I was looking for a way to create seamless joints in crocheted toys, and while I was aware of the button method I had no idea about the thread or safety eye method. This will definitely come in useful for the pattern I’m making.
As you may or may not have seen from my last post, I am making a unicorn pattern based on the one I made for my friend. I’m not just changing a few rows here and there, it’s more like using it as a base and adding and taking away things, or changing things completely. I think what I have done so far is sufficiently different from the original pattern to be called it’s own.
Bear in mind this is a WIP, and I still have the horn and legs to do. I am changing the tail as it just doesn’t match with the mane at all and it’s a bit too low down to look right. The colours are from yarn in my stash that I just had a lot of, but I’m regretting the black for testing and modifying, it’s so hard to see. :<
I tried doing short-ish legs but they just looked odd with the full sized head and body, so I’m thinking either proportioned legs or longer than usual legs? I’ll be trying these out later today when it’s not 3am, but I was wondering what people thought. He’s about 5 inches tall right now without limbs.
I’ll probably use safety eyes instead of buttons since this won’t be child safe anyway with the mane the way it is, unless I decide I like the aesthetic or if other people like it.
I’m happy with it so far, but I’ll see how I feel after I have some sleep, but right now I’m proud with what I came up with. Nothing I have made so far has followed the original pattern exactly, just as a guide for measurements. The head is a completely different shape as well, more realistic and less cute. I’d prefer it if it was a bit cuter but I’m not sure how to do that without making it silly. Maybe bigger eyes or a wider top head? Figure that out later.
I think I have finally made the decision to make and sell crocheted items, specifically toys. I am currently trying to write and make a pattern that is similar to what I made for my friends birthday, but different enough so I’m not copying or whatever. I guess I’m using that pattern as a base or guide to get basic shapes right? Usually I just guess.
As you can see there are a lot of changes and re-writes. There will probably be more to come and with gradually change more and more.
I was thinking of making them all or most OOAK (One of a Kind) since doing the same thing over and over does get a bit boring after a while, however I was also thinking of making an LGBT*QIA (or whatever that acronym is now) section, so there would be asexual pride unicorns and gay pride unicorns and genderqueer pride unicorns etc etc and I don’t think I’d get bored of that? I’ll see how it goes.
Your least favorite?
I’m not sure what my least favourite would be, probably the amount of stuffed toys I have made. They don’t really have a use (and crocheting them takes less time)
What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?
Definitely my Dragonfly Wings shawl/scarf. It’s the first shawl I made and I had beading on it too, and I just want to wear it all the time. It’s way too hot for that now but in Autumn and Winter it’ll be lovely.
As you might have noticed if you’ve looked at my profile, I identify as a panromantic asexual. This means that I do not experience sexual attraction, but I am capable of feeling romantic attraction for every gender. This doesn’t mean I don’t want or have sex, and there are plenty who do (including me) because they enjoy it. There are asexuals out there who do not want or desire sex though, or do just for their partner.
I can find people attractive, because there are things such as aesthetic attraction and sensual (I hate that word) attraction. Here is a list and what they mean: http://asexualeducation.tumblr.com/post/16002477979/different-types-of-attraction
As you can see this can get quite complicated quite quickly, which is why I didn’t realise I was asexual until a few months ago. There is also the misconception that asexual = celibate, which is just not true. I knew I wanted to have sex at some point and found I it was fun so the thought didn’t occur to me. I just thought I was either a confused heterosexual or a confused bisexual. This started from around 12 years old.
How long did it take from the time your learned how to knit, to finish your first project?
Probably about a month. I wanted to make sure I knew the stitches properly and I was busy crocheting too.
How did you learn how to knit?
Various videos on Youtube and KnittingHelp. I also practiced a lot before I started on my first project.
I managed to get a lift from a friend to help get me to my friends house where the party was being held, and the first thing we saw was a giant inflatable slide. When she said bouncy castle I thought she just meant a small thing, not a huge tall slide. It was fun to go down though.
I had hastily wrapped her present in an old box I found and covered it in wrapping paper. I had the genius idea of covering the inside with duct tape, since it hid the joins. Improvisation is my strong point, how do you think I passed English?
I personally think it looks like an improvised coffin, but it worked and she got to the party safely. I guess my friend could also reuse the box too, so that’s a thing.
Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?
I have a Military Cardigan I started sometime last year still only halfway done. I’m thinking of undoing it and starting a new project, but that won’t be before I finish my current jumper.