Les Miserables Crochet Dolls – Valjean and Javert

 Recently I learned that a friend of mine has never seen Les Miserables, either on stage or the movie version, and as a big fan of the play I had to take it upon myself to fix that. So this afternoon a few of us got together at my place, made pancakes for brunch, and watched Les Mis! She enjoyed the movie and I kept my word and didn’t sing along (out loud), and I came away from it feeling inspired to A. make this blog post about the Les Mis dolls I made for my friend Elizabeth last year, and B. read a lot of fic…

Javert is either trying to punch Valjean or hold his hand. Possibly both. Their relationship is complicated. 😉

I blame my getting into Les Mis on a few things: my cousin Laura, Elizabeth, someone on my old Livejournal, and everyone in Dartmouth, NS who went to see Skyfall of December 26th, 2012. Which sounds strange, I realize, but bear with me. We were visiting family in Halifax that Christmas, and on Boxing Day we decided to head to the movies. My cousin Laura is a big theatre fan (and a theatre director herself!), and she along with most of my family were going to Les Mis. She was super excited about it, but I didn’t know anything about it (beyond vague knowledge that it’s a Broadway musical about historical France) and had little interest. So Dad and I were going to go see Skyfall, but when we got to the theatre it was sold out and we decided to tag along to Les Mis.

I know these stories usually end in “I came out of the theatre in love and was instantly a huge fan”, but it’s not really true. I enjoyed the movie a lot and was glad I went, but then I mostly forgot about it until one year later when someone on my LJ randomly posted about the movie and linked to some Valjean/Javert fic. I ended up rewatching the movie, reading a TON of fic over New Years 2013/14 (I think I read around 200,000 words over the course of a few days), and getting completely hooked.

Since then I’ve seen it live on the London stage (approximately five hours after my plane landed after a 9-hour overnight flight from Vancouver, I was very tired), live in Vancouver last summer, and have listened to the 10th Anniversary Concert soundtrack approximately a billion times (or at least certain songs). Seeing it on the London stage utterly blew me away, even though I almost fell asleep during “I Dreamed a Dream” (I was really tired ok). You could have heard a pin drop in the audience during “Stars”, it was mesmerizing.

Anyway, the reason I blame Elizabeth although she wasn’t involved in me originally getting into it, is because she’s my main Les Mis fan friend and totally helped to enable my growing obsession 2 years ago. 😉 As thanks, I made her these little Valjean and Javert dolls for her birthday last year! They’re based on the stage version rather than the movie version, mainly the Wilkinson & Quast versions. I do still enjoy the movie, but after seeing it on stage and listening to the 10th Anniversary Concert soundtrack so much, I find it hard to listen to Russell Crowe… I do think he does a good job of acting the part and bringing emotion to the role, but his singing voice just isn’t that strong. Nothing can really compare to Quast’s version of “Stars”, though!

Yes I embroidered 24601 to his chest. Because I could. 🙂
 
I had a lot of fun with the hair and sideburns, I must say

I want to make some for myself now – I may have to! It was hard giving them away, although I do get to see them when I visit her. 🙂

 And as a bonus, check out below what she made for me in return last month for my birthday! So cute!!

Cross stitched pixel art of Valjean and Javert, I love it!

Ok that’s all from me tonight – coming soon, the much overdue Baby Groot in Naramata post!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – BB-8 Crochet doll & Christmas ornament (and bonus Han & Leia dolls)


So, December 17 was my 30th birthday and, of course, it was also Star Wars day! I will confess up front that, although I definitely like the movies and respect their importance in nerd fandom and pop culture, I’ve never been a super huge fan of them. I didn’t see them as a child (tragic I know!), so I didn’t finally see them until I was 15 (just before Attack of the Clones came out). I’ve always enjoyed them, but I’ve only seen them a handful of times each and haven’t memorized them like certain people I know. 😉 Still, Star Wars day being on my birthday was pretty cool. No spoilers, but I really enjoyed the movie and am looking forward to seeing it again at some point.

And of course, when I enjoy something… I have to crochet it. Especially when that something has a super cute character that is essentially two balls on top of each other and thus can be made in just a few hours. So this was my Christmas Eve project, made while hanging out at my parents’ house on Bowen Island – the newest droid in the Star Wars universe, BB-8!

He took me a good chunk of the day on and off but was basically pretty quick and easy. I’ll get a pattern written up one of these days. I need to adjust the head shape to be more domed, and I might do the orange circles differently. I used a black safety eye for the main one, and a smaller googly eye for the other one. 🙂

I finished him in the evening, and then before I went to bed I started this little guy. I want to make Christmas ornaments to sell at FanExpo Vancouver 2016, which will be in November so the perfect time for some early Christmas shopping. This was super fast, like I made most of him in about 45 minutes around midnight on Christmas Eve, and the rest in another 30 or so minutes on Christmas morning. The orange circles are very quick and rough, and when I make them to sell I’ll be more careful and plan them out before I stitch them on (then they will actually all be circular…). He needs a second eye too, because I had limited craft supplies on Bowen. But anyway, he is cute and I enjoy him!

While we’re on the topic of Star Wars dolls, this is as good a time as any to post pictures of the Han and Leia dolls I made for my friend Nic last year. She got married in Australia in February, and she’s a huge lifelong Star Wars fan. They had Han and Leia cake toppers, too! So of course I had to make her dolls to include in the reception.

Han and Leia wedding dolls

The bride and groom with Han and Leia

And that’s it for now! I hope everyone had a great holiday break, and Happy New Year to all!