A wee while ago I suggested to a friend that I would be willing to Sharpie her Ukulele. She agreed happily and the result is as follows ^_^ I first made a painting on an iPad and than transferred the idea onto the ukulele. Undortunately I could only use black, because of the bright red background. I'm very happy with the result, and so is my friend ^_^
Just on time I finished Chicken. I'll be on Honeymoon for the upcoming two weeks so I really wanted to finish this project.
Chicken is a Velociraptor (Jurassic park style) measuring 16 Inches tall and 32 Inches from nose to the tip of the tail. He's partially poseable and can stand on his own without support ^_^ He's got hand painted plastic eyes and his head was thread sculpted.
He was a bit of a challenge, but I loved making him. Chicken is not really looking for a new home, but if someone is willing to pay the wright amount for him I might consider rehoming him ^_^
My weird habit of saying "I want to crochet that" to anything even remotely cute (in my mind), has lead me to crocheting an AT-AT. This one was inspired by the video AT-AT day afternoon by Patrick Boivin and James Hance's drawings of Star Wars in Winnie the Pooh style ^_^
He's about 8 Inches tall and likes cuddles.....
Ok, I've been wanting to show this one off for a while. It has been a project for over 2 months, but yesterday I finally finished the life size sloth. I was very worried about the hind legs as they looked very awkward when attached, but than again sloths are weird anyway. Another worry was if the sloth was going to hang on its own, and luckily it did ^_^
So meet Taida the sloth. I crocheted her entirely and used a dog brush to give her the typical sloth scruffy look (PlanetJune has a great tutorial on this technique) . Her legs are jointed with aluminium wire and her nails also have wire in them. She's partially filled with lentils for added weight and for the rest she has polyfill in her. In size she would be a young adult at 19 Inches from nose to "tail".
I'll be making better pictures soon, but isn't she just adorable...
On a whim I did another project in about 2 days. I don't think I'll ever do anything as quick as this crane chick again. I had about a week to make it, but was plainly to excited about it. This chick was a gift to a friend at Rotterdam Zoo. About 6 years ago I did an internship at the zoo and Rob was my supervisor, I really enjoyed my time there and learned so much, so a little thank you was in order ^_^ This chick is about 13 Inches tall and has wire in his legs, he's free standing, but can also sit.
And another little project, also done with the brush technique is this little mouse. It was a gift to a friend ^_^
Finally I got round to giving this blog a nicer look. It's still simple though, as I like it that way ^_^
Ow and check back in two weeks, for I'm first going on vacation, but when I'm back I'll post my latest crocheted animal, a life like crane chick of which I'm rather proud. Also I've still got a sloth and a muscovy duck to finish.
For once something else than crochet and sewing projects.
It was about 5 and a half years ago at Wolf Park that I met a few very special dogs and wolves. One of them was Tantanka, a dog/wolf hybrid with an amazing sense of guarding food. He even managed to guard my own plate of food from me O_O which made it very interesting to try and eat. I was very sad when he passed away a few years ago, and drew him back than as well. This drawing was done on an iPad.
Despite being busy at work I still managed to do quite a few small projects. First of all, two bird amigirumi, a puffin and a bald eagle. They were a custom order from a colleague ^_^ I adore these requests from other people, so here they are:
Also I made a small coin purse, inspired by Japanese fish coin purses.
Than there was a small project involving sushi. I love kawaii things and just simply had to make a sushi iPhone cozy. I even made two toppings for the nigiri, tamago (egg) and ama-ebi (shrimp).
And last but not least. Another plush rat for a DA trade.
I still have some bigger projects awaiting to be finished, so hopefully I'll be able to show them soon.
For a few weeks now I had been thinking of crocheting a Nudibranch AKA Sea Slug. They're very pretty, and National Geographics Photo range gave me the needed inspiration to start. Since I instantly get addicted to a project once I start I finished this project in less than a day O_O Clive is a Nembrotha kubaryana (variable neon slug, how awesome is that name ^_^) and he's about 13,5 inches long. I partially filled him with lentils so he would sit up. The rhinophores have pipecleaners in them. Clive was lots of fun to make and I'm sort of sad he's done, ah well, on to the next project, which will be finishing my poseable life size two toed sloth.
A quick little project I did this week was a Paramecium. I've always wanted to cuddle a protozoan, and now I can. He's made out of a white fleece from IKEA, and the Cilia are/is actually the frayed edge of the fleece. The vacuoles etc. are made out of scrap bits of fabric. Ow and it also has a Cytostome. He's about 20 Inches long and filled with polyfill.
Actually the simplest project ever, especially if you leave out the Cytostome.
Today it's time to introduce you to the Bosavi Woolly Rat. This big fluffy rodent was discovered last year on the island of Papua New Guinea (possibly my most favorite bit of the world). I simply just had to crochet this large critter. I attempted to make it life size, but since this is very difficult in the first place, I ended up with a slightly larger rodent. Anyway, who says all of them are 82 cm, when you've only measured one. My creation is 95 cm long, including tail. He's got poseable legs and lentils in his body for added weight. He took me a full week to make, so not too bad actually. I especially had fun crocheting with the fluffy wool, I always hear people say it's difficult to crochet with, but I had no trouble at all. Ok I couldn't see my stitches, but since I don't count that's no problem. This rat is a gift to my brother in return for a favor ^_^ Ow and the little poser on the top is one of my rats, Haru.
Needed: Wool of choice crochet hook of choice Wool needle Googly eyes Glue and a usb stick of course
Start with a chain (something like 12 or so), make sure it fits exactly round the usb stick. Connect the chain with a slip stitch to make a circle.
Continue crocheting in a circle making sure you do not decrease or increase. Also fit your usb stick in it often to make sure it fits tightly. As you reach the end of the usb stick decrease to make the tail. Leave a small hole to fit the end of the tail through.
The end of the tail is just a simple chain of 13 or so, with another row of 12 to return to the start.
Feed this bit through the whole and sew it securely. The legs are made the same way as the tip of the tail, but you go up another time (thus making 3 rows of about 8 stitches). The string of wool needs to be woven through the crochet so that both strings are always on one end, for easy sewing and so your work does not unravel. Slip the body over the usb stick, and make sure the right side is up. If necessary glue the body to the usb stick. Now for the head, start a round again with the same amount of stitches as the body and increase a few times. Continue for a few rounds and then start decreasing to make the nose. Just decrease a few times if else the nose will become too small. Leave the hole as it is, and glue the head to the usb stick cap. Stuff the head with some left over thread through the nose hole.
For the nose start to make an actual circle by making a chain of 4 and connecting them like before. Increase in every stitch for the first round, and increase in every other stitch for the second round. Continue till this circle fits nicely on the end of the nose and sew it on.
For the ears make a chain of 4, put 2 rows of 3 on that, than a row of two, and than one. Glue on some googly eyes and embroider the nose holes. With a tapestry loop some hairs can be added, and perhaps a ribbon round his neck ^_^
This piglet could be transformed into pretty much any animal with 4 legs, or maybe even sea creatures. Ideas: • Use a tapestry knot and attach some hair on the back to make a wild boar. • Don’t make a flat nose, instead just keep on decreasing at the end of the head/nose, and change the tail into a small tassel or something, you could make a horse, deer or anything else. • Wow, you could even make a dragon, if you attach some wings. Seriously anything is possible.
If you have any questions, please do let me know, and if you’ve made one I would love to see the result ^_^
As of late I'm not able to do much crochet, but the occasional small project is doable. Last night I made a Spice Weasel usb stick holder. The original usb stick needed some serious spicing up. I actually realised afterwords it looks a lot like the spice weasel lipbalm cosy someone else on the internet made. Anyway he costed me a few hours and a few scraps of wool.
A crocheted Kakapo, modelled mostly after Sirocco. He is life size and poseable in wings and legs. I used 3 threads of differently coloured wool and a 4mm hook to crochet the body. The other parts are mostly 2 threads and the bill only one. The poseable parts are Aluminium wire, bamboo skewers and clear tape. For balance a bag of wood pellet cat litter was used in the posterior. The eyes are buttons with cotton over them and painted with acrylics. The wool was mostly 100% acrylics, one ball was actual wool. He took me about 20 to 30 hours to complete.