Kirby & Bronto Burt

Leading up to my oldest son’s birthday in June, I began to make a few smaller amigurumis. If you’ve followed me for a while, you may have noticed that I tend to make rather large plushies and I wanted to switch things up a bit.

I’ve started to use a 4mm hook instead of my usual 5mm hook to see the differences between the sizing and stitch gaps. I’ve also had plans to make smaller versions of my plushies just so it won’t take as long to create! But I haven’t done that yet.

Anywho, my husband and son had just recently finished Mario 64 (the camera angles in that game make it hard as balls – no joke) and were trying to find a new game to play together. My husband decided to test out Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Unfortunately, the gameplay was a little too complicated for my (now) 4-year old and he was too frustrated to play.

BUT.

While they were playing, I decided to whip up a little Kirby for him to play with. I made this one with a 4mm hook and did it freehand (I have a pattern for a larger one, but I thought a small one would be cute). After I made him, I decided to make a Bronto Burt!

Aren’t they so cute?

The little Kirby is all cute and squishy. Bronto Burt was also made with a G hook but turned out a bit larger! Apparently, one of my G hooks was a 4mm, which I assumed ALL G hooks were, but the other one was 4.25mm! Whaaat? (I feel like I knew this at one point but forgot.) I was a little bummed to find this out, but they both turned out so adorable so I can’t be mad!

Here’s what happens when kids are around and you’re trying to take pictures:

Baby spoons!

As I mentioned before, I was in a mini plush phase, so I also whipped up a little Bob-omb as well! For the most part, the mini Bob-omb was also made freehand but I did use some of my usual Bob-omb pattern. I think the main changes were his feet and eyes.

What a cute, little trio! 🙂

I think that Bronto Burt is a little bit underrated. He’s so dang cute AND he’s one of the first enemies you’ll see in Kirby games! He needs some love, too! ❤

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Katie – Animal Crossing

Here it is! Another one of my summer projects: Katie!

If you don’t recognize this cute little kitty, this is Katie from Animal Crossing. I believe she’s been in all of the AC games (except maybe Happy Home Designer). In one game, you’ll find her near the train station looking for her mother. In another, you’ll meet up with her after returning from another town and she’ll wander around town with you!

Back in May, which is when I crocheted her, she had a garden event in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. If she’s had any more since then I am unaware as I haven’t played recently (I should get back to it). She’s such a cute little kitty and I just had to make her!

I just love the little details such as her hair and her little hat! I also did her ears a bit differently than I do my usual ones. I think they turned out purrfect! Heh.

I also gave her a little backpack to carry her things around in. Well, it’s really more of a tote bag since I couldn’t figure out how to make a working backpack. But it slips right over her little arms!

Well? What do you think? I may be biased, but I think she’s adorable. Unfortunately, a lot of people I showed her to couldn’t remember who she was.

But you remember, don’t you? I’m not the only one who likes her… am I?

Until next time!

Katie is available in my shop as made to order. At the time of this posting, I have one ready to ship! 🙂

Baby Groot by Twinkie Chan

Hello, friends!

September is here and school is back in session. My oldest is back in preschool and seems to be enjoying it more this time around. There have been no tears and he’s always happy when I return to pick him up. I think part of it is that he knows most of the kids in his class and sees his teachers from before. I’m hoping he keeps it up for a while before the “I don’t want to go to school” thing starts up. *fingers crossed*

Now I just need to figure out what to do with my youngest. They cancelled the Parent Participation class at the school so that’s out… I guess we need to go make some friends!

Anyway, my summer went well. How was yours?

On the crochet front, I worked on several different projects and even fulfilled two commissions which I don’t normally do. One of the projects was from my cousin’s wife (do I call her my cousin? I don’t know…). One of their friends was getting married and she asked if I could make an ami of their dog – I may or may not post about that at a later time. After some struggle, I did manage to finish it and sent it off! I have a little peak of the finished pup on my Instagram page.

The other commission I had was for a Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. A friend of mine from high school has two little girls and she wanted to surprise them with a little Groot of their own. At the time, I didn’t really have it in me to make my own pattern. But I remembered that Twinkie Chan had made a Baby Groot a while back and that she had the free pattern for it on her blog! I sent my friend a link to the blog post and asked her if she approved – she said yes. Yay!

So, I grabbed my tools and made sure I had the correct colors and got to work. Right away I had to make a few changes due to the materials I had on hand. Twinkie Chan uses a tweed for the body/head and a thread-like yarn for the leaves. I don’t own either of those things I used what I had: Red Heart Cafe Latte and Spring Green.

Overall, this pattern was very easy to follow and I highly recommend it if you’re looking into making your own Baby Groot! The vine and leaf placement are entirely up to you so it makes it very customizable. Oh, and did I mention the arms are poseable? Yup! The magic of pipe cleaners. The only thing I was missing was a cute little pot to put it in. As you can see, I only had a larger terra cotta pot which kind of swallowed him up!

When I completed the plushie, I posted some photos of it on my IG and another one of my friends asked me to make one! This time it was for a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary. Awwww…

Definitely check out Twinkie Chan’s pattern if you’re looking to make your own Baby Groot! I might just have to make one for myself – it’s so dang cute!

See you soon!

More photos of Baby Groot:

For more details, check my Ravelry project page here! 🙂

Then Vs Now: Mario Mushroom

Happy Saturday!

So, I feel like I shouldn’t really categorize this under “Make Overs” because the pattern hasn’t been adjusted in any way. Also, it’s not my pattern.

I just thought it would be fun to see how my crochet skills have developed since I began crocheting amigurumis, like, 5+ years ago!

If you can’t tell, the top left was my first attempt. At this point, I was just beginning and still was not aware of the whole “right” and “wrong” side thing. My sewing skills were a bit lacking – they still aren’t great, but I’ve definitely improved! Also, I think I may not have stuffed the mushroom properly. It seems a little… floofy? Ha!

If you’d like to make your own Mario Mushroom, use this pattern by Ami Amour!

Let’s Play Catch-up!

Well, it’s already April.

Where the heck did March go?! One minute I was working on March’s “Meet the Maker” (yeah, that didn’t pan out – but more on that in a minute) and the next thing I knew it was Easter! It could be because I have kids, but the time just seems to go by so fast now. You know, unlike the K-12 years which seem to drag on and on and on. Ha!

Since we’re on the topic of Easter, let’s start with that for our catch-up.

Because my kids get royally spoiled by their Grandparents when it comes to holidays involving gifts, I didn’t go overboard on their Easter baskets this year:

I filled both of the baskets with 3-5 large plastic eggs containing fruit snacks (more in my youngest’s since he didn’t have much else put in his basket), a Reese’s chocolate bunny, and a plushie. Also included in my oldest’s basket was a “carrot” filled with Reese’s Pieces and a Kinder egg. He used to watch those mystery egg videos so I thought he’d love it – he was underwhelmed. Heh.

For the plushies, I used free patterns from Ami Amour! I made the chick for my oldest and the duck for my youngest. I’ve made the chick in the past but I have no clue where it is! So, I felt it was time to make a new one and what better time than Easter? (I’ll need to find my old one so I can compare them!) You can find the “Eggy the Cute Chick” pattern here.

The duck pattern was released right before Easter and it is too cute! It’s also smaller than I thought it would be – I was thinking it’d be about the same as the chick. But he’s so cute and squishy! I almost added in a plastic egg filled with rice to make it into a shaker, but it made the duck too hard. You can find the “Fair is Fowl” pattern here.

Here are the two plushies on their own playing spin the egg:

They are both just too cute! If you want something quick to make for Spring or for your kiddos, I’d recommend these two.

Onto the next item on our list!

…what do you mean there’s no list? Oh, there is. It’s a mental list – the best kind! The one where the items magically disappear when you need them.

Alright – so we’re going back in time now. Exactly a week prior to Easter, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary! Now, the traditional gift to give for your 6th anniversary is iron. But… what the heck am I going to give him that involves iron?! One suggestion online was golf clubs, but that’s not our jam. My friend made jokes about a ball and chain or sword. And, later on, my husband said cast iron skillet (but he doesn’t cook anything involving one, sooooo why?). At this point, it was a few days before our anniversary (I totally forgot!) and there wasn’t time to order anything. So, I decided to make something instead.

I searched and searched and FINALLY saw a photo that saved me:

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Donuts? For an anniversary gift?! Woo hoo!

But, there was a catch – I didn’t want him to be like, “Why are you trying to make me fat?!” So, I opted for some crochet donuts instead…

Okay.

I also made some donuts.

Because I like donuts.

I was going to go buy some, but my lazyness got the better of me (hey, I have two kids I’d have to pack up, etc). So, I found a recipe for some baked donuts that use a cake mix and made those.

They were… not that great. Oh, well.

The crocheted donuts, on the other hand, were super cute!

I found a YouTube video from Jayda InStitches and used that for 5 of the donuts. They were super easy to make!

Then my friend, the same one who suggested a sword, said that I needed to include a heart-shaped donut, too! I remembered that Twinkie Chan had made her heart donut pattern available for free on Valentine’s Day and made my way over to her YouTube channel.

Here are the completed donuts:

They’re so small!

Now that I’ve made some donut patterns from other people I want to try my hand at making my own. I just need to get on that. Someday. It’s interesting to see the different techniques used to make them!

Alright – next item on the “list!”

I also made a Diglett!

I adapted my Whacka pattern to make this guy since they are such a similar shape. Easy peasy.

I’ve already added him to my Etsy shop!

Let’s see… what else is there to mention?

Well, I guess the last thing to talk about is the March “Meet the Maker” prompt I was trying to follow on Instagram (started – didn’t finish).

Prompt by @joannehawker on IG

I think I might have been doomed from the start considering I didn’t even start posting until a few days in!

If you’re already following me on IG, then you’ll have seen that I got up to Day 17! That’s more than halfway – I really should have just finished it. What kept happening is that I wouldn’t post and then I’d have to catch up and it started to get annoying… Oh, well.

Here are a few examples:

Day 16: Helper

Day 7: Routine

Day 8: Flatlay

It was interesting seeing everyone else’s posts during this time and learning new things about the artists I follow!

I’m thinking that maybe I’ll finish them up in a blog post at a later time. What do you think?

Well, I guess that’s it for now! I think I’m all caught up on here now. As always, I’ll promise to be more active, but you know how that goes! I may just start doing a monthly post instead. 😉

Until next time!

It’s Poogie Time!

My husband has been playing a lot of Monster Hunter World recently – anyone else?

I’ve never played it myself, but it has this cute little pig in it called a Poogie! My husband has said to me in the past (before this particular game was out) that I should make one. I, of course, added it to my mental to-do list which always seems to be mentally deleted. Whoops.

So, I studied a few pictures of it, including some screenshots of my husbands game, and got to work! Originally, I was going to use white and teal because I was loosely basing it off of a plush they sold at one point. However, I found this lighter teal in my yarn stash from a different project and it is a perfect match to the outfit Poogie is wearing in Monster Hunter World! I was also just winging it on the amount of stripes to use and we ended up counting those, too. Gotta have it as close as possible! The only thing I didn’t include was the buttons on his back. I’m not sure if that is a normal inclusion on previous Poogie generations, but I didn’t want to use them on this one.

I did use a new technique on this little guy! Where his head leaves his sweater/pajamas/bodysuit(?) I did the first row of beige in the 3rd loop which is on the inside of the plushie. This gave it a bit more definition than if I had just done it in the back loop which I had done originally. It looks so much better this way!

For Poogie’s tail, I found a cute bow pattern online from Daisy Cottage Designs! I went down to a size F hook, I believe, to make sure it was small enough. I also used a pipe cleaner in his tail to make sure the tail had a cute little curl.

Poogies also have ridiculously long ears! Haha! I probably should have made them slightly longer and even added in pipe cleaners to those, too. But I think they look fine as is… although maybe a smaller hook might be a good idea as well. Hmm… thoughts for next time! It’s always a good idea to update a pattern once in a while to change the things you may not have been 100% on in the first place. Plus, it will give me a future post. I’m also thinking of making a regular pig based on this pattern as well.

Well? What do you think? I think Poogie turned out great!

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Poogie is now available in my Etsy shop as made to order! I’d love it if you’d check it out and share it with your friends! 🙂

Getting into the Valentine’s Day Spirit!

Hello and Happy Monday!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and my V-day crafting is in full swing! I’m generally not one to hype up this particular holiday, but the feeling was just so right this year!

So far I’ve made a bunch of hearts, some red and pink bees, and a few sets of my Mini Meat Boys and Bandage Girls (which aren’t really V-Day on their own, but whatevs). You can find all but the hearts in my Etsy shop (but if you’d like some hearts, I’d be more than happy to include some)!

Here are a few photos:

If you’re following me on Instagram (which I hope you are!) then you’ve already seen these. I’m much more active on there than I am on my poor, forgotten blog…

I’ll try to make more posts – promise! 😉

What are you making for Valentine’s Day?

If you need some inspiration, check out my old Fresh Friday post that has a bunch of cute crochet ideas!

Have a great week! ❤️