Kaylee, Jayne, and Zoe dolls, for a different year’s Can’t Stop the
Serenity auction. Kaylee had a little tag with her that we got signed by
Jewel Staite before the auction!
Kaylee, and Jayne for this year’s Can’t Stop the Serenity auction.
Minion!Kaylee had a little tag signed by Jewel again. 🙂 Maybe one of these days I’ll see her at a con again and get her to sign this picture lol.
Continuing to get all my dolls posted on here… Doctor Who!
crochet project – TARDIS! I didn’t really know what I was doing, ie. I
never flipped my work so that the good side was facing out, so the
entire thing is the wrong side. I didn’t even realize at the time that
there WAS a right vs wrong side. And the embroidery is… kinda special.
Another early project – an Ood! For a friend who really liked the Ood. I used a Cthulhu pattern as a base (this one from Cthulhu Crochet to be exact) and then kinda just winged it as I went.
10th and 11th Doctors for FanExpo Vancouver 2015 (the design for these
is inspired by the Pixelated Mushroom ones, but they’re actually fairly
different when you see them in person – different shaped feet, and
they’re smaller and less cuddly/floppy. I wrote them up from scratch,
but since I’d made a few of her dolls before, the look was definitely
inspired by them)
Screwdriver – for my geeky friend’s baby shower! Because it’s never too
young to teach her daughter to be the next Doctor. Pattern from Louie’s Loops.
Hi everyone! Sorry for the long delay between posts – I was in Nova Scotia in September (expect lots of Groot photos from that trip at some point), and October… well honestly I don’t really have an excuse, other than the fact that I was trying to get a bunch of projects done and just haven’t gotten around to the blog. That’s changing today – I’m spending the day getting photos of all my dolls (from the old to the new) posted into our Gallery so they are all archived and easy to find. And while I do that, I figured I might as well make each page into a new post as well (with extra comments/notes and some bonus silly pictures that I didn’t include in the gallery).
First up – Marvel!
chronological from older to newer. The older ones are more likely to be
made from someone else’s pattern (I’ve included links/credit for all of
those ones), or to be lopsided. Or both.
FanExpo 2014 dolls – these were all for sale at our FanExpo Vancouver booth in 2014
FanExpo 2015 dolls – these were all for sale at our FanExpo Vancouver booth in 2015
America Minion – I decided partway through the con that I couldn’t bear
to sell him because he’s too cute, so I stuck a sold sign on him and
kept him. 😉
America – a definite improvement over the first couple… this little
guy didn’t sell and I think I’ll just keep him for myself now, I’ve
become attached to him. 😉
Bucky / The Winter Soldier
Groot! I made 2 large Groots that were wired and stuck into real pots,
and 5 small Groots that are just cuddly and have nothing pointy or hard.
The first large Groot was made using a dark brown yarn because that’s
what I had in the house, but I didn’t really like how it turned out so I
made the rest with a light brown which I think looks better.
made 4 of the small Groots to start with, and had sold 3 of them by the
end of the first day… so I spent all of day 2 at the booth
frantically making one more (all 5 were gone by Sunday). Groot was super
Thor Minion – birthday present for another friend
Thor Minion and Captain America Minion!
My first Groot, made from this pattern at Smartapple Creations.
It was maybe 2 weeks after the movie came out, and my friend’s birthday
was coming up – and she LOVED Groot. So I googled ‘crochet Groot’ out
of curiousity, thinking no way had someone already made a doll never
mind a pattern… and this popped up. Yay! My video of her opening the
doll and screaming is one of my favourite things. 😉
this isn’t really a crochet doll but I think he’s cute… I got a
stuffed moose given to me by some supplier at work (this is what happens
when your job is selling tours in Canada!) and for whatever reason I
decided to A. name him Bucky, and B. crochet him a little Winter Soldier
arm and give him a mask. He lives in my desk drawer at work and makes
me happy. Bucky Moose!!
That’s it for now, but stay tuned! I have a few nifty Avengers-related projects coming soon…
to get married and I wanted to make them something special and fun to
celebrate. Earlier in the year I had made Han and Leia dolls for my friend Nic’s
wedding (she’s a huge fan and they had Han and Leia cake toppers too!), but this
time I wanted to try my hand at a more traditional bride and groom set of dolls.
I perused a few patterns online but anything I liked was upwards of $10 to buy
the pattern so I decided to go at it alone.
I would need to put in a lot of work if I wanted to make them good enough to
write a pattern. But they are cute so I wanted to share them with you all
and Peter – which basically meant choosing the appropriate colour of safety
eyes, giving Kate super long hair, and giving Peter no hair. I did consult with our
friend Sam, who was going to be in the wedding party, and she gave me some
information about what Kate’s dress would look like, but I couldn’t figure out
how to make tiny lace sleeves so I ended up going with generic wedding dress. I
did braid back some of her hair, though, which Sam told me was how Kate planned
to wear her hair. So that’s something!
turn out so good. I had one increase row too many across the body and then I
was trying a thing to make the waist taper in and the skirt flair out, and it
all seemed like a good idea at the time, ok? Well, you can see for yourself
|Kate doll attempt number 1. Not exactly a success.|
Yeah. I looked at it and realized that there was no way I
could give that to my friend on one of the most special days of her life! It’s
about the least flattering body I could have made. So I tore it out and tried
again, with one less increase row and ditching the sad attempt at a waist:
|Definitely an improvement|
on and a little bouquet of flowers:
|So much hair|
disturbingly violent happened to him before I could finish…
|It’s the Red Wedding!|
their wedding day. 🙁
doll at our local nerd hangout La Fontana Caffe with a bunch of my fellow nerds
around me, but I had forgotten to bring stuffing. I had the body mostly
finished, but couldn’t stuff it so it was still sitting open with a couple of
rows left to go. In the meantime I wanted to work on his little suit jacket,
but without a stuffed body it was going to be difficult to check whether it
fit. I had some red yarn with me that I wasn’t using, so I decided to
temporarily stuff him with red yarn so I could make the suit jacket in the
correct size. At which point we all realized that it looked like his innards
were spilling out of him, because… we’re all kinda sick freaks, ok? 🙂 So my friends, being
my friends, immediately started to create the scene – Kate doll standing over
her new husband, blade (well, small scissors) in hand, with poor Peter bleeding
red yarn everywhere… alas.
|Such a lovely sunset for a wedding…|
ended up a little… lopsided… but still cute I think.
loved them! Here’s the happy couple with their dopplegangers, I’ll leave it to
you to decide if I captured their likenesses or not.
|Kate and Peter with mini!Kate and mini!Peter|
|Making them kiss – aww….|
these and I was so excited to be there on your big day to share these with
(the top photograph is credited to the professional photographer Ida Magdalena Adamowicz. The rest are mine)
|The original soft Baby Groot!|
|Groot overlooking Vancouver from the top of Harbour Centre! In the background you can see Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains|
My photos with Groot weren’t turning up well up there so I took a picture without him just to show the view:
|Canada Place with a cruise ship in port, and the mountains in the background!|
I gave up on trying to take pictures of Groot in front of the background (he ended up completely dark each time), and switched to taking some pictures of him in front of the giant maps inside the lookout. I don’t know, it amused us!
|You are here!|
|Me posing with baby Groot|
|A more detailed photo of downtown Vancouver – Groot’s checking out the lay of the land!|
|Groot wanted a photo op with Vancouver’s steam clock!|
Next up we were off to FlyOver Canada, a relatively new Vancouver attraction located down at Canada Place on the waterfront. I hadn’t been yet and since we include tickets for it in our tour packages sometimes I thought it was time to check it out. I’ve got a picture of Groot hanging out at the entrance below, but photos aren’t allowed inside so that’s it. Basically, FlyOver is a virtual flight simulation where you get to ‘fly over’ Canada from the coast of Newfoundland to the coast of British Columbia. It takes about 30 minutes in total including the pre-show portion/introduction, with the ‘flight’ itself coming in around 8 minutes. I’m wary of these kinds of things because I get motion sickness easily (even, or especially, if it’s simulated motion), but I was fine and I have to say it was pretty nifty! So check it out if you’re in Vancouver, but try to avoid mid-day when the cruise ships are in… we had to wait about an hour.
|Groot wants to fly over Canada! This is the closest he will get…|
We took a few photos from Canada Place as well, overlooking North Vancouver and the mountains.
|Groot and the North Shore mountains|
|Cruise ship! Looks like a Holland America one, no doubt heading up to Alaska.|
We had planned to do a bunch more, but we were both tired and not feeling 100% so we decided to head to North Van and just chill at my place. Which means that Groot got to ride the Seabus! The Seabus links downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver in about 12-15 minutes. It’s largely a commuter ferry (I take it twice a day to and from work), but is also a great trip for tourists. For only a few dollars and a quick scenic boat trip, you’ll reach Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. From there, you can head up to popular tourist destinations like Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, or explore other slightly less touristy sights such as Lynn Canyon (for a free suspension bridge and none of the tacky tourist stuff at Capilano!), Deep Cove, and Lighthouse Park.
|Groot’s going on a boat!|
|Looking back from the walkway that leads to the Seabus – there’s Harbour Centre/Vancouver Lookout, where we were earlier!|
15 minutes later we arrived at Lonsdale Quay, a marketplace on the waterfront overlooking downtown Vancouver. If you want to get a picture of the Vancouver skyline, you have to come to North Van! I’ve been going to Lonsdale Quay my entire life (check out Dex’s Burgers in the food court – one of my favourite quick burger places in the city, it’s affordable, fast, and fresh, and I’ve been eating there since I was a kid). As a child it was an exciting treat to visit, and now I pass through it pretty much every day on my way home. Lots of fresh produce, meats, seafood, and bakeries, plus random shops scattered throughout. It’s lovely to sit outside on a nice sunny day, there’s always buskers and lots of activity. And a farmer’s market on Saturdays in summer!
|Groot’s at Lonsdale Quay!|
|Vancouver skyline in the background. This picture didn’t turn out well, unfortunately… too much sun.|