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 ūüôā

giroro

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 ūüôā

Ram

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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

My clock broke, so I stuck some crochet motifs on it

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I’m running out of surfaces in my room to display my crochet creations, so I decided for the wall to be my next victim. I have a clock that has stopped working for the longest time and decided to have some crochet fun with it. Another blogger, Matt, has this amazing idea of crocheting a background for your clock. ¬†It didn’t work so well with mine as my clock is much smaller (and broken), but it still makes for a cute decoration.

For my clock, I cut some white felt into clouds and embroidered eyes and mouths for them. I also did a running stitch around the border Рjust to give them that extra cutesy. You may have also noticed the little bird motif and the sun at the centre.

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Clock turned into wall decoration.

Yup, the crochet motifs sure didn’t fix my clock, but it did make it cuter (no offence, clock).

Ram

What do unicorns eat for them to poop rainbows?

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The magical amigurumi unicorn

It’s been a while since I last crocheted (is that a word, or am I just making it up?) an amigurumi. My sister and I made a bet on whether I will land on a teaching job before July or not. She reckons I will and if she’s right, she wants me to get her a unicorn poster she likes. That, plus the fact that I missed playing with yarn, gave birth to this amigurumi unicorn. I got the pattern from Ana Paula Rimoli’s third book.

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this, but it was using her books that I taught myself how to crochet. She designs really cute animal amigurumi, so if you’re into cute crochet things, you should definitely check her out!

Ram

Earth Day animal posters

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I stumbled into an exhibition while window shopping at the mall quite close to Earth Day 2013. It showcased past Earth Day posters and I’d like to share some animal ones that I quite like.

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Girls should really learn to just take pictures of the object they want to show, eh?

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Much better?

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Eek, sea unicorn! I mean, narwhal *cough*

I took the pictures with my phone, so the quality is a bit compromised. Apologies.

Ram

Pavlova cravings

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On Christmas day, I had the¬†privilege of eating some pavlova my ex-boyfriend’s mom made and it was absolutely divine! None of the pavlova I’ve tried was close to how good hers was – even thinking about it now makes my mouth water. Almost immediately after I got back home, I started to crave for her pavlova. I tried looking for one here but not one cafe or restaurant serves them! Can you believe it? As I have no luck trying to find it, I made an attempt to bake one myself.

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Peachy pavlova!

It’s alright, but it’s still not nearly as good as hers. I had to substitute strawberries for peaches, as it’s really hard to find good strawberries here. This may well be the reason why the taste is a bit off. Regardless, I miss eating good pavlova…

Ram

Nothing wrong with celebrating love

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There’s nothing wrong with celebrating love – thought I should reiterate the title of this post as every Valentine’s day of every year, someone around me never fails to mention how wrong it is to celebrate Valentine’s when you’re not Christian yourself. I’m not going to go deeper into this topic because religious debate is rarely a happy thing for me, and non-happy things have no place in this blog. I’m just going to go ahead and say that I love celebrations, especially when it makes you think of those you love and give you an excuse to do something extra nice for them.

For Valentine’s this year, I made mini chocolate cakes with surprise hearts inside for my sisters, brothers, nephews, nieces and cousins. I got this idea from the cupcakes made by¬†yoyomax12. I piped lots chocolate hearts for decorations and had so much fun with it. Something about making things for others just gives me a nice, warm feeling inside. This is true during the process of thinking and creating, and long after I’ve given it to that special person. It makes me even happier when the receiver enjoys the gifts too!

Anyway, I’ll stop yapping about how wonderful I think baking or everything is, and show you pictures instead.

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Freshly piped chocolates – hot, hot hot!

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You can never have too many chocolate hearts.

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These hearts are going to be hidden inside the mini cakes.

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Surprise!

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Heart with wings.

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‘Heart’ deco.

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…running out of ideas (and chocolate hearts) at this point – lol!

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Leftover surprise hearts.

Some of the cakes didn’t turn out too well so I had no other choice but to eat them myself! I mean, what else can I do? (Yumm…)

Ram