25 January 2011

He's cute, he's shiny... he's UMBREON!

Yup, that's correct. I finally got around to making Umbreon. He's not your average black and yellow Umbreon either... he's the shiny one! I had never really been a fan of Pokemon, but I did take a liking to Eevee and some of her "Eevee-lutions". When I saw Umbreon, he was instantly my favourite and I knew I must crochet him so I had an Umbreon of my own.

I went through my yarn stash and I had quite a bit of black and yellow and light blue in Red Heart yarn, but as I crocheted the black, it was very stiff and I didn't like the way it felt in my hands. When I went to Michael's with my mom, I was looking for a soft yarn that had either yellow (for normal Umbreon) or light blue (for his shiny form). Bernat has a really soft yarn called "Bernat Satin" that was very very soft. I got black, but I couldn't find blue or yellow at the time. Yesterday I went with my mom to Michael's again and they had the sport weight yarn in the right colour for his shiny form. I was so excited and when I got home, I immediately started crocheting (of course, I promised my best friend that I would make a minion for her sister, so I did that one first...).

I finished Umbreon today and I am pleased with the results. And, he's so soft and cuddly too! So, without further adieu, here he is:

So awesome in his shiny form...

why does he seem to look so angry?

In case you are wondering (which you probably are) about Umbreon and what a shiny form is, I'm going to give a short little summary. Umbreon is one of the dark Pokemon which evolves from Eevee at night or from moonlight. To get a shiny one, (black and blue) you either need a shiny Eevee or to battle a shiny Umbreon.

Again, this pattern was designed by Linda Potts and if you want to crochet one of your own, the pattern can be found on her blog here. As always, her blog is filled with nice free patterns of Pokemon and other stuff.

** "Umbreon" and "Pokemon" are copyright by Nintendo. Pattern copyright by Linda Potts. All rights reserved. 
Photos are my own. **

21 January 2011

Despicable Minion no. 1

Last week my parents and I decided to have more time together as a family and my dad suggested that we watch "Despicable Me", since it just came out on DVD and he got it from NetFlix. That wasn't the movie that was highest on my list to see, but I heard it was cute, so I didn't mind watching it. It was a really cute movie and the minions were my favourite part. (I'm not even going to touch the minion language... because my friend Megan and I are baffled at how they came up with that language...)

My dad asked me if I would be able to crochet one for him and I knew I could because I had previously seen a pattern for one on the internet. Well, everyday since seeing "Despicable Me", my dad had reminded me about how much he would want a minion to sit on his desk at work. My mom found the pattern for me and since I needed some more yarn, a trip to Michael's craft store was definitely in order. I had a little bit of free time last night and today, so I figured I could make one very quickly. It took almost the whole day, but I got him finished. *Yes, I am aware that the minions arms seem to be uneven, but they really aren't. I measured them and I just positioned them differently so he wouldn't fall forward*

 Here he is:


Now I have been recruited to make a minion for my best friend's older sister and if I have left over yarn, I might make one for myself too! :)

Please excuse the lack of updates over the next few days. I might try to make more minions tonight (I am totally on a roll here) and I am waiting for a pattern to be translated from Spanish. Plus I think my knitting beckons to be worked upon. Besides, I think my wrists need a break from all the needlework anyway.

This pattern was made by Linda Potts. If you want to make a minion of your own, please visit Wolfdreamers OTH blog here.  She has many other amigurumi too!

** Despicable Minions are based off of the Disney / Pixar characters from "Despicable Me". Copyright Walt Disney Pictures. Pattern copyright Linda Potts. All rights reserved. Photos are my own. **

20 January 2011

Thread Crochet

I didn't want to do much crochet, until I got more of my knitting and cross-stitch underway, but I had started this project in the beginning of August. It just beckoned to be worked upon. Looking back I guess I should have thought twice before I made fun of doilies. In a few of my previous posts on here, I made some jokes about making doilies. Well, here I am... posting about thread crochet after making my first doily. Kind of ironic, isn't it? Thread crochet isn't easy either. The hook that you normally use is really small and the thread is thin, which makes the stitches fairly hard to see. Much respect to those elderly ladies who do this often...

This is my first attempt at thread crochet and doily making. I now feel like a grandma (this was not meant to be offensive... it's just that I don't see any younger people making doilies very often...)  and even though it wasn't so bad, I don't think I'll be making anymore doilies any time soon!

Now for the pictures...

So pretty in all of its lacy glory!

You can download this pattern and other free doily patterns here. Enjoy!

** Pattern copyright unknown. Photos are my own. **

17 January 2011

Amigurumi Yoshi

Ok so... I finished yet another nerdy amigurumi... This time, I made Yoshi. If you recall from my last post, I mentioned that Yoshi has been my favourite character in Super Smash Bros. I made a small Kirby for my sister and a Yoshi for myself. As for now, I am slightly sick of crochet and plan to get back to knitting very soon! :)

One thing I learned from making amigurumi is that the stuffed animal really has a mind of its own, and its best not to fight it. Haha. Even if you follow the instructions to a "T", my Yoshi will never look like the one in the pattern exactly. It's going to turn out a certain way no matter how hard you try to make it perfect. I swear, I had the worst time trying to line up Yoshi's legs, and I think they may even be uneven, but I'm human, and that happens.  I think that may even be part of his charm.

Here's some pictures of my dear Yoshi. (and yes... he is much more adorable in person... these pictures really don't do it justice).

Thanks to Robotrish for this pattern. If you would like to make a Yoshi of your own, visit Robotrish's blog and the pattern is available here.

** Yoshi, Kirby and Super Smash Bros. are copyrighted characters of Nintendo. Photos are my own. **

12 January 2011

Introducing.... KIRBY!

Instead of working on my undisclosed knitting project which will eventually be offered as a free pattern, I decided to take a little break and work on a bit of crochet. I have been wanting to work on my crochet Umbreon for a while now, but I was really looking for a quick project that I would most likely be able to finish in a day. I looked through my pattern collections and found a crochet pattern of Gir from Invader Zim and Kirby from Super Smash Bros. I didn't have the right materials for Gir, and Kirby looked a little easier to make anyway. Much to my surprise, Kirby went together fairly quickly (in just a few hours) . Most importantly of course, is that he was a lot of fun to make! :)

So... Here he is! None other than KIRBY!

Kirby is one HAPPY camper!

Now I'm not quite sure if I want to keep Kirby for myself, or give him a new home with my sister (who always insisted on being Kirby in Smash Bros. ... I was ok with that... because I preferred Yoshi anyway ;) )

The original pattern was done in a much darker pink, but I remember Kirby being a much lighter pink... but I could of course be wrong. If you want to make a Kirby of your own, you can check out the Nerdigurumi Blog here.

** Kirby and Super Smash Bros. are copyrighted characters by Nintendo. All rights reserved. Photos are my own. **