I have been negligent in my postings and maintenance of my site. Post World of Wearableart in Wellington 2013 has been a busy busy time for me and my crochet hooks. And just when I started tot feel the glow of all that WoW was fade I received an email from the team. I can now share images of my garment “Gary” in action during the show.
For those playing along at home you have probably thought “this isn’t what she normally does”! And you are 100% correct! I have made a mess of reproducing people previously. But this Lady is one turned out wa-ay better than I could’ve dreamt, drawn or hoped!
Crochet Gaga was a custom order for a friend’s daughter. Allie lurves Lady Gaga. Just quietly I have been delaying making her as I didn’t have 100% faith in my abilities. I think it’s the eyes that I struggle to get right. Monster eyes are a cinch! The devil is in the details. Getting human eyes correct is something that I will continue to work on and improve. Gaga wearing sunnies sure helped.
The lips are another “part” I have botched up before. I worked out a different technique this time around. I am super happy with how they look and will certainly be replicating them in future projects.
As for a pattern… well, I started writing as I went. There are ones for the arms, legs and about half the body. Once I got into the swing of it I stopped writing as I went. Oh well. Guess that makes her a one off piece.
A suggestion filtered through to me about making a Kylie. In a former life I was a super huge fan of Kylie Minogue. I still love her, but not as hard as I once did. Thinking about making her has made me feel all warm. Think I’ll be streaming Kylie tunes today. It’ll be a nice break from my rockabilly infatuation for the past few months…
A quick Google search for crochet Kylie Minogue dolls revealed only Kyles in crochet outfits. Not a amigurumi doll to be seen. Hmmmmm niche market? As a wise gal once sang “Better the devil you know”
‘Tis Jumpers and Jazz in July season. The tree jumpers are installed and the winners have been announced. This week was simply INCREDIBLE for me. On Tuesday I was informed that my entry into the World of Wearableart (WOW) 2013 has made it in to the show. Friday night brought the announcement that my tree jumper entry was named the winner of the Excellence in Knitting/Crochet section for Jumpers and Jazz in July. I can only express my complete and utter shock on hearing my named called. The standard of work this year is absolutely incredible. There are some simply stunning entries. With both my phone and camera batteries both drained, I struggled to capture all the beauty. I did snap two of my faves. Follow the link to the Warwick Daily News tree jumper gallery to see more
These are 3 of my favourites….
A gorgeous ode to her little darlings in Chickens Day Out by Karina Devine
If you weren’t aware, I have been working full time on an entry in to the fantastic World of Wearable Art spectacular. Crocheting a fairly small Monster is a time consuming thing. Crocheting a Monster big enough to fit someone inside is an altogether different time consuming thing. The deadline for entry is Tuesday 2nd of April. That is today. I am happy to announce that I have fired of the 2nd phase of my entry. And that is to upload images of the piece from all angles so that it can be assessed and then judged as eligible to be entered. I should hear back before 7th April. If it’s a “yes” then, “Gary” will be heading over to Nelson, New Zealand. This doesn’t guarantee entry in to the show, but it’s a big load of exciting. I hope I am going to be rushing in and looking for tickets to the show, accommodation and cheap flights to Wellington!! I really don’t need an excuse to go to Wellington because I really love it there. I will however gleefully accept this as a darn good one.
I have received a few orders for custom Monsters over the last couple of weeks. This T-Rex was a bit of a challenge for me. I haven’t delved into the world of dinosaurs previously. I really enjoyed making him. Here is stomping about in the back yard.
For the record… I am not just a Monster maker. Monsters have simply become my obsession. Seems I am also pretty handy at making amigurumi puppies. Over the weekend I made a gift for my friends at Bodywise Osteopathy. They have a pug named Winnie and he is sometimes in the office. It started out to be a Monster Pug Pot, but, he was too cute to give fangs and horns (I am told though that he does indeed have them).
Here is how he turned out. Please say Hi to Pug-in-a-Pot
Another puppy related non-Monster happened last year when I was asked to reproduce a much loved and dearly missed Chihuahua. Fabia nearly didn’t get him as I fell a little bit in love and wanted to keep him.
Making puppies is not my focus. I remain 100% Monsterising. However, I might be swayed if you are interested in a custom made critter. You can check out my Custom Monster page and contact me there