Monday, January 17, 2011

The Elusive Red Panda

I looked over at my sister's dog on my bed and couldn't help but draw the similar features of her and the red panda. Since I had a rust color yarn next to me, and felt like relaxing on business crochet for the day, I decided to fashion a little beanie for her.

In between crocheting her beanie, I started on my own little red panda amigurumi as well. I often enjoy admiring the cute heads I finish without their extremities:

I'm not completely sure what it is that happens when I switch yarn color in the pattern of stomachs (other than the natural process of crocheting in a round), but the bodies always slant a bit. This happened with the dogs I made, but it's not a problem I'm too concerned about since they always turn out adorable anyway.

I initially wanted to make my red panda apart of my damaged goods collection, but his forehead doesn't leave enough of a gap for me to sew a bandage on. Regardless, I knew he would be a cute addition to my work.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Goomba Complexity 101

My thoughts on Goombas never expanded past superficial perceptions:
They are rude marching enemies I must squash for coins.

Rather than most mushrooms (no thank you, poison mushroom!) in the Super Mario World, Goombas have always been mean to me. They try to take my life and scare my Yoshi, so I realize they must be evil shiitake mushrooms. I posed the question on my facebook, and many shared their insight, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed (click to enlarge):

So while some believe they clearly are evil, others have opened my eyes to a new theory. Perhaps all mushrooms, unless they are born poisoned (which they can't help!), are inherently good, but the shiitake mushrooms are often nurtured in less than peaceful ways. If that is the case, I figure they would naturally look different prior to their menacing upbringing. And to me that is apparently distinguished by reversed eyebrows, and smiling overbite rather than grouchy underbite:

The Good.

The Bad.

The Ugly.

Team Mario!

I want everyone to see, and one person to own, the softer side of the Goomba. Yes, tell me your thoughts on Goomba nature, and you can win my non-jaded Goomba!

♥ ♥ ♥♥ GOOMBA GIVEAWAY! ♥♥ ♥ ♥

To enter, all I want to know is:
  1. Are Goombas evil shiitake mushrooms?
  2. Leave me your name and email address.
Please, one entry per participant. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on January 17th, 2011. I took the liberty of entering all previous facebook commentators in my giveaway!

♥ ♥ ♥♥ Giveaway Closed! -- JENNIFER Wins! ♥♥ ♥ ♥

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Force is Cute with this One

A few days ago I thought about how awesome Yoda is (as I'm sure most people do), so, I decided to make Yoda.

My favorite part was the construction of his head, because not only is it cute and looks like him, but I perfected male-pattern baldness! Maybe I should make Larry David next!

I always planned to make him smaller than most of my amigurumi, but initially he was supposed to be larger than what he turned out to be. When I was halfway done with his body, I measured his head up to it and thought that height as it was would be perfect.

The hood was the most frustrating thing to make because I wanted it to be removable and replicate the fit of a Jedi robe. I used a J gauge hook and double-stitched a flat piece and a semicircle together. I was going to stitch sleeves on the arm holes, but the arms of Yoda are so tiny that the robe already covers them for the most part.

So overall, he was a simple and fun project! He kindof looks like Dr. Bunsen Honeydew - which reminds me I was supposed to crochet him and Beaker a while ago...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Ninja Cat

Whenever I crochet at home, I like to put something on to watch or listen to. When it's off season or I finish all the current TV shows on, you can find me watching retro cartoons on wonderbar's amazing youtube channel. I've had this channel bookmarked for years, which I think everyone should. It's got all my favorite Disney channel cartoons, as well as fantastic Canadian cartoons I wish I had growing up. He's even so awesome that he compiled playlists of series he hasn't uploaded but other users have! I read up on his FAQ and was glad to see he listed another youtube channel that plays Bonkers, so I had to start up on that series again.

There, in the midst of my projects, I saw something so cute on Bonkers that I just couldn't get out of my head:

Ninja Cats!

I thought it would be a fun mini project to work on, and I was going to initiate it like I had with my Ninja Christmas ornaments last year:

I ended up changing the leg structure since the previous ninja legs aren't very feline-like, but he is basically the same, and he also has a little tail that's not shown in the photo:

♥ ♥ ♥♥ NINJA CAT GIVEAWAY! ♥♥ ♥ ♥

To enter, all I want you to do is:
  1. Watch an episode of one of your favorite cartoons growing up.
  2. Tell me which one it was!
  3. Leave me your name and email address.
Please, one entry per participant. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on January 10th, 2011. I can also attach a ball chain to him to make him an ornament. Keep in mind that I want you to have a laugh and maybe even be inspired by your cartoon, so I'm going to trust you watched it! After all, it brought enough joy to you in the first place to make it your favorite, right? Happy watching! : )

♥ ♥ ♥♥ Giveaway Closed! -- LUNAMOON Wins! ♥♥ ♥ ♥

Sunday, January 2, 2011


I decided to have my first store-wide sale! In commemoration of 2011 and my shop's two year anniversary on January 12th, everything will be 10% off for 10 days.

Enter code GIVEME10 at checkout!

Then I think I will have a giveaway or something. Still new to all of this because I have been on the mindset of just producing and not thinking about customer incentive, nor had the time to ready myself for a project of this sort. I actually feel behind of where I want to be with my creations and shops right now, so being my own boss, I need to motivate myself some way!

There is so much to do that right now, as I look down on my work space, I have nine individual projects halfway-to-nearly done, as well as one huge project featuring six-soon-to-be-twenty items waiting to be finished. What happens is, most times when a project is 88% complete, I think to myself, "Oh, it just needs this and it's done," so I start working on another project, figuring that when that one is done at a certain point, I'll finish up the other. Only thing is, I rarely go back to the nearly completed project, and start on yet, another and another. I get frustrated looking at them sometimes, but I just need that little push to finish.

After the big holiday rush I have been half picking up the pieces, and half crocheting my ideas out. In contribution to the reddit posting and holiday sales, my stress levels were intense and I even contracted a bizarre emotional virus (that I'm still getting over) called pityriasis rosea because of it! Serious. Since I never had such a personal demand in my life, I was overwhelmed and didn't know how to handle everything. Now that I've experienced such chaos, I am pacing myself as best I can and keeping my mind as leveled and as focused as possible.

But after over 110 sales and over 150 items made from my first sale of hand-sewn toast boy:

- it's hard to not be amazed at how far I've come and how far I will go with my mind and hands in the right place! I'm excited for the future! Happy 2011 : )