Monday, December 26, 2011

All the Christmas presents I made this year...

So this year I had a brilliant idea - I decided to make gifts for everyone for Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn't actually get started on most until around Thanksgiving, so I had a pretty stressful month. Nevertheless, I finished (most of) what I planned, so here are all the things I made...

I made a nativity set for my sis-in-law. She collects nativity sets, and this one was pretty cute. This was one thing I didn't finish, but it's ok...I still have 3 wise men, an angel, and some animals to make, but I figured Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus was a good start.

My nephew loves the Zelda games, and so I made him a Link. His sword came out a little wonky, but my nephew is 8 so he doesn't really care. He even slept with Link last night, so that made me feel good.

My 15-year-old niece designed what I've been calling Hola Kitty and Chola Kitty and asked me to make it, so that was one of her gifts. I gave it the hair like she wanted, and the clothes, but I couldn't bring myself to add the heavy eye makeup that my niece drew on the original design. A hello kitty with hair already looked odd enough. I'm not even sure how you would add heavy eyeliner to this. So I just didn't. My niece seemed happy with it, which is the important part.

My 3-year-old nephew is obsessed with the Cars movies, especially Lightning McQueen. I was shocked that I couldn't find a pattern for a crochet McQueen. I found a basic car pattern instead, and altered it. I made it a little longer and added a spoiler, as well as the eyes and lightning bolts. I absolutely hate the way the windows look, but oh well. My nephew recognized it right away, and proceeded to run over the baby Jesus I made while yelling "Muh-bean!", and his opinion is the one that counts.

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I have another niece who loves animals. She has a pet turtle (who is adorable at about 2 inches long, by the way), so I almost made her a turtle. My daughter, however, insisted that she'd prefer a cat, so that's what she got. I totally guessed at where to make the color changes, since they weren't included in the pattern, so the colors look a little weird. Also, it came out oddly lumpy and I put the ears on a bit crooked, so I told my niece it was a diseased cat. I think I'd like to try that pattern again.

When my 5-year-old niece saw me working on Chola Kitty for her older sister, she requested a toy, too, even though I made her a mermaid this summer. She informed me that she wanted a white unicorn with pink hair and wings, and then insisted on picking out the pattern. She picked out this slightly encephalitic-looking unicorn. She was very disappointed to find out that she couldn't have it until Christmas - but I didn't even finish it until two weeks ago.

For another sister-in-law, I had no idea what to make. I honestly couldn't think of anything she would like. Finally I settled on the classic snowflake ornament; I've always loved them, and the ones my grandma made are special to me. I wanted to be able to make something like that to share. This one came out much smaller than I expected, but I was still happy with it. It was only the second one I ever made, and the first using this particular pattern. Maybe I'll work on several different snowflakes in the next few months, since I think they're really neat.

As soon as I saw this pattern, I had to try it. I immediately thought that both of my brothers would like it, so I figured I could give it to one of them. Then one of them saw it, and I decided the other was getting it. Apparently he was pretty excited, too; we all watched Gremlins together just last week, and he was thinking about how much he always wanted a toy Gremlin as a kid - only he didn't say anything. So opening his gift a few days later and finding Stripe shocked him; he thought I read his mind!

My other brother lucked out; I wanted to make a TARDIS quilt, and I knew he loved Doctor Who, and I knew it would be perfect for him. Of course, it would have been perfect for a few other people in my family, too, but I had other ideas for everyone but Jesse. This project took me a little over 2 weeks after work and on weekends, and I lost a lot of sleep working on it. I wanted to keep it for myself. I absolutely love it.

I found a design on deviantart that I liked, and I based my design on that. I was making things up as I went, I made several mistakes, and I found a whole lot of things that I'd do differently if I did it again, but I'm super happy with it. If I had had more time, I would have loved to actually quilt it instead of just tie it. Well, if I had had more time and a quilting machine - no way I'm doing that much by hand. It's a queen-size quilt! The "POLICE BOX" wording at the top was painted on with fabric paint, and the sign on the door was printed on printable fabric and then sewn on. The backing is a fabric I found on the fabulous site Spoonflower, which is like Cafe Press for fabric. I embroidered "To Jesse, From Keri 2011" on the back before putting it all together. I remember finding something like that when I was a little kid on a quilt that my great-grandmother made, and I thought that was a great idea, so I've always "signed" my quilts that way. Of course, this is only the 4th one I've made.

I also made a brown scarf for my brother-in-law, but I don't have pics of it. I gave away my Flying Spaghetti Monster and my 10th Doctor that I made previously. And last, I drew this picture for my in-laws, of their dogs:

And I think that's everything I made for Christmas. Pretty much.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Dorothy (but still no Toto)

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This is the Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz that I made my mom for her birthday. She loves that movie, and wanted me to make her something with hair. I meant to make a Toto to go along with her, but I haven't had time yet. I've only finished half of his head.

Anyway, happy birthday, Mom!

Monday, July 4, 2011


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I may have forgotten a couple of key spots when I applied sunscreen before swimming... Oops.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


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My fingers are STILL sore from this stupid thing. This was the most fiddly, picky pattern. But my son is happy with it, so I guess that's what matters. He stands up, too - I got the balance close enough and the feet are nice and flat.

The next thing I'm making is a gift, so I can't post it until I give it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Favorite Doctor Who project finished...

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I made myself another Doctor Who toy - the tenth Doctor this time. He still needs a coat; I'll get to that. I used this pattern to make Ten. His hair looks a little Final Fantasy-ish, but I like it. Maybe I'll make Rose to go with him, but I promised my son a Megaman first.

Man, why did I wait so long to learn this?! There are too many fun things to make...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

All the noodly appendages are DONE!

Flying spaghetti monster
Originally uploaded by parmeters
I finally finished my Flying Spaghetti Monster, though I think I could add twice as many noodles without making much impact. I had to make FIVE meatballs before I came up with two that were the right size. At least the noodles were easy. I have no idea what to do with this thing, but I think it's pretty cool. Not bad for my first patternless project.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Amigurumi Mermaid

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I quickly made this mermaid for my niece this weekend. It was a bit of a rush job, but I really wanted to finish it before we left town. Besides, she's 4, so she didn't even notice that the hair was on crooked. She absolutely loved it.
E and Mermaid

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dalek amigurumi finished!

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Not super happy with my Dalek, but it was my first one. Is it still amigurumi when it's 9 inches tall? I'll try another one that has the (hopefully) correct proportions and isn't quite so lumpy. Maybe smaller, too.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Accidental Fish Face

Fish Face
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These are the pics from our trip to the zoo & aquarium a couple of weeks ago. I haven't deleted the bad ones or anything yet. The kids had a blast, though the train between the zoo and aquarium was super slow. It was a pretty nice day until the last 15 minutes or so when the wind picked up. For some reason, many of the animals were given cardboard food boxes (with food inside? who knows) to play with, so there was a LOT of ripped-up cardboard everywhere that looked kind of trashy. It was still a fun, if exhausting, day. I really had to resist the urge to touch the manta rays at the aquarium.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Android amugurumi

Android amugurumi
Originally uploaded by parmeters
Finally finished my Android project. Those stupid little arms are a pain! I got the pattern from bethsco.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Picture day

All dressed up for picture day. Let's hope they have nicer smiles for the real thing.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ood 2: Electric Bugaloo

Ood 2
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My second attempt at an Ood, this time for a friend. Now my brothers want them, too....guess I'll be getting lots of practice! This one went much faster than the last, at least.

Before I start another Ood, though, I think I need to try an Android or a Dalek.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Ood head

New Ood head
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Started another Ood for a friend. It's definitely getting easier. Maybe I'm ready to try a Dalek now...

Once the Great Science Project of 2011 is over, I'll hopefully have more time for this. For now, I have to play videogames for science. Oh, the horror.  Though teaching my 4th grader to use Excel for graphs is a special kind of torture.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Silly pig from Angry Birds

Silly pig
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Well, he's a little lopsided (though I did my best to hide that in the photos), but I'm pretty happy with my Angry Birds pig. My daughter is trying to convince me to make all the different birds, too - not yet.

For anyone who likes Angry Birds, apparently there was some super-brief clue during a Superbowl commercial about a hidden bonus level. I'm sure you can Google it if you care. I quit playing Angry Birds after I got stuck on one level (I'm not famed for my gaming skillz) so I don't think I can even get to the level where the secret is yet.

UPDATE: I should have mentioned that I used a pattern by itsybitsyspider.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cute Ood!

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I finished my Ood finally. I based it on the patterns in Creepy Cute Crochet and this picture by Malin. I made half of it up as I went, but I'm pretty happy with how it came out - especially considering that I only started crocheting a couple of weeks ago! I have lots of other Doctor Who stuff I want to make, plus an Android, various Star Wars things, and more. Plus my kids have several requests; they were flabbergasted that you can actually make your own toys. I think I'll be making a Mario soon...

EDIT: For the Doctor Who-impaired, this is an Ood.

Another day, another blog

Once again I've started a blog. Who knows if I'll use it beyond this week? I really like the idea of blogs; I'm just not the blogging type. But now that I've got a new hobby (crochet) and I'm taking a bunch of pictures of my finished work, I figured I may as well come up with a place to put it all. We'll see how it goes. First I'll upload the pics of stuff I've already posted elsewhere; then I'll finish my Ood and post pics here. I love the Ood!