FO: Wark!

Several years ago, I made some cactuar plushes as Christmas gifts for my brother-in-laws. They were a huge success so I wanted to add on to their growing plush collection this year with another set of iconic Final Fantasy creatures: chocobo!

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Aren’t they so adorable!? They were a little harder to make than I thought they would be, but I’m very satisfied with the finished product. I’m already planning on making a couple for me and T after my fingers recover. (The head feathers were so tiny, I could barely hold them when I was crocheting them. It was actually kind of painful!)

One of the reasons I’m so glad (and relieved) that they came out so well is because I had an accident while making them. I had thought that the pattern called for worsted weight yarn, but it was fingering weight! (Oops!) Since I only had worsted weight to work with, I just went ahead with the pattern. It was too late at that point to buy different yarn or find another project. (I seriously finished these little guys the day before I gifted them. It was a close call!)IMG_3262-1

When I did gift them, they were a huge hit! The recipients seemed super pleased and even took all the family Christmas photos with their chocobo. I was really excited to see how much they liked them.

If you’re interested in crocheting one these cuties, the pattern is Small Chocobo by Joey Kuan on Ravelry. I just used a bunch of yarn that I had sitting in my stash; a combination of Caron Simply Soft in Pumpkin, Sunshine, and White and Red Heart Super Saver in Cafe Latte. Even though the pattern calls for safety eyes, I couldn’t find any in time to attach them so I used bits of black yarn instead.

 

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FO: Cutest jellyfish in the world

My project page on Ravelry just hit 50 unique projects! It’s so cool to be able to look back at everything I’ve made, from practical wool scarves and hats to cute plushes and cozies. Many of these items were made as gifts, but as I browsed through some of my past projects I realized that I hadn’t made anything for my sister yet!

January is her birthday month so I finally took the opportunity to make her a little something. She loves jellyfish and the color purple so I knew this would be the perfect gift.

Behold! The cutest jellyfish in the world!

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It only took me two evenings of crocheting to complete this project. I binge watched the first season of Sherlock as I worked, and the time flew right by. I really enjoyed working up this little guy. He is so adorable, I think I need one for myself. Just look at that little face!

If you are interested in crocheting one of these cuties for yourself, the pattern is Friendly Jellyfish by ChiWei Ranck. I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in Amethyst and Rosey II. One skein of each was enough to finish with some left over. Thinking about making some washcloths with the remains. I could always use more washcloths…

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For the features, I used a pair of 9mm safety eyes, as the pattern called for them, and a bit of left over black fingering weight yarn for the mouth.

It took quite a bit of hunting before I found the 9mm eyes, so I’ll save you some time; Michael’s doesn’t carry them at all, but you can find them at Joann or Hobby Lobby in the aisle with the dolls and doll clothing. Or you can order them online, if neither of these stores are available to you.

FO: Ridiculous Pom Pom Hat + Octopus Buddy

I’ve finished some of the larger projects that I’ve wanted to work on so I decided to take this opportunity to make some instant gratification projects. Honestly, these are almost the best kind of projects, in my opinion. It only takes a couple hours before you get to say “Check this out! I made this!”

It’s been ages since I’ve crocheted, so I decided to pick a crochet project at random from my queue. I love having weird stuffed buddies so I was very excited when this project came up. (I bought the yarn ages ago and forgot to make the project, apparently!)
I love how he came out! I had a hard time with the corkscrews on the last project I made that had them, but they came out great this time around. I must’ve done something wrong before, but I have no idea what, ha ha!

As for the hat, I’ve crocheted several before, but I really wanted to try knitting one this time. I’ve had a thing for pom poms here lately since I bought some Clover brand pom pom makers. I made the pom pom for this hat from the largest one available and it’s just too cute! I can’t wait for winter so that I can wear this!

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Patterns
Kawaii Octopus Amigurumi
Mandelbrot

Yarn

(Octopus Buddy) Red Heart Multis in Bikini
(Hat) Yarn Bee Melody in Harlequin
I Love This Yarn in Sagey Tweed