Death of the Endless

As I wait for the September 22 release of The Sandman Act II on Audible, I figured it was a good time to make one more amigurumi based on a character created by Neil Gaiman. This time it’s Death of the Endless. If you haven’t seen the amigurumi I made of the other two Endless siblings Dream and Delirium, you can check them out here and here. 😁

For this amigurumi design, I used Death: The High Cost of Living #1 as reference instead of the Jill Thompson books [that reimagines the Endless as children] I had used as my reference for Dream and Delirium.

As you can see, I have only used two colors to make her [okay, three if you count that tiny bit of grey yarn on the belt]. The “eye of Horus” detail below her right eye was done with a felting needle and brushed acrylic yarn, and the ‘Ankh” pendent is silver washi tape slapped on a tiny piece of cardboard that was cut in the shape of an ankh symbol. To complete her Goth chick look, I added some self-adhesive metallic studs in silver on her belt, wristband and boots. That’s it! Easy-peasy, huh? 😁

That’s all for now, folks! Stay safe. Stay crafty. ❤

By the way, am I the only one who thinks this version of Death bears an uncanny resemblance to Joan Jett? 🤔

Baker Girl

This little Baker Girl loves baking and she will fill your home with the most delicious looking cupcakes. Watch her work her magic as she whips up batch after batch of your favorite amigurumi baked goodies. 🧁🍩🧁🍩🧁

The design for Baker Girl was inspired by a dear friend of mine who decided to follow her passion by quitting her regular 9-to-5 and starting her own bakery. So this little cutie will go live with my friend once the lockdown is lifted. I’m sure the real baker and the amigurumi she inspired will whip up some seriously delicious goodies together.

The pattern for this doll is now available on my Ravelry store. So if you love amigurumi and cupcakes, you know which store to visit. 😉

The 19-page PDF contains patterns for the doll, her clothes and hair accessories, her batter bowl and cupcakes. The pattern has instructions on how to make this cutie poseable [with movable limbs] using wire. However, you can opt to leave it out if working with wires and pliers is not your thing. The pattern has instructions for both wired and wireless way of making this doll. The Baker Girl is approximately 10 inches tall without her head accessories [and 12 inches tall with her head accessories] when made with sock weight yarn and 2.5mm hook.

The PDF also includes instructions on how to make certain special stitches (such as a 4-dc stitch or how to work on the front or back post of a stitch). There are also over 60 step-by-step photos to visually guide you through the doll making process. The most fun part of making this amigurumi will definitely be her hair where you will learn to brush out acrylic yarn and turn it into this fluffy, cotton candy like hair!

Download this pattern and watch yourself whip up magic stitch by stitch as you bring this little amigurumi baker to life! You can buy the pattern here. 🙂

Have fun hookin’! ❤️

Rui 🕸| Demon Slayer

Last month, after binge-watching Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, I looked up amigurumi fan art based on the anime/manga series. I found a cartload of Nezuko amigurumi followed by Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke but not a single one based on Rui. So, I decided to rectify that. The pic below stands testimony to my last statement. 😉

This murderous little demon was made using a combination of crochet, needle felting, embroidery and hair sculpting. By the way, I learned how to needle felt solely for this project [and it was mildly disturbing to realize how much I enjoy stabbing things]. 🤪

Designing the body was the easiest and the quickest part of the project. Then I had to put the project on hold just so I could practice needle felting with acrylic yarn; turns out you can make felting “wool” with acrylic yarn. So if you have always wanted to try needle felting but were uncomfortable with the idea of using animal fiber, here is a solution for you: just brush out acrylic yarn stands with a pet slicker brush until it resembles cotton candy and use that fluff to needle felt. Here’s a video I found on YouTube that shows you how to do that.

In case you were wondering, Rui’s fluffy, spidery hair was made from brushed acrylic yarn too. 😀 Here’s a shot to show you how his hair looks from the back.

After I was confident enough to needle felt tiny red dots on his face without completely ruining it, I tackled the facial details next. 😱🤞It turned out okay; not perfect but acceptable enough. Husband, on the other hand, thought the dots could have been rounder. I told him I could practice more using him as the felting mat. So he let it go at that. 😉

It’s not very clear in these images but I also needle felted a wad of white acrylic fiber [brushed acrylic yarn] along the chest and neck—peeking just a tiny bit from under the kimono—to add a bit of texture. Then it was time to stab some more red dots and embroider spider webs on Rui’s kimono. 🕸

The last part of the design—which also took the longest to complete—involved weaving in yarn strands into the doll’s head, brushing out the “hair” section by small section until they were all fluffy, and finally sculpting the hair using diluted PVA glue. Be warned though, sculpting doll’s hair using your fingers and watered-down glue can get quite messy! Make sure you have your work surface covered with newspaper. You may also need to wash your hands after every few hair sections but I guess we’re all pretty much used to randomly washing hands throughout the day by now so it shouldn’t be a problem. 😋

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading about how I made Rui as much as I enjoyed making him.

Until next time, take care and stay safe.

XOXO, Serah

Does IT scare you?

I love Stephen King. So when the movie adaptation of IT came out a few years ago, I was super excited. If, prior to watching this movie, I wasn’t scared of clowns, Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise took care of that for good.

So, imagine my delight when, about a month ago, I was gifted this amazing Pennywise pattern by Guichai Dolls. The designer, at that time, had no idea I dabbled in amigurumi design myself, neither did they expect anything in return. It was just a random act of kindness. We got in touch via their Etsy shop (I had purchased a Spider-Man pattern from them earlier, which, by the way, is super cute and super fun to make) and—bam!—­­next thing I know, I have this fantastic pattern in my inbox. I promised them I’d give it a try and send them a photo or two of the finished result after the Holidays. Now that I’ve finished making this crazy killer clown—I’m so in love with IT!—I wanted to share it here with you too. ­

The following pics attempt to recreate the part of the story where little Georgie is taken by Pennywise. 🎈

I made little Georgie using Guichai Dolls Spider-Man pattern. My only addition to the original pattern is the boy’s yellow raincoat. His hair was made using the same technique as that of Pennywise.

I love designs with lots of tiny details and this pattern by Guichai Dolls is chock-a-block with it. From photo instructions on how to turn ordinary yarn into this amazing doll hair to a tutorial on how to make your own resin doll’s eyes, the pattern packs in quite an astounding lot. The best part is, you can add as many details as you prefer to make your Pennywise really stand out or you can keep it as simple as you like.

The stitches used are basic and the 50-page pattern has tons of photos to explain everything; however, a word of caution: it’s not recommended for absolute beginners (unless you are a beginner who’s comfortable crocheting tiny limbs and inserting wire skeleton and polyester stuffing in said limbs with a chopstick). But if you have been making amigurumi for a while and are looking to get out of your comfort zone and learn new doll making techniques, this is the pattern for you.

If you’re a Stephen King fan or a fan of the horror genre in general (or know someone who is), I highly recommend this Pennywise pattern. You can buy it at Guichai Dolls’ Etsy store where it’s currently 10% off.

I hope you have as much fun making Pennywise the Dancing Clown as I did. 🎈

XOXO

VOTE FOR TOTO!

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Toto, my entry for this year’s amigurumi design contest hosted by Amigurumipatterns.net. Since this year’s design theme is “celebration”, I decided to showcase Kukkur Tihar [Day of the Dogs] celebrated by the people of Nepal and the Nepali-speaking populace in Sikkim and the Darjeeling hills in India.

Nepali folks, who practice Hinduism, believe that dogs lead the deceased across the river of death in the underworld and help the souls of the dead reach heaven. So, on Kukkur Tihar—also spelled Kukur Tihar, dogs are worshipped for their loyalty, service and companionship and offered garlands of marigold flowers, a tika [a ceremonial paint] on their foreheads, and special treats including sel roti, a special Nepali fried bread made of rice flour, sugar and spices [and probably a dash of magic because this bread is really delicious!]. Nepali policemen also hold a special event to worship and celebrate the canine members of their unit on this day. 🐶

The Day of the Dog falls on the second day of the five-day long Hindu festival called Tihar, the second biggest religious festival of the Nepali people celebrated around October/November.

If you think this amazing festival dedicated to our canine friends deserves a spotlight in the world’s biggest amigurumi platform, could you please spare a moment to vote for cute little Toto using the link below.

VOTE FOR TOTO

Thank you! 😊

The Fantastic Twins

Say hello to the Fantastic Twins! Twin No. 1 thinks black nail polish is the ultimate form of self-expression, Twin No. 2 loves colors & K-Pop! So what do they have in common? Like most teenagers, they are obsessed with posting a variety of content on social media, ranging from selfies to pop culture to human & animal rights!

Both twins are made from the same base pattern. This pattern shows you how to create two separate looks using different color schemes, hairstyles and accessories.

You’ll also learn how to make a movable amigurumi head; and how to use small pieces of wire to make poseable arms and removable earmuffs. If you’re making this for children, don’t worry, the pattern also gives you an option to make a child-friendly doll without using wires.

The Fantastic Twins will make a great Holiday gift for amigurumi enthusiasts of all ages. You can simply follow the original colors used in this pattern or you could customize the colors to go with different seasons and festivals. You can even customize the doll to look like the person you’re making it for! Just let your imagination play. 🙂

Buy the pattern here.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

Santa Paws & Frosty Nose

Santa Paws and Frosty Nose are brothers. But do you know how they got their names? Like all Shiba Inus, Pawsy and Nosey are “spirited’ and loyal, with a tendency to guard their humans. But there’s one thing that sets these brothers apart: every winter, the brothers give away their treats, old toys and spare blankets to the less fortunate dogs in the neighborhood. The brothers—both of whom were adopted from an animal shelter by their human parents—know that winters are harsh for those who are homeless and every single act of kindness, no matter how small, helps. And because they have such big hearts, they are known as Santa Paws and Frosty Nose.

On cold winter nights, the brothers put on their Christmassy capes and hats and leave the warmth of their home; they go around the neighborhood carrying gifts, blankets and warm food, looking for their street dwelling canine friends. And every time they come across a cold and hungry animal, the brothers make sure he has a belly full of warm food and a warm blanket to keep away the cold. ❤️

Now, a bit about the pattern. Santa Paws & Frosty Nose stand 12cm without the hat—and 16cm with the hat—when made with sock weight yarn and a 2.5mm hook. The difficulty level for making the dog is “Easy”; for the accessory [i.e. the gift box], the level is “Intermediate”.

If you are looking for a cute, quick and easy Christmas themed amigurumi pattern that can be finished in a couple of evenings, and can be used either as decorative pieces or made as gifts, this is the pattern for you. 🎄

I hope you enjoy making Santa Paws and his brother Frosty Nose. Their pattern is available in my Ravelry shop.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

P.S. Thanks to these amazing hook ninjas for testing this pattern: Crystal Thompson, Jessica Sherman, Frances Metallo, Fiona McQueen, Véronique Flawine & Kim Coomans.

Halloween Ami-Along

I’m so excited to tell you that I’m hosting the Halloween Special edition of Ami-Along over at AmigurumiPatterns.net this month and it’s going to be so much fun! Besides getting a brand-new Halloween themed two-in-one amigurumi pattern at the price of one and access to the members forum, you also stand a chance to win a ton of crochet related goodies! Doesn’t that sound amazing!

We will be hooking up one of these spooktacular Halloween Kids during this Ami-Along, which will run from October 9 to November 11. And you get to decide which one of these cute little trick-or-treaters do you want to make—batty little Wanda or her catty little friend Hazel. Or if you are feeling super adventurous, you can even make both of them! Both Wanda and Hazel stand 24cm tall without their accessories.

If you’re hearing about this event for the first time, the AmigurumiPatterns.net Ami-Along is a fun monthly event where a large group of crocheters work on the same amigurumi project during a limited time, share photos of their work in progress and their finished amigurumi, ask questions and find inspiration in what others are making. During the event, the designer of the project will also be available for advice and some friendly chitchat. You can join the Ami-Along here.

Oh, by the way, if you’re wondering about Wanda and Hazel’s costume choice, I have the scoop for you.

Little Wanda has been dressing up as a witch for Halloween for as long as she can remember. But this year she wants to dress up as a vampire bat because bats are cool and they don’t need a broom to fly.

Her bestie Hazel, on the other hand, will be trick-or-treating as a cat because she loves singing and dancing and is a huge fan of the musical named after these felines.

The Halloween Kids is an intermediate level pattern. However, the pattern contains additional instructions on how to make some not-so-basic stitches, like the 4-dc bobble stitch and back post crochet stitch. It also contains over 30 step-by-step photos to help you through the difficult bits.

Though the pattern calls for sock weight yarn, you can use any yarn that’s already in your stash. Just make sure you adjust the hook size[s] accordingly. And there is absolutely no need to stick to the yarn colors recommended in the pattern. Feel free to experiment with colors—and have fun!

I’ll be looking forward to see your Wanda/Hazel over at the Ami-Along.

Update [November 13, 2019]: The pattern is now available for download at my Ravelry shop.

Happy hookin’! ❤️