Stan Lee Comic Con 2016

The last time I was in Stan Lee Los Angeles Comic Con 2016 Artist Alley was 2 years ago when it went by the name Comikaze.  It was fun to be back!  Setting up on the first day as I walked on over to Artist Alley I was greeted by this Hulkbuster display!

hulkbusterlacomiccon It was a nice welcome! I enjoyed the setup for Artist Alley. I loved the long tables they gave us.  They were 8ft long which was a nice luxury.  I’m used to only having real estate about 6ft long.  It came with 2 chairs, a black skirt table and your very own paper trash can box.  This is super handy when you’re like me and sometimes still crafting till the last moment! Here’s my table setup below.

amiamourtable01amiamourtable02This artist alley I wanted to change my setup a little bit so I added this cute shelf drawer as seen in the photo below.  It was the perfect size to display my chibi Pokemon amigurumis.

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First day was interesting because it was from 5pm to 9pm so mostly evening time on a Friday and I don’t think I’ve ever been in an artist alley open that late!  Usually I find the first day to be the most chill so it’s nice to walk around when it’s a bit less crowded and check out your fellow artist’s art!  Here’s a few of my fav:

comikazeartistalley06This was my neighbor in the back, Steve with Succulent Heaven.  He had succulents in the cutest pots!  I had to snag one and you’ll see later if you follow me on Instagram which one I chose 😀

pokeballchargerI choose you, Pikachu! Another item I just had to get.  It’s a lightup Pokeball phone charger.  I got this Pokeball version because I liked how it lit up the best, but they had all the different Pokeballs, including the Classic Red one and Great Pokeball.  I loved the box packaging it came with too!  I have fun playing with it and pretending to catch my Pokemon amigurumi XD It works as a perfect cosplay accessory as well!

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Speaking of Pokemon art, here’s an adorable Mimikyu Plush doll.  And above you can see the cosmic birds for whatever team you may be on!

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For Harry Potter fans, there were even custom woodcarved wands to be found!  Your wandmaker can be found here at Central Curios.  He even has holster vests so you have a place holster your wand.  Pretty nifty!

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This next artist, Eddy Lee Art,  really stood out to me.  He paints on wood panels and I love the attitude and style of his women.

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And as a crazy cat lady, I had to post this awesome kitty print dress by KiraKiraDoodles.

And of course a con is never complete without cosplayers.

jackskellingtoncosplayJack Skellington and Joker Mashup. It works really well!

disneycosplayArmored Disney Princesses.  Looking fly but ready to kick ass!

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Calvin and Hobbes.  Apparently he had gotten this Hobbes 5 years earlier from me!  It makes me glad to hear that my dolls still get around!  I’m sure they’ve seen many adventures together since then 😀

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On Saturday I cosplayed as Agent Carter and met up with my twin!  Here we are fawning over our bae, Captain America <3 <3

And last but not least, here’s a cute photo of these Pokemon kids adopting my chibi Pokemon!

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It really warms my heart when kids especially enjoy my amigurumis.  One of my customers from 2 years ago came by and visited me on Sunday with her daughter.  They had previously adopted a kitty amigurumi from me at my last Comikaze show.  She told me the story of how her daughter could not go to sleep unless she has her amigurumi kitty with her and that it’s become a bedtime ritual for them.  I really find it so special when something that I’ve made becomes magically infused into someone’s childhood memories.  It’s truly stories like these that makes everything worthwhile and gives me new life and energy!

Thanks to old friends who came to visit and to new friends I’ve made!  Hope to see you soon again!

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Anime Expo 2016 Day 2 – Make Mine Marvel

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Saturday was Day 2, of Anime Expo.  It was the most crowded day of the whole 4 days.  I actually think crowded was an understatement.  It really felt like full capacity and then some.  We were like packed sardines in a can.  Especially the lobby and even the aisles of artist alley were squeezed to the very brim of bursting.  So if you’re ever thinking of coming out for 1 day only, I would say avoid Saturday!  All the other days were crowded as well, but I feel at least a lot more doable in terms of maneuvering around and getting to places.

That day I dressed as Agent Carter because there was a Marvel Cosplay Gathering I wanted to attend.  It’s one of my favorite cosplays because I really love vintage fashion and Peggy Carter has such an independent spirit.

Here I am with my bae, Captain America 😉

AgentCarterwithCapAnd although some of you may be thinking Marvel isn’t anime, but, really, there’s such a variety of cosplay at Anime Expo.  If it’s anything to do with pop culture, you’ll see it there!

So my whole objective of the day was to hunt down Captain America and take a picture with him (well besides, selling my amis in artist alley haha).  I went off to the Marvel Cosplay Gathering and there, I found my target.  So I’m happy to say Mission Accomplished! It was funny because he said his goal was to also take a pic with Peggy Carter, so I guess you can say it worked out!  The man in the suit himself is by a talented cosplayer by the instagram name of @captaindandyandy .

CaptainandPeggyI was also able to take a shot with the Agents of Shield Crew.  (Hey, oh, it’s a pun! :p)  I love how everyone captured their character!

AgentsofShieldCosplayAnd here’s some other highlights from the cosplay gathering.  There were tons of humorous incidents like this one here: Loki for President!

LokiforPresidentYes, I’d vote for you, Loki!  And also, well, Deadpool is being Deadpool.

DeadpoolCosplayGuardians of the Galaxy.  That Deadpool sure gets around!

GuardiansoftheGalaxycosplayHere’s the Marvel Villains gallery:

MarvelVillainsCosplayI’d say though my favorite photo moment was this right here.  The X-Men fangirl in me can’t help but geek out. I love how colorful and dynamic it is.  Did I just step into a comicbook or what?

IMG_2068I love how Jubilee has sparks in her hand, just like her pyrotechnic power.  This was a lucky camera fluke because she had a button on top of her glove and the sun caught the reflection and it gave off a spark.

The day flew by fast and I was happy to meet and make new friends.  On the way home, I also got to randomly run into the talented @jasondarkly  whom I’d been following on Instagram as well.  He’s the genius behind the levitating Tardis that actually spins around.  He’s putting it together here, and as you can see, yes, it is bigger on the inside!

TardisPoliceBoxIt was a great way to wrap up the day!

Stay tuned for my final recap of Day 3 and 4 of Anime Expo.  If you haven’t read it already, you can also read about Day 1 of Anime Expo 2016.

 

 

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Anime Expo 2016 Day 1 – a Studio Ghibli kinda day

Hey all, I just came back from 4 days of Anime Expo, which is the largest anime convention in North America, and it was a blast.  I’m a bit tired now and still in recuperation but every day was filled with awesome artists, cosplays, and events!

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Can you believe that there were about 600 artists just in the Artist Alley section itself? It’s a bit overwhelming thinking about it.  They actually moved us to a different hall this year from the Dealers for the expansion into Kentia Hall, which they used in prior years for parking.  I was a bit worried about foot traffic, but I shouldn’t have feared.  In fact it was quite the opposite, people literally sometimes had to squeeze through the different aisles because it was much too crowded.  It also was a bit too hot at times and people had to use fans to cool themselves down.

Here’s a look at the crowds on Day 1.  Looks like a scene out of “Where’s Waldo?” It got even more packed throughout the rest of the con.

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Day 1, Friday, I got in and setup my table.

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I decided to go as Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service for that day because there was a Studio Ghibli Cosplay gathering happening and I needed to be there with my people!  I was also able to rope my friend, Vincent, into cosplaying Tombo with me.  As a rule, for cosplay, the more the merrier!  He made such a cute Tombo.  For my outfit Kiki, I was able to crochet my own red bow headband and my cat Jiji.

Here’s me with my mini-me!  She was so cute and she told me she liked my bow.

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These next photos we were able to take in the Entertainment Hall of Anime Expo which contains various scene setups just for photo taking.  Here’s one of us in a forest like setting.  And another in a Sakura Tree park.  They had tons more as well with all sorts of different ambiences and atmospheric scene settings, such as apocalyptic, gothic, classroom, urban, and even one to do with outer-space.  I’ll have to try and remember next year to take a photo of all the setups so you can see.  This year they even added 2 or 3 new sceneries which was nice to see!  It’s always good to change things up and keep things new.

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The Studio Ghibli cosplay gathering had many cosplayers attending with almost all the various anime movies represented.  Here’s some of the highlights from below.  They’re all so wonderful and I feel like I’ve been transported right into a Studio Ghibli movie.

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SpiritedAwayCosplay

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PrincessMononokeCosplayLupinIIICosplayHowlsMovingCastleCosplayFavTotoroPhotoIt makes me just happy looking at the photos.  All in all it was a very productive and fun filled day.  Stay tuned for Day 2 recap and more of Anime Expo!

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Yarn Yoshi Amigurumi Pattern

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Yoshi has always been cute, but he’s super-duper cute in his yarn yoshi form!  Here’s a chibi yoshi amigurumi that I designed using Yoshi’s Wooly World as my inspiration.  I hope you enjoy making him!

Yarn Yoshi Amigurumi Pattern

SKILL LEVEL: Easy
CROCHET HOOK: Size H-8 (5 mm)
YARN:
Red Heart Super Saver – worsted weight, acrylic yarn
#672 Spring Green
#311 White
#319 Cherry Red
#235 Lemon
#256 Carrot
NOTIONS:
Polyester Fiberfill, Black Felt, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker, Fabri-tac Glue
ABBREVIATIONS:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together (sc dec)
st – stitch
APPROXIMATE SIZE:
Sits at 6in/15cm
Stands at 7in/18cm tall from head to feet

HEAD
Round 1:    With green 5 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 10 sc.
Round 3-5:    Sc in each st around.
Fasten off. Cut the yarn. You have just created Part A.
Repeat Rounds 1-5 to create Part B. Do not fasten off or cut off. Join Part A and Part B together across 4 stitches using sc. See photos below.

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You should now have 12 st around. (Do not count the stitches that are joined). Continue onto Round 6, you will be working the circumference as seen in the last photo.

Round 6:    2 sc in each st around – 24 sc.
Round 7-9:    Sc in each st around.
Round 10:    [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] around – 18 sc.
Round 11:    [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Round 12:    [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

NOSE
Round 1:    With green, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] around – 15 sc.
Round 4:    Sc in each st around.
Round 5:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st] around – 18 sc.
Round 6:    Sc in each st around.
Round 7:    [Sc2tog, sc in next 4 st] around – 15 sc.
Round 8:    [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] around – 12 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

CHEEK/MOUTH PATCHES (make 3)
Round 1:    With white, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] around – 15 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

EYE PATCH
Row 1:    With white, Ch 7, sc into 2nd ch from hook, and sc in each st across – 6 sc.
Row 2:    Ch 1, turn, (hdc, dc) in first st, hdc in next st, sl st in next st, hdc in next st, (dc, hdc) in next st, sl st in last st. Fasten off leaving a long tail.

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BODY
Note: Pay attention to the increases and decreases in this section!
Round 1:    With green, 4 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:   2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st – 6 sc.
Round 3:   [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 2 times, sc in next 2 st  – 8 sc.
Round 4:   2 sc in next 4 st, sc in next 4 st – 12 sc.
Round 5:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, sc in next 6 st – 15 sc.
Round 6:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times, sc in next 6 st – 18 sc.
Round 7:    Sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next 6 st, sc in next 8 st – 24 sc.
Round 8:    Sc in each st around.
Round 9:    Sc in next 16 st, sc2tog 4 times  – 20 sc.
Round 10:    Sc2tog 2 times, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next 6 st, sc in next 7 st – 24 sc.
Round 11-12:    Sc in each st around.
Round 13:    [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] around – 18 sc.
Round 14:    [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Note: Begin stuffing and stuff as you go.
Round 15:    Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Stuff and sew closed.

BELLY PATCH
Row 1:        With white, Ch 2, sc into 2nd ch from hook – 1 sc.
Row 2 :       Ch 1, turn, sc in first st – 1 sc.
Row 3:        Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st – 2 sc.
Row 4:        Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 2 sc.
Row 5:        Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st – 3 sc.
Row 6:        Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 3 sc.
Row 7:        Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st – 5 sc.
Row 8-10:    Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 5 sc.
Row 11:    Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in last st – 7 sc.
Row 12:    Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 7 sc.
Row 13:    Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 3 st, sc2tog – 5 sc.
Row 14-17:    Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 5 sc.
Row 18:    Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog – 3 sc.
Row 19-20:    Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 3 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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ARM (make 2)
Round 1:    With green, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2-6:    Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Do not stuff (or you can stuff very lightly).

SPIKES
Row 1:        With red, Ch 7, sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st across – 6 sc.
Row 2 :       Ch 1, turn, (in front loop only) sc in each st across – 6 sc.
Note: Fold fabric in half so row 1 lines up with row 2. We will do the next sts through both rows. See photo below for reference
Row 3:        Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next st, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, sl st in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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FEET (make 2)
Round 1:    With yellow yarn,  ch 5, sc into 2nd ch from hook and in each st across. Continue on other side of ch with sc in each ch across – 8 sc.
Round 2:    [2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st] 2 times – 12 sc.
Round 3:    With orange yarn and in back loop only, sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 4:    Sc in each st around.
**Round 5:    Sc2tog 3 times, sc in next 4 st, sc2tog – 8 sc.
Round 6a:    In front loop only, [2 sc next st, sc in next 3 st] around – 10 sc.
Round 6b:    In back loop only of Round 5**, join with green yarn.  Sc in each st around – 8 sc.
Round 7-8:    Sc in each st around – 8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

SHELL
Round 1:   With red, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:   2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:   Sc in each st around.
Round 4:   With white, sl st around.
Round 5:   In back loop only, sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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ASSEMBLY
1. Stuff neccessary parts.
2. Sew Eye Patch on Head
3. Sew 3 circles on the bottom of the face. One in the middle first and then on both sides of cheeks. See photos above for reference.
4. Sew Nose on Face.  It should be over the middle circle.  The top circle should be covered by nose, with the bottom portion of circle peeking out.
5. Sew Head on Body
6. Sew Belly Patch on Body
7. Sew Arms on Body.
8. Sew Legs on bottom part of Body.
9. Sew Spike on back of Head.
10. Sew Shell on back of Body.
11. Cut 2 small oval shapes from black felt and glue/stitch on Eye Patch.
12. Hide and cut all ends.

Be sure to let me know how yours turned out! Make them in all different colors.  You can share with me on my Instagram or Facebook.

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Pikachu and Pokeball Pod pattern

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What better way to catch a Pikachu, but with a functional Pokeball! The origin of this amigurumi pattern began when one day my friend, Tina, asked me regarding another crochet Pokeball I had made, “Does it open?” And that one, at the time, did not. BUT… that question got the gears rolling in my head, and I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if I did make a Pokeball that opened and closed and could capture whatever Pokemon was out there to be found?!”

And thus was born, the Pokeball Pod, quite the magical form. It’s a tool that every Pokemon trainer must carry, and also functions as quite a lovely and comfy home for your Pokemon. I only know how to create the Pokeball, but alas, the actual mechanics of how a Pokeball works is beyond me!

So anyways, let’s get to the pattern so you can continue to collect and train your Pokemon! Please enjoy and do let me know how your crochet and Pokemon adventure turns out. Don’t forget to share with me on my Facebook and Instagram!

Pikachu and Pokeball Pod Crochet Pattern

SKILL LEVEL: Easy
CROCHET HOOK: Size H-8 (5 mm)
YARN:
Red Heart Super Saver – worsted weight, acrylic yarn
#319 Cherry Red
#311 White
#312 Black
#336 Warm Brown (very small amount)
#235 Lemon
NOTIONS:
Polyester Fiberfill, Black Felt (or safety eyes), Red Felt, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker, Fabri-tac Glue, 22mm button
ABBREVIATIONS:
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together (sc dec)
st – stitch
APPROXIMATE SIZE:
Pokeball – 4in/10cm wide, 4in/10cm tall
Pikachu – 4in/10cm tall

POKEBALL TOP
Round 1: With red, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] around – 24 sc.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] around – 30 sc.
Round 6-9: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off and cut.
You have just created Part A. Repeat Rounds 1-8 only to create Part B. (The Part B will be one round less than Part A) Do not fasten or cut off yarn on Part B. Now, stack Part B on top of Part A (see photo).
Round 10: Join the two layers with sc around (to get started, insert hook though sts of both Part A and Part B) – 30 sc. (See photo)
Round 11: With black, sl st around.
Round 12: Hdc in each ch around. Sl st to join to first hdc made. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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POKEBALL BOTTOM
Round 1: With white, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] around – 24 sc.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] around – 28 sc.
Round 6-9: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off and cut.
You have just created Part A. Repeat Rounds 1-8 only to create Part B. (The Part B will be one round less than Part A).  Do not fasten or cut off yarn. Stack Part B on top of Part A.
Round 10: Join the two layers with sc around – 28 sc. Sl st to first sc made.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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CIRCLE BUTTON
Round 1:    With white, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:    (In back loop only) Sc in each st around.
Round 4:    Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Insert 22mm button inside circle and sew closed.

LATCH
With black, ch 12, sl st to first ch.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

ASSEMBLY
1. Use the white tail end of the Pokeball Bottom to sew to the Pokeball top.  Sew into the red stitches and back into the white stitches.   You will only need to sew across 4 sts.  See photos below.
2. Hide and cut all ends.
3. Sew Circle Button to Pokeball Top. Placement: In between the red and black band in center of Pokeball.
4. Sew Latch onto Pokeball bottom.  Placement: One row down from top.
5. Hide and cut all ends.
6. Now you’ve finished your Pokeball. You can use the latch to hook around the circle button to close the Pokeball. Give it a try!

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PIKACHU AMIGURUMI
Round 1: With yellow, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st] around – 20 sc.
Round 5-6: Sc in each st around.
Round 7: [Sc2tog, sc in next 8 st] around – 18 sc. Note: If you use safety eyes, place them now in between the 6th and the 7th round. There should be spaced 4 sts apart.
Round 8: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Round 9: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 8 sc.
Round 10: [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] around – 6 sc.
Round 11: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 12: Sc in each st around.
Round 13: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] around – 14 sc.
Round 14-15: Sc in each st around.
Round 16: (In back loop only) Sc2tog around – 7 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Stuff and sew closed.

EAR (make 2)
Round 1: With black, 4 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: With yellow, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st – 5 sc.
Round 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st – 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

LIMB (make 4)
Round 1: With yellow, 4 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

TAIL
Row 1: With yellow, ch 5, sc into 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across – 4 sc.
Row 2-3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 4 sc.
Row 4: Ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 st – 3 sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 3 st – 3 sl st.
Row 6-7: Ch 1, turn, sc into next st – 1 sc.
Row 8: Ch 3, turn, sc into 2nd ch from hook and in each st across – 3 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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PIKACHU ASSEMBLY
1. Stuff Body and sew closed. Other parts are not stuffed.
2. Sew ears to head
3. Sew limbs to body
4. Sew Tail to back of body
5. Use brown yarn to embroider 2 lines on the back.
6. For felt eyes, you can cut 2 small circles. Eye Placement: Between 6th and 7th round from top down. Eyes should be placed about 4 sts apart. Stitch or glue on.
7. Cut 2 small red ovals for the blush for Pikachu’s cheek. Stitch or glue on.
8. Cut and hide all ends.

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Kitty Mods traveling in “stacks”

Here’s a crochet stop motion animation showing how Kitty Mods like to travel. This was my very first attempt at Stop Motion animation and was pretty fun to do. I created it using imovies on my Mac. I tried to use a music that seemed a little humorous and portray the Kitty Mods traveling across a wide expanse.

Music credit:
Imitation Flamenco by NoiseCollector

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Kitty Mod Tutorial – S’mores and Strawberry Kitty

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“I’ll share mine if you share yours”

It’s quite easy to transform my Kitty Mod pattern into something a little bit more special. Just use your imagination! Treats and fruits are a fun place to start. And that’s what I did in the case of my S’mores and Strawberry Kitty Mods.

You can find the base for my Kitty Mod pattern here on my website.

For the S’mores Kitty, it’s really quick to just add some chocolate and some graham crackers to transform it into something really tasty!

S’mores Kitty Mod

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First make the Kitty Mod Pattern in a white color for the marshmallow.

Chocolate
With dark brown yarn
Row 1: ch 10, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and in each sl st across – 9 sl st
Row 2-7: ch 1, sl st in each st across – 9 sl st
Fasten off leaving a long tail

Graham Crackers (make 2)
With warm brown yarn
Row 1: ch 9, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and in each sl st across – 8 sl st
Row 2-7: ch 1, sl st in each st across – 8 sl st
Fasten off leaving a long tail

Assembly
Sew the Chocolate on top of the white body. Then sandwich the Graham Crackers with one on top of the body and one on the bottom and sew them down as well.

Strawberry Kitty Mod

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First create the Kitty Mod in a strawberrish color (pink, red).

Leafy Part
With green yarn
Ch 6, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in next 2 st,
*ch 5, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in next ch, sl st to join to previous leaf* (repeat 4x)
Total leaves = 5
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew onto the back of Kitty Mod.
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Now all that’s left is to create the little dots on the Strawberry. Here you can get creative. What I did is to use cotton thread (size 10) to create little French knots and sew them down. If you don’t like French knots, just do Ch 2, sc into first ch to create the little dots.

You can also use beads or rhinestones to give it an extra sparkle. I just glued down some acrylic rhinestones using Fabri-tac. What’s nice about doing this is there are no ends to hide! Anyways, there’s really no wrong way to do this!
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Happy crocheting! Be sure to share your project with me through my social media. I’d love to see!

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Kitty Mod Free Cat Amigurumi Pattern

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I love cats in general. Growing up, cats always seemed to naturally come into my life for one reason or another. Currently the cat in my life is a female cat named Hobbes, as seen in the above picture. When I created this pattern, I imagined a world run on Kitty Energy. Kitties would be the source of everything, pretty much from fruits, vegetables, desserts, random objects, transportation, weather, and so on. But before I could populate such a world with these different type of Kitties, I wanted to create a very simple basic cat amigurumi pattern, and so this is the result.

KittyModAmigurumi I call this crochet pattern “Kitty Mod” because I imagine all these different kitties with different mods (short for modifications) to them, and I see them all frolicking about in this wonderful universe. In the pictures, you can see Strawberry Kitty Mod, S’mores Kitty Mod, and Candy Corn Kitty Mod. I will blog very soon how to add on these simple customizations, but for now, please enjoy my Kitty Mod Pattern! Don’t forget to share them with me after you’ve finished your project. I’d love to see your version of Kitty Mod! My social media is listed below after the pattern.

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Supplies

  • Any color acrylic yarn, worsted weight
  • 5.0mm H Crochet Hook
  • Black Felt for eyes, or safety eyes
  • Yarn Needle, Stitch marker, Scissors
  • Abbreviations

    ch – chain
    hdc – half double crochet
    sc – single crochet
    sl st – slip stitch
    sc2tog – single crochet 2 together aka single crochet decrease

    PATTERN

    HEAD
    Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
    Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
    Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
    Round 4-6: Sc in each st around.
    Note: We will now work in rows. If you’re using safety eyes, now is the time to put them in. I like to put them between the 4th and 5th round with 4 sts in between the eyes.
    Row 7: Stuff lightly and crochet shut with 8 sc across. See photos below for reference.
    Row 8: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc into first sc, sl st in next 6 st, [2 hdc, sl st] into last st.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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    BODY
    Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
    Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
    Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
    Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st] around – 20 sc.
    Round 5-6: Sc in each st around.
    Round 7: [Sc2tog, sc in next 8 st] around – 18 sc.
    Round 8: [Sc2tog, sc in next 4 st] around – 15 sc.
    Round 9: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] around – 12 sc.
    Round 10: Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
    Fasten off leaving a long tail.
    Stuff and sew closed.
    Note: Round 10 is the front of the cat.

    LEGS (make 4)
    Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
    Round 2-4: Sc in each st around.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

    TAIL (optional)
    Row 1: Ch 6, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across – 5 sl st.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

    ASSEMBLY
    1. Sew Head to Body
    2. Sew 2 Legs to Front of Body
    3. Sew 2 Legs to Back of Body
    4. Sew Tail (optional)
    5. Make eyes for the cats. I like to cut 2 small black circles from felt and glue them on. You can also embroider the eyes or use safety eyes.
    6. Cut and hide all ends.

    KITTY MOD CUSTOMIZATIONS

    I’ll update as I keep adding different Kitty Mods.
    1. S’mores and Strawberry Kitty Mods (added Aug 14, 2014)

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    Crochet Sushi Magnet pattern and video tutorial

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    The Crochet Sushi Magnet is such a quick and fun pattern to do. And they have such endless uses you can come up with. If you add in a magnet, you can stick it on the fridge with notes attached. I like to use my sushi magnets to hang up my photos or postcards. If you don’t want to use magnets, you can just have them be play food items or decor. I even made one into a keychain. And they’d make great party favors, especially if they are Asian themed!

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    Alright so let’s get to it.

    Supplies

  • Red, White, and Black yarn, worsted weight (I used some Red Heart Super Saver and also some Vanna White yarn from Lionbrand)
  • 5.0mm H Crochet Hook
  • Neodymium Magnet aka Super Rare Earth Magnet.
  • Yarn Needle, Stitch marker, Scissors
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    Abbreviations

    Ch – chain
    Sc – single crochet
    Sl St – slip stitch
    Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together aka single crochet decrease

    PATTERN

    Round 1: With Red yarn, Ch 2, 6 sc into 2nd ch from hook.
    Round 2: With White yarn, 2 sc in each st around — 12 sc.
    Round 3: With Black yarn and in Back Loop, sl st in each st around.
    Round 4: In Back Loop [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] around — 14 sc.
    Round 5: [Sc2tog, sc in next 5 st] around — 12 sc.
    Round 6: (with White yarn and in Back Loop) Sc2tog all around — 6 sc.
    Finish off leaving a long tail.
    Insert Neo-magnet and sew closed.

    Crochet Sushi Magnet Video Tutorial

    And finally for those visual learners out there, here’s a crochet tutorial video that takes you step by step through each Round in the pattern. It assumes you already know how to crochet! I plan on coming out with basic crochet video tutorials very soon, so I’ll keep you posted!

    Extra notes:
    You want to be sure to get the extra strong magnets or it won’t be able to be powerful to stick through the yarn. If you get a weaker magnet, I’d recommend glueing it to the outside of of the sushi. A good strong glue to use is E-6000.

    Let me know how yours turns out!

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