Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hat Fail = Tea-Cozy Win.

This week I tried to crochet a hat. I saw a pattern on Ravelry for a lovely diamond patterned hat. Perfect for using up some hand spun yarn I had kicking around in my yarn stash.

Sadly I ran out of yarn half way through.  I've had the yarn so long I couldn't remember what the ply was, so the hat is also too small.  Hat fail.

I was showing the failure of a hat to my sister, when she pointed out that the demi-hat was about the same size as a small teapot.  Just like the one I've been putting a big tea-cozy on to keep warm, whenever she visits.  

After a quick unravel and a few pattern adjustments, (and a little bit of swearing,) I had a new tea-cozy. 

I even had enough yarn left over to make a pom pom.  Tea-cozy win.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

One Cephalopod is Never Enough

After making Mo-Mo the octopus a few weeks ago, I felt the need to make yet another cephalopod. Here she is:

Octavia the Octopus.

Made using 8ply yarn and a 3mm crochet hook. The eyes were attached using a felting needle.

Octavia is also worked all in one piece.  The legs are crocheted together while making the body.  Much neater than sewing the parts together at the end.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

That's no space's a robot.

Here is the project I was trying to make when I accidentally made a Death Star.  A robot.

It turns out that if you add arms legs and an oversized head to an Ultimate Weapon, you get a rather friendly robot.

This guy is made out of 8ply cozy wool with a wire armature to hold the pose.  There are also eight washers in the feet to balance out the giant head.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Unexpectedly Evil

I accidentally made a Death Star.

I was working on another project when one of the parts started looking familiar.  With the quick addition of a button I had my very own crochet Death Star.

I hope to finish the new project soon.  I just have to deal with some pesky rebels first.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mo-Mo the Octopus

I have a Christening coming up, so I've taken a break from human amigurumi to make this cute cephalopod:

I present to you Mo-Mo designed by Tamara Bower-Snow for Roxycraft. 

Mo-Mo is made with 4ply yarn and a 2.5mm crochet hook. For the eyes, I used black felt attached with a felting needle (no tedious stitching!). The highlights were a bit tricky, small bits of felt break apart under a felting needle. Instead I embroidered two French Knots and then used the felting needle to flatten them to the eyes.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Star Trek: Voyager

Star Trek: Voyager is my favourite version of the Star Trek franchise.  Probably because it was the first one I encountered on late night television.  I've since watched some of the earlier series, and Voyager is still the one I like the most.

So what better to boldly crochet than the female crew from Voyager.  Starting with the tough but fair Captain Janeway.

Then the tough as nails engineer Lieutenant Torrus.

And the logical former Borg, Seven of Nine

I haven't forgotten Kes,  I just haven't worked out how to crochet her dress yet.  I promise to update this post as soon as I get her finished.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Trinity was one of the best things about the Matrix.  She was a kick-ass computer programmer who could hold her own in the hostile matrix world.

This is Trinity from the first movie, before she got relegated to girlfriend in the sequels.  I've taken a bit of a liberty with the colours,  in the movie her outfit is all black and shiny.  I've skipped the shiny (because it's impossible to do with yarn) and added some greys for interest.