I love amigurumi. Have I mentioned I love amigurumi? They’re small, work up fast, and cute. These are patterns from Jana Whitley’s Cuddly Cacti Crochet (she also goes by JanaGeek on Etsy). In particular these are the Old Man Cactus and Hen and Chicks Succulent. The cactus’s bottom isn’t flat so they’re lying down here.

The succulent here is my first time carrying a second color in stitches rather than a full change. By that metric, it went well!

They’re very cute. I don’t have much to say but I am very pleased.

Cretaceous Critter

… I did not intend to take so long a break from blogging. But I figured there’s only so many pictures of giraffes and elephants I could post at a time. Instead I bring you a triceratops! Brought to you by Justyna Kacprzak’s Dinosaur Amigurumi. (I decided to leave off the toes hers has in the end – they’re cute, but the legs are worked all as part of the body and it was difficult enough maneuvering the main body around for them.) She’s cute, but also big – parts of the body have 80 stitch rounds. For me and my tendency for little guys, that’s a lot to keep track of. I even ran out of the main color yarn before hitting the frill and tail.

The craft shows went well, but we’re done for the season I think. We need to build up stock for the fall and winter, after all!

Let Me Face My Fears

Well this one took a while. Remember how I said my favorite character in Kingdom Hearts is Xion? Well, the ending of KHIII gave me everything I wanted including a new getup for her. Which I am, it turns out, mostly capable of making!

I tweaked the original doll’s proportions so she’s a bit bigger now. Gives more space for detailwork, which is good with something as detailed and hard to see as her blouse, which… well, look at a closeup.

I ultimately couldn’t figure out the buttons (French or Colonial knots could do it but they still don’t show up well and I can’t quite make them yet,) but she has the pleats on her skirt, the collar, the belt, and the ruffles on her sleeves. A bit clumsy at times, but did I ever try.

I’m still super proud of the boots and skirt, which is pleated using the technique Here, and the first technique here, which is the same technique but different pictures. Both were helpful. The boots started from the base from that Tonberry pattern I did from ArtisticGaming a while back, and then modified to fit a human (if Kingdom Heartsy) foot.

The hair fit largely the same, but different size means slightly different look, and her new blue eyes are from GlassEyesOnline. I am really proud of the full result, even if, say, the wire didn’t quite go through completely straight for the arms. She’s done! And eventually, her friends will join her. But later. I have some other projects to work on.


So I said ‘in the coming weeks,’ like, two months ago, but timing there didn’t quite work out. Anyway, while I’m still sick and don’t want to cough all over nice scarves, I do have another creative outlet lately!

Last year I took a course on wire-wrapping jewelry at the local community college, and I’ve found I really enjoy it. So I’ve been working on that, especially on days I don’t feel up to crocheting. (Which, again, has been often. Dang colds.) Continue reading Jewelry!