Moving to Tumblr

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2012 by PassionFyre

I’ve decided to continue my blog at Tumblr.com, because it offers much more in the way of customising my page and other things. All my old posts will stay here, but future ones will now be at passionfyre.tumblr.com
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Origami Swans

Posted in Origami with tags , on March 14, 2012 by PassionFyre

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Life, The World, and my Next Crochet Project

Posted in Amigurumi, Crafts, Ramblings, Writings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2012 by PassionFyre

I work in a card/gift shop called Funky Pigeon, which gets pretty empty at times. It’s in these quiet moments that I contemplate the meaning of life, the state of the world, and possible future crochet projects.

Here’s my top ten sources of inspiration!

Most of my ideas are inspired by the different card designs, especially the range of ‘Knit & Purl’ cards, which feature cute knitted dolls/amigurumi and funny puns – my favourite being the Audrey Hepburn one:

How could I not envisage them as crocheted dolls?🙂

Another place I get ideas from is in the free London newspapers, the Metro and Evening Standard, in the fashion section. There, obviously, I get ideas for things I can make to wear myself, or to clothe dolls. I guess fashion magazines would yield a better result, but they’re not free lol.


As the store I work in is inside a train station, I see ALOT of people. Sometimes their accessories, like their bags, purses, hairbands, badges catch my eye, and I wonder if its feasible to make a crocheted version. I class this as a separate point because the kinda clothes they feature in fashion magazines are rarely the kinda clothes sane people would wear in real life~


Another place I get ideas from is TV shows, cartoons, Anime…stuff like that. Cartoons and anime are great because its easier to visualise them as amigurumi, although if its a really popular anime, like Bleach or Pokemon, your design wouldn’t be unique. A quick google search will provide you with plenty of other people’s Pikachu etc, although if you just wanted to make one for yourself, there will most probably be patterns alongside the images!🙂

My first original pattern was of a character from ‘Hanamaru Kindergarten’ called Panda Neko, or Panda Cat in English. He’s super cute, and has a funny dance, which lead me to experiment with poseable arms and legs!

I spend a large, almost an unhealthy, amount of time on computer games. It’s part of the reason why I took up crocheting again actually, just so I could step away from the gaming. unfortunately, it has followed me, in that so many video game characters have been amigurumi-fied!. Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Kirby, Chocobo, Pacman, the list is endless!

My second original design was a doll of a character from a game called ‘Space Channel 5’ called Ulala. My friends loved it, and it quickly sold on Etsy. Since then, I’ve played a range of games. I’m currently addicted to Final Fantasy XII-2 and Catherine, which I noticed hasn’t had a doll version yet (possible next project!)

If you think a game or anime character is too detailed, just search for a ‘chibi’ version of the character. Usually the results would contain fanart of your selected char in a small, cute form with fewer details.

If you keep up with whats ‘trending’ or is popular online, you could also get ideas from that. I’ve seen so many Nyancat knitted hats and scarves. If you’re looking to sell, you better get them made quickly, because some trends get old and forgotten rather quickly.

They get a really big audience thought, and having a pattern or doll made on your own blog or website, would definitely get you some views.

Theres plenty of occasions throughout the year which can be incorporated into your designs. In the UK, the next holidays will be St Patrick’s Day (17th March) and Mothers Day (18th March), then in April theres Easter. Occasions are pretty easy to use in my opinion. They’ve already got associated symbols and colour schemes. For example, St Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday, so leprechaun, Guinness and Shamrocks are symbols, and green is the colour. Now think of something simple, like a cat or bear, add those symbols and voila! Your own design! This works for all occasions. Weddings, birthdays, new babies, even funerals!

Or maybe you don’t want to show a certain occasion, maybe just the season. We all know them: Spring, Summer, Autumn/Fall, Winter. For example, my Winter Bunny. It’s just a normal bunny of my own design, with a cute scarf🙂

I love to make food in crochet. Things like cupcakes and doughnuts look yummy🙂 Another thing you can do to make it unique is to give your food a personality. You could make girl/boy cupcakes, or animal themed. A quick image search of ‘amigurumi food’ will provide you with loads of pics. Most people put toy eyes and smiles on them for that cute factor. An example of mine are my animal-inspired onigiri – Bunnigiri and Elligiri.

If, like me, you’re trying to diet, making these ironically takes your mind off food! xD

Finally, when all else fails, why not look for items which someone has already made, on Raverly or Crochetpatterncentral, or other pattern websites, and put your own spin on that? Unless you completely change the look, or way its made, I don’t think you could call it ‘original’ or officially sell it/the pattern, but if its just for yourself, or a friend, its great. For me, going through other people’s patterns help me a lot when I’m writing my own, because I know how to structure it. Also techniques you may learn could feature in one of your future original works~

And so ends my top ten tips for places to get crochet design ideas. There are many other places of course, but these are the main ways I get my ideas.

In short:

  1. Greeting card designs
  2. Newspapers
  3. Fashion Magazine
  4. Other people’s clothing/accessories
  5. TV shows, Anime
  6. Video games
  7. Internet trends
  8. Occasions/Seasons
  9. Food and Drink
  10. Modify an already made crochet pattern

Random pic of Rin and Len from Vocaloid cos I luv em x3

So Many Projects, So Little Time

Posted in Amigurumi, Crafts, Free Patterns, Ramblings with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2012 by PassionFyre

Although I’ve had the week off work, I’ve completed nothing  xD I really dunno why, I need to get my arse in gear🙂

Well…I have been doing SOMETHING… I’m trying to make a Miku Hatsune doll But I just can’t get it right!

Miku Hatsune

I’m using the same base pattern as my Ulala Doll, but I really wanted her to have a pleated skirt. And so I travelled the net looking for a way to crochet a pleated skirt that actually looked good🙂

I tried a couple different ways: first off, I attempted making it the way theyre made for human-sized skirts, that is, crocheting a large rectangle, then folding it over to make the pleats. Unfortuantly, I’m super-lazy, and never actually completed it haha

Secondly, I made smal rectangular strips, and sewed them together to look like a pleated skirt, as seen on video on a Japanese crochet site (I can’t remember the website, sorry!). I kinda got it all together, but it just didn’t look right!

And so I gave up…stored Miku’s head and body away until I had found the best way to make this skirt!

Until recently, I was on the Crochetville forums, and asked my fellow hookers (which I guess I shoulda done in the first place, but oh well xD) and was given this awesome pattern to make skirts which looked pleated😀

Mucho thanks to danajokc from Crochetville for this. Her blog is CottonGinDesign🙂

Working from top to bottom, with your length in mind, make a chain, add one more, then turn and make maybe two or three of each stitch in the back loops only. 2 slips, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, turn and go back the other way, chain 2 counts as first double, then another double, then 2 hdc, 2 sc, 2 slips, chain one, turn, repeat…Go back and forth until it fits the waist of your doll. It will have the appearance of pleats, but not necessarily pleated, you know? Then bring the edges together and stitch up the side. I used the technique in the skirt below.

And heres her skirt:

Its really cool, and I love this pattern🙂 I may use it for more than just the Miku Hatsune Doll!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2012 by PassionFyre

The Cotton Gin

Recently, I decided to reach out and ask for some advice from another crocheter/blogger. She made some great observations and I’ve taken her suggestions to heart. So, my first order of business: take better, more consistent photos.

I’ve been wanting a light box, but didn’t want to spend the money. So, I read a few DIY articles online and built my own. It is far from perfect and definitely has that home-made look, but I’m pleased with it despite that.

This is not a tutorial. It is just me bragging on my own efforts to make something useful without spending much money.

Basically, it’s a portable, table-top studio for shooting small projects. It’s covered in paper or fabric to diffuse light and prevent glaring. Mine is approximately 24″ x 24″ x 24″. I used recycled foam-core signs from my old job to build a box. I painted the insides white and secured the…

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Kokeshi Doll Pattern

Posted in Amigurumi, Crafts, Free Patterns with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2012 by PassionFyre

THIS PATTERN HAS BEEN MOVED TO MY NEW BLOG ON TUMBLR: http://passionfyre.tumblr.com/post/19384013318/amigurumi-kokeshi-doll-free-pattern

 

Kitty-Chan!

Posted in Amigurumi, Crafts, Free Patterns with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2012 by PassionFyre

This is a kitty I made from a free Japanese pattern I found😀 really cute

LINK HERE: Amigurumi Kittychan Pattern

There are four different sized kitties, this is the smallest one, made with DK wool and a 2.5mm hook. It measures about 10cm long, and 4cm wide🙂. Its really easy, the only thing I found difficult was embroidering on that flower on her back😡

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