Change to the darker yellow/orange yarn
R11: sc1 in every st (36)
R12: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R13: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R14: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Start stuffing
R15: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
FO and leave an end of yarn to close the gap. Then weave in the end.

Wings (make 2)
With white yarn, make a magic ring or ch2 and work in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: increase around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4-6 (3 rounds): sc1 in every st (18)
R7: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
FO, leaving an end of yarn to sew the wings to the side of the body. Stuff slightly and sew them onto the body somewhat towards the back.

Eyes (make 2)
With white yarn, make a magic ring or ch2
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: increase around (12)
FO and leave a tail of yarn to sew the eyes on the body. Embroider a pupil with black thread and sew the eyes onto the front of the body.

Mouth/Beak/Lips (I don’t really know what it is ^_^” )
With red yarn.
R1: ch16 and start working your way around the chain (ch16)
R2: starting from the second chain from the hook, sc14, sc3 in next st, continue on the other side of the chain, sc13, sc2 in the last st (32)
FO, leave an end of yarn to sew the mouth to the body, just below the eyes. When it’s on the body, embroider a line with some black thread.

And there you have it: your very own, 3 dimensional Flappy Bird.

You have to help him keep elevated

You have to help him keep elevated

He's not very good at flying, but can crash like the best!

He’s not very good at flying, but can crash like the best!

Here's how he looks from the front, which is a bit silly, since all you ever see is the side ^_^"

Here’s how he looks from the front, which is a bit silly, since all you ever see is the side ^_^”

Since I haven’t played the game and have only seen a couple good pictures of Flappy Bird, this design might not be completely accurate. But I still quite like it ^_^

Obviously, Flappy Bird is not my intellectual property (or else I would now be in my huge villa, hiding from the people making dead threaths towards me and not being able to crochet at all) but this pattern is. So please do not sell this pattern or post it as your own. You are welcome to share, but give credit and link back to my site, thanks!

Cheers, Lydia

Beanstalk castle

This is great! I get to post from the couch with my laptop on my lap ^_^ I realise now how much I missed this.But on to the actual post!

Like I promised last time, here is the post about my own little beanstalk. It’s not crochet, but still pretty crafty.

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For my birthday, my brother gave me a kit to make my own beanstalk castle. This kit included everything I needed, except for the glue. I borrowed my dad’s hot glue gun and got started.

Everything I needed to make the beanstalk

Everything I needed to make the beanstalk

Sorted the kit and got everything ready

Sorted the kit and got everything ready

I laid out some papers, since the entire kit was covered in glitter and the moss made quite a mess ^_^”
First off, I made the beanstalk itstelf and the little towers that go on top. These are made of Polymer clay and needed to go into the oven to harden.

All ready to go into the oven!

All ready to go into the oven!

It took slightly longer to bake than the time that was indicated, but I’m pretty used to that with my oven (it’s a combi microwave).

When the clay had hardened and cooled down, it was time to glue everything together and decorate the beanstalk. This was the most fun part for me, since I got to ‘play’ with the hot glue gun. (Note: never, ever actually play with a hot glue gun! It gets very hot and you could get some nasty burns!) It was rather difficult at times to figure out where I wanted to put certain elements. And at first, my beanstalk kept falling over because of the actual stalk being a bit tall and heavy and it started to lean to the side. But in the end, I managed to get everything in place the way I wanted it ^_^

Just the nut with the beanstalk and towers glued on. Now it's time to really decorate!

Just the nut with the beanstalk and towers glued on. Now it’s time to really decorate!

The finished beanstalk!

The finished beanstalk!

Detail of the bottom half

Detail of the bottom half

Detail of the top half, I especially love the little rope ladders to get from one tower to the other

Detail of the top half, I especially love the little rope ladders to get from one tower to the other

The whole thing still leans a little bit to the back, but it can lean against the wall now, so it doesn’t topple over.

I still have some materials left over. There was lots of moss, so I have a little bit of that and I ended up not using the strass stones at all. Frankly, I wouldn’t know where to stick them to. But I’m really happy with the result and am now thinking of putting the other kit on my wishlist as well. That’s a kit for a castle inside a nut.

The kits can be found here (it’s a Dutch site!) (I hope this link works, cause on my laptop I get a blank screen >_<)

Do you enjoy other crafts once in a while, or are you well and truly a one-craft person?

Cheers, Lydia

So far this is the oldest I have ever been!

This is post #100 on this blog, yay! And I honestly have nothing really interesting to talk about, except my birthday ^_^”

This weekend, I got to celebrate my birthday with family and friends and I got spoiled rotten! I got a lot of gifts, including some great crochet-related ones that have been on my wishlist for a while now.

To make everything really easy for everyone (including yours truly) here’s a pictures of our dinner table filled with my presents:

1545687_1441151892783254_624053732_nCrochet-wise I got:
Feestpoppetjes Haken (crocheting party puppets, very loosely translated, since it’s in Dutch) by Marieke Dissel
Zoomigurumi 2
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi by June Gilbank
– Two crochet hooks from the Clover Amour series: 2 and 3 mm
– And a couple skeins of a very soft yarn ^_^

Boyfriend surprised me with a big stack of books and the third season of The 4400 and then there are the books I got the week before from a friend and some other random gifts and cards. One gift I was really pleased to get: the kit to make my very own BeanStalk from Fantasy Atelier:

"Beanstalk"

“Beanstalk”

I actually put mine together today, but I will show it off in another post. It isn’t as glorious as this one though… But I still really like it ^_^

I’ve been reading the Complete Idiot’s Guide and love it! It’s a very light read, and even though I have been crocheting for some years now, it doesn’t bore at all. I’m at the part where you learn to make your own patterns now, and I’m hoping I will pick up a couple of nice tips.

I also received quite a bit of money, which went straight into the laptop-jar. With a bit of luck, I might bring one home this afternoon ^___^

Other than getting loads of presents, I really got to enjoy the weekend together with my friends and family, which is really what birthdays are all about, right?

Oh, I almost forgot: a friend of mine is letting me pick some stuff from Heikina, a dutch crafts webshop. I really need to get over there and see what kinds of things I still need (which will probably be everything if I browse long enough…)

Well, I won’t be bored for a while.
Do you ask for crochet stuff for your birthday? Or do you celebrate without the gifts?

Cheers, Lydia