Liara From Mass Effect 3

I’m not quite sure where to start this one; there’s no easy way to describe Mass Effect without playing it. As someone who has logged almost 300 hours of playtime for the series (judge me I don’t care it was worth it) I can tell you it takes place in the future where people fly around to different clusters within the galaxy and there’s aliens. I guess that’s all you need to know in order for this to make sense, but I STRONGLY suggest you just buy the games. The first two are probably $20 each now and you’ll get more satisfaction than you probably will from a month of World of Warcraft.

ANYWAY, there is a character named Liara who is an alien – an asari, actually. I recreated her in her Mass Effect 3 garb because there was something I really liked about the outfit. It’s weird, there’s is (what seems to be) a pretty high percentage of people who LOVE the asari, especially this character; I’m not one of those people. I don’t hate her, but if you’ve played the first game you’ll know what I mean when I say she’s naive, and her naivety enrages me in that game. You don’t really see much of her in Mass Effect 2, and by Mass Effect 3 you’ve formed relationships with so many awesome characters…by that point I just didn’t care about her anymore. The asari and their obnoxious omnipotence can eat dirt – compare them to the turians or the drell and they’re easily swept aside. If you’re me, I guess.

Liara Mass Effect 3

Yarn Liara

I made this up as I went and never wrote a pattern or really measured anything…it shows as her head is huge compared to the rest of her body; I wasn’t able to get her headcrest positioned correctly either. I think the proportions would look better if I had bigger eyes, but I bought a bag of 25 pairs and wasn’t about to buy more when I had that many laying around. Also, they are surprisingly difficult to find anyway.

Yarn Liara's uneven headcrests

Not sure who I’ll make next – my heart says Garrus, but I’m still burnt out with the headcrest so I don’t know if I want to tackle turian mandibles. Maybe Vega. I freaking love that guy. Or Blastos, because what the hell else am I going to do with the huge ball of pink yarn I have laying around?

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Christmas Gifts 2011

In Order:
Cat Toys
Amigurumi Snowman
Baby Picture Bookmarks
Cross Stitch Votive Holder
Sweater Sleeve Bottle Cover
Infused Olive Oil
Gift Card Holders

Not Pictured
Baby Sherlock Hat
Baby Booties
Ritz Carlton Brown Sugar Scrub

I don’t have enough photos or time to properly describe each project, but if you have any questions leave a comment and I’d be happy to explain anything!

Halloween, For The Childrens

As I have previously stated, my cousin was recently pregnant with her second child, who would be a planned cesarean baby. As it turns out, she still decided to come early! I didn’t get a chance to see her in the hospital, so a week after she came home I went out to Staten Island to visit the whole family…and as everyone knows by now, I can’t resist going to see her son (and now daughter!) without gifts.

a very willing model

She may have been early, but at least she was still an autumn baby…and very nearly an October baby…because I really wanted an excuse to make an adorable baby pumpkin hat. I was going to wing it and just make a regular hat and put a stem on it, but I’m glad I followed the instructions on FaveCraft – not only did it make it easy to add the vine parts, but the ridges looked more pumpkin-y AND it’s now easier to stretch over her noggin. For a week-old baby, it was way too long (even with the rim turned up a few inches) but I’m thinking she might grow fast enough where that won’t matter in a few weeks when it gets consistently cold enough that she needs a hat. Let me tell you, it’s the curly vine next to the stem that really makes this project…SO ADORABLE.

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As for the little man, this is the same little man that loves throwing around my amigurumi projects. I decided it was close enough to Halloween that I could make some spooky critters for him. The bat, while cute, was everything I dislike about amigurumi…which is really just lots of little pieces to put together. I mean, the pattern was great, I’m just lazy and I hate having to sew all these pieces together. The ghost had less pieces to put together; I tried to make a wavy edge on it, but it’s too small to really be appreciated and kind of took over the rest of the ghost, so I ripped it out and worked it even. He seemed more impressed with the ghost…but actually I think he just loved that he’d throw it and it would land right side up, because its shape lends itself to that.

The bat on Ravelry

The ghost on Ravelry

(The ghost pattern is a Ravelry PDF, so you’d have to access the pattern through there. The link to it can be found via my project link.)

Purrfect Together

So as it turns out, planning a wedding has just become a stressor for me. I find no pleasure in making decisions and worrying about other people being happy, so I’ve been working hard to to find, or in most cases invent, little things I can actual enjoy about planning. For me, this means crafting. And for my engagement party, it means amigurumi. In keeping with taking suggestions from strangers on the internet of terrible puns, I tackled “PURRfect together” next (you know, after my previous “meant to BEE”).

Since creating Lion Brand’s amigurumi pig and penguin, these cats came pretty naturally. I haven’t written out a pattern; I used the Lion Brand pattern as a basis and modified it to better match the yarn weight and hooks I was using (which I didn’t do well with the lighter colored cat – it’s huge). I got pink felt from the craft store for the noses and ears, and found embroidery thread in the basement for the paws and whiskers. (I got lazy on the grey cat and only used the thread on two of the paws…it was tedious and annoying me that particular day.) The GOOD way to do the whiskers is to cut them to the desired length, cover them in fabric stiffener, allow them to dry, then attach them. As you can see, this is something I didn’t do for the light-colored cat – I attached them and then tried to apply the stiffener. The whiskers are also pretty long, so I’m going to trim them and see if that helps, but I’m currently storing them in a plastic bag and whenever I take that one out, it just looks like it has a really dirty-looking mustache. The eyes are just doll eyes I got from 6060 on Etsy.

 

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Meant to Bee

If you’ll recall, a few weeks back I made Two Peas in a Pod courtesy of Lion Brand. When I showed my mother, she said, “oh, you should make a bunch of those for the tables at the engagement party!” While an interesting idea, it was also a extremely BORING idea. A day or two later, she had me and Future Husband (hereafter referred to as FH, because I haaaaaaate the word fiancé) sit down and pick out engagement party invitations (in an effort to bring our laid-back attitudes to the party, we chose whatever was cheapest). In that time we somehow found ourselves looking at favors, some of them proving to be COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS, and others being quasi-functional with really silly puns. That’s when it came to me – I’ll crochet amigurumi based off puns! The first one I wanted to tackle was the phrase Meant To Bee, mostly because honey is delicious.

While I enjoyed creating this pattern, it was a lot more work than I expected for such small insects. It was definitely a labor of love, but they turned out exactly how I wanted them. I just had to tie a bowtie on one and give the other flowers, and WHAM those bees were married. Something I learn making the bees was not to use whatever you have lying around to stuff amigurumi. Just because your vitamin order came in that day and the packing peanuts are right next to you, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the walk to the basement to get Poly-fil. (I may or may not have had a bee with a misshapen head that had to be taken apart and re-stuffed two weeks after completion.)

This pattern is available as a Ravelry download (for free!); you can find it here. My personal project link is here.

Edit 3/14/13: this pattern originally cost money, but I have since made it free. No one ever bought it so this change didn’t affect anyone. Enjoy!

We’re Just Two Peas in a Pod

So if you go back to the last entry, you’ll see that the monkey-ewok was made for the boyfriend’s-and-mine fourth anniversary. I created that little…thing, purchased a digital photo frame, and called it a day. (He is a big fan of photos, although I am not. I aim to make ridiculous faces in every photo taken of me. If I’m going to look stupid, I’d like to look stupid on purpose.) WELL, he decided this year he would upstage me by about a trillion and gave me an engagement ring as a gift.

I felt like a fool for having a comparatively terrible gift, but I got over it pretty quickly. And so begins the Amazing Stressful Times Of Wedding Planning!

Well, we have over 400 days until the big day (thank you The Knot for keeping track for me), so right now I’m having fun with everything. Including my crafts! You can be sure that I immediately took to the internet to find the first thing I wanted to make for the wedding. That’s when I came across Lion Brand’s Peas in a Pod pattern. Actually, I re-came across it. I remembered seeing it months ago and thinking was the cutest thing ever, but I had no reason to create it at the time. I decided THE TIME HAS COME.

I LOVED making these guys. They pattern was very easy to follow, though I had a hell of a time getting the mouths to look the way I wanted. The pod kind of amazed me, in terms of how yarn can be shaped with crochet. You see geometric shapes all the time in crafts, but I was really able to appreciate how possible it is to crochet yarn into any form you need it to become. Attaching the veil and hat to the peas was much easier than I had anticipated (I’m not sure why I anticipated it being difficult to begin with). Overall they are adorable, and I think I’ll be displaying this at our engagement party, and perhaps on the gift table at the actual wedding.

I am excited to finally be marrying the guy I’ve been with for four years, and known for more than six! As a crafter, my first instinct is to create ANYTHING POSSIBLE, but I’m kind of unsure of where to go from here. If you’re married, did you crochet/craft anything for your wedding, or have you created anything for someone else’s wedding?

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“It’s Supposed To Be A Monkey But It Looks Like A Weird Ewok”

To be more accurate, it actually looks like a regular Ewok. Which would be great, if that’s what I was going for! Let me explain…

For some holiday at some point (I want to say a birthday, but who knows), I got my boyfriend a stuffed monkey from Hallmark. We have an inside joke with monkeys, and I happened to see it when I was in there getting something else (probably a card for said birthday). At the time I was unsure of it…it’s kind of odd looking. I think it’s the fur that bothers me, but I don’t really know. But if I recall, I was looking for something small for a specific purpose, so I just went with it. Unfortunately for me, the boyfriend loved it and I see it ALL THE TIME. I try hiding it and throwing it and doing whatever I can, but he still displays it somewhere where I can see it/it can see me.

Well, I’ve finally decided I’ve had enough of this poppycock. With an upcoming anniversary, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to crochet something pattern free, with the added bonus of replacing Nasty Monkey. So I just started crocheting with no real plan in mind, except that I wanted it to be round like the pig and penguin from Lion Brand.

Here is the amazing result. I am slightly disappointed, because it just doesn’t really look like a monkey. It’s very cute, and I like it as a cute thing, but notsomuch as a monkey. I think it’s because of how high I placed the ears, but if they were much lower they’d be entirely too close to his little hands. I may add some nostril slits just to differentiate my special creation from an Ewok. (Ewoks are cute, but they are not monkeys!)

I gave it a tail in a feeble attempt at primate-ness, but since it’s, you know, in the back, it goes unnoticed for the most part. But that’s alright, because at least he has one. How else is he supposed to swing from trees?! But, like I mentioned, I did this pattern off the top of my head, so I’d like to share it with anyone who comes across it. (For the record, I used my beloved H hook, but gauge isn’t particularly important for this.)

HANDS/FEET (make 4)
Round 1: sc 6 in a ring (if you do a search online for the magic ring, that’s personally my favorite method for working with something that is round)
Round 2: 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next, continue to end (9 sc)
Round 3: work even (9 sc)
Round 4: sc2tog, 1 sc, continue to end (3 sc, 3 sctog)
Fold the resulting tube-ish thing in half, and sl st the open end together. Leave a tail of a few inches to use to attach to the body later.

EARS (make 2)
Round 1: 6 sc in ring
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)
sl st in 1st sc of last round, fasten off. Leave a tail of a few inches to use to attach to the body later.

FACE
Ch 10, turn
Round 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 8 ch (9 sc)
Round 2: ch 1, turn, sc to end (9 sc)
Rounds 3-7: Repeat round 2
Round 8: ch 1, turn, 1 sc in 1st sc, 1 hdc in next sc, 1 dc in next sc, 1 tc in each of the next 3 st, 1 dc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, sc in last st (2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 3 tc – 9 st total)
Round 9: sl st in 1st st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 3 st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl sp in last st (2 sl st, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc – 9 st total)
Make a row of sc around the three flat sides.

TAIL
Ch 25, turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to the end.

BODY
Round 1: 6 sc in a ring
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)
Round 3: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next, continue to end (18 sc)
Round 4: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, continue to end (24 sc)
Round 5: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, continue to end (30 sc)
Round 6: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc, continue to end (36 sc)
Round 7: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc, continue to end (42 sc)
Rounds 8-18: Work even (42 sc)
Round 19: sc2tog, sc in next 5, continue to end (36 sc)
Round 20: sc2tog, sc in next 4, continue to end (30 sc)

Right around here would be a good time to attach the ears, face & eyes, and hands.

Round 21: sc2tog, sc in next 3, continue to end (24 sc)
Round 22: sc2tog, sc in next 2, continue to end (18 sc)

This is where I started stuffing the little sucker.

Round 23: sc2tog, sc in next sc, continue to end (12 sc)
Round 24: sc2tog around (6 sc)
Cut yarn leaving a long tail to weave through the remaining 6 sc and pull, closing off this end of the sphere. Weave in this end and attach the remaining two feet and the tail.

Amigurumi Piggie!

Riendurr the Reindeer was a hit when I brought him to my grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve. And by hit, I mean my cousin’s two-year-old son cackled HYSTERICALLY whenever he saw our friend Riendurr.

HAHAHA IT'S ROUND AND EASY TO TOSS

Okay, I lied. At the time of this photo he was two weeks shy of being two years old, but it meant that I had an easy-to-figure-out gift for his birthday! I’d been wanting to try out the companion to Lion Brand’s amigurumi penguin pattern, which is a pig, so I went to town. (If you can consider crocheting a stuffed pig “going to town.”)

The only changes to this pattern I made was that I increased the circle an extra row (so the last row before working the body even was 2sc in 1 sc, sc in next 6), and I then worked in evenly for 10 rounds. I did this simply because I didn’t have the pattern at my disposal, so I made it up, which resulted in a more robust piggie.

He loves it and slept with it that night. Round animal success!

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Spherical Reindeer

After completing Dirkle for my friend (who I ultimately didn’t see, thanks to the Christmas Blizzard of 2010), I got bored and uninspiring with yarn. I was just out of ideas. So I turned to a source who knows nothing about crocheting, which was obviously a bright idea, and the response I got was “MOAR SPHERICAL ANIMALZ.” And so, Riendurr was born.

I used the Lion Brand penguin pattern as a basis, and sort of improvised from there. His nose is a sort of mess of red yarn – if I had been less lazy, I would have had a pompom. My main suggestion is make the feet first, because I had to start using the yarn from both ends because I forgot. OOPS.

HOOVES

He’s cute, if not slightly special. I can’t put my finger on what it is that makes him derp-ish.

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Dirkle the Penguin

As I’m sure many people know by now, when boredom strikes, really odd things sometimes happen. One day while bored at work, two friends and I started an email chain where we decided to tell a story, each of us completing alternating sentences. It resulted in, among other things, a penguin named Dirkle who lives at a zoo in Missouri.

Now, while myself and one of these friends (we’ll call her Natalya) live only a half hour away from each other, the third person in question (who will be referred to as Xenia) moved halfway down the east coast and I haven’t seen her in four years. Xenia knows that Natalya will be coming down for a few days between Christmas and New Years, but does not know that I will be accompanying her. SO! As another surprise, I decided I’d finally create our still-talked-about-Dirkle; he can now accompany us on adventures!

Dirkle

This pattern is the Amigurumi Penguin pattern from Lion Brand. As you can see, he slays the masses with his adorable-ness. My only change from the pattern was that I attached the eyes, wings, and beak all before I stuffed him – I imagine this was much easier than trying to do it when I had no access to the other side of the yarn (Dirkle’s innards).

I can’t wait to take him on his debut journey!

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