Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cthulhu

Cthulhu | Yeti Crafts
You can buy Cthulhu prints here!

When I was approached to draw something Cthulhu-themed for a baby's nursery, I may have wept with joy. This guy is my favorite thing I've ever drawn, and lucky for you guys, the client who commissioned this piece has given me permission to offer prints! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

And Now for Something Completely Different

 Sometimes people hire me to draw or make things that are outside my wheelhouse, and I'm one million percent okay with that.  In fact, I prefer it to the times people ask me to "surprise them" because it challenges me and pushes my limits, which is the only way to learn and grow.

Recently, I was asked to make a hat that looked like a soccer ball, but none of the patterns I found appealed to me.  I did find the photo below, but an exhaustive reverse image search produced nothing that would help me recreate it.  Someone else had attempted to reverse engineer it, coming up with this chart, but when I followed the chart, the result was not close enough to the image for my taste.
The mystery hat and its almost-chart.
After a few days of experimenting, I bumped the clusters in the chart up from three stitches each to four and went with it, even though I wasn't completely happy. I also opted out of the bill, because it's not what my client wanted and added the rose to incorporate the intended recipient's team color. Following the chart with my minor alterations produced a slightly slouchy hat (unexpected bonus!) so I also extended the band a little.  
Crochet Rose pattern by Kati Crafts (using half the recommended chain. The first rose I made was massive!)
In the end, I made a cute hat and learned about hexagonal and pentagonal granny squares (granny hexagons and pentagons?). Plus, look how happy she is about it!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Saint Sebastian

Saint Sebastian | Yeti Crafts

The call to artists for Larkin Arts' national juried show was the perfect opportunity to pull out this painting from a couple of years ago and give it a total overhaul.