Popeye Party

A little while ago I was asked to make 3 crocheted versions of Popeye. Popeye is a cat that I really like. While I have never actually met him, I have heard many stories about him and seen pictures of him. He looks like this:

He was pretty fun to make because while you can't see it here one of his legs has much more white than the others. This means that I could use this feature to make sure the crocheted cats are unique and specific to his markings.

The pattern that I used is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cat-sitting

I decided to make all the pieces first and sew them together at the end.

The hardest part was trying to figure out a good way to make a white pattern going down his head and body.

After his head/body was done it was time to attach the legs, ears and tail!

Here's that white leg.

From behind.

Added a nose, eyes and whiskers. All done! A Popeye party!

Crochet German Shepherd

Last Christmas I had an idea to start making the dogs and other animals from Planet June (my favorite crochet designer). I wanted to make them in a smaller size then loop a ribbon through the back and make it into a Christmas tree ornament. I thought of the idea too late though and only got a few made in time. I did end up selling a dachshund:

So, I had decided that I would make a bunch throughout the year and have a collection of them to put on my website this Christmas. So, how many do I have done? As of today I have 1! He is a German Shepherd. Although he already has a future home this Christmas I hope to make some more to actually put up on Etsy.

These patterns are super easy to make. It is all in single crochet and works up pretty fast. I started this guy last night and finished him up when I got home from work today. Here is the collection of parts: Head, nose, 2 ears, body, front legs, back legs and tail.

For me, the worst part is sewing all of these together. I started with the head. First it was stuffed, then the nose was stuffed and sewn on, followed by the ears being sewn on. Once these were attached the eyes were added.

Then came the rest of the body. And once everything was attached, a German Shepherd was born:

Hope you enjoy him. I have a lot of projects to get done, but hopefully I will have more puppies for you soon!