Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Iron Craft #6 - String Theory - Crocheted Garfield

This week's challenge:

"No, we aren’t asking you to delve into physics this Iron Craft challenge. Instead we want you to create something using a string-like material. That means string (of course), thread, yarn, rope, embroidery floss, silly string…you get the idea." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough).


This one was easy because I've been totally into crochet lately.

I went big with this one. ... Hmmmm .... not that I originally intended to, but it was Logan's turn to choose what I crochet and he wanted Garfield the cat.

And Garfield the cat is chubby. So his size got a little crazy and I almost didn't think I was going to finish before the deadline.

Phew! Finished on Sunday after sitting down for 3 hours and working straight on the tail and stripes.

Let me tell ya - I used a buttload of pumpkin coloured "strong" for this project!

The pattern I used can be found for purchase on Ravelry. It was a very good pattern. Easy to follow with step by step instructions and lots of photos. I just love all the special details that were included - like those little under the ear hairs and the freckles on the yellow lip.

The detailing of actually sewing the stripes on make Garfield look more authentic to his comic strip drawings.


This project took me the entire 2 weeks to complete and it was totally worth it! Logan really loves his new lazy friend.

Logan introduced Garfield to his room and the cat immediately buried under the covers and had a snooze.

Then someone told him that we were having lasagna for dinner tonight and this is the face he made:

Yup... I have a feeling that the lasagna isn't for us anymore hehehe

I do believe that this pattern designer has a patter for Odie as well. So I think that may be a project for the future! Garfield needs a super enthusiastic friend to keep him on his toes. :)


To view all the string theory projects from my fellow Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Bright Eyes

Logan and Lane had their first optometrist appointments today. I know! I've totally put it off.

 Then I went to register Lane for kindergarten. I know! She can't possibly be old enough for kindergarten.

The school requires that she gave an optometrist appointment before registration. I know! Totally weird considering that they only strongly suggest your child be up to date on vaccinations, but insist that you prove you have taken them to the eye doctor. Whatever.

Anyway, the kids did fine. Their bright shiny eyes are bright and shiny. And I got all the proper papers filled out.

Trust Logan to only think about the Nintendo 64 in the waiting area. I know!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Iron Craft Challenge #5: A is For...

This week's challenge:

"For this challenge we are starting at the beginning…the beginning of the alphabet that is. Create a project based on the letter A. This one is a little challenging, but once you start about it you’ll be surprised at the ideas." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)


So for my A I went with....

A is for Aboriginal Doll

My mother had an Aboriginal Woman doll that I loved very much. It was so intricate with her leather dress and beading. My mom wouldn't ever let me play with her because she was so delicate. I've always wanted to make one - not as fancy.

But let me tell you, I struggled with this one. Maybe I had to vision of my mother's doll in my head and this one just didn't quite measure up. Maybe I just haven't been in a crafty mood lately. Anyway, when I made the doll without any clothes, it totally resembled a voodoo. Since this project wasn't called V is for... I decided I needed to work a little bit more on getting her in a better place.

The problem was her skin tone. I promised myself I wouldn't buy anything new for these projects and I just didn't have the proper colour in all my fabrics. Peach wasn't going to do, a plain muslin wasn't going to do, gah! This was the closest I had. But then it was the same colour as the soft micro-suede I had put aside for her dress. So that didn't work. I ended up using brown felt for the dress instead. I let her sit for several days while I debated in my head whether I was going to scrap the whole thing or not. I finally decided that since I made this doll already, I couldn't very well leave her naked and throw her out. Dolls don't ever deserve that!

So I made the dress. That helped immensely. I made her headband and glued the beading on them both along with her fur moccasins. She was starting to look better. To make her eyes not so "voodoo I'm gonna get you" eyes I added a few eyelashes. I put a feather in her headband and she was almost ready. I just had to do something about her hands sticking out in voodoo style. A basket was just the thing. Of course, I figured all of this out last night, so I didn't have time to make a really fancy basket. I think I might decorate it a little more. This is what I had done for the project deadline though.

As you can see I should have spent some time getting rid of all the glue gun strings. But she went from looking like a creepy voodoo doll to a nice Aboriginal doll, so I can't complain that much. Sometimes you just have to see things through and hope for the best.


I wonder what her name should be?


To see all of the A is for... projects from the Iron Crafters, check out the Flickr Group.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Crocheted Hobbes and His New Friend Lumpy Space Princess

For Terry's turn for a crochet project I decided to make him a crocheted version of Hobbes from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Terry loved that comic so much when he was growing up. About 2 years ago, he sent me the link to the crocheted Hobbes pattern. I bookmarked it and made sure to remember to make him when I finally learned how to crochet.

This pattern was so simple and easy to follow. I had already learned about stripes when making my Slurpee Cup bag, so there really wasn't much new to learn. Crocheting an oval for his tummy patch was sort of new though, I had crocheted 2 small ovals for the bottoms of Lalaloopsy's shoes, but nothing to the scale I had to work in for Hobbes.

The kids have discovered Adventuretime on Netflix lately and have been watching some of the episodes. My favourite character on the show is Lumpy Space Princess. She's basically a lumpy purple cloud with a star on her head and a surly attitude. And I can do a perfect impression of her. Logan thinks it's hilarious and wanted to make something for me to encourage my impressions to continue. Hence, the Lumpy Space Princess puppet made by Logan.

Hobbes has taken quite a liking to the puppet and can be seen on our high shelf playing with the puppet and waiting ready to pounce on any unsuspecting passersby.

Watch out! He'll get ya!

I think he'll be making his way over to Terry's office in order to sit in on meetings and cause general pandemonium wherever he goes. :D Lumpy Space Princess will be staying home with me so that I can perfect my impression of her and generally amuse the children.

****Link to my Hobbes project on Ravelry - for all the crochet nerd stats****

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Crocheted Octo-TP Keeper

My turn for something crocheted ended up being a little something for everyone in the house.

Meet Octo-TP Keeper.

He's very busy guarding our precious paper hehehe

This project only took about 2 hours. So either I'm getting better at crochet... or this project was super simple.

Ok... yeah .... it was super simple. I used this pattern. Although I gotta say - I had to add about 10 more lines than the pattern called for. I guess my yarn wasn't as worsted as the pattern's maker. Maybe chunky would have worked better? Not that adding a few lines was that difficult. :)

I put him in the bathroom to watch over our toilet paper and then went to bed. About 15 minutes later I heard a funny laugh. Terry has noticed there was a new creature in the bathroom and apparently the creature was looking at his junk while he was peeing. Ooops! I guess Octo-TP Keeper is right at that level. Later the next day I heard Terry yelling "Don't judge me!" from the bathroom hehehe. Maybe those slightly raised eyebrows are judgy?

Anyway, he looks super cute in the bathroom, so he stays....

even if he is a little judgy.


Link to my Octo-TP Keeper on Ravelry (if you want to know all the crochet nerd details).