Friday, June 30, 2017

Icy Creamster

Utter the words, "ice cream" around me and you'll be greeted by gleaming eyes of desire and hope. In fact, I'm eating ice cream as I write this post. My addiction managed to manifest itself into a creature that I hadn't fathomed before, but came to be as a challenge with Blamo's Minky Monkey show.

This is my third Blamo custom and once again I found myself apprehensive about breaking down any part of the initial craftsmanship. However, once the monster I dubbed, "Icy Creamster" came to fruition, I was driven to manifest this piece to the fullest.

May he forever come to my ice cream rescue.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Rocko's Modern Crochet Life

It's been over seven years since I first began making amigurumi, and I haven't stopped since. One of the first pieces I made was of the beloved wallaby, Rocko, from Rocko's Modern Life. I actually had full plans to make other characters from the cartoon, but I got lazy halfway through Hefer!

Looking back at my previous work, there's a slight embarrassment, but mostly an underlying feeling of pride of how far I've come and how much I've learned. I have been meaning to update a lot of my pieces to reflect my current skill level and insight, so when I was asked to crochet Rocko, I took full advantage of the opportunity.

This time around, I implemented wiring, gave him detailed extremities, used a variety of safety eyes, and crocheted his shirt as a separate piece.

I'm hoping this will give me the motivation to finally crochet the whole gang, Ed Bighead and all!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Feeling the Bern

I've never been very talkative about my political views, but this 2016 Presidential election is too important not to discuss my concerns and share support. Our country is being divided and stifled on so many levels socially, racially, economically, globally, and the next President will be pivotal in changing our lives for the better or worse. Reading through his campaign issues, solutions, and history, Senator Bernie Sanders is the only guiding and truthful nominee for president. He has fought for and stuck true to his convictions throughout the decades, and he will continue to do so as he cannot be bought by corporations. This means Bernie is fighting purely for the 99% of us Americans who are struggling and ready for change.

As the election draws nearer, it is imperative that Americans understand the importance and stand together behind a leader who is looking out for our best interests and safety. It truly disheartens me when Bernie support is reciprocated with "he's too idealistic," because I believe we deserve to be taken care of by a peaceful leader like him who believes in equal rights and the well-being of our world. We deserve a leader who will take on Wall Street, has the foresight to prevent conflict, cares about our planet, but mostly, a leader who inspires us to never give up on a better life.

I crocheted a little Bernie to endorse my support, and now he'll be available for purchase at where I'll be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Bernie Sanders campaign.


The GOP has gone to such extreme views, that it truly feel like it's Siths versus Jedis. More than ever our country needs a leader, and I urge you to not fall to the dark side. If the Siths win, we will continue to struggle, and lose the advancement of human rights and equality we fought these past decades for (that is, until the planet becomes engulfed by the fossil fuel toxins). But if the Jedis win, we have a chance to strengthen our nation's quality of life, and transform a more sustainable future. I encourage you to listen to what Bernie Sanders has to say, and be apart of the political revolution.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Virtual Cat Lady

Over the past few months, I have been taking mini trips into a wonderful backyard of adorable digital kitties with the app 'Neko Atsume.' With so many freemium games that pressure you to keep playing or tempt you to pay to advance levels, 'Neko Atsume' is the first game that totally relaxes me. All you do is leave out food and toys in your backyard, and neighborhood kitties take over and chill. Depending on what items you leave out, you'll have a different variety of cats, and some cats are rarer than others. Although the games' ultimate object is to capture (by way of photographing) the visiting cats, simply peeking into their lives is suffice enjoyment. Plus, for taking care of them, the kitties show you their appreciation by leaving behind gifts and fish (currency)!

Running low on kitties to capture in the game, I decided to take my love for Neko Atsume into yarn form. I started off with the first two kitties who had me swooning - "Tubbs" and "Guy Furry," then I became obsessed with making the other kitties in their different positions.

The second time I opened the game, I wasn't even sad the fresh bowl of food I laid out was eaten, because the cutest tubbiest cat was peacefully laying next to it! Shamelessly wearing the crumbs on his body, Tubbs is the embodiment of satisfaction. He also makes sure to tip you plenty of fish!

Guy Furry
I first met him when he whipped up a lovely crêpe in a vase, but then he melted my heart when I caught him cooking a pizza on the heater! Can you imagine coming home to a mouthwatering meal cooked by a kitty chef?

Yes, you read that correctly, buttholes. All cats have them, but depicting them on cartoon cats in innocently compromising positions defines a lot of this game. 

Friends of mine recently lost their beloved kitty, Icarus, and because they miss him dearly, and are equally fans of game, I replicated Icarus in Neko Atsume style:

So as you can see, I'm having a lot of fun. I actually kept postponing this writeup because there are still lots of cat positions and special cats to make, but I realized I should just post already since I won't be quitting anytime soon! Although I don't own a cat, with the amount of crochet kitties I've made, and how often I talk about Neko Atsume, I'm starting to feel like a virtual cat lady of sorts... And I'm ok with that!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Death by Battery Acid

Two decades ago I became obsessed with this Muppet Babies keyboard I rescued from my neighbor. I was so excited to find it this holiday, but became super devastated when I noticed the batteries had corroded the interior. After failing to resuscitate the keyboard, I was forced to accept that battery acid claimed the life of yet another childhood electronic!

As it happens, I was in the middle of building Gameby stock, and, reeling from the loss of my keyboard, I imprinted the sadness onto a few Gamebys. It resulted in a cross between my Damaged Goods and I Agore You line...

I left the red battery glow as a haunting tease of what once was. It doesn't resurrect any of my loss electronics, but it sure serves as an adorable memorial for them all. Although since it's game over, I guess it's more of a GameOby instead of Gameby.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Welcome BB-8

Late last year something amazing happened - Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted, and with it came new lovable droid, BB-8!

Growing up, I was super in love with C3PO, so I was a little nervous about meeting the next droid and how he would play into it all. But I had a sneaking suspicion that somehow BB-8 would make his way into my heart, so I got started on a crochet replica. Plus, my brother is a huge Star Wars fan, and since some sicko stole the original Yoda I made for him, I planned to gift him BB-8 for Christmas.

Since BB-8 has different patterns on all sides, I had to do him justice and try to make everything exact. I didn't have access to a BB-8 Sphere, and also noticed images online were always different, so I painstakingly paused and took screenshots from his intro at the Star Wars Celebration:

I debated on whether to embroider every side or to just slab on felt pieces, and in the end, the challenge of embroidery really paid off for a solidified look. I'd actually like to experiment with magnets in the future, but since I'm on vacation, I just made do with the supplies I brought with me.

Kagami BB-8! Perfect for the new year!

I might tweak a few things when I'm back home, but for now I'm really pleased with the outcome! I'm even more thrilled that unlike the upset I had when Episode 1 came out, Episode 7 was incredibly satisfying!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Pizzah Rat

I identify so much in a courageous rat transporting a pizza slice nearly three times its size down the stairs of a New York subway station.

A reflection of several aspects of my life are all referenced in this video: My extensive love for pizza, surviving the constant hustle, the determination to meet my goals, the extreme gratitude of finding something to eat, so on and so forth. So, in homage to this rat's documented journey, no admiration of mine would be complete without a crochet replica of this pizza loving fella.

I made a variety of toppings so meat-lovers and vegans alike can enjoy with me!

The rats go marching slice by slice, pizzah, pizzah!

All Pizzah Rats are fastened with removable chains so you can display them every which way they aim to travel.