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Mar. 31st, 2012 06:37 pm
hooked_on_anime: Pink crochet hook directed by green arrow to pull light blue yarn through slip knot of same to make chain stitch. (Make your first stitch)
Oh god I am so sorry for vanishing for ~three months. If you are at all curious as to why my brain makes me do this, check this out, though I don't advise reading while you are eating, drinking, have a cough, or anything else that would be bad to do while laughing. Pay special attention to the guilt spiral part, because that is a huge part of my problem.

What little productivity I've managed the past few months has mostly been in finally setting up an Etsy account, which I will link here as soon as I figure out how to do so, and making things for said Etsy account.

I'll finally be getting to all late comments in the next twenty-four hours, and will hopefully finally post another pattern or two. Thank you so much for your patience, and sorry again about the wait.
hooked_on_anime: A pink crochet hook looped through the lead of blue yarn with one chain stitch. (Chain forward)


Over 900 people in Mindanao, Philippines, have died in the floods that Typhoon Sendong (local name)/Washi (international name) just days before Christmas. Hundreds more are missing.

Please help us in putting together donations for these people who desperately need your help.


[livejournal.com profile] help_mindanao

Well, you know me; I'm always eager to help out a good cause. I know money might be a little tight since a number of big holidays just ended, but please do consider taking a look around. Or maybe offer something yourself!

If nothing else, please spread the word. The community itself is in an S2 stile, comments likewise, so LJ's new default comment form shouldn't be a problem.

My customary offer is up here [CLOSED].
hooked_on_anime: Pink crochet hook directed by green arrow to pull light blue yarn through slip knot of same to make chain stitch. (Make your first stitch)
Dobby's pattern, at long last! Plus I've got his pictures hosted at Flickr, so the Photobucket bandwidth limit won't get in the way there ^^a

Pictures of Dobby )

Dobby's Pattern )

That should be it! Lemme know if you have any questions, and I'll do my best to answer :)

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hooked_on_anime: Manekineko holding a crochet hook and a ball of yarn (Default)
Sorry about that folks; it looks like my free bandwidth for PhotoBucket ran out. I was hoping that it'd last through the end of the year at least, but that's apparently not going to be the case.

According to the form e-mail I got from PhotoBucket, my bandwidth will regenerate on January 9th, which is a little longer than I'd like to wait before everything goes back up. I was already thinking about separating the gallery from the pattern blog, but I guess this pushes my decision forward a little bit.

Unfortunately, I'm not set up for polls here, but I would like to hear what y'all think if you're up to it. What should I go with:

* A separate journal or community for the gallery, with separate projects divided between posts (Pros: Dreamwidth rocks; Cons: No increased exposure, no photo hosting [yet])
* A Tumblr account (Pros: Lots more exposure, possible photo hosting; Cons: Site not always in tune with how people use it)
* A DeviantArt account (Pros: Lots more exposure, photo hosting; Cons: Unfunny Business)
* A paid PhotoBucket account (Pros: I don't have to worry about juggling links, I won't run out of bandwidth; Cons: It costs money, which I'm short on, no increased exposure)
* Some other option I haven't covered (split photos I have patterns for and those I don't between two hosting services?)
* Some combination of the above

If you have any thoughts or input on what you think I should do, please share them in a comment! I want to try and have this decision sorted out within two or three days, max, and would love to hear from y'all on the matter.

In the mean time, I'm going to get some sleep. Tomorrow I'll be posting the pattern for Dobby the house elf from Harry Potter; I'll improvise something for his pictures.

Good night from my time zone, and thank you all for your patience while I deal with the mess I made here.

EDIT: Okay, Flickr it is! Expect Dobby's pattern up within an hour :)
hooked_on_anime: Manekineko holding a crochet hook and a ball of yarn (Default)
Hello again, folks; sorry it's another update without a pattern, but my plate's been relatively full lately. Give it a week or two, I guess?

Anyway, you probably haven't noticed the recent deluge of spam comments here. Just for the record, I've gotten something like eighteen spam comments in the past twenty-four hours. They're pretty easy to recognize, and as I understand it the DW anti-spam team is very enthusiastic about their work (Hello, if you're reading this!). Between that and the fact that almost all of my comments here from actual people are anonymous, I will be leaving anonymous comments enabled. As long as you don't have keyboard mashing in your subject line, your comment is probably safe.

If, for any reason, you have comment tracking enabled for this blog as a whole, or for one post in particular, I'd suggest turning that off for the time being. Otherwise, there should be no discernible change in this blogspace.

Incidentally, if you'd like to have a Dreamwidth account of your own for any reason, I do have a rather spectacular number of invite codes to give out. Just leave a (non-spam) comment here and I'll hook you up, so to speak. [/rimshot]

Edit: [Jan 8, 2012] Spam's long gone for the moment, so if you want to turn tracking back on, you should be good to go :)b
hooked_on_anime: Manekineko holding a crochet hook and a ball of yarn (Default)
Howdy, folks! Sorry for the relative radio silence on my end, I've been a little distracted. Again.

Anyway, this is mostly to let you know that I'm going through and making a major edit to a number of my patterns. Specifically:

A note on sc 6: Wherever I have Round One with sc 6 (sc 6 crossed out), that's where you can go ahead and start with dc 12 instead. I honestly have a little trouble starting a magic ring with dc, so I've been using sc as a bit of a work-around, but going right for dc honestly gives the various body parts a better shape. If you've been having a problem body parts that are too pointy or round, this might be the fix you're looking for.

I'll try and get all of that fixed up sometime tonight.


I've also had a couple of people ask about selling things made from my patterns. I'm generally pretty cool with it, with a couple of exceptions, and especially if you ask (though no guilt if you haven't asked before now; I didn't exactly have a policy up earlier), but I do have a couple of requests:

1) If you're able, financially or otherwise, and the fandom creator has a tip jar, please drop a percentage of what you make in there. If not, maybe consider a charity.
2) Once you've donated to the creator (or a charity), please consider dropping me a smaller percentage of what you make. Or just donate once in a while. I love making most of my patterns free to the public, but I'd also love to stay in yarn and get out of my parents' basement.


I think that's it for now! I'm going to try and have Dobby's pattern up by the solar new year, but I'm not sure about what else I might put up. Thanks for your time :)
hooked_on_anime: A pink crochet hook looped through the lead of blue yarn with one chain stitch. (Chain forward)


[livejournal.com profile] fandomaid has a fandom auction set up for relief in Somalia, which is currently suffering a horrible drought, famine, and a cholera outbreak. My offer is up here [CLOSED]. If you like my work, please consider making a bid for my services.
hooked_on_anime: Blue yarn in a magic ring (untightened) with six sc stitches; a green arrow points away from the loose end. (Tighten the ring)
What the heck; I've got my written patterns out, I've got a clean file on OpenOffice ready, why not get the other scalemate pattern up?

For those of you who made it to AnimeIowa, this is the pattern I used for Pyralspite. I'm happy to announce that I have since found cheap squeaky toys at the dollar tree, and plan to perform surgery on Pyralspite ...eventually. Sooner or later, really.

Pics or it didn't happen? Well here's pics of Pyralspite, so it must have happened )

Pattern here )

I hope this makes up a bit for me taking so long to post the Small Scalemate pattern :X I really do try not to let my life get too far away from me but - well, it's an ongoing process.

Edit: 11 Nov 2011 - Made a minor change, removing the start-up sc from the body, head, and legs. If you've been having trouble with shape, this should help a bit. (24 May 2012: Round numbers have been changed to reflect this.)
Edit: 06 Dec 2011 - Added a suggestion to the bottom of the Head pattern. I'm planning to give it a try myself before making it permanent, but it seems sound to me from just looking, so if you've had trouble with the nose area, give it a look-see. Hat-tip for the suggestion to a helpful commenter :)
Edit: 10 May 2014 - Minor correction to the body. Hat tip to anonymous commenter. Thank you!

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hooked_on_anime: A pink crochet hook looped through the lead of blue yarn with one chain stitch. (Chain forward)
I'm just going to sit here and pretend this is a few days after AnimeIowa rather than a week and a day past. That work for you? Okay then.

For those of you who made it to AI, this was the pattern I used for Senator Lemonsnout. I started out trying to find out whether the dc pattern I made for Pyralspite would translate to a smaller scalemate just by switching to sc - and then found it it didn't. Good to know for future me/present me!

Sooner or later, I'll have up Pyralspite's pattern (AKA the Large Scalemate Pattern). Hopefully I'll also eventually have a Medium Scalemate Pattern, though who knows when that'll happen exactly. (Future me, obviously.) In the mean time, I hope anyone who wishes to can overpopulate their respiteblocks with scalemates of various colors and identities will be satisfied with this.

First, though, pictures for those who haven't seen the end result yet: Senator Lemonsnout )

Pattern )
hooked_on_anime: Manekineko holding a crochet hook and a ball of yarn (Default)
Hey folks :) I wanted to have a new pattern up today, but unfortunately my life has dissolved into a hot mess. I need to move out of my apartment by noon tomorrow, and open the registration desk for AnimeIowa by sometime tonight. Between the two of them, those tasks have me almost completely occupied.

If I get a spare hour or two, I'll try and see if I can't get the pattern up anyway. Otherwise, well, I'll either see you next month, or at AnimeIowa.

For those of you who can make it there: I'll be running the panel Plushie Madness at 5:00 pm Friday. I'll be at the con all weekend, wearing this and handing out flyers for the Brain Slug Party. Hope to see you there!

Edit: I'm officially back and more-or-less recovered from AnimeIowa! Special thanks to everyone who stopped to admire (or buy! :O) my work, who showed up at my panel or just asked questions, and everyone who showed up in general. I've got some unpacking to do after my move, but I'm hoping to get the "Lemonsnout" (officially: small scalemate) pattern up later this evening or tomorrow.

On an unrelated note, a friend of mine from a feminist blog I follow is selling bearded dragon amigurumi with 50% of all profits going to benefit live bearded dragons in rescues. Please stop by if you're interested in helping animals in sticky situations. [Content Note] for some discussion of people being jerks to animals.
hooked_on_anime: A pink crochet hook looped through the lead of blue yarn with one chain stitch. (Chain forward)
You read the title right; I'm attempting to Live The Dream, to Put My Money Where My Mouth Is, and all hopefully without Biting Off More Than I Can Chew.

My rates are approximately $10 USD/hour, which may figure out weirdly. For examples of what I've timed while making, a standard sized Squiddle takes me about three hours, while a pony takes about ten hours (plus one each for complex hair or wings). I'll cover shipping for anything over ~$200 USD, but otherwise it'll be on you.

To Commission! )

I think that's everything. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.
hooked_on_anime: Manekineko holding a crochet hook and a ball of yarn (Default)
I'm going to stick all of my My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic pictures here for easier access, especially since I get the feeling I'll be adding to this. Newest at the top, oldest at the bottom.

This post is IMAGE HEAVY, so keep that in mind if you've got a slow connection. You might be happier with the MLP:FIM tag at my regular gallery.

As always, the pony pattern is over here, and a bunch of how-to-crochet tutorials and such can be found over here. Thank you very much for your time!

Rainbow Dash )

Rarity )

Fluttershy )

Group Shot: Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy )

Dr. Whooves )

FFVII Ponies: The following pieces are largely based on this amazing piece of fanart. I've not been able to get in contact with the artist, so if you know them (or are them!), please point them here and let them know I'd like to talk to them about my having crocheted stuff based on their work? Contact made, and a million thanks to [deviantart.com profile] SolidPersona for pointing them to me!

Vincent Valentine )

[Pega-]Cid Highwind )

Cloud )

Sephiroth )

FFVII Pony Bonuses )

A NOTE ON ACCESSORIES: Due to the level of difficulty involved in attempting to explain how I made the various accessories work, I have no plans to share the patterns publicly, especially for free. I have other patterns I've been meaning to type up, not only for [personal profile] hooked_on_anime but also to sell at my Etsy account, and writing out exactly how I made various accessories takes a level of time and energy I'm not currently willing to commit. If you're still desperately interested in how I made one or two accessories, you can PM me and I may share it with you there. Otherwise, I encourage you to experiment on your own.
hooked_on_anime: A pink crochet hook looped through the lead of blue yarn with one chain stitch. (Chain forward)
As seen in Plush Sleuth :) Or you can look at the two measly pictures in this post.

The best problem sleuth in the entire tri-couch area )

Crochet your own sleuth )

That should be all :) Please comment if you have any questions or want clarification or whatever.

Edit: [Dec 27 2011] I've edited PS's hat slightly to make it more accurate. That'll teach me not to crochet without getting proper reference pictures. I've also fixed up some instructions a bit to hopefully make them clearer. Pictures of Sleuth 2.0 coming eventually.

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hooked_on_anime: Three chain stitches in blue yarn; pink crochet hook being maneuvered by green arrow into first stitch. (Starting from a chain)
Hello to all :) And a special, slightly belated hello to all the Bronies (and pals?) over from Equestria Daily

Surprise pattern time! I in no way expected this to be the next pattern I posted, and then I ended up crocheting it on a whim, so. It's definitely more on the "difficult" side as my patterns go, I'm afraid :P Still, I'm hoping to have a much simpler pattern up next - or at least relatively soon.

A note on the pattern as a whole: This pattern is based on the basic ponies we see so much of in the show, particularly the mane cast and the background ponies. Ponies with different body types - Celestia, Luna, Big Macintosh, Granny Smith, younger ponies, and anyone I might be forgetting - would ideally have a different shape. Unfortunately, I'm not likely to get around to making the patterns for them any time soon, short of getting a commission for them (or a really huge donation or something); this pattern will still work for any of them, it just won't look -quite- right. [Edit:] [deviantart.com profile] uminohoshi suggests half-double crochet (double crochet for the UK folks) for young ponies. [/edit]

Another lifehack from the comments: "The trick to stuffing a dark piece with pale fiberfill is to find a darkish sock (or the foot off a pair of pantyhose) and put that inside the piece, then stuff the sock." Way cool.

As always, feel free to alter something with the pattern if, while you are making it, you think it would look better. It's more important that you're happy with the end product than you stick exactly to the pattern.

Moving right along, let's start with pictures: Fluttershy )

Pattern time!

Large print PDFs: [US version] [UK version]
Both are in 18 point Verdana font for ease of readability; neither include pictures. I just used find-and-replace in the UK version, so if there's anything I need to change other than dc = tc and sc = dc, please don't hesitate to let me know!

Jan 6 2013 The marvelous Lenka has translated this pattern into Czech! Go check it out if it's your language - or even if it's not; she's included some great pictures of the process, including the "Rainbow Dash" style wings.

I am also pleased to announce that [blogspot.com profile] knitoneawesome has made a single crochet version (double crochet for the UK folks) and it looks fantastic! Everyone who has ever wanted a SC version is invited to take a look - and even those who like the DC version fine, because who knows if you won't like that one better?

Crochet is magic )

I think that's about it! If you have any questions about this pattern, please feel free to leave a comment, and I will try and get my butt in gear to reply with help ^^b Thank you!

20 Jan 2012: By now I've gotten the question several times, "Can I sell ponies I've made using your pattern?" I thought it would be best if I made a more public answer than just in the comments below.

I am generally cool with it! I only ask a few things:
1) Include information on where you got the pattern (Hooked On Anime)
2) If you are able, financially or otherwise, drop me a little something in the tip jar; we'll call the suggested donation $6 USD? Though I won't turn you down if you want to donate more (or less, even).
3) Please comment here or send me a PM or an e-mail or something to let me know you're doing it! You don't have to include your name or anything, I just want to keep an idea in my head of how much competition I have popular this pattern is with people selling it and stuff, I guess.

26 Jan 2013: In response to the question "Can I translate your pattern into another language?"

The answer is: Yes! I am deeply flattered by the fact that two people have already asked to do so. If you love this pattern enough to want to share it with other people who don't speak/read English, I would be delighted to see you do so. Please only do two things:

1) Link back here, so people know where the original came from, and:
2) Send me a link to your non-English version so I can share back. You're serving people in a way that I can't; if someone would get better use out of your translation than my original, it only makes sense that they use it, and I can only tell them where to go if I know where to send them.

In response to any other question: There are three pages worth of comments in response to this post. I or someone else may have already answered your question in one of these comments! Check through them before asking your own question. In the future, if I get any repeat questions ("How do I make [Character]'s mane/tail?" is a very common example), I will tell you to check the other comments. Answering repeat questions has taken up time I would prefer to be using to do other things: typing up new patterns, for example, or crocheting things I hope to sell. Please please please check through the information that's already here before asking something.

10 May, 2014: Suggestions for Pinkie Pie's Mane/Tail: I've listed a few here. I haven't tried any of them, since I haven't made Pinkie Pie yet, but those are some options available to you. Good luck!


Thanks very much!

Thanks also to everyone who has helped me make this pattern better; in case it's not obvious, I don't usually use a beta-tester for fan patterns, and every mistake you help me remove helps not only me, but everyone who uses this pattern in the future. I am incredibly grateful to all of you.

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hooked_on_anime: Manekineko holding a crochet hook and a ball of yarn (Default)
Well! Another day, another. Month without a new post here. S-sigh. I plead having two part-time jobs. (Which reminds me: I need to change that donation sidebar now...)

More importantly, [livejournal.com profile] helpthesouth! I've got an offer up here, since all of my other charity obligations are currently taken care of. Go bid on me if you're interested in winning my services and have the means (though not either/or). Starting bid is $10 USD, as usual, though I've knocked it down to a single winner from past bids in an attempt to keep from biting off more than I can chew.

Thank you very much, and I'll do my best to get around to posting something with slightly more content ASAP.

Edit: The first round of [livejournal.com profile] helpthesouth is CLOSED, and my offer with it. Congratulations to the winner, and I hope any other interested parties keep their eyes open; little though I like to contemplate the reasons, I'm sure there will be other charity auctions in the future. I'm also thinking of opening up commissions, though that's a ways away yet.

Thanks everyone for your time ♥
hooked_on_anime: Manekineko holding a crochet hook and a ball of yarn (Default)
Like Help Haiti, Help Chile, and Help Pakistan before it, [livejournal.com profile] qldfloodauction is a (mostly) fannish auction set up to round up relief for the flooding in Queensland, Australia. I've got a thread up over here [CLOSED].

If you're at all interested in any of the amigurumi I've made, or even something I haven't made but you think I could pull off, please consider offering aid to get one.

There's plenty of other great stuff there as well, both in the main thread and in the lightening round thread. There's also a couple of other options to consider: just fic at [livejournal.com profile] waltzmatildah's Flood Relief: Fic Fundraiser Challenge, and just graphics at [livejournal.com profile] owemebreakfast's Queensland Flood Media Fundraiser. Or you can offer something yourself, if that's what you're interested in. Either way, please do take a look and consider participating if you can.

Edit: As you may have noticed, the Queensland Flood Auction is well over, as is Help Brazil 2011, in which I also participated though I neglected to mention it here. So has Help Japan, which I missed completely because I got a bit behind on filling the aforementioned charity requests 9_9a If it has a second round, I'll participate, though I'll probably be putting off the actual crocheting for a while until my over-worked wrists feel a bit better ^^a

I plan to have a new pattern up in the next couple of weeks (finally 6_6;;; ), and I'll also be putting up a gallery of all my amigurumi so far (probably sooner). Hopefully I will not be entirely ADHD'd between now and then =_=a

Squiddles

Jan. 1st, 2011 11:43 pm
hooked_on_anime: Manekineko holding a crochet hook and a ball of yarn (Default)
Hey folks :) Happy solar new year to you! I'd like to say that my goal for this cycle is to post one new pattern a month, but with my finances as they are (that is, not the best) that may not be an option. Still, I live in hope.

Today I bring you a pattern for Squiddles, of MSPA/Homestuck fame. Pictures under the cut )

On to the pattern )

I think that's all for now :) Happy April 13, 2009!

Edit: Time for far, far too belated awarding of credit. This pattern is heavily influenced by Hooks and Needles' Futurama Brain Slug Pattern. I really should have mentioned it earlier, but at the time I wasn't consciously aware of just how much of a role that pattern played in the development of this one. My sincerest apologies for not mentioning this sooner. I'm going to go hang the shame curtains now.

Edit 2: With thanks to a kind anon for the tip, I've moved the instructions on when to stitch the ridge to the body to after the instructions for the ridge itself. Hopefully that clears things up for anyone who's confused.

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Kumano 900

Sep. 29th, 2010 08:50 pm
hooked_on_anime: Manekineko holding a crochet hook and a ball of yarn (Default)
This is a custom pattern commissioned for [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan; the winner requested Kumano 900 from the band U900, seen here on YouTube. [WARNING for the bunny, whose design is, quite frankly, racist; it's the bear I'm making, but I felt it best to warn.]

Kumano 900 Pattern )
hooked_on_anime: A pink crochet hook looped through the lead of blue yarn with one chain stitch. (Chain forward)
A [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan pattern! Not the custom pattern (I'm still working on that one), but a pattern from one of the custom amigurumi I offered to make. I've gotten confirmation from all of my bidders now (yay!), but only requests from two, and now I've, uh. Finished one already ._.a See, inspiration took hold, and would not let me go, so. Uh. ...Look, I'm really tempted to make some sort of "pony express" joke here, but history jokes are better left in the hands of the master herself, so I'll just do some linkdropping and get to pattern posting.

From Hark! A Vagrant: You may remember the Shetland Pony?
Pony Hitman
Shetland
In Service of the King
Pony Prince
Pony Returns
Pony Meets a Ghost

Yeah, one of my winning bidders requested that :Db

Pictures first! )

Kate Beaton Pony Pattern )

And now, back to work on the custom pattern! *Rosie the Riveter pose*

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