Crochet Strange Doll

My baby girl is turning 31 (yikes!) and she wanted a crochet doll for her birthday. She always gives me a challenge with what she wants. She’s an artist and always comes up with the most interesting and fun ideas. This time around, she wanted a spooky/weird/anxiety doll. She found these quirky ‘anxiety’ dolls at a flea market that she fell in love with and thought having a crochet version would be great.

I asked her to draw something out showing what she wanted. I was expecting (stupidly) something simple and basic. I’m not talking about the idea being simple, but the drawing. I have very basic drawing skills (think stick people), but I forgot who I was talking to. I got this:

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I’m not complicated at all!

It’s a piece of art in itself! I want to frame it! LOL But look at those instructions. I had to chuckle. I told her the beautiful drawing was kinda self explanatory, but I ended up referring to her notes, so I guess she knew what she was doing. I had her look in my stash to see if she found a yarn that would work. I had one that was perfect but I guess I used it all up so she had to buy a skein anyway.

I still had a few questions though, like do those stitches go in a circle or can they just be curvy lines? No nose? (I made one anyway and had to take it out. I should stick to the notes!)

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Nose

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No nose as she wanted  (I shouldn’t improvise without permission!)

Once I started, it was pretty straight forward. I did hit a snag with the red heart she wanted on the doll. I tried making a heart, but I couldn’t get it small enough to still look good, so I opted to embroider it. It came out great and fit the overall theme better.

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I worked on the arm, trying to match her drawing. I think I achieved it.

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I think I’m doing pretty well copying her design with yarn.

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I’ll be ready soon!

I’ve convinced her to let me give it eyelashes. I just can’t leave well enough alone. 🙂 I’ll post a pic when it’s all done.

Crochet Baby Yoda at Disneyland

Ok, I promised my niece a crochet Baby Yoda. After finishing the first one for hubby, I told her I was making hers. I sent her pictures of the work in progress and she was extremely excited. When the doll was all finished… ummm, hubby wanted it. I had tweaked the original pattern (there was no pattern) of the first doll and this one came out much better. The face, the proportions, everything! Hubby really really wanted it. I know, it was my fault, I shouldn’t have said anything to my niece about that doll being for her. I mean, I live with the man. He really wanted it. After all, I could make her a new one. It could be argued I could make HIM a new one, but I live with the man! We were going to see my niece at Disneyland in a few days and I hatched a plan. I would make her a brand new one in the two days before I saw her.

But there was a problem (isn’t there always?). I couldn’t finish it in time! I was up till 1 am working on it and I managed to finish the body. I was soooo tired and had to get up at 6 in the morning to head to Disneyland. I worked it out that I would crochet in the car (did I mention I get car sick?), crochet in lines, and crochet anytime I was sitting. I also had to convince her to trust that the second (3rd?) doll would be as good, or even better than the one I promised her.

We headed out

I found a backpack my daughter had given me that would be perfect to store my crochet supplies as well as snacks and my other junk I take to Disneyland. The backpack had handles as well as straps. It was perfect. I packed everything up.

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Help me!

I figured we’d hit traffic and maybe had an hour of crochet time in the car (who wishes for traffic?!). We didn’t hit any but on a good note, I didn’t get carsick so I had a solid half hour of crochet time to work on the doll’s outfit.

At the park

Hubby had his Baby Yoda and he got a lot of attention for his doll (action figure?).

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Hubby with Baby Yoda (when hubby was still happy to hold him).

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Crochet Baby Yoda Craze – Me Too!

My husband LOVES Star Wars and couldn’t wait for the Mandalorian to come out on Disney+. We both loved the show, but that Baby Yoda though… he is sooooo darned cute! I immediately thought of crocheting one but didn’t jump on it quick enough. I blinked my eyes and pictures of crocheted Baby Yodas were everywhere! Even my sister-in-law finished one before me, even though I started first! She doesn’t even like to make crochet toys. Her’s is super cute too.

I took way longer than I should have to finish it, but in my defense, I sat around a lot daydreaming on how to make the perfect replica. I made up my own pattern and looked at a ton of photos, both crocheted and actual shots from the show. After much frogging, I finally got something I liked. The face was the hardest because I couldn’t decide on how much detail I wanted to attempt. I made and unmade the face quite a few times, but I had to stop at some point and just let it be.

Eventually I was done, or as done as I was going to be and here he is!

AND he stands on his own. That was a happy surprise. 🙂

Honestly, I can’t say I’m completely satisfied with it (mainly the face), but when I took him to work to share with a friend, everyone went nuts. So I guess he’s alright. 🙂 And I’m working on another one trying to make it better. We’ll see…

Happy Halloween!

Our kids are grown (I’m including all the nephews and nieces in the collective ‘our’) so we’re done with the trick-or-treating, but my hubs and I still wanted to do something for the season. We opted to go to Coffin Creek right here in our city of Corona. It’s a Halloween themed event that’s held at the same place as the Koroneburg Renaissance Festival. In fact, some of the same people who work at the festival were working that night!

There were five attractions: a hay ride, a maze, and three haunted houses. I wanted to dress up but the hubs was all, umm, no one dresses up. I was all, ummm, of course they do! He was right, no one else dressed up…but I didn’t care. I had fun.

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Yolanda Mistress of the Dark!

The best part was running into the lady who was part of the fashion show at the Ren Faire. I was at her booth and we started talking. She didn’t remember me at first, but I reminded her I was the one with the crochet outfit. She got excited and said I was on her flyer. It was on display at her table with all the Faire info. Squeeee! I’m on the flyer!

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That’s me on the lower left!

She asked what I was making for next year. I’m not sure yet but it’s gotta be good. I better get cracking on something right now! 🙂

Crochet Mouse Ears

I’ll be joining a friend at her annual craft fair boutique in her home,  but when she asked, I didn’t have anything to sell. I knew I’d have to make some new items but what to make? I didn’t want to spend a lot of time crocheting products that didn’t sell and that I would have to store.

What to do? I made things I want for myself anyway or that the kids would like in the prize-box at work. Win win win for everyone.

I’ve been obsessed with Disney bounding and Mickey ears lately. I see all the cute ears when I go to Disneyland and imagine all the possibilities I could create with crochet. That got me thinking of headbands in general and I got to work.

I focused on kid friendly headbands that appealed to the kid in me as well.

Mouse Ears 

I love love love the Nightmare Before Christmas and wanted to try it out.

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Had to give princess ears a go too.

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Couldn’t pass up some holiday ears.

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Felt like I was missing something so I added pompoms. I like it! Might add some gold to it somewhere, might use flowers instead of pompoms…or just leave it and move on. To be determined. 🙂

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It wasn’t all about the mouse. Here are some other experiments. These are geared more towards my students.

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All in all, I’ve been busy! And what I don’t sell I can use!

Fashion Show at the Koroneburg Festival 2019

The Koroneburg Renaissance Festival is over now and I’m so glad I went back to do the fashion show. I was so caught up in indecision, I almost didn’t go. I was invited to participate by one of the guild members who really liked my fairy outfit. I’ve always wanted to enter a costume contest and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Then why the hesitation? I was nervous. I also couldn’t decide if I wanted to wear the same fairy costume, my dragon cloak, or wear my mermaid outfit. This would be this fair’s first fashion show/contest, and I noticed that most people were dressed in period pieces versus the fantasy stuff. I wasn’t sure I’d fit in. But I WAS invited, so that meant they thought it was a good fit, right? Right!

I decided at the last minute to attend and went in my mermaid outfit. It was so hot (the weather)! It was much hotter than our last visit and I was sweating bullets. I found the place I needed to be and got registered. The other costumes were fantastic and I was right, no one else was dressed in fantasy garb. I stood out.

But everyone was so friendly and complimentary about my outfit. I made a little mermaid doll to go with me and offer me comfort when I got nervous.

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Corona fair_34.jpgI’m really glad I didn’t let me my nerves stop me from going. It was super fun and I even won first place with two other ladies. We each got $50 dollar gift cards to Joann’s, which I still haven’t used (but I will)!

That’s me almost ready to go up on stage. I was so nervous.

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EEK! Almost next! The mermaid doll was scared too.

I wanted to share some pictures of me up on stage but I looked so awkward! I’ll just share this one after I received my award. 🙂

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This will now be my new Ren Fair of choice. It’s close and it’s super fun. Can’t wait for next year!

Crochet Ariel Bounding Outfit

After a few request to show off my crocheted Ariel bounding outfit, today was the day. The weather finally cooled off enough that I could actually put it on (in the morning). I probably won’t be wearing the two pieces together because, you know, crochet overload, but they do make a happy couple visually, if not in practicality.

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It was morning but it was already getting to warm to keep on!

I’m thinking of making some new Ariel ears. Not sure I still like these.