My babies…

Home again! Once I got my hands on a decent camera, I took photos of my baby dragons. I’ve kept one of each color I’ve ever made, and they are so cute all together!

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I also took nicer pictures of the little yellow guy for my friend. (He’s the one by himself.)

I have so much fun making these guys in different colors. Each one has a different personality!

Getting into the Olympic Spirit

In honor of the Olympics, I decided that it was perfectly appropriate to crochet an Olympic torch. So I did!

Here is the pattern:

Mini Olympic Torch Pattern
by Emi Karydes

Materials:
Small amounts of yellow (flame) and dark grey (torch) yarn
G crochet hook
Stuffing
Tapestry needle

Notes:
–For front/back post single crochet, it’s best to look up a tutorial video. It’s a bit confusing to explain in writing. ^_^

Flame:
I) Chain 2, single crochet 3 into first stitch
Sc 3 around
Increase around (6)
Sc around
*Sc 1, inc* around (9)
Sc 4, decrease 2, sc 1 (7)
Sc 1, inc, sc 5 (8)
Sc 2
Cut yarn, leave medium length tail

II) Chain 2, single crochet 3 into first stitch
Sc 3 around
Increase around (6)
Sc around
*Sc 1, inc* around (9)
Sc around
*Sc 2, inc* around (12)
Sc around
Dec 2, sc 2, inc 2, sc 2 (11)
Sc around

Attaching the two parts:
Sc 7 (from II), sc 8 (around the base of I), sc 5 (from II) (20)
Sew up any gap between the two
Sc around 2 times
*Sc 3, dec* around (16)
*Sc 2, dec* around (12)
Cut yarn

Base:
Chain 2, single crochet 3 into first stitch
Sc 3 around
Increase around (6)
Sc around 2 rows
*Sc 1, inc* around (9)
Sc 3 rows
*Sc 2, inc* around (12)
Sc 2 rows
*Sc 3, inc* around (15)
Sc 1 row
*Sc 4, inc* around (18)
Sc 1 row
[*Front post single crochet, back post single crochet* around for 2 rows (makes nice decorative pattern)
OR sc 2 rows]
Sc 1 row
*Sc 5, inc* around (21)
Sc around
Cut yarn, leaving tail to sew with

Stuff the top, gently stuff the bottom, sew the top inside the bottom 2 rows in from the edge, keep stuffing the bottom as you go.
Sing the Olympic theme song to yourself as you hold your Olympic torch aloft!
*Dun, dun, dun dun dun dun dun, dun dun dun dunna dundundundundundundun!*

Dragons and Daleks and buttons, oh my!

Well, my family went up to my grandparents house unexpectedly last Thursday, and we’re still there. It’s been lots of fun, but I didn’t expect to be here so long, and didn’t bring much yarn. :( I did, however, have enough time to finish a yellow dragon for my friend and the black dragon I’ve been working on for a while. I don’t have a camera, so I improvised and used the camera on my laptop. I apologize for the terrible quality, but it’s better than nothing!

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(The Dalek base is folded in half)

In other news, the Dalek is coming along okay… my first attempt looked good at first, but 1) I ran out of the dark brown yarn and 2) for some reason the proportions are WAY off. I want it to be accurate (12 sides, and 4 dots per side) but it looks too short. I decided that instead of crocheting the dots into the sides, I will use buttons or crochet dots to add later. Only problem… 12×4=48! That is a lot of buttons. I’m thinking of going to a thrift store and getting mixed buttons. We shall see what works best.

EXTERMINATE!!!

I have returned from my transcontinental trip! The potholders were perfect–I made enough for everybody, and it was a nice way to say than you to everyone.

While the trip was amazing, I am glad to be home–now I can work on whatever project I want to!! I am starting to create a pattern for a crocheted Dalek. We’ll see how it comes out. I’ve already had to redo some parts, and I’m trying to stay as close to the actual Dalek as I can, but might have to take a few liberties. This is the picture that I am modeling mine after. I figured it would be easier to copy a cartoon version, because it is already simpler than the original.

I am also working on a yellow dragon for a friend of mine. I’ll post a picture of all the different colors I’ve made so far when I’m done. I must admit, I always make two of each color so I can keep one. ^_^

And on top of all of this crafting, I am also hanging out with my cousins for two weeks. Boys, age 5 and 8. They are wonderful, but going to the pool/beach/park every ten minutes is not exactly conducive to much crocheting time. But I still have fun with them, so it’s all worth it.