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! ❤

The one with the amigurumi mountain

Can you tell from the title format that I’ve been watching way too much FRIENDS?

This is a super silly crochet project I finished a few months ago. The story behind it is that, after living in a flat state for most of my life, my family moved to a state that contains a lot of mountains. I absolutely love seeing mountains every day (except for when it’s foggy and the mountain is feeling shy), and I’ve grown really attached to “our” mountain, as I’ve come to think of it. And when I really like something, of course I have to crochet it.

Here’s the mountain in question (Mount Hood).

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And here’s the amigurumi version.

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It makes me giggle, and I like being able to hug a mountain! I used the adorable pattern by Petits Pixels, which was well-written and worth the purchase. It’s not completely done (the pattern includes a rubber-duck floatie that I think Mount Hood would love to wear), but I’m quite satisfied with it so far. It’s not really an accurate interpretation of Mount Hood, which is very pointy, but oh well. (I really hope there are no eruptions in the near future that will make this shape a reality.)

I’d never actually been to Mount Hood, just seen it from a distance, until my family went on a trip to Timberline Lodge. That’s where I got the close-up picture in this post. It’s absolutely stunning, and I was squealing for the majority of the trip. Also, the movie The Shining was filmed at Timberline Lodge, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to do some fangirling:

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I just wish I had crocheted the mountain before the trip, for a good photo-shoot opportunity!

Do you guys have a favorite landmark in your state or country? It’s funny how attached you get to your surroundings after a while. I hope you’re all having a lovely Thursday!

P.S. Three chapters of my book By the Sea are up on Wattpad now – please check it out if you get a chance! You’ll have my eternal gratitude.

P.P.S. What do you think of the new theme I’m testing out?

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Amigurumi Monday: Occamy

Hi friends! I thought it might be fun to start a post series featuring my many amigurumi, many of which haven’t been featured on the blog yet. In the future, I may take my fandomgurumi on photo shoots, which is a lot of fun. 🙂 I’m planning for these to be short posts so I can keep up with them regularly – goodness knows I have enough amigurumi to keep a steady supply of posts ready.

Today I’d like to introduce you to the Occamy:

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He’s made from the wonderful free pattern by Fillie Fanatic, which was well-written and easy to follow. The Occamy is a creature from the Fantastic Beasts movie that I absolutely loved, so I was delighted when I saw this pattern and could make my own. He’s living on my Harry Potter bookshelf, but the above photo was taken an early college morning (as evidenced by the Starbucks cup, before I gave up caffeine!) Turns out the Occamy can be worn as a very fashionable bangle bracelet. Not sure how he feels about that. 🙂 In any case, it was a very fun project, if a little fiddly with the embroidery floss and small hook.

Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?