Squiddoo! – Ramon Ramirez de Agua y Marina

If you have spent a vacation scuba diving on Aqua Marine (Flippers Humboldt’s home planet), you have probably met this guy, also known to some divers as Billy the Squid. He loves swimming with them. Sometimes he’s playing practical jokes on them, like appearing out of nowhere, tapping the unsuspecting diver on the shoulder from behind and darting back into the blue, happily squeaking ‘Squiddoo!’. He also loves pulling faces directly in front of their masks. But his favorite trick is to catch the air bubbles in his mantle and releasing them again with odd noises. SQUIDDOO!

ECI  code: H5, six arms A6 for tentacles

Name: I used an acrylic yarn called Ramona, hence the name

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William ‘Flippers’ Humboldt

When he found out his parents named him after the elder brother of the great explorer Alexander von Humboldt, Wilhelm, ‘Flippers’ wanted to become an explorer too. Although he didn’t know what the word meant back then he liked it.

Many years later, after travelling the endless oceans on his home planet of Aqua Marine for more than twenty years and meeting all kinds of marine life forms, Flippers decided to learn more about other worlds and went on a journey to far away planets. On Sol 3 he discovered some strange and exotic species of birds called ‘penguins’ that looked similar to his own kind, if only distantly. One of the species was even called Humboldt. And although they were regarded flightless they could still fly – under water.

Flippers with his new friend Joe – not a Humboldt, but at least a penguin

Flippers and Dave the Muse

ECI code: H13 (horn used as beak), H5 (start in black, rnds 1 & 2 in white), A3, F6, head/body in black until rnd 20, rnds 21 to end in white

Martin ‘The Martian’ McIntyre

Dear readers, please welcome  Martin ‘The Martian’ McIntyre, reporter for The Meteorite News, covering Sol 3 (aka Earth) and neighboring planets.

Some time ago one of his articles appeared at my old blog The UFO Garage & Fabric Depot  which is now part of Beyond The Boudoir. It seems he’s gonna stay with me for a while – I only hope he doesn’t use my WLAN to connect to the intergalacticnet, the bill would surely be astronomical.

Hey, that’s one of mine!

Made from some leftover DK acrylic yarn from my Rainbow blanket, using a 3 mm hook.

The book Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium by Kerry Lord offers great design options for an endless number of monsters (I’d rather prefer aliens, they’re so friendly). And I’ve got a feeling that some of the parts will make great corals and other reef dwellers as well. 😉

Although I followed the chart  for the arms down to the last comma they turned out a little different than pictured in the book. They’re not flat with the fingers all in a row but triangular. Because of that I decided to omit the thumbs. I got stuck as I had planned to make similar feet (F21, same as A22). When I picked my little alien up again yesterday I decided to go for a different pair of feet (A2) instead.

If you want to crochet your own, Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium (ECI) code is H:10, A:22, F:2. (Note: A22 chart says 4 rounds for the ‘thumb’ instead of 8 as pictured.)

 

I’m in the mood for monsters

Cuddly monsters of the crochet kind, that is. 🙂

A while ago I bought two German Amigurumi magazines because I wanted to try it myself but never got into deciphering the charts. Recently Claire introduced her new crochet skills on her blog which finally made me want to give Amigurumi a try. Also, someone mentioned a mix-and-match monster book in the comments.

Yay, monsters!

I found the book* online and since the postie delivered it a couple of days ago I’ve been designing monsters. After working my way through the technical side I’ve started my first one. Without severe accidents so far.

 

* Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium by Kerry Lord, ISBN 978-1-910904-58-9