The Year’s End, It Is

I finished this on Christmas Eve and forgot to take pictures (and was then away until last night,) but hey. Works as a good Last Post Of The Decade, no? Pattern is, once again, by Vivian Russo/Philae Artes and is, once again, a take on The Child/Baby Yoda. This one’s significantly bigger than the ornaments and available for snuggling or putting out and staging something. (He’s not quite posable, with his little arms going under the collar and also being quite small, but then we are talking about a cute and tiny baby.) The pattern is really simple and easy-to-follow, which is always ideal for things like this. As a side note, I tweeted some pictures of the Pokeballs to Junichi Masuda on a lark (since he retweets a lot of fanart,) and… Yeah, this is the definition of ‘Senpai Noticed Me’, isn’t it. I am still pleasantly baffled, since I had realized after making the tweet that he was probably asleep for the night and didn’t expect him to see it waking up. (Gotta imagine there’s quite a few notifications on that account.) So, that’s 2019 around here! While some good stuff definitely happened, I will nonetheless be glad to see the end of it.

Sleeping In The Night

Yeah, it’s been a year. It’s been a WEEKEND. And so I’ve been stress-crocheting for the last couple days and, given this was already a quick project, we have a new Christmas ornament. Pattern is PhilaeArts’ The Child Keychain, also available on Ravelry.

It’s cute. Not much to say. There will probably be a couple more posts like this because: stress crochet. GOD do I need stress crochet.

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.