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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?ย 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 wantedย  (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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m working on another one trying to make it better. We’ll see…