I’ve gone back to school! I’m attempting to get a Master’s in Library Science and it’s been a rough few weeks. Grad school started at about the same time the new school year started at work, and it’s been crazy busy. I’m three weeks in at work and I’m finally able to start my crochet projects with the kids.
One little girl, who is in 2nd grade now, has been asking if I could sell her one of the crochet items I had in the prize box, or if I could custom make something she could buy. She was asking me this in first grade. I told her she could just earn stars (an incentive program we have) and get it for free. Well, here we are in a brand new year and she started asking me again. She’s pretty stubborn about wanting to buy something from me so I told her that I would give her a big discount and she could go ahead and buy one of my dolls.
I wanted to make a toy I could wear on my shoulder at Disneyland. I see people walking around with Baby Groot, Grogu, and all sorts of characters from movies. Naturally I wanted to make one and not buy one. I have yet to see a handmade shoulder doll and I’m excited to see if I can do it. I would need to figure out a way to secure it to my shoulder. I think they use magnets on the ones they sell. I was thinking I would tie mine on.
At first, I was going to make Grogu from the Mandalorian TV show, but I’m a bit tired of making that character. I like bounding as Ursula, so I settled on making her. I envisioned that it would sit well on my shoulder.
I got to work. It took me a few days to figure out how to make her head. I made it in rows instead of rounds.
I was happy with the shape of it but was really disappointed with how loosely it came out. I should have started over, but I kept going.
The body and tentacles came out much better. After I stuffed it, I hated the head even more because it had those gaping holes! I almost abandoned the whole thing but carried on, figuring I would make a new one anyway. Also, I thought I could distract from the holes with the hair. I liked the hair, but then hated the face. I thought it was ugly.
In the end, I loved half of this doll and it might be too big for my shoulder! I’m still going to try. Even though I’m not as happy as I was hoping to be with this her, I got a lot of positive feedback on Instagram, gaping holes and all. It got me looking at her in a new light. What do you think? Do you like her? Should I take her to Disneyland?
Here is a surprise gift I made for my son last Christmas. I had learned one of his favorite characters from the video game Kingdom Hearts is Sora. I wanted to try my hand at making him. I very rarely use patterns for my creations. Most of what I make is my own design, and I use the term ‘design’ loosely here because I usually just go… But I do plan, mostly in my head, but sometimes on paper. This one was mostly in my head. I started by looking at many photos and sometimes videos of the character.
Then I looked at crochet examples of the character from other people. This allowed me to 1) figure out what important characteristics should be included and 2) ideas on how to implement, or not implement, certain techniques. Then I thought on it all before I got started.
I went traipsing through my drafts here on WordPress and one of my drafts was from 2019! I wanted to write about a blue mermaid doll I made as a stash buster at work. I had a lot of blue yarn and decided a mermaid would be perfect.
Well, as I stared at that old draft, which was just a title and a description, I pondered whether it was worth the effort to dig up the old pictures, try to retrieve the old memories, and actually try to write it up now that the doll is long gone (a student picked her from the prize box for his little sister).
The answers is yes, she deserves her moment in the sun, or in this case, blog. I guess there isn’t much to tell. I had a lot of blue yarn I had received when my mom passed away. I had unraveled some unfinished pieces that were destined for the trash. A doll was a perfect way to save all that yarn and honor my mom at the same time.
I don’t have many pictures of her but here she is in all her glory.
When I first imagined what she could be.
I took her to the Renaissance Fair!
Umm, that’s all I have! I guess I didn’t think much about taking her picture at the time, but you get the idea. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. 🤣
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.
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.
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.