A Trans Pride Cupcake

I love getting custom orders. Someone asked me if I could make a trans version of my Pride cupcakes, which I had been meaning to do anyway because I’m all for trans pride. This is what became of it!

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I am tickled with the result. The trans pride flag has my favorite colors in it, pink and blue, and I like how symmetrical it is. Of course I like all the pride flags because of what they stand for, but I appreciate them on a purely aesthetic level as well.

This little fellow goes off to its new home today!

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I have, like, mega news that I get to tell you guys on Friday. Stay tuned. I’m probably going to explode.

Amigurumi Coronavirus

Yes, I really will crochet anything. Before the Internet starts yelling at me for being insensitive, let me give a bit of background.

I’ve had a phobia of germs since I was a kid. Remember the swine flu epidemic about 10 years ago? Yeah, I was a nervous wreck. With everything going on lately, it has not been a great couple months for someone with severe anxiety. The scary thing about COVID-19 is that it’s invisible, so it isn’t something you can fight. It just lurks until it gets you. I thought it could be a good exposure therapy exercise to make a crochet version of it.

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Nothing is scary when you put a silly face on it, and that was my goal here. I had feedback on my Solar Eclipse amigurumi pattern that someone used the toy to explain the solar eclipse to their kid, who was afraid of it. But when the kid saw how it worked and understood the science behind it, he wasn’t so scared. I thought this pattern might be useful to some of my fellow germaphobes because it makes the scary thing visible, so you can mentally confront it.

Or maybe you just want to make it so you can chuck it at your friends and tell them they “caught” the coronavirus. Up to you.

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This is the image I based my design on. I chose gray for the base and red for the spiky bits, which are the “corona” that the virus is named after. Did you know that the common cold is a coronavirus? So technically, it’s inaccurate to say that this is a coronavirus pandemic, because that’s been the case for years. The virus is called SARS-COVID-19, and the disease it causes is COVID-19.

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Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn in two colors: base and the spiky bits
  • 2 plastic safety eyes (mine were about 12 mm)
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Small bit of polyfill stuffing. Or fill it with beans so you can chuck it at people.
  • Small bit of black yarn to embroider face

Notes

  • I use US crochet terms in all of my patterns
  • This pattern is worked in one piece for the base, leaving spare loops to attach the red spiky bits. When the base is complete, you go back and crochet onto the loops.
  • This pattern is worked in a spiral without joining, amigurumi-style. So use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round.
  • 2-double-crochet cluster: *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops.* Repeat from * to * one more time, which should leave you with 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

Pattern

Base

Round 1: Make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring

Round 2: in back loops only, 2 sc in each sc around

Round 3: in both loops, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around

Round 4: in back loops only, (sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around

Round 5: in both loops, (sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around

Round 6: in back loops only, (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around: 36 sc

Round 7: in both loops, sc 10, in back loops, sc 26

Round 8: in both loops, sc 36

Round 9-12: Repeat Rounds 7 and 8 two more times.

Round 13: in both loops, (sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog) around

Round 14: in back loops, (sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog) around

Round 15: in both loops, (sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog) around

Work on face: attach safety eyes and embroider eyebrows and mouth.

Round 16: in back loops, (sc in next sc, sc2tog) around

Stuff.

Round 17: in both loops, sc2tog around.

Fasten off. Through back loops, sew the small circle together. That leaves you with 6 loops to work into.

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Special Stitch: I’m going to call this “Corona Stem.” Ch 4, make a 2-double-crochet cluster in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in same ch, sl st in next 2 ch.

Start in the leftover loops of Round 17. *Make a Corona Stem, then sl st into the next 2 free loops.* Repeat this twice more.

For the rest of the spare loops, you’re going to *make a Corona Stem, then sl st into the next 3 stitches*, all the way around and around. When you get to the middle section, which leaves a non-adorned part for the face, you’ll be working back and forth in rows. Then when you get back to the top, just start working around and around again.

When you get to the very top, with the 6 loops left over from Round 1, *Make a Corona Stem, then sl st into the next 2 free loops.* Repeat this twice more.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Stay healthy, you guys. There’s nothing cute about the real coronavirus, and I don’t mean to make light of it. When things scare me, I crochet. Wash your hands, don’t go to the store unless you can help it, and try not to worry too much. Easier said than done, trust me, I know. But we’re going to make it through this together.

Dorks Have More Fun

I’m a senior in college. I have a part-time job and two paid blogging gigs. I wake up at EIGHT O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (which was unthinkable to my younger self). It would seem that I know how to Adult, right? In some ways, I guess so. But in other ways…not so much. See, I decided to make myself a new pencil case in honor of my senior year, and this is the result…

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PURPLE DINOSAUR YESSSSS.

Yeah, I’m not a fan of this whole “adults don’t have stuffed animals” business, so I’m starting a rebellion. Care to join me?

I saw a pencil case similar to this in a store, but part of this whole “adulting” thing is trying not to buy as many plush things, so I had to leave it behind. But obviously the idea would not leave my mind, so after a couple weeks’ design struggle this was the result.

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I got to mess around with a zipper, which was both fun and stressful. Sewing is not my strong suit. I can sew on a button with confidence, but zippers onto a rounded crochet thing? Yikes. Still, it has held up so far. I’m bringing it to college for the first time today, so we’ll see. My plush Pusheen pencil case has been well-received.

Here’s a secret: most college students are 100% on board with the cute stuffed-animal thing. They’re just afraid to admit it. So if you lead the way with being unashamedly pro-cute, everybody else will appreciate it!

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And the free pattern is available on Crochet Spot should you wish to create your own little dinosaur companion 😉

What should I name it? It doesn’t feel right having this little guy without a name! Please leave your suggestions in the comments and I shall be eternally grateful!

Crochet Carrot Cupcake

I have a whole lot of photos on my computer of projects that I haven’t blogged about. So this is an attempt to remedy that!

Last year my friend had a birthday and I wanted to crochet him a cupcake. I discovered, through some not-so-subtle questioning, that carrot cake is his favorite. So I used my favorite cupcake pattern from Ana Paula Rimoli’s book Amigurumi World, and this is what happened.

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These cupcakes are so fun to make and they don’t take very long. My only modification is to make the last round of the frosting in the front loops only. That leaves a ridge that makes it easier to sew the frosting and cake together.

Before I sewed the frosting on, though, I sewed on sprinkles!

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And a carrot. 🙂 This is obviously not what carrot cake is…you don’t just make a cake and slap a carrot on top. But you gotta have that visual pun, right?

Anyway, my friend was pretty happy with the cupcake. I think this was his first crochet gift, but as long as he’s friends with me, it will not be the last. 🙂

Bob Ross Amigurumi

Do you guys like watching Bob Ross? For anybody who doesn’t know, he’s an American artist who did a TV show called “The Joy of Painting,” where he talks to the audience/camera while doing a half-hour painting. You can watch reruns on YouTube. It’s a really relaxing, calming show, which is why many people (including myself) enjoy watching it. He’s just such a positive, happy person and bestows the audience with gems of wisdom as he paints.

Bob Ross was also kind of the instigator of ASMR, which is another story entirely…

Anyway, my dad shares my affinity for Bob Ross, so for Father’s Day I collaborated with my sister to create a crochet version of our favorite painter.

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My sister is skilled in the visual arts, so she did this painting to accompany Bob Ross (who would look quite lonely without a painting, I think). I found this canvas and easel at my college bookstore and picked it up because it was cute. It just happened to work perfectly for this project. She made him a cute little palette, too, which we jury-rigged to his hand with rubber bands and the power of hope.

As for the crochet, I used the same pattern as usual from Beth Weber of By Hook, By Hand. I almost have it memorized after making 10+ dolls from it. But it never gets old. This is how I made the clothes. I wasn’t super happy with how his hair turned out, but you know what Bob Ross says…

There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents.

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I had this box from a crochet kit that we repurposed for the presentation of the gift. My dad was delighted with his gift (he took these pictures, actually). Bob Ross is currently living at his workplace, where I’ve heard he is making coworkers smile.

It’s actually Bob Ross who landed me the commission for Nancy and Sluggo. Pro tip: make your amigurumi do the advertising for you. 😉

Do you like Bob Ross? Have you heard of him before? Let’s spread some Bob Ross positivity in the comments ❤

A Dress For Nancy

Thank you all for your kind words about Nancy and Sluggo! They have been happily delivered to their new home. However, I did write down the patterns for how I made their clothes, which I will be sharing with you should you wish to make your own wardrobe for these little dolls. I’m especially pleased with how Nancy’s dress turned out. I would wear one of these myself.

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Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn in red, black, and white
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle & scissors

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Dress

Row 1: With black, foundation dc 20. (Alternatively, ch 22, dc in 3rd ch and in each ch across.)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, 2 dc in next 3 sts, sk 5, 2 dc in next 5 sts, sk 5, 2 dc in last 2 sts (20 sts – armholes formed)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, *dc 4, 2 dc in next st* across (24 sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc across.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc across. Sl st to first sc to begin working in the round. Fasten off black.

Rnd 6: With red, and working in the back loops only, *dc 5, 2 dc in next st* 4 times. Sl st to first dc to join. (28 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *dc 6, 2 dc in next st* 4 times, sl st to first dc. (32 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *dc 7, 2 dc in next st* 4 times, sl st to first dc and fasten off. (36 sts)

Sleeves

Make 2 with white.

Row 1: Ch 9. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (8 sts)

Row 2-8: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across (8 sts)

Ch 1, turn to work across short end, work 8 sc evenly spaced across.

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. Sew long end together and then sew sleeve to shirt, placing it slightly inside the black armhole so it looks like there’s a white shirt underneath.

Slide the dress onto the doll, stick her arms through the armholes, and use the long tail from the black portion of the dress to whipstitch it closed.

Collar

With white, ch 11, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across for 10 sc total. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. With wrong side facing out, sew collar to the top of the black shirt, making sure to leave a little bit of black showing between the collar and the sleeves. There should also be room between the collar in the front.

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Nancy and Sluggo Amigurumi

I absolutely love making custom crochet for people. One of my dad’s coworkers saw a doll that I had crocheted for him and asked if I could make one for her. To which I said absolutely! Her request was for Nancy and Sluggo dolls. I did not know about this comic so I spent about a half hour digging through Google images as well as a comic compilation she sent home with my dad. To be honest, the cartoon style unnerves me a bit, but I like the character design. This is what I came up with!

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It’s from the Mini Free Spirit pattern by the amazing Beth Weber, as usual. This is my favorite doll pattern in the entire universe, seriously. It’s beyond awesome. I designed the clothes patterns myself which was a fun challenge, and I’ll be posting the patterns here over the next couple months.

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Anyway, this is just a few quick pictures because I’m feeling under the weather. But you know, cute crochet always helps me feel a little better. 🙂

Do you like Nancy and Sluggo? What dolls would you like to see in crochet form?

The one with the rainbows

Someone please help me think of titles so this blog doesn’t look like a season of FRIENDS.

I’m thinking about deleting Instagram and posting shorter posts here instead. What do you think about that? Social media has become such a time-suck and isn’t entirely positive for me anymore. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

Today’s post is basically just me squealing because my newest design is up on Crochet Spot, and I’m over the moon about this one. It’s one of those rare cases where the finished product looks exactly how I envisioned it, and it came together pretty easily.

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View the free crochet pattern here! Crochet Spot is way too fun to be considered a job. It really is a dream come true!

Okay, so there were a few snags along the way with the design process for this one, namely when I managed to crochet a rainbow with red at the bottom and purple at the top. I am a grown adult who forgot what the rainbow color sequence is. After giggling for quite a while at that mistake I sorted it out.

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I made three of them to sell at the craft fair I went to this month. They were successful because all three of them went to new homes within a couple hours. Which makes me happy! I figured since Pride month is right around the corner this would be a good time to put this pattern out into the world. 🙂

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Have a rainbowy day, you guys, and please send your prayers and good vibes to help me through finals. They sure would be appreciated! ❤

The One With Cow Pigeon

Okay, today’s post is a little silly, but in the best possible way. At my college, there’s this amazing pigeon that looks like a cow, and an anonymous student created an Instagram page for it. Now students take pictures of Cow Pigeon to send to @littlecowpigeon. There are over 300 posts on the account and 1K followers. Basically, it’s the most wholesome thing and I doubt there’s a pigeon who’s loved by more people.

But don’t take my word for it! Here are photos I took from my sightings of Cow Pigeon.

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Fun fact: the one above was featured by Little Cow Pigeon for his 200th post. There may have been squealing. 😉

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Cow Pigeon ate out of my hand! One of my classmates walked by while this was happening and did a double take. She was then kind enough to take some pictures and send them to me. Boy am I glad to have photographic evidence of this amazing event. I smiled the whole rest of the day. Even though Cow Pigeon ate my cookie I was saving.

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The reason I’m sharing all of these pictures with you (other than the fact that Cow Pigeon is completely majestic and deserves to be seen by everyone) is that, when I love something, I crochet it. Well, you know that by now. You may have seen the latest design on Crochet Spot from yours truly, but if not, it’s this pattern for a pigeon…

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Which I designed for the sole purpose of crocheting Cow Pigeon! As you can see, his coloring is pretty complex, so I thought it best to make a basic pigeon first to get the pattern right. The next round will be an attempt to make the beautiful CP himself. I’ve got plenty of pictures for reference. 🙂

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I’ve seen this bird 15 times now, and it doesn’t get any less exciting. Honestly, some people just walk past him without even a sign of interest, and it makes me sad. Pigeons get a bad rap for being “rats with wings,” but as long as don’t you go around licking them, you’ll be just fine. Every single pigeon is this amazing, beautiful, miraculous creature and I wish more people took the time to recognize that.

With that said, would you be interested in seeing a list of all my Cow Pigeon sightings? I was thinking about making a reference page and I’d like to know if you’re interested! 🙂 And Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful readers. I don’t know what pigeons have to do with that, but hopefully it made you smile. ❤

The one with the craft fair

Hello! I’m feeling cheerful because I just finished my last final exam and winter break has officially begun. I figured what better way to celebrate than with colorful crochet? I wrote a 3-page, 7-page, and 13-page essay for various classes and am pretty tired of writing, so this post will mainly be pictures. 😉

I did my first ever craft fair and it was so much fun! My dad’s coworker told him about a holiday bazaar at her kid’s school, and I signed up as a vendor. My dad was kind enough to help me set up and move everything as well as being a calming presence throughout the fair. I’ve wanted to sell at a craft fair since I first learned to crochet at age 14, so it was amazing to check this goal off the list. It was really successful and people said super nice things about my crochet, so I left feeling good. 🙂

Enough blather, onto pictures! Don’t forget that if you like any of this, you can always visit my Etsy shop or shoot me a message for a custom order. 🙂

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I learned a lot from the experience, and I’ll post about it another time so others can benefit from my trial and error. Long story short: anything with eyes and a smile sells really well!

Have you ever sold at a craft fair? If not, would you like to? Tell me all! ❤