Amigirumi, fantasy, lopsided, PITA

The Lopsided dragon

Here we have my little lopsided dragon. I’m tempted to call this little guy Quasimodo, because I can’t sew straight to save my life. Well, considering you’re looking at my second ever Amirugumi, I suppose it’s not the worst. I may break down and remove the forehead horn and place it a little closer to the top, like the one on the right, but that depends mostly on whether I intend to sell it (shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AddledMabs?ref=hdr_shop_menu ) or just give it away, or let my son claim it, as he tries to do with almost everything I make.

Anyway. here’s the pattern: http://sweetncutecreations.tumblr.com/post/15562379629/kawaii-amigurumi-dragon-free-pattern

I LOVE this site. She’s got tons of adorable creations, she has no qualms about letting the makers of her patterns sell them, there is lots of free ones, and her directions are beautifully specific. Nothing in her directions is vague. My sole complaint came from the wings, and this may be that I’m misreading her directions, but they came out looking like a pair of rhombuses. (That is the plural of rhombus; I checked!) Either way, I had to do some fiddling to fix that. Also, I would have liked to do the wings in the same color as the rest of the dragon, which is actually in a greener green than the picture appears (natural lighting isn’t as great as everyone says) but I ran pretty low on yarn towards the end.

The funniest part of this? There are SO.MANY.FRIGGIN.PIECES! I’m not joking. There are absolutely 20 pieces to this little bugger, and with sewing the body in two colors, and sewing every single piece on by hand, this took me well over two days, and that’s with me not working (I teach. I have Christmas break. I’m not jobless.) Anyway, I made the pupils of the eyes, too (I just made a magic circle of 6, and then two single crochets in each, and then fastened off. Super simple). I did that because I don’t want to buy safety eyes. They’re not that safe, anyway –my dog could’ve chewed those out in 11 seconds flat, and did several times.

One million pieces for my dragon. And my coffee.

One million pieces for my dragon. And my coffee.

What makes this awesome? I should’ve said it right off. She pays very close attention to detail, even listing carefully when each piece ought to be sewn on, and adding a decrease to indicate feet on the legs, when most people would’ve just made plain old posts for legs. It’s so adorable, and carefully crafted. However, I must warn makers of this dragon: if you are not a very, super, uber tight crocheter, learn to crochet tighter, because even a smaller needle may not save you with this one.

So, anyway, A+ for awesome, if quite challenging. I can do complicated lace, but I don’t know if I want to take this guy on again for awhile. The fact that he’s lopsided is entirely my own fault.

Side view. Loving the little ridge line on his back.

Side view. Loving the little ridge line on his back.

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Amigirumi, christmas, PITA

Unicorn amigurumi

Pattern grade: A-

This unicorn looked deceptively simple to me. I started to do the picture posted at the bottom of my 1500 odd pins, but it does not lead to a pattern, alas. So, I used this one: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/unicorn-8

That comes from Ravelry, and if you haven’t signed up for Ravelry and you like to knit or crochet, that’s simply a travesty. You MUST! There are bazillions of free patterns. Most of the cutest ones are not free, but this one is, and it’s pretty dang cute.

Small amigirumi stuff is a pain, and that Crayola brand yarn that I mentioned in the last post still frays like crazy. I’ve nearly used up the entire skein, though, so I’ll stop complaining about it soon, since Crayola doesn’t make it any more. I’ve used up antique yarn! Maybe I shouldn’t have done that. Oh well.

My primary complaints about this, aside from the cuteness that makes it nearly irresistible, are that 1 – I was under the delusion that somehow I wouldn’t have sew on every.single.piece. and that there are parts where the patterns says, “decrease” and gives no indication as to how to decrease. I know how, mercifully, but if one were reading this and didn’t, I could see that as frustrating. There is more than one way to decrease! It’s uncivilized to spike my anxiety by making me wonder if I’m doing the wrong one.

I sewed my own eyes rather than do what the directions said (sew on safety eyes) and once again, I used one size smaller hook than instructed, mostly because I cannot find my F hook, but using an E was a good idea for me, because I tend to work more loosely than average. My son wants one of these now, and I’d rather sew my own eyes with yarn onto my eyelids. It’s awfully cute, but it’s an abominable pain in the ass to stitch together (henceforward PITA for short and for the rare sensitive soul who might read. Or the rare soul in general!

The bottom of the hooves and the horn are in Martha Stewart Lemon Chiffon and the hair, while the original was each strand in a different color, I chose a multi colored baby yarn (the brand of which I no longer recall.)

I think I may post this one on my Etsy page!

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