Frosty the Yarnman

A jolly, happy soul. I’ll probably tweak the nose formula next time – still not thrilled with this method.

Decorative Gourd!

Well, summer vacation is over and the autumnal equinox is coming. Know what that means? PUMPKINS! Also, craft fairs. We’re signed up to do two in the next month and I really need to get some stock built up. Fortunately, I finally figured out needlesculpting enough to make a convincing pumpkin.I love tiny, decorative gourds, but hate that they must inevitably die. And that then there aren’t any to keep around the rest of the year. (I should make a gooseneck next.) This one is rot-free and suitable for all seasons!

Tiny Bringer Of The Apocalypse

Once again, Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen ‘NeedleNoodles’ Haden. This time, Cthulhu! I had a Lovecraft phase as a teen and while his work does not hold up (overwrought prose and racism galore,) I still love creative people’s takes on the mythos. Particularly if Lovecraft would hate them. And so, have a horrifying eldritch priest in super cutesy form!

This is one of my first projects at Intermediate level, and my first time using triple crochet on the wings. It worked, and gives me some ideas for another project I’ve had shelved for a bit.

Don’t Fear the (Tiny) Reaper

Before I learned to crochet, a friend of mine was making aliens from Christen Haden’s Creepy Cute Crochet, a book which I saw and instantly loved. It took me several years and a few tries to learn properly, but I am finally at a spot where I have the time and skill to make creatures from the book! Starting with Death. (I had the yarns out already from alien.) He is tiiiny, and I love him. But I’ll probably use medium weight yarn for the next one. Instead of using clay for the scythe I figured eh, I know how to crochet a scythe shape and sewed it on. There will, I am certain, be more from this book.

Memery with an E

With con season upon us, time for some more sf characters. These two are Karen Memery and Priya Swati from Elizabeth Bear’s books Karen Memory and its sequel, Stone Mad. Nice to have this adorable couple as my first post of Pride month!

One of the things I did new this time was using magnets so they could hold hands! Their arms are wired as well – if I had decided that earlier I probably would have gone for a full skeleton, but they are meant to travel. (Once again, these are a gift to the author!)

Karen’s not described in a ton of detail since she’s our first person narrator, so I went with a blue dress a bit like she wears on the covers and a darker blue vest to add some visual interest. The dress is a bit stiff, but she can sit. I did want to add a scar on her cheek since she gains one near the end of the first book, but I of course picked the best yarn for it as her main skin color and the others look particularly odd on it. Might still before I’m done. We’ll see.

Priya, mad scientist in training and Karen’s love interest, is described in more detail. I went with her shorter hair from Stone Mad for ease of tinkering and a shirt and boots (though they’re hard to see in pictures) from the shopping trip in Karen Memory – a yellow and black checked fabric they pick up and dark blue boots. For the pants I figured a simple black was best – I haven’t done much complicated colorwork like this before and wanted to have them both ready in time for the next convention. Additionally, Priya’s hair was done with two yarns at the same time to add chestnut highlights to it.

The one thing I really wish I had done differently is put the safety eyes on the other side of the doll – the color change was in front and that means the cleanest check pattern is in the back! Whoops.