Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Susuwatari meets Domokun

Two summers ago, my friend, Alex, moved to Japan. Since then, we have rarely been in contact, so I was very happy this past Christmas when he called. Of course feelings and memories came flooding back, and I had the urge to make him something. He wanted me to crochet something special that no one else would have and decided on a Susuwatari. They are little soot sprites that appear in the animations, "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away." For Christmas, my sister gave me the perfect frayed black yarn I needed to do this project. Of course, like many projects I begin, I have a habit of working on another at the same time. Thus, I managed to finish Susuwatari, as well as Domokun, together:

I hope Susuwatari enjoys his new company and home with Alex, wish I could join too!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Shroomed Out

I received requests to crochet Toadstool and a 1up mushroom from two coworkers. I was a little reluctant to do Toad because it was to be done in a key chain size. I think the initial pattern and feel for it was what worried me, especially for something that tiny. Later, the trickiest part was creating the vest (which is removable), and after that, everything fell into place:

The 1up mushroom proved to be so quick and fun that I ended up doing a power-up mushroom immediately after. I decided to feature them on my sister's Australian Shepard:

I guess this is what happens when you digest too many shrooms!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Shipping Difficulties

Some time ago, I had a former coworker ask me to make him a Bomb-omb amigurumi, and I appreciated the challenge. After completing Bomb-omb, I soon after made a Goomba amigurumi, both became popular items. Now, earlier this year, I had a buyer who wanted me to make him "teddy bear" sized Bomb-omb and Goomba for his three year old son. I told him I was going on vacation for a while and that even still, I didn't know if I could complete such a task, but I'd let him know if I finished. Well, after slacking off for a few months, I slowly finished both dolls:

I even indulged in a little photo shoot with my Yoshi costume:
I suppose the right thing to do now is to contact the guy and mail them to him, but I have no idea how I'm going to do that without it costing so much. They don't weigh much, but the dimensions and material don't make them easy to ship! So... I just never contacted the guy back and now I have two huge Bomb-omb and Goomba dolls. I'm sorry, guy!