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:

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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. 🙂

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

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Make Over – Meat Boy Case

Howdy, y’all!

Today’s Make Over is about the Meat Boy DS case I made a while back. 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  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 of 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 make 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! 🙂

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!

No-Face (Spirited Away)

Spirited AwayIt’s been a while since I have done a pattern make over.

You may recall (a long, long time ago) that I have trouble making faces for my amis. In that post, I gave you all a glimpse of an old project as one of my example of bad faces:

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If you are not familiar with it, this is No-Face from the animated film Spirited Away. Here is a picture from the film:

No-Face

(Click photo for source)

I attempted to make No-Face waaayyy back in 2012 for my brother. As I look back for my pattern, which I thought I had written down in its entirety, I have realized that I barely wrote anything down!

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Thanks, me. Thanks.

Look at the bottom of that… “Face” and “Mouth?” Are you kidding me? Hey, past self… what were you thinking? Oh, that’s right – I was just winging it because I had no idea what I was doing! At this point in time, I wasn’t yet writing out patterns to make them on a regular basis (my Etsy shop was still 9 months from opening). Besides, this was a gift!

But it’s been almost 3 years.

I think it’s about time I finish up this pattern. I hate leaving it incomplete. It’s still in Notepad for goodness sake! I put them all in Word Documents now. It must be transferred!

But first – a little update on the first No-Face:

This is No-Face.

This is No-Face.

He’s been experiencing life, going to school…

No-Face 2

Needless to say, he’s a little broke.

This parking ticket didn’t help things.

No-Face 3

He’s had to cut back a bit. Poor guy.

No-Face 4

…and that’s all I got.

I asked my brother to send me a picture of No-Face because I didn’t have any. He decided to be creative and sent me all of those. So, I felt I needed to give him a little story.

I’m not the most creative when it comes to storytelling… it’s hard enough for me to figure out what to write in my blog posts!

🙂

Well, after a few days of working on him on and off, I finally finished him!

I give you the new-and-improved No-Face!

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I like this one so much better (but don’t tell my brother)!

For whatever reason, I made the first one with a weird-shaped head. I think I had a reason for it, but I can’t figure out what. I still have a slight shape to this one but it is very minimal.

I also changed the mouth a little bit. I added more teeth and it is slightly bigger but more clean.

And, of course, I took more care with the face itself to make it look a bit  neater. I used the face shape from my Shy Guy so it is less wonky than before.

Overall, I like how it turned out! He looks cute. Such a happy little guy!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

A Slight Alteration

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a great Christmas/Holiday and that your New Year’s was happy and safe!

My Christmas went over nicely. It seemed like this year it was a little harder to pick out presents for people! There are those who are easy to shop for and then there are those who buy what they want all year so by the time Christmas comes around there isn’t anything left they want! Then there is myself who, truly, had no ideas on what I wanted (which made it difficult for others).

Here’s a little example of some crochet related items I received:

Since we are on the subject of gift giving can I bring up one thing? As a disclaimer, this is my own opinion and you may or may not agree with me. I apologize if I offend someone.

While I am all about giving people your own handmade creations, there really is a point when it becomes too much (at least in my opinion). For instance, if you love to crochet afghans/blankets and you tend to give them out every year to the same people, well, it gets a little old. Thus, I tend to only make a few things and they are typically small and easy to store.

For example, as mentioned in my last post, I crocheted a cute infinity scarf for my aunt and gave it to her as her “secret Santa” gift. The reason I felt comfortable doing so is because I have never given her anything crocheted before. However, now that I have given her one I won’t be giving her another anytime soon.

I do understand that if money is a little tight a handmade gift may be the  only option. BUT… get a little creative! 😀 (Getting 5 scarves for Christmas is a bit much)

Anyway. Enough of THAT.

You may recall a few posts ago that I made up a little puppy from the game Harvest Moon. If you can remember that, then you may also remember that I said I needed to adjust it a little bit.

Well, today was the day!

The only thing I decided to change was his body. He was a little too “fat” for my liking and didn’t seem to be the right proportion. Also, when I removed all of the attached body parts I also made them more secure. Before, the head seemed as though it was going to fall off but that was my mistake. Laziness? Maybe. I won’t admit it though!

This is the before and after:

The newer pup (bottom photo) is now a little slimmer and it makes a big difference. You may not be able to see it too well with this photo but, trust me, it looks much better. He is now available in my Etsy shop for purchase!

That’s all I have for you today. Hope to see you again soon! 🙂

Do Over! (Part 2)

Welcome back!

Last time we met I said that I was going to revamp my Shy Guy pattern.

Before I even began I found issues with it! First of all, I only wrote down the pattern for the body, the base (which covers the bottom), and the face. But the face is only the white part– no eyes or mouth (not that the mouth is hard to figure out). You and I both can tell, just from looking at it, that there aren’t only 3 pieces!

Yup. More than 3 pieces.

Yup. More than 3 pieces.

So, yeah, I am missing parts of my Shy Guy. Oh, the incompetence!

Another thing I noticed before starting is that when I was making a note of using the “Magic Ring,” I used the abbreviation “AR.” Um… AR? What? Why would I put that? Automatic Ring? Awesome Ring? I don’t know. Weird.

Alrighty! Enough observations. Let’s get down to it!

Here’s what I did:

  • Edited pattern – typos, labeling, better format
  • Added arms, eyes, feet, and band to pattern
  • Made his eyes smaller – I didn’t realize the Shy Guy eyes in Mario Bros 2 were so small! Good thing I added that image in my last post. =)

Drumroll, please! Dum da da DA!

New and Improved!

I am so so so happy with how he turned out! As I was going along with my modifications and construction I started feeling  a bit concerned. But it all turned out in the end!

Assembly & Comparison

Assembly & Comparison

What do you think? Better than my first?

Until next time,

Rachel