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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

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

Minecraft Baby Pig Amigurumi

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It’s been a while since my boyfriend first suggested that we play Minecraft together. I’ve had a go on my own, but, I spent most of my time getting lost and not knowing what I’m supposed to do. ‘Anything!’ My boyfriend would say. It is a pretty cool game where you can pretty much build anything and do whatever you want. I just run out of ideas pretty quickly.

We had a go playing multiplayer in Minecraft last week and it’s much more fun than playing it on your own; at least for me. I get to spend more time on things I like, like my crop farm and breeding animals, while my boyfriend travel to faraway caves for minerals and had to fight hostile mobs! I think he’s starting to see the unfairness in this arrangement as he kept telling me to come to caves with him… I really don’t want to but I guess I’m gonna have to for equality’s sake.

Anyway, breeding is my recent project in Minecraft and I’ve been having lots of fun with it. I love the little baby animals with their disproportionately big heads and high-pitched squeaks! Because they are so cute, I decided to crochet one for myself. I chose the baby pig as it was the first baby born in my farm 🙂

A comparison between Minecraft baby pig and the amigurumi I made

My baby!

They took longer than I thought to make, mostly because I’ve never made square-shaped amigurumi before. I didn’t write out the pattern, but what I basically did was to make a square and then continue to single crochet around the square until I get the size I wanted. At every corner, I will make a turning stitch (which is basically a chain stitch), skip a stitch and single crochet the next. I would also make a slip stitch at the end of every row, make a chain stitch and continue to single crochet around.

As for dimensions of the starting square, I used 5 chain stitches for the head and made about 6 rows of single crochet. The snout and the body used 4 chain stitches which I made into 2 rows and 3 rows of single crochet respectively. The limbs used 2 chain stitches made into 2 rows of single crochet.

If you want to make your shapes more pronounced, you can always sew an outline using the same yarn with an overcast stitch. That’s what I did with the head, body and snout.

I might make more minecraft mobs, but not just now as I have work that needs to be done… If you have any suggestions and/or requests as to which mob I should try out next, do leave me a comment!

Ram

Pet Amigurumi

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For Christmas, I received gifts, not only from my boyfriend, but also his mother and sister. This came as a pleasant surprise to me ‘cos I didn’t even know that they knew I existed! (I wish my boyfriend had told me though, then I would have prepared presents for them too). My boyfriend has told me countless stories about his family pets: his mom has a budgie and a dog, and his sister also keeps her own dog. I thought making them something would be a nice gesture, so, I asked him for pictures of their pet and tried to make an amigurumi version of them.

Jenny the Budgie

Ozzy the Dog

I had so much fun making these!

My boyfriend doesn’t keep a pet at his place but he does have a potted plant. He’s also received a thank-you amigurumi in the shape of his house plant 🙂

I’m a house plant!

The budgie and house plant are both based on Ana Paula Rimoli’s pattern, but, I changed the size and colour a bit. I also added the cheek marks on the budgie amigurumi to imitate the real thing. As for the dog, that is my own pattern 🙂 It would’ve looked better if I had brown toy eyes with me at the time, but I didn’t have any. I had to make a pair using felt instead. Didn’t turn out too bad though.

Ram