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. 🙂

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 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?

 

Solar Eclipse Amigurumi: Free Crochet Pattern

Two posts in two days? Unlike me! 🙂 But I wanted to do something to commemorate the solar eclipse that’s happening tomorrow. I happen to live in the path of totality (well, 99% totality), and it seems that we got the last few pairs of eclipse glasses in the country. All that’s left to do is find a good viewing spot amongst the hundreds of tourists that have flocked to the city. 🙂

Instagram has a special sticker for the solar eclipse, and I thought it was the cutest thing ever. So I had to make a commemorative amigurumi inspired by it.

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You could also modify this to make a lunar eclipse – just put the sun in front of the moon! 😉 I’m kidding. I know that’s not how lunar eclipses work, hehe.

Here’s the super cute sticker that inspired this. I can’t handle how adorable it is! ^__^

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Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn in light yellow, gold, and light gray. I used a mix of acrylic yarns like Red Heart Super Saver and Caron Simply Soft.
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook. I’ve been loving my new Clover ergonomic one…it saves my wrists!
  • 3 x 6MM safety eyes (you only need one for the sun).
  • Small amount of thin black yarn to embroider the mouth
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Stitch marker
  • A pink crayon for the blush (optional)

Notes

-I use US crochet terms in all my patterns.

-This is worked in amigurumi style, so don’t join your rounds.

-There are some strange construction steps, but I’ll walk you through them. 🙂

Here’s the view from the back. I wanted it to look more realistic (well, as realistic as amigurumi can get) by having the sun entirely visible from this angle.

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Sun

Circles (make 2 in light yellow)

1: 6 sc in a magic ring

2: 2 sc in each st around

3: *sc 1, 2sc* around

4: *sc 2, 2sc* around

5: *sc 3, 2sc* around

6: *sc 4, 2sc* around

Fasten off, invisible join.

Joining the circles

Hold the two circles together with the right sides facing out. Using gold, join to the stitch after the one you fastened off. You’ll be stitching through both circles. *Sc 5, 2sc* 4 times. Now switch to crocheting only on the BACK layer, so the front one is left unworked. *Sc 5, 2sc* 2 times. You’ll have a little opening. Sl st to join.

Ch 2, dc in next st. Ch 2, sl st in top of dc. Ch 2, sl st in next st.

*Ch 2, sk 1, dc in next st. Ch 2, sl st in top of dc. Ch 2, sl st in next st.* Repeat between * and * all the way around. At the end of the round, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

With the hole facing to the right, attach the eye between Rounds 3 and 4, one stitch up from the center. I waited to embroider the mouth until I’d sewn the sun and moon together.

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Circles (make 2 in light gray)

1-6: Work as for Sun.

Hold the two circles together with the right sides facing out. Using gray, join to the stitch after the one you fastened off. You’ll be stitching through both circles. *Sc 5, 2sc* 4 times. Now switch to crocheting only on the FRONT layer, so the back one is left unworked. *Sc 5, 2sc* 2 times. You’ll have a little opening. Sl st to join. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

With the hole facing to the left, attach the two eyes between Rounds 3 and 4, one stitch down from the center. I waited to embroider the mouth until I’d sewn the sun and moon together.

Essentially, the moon and the sun are the same in this pattern except for which side the hole is on.

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Assembly

Stuff the insides lightly, on the side away from the holes. We’ll add more stuffing as we sew.

Slide the sun and the moon together so they look like a solar eclipse: From the front, the moon should be overlapping the sun, and from the back, the sun should be overlapping the moon. Basically, you don’t want the sun sandwiched inside the moon, because that’s not astronomically correct: the moon does not gobble up the sun during a solar eclipse. 🙂

Sew the front edge of the moon to the sun with the gray tail. At this point, you can add in some more stuffing – you want it to be evenly distributed through both circles. Then flip it over and sew the sun to the moon with the gold tail. I left the sun rays loose and just sewed through Round 7.

Last, embroider mouths with black yarn. I decided to add some blush on their cheeks with pink crayon for some added cuteness. 🙂

Now you have your own solar eclipse to commemorate this amazing event!

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Are any of you planning to watch the eclipse tomorrow? Remember your eclipse glasses! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Amigurumi Fringe Observer

I am beyond excited about this project! I’m crocheting the main characters from my favorite TV show, Fringe. 🙂

You may have gathered by now that I’m a big fan of this show. It’s been off the air since 2013, but my parents spoke highly of it, so I started watching. It’s an absolutely fantastic show: the plot is complex and interesting, it’s science fiction for non-sciencey people, and the characters are likable and well-developed. Plus, it’s not overly violent or racy like a lot of the shows running today (although there are a fair amount of squeamish things), which is a win in my book. It was pulled from Netflix and Amazon Prime, so I was delighted when I found out all 5 seasons are on Go90. I know I sound like a Fringe spokesperson, but sadly I am not sponsored. 😛 I can’t recommend it enough, though!

Without giving away too much, there are characters in the show called Observers. As you might guess by the name, they just watch what’s going on, and they’re very mysterious (at least until season 5…) One of them is named September and is friends with Walter, who is the mad scientist of the main characters. What’s cool is there’s an Observer in every single episode of Fringe – some of them are easier to spot than others, but it’s fun to look for them!

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Here’s crochet September, and real September for comparison. 🙂

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This was one of the most fun amigurumi projects to date. I know I say this every time, but I think he might be my new favorite. Both of my parents thought he was hilarious, and he keeps making me giggle. Definitely one of the sillier amigurumi I’ve made, which is why I’m so pleased. 😀

Poor September looks quite chilly without his hat:

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Anyway, here are some details on the process! :}

Hat

Using Lion Brand Heartland in grayish black, and G hook:

1: 7 sc in a magic ring

2: 2 sc in each st around

3: *sc 1, inc*

4: *sc 2, inc*

5: *sc 3, inc*

6: sc around in back loops only

7-10: sc around

11: in front loops only, *dc 1, 2 dc* around. Join, fasten off, weave in ends.

Coat

Using Loops and Threads Woollike in Black, and C (2.75 MM) hook:

Body

Ch 22. Dc in 3rd ch and in each ch across.

2-5: Ch 2, turn, dc across.

6: Ch 2, turn, dc 2, ch 5, sk 5, dc in rest of stitches.

7-16 (10 rows): Ch 2, turn, dc across.

17: Ch 2, turn, dc across until 7 sts remain, ch 5, sk 5, dc 2.

18-22: Ch 2, turn, dc across

Sleeves

Ch 14, dc in 3rd ch and in each ch across

2-6: Ch 2, turn, dc across

Fasten off, sew sides together and sew sleeves to armholes.

Fold back lapels and sew down, then sew front of jacket together in one spot. Or you could attach a hook-and-eye clasp. I attempted this and discovered it was beyond my skill level. 😛

Tie

Using G hook and whatever yarn floats your boat:

Ch 8. Starting in second ch, work the following stitches across: sc, dc, hdc, sc 4. Fasten off, leaving long tail. Wrap the tail around the top of the tie to resemble a knot, then weave in end.

I chose to sew a snap onto the tie and his shirt so he could have interchangeable ties. Which means, should September feel like it, he can wear ties like this:

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Spiffy? 🙂 I’ve always wanted to see the Observers in brightly colored outfits!

I’m so excited to start on the rest of the Fringe team… are there any Fringe fans out there? What shows are you guys obsessed with? 😀 Thanks so much for your interest in my fandom crocheting, I really appreciate your lovely comments and you reading! 🙂 ❤

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Oso gonplei nou ste odon

Hello my faithful friends!

I’ve been watching The 100 for about a year now, and I’ve become a little obsessed. (By now you likely are familiar with my obsessive personality, so I doubt this comes as a surprise.) It takes place after a nuclear apocalypse where humanity lives in a space station, the Ark, and 100 teenagers are sent to the ground to see if the earth is habitable. Hence the name. 🙂 It’s definitely more violent than I care for, but the characters make it worth watching, so I’m hooked. I just caught up on all four seasons and am now waiting in agony with the rest of the fandom for Season 5. That cliffhanger was awful! 😛

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Another reason I like the show so much is that it has a language invented for it, created by the guy who did languages for Game of Thrones! It’s called “Trigedasleng” and it’s basically a derivative of English, and I believe it’s verbal only (of course you can transcribe it, but in the show they speak rather than write it). The title of this post is Trigedasleng and means “Our fight isn’t over.” I’m absolutely fascinated by languages, so I really enjoy this aspect of the show – I think it’s amazing that a linguist actually created a language with working grammar, and he translates stuff into Trigedasleng for the writers of The 100. Also, the grammar is super interesting because of how the verb tenses are formed: from what I understand, there are a bunch of little words added to verbs that make the tense different. Which is super interesting to me, a French and English major. (French has at least 12 verb tenses, including the subjunctive, which doesn’t exist at all in English – we just have a subjunctive “mood”!) But you probably didn’t come here for an unsolicited French grammar lesson, so let’s move on. 🙂

So I made Clarke and Lexa, two of the main characters! Clarke is the main character, and Lexa is introduced in Season 2. Major spoiler alert! Scroll down and highlight to read:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lexa is Clarke’s love interest later in the show, and I thought they were perfect for each other, so I wanted to pay homage to it in crochet form. :}

As usual, I used the Free Spirit pattern from By Hook, by Hand. Click on the ‘Fandomgurumi’ link at the top of the screen to see the basic details of how I do fandom dolls! My sister helped me do Lexa’s warpaint, with some of her eyeshadow. I’m very grateful for her help, and I absolutely love how it turned out!

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Clarke Griffin

I’m trying something new and just posting the notes I took. If you’re keen on making one of these dolls, it should be fairly self-explanatory by the time you get to my notes, but please feel free to ask for clarification!

Same as Cinder’s pants and shirt.

She has a quilted coat in the show, so I learned a new stitch for this purpose: the Diamond Stitch, with a super awesome tutorial from Hopeful Honey! I used Loops and Threads Woollike and a C (2.75 MM) hook. For the sleeves, I chained 17, and for the main coat body I chained 40. Then when it came time to divide for the armholes, I left nine stitches for the fronts and three for the armholes. Other than that, I worked straight in the pattern.

Hair was Red Heart Super Saver in this light blonde color. I think it’s called “Buff.”

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Shirt

Using 2 strands of Loops & Threads Woollike held together, and an E (3.50 MM) crochet hook:

Ch 30.

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and in each ch across (28)

Row 2-4: Ch 2, turn, hdc across

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, hdc 10, ch 8, sk 8, hdc 10

Row 6-9: Ch 2, turn, hdc across

Row 10: Cut the yarn. Flip the shirt over so the WS of Row 9 is facing, skip 10 stitches, and join to the 11th one. 2 hdc in that st. Hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st. *Hdc 1, 2 hdc in next st* 2 times. Now work on the chain side, and do the same thing: skip 10 stitches and work that same sequence. Do not join; we’ll be working in rows, and sewing it up the side once it’s on the doll. (That whole thing counts as Row 10.)

Row 11: Ch 2, turn. Hdc across, doing one increase at each armpit.

Row 12-14: Ch 2, turn, hdc across. Fasten off.

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Corset

Using Patons Metallic yarn (I think that’s the name), and a G hook:

Ch 30, sl st to join.

Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2). Sk 2 sts. *Dc, ch 2, sk 2 sts* around, sl st to 3rd ch.

Ch 5, sk chain sp, dc in next dc. *CH 2, dc in next dc* around, sl st to join.

Shoulder Guards:

Using same yarn and hook, ch 4, 7 dc in 3rd ch from hk. Fasten off.

Cape

Using dark red yarn and an H (5.00 MM) hook:

Row 1: Ch 31. Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next ch, hdc 3, dc to end.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn (or use a standing dc). Dc until 7 sts remain. Hdc 5, sc 2.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc 2, hdc 3, dc to end.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sl st loosely across.

Fasten off and sew to shoulder guard on left shoulder.

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The hair was the really fun part! I followed this YouTube tutorial and was super happy with the result. Although it’s really implausible that Lexa could manage this hairdo on her own, but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief. The costumes on this show are amazing!

 

Have any of y’all watched The 100? Are there any shows you’d recommend to watch in the long wait for season 5? 😉

Thank you so much for reading! I’m so grateful for your blogging friendship. ❤

 

My Final English Project – “Ghosts” Amigurumi

I’m super excited for today’s post! This has been in the works for about a month or so, and I really wanted to share it with you guys. The short story is that I managed to get permission to crochet something for my English 104 final project. But you know me, I can never keep it to a short story…so if you want the long one, keep reading! 🙂

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I don’t really mention “everyday” life here, because it’s not conducive to a happy crochet blog! But a little background: I’m an English major in my first year of college, and one of my classes this term was ENG 104: Intro to Literature. It was a really fascinating class because my teacher taught it with a theme: “Illness Narratives.” This meant we read a bunch of pieces about illnesses, and analyzed not only things like literary devices and authorial intent, but also the perception and portrayal of illnesses in the media. This is something I’ve thought about quite a lot, having mental health problems myself, and it was wonderful to explore it in this class.

One of the assigned “textbooks” was actually a book I had previously read and loved: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. My sister and I love Telgemeier’s graphic novels, and she owns them all and kindly lets me borrow them. Ghosts just came out this year, so I was astonished to see it in the syllabus. Here’s the summary:

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

 

It’s a really fantastic book and I can’t recommend it enough. For our final project, we had three options: a creative writing project, an art project, or a seven-page literary analysis (!). I opted for the art project, despite the fact I can barely draw a stick figure (much to my chagrin, as I would love to be able to doodle in class without mortifying myself). I can’t draw, but I can crochet… 😀

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My project was about the connection between visible and invisible illnesses, and I used Cat and Maya from Ghosts to illustrate this – Maya has cystic fibrosis, which is a very visible illness because of her breathing tube, while her sister Cat suffers from anxiety, which is a mental illness.

For the art project, we had to do a 2-4 page analytical essay describing how our project related to the course content, and incorporating several texts from the term. After a conference with my teacher, mine turned into 5 pages. 😛 And I decided to upload it here in case any of you were interested in reading it – not that you have to, because it’s kinda long and definitely not about crochet, but perhaps you’re curious. 🙂

The other book I reference in this essay is Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face, which is a fascinating read and one I would recommend as well.

Here’s the link if you’re interested in reading: Visible and Invisible Illnesses

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I was really excited to incorporate crochet into my English class – it’s been such a fun term! And my dolls weren’t even close to the best project (not that it’s a competition) – I was really lucky to have such fantastic classmates. I think my next post will include the details on how I made Cat and Maya, because this post is pretty long already. 🙂

Have you guys read any of Raina Telgemeier’s books? I’m not usually a graphic novel person, but I really enjoy her work! And if you do happen to read my essay, I’d absolutely love to hear your thoughts – I’m still waiting to get a grade on this one, so fingers crossed, haha. 🙂 Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!