My First c2c Project!

Have you been a part of the c2c craze yet?

I tried it out a few months back to test it out and it is so easy to do! I started using up some Lily & Cream yarn that I had lying around with the hopes that I could use it up and make something from it. I used all that I had, but I only ended up making a couple squares. I then decided to use some old yarn from a frogged blanket and made some squares with that (pictured below) which I still have tucked away under our coffee table. While it was a neat method, I was never motivated enough to make an entire afghan or anything else for that matter.

Until now!

We have a cocktail arcade cabinet upstairs in our game room, and recently my husband has been playing it semi-frequently. One of his favorite games to play is Galaga and I decided that I’d like to make something special for him to compliment the game room. My plan is to make a c2c afghan (or graphgan, if you will) of the ship(s) and some of the enemies/bosses. I’m not planning on making it huge – just big enough to cover someone sitting on the couch.

(Side note: while searching for the Galaga wiki, I noticed that IGN gave it a 3/10 Haha!)

When I first started planning out the graphgan, I figured I would only need to use about six different panels to make the blanket big enough. My panels are going to be 17×18 “pixels” each which seem to measure out approx. 3/4″ per pixel. I am halfway done with my first panel and am thinking I may need to add two more panels to the blanket to make it a decent size since the width is only a little over a foot. But only time will tell. Maybe after the first panel is done I can get a better idea of what I’ll need to do.

Halfway there!

To design/plan out my graphgan I am using the website Stitch Fiddle where you can create your own crochet/knitting patterns, cross-stitch, charts, etc. I have made my 6 charts public if you happen to be interested. For reference, I also have the webpage for One Dog Woof’s c2c tutorial open so I can remember what I’m doing (sometimes my mind blanks haha).

What are your thoughts/opinions on the c2c method? Do you like it? Hate it? If you’ve finished a c2c blanket, or anything else with c2c, I’d love to see it! 

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll be weaving in ends. πŸ˜‰

Busy as a Bee

Okay – not really. 

But I made a bee! 🐝

It was a really quick workup and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Although, it does have some jogging (is that the right term?) under the body which I don’t much care for. I’ll have to go back and review the seamless jog tutorial… but I love it anyway!

I’m in the process of making a custom Dunsparce, but I need to make a trip over to Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s. The customer would like the blue I usually use to be a lighter turquoise or “pastel blue.” I was hoping I had something that would work in my stash so I wouldn’t need to go out (lazy!), but I only had two other shades of lighter blues. With my fingers crossed I made up two swatches to see if they might work and sent them for approval.

I thought the bottom blue looked really pretty against the pale yellow but they’d like a lighter version of the top shade. Dang.

But that’s okay – I really need to get out of the house anyway! This past weekend was spent potty training my 3-year-old so we couldn’t go anywhere since we had to get him to sit on the potty every 20 min. At the time of writing this post (Monday), he still won’t sit on the potty when he feels the need, but won’t make too much of a fuss when we tell him it’s time to use it. Hopefully he gets the hang of it soon so we can go places! 😐 

My MIL is coming by in the morning (Tuesday) and I’m hoping (🀞) that she’ll offer to watch him for a bit so I can make a run out. I’ll even offer to bring the baby! Until I grab some new options I’m at a standstill for prepping this guy. I’ve made everything I could that didn’t have the blue on it. 

I hope I can find something nice!

Make Over – Alpaca to Llama

Time for a new Make Over post!

This time around it is my alpaca pattern. I don’t recall if I ever posted about my alpaca on my blog, but I wrote this pattern back in 2013. That’s the same year I opened my Etsy shop and, at the same time, I was really into doing the monthly challenges in one of my Ravelry groups, Amigurumi Army. The theme at this time was fiber, so that meant we could make anything you could get fiber from such as llamas, sheep, alpacas, etc.

Also at this time I had just purchased the newest Harvest Moon which came (unbeknownst to me) with an alpaca plushie when purchased from GameStop. Typically, I don’t shop at GameStop because I hate their guts don’t care much for them, but I stopped by on whim to pick up this game. Luckily, they still had a few copies (and alpacas!) left and I was able to get my hands on ’em. Anywho, I attempted to make an alpaca similar to the plushie but wasn’t able to get it quite right. However, I still thought it was really cute and ended up listing it in my shop. Here’s what I ended up with:

Alpaca 1

I actually ended up selling it within a few weeks! This came as a shock to me because many listings end up being renewed at least once before they sell for the first time! I never made another one but had the pattern written down in my handy dandy crochet book (it’s one of the first few that I wrote in that notebook).

I probably wouldn’t have made one again, but a friend of mine recently asked me if I’d ever made a llama before because she is collecting llama items for a niece due in December. I told her I had made an alpaca and that it could probably pass as a llama (hehe) but I was willing to try to change it a little bit to make it more llama-like.

I’m no llama or alpaca expert (I know there are many differences between the two) but I know that one of the defining differences between the two are the ears. Alpacas have smaller more spear-like ears while llamas have long banana-like ears. So, I adjusted the ears from my pattern (which needed to be changed anyway. Yeesh!) to make them longer and more… floppy.

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(Excuse my messy countertop)

Aside from the ears, I kept the rest of the pattern pretty much the same! In hindsight, I probably should/could have made it in another color (like brown) but my friend was okay with the white. Woo hoo!

Okay, okay.

So this is BARELY a make over. But I don’t post on here often enough and needed some new material. πŸ™‚

Have a great week! ❀


PS – You may have already seen pictures of the llama on my Instagram. If you’re not following me yet, come find me! @pleasantplushies

A Whacka for my Bro

Finally – something new!

If you’ve been following me at all on my new Instagram (check sidebar for a link –>), you’ll have watched  my  attempt at crocheting a Whacka for my brother.  If you aren’t familiar with the oh-so-cute Whacka, here’s a picture:

 

whacka

(The source for this is in a previous post, but you can find more info here)

 I don’t know why I didn’t crochet one sooner – it’s super easy to do! The only thing I had an issue with was deciding whether or not I should attach his rocks to his body or just leave them lying flat next to him. So, here’s my question for you, dear readers:

Better 1? or 2?

I was going to leave the final answer to my brother; however, he left Whacka here after his recent visit so I got to mess around with it some more (honestly, I don’t think he realized it was for him – what a goober). At the time, he said that the flat rocks around Whacka were fine, but he may have just been saying that so I didn’t have to do any more work which is all fine and dandy, but not necessarily helpful. I don’t want to just settle on it, because eventually I want to list it! It’s been a while since I’ve added anything new to the shop (I still haven’t finished that ladybug!) and I’d like to up my inventory. Let’s be real – it can get a little tedious crocheting the same items over and over and over again. Not that I’m complaining. Well, maybe.

So, what do you think? Attached or no?

 Happy Sunday!

Follow me on Instagram!

Hey, all! Happy Sunday to you!

I recently created an Instagram account for my blog and I’d love for you to follow me! I promise not to bombard you with pictures of my kids (that’s what my personal account is for)! πŸ˜‰

I only have a few posts up at the moment, but have been pretty good at posting something once a day. I’m trying to use it as motivation to create more plushies/inventory. At the moment you can see my progress on this guy:

I’m not sure if I’m finished with him yet. He’s for my brother (who’s visiting us this weekend) so I’ll ask his opinion when he gets here. But I’m also looking for input from you guys! Any suggestions are always welcome. 😁

If you have Instagram, and you’d like to follow me for updates and other fun stuff, feel free to follow me! My username is – you guessed it! – pleasantplushies.

I hope to see you on there! 

PS: in case you were wondering about the Kickstarter I mentioned last time, it was fully funded with 3 days to spare! Woo hoo! I can’t wait to see what Vickie and the gang come out with! 😎

The Knit Show

Hey, all!

You may have seen this around the interwebs, but Vickie Howell has a Kickstarter going on for a new knitting show:

Vickie & Co are currently at 80% of their goal with 6 days left! Let’s make this happen! ❀

For those who’d like more information on this Kickstarter, please click here or scan the QR code above.

Make Over – Meat Boy Case

Howdy, y’all!

Today’s Make Over is about the Meat Boy DS case I made a while back.Β To refresh your memory (since it’s been almost 2 years!), here’s a picture of it:

Meat Boy DS Case

I originally made this to cover my 3DS but I never really liked it that much (let’s be real – it’s a little weird). So, it was placed inside my small box of finished items that I tend to forget about.

UNTIL NOW!

My husband was actually the one to remind me about it. About a month or so ago he picked up where he left off in Pokemon Blue (Or was it Red..?). Not important – but it’s from when he was 18! Anyway, since he was playing a Β Gameboy game, he needed to use an older device. He didn’t want to carry around the massive OG Gameboy so he settled for the Gameboy SP. He realized that he doesn’t own a carrying case for it and asked if I had anything available or if I could make him one. Then he remembered I had made this wonky DS case and he wanted to see if it fit (width-wise, obviously). So, we journeyed to the Island of Misfit Toys – I mean, the box ofΒ crap – I mean, the box of finished items! and pulled this bad boy out.

Since the case was much too long for an SP, my husband suggested I tear out half of it to get to the appropriate size. He also requested that I have the button on the backside so the front just had Meat Boy’s cute little face.

He also suggested I makeΒ a Bandage Girl for our other SP! Haha!

Are you interested in seeing the play-by-play? No? Tough! Here it is anyway:

First off, I needed to see just how much needed to be removed. It was a good 2-3 inches!

Next came the unraveling!

Ewwww it looks like braaaaiiiiinnnsss!

Next, I made the loop on the front side instead of the back and attached the button.

Annnnnnnnnnnd all done!

Perfect fit! And Meat Boy looks much better! πŸ™‚

What do you think? Better, right? His face could probably use a little update, but whatevs.

I like it!

Have a great weekend!

And Happy Anniversary to my husband and me! ❀

Smooches!