Introducing the Pocket Dolls! Part 1: Captain America, Bucky, and Iron Man

Sorry to everyone for the long delay between posts! I’m making a pact with myself to post once a week from now on, and will try to start building this blog more. My only excuse is that I’ve been hard at work making lots of dolls for FanExpo Vancouver in November! To that end, I’m going to start sharing pictures (and eventually patterns in some cases) for the dolls that I’ll be selling at the convention. If you’re going to be in town, come check out our booth. We’ll post more details & our booth number closer to the event once we have that information. Erika’s been working hard too, making lots of awesome and adorable cross stitch buttons for the event (hint: some of them may involve a certain little orange & white droid…).

First up, I want to begin sharing my newest creations: Pocket Dolls. These little guys are now taking over my life and will feature heavily at our booth, because they are both quick(ish) to make and cute. Today I’m sharing the story of how they began and posting pictures of my first three – Captain America, Bucky, and Iron Man.

I feel like this picture is basically the storyline of CA: Civil War… “My Bucky!” “No, my Bucky!”. And poor Bucky in the middle…


It all began 2 days before I was due to see Captain America: Civil War with a big group of friends. On Thursday night I decided out of the blue, “I need a pocket sized Bucky to cuddle during this movie.” Especially since I planned to wear my Captain America hoodie, so of course I needed a little Bucky to go in my pocket! The only flaw in this plan was that it was 10pm on Thursday night, I knew I’d be working all day Friday followed by an office party, and Saturday I had more work stuff in the morning followed by about 4 free hours before I’d have to head out to the movie. And I didn’t have a design or a pattern beyond “small and cute and Bucky”.

Prototype Pocket!Bucky was pretty rough, but I got him done. Head & body were done Thursday night and probably Friday morning before work. After the Saturday work stuff downtown I knew I wouldn’t have time to go home, so I sat in a green space near the Vancouver waterfront and made Bucky’s arms and legs and started assembly & details. Transited out to the theatre to meet friends from dinner, and sat in A&W frantically attaching hair. Stood in the lineup to get into the theatre STILL attaching hair. He was kind of lopsided and his hair was a mess, but he was finished! After the movie I tore out his hair and re-did it to look nicer, and gave him to my friend for her birthday.

Just for fun – Pocket!Bucky 1.0 in progress. Sitting outside of the theatre starting the hair. And yes, that’s Captain America in my backpack, sitting on top of a bag of stuffing. 😉

Completed Pocket!Bucky 1.0, after I fixed the hair.

That done, I started refining the pattern and making Pocket!Bucky 2.0. I decided that I wanted the head to be a bit smaller and the arms to be a bit bigger and more exaggerated. Starting with Captain America, I also began crocheting the hair colour right into the head – even for long haired characters, since that way I could avoid the flesh-coloured gaps between hair strands. I’m still fiddling with the pattern, and no matter what I seem to do each one comes out a slightly different size. Some sit up better than others. Some are just more polished looking than others. But I’m having fun with them and overall am happy with the look!

Since Bucky, I’ve made Pocket Captain America & Iron Man, who I’ve shared below, and a whack of other Pocket dolls that I’ll be sharing in upcoming posts. Patterns are coming as well.

Short male hair styles has always been one of my biggest frustrations, so this time I decided to just crochet the hair colour right into the head and then do a ridge of slip stitches along the colour change line.

I decided to make Cap’s shield on his back this time, in part to give him more stability (he kept falling backwards otherwise) and in part just for a change of pace. My other Captain Americas all were holding their shield. The shield is secured by straps and can be taken off. 🙂

I added a few higher stitches in the front of Tony’s hair, to give his hair a bit of height.

And for some bonus fun, check out these side by side pictures of Pocket!Cap and Pocket!Iron Man versus the little Cap and Iron Man that I made years ago when I was just starting to crochet. I was trying to go for a sort of beanie baby look and instead it just looked like Cap had really let himself go lol. And Tony’s body is weirdly… elongated… It’s nice to see that I’ve progressed since then! Still lots to learn and improve on, but I’m definitely getting there.

That’s it for now! Coming soon: Star Wars, Justice League, more Marvel, and various others…

Welcome to Wayward Pineapple Creations

 

Welcome to Wayward Pineapple Creations, a crafting blog dedicated to my geeky creations and their travels around the world. My name is Julia, and I like to crochet. And travel. And sometimes, I crochet things and I take them with me and I take ridiculous photos of them around the world. I’m also a huge geek, so the main crochet thing that I take around the world with me is my amigurumi Baby Groot (as pictured in my header!). On my blog, you will find a mixture of posts about my latest creations, posts about Baby Groot’s globetrotting habits, and other random things. Occasionally I will get off my butt and post new crochet patterns. And sometimes, I’ll also be showcasing the talent of my friends, many of whom are both nerdy and talented with a variety of crafts. Read on to learn a bit more about me!

 

 

I also do cosplay sometimes – me as Daenerys with mini!Dany

First, some quick backstory. I was born in Vancouver and grew up on the North Shore, where I still happily live on my own (unless you count the amigurumi slowly taking over my apartment). Vancouver’s always been my home and I love it, so much that my day job is selling people trips to come here! When I’m not crocheting or watching TV and geeking out, I’m making a living in the tourism industry helping people plan their vacations to Canada. It can be stressful work, but it gives me the opportunity to share my country with the rest of the world which is pretty cool.

Hiking around Vancouver a few years back

I learned to crochet 5 years ago, when I realized that I could finally fulfill my secret childhood dream of making stuffed toys for a living. Well, not for a living yet, but it’s still fun as a hobby! Mostly I make geeky amigurumi of superheroes, TV characters, etc, but I’ve made a couple of geeky blankets too and am trying to expand my horizons now. It’s a never-ending process – I’ve come a long ways in five years, I think, but there is so much more to learn and improve on. I’m hoping that by starting this blog I will not only be able to showcase the works I’ve made over the past few years, but also push myself to keep trying new things and get better. I’ll be posting old stuff I’ve made, but also works in progress and crazy random project ideas I come up with. As my friends know… it’s not uncommon for me to say “So I started making a thing. Except I’m totally not making it, ok? Definitely, absolutely, NOT making it.” And then a few months later, hey look, it’s a thing I have made.

That’s exactly what happened with my Game of Thrones blanket, which I’ll be posting about in more detail soon (and with patterns!). It started off as a vague idea “hey wouldn’t this be cool?” then suddenly I ‘accidentally’ bought yarn. One year later I had a blanket. Oops?

Winter is coming – time to crochet a blanket!

Most of what I make, though, is amigurumi. I had a booth at FanExpo Vancouver in 2014 and 2015 with my cross-stitcher friend Erika, under the name ‘Vancouver Crafty Geeks’, and I sold my dolls, here are a few pictures of what I had for sale at the booth:

10th Doctor, 11th Doctor, Harry Potter, and Sherlock

 

Winter Soldier, Captain America, Thor, and Loki

 

Captain America Minion!

 

And of course, Baby Groot

That’s it from me for now – more coming soon!