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. :D 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┬ámaking 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┬áhave 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.

Hooded Things

Polar vortex or whatever, so I made hooded things. Because it is freezing.

It started out as a quest for me. I couldn’t find any hooded-cowl-things that I actually liked, so I was all, “GUESS I HAVE TO MAKE ONE!” So I made one.


Strictly speaking, it’s more of just a hood than a hooded cowl, but it is nice and snuggly warm, and worked up SUPER fast. Things I learned while making it: I have a tiny head. For reals. Ravelry and Craftsy

And then my daughter was all, “I want one!” and someone on the Facebook mentioned having problems finding one for children, so I was all, “WELL, GUESS I KNOW WHAT I’M MAKING NEXT!” (Most of my inner monologue is in caps lock.)

So I made this:

Not a hooded cowl at all. Like, not at all. Hood, though. And cape-thing. Ravelry and Craftsy.

It was a bit trickier to do. I wanted a more fitted hood for it, which meant that if I wanted it to actually fit right, I had to take shoulders into account. And I didn’t want corners over the shoulders sticking up like a pillowcase, so I had to actually fit it. It took some doing. But… I like how it turned out. And she likes it, too! There is a bare minimum of sewing- it’s worked top down, so everything is just joined onto the previous pieces.

Those 20 snowmen I made used up most of my white and black yarn (and red!) so I had to order some more. I use black in almost everything I make, so it’s fairly important to have. It showed up as delivered, not to me, and didn’t show up on the next couple of business days, so I ordered more. Have to have black. (And white. And red is good, too.)

It showed up yesterday, after my second order shipped. So now I have black FOR DAYS. Or I will, when this new order gets delivered. ;) And lots of red to make a certain little boy some bigger mittens.

Next up: Well, right now I’m making a scarf out of some stash chenille yarn I had laying around. I really hate making scarves. BUT. It’s cold. It’s really cold. And I’m using the griddle stitch for it, so it’s going fairly quickly. I have to make SOMEONE some mittens, also Mr. Craft Frog has requested mittens. I want a better-fitting pair of slippers, AND I ordered some sock yarn before I realized that I don’t actually have sock needles (and the 2.50 size just isn’t cutting it), so I will likely be crocheting some socks soon, too. And animals. And and and…

It’s a Horse!

It is, in fact, a horse. I love it. For really reals. It’s a little different than my original horse, I have flanks on it inside of the hind legs just starting at the bottom of the body. I also changed the shape of the head a tiny bit. And sorted out my numbers, omg! I kept my notes from when I made the horses before, but my numbers were WAY off. I was all, “Do you even math?”

I math now.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

So it’s done. And posted on Ravelry and Craftsy. The individual horse and rider patterns are available on Ravelry, too.

Okay. So. For a while now, I’ve been trying to come up with a doll standard that I could change into ANYTHING, so you could have, like, a ballet dancer on a horse. Or whatever. I HAVE ACHIEVED THAT. This is the first of what I’m going to call Frogland Dolls, which will all be the exact same size. When I edit the other doll patterns I’ve done, I’ll turn those into Frogland Dolls as well, so- hey. Kali can ride a horse, too! Or whatever. I’ll be posting alterations on here as well- simpler hands, elf ears, fairy wings, all kinds of stuff. This will be a thing!!

Also this week, over the course of two and a half days, I did this.

My daughter is the “friend of the week” this week in her class, which means she gets special privileges, and the other kids get to learn things about her. She had to bring a “treat” for all of the kids in her class. I was going to bake cookies, but then I was all, “FOOD ALLERGIES SUCK!” and I know how craptastical it is to watch everyone around you eat something you can’t have. So I was all, “I’LL CROCHET SOMETHING.” She chose the snowman. So I made… 20. I gave myself a blister from all the sewing. And I pretty much never want to see a snowman again. But the kids in her class seemed to like them! Yay?