December 17

Here Be Dragons

The staple of any classic fairy tale involves knights and dragons, and usually a beautiful princess as well. Coming fresh from the Desolation of Smaug, and how all I really want for Christmas is a Night Fury, I’m sure you can tell that dragons are some of my favorite fairy tale creatures. While there’s no place to buy them, I’ve rounded up a few ways for you to make them!

First, for those of you who’d like an adorable stuffed toy, DIYFluffies on Etsy has a great pattern available for $9.oo. This little guy’s name is Yoki, and at 10 inches tall, he is a great gift for any little geek  or princess. You can sew him with fleece, felt, and some glass eyes.

Yoki The Fat Dragon Pattern

Next, for all you crocheters out there, Sarselgurumi has a great tutorial for creating an amigurumi Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. Made with only one skein, an F hook, some batting, and of course, lots of love, this irresistible Night Fury is sure to capture everyone’s heart.

Toothless Night Fury Amigurumi

Here’s sending you all great holiday wishes of crafting and geekiness!

December 15

Home is Where the Hearthstone is

World of Warcraft crochet hearthstone

My husband and kids were quick to jump on the World of Warcraft bandwagon when it was introduced in 2004. It’s hard to believe it will be 10 years next year! Due to their continued interest in the game, I immediately recognized this Ravelry Hearthstone project. With the holidays nearly upon us, perhaps you could use a hearthstone to return you to those you hold nearest and dearest?

Fitting in the palm of your hand, this cute amigurumi project would make a great stocking stuffer.

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November 10

Thor: The Dark World, and the Amigurumi

Animated Thor gif

© Marvel

Ohhhh my gosh, you guys. I just saw “Thor: The Dark World.” I’m not even going to bother fully reviewing it – there are plenty of reviews out there to fill that need for you. Besides, from the reviews I read, they’re just not that encouraging. I actually really enjoyed the movie, as did my comic-book-geek husband. The visual effects were stunning, almost too much to absorb. There were solid elements of humor, and Loki got even more time to shine. The battle scenes were epic – I actually had chills the entire last 20 minutes, waiting to see what happened next. When it was done, it took me a few minutes to catch my breath – I felt like I’d just been on a roller coaster! What a ride!

So take any quasi-negative reviews with a grain of salt – if you’re looking for a comic book movie with great effects, and just want to be entertained, you won’t be disappointed.

P.S. We saw it in IMAX 3D – totally worth it. Gorgeous.

P.P.S. There are TWO bits to stay after for. One after the visual cast credits, then another one after all the behind-the-scenes names scroll past. Stay for both.

Now, to make this crafty, how about some Thor crafts?

Jess Newstone has an adorable amigurumi pattern for a Thor, complete with Mjollnir (see below). She also has a Loki pattern. Be sure to check out the rest of her Tumblr; I love the concept. She puts her “pocket Loki” doll in all sorts of fun scenarios and photographs it . Fun and adorable.

Thor crochet amigurumi

© secretlyginger

Nikki Olida/Golden Jellybean has created a doll with a different look: a Thor Sackdoll (see below). Check out her video description, and the pattern in her Etsy shop.

Thor sackboy by Nikki Olida

© Nikki Olida

And finally, Dedfa has created a fun crochet Thor helmet (see below).

Crochet Thor Helmet by Dedfa

 

Feel free to share your thoughts on the movie in the comments section below!

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August 18

Crochet Wakko Amigurumi

Wakko amigurumi doll

Back in the day we used to be big fans of the TV cartoon show “The Animaniacs.” They were just so wacky and the dialogue was so clever, we were always giggling, if not outright guffawing, even as adults.

So imagine my joy at finding a Wakko amigurumi doll on Craftster by BunnieBard, complete with pattern. I think my husband would love to have one of these for his office.

What about you? Did you watch Animaniacs when it was on (back in 1993-1998)? Which character was your favorite?

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