A first sketch

"starfox amigurumi sketch"

This is how I picture my crochet Starfox. I hope he’ll turn out pretty similar to this sketch. I think my Starfox doll should have about these proportions. When I picture him, he has big, removable boots. I think I’m going to make his body and legs in one piece, with a sewed on crochet jacket and gear. I’m not really going to make his green outfit, but’ll make the body and legs in green. For the tail opening I have to find a solution. His backpack’s a must too. Crochet Starfox needs to be able to stand on himself. Maybe I’ll make a moveable head like Link, not sure yet.

It’s going to take some time, making this doll and I’m especially looking forward to the end result. Crocheting it, isn’t really the most fun part for me. I really get pissed of sometimes after taking a piece apart for the hundredth time, but in the end I’m very happy.

You know, I make my own projects, illustrations or crochet dolls, because I see in my head an awesome end result. Something that needs to be made. It makes me enthusiastic and fanatic. Sometimes what I want to make can be very complicated and delicate, but that won’t stop me, I’m a perfectionist and will go on till I get the right result. The downside of that is, that it makes me kinda cranky when it doesn’t go the way I want to. Not very good, I’ll need to ‘chill down’ when something goes wrong. The great and even greater side is, that I create things that make me happy and proud. The feeling of a beautiful finished amigurumi or painting is worth everything to me!

 

My shoes I love…..

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved shoes. Not girly shoes whit heals and fussy stuff, but sneakers…..I love sneakers! When I was a little kid, I would even take my new shoes to bed with me.

A few years back I bought my first suede Converse All Star sneakers and I totally loved them, they where the coolest! After a while I regretted I hadn’t bought a double pair of them, because they had become my favourite shoes and someday they would be too old and totally worn off. Luckily for me they still are in good shape and even better, this winter they are back into fashion! I’ve found totally awesome new ones! I took a picture of them. The brown and black pair are the old ones, and the green/grey-ish the new pair. Okay, I know this has got nothing to do with amigurumi or crochet, but they are ‘shearling’ all stars, which means they have wool (fake though) on the inside. So they are a bit sheepish….

"all star shearling sneakers"

Aren’t they beautiful! You can see I took good care of them, the brown and black ones are 5 years old. And I still only own sneakers. I haven’t got one pair of ‘normal’ shoes or high heals.

And now enough with the personal chit-chat! Next week I’m starting on crochet Star Fox! I had to postpone that a bit, because I was a blistering idiot to get a dislocated shoulder during my dance class. It’s idiotic because it already happened a few times before and I wasn’t smart enough to listen to the warning….this time I had to go to a hospital to get it back into place. But now I’m back in business!

 

Crochet bear pattern

This post is all about my crochet teddy bear pattern. How do you make this fuzzy bear amigurumi, what kind of yarn is suitable for this project and more. 

Let’s start with the type of yarn I would recommend. I wrote the pattern for a ‘quick to crochet teddy bear’. I used as less rows and stitches as possible. That means, if you use a thin yarn, the bear will be a bit small. For my bears I used a 4 and 3,5 hook. The big bear is 8.2 inch/ 21 cm (from head to feet) and the little one 7 inch/ 18 cm. When making amigurumi, you use the smallest hook possible, to prevent gabs between the stitches, except when you’re working with fuzzy yarn. For these bears I used not the most heavy yarn, but at least a worsted weight and a bit fuzzy, especially the yarn for the big bear. (More about that yarn you can read in my yarn experiment post.)

Here is a picture of the finished small teddy and the parts of the larger one.

"gehaakte beer onderdelen"

And here’s the finished crochet bear!

amigurumi bear, crochet teddy bear

"bear amigurumi crochet"

"crochet bear", "gehaakte beer patroon", amigurumi bear pattern"

The smallest teddy bear is my favorite one. I called him Teddy. He is made with worsted weight yarn and hook E / 3,5 cm.

The pattern for this crochet teddy bear you can find in my shop and in my Ravelry shop. You can Also order it directly from me here. The pattern is written in standard American crochet terms. It contains clear instructions and lot’s of example images.

I hope you enjoy making this crochet teddy bear!

 

Pellets as stuffing….eh?

Some crochet animals/amigurumi require a part of pellets as stuffing to give them more weight. My first amigurumi that needed pellets was Amineko. I looked on line to see what pellets are and where I could buy them. They are little round balls, mostly plastic and available in sewing and craft shops. After visiting a few hobby/craft shops I still hadn’t found my pellets. In the Netherlands they are hard to get. I’d also read toy bullets, marbles or rocks could be an alternative. Well, toy bullets I couldn’t find either and marbles are too large for many amigurumi I believe. That only left the rocks, which can be an option and they are easy to find in pet shops, but they’re kind of small and pointy.

There was something else I’d found in the hobby shop, called Hama Beads. They actually have an other ‘hobby’ purpose and I wasn’t sure they had enough weight, but they seemed worth the try, because the beads had the right size and come in little or big bags and many colours.

And it worked! Beads are heavy enough and good to shape because they are a bit rubbery. If you squeeze the part whit the beads, it keeps that shape and that is a very useful quality. The variety in colours comes in handy too if you haven’t crocheted very tight.

Here’s an example of the Dutch Hama beads:

"hama beads as pellets

Conclusion: enough weight, easy to shape with, available in many colours. One downside, I think you can only wash them cold, because if you use them for their real purpose, you have to use a flat iron to melt them together, so washing them hot might cause them to melt. I’m not sure about this, but am not going to try. If I’ll ever wash an amigurumi, I would do a could hand wash with baby soap, because that is best for wool anyway. That was an extra tip wasn’t it!

Goodbye and good luck!

 

*Edit last post*

Unfortunately we had to cancel our trip to Switzerland. I’m a bit fed up with it but at least it had one bright side. Because we stayed home, my boyfriend saw a cat playing with a mouse in our front yard. He ran out, chased of the cat end grabbed the little mouse. The little fellow was completely in shock. We took him inside to see if he looked okay enough to put him back outside and he seemed to be. So we let him free in our, ‘cat-less’ backyard, at a sunny and sheltered spot so he could dry. He was covered with cat drool. Here’s a picture of him. (I love rodents so of course we took a picture of him)

"rosse woelmuis"

In this picture his back looks a bit strange but it was okay. He was very scared and not sitting comfortable. On the outside it’s hard to see if the mouse had internal injuries, but seeing how he moved and acted it looked good. And, after a few hours he was gone! He survived a cat attack, let’s hope he lives to be an old little mouse! He’s a dwergmuis, dwarf mouse in English?

Now, back to crochet for the next post!

 

A little update

Tomorrow I’m going to Switzerland for a week. To go hiking and enjoying the beautiful Alps! For the evenings I’ve planned to finish the little crochet bear and the pattern, so I can post it as soon as I’m back. I promise!

Here’s just a picture I took a year ago, of my second Amineko (pattern by Nekoyama), the cat that got me addicted to amigurumi.

"amineko crochet cat"