Monday, September 12, 2011

Off to Star World

Yoshi has been my all time favorite Super Mario character since Super Mario World debuted. I love his face, his sounds, his movements, his attitude. I always use him when I play any Mario Kart or Smash Bros, and will opt to sit out a game if someone else wants to use him. I probably have the most novelty items of him than anything else in my life, and was even him for Halloween one year.

I realize because I love him so much, I always turn down people's requests to crochet him. I want to do him justice and maybe I am just afraid I'll never accomplish that. But the more projects I take on, and experiences I have, the more confidence I gain. So when I was recently commissioned to make Yoshi, I felt I was finally ready.

I wanted to try his body as one single piece with the tail, but the mathematics of it was just not working out for me, so I defaulted to individual pieces. Although all my stuffed Yoshis and Nintendo tees use tan colored boots, I have always remembered him with his red boots in Super Mario World, so I had to stay true to that. The most difficult part was figuring out his white undersides. I've never been so great at flat pieces, but I managed some patterns that work for me. It took me many trials and a couple of prototypes before I felt he was ready and perfect. The outcome is basically as intricate as my Link, if not more difficult.

Now that he's done, I want to make all the colors! Maybe I'll create Star World.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Isn't She a Doll?

The sound of hair being cut excites me. Hairstylist was my first desired occupation I discovered in preschool when I got in trouble for cutting my best friend's hair. I sometimes even miss the days I had short hair, because I would self-cut and dye mine all the time.

Joel Raul commissioned me to create his friend in yarn wearing pink boxing gloves, pink shoes, and a pink dress with a cyan lightening bolt. He sent me a photo of a pretty girl named Lilo with this really cute pink ombre.

I created a pattern to make a cute little strapless dress that I wish I had in my closet, but the most fun I had was cutting and styling her hair. I sectioned and snipped her like a real person.

I'm really happy with the outcome. She looks about ready for a fight!

I'm not sure what it is but I like her lots. Giving up things I make is always bittersweet though, because I know they will make the person receiving them happy.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Otter Lovin'

I decided to make otters again because I love them so much, and finally got hold of the special yarn I use for them. What's cool is that the yarn is variegated with different hues of brown, so aside from the process of hand-made projects being different naturally, no two otters or Ewoks, are ever the same because the colors revolve. The only problem is enduring the hassle of taking individual sets of photos for each guy, but at the same time, it makes it that much more unique. The shell the otter carries is also interchangeable by preference.

On a smaller debut note, is this really cute sea coral colored yarn that I just bought but don't exactly have a project to use it with. I like it a lot though.