It’s my nephew’s birthday, LoL

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I decided to try out the technique in this article to draw some of my nephews favourite game characters on his birthday cake. It works like a charm and I am pretty pleased with the results. My nephew seems to like it too as he seems to want to preserve the iced characters for as long as he can – which isn’t that long as the kids love their chocolate brownies!

Ram

Nyan cat tissue-pack cover pattern

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Good morning! I got a bit too excited to show you the nyan cat tissue-pack cover I crocheted last night (or really early this morning) that I decided to leave the pattern for the next post. Well, here it is!

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This pattern is for tissue-packs that are roughly 10 x 1 x 7 cm, and uses crochet hook size G/6.

BODY

Row 1: Using yellow yarn, ch 26. Turn.
Row 2: Sc in second chain from hook. Sc 25, ch 1. Turn.
Row 3 – 39: Sc 25, ch 1. Turn.
Row 40: Sc 25. Finish by crocheting evenly around the piece.

TOPPING

Row 1: Using light pink yarn, ch 20. Turn.
Row 2: Sc in second ch from hook. Sc 19, ch 1. Turn.
Row 3 – 9: Sc 19, ch 1. Turn.
Row 10: Sc 19. Crochet evenly around the piece.

Embroider sprinkles using dark pink yarn. (This is how I did it).

EARS (Make 2)

Row 1: Using gray yarn, ch 2. 4 sc in second chain from hook.
Row 2: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc*, repeat 2 times (6 sts).
Row 3: *2 sc in next sc, 2 sc*, repeat 2 times. (8 sts).
Row 4: *2 sc in next sc, 3 sc*, repeat 2 times. (10 sts).
Row 5: Sc 10. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

LIMBS (Make 4)

Row 1: Using gray yarn, ch 2. 6 sc in second chain from hook.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts).
Row 3 – 4: Sc 12.

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

TAIL

Row 1: Using gray yarn, ch 2. 6 sc in second chain from hook.
Row 2: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc*, repeat 2 times (9 sts).
Row 3 – 8: Sc 9.

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

HEAD

Row 1: Ch 2, sc 6 in second chain from hook.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts).
Row 3: *sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat (18 sts).
Row 4: *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat (24 sts).
Row 5: *sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat (30 sts).
Row 6: *sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat (36 sts).
Row 7 – 8: Sc 36.
Row 9: *sc 4, dec 1*, repeat (30 sts).
Row 10: *sc 3, dec 1*, repeat (24 sts).
Row 11: *sc 2, dec 1*, repeat (18 sts).

Sew on ears and embroider face.

Row 12: *sc 1, dec 1*, repeat (12 sts).
Row 13: *dec 1*, repeat (6 sts).

Stuff head. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Enjoy!

Ram

Nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan cat tissue-pack cover nyan nyan

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I’m starting to feel glad that I’m quick to promise people crocheted gifts – it forces creativity out of me somehow. The other friend, whom I promised to crochet for, wanted something with a cat theme. So, I went for nyan cat!

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It’s a tissue-pack cover!

I was running out of grey yarn towards the end and had to decrease like crazy to finish the head >.< Despite it all, I’m very pleased with this. I’m starting to feel quite reluctant to give it away! lol.

Ram

Don’t be such a negative panda!

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When I was still learning how to crochet a few years back, I promised a couple of friends that I would crochet an amigurumi for them as a gift. Years have passed and I almost forgot that promise, until one of them started dropping hints all over my facebook – bless him. Since I’ve made them wait for a long time, and I was being a naughty friend, I decided to make the gift extra special by making the amigurumi ‘functional’.

At the time of the promise, one of my friends was crazy for pandas. She also often claims that she is a bit of a pessimist. With that in mind, I crocheted her a negative panda box!

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I’m a negative panda…

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Look at my cute lil’ tail.

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And I can store things!

I thought it was a pretty clever idea🙂

I used Tamie Snow (Roxycraft)’s fuzzy panda pattern for the head. The pattern for the box and limbs are provided below.

UPPER BODY (LID)

Row 1: Ch 2, sc 6 in second chain from hook.

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts).

Row 3: *sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (18 sts).

Row 4: *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (24 sts).

Row 5: *sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (30 sts).

Row 6: *sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (36 sts).

Row 7: *sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (42 sts).

Row 8: *sc 6, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times ( 48 sts).

Row 9: *sc 7, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (54 sts).

Row 10: Working through back loops only, sc 54.

Row 11-13: sc 54. Fasten off and weave in ends.

LOWER BODY (BASE)

Row 1: Ch 2, sc 6 in second chain from hook.

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts).

Row 3: *sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (18 sts).

Row 4: *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (24 sts).

Row 5: *sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (30 sts).

Row 6: *sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (36 sts).

Row 7: *sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (42 sts).

Row 8: *sc 6, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times ( 48 sts).

Row 9: Working through back loops only, sc 48.

Row 10 – 21: sc 48. Fasten off and weave in ends.

LIMBS (Make 4)

Ch 9, sc in second chain from hook. Sc 8.

On other side of base chain, slpst in the same stitch you are in. Sc 8. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

TAIL

Ch 2, sc 6 in second chain from hook. Weave in yarn around crochet circle. Pull to make a ball. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

You can also substitute the panda head with the head of your favourite amigurumi. Be creative and have fun with it!

Ram

Say hello to the dog from Heaven!

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When I was younger, my dad bought me a children’s story book about Qitmir. Qitmir was a stray dog, who was abused by his former owner and left on the streets to die. When a poor man saw Qitmir, he emphatised with him and shared his loaf of bread. From then on, Qitmir would follow the man and guard him whenever he sleeps. In fact, he died guarding the cave in which his benefactor slept for 300 years, and was brought to heaven as a reward for his loyalty.

As a child who constantly felt taken for granted by her friends, Qitmir’s story touched me. I don’t know when or how, but I started ‘talking’ and being friends with the heaven dog – I even carried a piece of paper with Qitmir’s name on it wherever I go, because I wanted to be there for him like he was for the poor man.

Don’t know what brought the nostalgia, but it doesn’t matter. I now have him as a phone cosy😀 lol.

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‘Hello! I’m a heaven dog.’

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‘Look at me fly!’

I pretty much made this through trial and error, as I still haven’t got the hang of doing a gauge swatch. There were many a painful unravelling😦 But, it was all worth it in the end! The pattern below, taken from Roses and Lilies, was what I started with:

CELL PHONE COSY PATTERN

Row 1: Chain stitch until your row is as long as the short side of the laptop.

Row 2: 1 Sc in second chain from hook, 1 sc in each stitch across, 2sc in last stitch. DO NOT turn your work.

Row 3: (working around the corner and into the bottom side of the starting chain row) 2sc in first stitch, 1sc in each stitch across, 2sc in last stitch. (doing 2sc in one stitch at the ends is increasing the size of your sleeve – to fit over batteries etc.  Only increase at the ends, and only until the sleeve reaches the desired fit around the end of your laptop/phone.

Row 4-ish to last row: 1 sc in each stitch around.

Last Row: When your sleeve is the desired length and fit, slip stitch 2 to 5 stitches so that the last few stitches blend in.  Then fasten off and weave in the loose ends.

You can use any amigurumi pattern you like for the body and embroider the face accordingly. For the Heaven dog, I used a body and limb pattern similar to my previous Kiroro amigurumi pattern. I also crocheted 5 chains for its tail.

As for the wings, I found a picture of a crochet angel wings that I really like, but couldn’t find a pattern for it anywhere. So, I tried to figure out a rough (and modified) pattern from the picture and here’s what I came up with:

WINGS (make 2)

Row 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook.

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around, ch 7. Turn (19 sts).

Row 3: Sc 16, ch 3. Turn (19 sts).

Row 4: Sc 6, sl st into base of circle. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Enjoy!

Let’s crochet anime characters!

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So, I have a confession. I promised myself way back that I’d crochet my sister’s anime crushes for her birthday, and it was only today that I finally gave her this well-planned gift. Why is that so bad, you ask? Well, mainly because her birthday was in September. Yup, I’m a horrible sister >.< I was about 90% done near her birthday, but I couldn’t find any felt to make amigurumi eyes and hair with. And it took me this long to finally get my hands on some felt! I tried to embroider the eyes before, but they didn’t look very nice so I decided to wait. The results were interesting, to say the least.

First off, I found out that I hate glue. Well, not really. I just don’t appreciate it when it says that it can be used on fabric and many things, but just wouldn’t keep the felt eyes and hair in place! I had to go through many attempts before the glue finally decided to work. The first character I crocheted, who is also my sister’s first ever manga crush, was Tien from Dragon Ball.

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He’s not too bad, but he looked a bit too cylindrical for my liking. So, I tried giving a bit more shape to my second amigurumi, Trunks (also from Dragon Ball).

trunkssNow this guy, I have a love-hate relationship with. As in, I really love how the body looks, but his hair is so off. I tried creating his hair with yarn, but I didn’t like how wavy it looks so I took them off. Then I tried gluing felt on his head, which was such a challenge, but he looked like he has got a balding forehead. Finally I crocheted his hair, which makes it look like he has a purple helmet on, but that will have to do:/

The final character, however, turns out so well. I’m really happy with it🙂

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Well, Giroro (from Keroro Gunso or Sgt. Frog) does have a much easier shape to crochet. Thank the universe that my sister loves her alien frogs!

I don’t have the pattern for the first two amigurumi, as I did them freestyle with only my crochet instincts to guide me, but I did write down the pattern for Giroro. Check it out:

GIRORO AMIGURUMI PATTERN

Head

Row 1: Using white yarn, ch 2 then 6 sc in second ch from hook.

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts).

Row 3: *sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (18 sts).

Row 4: *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * 6 times (24 sts).

Change to red yarn.

Row 5-10: Sc 24.

Row 11: *Sc 2, dec 1*, repeat * 6 times (18 sts).

Sew felt eyes onto face.

Row 12: *Sc 1, dec 1*, repeat * 6 times (24 sts).

Insert stuffing.

Rown 13: *Sk 1 sc, sc 1*, repeat 6 times (6 sts).

Fasten off.

Helmet(?) (Sorry, I’m not familiar with the character >.<)

Row 1: Ch 2, 7 sc in second chain from hook.

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (14 sts).

Row 3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 7 times (21 sts).

Row 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 7 times (28 sts).

Row 5-8: Sc 28.

Row 9-12: Sc 7, ch 1. Then return to base of flap, sk 7 sc, attach yarn and repeat ‘Row 9-12’ (to make second flap).

Embroider skull in the middle of helmet thing.

Body

Row 1: Ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook.

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10 sts).

Row 3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 5 times (15 sts).

Row 4-8: Sc 15

Row 9-11: *Sc 1. dec 1, repeat 5 times (10 sts)

Sew on white felt on body.

Legs and arms

Row 1: Ch 8

Row 2-3: sc 7, ch 1

Row 4: sc 7.

Fasten off. Sew ends together and sew to body.

Hopefully the pattern isn’t too confusing. Now some more pictures of my sister’s birthday present.

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Sister loves her money and boys, so hopefully this will make her giggle🙂

Ram

Hoop hoop hooray!

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One thing that I wanted to get before I left the UK, but forgot, was an embroidery hoop. Imagine my excitement when I found one (yup, just the one) on sale in my local craft store! I bought it with no hesitation and tried it out immediately. The screw is a bit faulty so I can’t close my hoop shut, which makes me a bit sad. Nevertheless, I managed to do a few (wonky) stitches!

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It’s the panda-eating elephant! (see previous ‘Drawing’ posts)

If you’ve seen the drawing I based this embroidery on, you might realise that it’s missing a few things. I had to stop midway as I kind of hurt my fingers from pulling and pushing the needle through the fabric. It was surprisingly tough. This got me thinking: why on Earth do people often associate needlework, knitting and crochet with delicate women and grannies? There have been times when my hands were in pain from crocheting and I had to take a break for days. Fair enough, I tend to have crazy crochet marathons where I will not stop until I finish a project, even if I have to sacrifice some sleep. But still.

Am I the only one who does this?

Ram