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Wonderball!

Now that I’m comfortable working in the round (as this trivet shows), I thought I’d set my sights on something more difficult: shapes! Last night, in preparation for the eyeball The Lady wants me to crochet her (no, seriously), I made my first sphere. Not only did it come out well, but the pattern I was using was written oddly about 7 rows in and I had to figure out some stuff on my own..which is something I’ve talked about before. I “get” crochet enough to be able to problem solve and that’s why I have never picked the knitting needles back up since 2007.

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As anyone who does amigurumi knows, being able to do this well has opened up a whole new world to me! Almost every amigurumi head is basically this creation, attached in different ways. Of course, when The Lady only wants an eyeball, not a whole body, things are much easier.

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I also wanted to show a shot of my “studio” because I built it after one of my readers, Denise, gave me the idea. To paraphrase the movie As Good As it Gets, she makes me want to be a better crafter  🙂

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PS: suck it, Spell Check, “crafter” IS a word!

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My Amigurumi Life May Have Just Changed!

I’ll admit it: I’m not the world’s greatest crocheter.  Heck, I’m barely above “advanced beginner.”  And when it comes to amigurumi, well, let’s just say I’ve only made 2 little creatures… and one’s leg is a little gimp.

For those who don’t know (and why would you, really), amigurumi is the art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals.  Or anthropomorphic creatures.  Here’s one of mine (with the gimp leg)

(He’s the one on the right.)

Anyway, today I came across http://www.knittink.com/amigurumi/, which is a free online amigurumi pattern maker!  I cannot wait to put this to use.  You just use the controls to change the shape of body parts, click “get pattern,” and it gives you the pattern.  How amazing is that?  I’m sure there’s some algorithm involved, but, as with all things algorithm-based, I prefer the word “magic.”

Here is the default page:

and here is an example I made that I envision being a little frog

via Craftzine


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