Sunday, August 15, 2010

Potter Puppet Pals Fingerpuppets

I've had a forced mini crochet sabbatical due to an injury I sustained to my right wrist while working on my starghan. Yes, you read that right. My mind's internal chant of "one more row, one more row" managed to supercede my body's internal throb of "ow ow OW". Now that it is little over a week later, I think my wrist may finally be 100% free of pain. I'm not entirely sure I'll ever be free of shame over that incident but I certainly have learned a valuable lesson.

In celebration of my health, I figured I'd make a long overdue post about a project I completed about a year ago now: The Potter Puppet Pals Fingerpuppets! For anybody who doesn't know what the Potter Puppet Pals is, you are missing out! Go here and be sure to watch the first two that are flash videos (Bothering Snape and Trouble at Hogwarts) if not all of them.

I think this was actually my first crochet project aside from the practice scrap I made. It was rather ambitious of me, especially considering the small size made it especially difficult to construct. I made them for a friend and would love to make some to keep someday, but that day is still yet to come. Anyways, enough blather and onto pictures!

PPP Adults

All of the adults. Don't mind that it looks like Dumbledore is trying to strangle Voldemort, haha

PPP Voldemort

I think Voldemort turned out the best out of all of them

PPP Snape

Snape's all right. His emo hair kind of gets in the way of his face which may or may not be a bad thing, haha.

PPP Dumbledore

Dumbledore is way wonky. Aside from the fact that I can't embroider, his moustache/beard managed to sit a lot lower than I had intended. Oh well...

PPP Kids

And the kids!

PPP Harry

I'm really proud of Harry. He turned out the second best in my opinion, and that was with all the crazy assembly and his hair!


I like Ron a lot too, despite his tongue...

PPP Hermione

Like Dumbledore, Hermione is a bit...special...

So there they are in all their glory (and on vacation nonetheless! haha). Things I learned from this project: I need to learn how to embroider much better, and small things are a pain in the butt to make/assemble. I swear it took longer to assemble all the pieces than it did to make them. Also, for anyone that wants the patterns, all you have to do is search "Potter Puppet Pals" over at ravelry. There is a separate pattern for the adults and kids and they both are free. Many thanks to Melissa Mall at Inner Child Crochet for the time put into the pattern and the charity to share it!

Now, hopefully, I will be able to make some decent progress on my starghan without hurting myself...


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Starghan: 1/2 Done

Welp, to anyone actually paying attention to this, I thought I would post my new big project. Yoshi is quite close to being done but, at this point, I think I'd rather chew off my own fingers than crochet another granny square... I've really wanted a starghan for quite some time now and really mostly just wanted to make up a blanket that works in a round so there's no assembly required. This is what I've come up with so far:

Starghan 001

The color in the picture is horribly washed out. Took a closer picture that's slightly better:

Starghan 002

The colors are absolutely gorgeous and yes, the black is sparkly! Made with I Love This Yarn so it's quite soft, despite being crocheted. Row-wise, it's slightly more than half done. However, effort-wise, not quite so much considering each round gets bigger and bigger... Le sigh. Either way, it goes a lot quicker than granny squares to which I say huzzah! Plus it tentatively matches the color scheme for my apartment I'll be moving into for the school year! Yeah, let's not judge the level of my nerdiness/color obsession...

For anyone interested in the pattern, it's Chromium's Star Blanket which is awesome because the modified half doubles and adjacent doubles fill in the holes you would normally have at the corners and dents. Link to the pattern can be found here. There are also some helpful links to exactly how to do an adjacent stitch and even how to do the first three rounds. I would definitely recommend giving the pattern a shot :)