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28 April 2012 @ 08:09 pm
Little Crochet Creatures  
My holiday crochet, plus some other projects, all finished at once. Warning - big pictures. I couldn't get it to work any other way. *is puzzled*

Here's Baby Elephant with Mummy Elephant. So cute! Mummy was a commission from a friend for her daughter's birthday, and Baby is my gift to her daughter.

And then there's Sweetheart Ted. I made most of this bear while I was on my way home from the Lake District. I wasn't driving. *jk* I like the way the colour-changing yarn works on the bear.

Grunge Bunny. I wanted to see if I could make rabbit ears and tail for the same body as the ted pattern, and it worked really well.

Star Trek Ted. For my stepson's birthday. He ordered it specially. He's going to be 36. *is saying nothing*

The three of them together. *squees*

My other experiments during the holiday. Some prototype stitches for a bag I'm making for the lovely lausi_gm.

And here's the yarn I'm going to use - fabulous colours! I can't stop admiring them.

There are some more pics and ramblings on my blogspot. Go here to have a look - clicky. There's a link to my shop on there too, and Grunge Bunny and Sweetheart Ted are there, looking for new homes.

Current Mood: creativecreative
badly_knitted: Film Star Smilebadly_knitted on April 28th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
The Ele-family are so cute! Love the grunge bunny and the teddies too.

Those different stitches all look really effective.

I finally managed to get some cheap wool to practice my crochet stitches - now all I need is to find some time! Haven't done any crochet in years, even then it was only granny squares, so I'm planning to learn the proper stitches and techniques, and learn how to follow a pattern. I've always been better at knitting than crochet, but I want to be able to do both, there are such great patterns in crochet.
alligator138: Lute rosettealligator138 on May 1st, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm glad I did some experiments before starting with the real yarn. I've got the sizes right, and changing colour every row means that I can do every row as a front row, which makes it much neater. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but it just means that I don't turn over and work the other way at the end of the row. It's a whole lot neater.

I'm pleased you're trying out some crochet. Don't underestimate the granny square! Many granny squares make a lovely blanket. I love the patterns in crochet, and I find it much easier to design with crochet, but that could just be me. Do share your progress with us!
badly_knitted: Film Star Smilebadly_knitted on May 1st, 2012 10:32 am (UTC)
I'm not underestimating the granny square, they're fun to do and I can rattle them off easily - a great way to use up odd bits of yarn. But I've never learnt to do anything else, like increasing and decreasing, and I really want to try my hand at amigurami, I have a couple of books now with such cute little creatures. First though, I need to make sure my basic stitches are up to scratch and learn to read a pattern. I found knitting quite easy to pick up, but I was much younger then; my brain doesn't retain new information so well these days!
alligator138alligator138 on May 1st, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
I've got a really good stitch dictionary called Handbook of Crochet Stitches by Betty Barnden. It details all the basic stitches and techniques in a very clear way. The one thing you have to careful of in crochet is UK v US terms. That book's in UK terms, but watch out for amigarumi!
badly_knitted: Laughing Jackbadly_knitted on May 1st, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the warning! I might see if I can get the book you mention. I already have a very good basic gude, with illustrations and clear instructions, but it doesn't cover the more advanced stitches. I've watched a few demonstrations on youtube too, which have been, or will be, very helpful. My main problem now is finding the time to practice. I haven't even started yet! Too many other things, and other crafts, to do - knitting, cross stitch, macrame, jewellery making - and that's if I can tear myself away from the computer in the first place. I need 48 hour days to fit everything in!
alligator138alligator138 on May 1st, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it! Time to draw breath would be nice. *lol*. I'm scooting off to a concert with 100-odd little guitarists now. Won't finish till 9 - an hour's drive home, then work all day tomorrow. *cries*
badly_knitted: If In Doubtbadly_knitted on May 1st, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
Always wanted to play guitar, but proved hopeless.

Good luck with the concert, hope you're not too tired tomorrow!
oakmouseoakmouse on April 28th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
I love these! Grunge bunny is especially charming.
alligator138: Clawsalligator138 on May 1st, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
Isn't he sweet! Trying to be mean and moody, but just adorable.
Queen of Spades: watson_rockstarmonkiainen on April 30th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
These are all awesome <3
alligator138: Calm pink flowersalligator138 on May 1st, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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alligator138alligator138 on May 2nd, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
The teds are sweet, aren't they? And the Star Trek ted too. He has a lovely shelf unit in his bathroom in his apartment, meant for lovely bottles & soaps. It displays his collection of Dr Who figures. 'nuff said.

The bag is progressing well. The colours balance really well - good choice! It feels good too. A good type of yarn for a bag. I've taken some pics, and I hope to post them tomorrow so you can have a look. I have had to tinker with the size a little so it's 14 inches by about 12. I'll explain that in the post. The project's lots of fun! Thanks for the commission!