The Katamari Prince pattern has been a long time ambition of mine because I have a lot of clump spirit. The pattern is a Nerdigurumi original made in my usual array of worsted weight cotton yarn. The head and body were done with a 3.75 mm hook and the legs and arms with a 3.5 mm hook while the antenna and red ball were done with half strands of yarn and a 2.5 mm hook. An actual Katamari pattern will be coming up soon!
This next one, not filled with catnip, has earned earn a slightly less pitiful fate and resides at my mom’s place, enjoying a leisurely retirement. The pattern is available after the photos. He can be made as short or as long as you like, and a long wire through his body could make him poseable. Pretty much any color can be used for the body segments including a solid single color, but the head and butt should be pink for 1P, blue for 2P, orange for 3P and green for 4P.
I live in Victoria BC, a moderately sized Canadian city that is uber-westcoasty and is blessed with a University that is blessed with an Anime club that has blessed our community with an annual anime, manga and Japanese cultural convention, previously called Kei-kon, now reborn as Tsukino-Con. This has been great for the kid, and to be truthful we had a hoot last year too. All are looking forward to the convention in February, despite my nervousness at the continually decreasing amount of time I have to sew costumes.
We are n00bs on the scene, however as always, being the eternal meddler, I wanted to *do* something, so I have signed up to do a workshop panel type creature where I teach Amigurumi crochet. I did a dry-run of my really ambitious plan which is now being reworked and scaled back to a more sane and doable version, however the videos I prepared may be helpful to the interwebs as a whole so I have released them on the youtubes in all of their “made for Tsukino-Con” glory. There are some references to kits and local stores which are irrelevant, but the video quality is decent and I remembered to stay in frame for most of it, so they videos may be of help to folks just starting out and wondering what exactly they should be doing with the tangled mess of yarn that stands before them.
I learned from horrible grainy youtube videos, and now I pass that torch to the next generation… behold, the Nerdigurumi Youtube channel!
Of particular note, is this playlist that has instructional videos of pretty much each row of the pattern I designed for the workshop. It’s basically a peanut (see left) that can become a bear, a bunny, a cat, a dog with floppy ears like Cinnamoroll, or can remain a peanut. It’s a short project and the videos go over most of the steps so if you need some hand holding, I’m your girl! Plus when you are done you get to have this little weirdo on your left, and what’s not awesome about that?
The initial idea was to fill a 9 space cubby hole thing with yarn like in the stores, all bright and pretty stacked neatly on display, however avalanches, dust bunnies and inevitable catfuzz tumbleweeds have made me rethink this storage strategy. Random bags stuffed to the gills, strewn about the house just weren’t cutting it anymore, so I bought bins for the cubbies and sorted by color into marked the bins.The big balls are stacked on their own in their own tight little cubby with some odds and ends and there was even room left over to afford some shelter for some of the newly acquired figurines since the kid has run out of Otaku shelf space.
Husband came up with the idea of tying yarn to the handle to identify the colors contained within, brilliant yes?
This pattern is a Nerdigurumi original, free for non-commercial use. The Goomba character belongs to Nintendo (obviously) and I make no claim to it’s awesomeness, although I did convert it’s image to the marvelous crochet goodness you see before you.
This particular fellow is stuffed with catnip and will likely suffer the same fate as the real Goombas did, although at the hands of a hepped up kitty cat, versus a hepped up Italian plumber.