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Crochet Baby Yoda Embroidered Disney Hat

So, I got bullied by my daughter’s dog while I was trying to type up this blog post. Okay, maybe bullied is too strong a word. I’ll say encouraged. She likes it when I come out with her, even though she can come outside any time she wants.

It’s better with company.

I have to admit it’s much better typing this post outside.

It’s 80 degrees and and a slight breeze is blowing the smell of citrus blossoms my way from my neighbor’s yard.

It’s a very nice view. The sun was hitting the plants just right…

A humming bird has already visited me quite a few times. Unfortunately, a bee keeps messing with me too. But the sound of the birds singing is nice, so I will ignore the bee.

Anyway, back to Grogu and his hat. I pulled out an old Disney hat I had made for my other Baby Yoda that I gave to my sister. I’ve bounced around the hat on other dolls, but now that I have a new Baby Yoda, I unceremoniously took the hat back from the other dolls and embroidered the name Grogu on it. Originally, I was going to embroider ‘Baby’ on it, but he has a name now, so he gets Grogu.

I’m not the best at embroidery, but it got the job done.

Then, I spent a few hours trying to make him a little harness for the day Disneyland opens again, and I can take Grogu with me. I made and unmade a doll carrier over and over. I didn’t like any of the designs I came up with. I abandoned the project and decided to think on it some more. For now, Baby Grogu has a cute hat and no doll carrier.

Oh yeah, he has an outfit too. 😁
He likes it.

I haven’t forgotten about his vampire costume, I just put that on the back burner for now. I’ll probably wait until Halloween for that. I’m going to keep focusing on a carrier for now. Disneyland is closed, but we might get a chance to go to Downtown Disney to walk around, and I definitely want to have a hands free way to carry him. I can’t wait!

Crochet Baby Yoda Has Ears

I finished his ears and couldn’t wait to share. I’ve been walking around the house holding him like a baby.

It’s almost a shame I have to make him a little outfit. I kinda just want to make him a little diaper. His head wobbles a little because the head is heavier, but it’s perfect because it makes him feel MORE like a baby.

I worked his ears a little differently than past dolls I made. I used two strands of yarn for the green part and one for the pink part. That gave me three strands of yarn total, which made the ears stiffer.It also made the pink part smaller than the green part. I had to stretch it more to make it fit. This made it curl in a bit, which is what I wanted. These ears are stiffer than previous ears, but still flexible. I like it.

Even though I don’t want to dress him, I guess I better.

I started his outfit, and as happens sometimes, I chose a yarn ball I thought would last for the entire outfit. It didn’t. I got that yarn from a yard sale or something like that–many years ago–so I can’t get more. I had to rip it back and choose another, bigger ball. This time I picked something I can get more of. I never learn. 🤣

Finished Funko Pop Crochet Doll

The doll is finished and delivered. It didn’t have far to go, just down the hall. But first, the doll demanded a photo shoot. Kinda reminded me of my husband. 😊

My hubby wanted his own Mini Me in his music persona. He creates music and wanted a doll he could photograph as a stand-in for himself. The doll has already started its photographic debut! My hubby took a picture of him and posted it on Instagram. I was surprised and delighted to see it one morning. I posted that pic last.

I started with the head…
Wasn’t sure I could do the body in Tunisian but I did it!
Just taking a stroll in the garden.
And here’s my hubby’s pic of him. I love it!

Funko Pop Crochet

Now that the crochet Rosalina birthday gift is finished, it’s on to the next birthday gift. My husband wants a Funko Pop inspired doll of him. He created an image of what he wanted, and I’m in the process of making it.

Pretty good!

I decided on using Tunisian crochet for this one because I want to give it a knitted look. I don’t knit, so I like to pretend sometimes… I also thought the Tunisian simple stitch would work well here.

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Crochet Rosalina From Super Mario Galaxy

I’ve been working on a challenging project for a little over a week now, and I finally finished. My son is into video games, and he liked the Sora doll I made for him as a Christmas gift. His birthday was only a few days away and he asked if it was possible for me to make another game character.

Could I! Of course I could! I love when my family challenges me with something they want out of crochet. What he wanted was a character named Rosalina. As usual, I didn’t know anything about that character, but he showed me illustrations as well as video from the game. I got a good sense of her.

At first, I thought…easy peasy. And for the most part, she was. But that hair! And the eyes! I normally like to use buttons for the eyes. I asked my son if he wanted me to try embroidering them as we could always fall back on buttons if I couldn’t do it. I watched some videos for inspiration, and I did my own thing anyway.

So far so good…
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New Crochet Pink-Haired Doll

After finishing my son’s Sora doll for Christmas, I started work on this new doll for my sister’s acquaintance. The only direction I had was for pink hair. Using the techniques I describe in my book (like how I snuck my book in there?), I made the body.

My sister and I picked out the colors for the dress. She had an idea on how the dress should look, so that’s what I set out to do. As with all my dolls, it’s the doll that decides what it wants. I started working on a dress, but it, or the doll–I don’t know which–didn’t want it to be a dress! I made several attempts at a dress before I admitted defeat. I liked how the top was coming out, so I kept that. The part that was supposed to be a skirt desperately wanted to be pants.

Then, it was on to the hair! I didn’t necessarily struggle with the hair, but I didn’t like it at first. She looked like a clown! But I kept at it, knowing I might have to take it all out and start over.

Luckily, I didn’t have to do that, and I ended up liking it.

The pins reminded me of a Star Trek character. 😂
The hair worked out!
My succulent garden makes for a great photo shoot.

I even included a little purse.

What do you think? Do you like how she came out?

Merry Day After Christmas Everyone!

Christmas Eve, we traditionally have my brother and sisters and all their kids over for the day. This year, it looked a little different (as I’m sure it did for everyone), but it was still a lot of fun. I think it’s important to give thanks for our many blessings and not focus on the negatives (all the time anyway).

I want to start by giving thanks for my husband, daughter and son. I love them sooooo much!

Hubby
My daughter
My son
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Interview About My Crochet Book

I’m so excited! The lovely Claudia Bedolla of Robot Yams interviewed me about my self-published crochet book and my interests. The interview is posted on her site. The questions were great, and it was super fun answering the interview questions. I hope you have a chance to hop over to her site and learn a little more about me. 🙂

Here are a couple of pictures I took recently. Happy holidays!

That’s Mini Me showing off her page in the book.

Let me know what you think of the interview at Robot Yams.

I’ve been a little more active on Instagram lately, but I didn’t forget about my blog. I’ve just been frustrated with the new editor. I went through all the trouble of learning how to use it, only to have it refuse to save my drafts or allowing me to publish. I’ve had to do work-arounds that don’t always work. It’s just enough of a hassle to keep me from posting. But this was too exciting NOT to post, so I figured it out. It wasn’t easy. I finally tried incognito mode and that seemed to fix the issues. I’m still very frustrated because it took way too long to publish this post. I sure hope incognito mode solves the problem going forward.

Yolanda

Self-Publishing My Crochet Book

My book came! It came! I was gone on Friday and my book arrived while I was gone. My son placed my book in my office and I didn’t see it until almost midnight on Saturday. My book was here an entire day and I didn’t know! When I discovered the package, I thought it was something else I was expecting. I was so surprised and elated when I opened the package and it was two copies of my book.

It’s here! It’s here!

I wanted to call my sisters and friends but understood they might not appreciate it if I woke them up. I had to wait until Sunday morning to bombard everybody. I did, however, take a chance and texted my sis-in-law because she has a reputation for staying up late. Luckily she was up, and I was able to share. It was very emotional, more than I expected. I know that any new book by an unknown author, much less a self-published book, doesn’t face good odds, but that doesn’t matter. I was holding in my hands something I had worked on for years (YEARS) and it looked good! I didn’t realize how worried I was that once I got it, I would be disappointed. I was very happy with the pictures in the digital format of the ebooks, but printed…I wasn’t so sure. Also, the quality of the paperback could have been terrible. I had no idea how Amazon produced the books. But I wasn’t disappointed. It looks great! It looks like a real book! 😍 There are things I would do a little differently for the next book (there will be a next book 😀) but overall, I’m over the moon. Continue reading