Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My Little Melody

My best friend and sister, Stefeni, recently gave birth to her first child, and my first niece, Olexa. Growing up, my family and I were avid fans of Sanrio, and we each had our own favorite characters by them. Stefeni's was My Melody, so I decided to turn her baby into a real-life My Melody, as well as give Olexa her own little My Melody. I haven't experimented much with crocheting clothing, nor am I familiar with baby sizing, but I attempted to make a bunny hat for her daughter.

Initially, I wanted to make a baby hoodie poncho with a pocket that could hold her amigurumi inside, but not only do I not know what's appropriate for babies, but I have no clue of how big or small to make everything. So, I decided to just stick with a little hoodie. I formed the hat loosely around a plush Yoshi head for sizing, assuming the baby's head was larger than the doll's...but I was actually wrong! The baby's head was about the same size! It's ok though, now she can wear it for a couple years time : )

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Silly Old Bear

My wonderful college friend, Jon, commissioned me to crochet the beloved Winnie the Pooh. Although, as a child I always adored Tigger, I can't deny that Pooh has a soft spot in heart. His ridiculousness and gluttony is entertaining, but he's adorable when it comes to his friends. I like the idea of my toys being alive and having their own separate adventures, but I rarely go into depth as to the friendships they may have with each other. The dynamic friendship and bond of the characters in the "100 Aker Wood" is what makes the stories of Pooh so sentimental to children and adults.

I always liked the old school Pooh Bear, and other character plush they show during the narration in the beginning of the movies, so I wanted to give mine that sort of dull, nostalgic look.

The skein of yarn I used for him was softer than usual, so it made him extra cuddly, thus extra harder to give away. I'm just glad to have made him, and glad to make someone's Christmas this year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Give Me a Moo

I was given a guideline-less commission to make two cows, with the suggestion of big udders. Naturally, I went with one realistic version:

And a no artificial preservative strawberry milk source with little blushing pink cheeks!

I enjoy replicating characters, but I always have the pressure of honoring the creator and doing the character justice. Especially during the holiday rush, I needed to set my creativity free, so balancing it out by doing my own cow characters was a really great relaxer.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Hug in Sheep's Clothing

Blamo makes wonderful, innovative toys that happen to be my favorite, so I was extremely excited to hear that Toy Art Gallery was curating a Blamo show! I didn't know it was a custom group show until I saw the little HUG sculptures, and was invited to participate in it. I have been meaning to work my yarn into other toys, so not only was this an incredible opportunity to try, but it was an honor that my first custom would be a Blamo piece.

Lately, I've been hooked on wolves and sheep for some reason, and since I knew I wanted to disguise my HUG as something, I thought it would be punny to make him a sheep. I used extra soft yarn like I did for a previous lamb, and built around the HUG's body. It was important to have the HUG visible underneath, so although the outfit is clingy to his body, not sealing it completely makes it possible to remove him if desired.

I struggled with the concept of the sheep fooling solely the viewer, versus, the sheep fooling a companion as well as the viewer. Since it was my first custom show, I didn't want to over or under do it. However, I realized my forte is in storytelling, rather than purely character, so it would make sense for me to do a scene.

I think I was inspired a few months ago when I biked passed a woman walking her sheep on Melrose. It was a bit of her that gave me the idea for a modern day Mary had a Little Lamb. Like all the girly pieces I make, I always give them accessories that I want. In this case, she had to have amazing kicks and a rocking dress. I brushed out her hair like I did with my Blanka, and had fun styling it to perfection.

I'm very happy with the outcome and super thankful to be in this wonderful show! All the artists did a fantastic job, and all the new Blamo pieces completely melted my heart! It's definitely one of my favorite shows to date. Everything will be on display till December 30th, and I highly suggest you check it out if you can : )