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Freebie Friday – Mario Rag Doll

Mario is finished and waiting to be given to his new owner. His new owner still needs a few more stars on the chart to earn him but he’s close 🙂

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Aside from having anxiety about getting the face and hat right, he wasn’t as hard as I was worried he might be.  Continue reading

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More Crochet Rag Dolls in Progress

I have two more dolls I want to make at work before the end of the school year. I’m hoping they’re my last two student requests. I guess I should say I’m planning to stop at these two dolls because the request never stop coming. But I might get suckered, I mean convinced, to do more. 🙂 One is a Mario rag doll from Super Mario Brothers. I’ve been putting off doing this one because it seemed more complicated. Not the doll itself but getting the face and the hat just right so that it looks like him. The other request was for a Spiderman doll and I almost started on that one because it’s not that hard to make it LOOK like Spiderman even if it’s not perfect. But I put Mario off too many times and I finally went for it.

I looked at different sources to find a look I wanted to work with. I actually combined different looks from different sources. I used Minecraft versions, Lego versions, and the actual image from the game. The trick is to go as simple as possible, at least with these dolls because the idea is to get them done quickly while still clearly recognizing what they are supposed to be. If the child doesn’t think it looks like the character, then they are disappointed. So far, I’ve been pretty successful with student happiness but this one had me worried for some reason.

The progress so far.

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I thought  a lip on the cap would make it more recognizable.

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The emblem had me worried but the kids knew what it was right away. Phew!

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Not sure this looks like Mario but the kids seem to think so.

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Freebie Friday – “I’m Batman” Crochet Rag Doll

So one of my students reached prize box and couldn’t find anything he wanted in there. I asked him if he wanted a jumbo candy (another prize point on our chart) instead and said he couldn’t have candy. I asked him if there was something in the prize box he wanted before and that I could buy and he said no. I asked if there was something he wanted me to make and he said Batman! I obviously walked into that one but I did offer so I went off to do some research.

Turns out if you look up a character and attach the word Minecraft to it, you can find a Minecraft version of almost anything. I did just that and found this:

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I showed it to my student and he liked it. I looked at a few other options for reference but this one worked best as a guide since it lends itself so well to my square rag dolls.

Most of my rag dolls are made from squares and rectangles. The head and body are made with two square panels and some color-work. The arms and legs are made from one square (or rectangle) and folded over. I sew up three sides. Then I assemble my doll by sewing the pieces together.

All rows in all the pieces for this doll had 10 single crochets per row.

The back of the head was done with 10 rows all done in black. The front was done with 7 rows in black and 3 rows in beige (or tan). I made the eyes before sewing and stuffing the head.

The body was done with 5 rows of grey, 2 rows of yellow, 1 row of black, 2 rows of grey, black, grey color work.

Here is my version before assembly:

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Minecraft Everywhere!

I have been furiously working on the dolls my students have requested. Although my goal was to only crochet those projects at work since they’re for the students, I promised two students I would finish their projects over our Thanksgiving holiday (we get a week off from school for Thanksgiving. Yay!).

One of the reasons I don’t usually take personal requests from students is because as fast as I am at crochet, I can’t possibly keep up with the demand, even if I worked on their projects at home. But, working at my own pace, I can take suggestions and slowly fill the treasure box with them.

However, I found myself letting those suggestions turn into requests because I thought I would have enough time to finish projects when they reached the treasure box. Well…the best laid plans an all that. I now have about seven pending requests and they are all reaching their goals on our star chart so I find myself telling them they have to wait for their particular item. I thought I had a lot of time on one of the requests since he was far from his prize on our chart so I kept putting that one off but my student reached his goal on our star chart and he’d been asking me about it repeatedly. I felt bad that he was one of the firsts to ask me for something and I still hadn’t even started it. So I finished it over the break.

Then, I promptly started the second one I needed to work on. He didn’t get finished until the end of our first week back to school. It was a busy week at work so I didn’t get much time to crochet. My student asked me every single day if I was finished with his Villager (Minecraft character) and I was finally able to tell him yes.

Here are some of the finished projects.

Top left: Villager

Top right: Dan TDM

Bottom left and right: Popular MMO’s. I believe his name is Pete.

The bottom two look the same but I tried different faces and color work versus cross stitch. The one on the right looks a little worn because I photographed it after I gave it to the student so it’s a little loved around the edges. 🙂

I don’t know these characters so I do my research before I can start one. I go to the actual game on our classroom iPad as well as on the web to get the essence of what they look like. I rip back a lot when I’m making a new character as it never comes out exactly right the first time. I feel I’ve learned a lot as I make each subsequent one. The Villager and the Dan look better than the grey ones. Another student wants one of the grey ones so I think it will come out really well now.

On to the rest of the list! Hello Kitty here I come!

Frozen Anna crochet Doll completed

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I’m so happy she’s done. My favorite part of the whole process is searching in my stash for just the right yarns in just the right colors. I feel a sense of victory when I don’t have to run out and buy more yarn. With yarns and hooks in hand, I started on my adventure.

Anna’s outfit turned out to be more complicated than I expected. I started with her bodice and worked my way around her torso. The gold edging came next. The dress has a lot of design on it and deciding what to include and how to go about representing the artwork on her dress took me a few days of pondering. I went for a little embroidery on her top to represent the flowers and stems. Continue reading

Frozen Anna Crochet Doll Work in Progress

Once I finished my Elsa doll, everyone  asked me where the Anna doll was. I put it off for a bit but I started working on her yesterday.

I’m off from work for the summer so I have a little more time on my hands. That’s how I was able to finish the dog sweater and that’s how I’ve been able to work on Anna. Now that I have some free time, I’m trying to catch up on all those little things I never have time for, like cleaning out my hall closet. A task I’ve been trying to get to for months. Steaming cleaning my carpet is a task I’ve been telling myself I would take care of in the summer. Deep cleaning my house, organizing my computer files, writing my blog :-), finish editing my book, set up my Etsy shop, create things for an Etsy shop, blah, blah, blah. So far I’ve done laundry, read some books, finished a dog sweater (which I’m happy about) and started the Anna doll. Not too bad but not so great either. Now that I have more time, I feel like I don’t want to do anything. I gave myself a break by telling myself that it was fine to be lazy my first week off from work. I spent a whole day and part of the next making that sweater while watching my stories. I was so conflicted! On the one hand, I was ‘working’ on a creation that hones my craft but on the other hand I was watching TV all day while making it. Then I started on Anna and told myself I would only work on her for a few hours and ended up working on her all day too! Oh well 🙂 It was my lazy week so that makes it fine, I just have to run around the block a few times to shake off the atrophy that settled in. lol.

I finished the doll head and it turned out smaller than the Elsa doll. Not a problem since she’s her ‘little’ sister.  I went looking in my stash for the perfect yarn for her hair and found something I liked. It’s Patons Metallic yarn in copper. I bought three skeins of this yarn in different colors because it looked and felt so pretty. It has a nice, shiny, metallic look to it. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it when I bought it but I couldn’t pass it up since I had a 50% off coupon. Normally I make the body parts first, assemble the doll and then make the hair but I couldn’t wait. I did make the torso and attached it so I had a reference for the length of the hair. I loved the feel of the yarn and wanted to get started right away. I cut it into long strands and realized something was wrong. I’m no expert in yarn properties and the yarn wasn’t turning out like I thought it would. I cut the yarn into strands and noticed these little copper flecks all over me and where the yarn was cut, there was black wool sticking out and sometimes falling off. The ends of each cut strand were going to be a problem. I was already committed so I hoped for the best and started attaching the hair. That’s when I discovered the yarn required that I use a lot of it in order to look good. That meant it would be more time-consuming to attach. When I was done, I was covered in copper particles but the doll looked good so it wasn’t a total loss. I’m just concerned that over time the ends of hair will continue to fray. It snags quite easily too. I still love the yarn but  I now know it’s definitely not good for doll hair, at least not the way I use it.

I started making the arms and realized that Anna’s dress has a blue sweater/shirt underneath so I changed gears and decided to make the arms in blue instead of making a separate shirt. I wish I had made the top part of the body in blue but now I need to make a separate piece for the undershirt for the torso part. I’ve seen what others have done for the dress and they are amazing. Hopefully I can meet the challenge.

I’m not sure how much she looks like Anna but I still think she’s pretty. Here’s the road so far:

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Frozen Elsa Crochet Doll

I have a queue of projects I’m supposed to be working on but after finishing my mom-in-laws baby twins, I didn’t work on anything for a while. I got home from work one day as tired as I usually am, plopped down in front of the TV to catch up on my stories and felt guilty I wasn’t working on something. I ease my guilt of watching too much television by multitasking and making crochet projects while I watch. It makes me feel like I’m not wasting my time in front of the television. I mean, I could be doing laundry or cleaning the bathroom but hey, I’m making something here, right? I’m accomplishing quite a few things at the same time. I’m resting from a hard day at work. I’m avoiding housework guilt free and I’m making something useful while deleting all those saved shows taking up all that space on my DVR. Who knew crochet was so useful 🙂

So, Elsa is being created. I experimented with a head shape I liked and came up with this:

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