Meet my new favorite fella, Professor Higginsworth!
Here he is in front of some of our very favorite books. We both highly recommend them.
I am really happy with how he turned out and hope I can duplicate him for my shop. This guy is a source of pride for me as he is completely, 100% my design without asking Ben for any sketching help. My husband draws better than me and knows how to make things look cute. I tend to rely on him for sketching help, but this time I felt compelled to do it all myself.
From now on, I am going to try sketching with my new iPad in an app called Paper. It’s a cool app that lets you make sketches inside “journals” that actually look like journals. It gets poor reviews on iTunes because it seems you have to pay for every feature it offers, but I just need the basics for these sketches, so I don’t care about buying additional brushes or colors. Do any of you readers have a sketching app you particularly like?
If I use this from now on, then I can easily blog my sketches and keep them all together so I can reference old ones easily. I am thrilled with my new iPad, especially the message my husband had inscribed on the back.
I’ve always used sketches to figure out the basic shapes of my amigurumi creatures, but it wasn’t until the shiba inu ami that I really, really depended on the sketch. I was nervous about getting the pieces proportional to each other, so I asked Ben to sketch the shiba inu full-size. Suddenly I wasn’t nervous anymore. As I crocheted, I compared the size of my crocheted pieces to the drawing and could increase or decrease each row accordingly. It wasn’t fool-proof, because the drawing was 2D and I was working in 3D, but it was a good guide.
For this owl, I depended on sketches to figure out what sort of eyes to make. There are so many owl variations. I’m happy with this one, though, and can’t wait to make more of them. Maybe make some with striped pants.
I’ve been really busy with custom orders, most of which I can’t blog about yet because they are surprises for people. I’d hate to spoil a surprise. I’m also feverishly preparing for my first true craft show coming up on Sunday, May 6th, from 2pm-6pm at the Home Builder’s Association in Maitland. I am so excited for it, but a little anxious, too. I am going to be in serious crochet mode for the next month. Wish me luck and mark your calendars! If you missed it earlier, Professor Higginsworth and I were featured on the Homespun Chic Marketplace website here.
Have a sketch you want brought to life in amigurumi form? I’d love for you to send it my way…especially if you don’t mind getting it after May 6th.