It’s A Dummy!

I settled on something to make. I’ve been tossing around the idea of making a centaur for a while now, which means I have to figure out how to make a horse to scale. So then I figured I’d make a tournament-jousting style knight on a horse. I started looking at different armor and stuff for the knight, and then I realized that if I actually wanted to put it on the horse, the legs were going to be too short to sit properly. And I started thinking about other things that I’ve been missing from my dolls, like hands, and a shaped-in bust for the ladies. So I made a new model.

Wow. I had another half of this post written out and it just disappeared, so I’ll try again. :D When I make dolls, I work off of a very basic model. That way, I can see exactly where I need to change colors, add or subtract stitches or pieces. And so this is Rosa. Differences: Longer legs, longer body, a bust, the head’s a bit different, the arms are longer and have hands(!!) The kids want me to make her another arm… :D

She was also made using an E-hook. I stuffed her quite firmly and I’m pleased that none of the stuffing is showing through, which was starting to happen with some of the older dolls. I think, going forward, I’ll be using an E-hook for all of my amigurumi.

Now I just need to make a horse. ;)

I also have some more “adult-themed” dolls that I’m thinking about doing. If that happens, I will be putting them up completely separately, because this blog (and patterns published hereon) are more, um, family-friendly.

Keychains! (And a revisited shark!)

I was all, “I’ll go through my keychain patterns and fix them up so I can publish them.” I was TOTALLY surprised to find two more patterns than I was expecting, so… Yay! So those are done and up on… Ravelry!





Also, I edited (corrected!) my Great Hammerhead Shark pattern because I saw a couple of reviews on it that said it was less-than-awesome, and… Yeah. Less-than-awesome. If you buy a pattern and it has errors like that, PLEASE let me know, either drop me a line or leave a review so I can fix it. And if you bought the Great Hammerhead on Etsy, drop me an email and I’ll email you a corrected one (the Ravelry ones went out automatically).

In the near future, I’ll be taking the adding wire armature and making a purse lining parts out of patterns and publishing them on here. More patterns edits, mostly just for conserving space (and size!). I’m still struggling with some serious self-doubt but I’m trying!!

Back. With a Uterus Purse!

Apparently I haven’t made a new post since last year. (Has it really been that long?) There was a long cavalcade of reasons, the chief two being I had a severe allergic reaction to accidentally-ingested milk (I’m still getting over the rash on my hands) and a serious period of creative funk (self-doubt/lack of inspiration). But now… Now I’m back.

I have a lot of ideas for things I want to do, including a collection of felt patterns, but we’ll see. Right now I’m sort of taking it one project at a time. Interesting to note is that the first few Sherlock Holmes books published by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are out of copyright, so… There may be some of that. I will also be going through and tidying up my patterns. But for now, I’ve made this.

So this thing… This thing is a uterus purse. The first one was made quite some time ago, but I never got around to making it into an actual pattern. So, actual pattern!

It’s, um, well… I don’t know that there’s much else to say besides that it’s a uterus purse! The pattern includes instructions on how to line the thing with fabric so that stuff doesn’t fall out. Available on Ravelry and for slightly more on Etsy.

Coming soon will be patterns for the anatomical keychains I’ve done (so far there’s a uterus and a pair of lungs), and I might actually do kits with those if there’s any interest.

Washcloth All The Things!

Two things. Washcloth two things.

And so I’m back… From outerspace… Well, kind of outerspace. The outerspace of my mind? We’ll go with that. Router issues are all cleared up, which… YAY! I missed out on doing the SMS Giveaway this time because by the time I realized that it was probably that time, it was already over. Sadness. So I’ll be doing that again in the spring!

So I finally got these patterns done. Not only done, but done and published up on the intorwebs. I’m a little late (again) with the Christmas one, but it’s Christmasy! December has zoomed on by. The 15th already? For reals?

Anyway. Dishcloths. I’ve done two.



Patterns can be found on Ravelry!

I will be getting my fabulous uterus purse pattern online soon, just as soon as I get the lining tutorial worked out. Lining a crochet purse is easier than it sounds, and you don’t even need a sewing machine, so long as you can handsew a running stitch.


Ok. So I’m a gamer. Wheee! My favorite video game ever of all time (right now) is Borderlands 2. I am hooked. And my favorite character in my favorite video game ever is MISTER TORGUE. I’ve been making noises for a little while about making some just-for-me-totally-for-fun fan-art. So… This happened.

And I have to be honest, I haven’t had this much fun crocheting something in a long time. I was SO EXCITED ABOUT IT (as friends on Facebook could tell you- sorry!). So excited.

I went through my usual, “Uhh, I sure hope this pulls together at the end ’cause I’m kinda not thrilled with it right now,” but it totally did. I LOVE HIM.

For those familiar, yes, there are several detail differences. I blame that on my chosen media and the scale. But I couldn’t wait for the sun to get up high enough this morning to take pictures, I was ALL EXCITED OMG.


So excited.

Accidental Vegan

Nothing crafty today, more bake-y.

Ok. So I’ve talked about my dairy allergy, right? If you’re new- hi, I’m Joy, I have a dairy allergy. Anaphylaxis (as my husband says, it’s the best kind of phylaxis!), etc.

So my love of sweet foods has necessitated a lot of my own baking because, just TRY finding things that don’t have, “MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF.” They’re out there, but… Urgh. When I wake up in the morning and go, “I WANT SOME DAMN COOKIES!” it’s easier to pop a tray in the oven than to go and spend half an hour reading labels. And muffins? GOOD. LUCK. I live in a small town in the South. I can’t even find dairy-free notcheese.

So what happens when you go through your ingredients and get to the fridge and go, “UH OH! NO EGGS!”? Side note: A lot of my inner monologue/dialogue is in caps. It really, really is. Anyway, no eggs. Do you sink to the floor, throw your hands up in the air and yell, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!” Well, you could. Please record it if you do.

OR. You could use egg-substitute. And I’m not talking about eggless egg powder or whatever that REAL vegans use. I am not a real vegan. I’m only an accidental vegan when my refrigerator demands it. I go to Chef in You.

You may or may not have been aware that eggs perform different tasks in different things. Apparently they do. The helpful link describes what different role eggs play in different baked goods and what you can substitute them with. Personally, I have used plant-non-specific vegetable oil in muffins (we get off-brand and it’s mostly soy with “contains one or more of the following”) and cornstarch+water in cookies- both successfully. Big note with the cornstarch! I made oatmeal cookies and the dough was quite a bit looser than I was used to. HOWEVER. They baked up just fine.

SpOOOOOOOOOOky Dishcloths

Well, not that spooky. Maybe only 5 O’s worth of spooky.

Anyway. Halloween sneaked up on me just like it does every year. It’s not like these things have been happening at the same time every year as long as I’ve been alive or anything like that. *cough* And I realized, “O SNAPS! I WANTED TO MAKE HALLOWEENY DISHCLOTHS.” When I talk to myself in my head, it’s usually in all caps. I’m a caps lock kind of person on the inside.

So I made some.

A spoooky ghost and a spooky pumpkin. Yeah, that’s 5 O’s all together. They were a lot of fun to make up. I’m actually in the middle of a pancreas dishcloth right now because these intarsia-style things are so fun!

Patterns can be found on Ravelry, here and here.