No, Not That Kind

Okay. So I’ve been COMPLETELY sucked in by Dragon Age: Inquisition. Like, just absorbed. LOVE it. I was a little worried about it because of some of the early reviews, but it is not disappointing (unlike some other games by companies that rhyme with schmoo-schmay that I won’t mention).

Anyway, they have these little critters called Nugs. By the way, don’t google ‘nug’ without any other sort of reference. Just don’t. I was all, I MUST MAKE SOME WITH YARN. So I googled “dragon age nug” and found EXACTLY what I was looking for.

So I made one with yarn.

Described in-game by one of the characters as a “subterranean bunny-pig.” It’s sitting on my chair in that picture and not anywhere subterranean, but I think I got the bunny-pig part down.

Other than that, though, I’ve kinda been taking it easy with the furious crocheting thing. I will be starting my 18″ doll Dorothy costume probably tomorrow, the last few days have been lost to a whole lot of catching the kids up on sleep because they’ve been little monsters. And friend getting the gallbladder will be getting him either at New Year’s or the following weekend, so STANLEY IS COMING!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!!

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Christmas Lights

So there was talk about Stanley the gallbladder, but he hasn’t made his way to his new home yet, so I don’t want to post pictures of him yet. Instead…

Every year I get all, “I WANT TO MAKE ALL OF THE THINGS!!!!” And then December sort of sneaks up in that way it does and I’m all, “… Well, that’s not going to work.” But I wanted to do something, and this seemed like the perfect last minute project…

It’s a garland of Christmas lights! They take no time to make, seriously. I made 20 lights, 10 red and 10 green, mostly done during loading screens while playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. 😉

There is no gauge for this. I used an E-hook and worsted weight yarn, but really the most important thing is that your stitches are tight enough to hold in stuffing.

So, the pattern:

Bulbs- Stuff as you go
1) with red ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (6)
3) ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (9)
4) ch 1, *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (12)
5-9) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
10) ch 1, dec over 2 sc around, join with sl st (6)
11) with emerald green ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st, finish off (6)

Obviously red can be substituted with whatever color you want.

For the wire, with emerald green, ch for 4″. Pinch the top of the first bulb flat, sc through both layers of middle sc. ch for 6″, attach next bulb in the same way. Keep going until all of the bulbs are attached, ch for 4″, finish off. Sew the tops of the bulbs closed, weaving in and out of each stitch. Weave in all ends.

Done.

Pikachu and Kreacher

They’re besties, obviously.

The kids have been wanting them for a while, and I was all, “Hey, it’s that gifty time coming up soon!” So I made them. These patterns aren’t mine!

For my son:

We went back and forth a bit. Spider-Man Minion, Pikachu, Burpy, Pikachu… This is what we ended up with. Of course, the day I was assembling it, my son was all, “I just want a Spider-Man Minion.” Well, tough. You’re getting Pikachu.
Pattern found here. It’s a really good pattern, very straightforward and easy-to-follow, with clear pictures of how to put it all together.

For my daughter:

Kreacher! She loves Kreacher so much. I have Lego Harry Potter and she LOVES playing Kreacher. I don’t know why, but… Here he is!
Pattern found here. To sum up beforehand, I would recommend this pattern, but definitely not for someone new to amigurumi. At length: let me say first of all that I LOVE how he looks all put together. The shaping is excellent and the designer did a really good job designing him. Also, the first part of the pattern is very well-written. There are clear pictures on how to put everything together on the head, and the fingers are done interestingly, and again… Very clear. However. The last part of the pattern isn’t done as well. Stitch counts are missing, and there’s no clear pictures or instructions on how to assemble everything to the body. The angle for the head, especially, would have been good. What I did was I sewed the head on, sewed the shirt on, and then sewed the arms into the armholes so that I knew it would fit.

I also made a gallbladder. 😀 There will be pics of that soon and a free pattern up on here. Next will be… Probably the Dorothy outfit for my other 18″ doll so she can stop being naked, but I also want to crochet a strand of Christmas lights to hang up in here. So that’ll probably come first.

Molly Gets a Bathrobe

I’ve been wanting to do doll clothes for a while. I like making clothes, but the whole, making-it-to-fit-people takes forever and lots of yarn and I get very BLAH with it about halfway through. Doll clothes, though…

So I got myself an 18-inch doll on Ebay (and ended up getting two), and set about making…

That’s Molly. She’s all warm and snuggly in her bathrobe and bunny slippers. I made the bathrobe to fit loosely so that when I make her pajamas (which my daughter is INSISTING I have to do) they’ll fit underneath. Pattern available on Ravelry and Craftsy.

The other doll, Amanda, is getting a Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) outfit and Toto. I intend to start that soon.

Right now, though, it’s [winter holiday] season! I’ve promised to make Kreacher and Olaf for my kids, and I have [redacted] to make for a friend for a Secret Santa thing, so that’ll be taking up my time in the immediate future.

Also, news for the future, I’ll be re-opening my The Craft Frog shop for finished things. I’ll be selling most of my samples and other assorted goodies because bills don’t pay themselves!!

Highland Dancer

The very first in what will hopefully be a series of dancers (although I want to do the full Nutcracker, so we’ll see)- the Highland Dancer!

I figured out how to make the plaid straight for the kilt! It’s crocheted flat as opposed to in the round, so the stitches don’t shift over. I prefer crochet skirts directly onto the dolls because I think it looks better and it’s less bulky, but you gotta do what you gotta do! Available on Ravelry and Craftsy

Pointers for those who are daunted by all of the color changes- change colors on the last part of the stitch before. So for sc, it would be, put yarn in stitch, draw up a loop, then switch colors to yarn over and draw through both loops. Also, it’s worked like intarsia- all of the dropping and picking up of yarn is done on the same side, so there will be a “right” side and a “wrong” side. The right side is the one facing out, of course.

I have an 18″ doll on her way to me. She was supposed to be delivered on Friday, but our substitute postal carriers just completely suck, so hopefully she’ll make her way here today. I think I need to do a bit of hair maintenance, and then I’ll be making 18″ doll clothes patterns.

ALSO! Today is the very last day of my Black-Small-Cyber-Whatever sale. Visit Ravelry where thanks50 gets you 50% off all patterns. ALL OF THEM!

Now That It’s Not So Cold…

… I’ve finished my son’s mittens. He’s wearing them right now, of course, because they are Iron Man mittens, and he LOVES superheroes. I don’t like making mittens. They take a while because I’m all crochet a few stitches, distract myself with the internet… It’s the same basic pattern I used for my husband’s mittens, and I’ll try and get it posted in the next few days, with instructions on how to make them bigger or smaller. Then you can make mittens for EVERYONE!

Dude, it’s supposed to get up into the 70s tomorrow. :/ I WANT WINTER BACK.

I also made… These.

When I first really took up knitting, I was all, “I WILL KNIT SLIPPERS.” And these called to me. They beckoned. I had neither the right size or needles nor any bulky wool, so I put them in my Ravelry queue and kinda held onto them. Then I saw some bulky yarn on sale and I got it and I was all, “MIGHT AS WELL!” (Again, inner monologue is all in caps)

The pattern was… Well, it wasn’t originally written in English. And while they’re a fairly easy, quick knit, the pattern wasn’t originally written in English. But they are a quick knit. I think if I was going to make them again, I would make the ‘medium’ instead of the ‘large’ size that I made, because they’re not snug-fitting like I’d ideally want them to be. I added a basic black crocheted hdc oval for a double sole, because while they are a quick knit, I spent some time on them and I’d like them to last a little while. The “buttons” are just crocheted circles, of course.

All of my obligation-knitting-slash-crochet is now done (until the Yule gifts need to be started), and I’ll be moving onto something that I’ve kinda wanted to do for a while. I WAS going to make a mandrill, I may still at some point in the future, but right now I am going to make a selection of dancers. I’m not quite sure how many there will be, and if there’ll be boys and girls or just girls, but I have ideas!!

Baby It’s Cold

Well, actually, today wasn’t too bad. It’s supposed to get into the freezing again tomorrow, though. And do you know what I dislike making more than anything else in the crochet universe?
Mittens

and scarves.

They both just seem to go on forever without getting anywhere. BUT. I love my husband, and Mr. Craft Frog has been getting painfully cold fingers in the morning… He also, like… Okay. My hands are tiny. His hands are HUGE. He’s 6’4. Normal mitten patterns just don’t cut it. But these were hdc instead of sc, so they weren’t so bad.

AND. I made a scarf. I’ve had this chenille sitting in my stash forever. I was going to make fingerless gloves out of them, but I suspect the texture would have made me insane, so I was all, “SCARF!” My favorite scarf once upon a long time ago was chenille. It is warm and cozy, and the texture doesn’t drive me nuts there. The pattern is DEAD easy. Ready?

Take out your J-hook. ch 18. sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch. Repeat (sc, dc) pattern to end of ch.
ch 1, turn. sc in first st, dc in next st, repeat (sc, dc) pattern across row. Repeat until your scarf is as long as you want.

I like my scarf to be able to wrap completely around my neck once with both ends hanging down in front, and that used maybe… 300-350 grams of chenille? It used up all I had, anyway! And it’s a fast pattern, so it didn’t take too long.