Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Adding Hair to Kim-me

Kim-me, my amigurumi me, is coming along nicely. She has some frizzy new hair and I’m now working on her eyes.

I decided to add the hair strand by strand because this is a special project. It takes longer than other methods but you have more control, I think, on the hairline and the flow of the hair, plus it’s quite a relaxing process. I folded the lengths of yarn in half, pinned the folded ends to the head and then stitched them on with some polyester thread. I first started with the part and then the hairline and after that it was just a matter of filling in the gaps.

When all the strands were stitched on, the hair was incredibly thick. However, after I brushed it out to match the frizziness of my own hair it thinned out significantly. I think it now has just enough crazy in it to match my own.

I’m going to do more work on the eyes tonight. I might add some eyelashes. I foresee much experimenting in my future.

Hair Tutorials
If you want to check out some different methods for adding hair to your amigurumis, I’ve included some links below. Happy crocheting, people!

Amigurumi Hair from esshaych.blogspot.com: Looping on the hair method. This method is simple and quick.
Amigurumi Hair Tutorial from owlishly.typepad.com: Stitched down hair method. I love the neat look of this type of hair.
How To - Amigurumi Hair from mygurumi.blogspot.com: Multiple methods are included in this tutorial.
Making and Attaching Hair from needlenoodles.com: Fringe method. This is probably my favourite method. I make the fringe differently than what's described in this tutorial. You can take a look at the method I use here.

Friday, 15 November 2013

My Amigurumi Me

It’s my birthday tomorrow! Yay! I’m a big fan of birthdays. Always have been. This year it’s a big one for me. I’m turning 30. I’m the same age as Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and Return of the Jedi.

So, what am I crocheting during this milestone? I’m making an amigurumi me! It’s a crochet challenge that the Mad Crochet Scientist came up with. You can check out the challenge details here. I call this mini version of myself Kim-me, a name my friend Ellen thought up for her. It has been such a fun project. I’ve still got a ways to go as you can see but I'm very pleased with how she's turning out. I’ll keep you posted with her progress.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Video Tutorial for Egmont's Umbrella

A request was made for a video tutorial for Egmont's Umbrella. Here it is! This is the first video tutorial I've done and I was pretty nervous so I might sound a little serious. If anything is unclear, please let me know. I recommend reading over the written tutorial first.

Part 1
0:14 Crochet the canopy
0:41 Stitching in the ridges
3:48 Weaving in the yarn ends
5:27 Making the wire stem

Part 2
0:05 Attaching the handle and wrapping the stem
5:40 Attaching the stem to the canopy

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