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2016 Christmas Amigurumi: Ashoka Tano and a Blue Minecraft Sheep

Ashoka Tand and Blue Minecraft Sheep Amigurumi crocheted and photographed  by Kara Hartz

Every year, I crochet a gift for my girls. Traditionally, it has been a pokemon. This year my oldest daughter had been obsessed with Star Wars (she makes her mother proud), and the younger is all about Minecraft (another amazing kid – how did I get so lucky!?). So I decided to try to make something to match their current passions. 

I made the sheep first, and am not super happy how it turned out. If you look at the pattern, it was supposed to use something called ‘iris’ yarn and a 0.9 mm crochet hook. That hook is so small it’s difficult to see, and I’d never heard of iris yarn before, but from the picture I’d say it could probably also be called ‘thread’. So I wimped out in tacking something so tiny, and I just made the sheep with plain ole Red Heart yarn and a G hook knowing it may not turn out right,. I knew that was a risk I was taking. The kiddo says she loves it, so I guess I’ll be happy with that even though it isn’t quite as blocky as I wanted it to be. I’m half tempted to try the thread version – but not yet. Must rest the hands from the marathon crochet session getting ready for Christmas.
The Ashoka Tano pattern is actually what gave me the idea to make something different this year. I don’t remember what I was looking for at the time, but when I stumbled upon the picture of a crocheted Ashoka, I knew I had to make it. She is one of my daughter’s very favorite characters, and she is now rewatching the Cone Wars series with me to bring me up to speed about Ashoka so I can read the recent book featuring her. One of the cool parts of this doll is the wire inside her limbs and lightsaber that make her pose-able. Plus, she looks fairly complicated, but I found that she made up fairly easily and quickly. The most important thing though – the kiddo loves her. I’ve seen her holding her off and on over the past few days since Christmas. That’s what a maker wants to see. Yea!

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The Twelve Days of Crochet

With a little less than 2 weeks until Christmas, I got it into my head to make some Amigurumi dolls for my kids. By some, I mean 4. I don’t know why I thought this was a good idea, or that I’d be able to do it in the time I had available (which was late at night so they didn’t see me working). But I did. Maybe it was to fight some of the icky feeling I get when I spend too much time in malls and superstores. Maybe it was left over NaNoWriMo, I-can-do-anything feelings, Maybe it was just getting home from the hospital with my kiddo that had her appendix out and feeling all maternal and protective. Making cute things from yarn helps with those types of feeling, you know.

So, anyway, I didn’t finish in time. In fact, I’m still not finished, but the last one is almost done. For my oldest, I made a Pokemon with a poke ball. For the younger kiddo, I wanted a Scooby Doo, but could only find a knitting pattern, so I went with Little Red Riding Hood and wolf instead.

For the Mew Pokemon and poke ball amigurumi, I found both patterns at the WolfDreamer: Off the Hook blog. She has a ton of free Pokemon amigurumi patterns as well as some Mario Brothers ones and other cute characters. She also has a WolfDreamer Zibbet shop.

The wolf I found at the Lion Yarn website. They have some free patterns too, but you have to sign up for a free account to get access to them. Yes, I know he doesn’t look exactly like a wolf. Something went wrong with the ears I think. So far, most people think he’s an aardvark or a mouse. Some see him as a sort of generic quadruped and one could argue convincingly that he is any number of little creatures. Even so, I still think he’s cute, darn it! And I believe when he is standing next to a Little red Riding Hood doll, it will be clear he is a wolf. It’s all about the context.

I broke down a bought a pattern for Little Red Riding Hood, since the free ones I found weren’t quite what I was looking for. That’s the one I don’t have finished yet, although she is coming along nicely and I’ll post my finished doll here when I get done. (Which, if my wrist holds out will be very soon.) To see what she will hopefully look like, the pattern is here.

Hope everyone had a great holiday, and is ready for 2011 to get here.

Go make something!

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Android’s Dream Sheep Amigurumi

The next few posts will be a little bit of old news, but I still want to share these pictures, even though time has gotten away from me.

When my kiddos entered some items into the local county fair, I decided to contribute as well. I was learning a type of crochet called amigurumi (which is Japanese for a knitted or crocheted stuffed doll). I was also reading a book by John Scalzi called “The Android’s Dream”. Turns out, the book isn’t about sleeping robots like I thought when I picked it up. I won’t tell you what it is about, but my fair entry is a hint.


I got a nice red, second-place ribbon, which is amazing considering I misunderstood how to do the decrease stitches on the back of the head. It ain’t pretty back there. My theory is that there were only two entries in this category. I also want to credit RoxyCraft and the book “Tiny Yarn Animals” for the pattern for this cute little sheep. I sure couldn’t have come up with it on my own. I met Ms. Snow at the Maker Faire last year ans she was uber nice, and there are free patterns on her website, so go check it out. I have more amigurumi to show off soon, most are also from her patterns.

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Tiny Turtle Crochet and Raverly

My sister recently introduced me to Raverly. It’s a social networking site for knitters and crocheters. My sister knits, and I crochet. Well, I used to, but it’s one of my hobbies that has been far on the back burners in the past few years.

Then I went to a amigurumi workshop and it was so much easier and more fun than I expected, I’ve been sneaking little bits of crochet into my life again. My first completed project is Ted the Turtle. It’s a free crochet pattern I found on Raverly, by KristiKids.

I thought my kids would like the little turtle more than they did, but he was still fun to make. The baby likes him the most, but I only let her play with him while I’m watching because I don’t think I put his eyes on very strong. I’ll probably sew on yarn eyes on future projects.

I know I’ll never list my crochet projects in my Etsy shop, but it’s almost neater to keep this as just a hobby I do for me. No pressure to make anything at any special time. Not that I really pressure myself much for my Etsy shop either, as you can probably tell by how infrequently I list new stuff.

In that same line of thinking, I have a cool idea for a wall quilt I want to make for my daughter. If it turns out like the picture in my head, I’ll try to make a pattern and post it here. I’ll have to practice foundation paper piecing, something I haven’t done much of, but that’s another reason it’ll be fun.

I think that’s a big reason the crochet projects have been such hoot. It’s learning something new, a little bit of a challenge, but not an overwhelming one. Plus I love amigurui. I see cute ones on Etsy all the time, and want to buy them, but then see that they’re only patterns, not finished dolls. I passed them by because I didn’t think I was a skilled enough crocheter to pull the patterns off. Now I’m a little more confident, and may give some a try.

If you like to knit or crochet though, you should definitely give Raverly a look. They have a ton of patterns listed, many, like the tiny crochet turtle, are even offered for free. Heck, even if you’ve just wanted to try knitting or crochet one day, go for it right now! Learning a new craft is always a good idea!