Thursday, December 3, 2009

Crochet Monsters

In the last two weeks or so, I've become very interested in the amigurumi style of crochet. I don't even remember where I first discovered it, but I knew that I had to try it.

According to Wikipedia, "The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically cute animals (such as bears, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc.), but can include artistic renderings, and inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features. Amigurumi can be either knitted or crocheted. In recent years crocheted amigurumi are more popular and more commonly seen. Amigurumi are usually crocheted or knitted out of yarn. The simplest designs are worked in spirals. In contrast to typical Western crochet the rounds are not usually joined." So there is a difference as to how the pieces are made. So here's my first go at it.

A fellow crocheter named Amber runs a blog called Cthulu Crochet and Cousins and she had a free pattern for a baby cthulu. I couldn't resist trying this pattern, because a friend of mine (who desperately wants me to make her a Jack Skellington hat) happens to love cthulu's (cthuli? what would the plural be?). Since I haven't gotten around to making a hat for her yet and probably won't for some time, I figured a baby cthulu would be a good peace offering.

But you might be asking, so what the hell is a cthulu? "Cthulhu is a fictional cosmic entity created by horror author H. P. Lovecraft in 1926, first appearing in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu" when it was published in Weird Tales in 1928." They are normally green in color, but I decided mine (probably inspired by Amber's color on her blog) would be a baby girl cthulu, so it needed to be pink.

My front picture is a little blurry, but you get the idea. I changed the pattern slightly, because God knows I've got to change something in each pattern I work from anymore! :) I used an H sized hook and some unknown lightweight yarns. In the head and body each, I added a row. In the head, I added another row of slightly longer tentacles, and in the body, I added the row to even out the size of the head. I also added little stubby legs to my cthulu, just by crocheting another set of arms so the proportions stayed the same. I also used buttons for the eyes because I haven't gotten around to ordering any glass eyes yet. I may have to check A.C. Moore pretty soon to see if they sell them there. If I want to make anything more in amigurumi, then I'll need some good eyes.

I also had the chance and the reason to finish a hat for my sister's yet-unborn baby. I had started a small white stocking hat that matches my base Jack hat, but hadn't put any edging on it yet. I was waiting for my sister's sonogram so I knew what color would be good for it. She and her husband are having a girl, so I finished off the hat with some fun purple eyelash yarn. It was leftover from a previous project and I had enough to go around the hat twice.

All in all, it was a good crochet night here! Tomorrow night, I'll be starting on a Lion Brand Yarn pattern for the baby, of a Christmas stocking. It won't get used until next year, but I can get it done in time to send off with the Christmas things I'm sending home.

Happy crocheting to all of you!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

This Just Made Me Smile

Other than making me smile and making me say a little mental, "Hell ya," there's no deep meaning behind this posting. I saw it the other day on LOL Celebs and I liked it.