Crocheted Sackboy V.2

Finding myself in a chocolate and Animal Crossing-induced stupor this past Saturday night, I decided to do something semi-productive and started working on an improved Sackboy doll. I wanted to construct the head differently so it would have a circular, flat top, a true mouth, and a base that was wider than the forehead. The original pattern I used for V.1 of Sackboy couldn’t accommodate these things, so I just did it my own way. I’ve made enough crochet cat toys in the past two months to have a good idea of what needed to be done, so I wasn’t too concerned about messing things up.

Besides, crochet is a pretty forgiving craft–it’s a lot like sculpting in yarn.

So here is version 2 of Sackboy! He is an inch or two taller than the version 1, made out of a darker yarn to better match the character from Little Big Planet, and is generally more polished and true to the look of the in-game Sackboy now that I am more familiar with RichmondArt’s pattern.

I opted for a fake crocheted zipper and pull made from silver twine since a) I am too cheap and lazy to get to Joann’s for a real zipper, b) I had already stitched the center front of the body closed, and c) I don’t want to risk the arms of the doll getting snagged on a real metal zipper and getting all snarled and nappy.

My next version will be a “Spockboy” version for a co-worker who loooooooooooves the Trek. Stay tuned!

Crocheted Sackboy Update

I haven’t finished him up yet since I’ve been too busy to get to the fabric store for the final touch — a metal zipper and oversized pull — but here is my crocheted Sackboy with a bit more polish.

His mouth is made from a crescent-shaped sliver of black felt with a slit cut into it to insert the pink felt tongue, and he has decorative stitches made from black embroidery floss and darker brown yarn. I also improvised front flaps on his body to hide the edges of the zipper I will eventually get around to inserting. (For those who care, the flaps were made by slipstitching into the top edge of the body on one side near the neck, chaining one, and then single crocheting around to the bottom edge and around to the other side.)

Some additional optional construction tips from the designer of the Sackboy pattern I used (see my previous post on this project for more details):

  • Insert cardboard discs in the feet before stuffing them to make them flatter.
  • Consider using weighted polybeads in the legs if you want your Sackboy to stand on its own.
  • Insert an armature made of pipe cleaners with the tips bent over in the hands to make the fingers poseable.
  • Use teddy bear joints to connect the arms and legs to the body for additional stability in poses.
  • Note that the two halves of the head are positioned so that the seam line runs through the center front and back of the head with the spiral whorls on the SIDES to somewhat mimic the knitted stitches of the in-game Sackboy. Don’t put the seamline on the left and right unless you want your Sack’s face to resemble a cinnamon bun.

Reminder: 1 Year of Amazon Prime for $59

Just in case anyone out there has not already heard of this deal, if you sign up for Amazon Prime expedited shipping via the link below before December 30, 2008, you will save $20 on the usual $79/year membership.

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Split it with a few family members or friends (you can have up to 4 other members besides the primary account holder under the same membership) to sweeten the deal even more. And don’t forget: If you sign up now, your membership will get you through NEXT year’s Black Friday and holiday shopping. 😉

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Site Maintenance

Hey all! I hope everyone is having a great pre-holiday so far. I know I am. 🙂

I’ll be doing some site maintenance – upgrading WordPress, possibly tweaking the look of the site, and who knows what else – in the next few days, so I apologize for any weirdness that may occur. Things should be back to normal (including more frequent blog posts by moi) by Monday, Dec. 29.

Happy holidays!

Which Discworld character are you?

I found this Discworld quiz through the Ankh-Morpork Knitter’s Guild group at Ravelry. I am not sure if I am pleased or disturbed by my results.

You Scored as Lord Havelock Vetinari

You are Lord Vetinari! Supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork! Cool, calculated, and always in control. You graduated from the assassins guild, but failed a course on stealth and camouflage, because the professor never saw you there (even though you attended every class). You always seem to know what everyone is thinking, and after a conversation with you, people feel that they have just escaped certain death.

Lord Havelock Vetinari
69%
Carrot Ironfounderson
63%
Commander Samuel Vimes
50%
Greebo
50%
The Librarian
44%
Death
44%
Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax
38%
Rincewind
31%
Gytha (Nanny) Ogg
13%
Cohen The Barbarian
6%

$10 Off Any 2 Software Downloads at Palm.com

Palm.com’s Software Connection store is running a $10 off promotion when you purchase any 2 downloadable software titles before December 23. There are titles for Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and even a few Windows and Mac desktop programs, though these are usually just desktop companions to the mobile versions.

Some handy pieces of software I use daily:

HanDbase Pro – A database program that allows me to make custom applications for just about anything I need on my Treo – Fabric tracker, karaoke song database, home inventory, packing list, recipe file, and more. There are literally hundreds of free applets already made for HanDbase.

Diet & Exercise Assistant – A food and exercise log that travels everywhere I do. You can customize the food database with your own entries just in case stuff like “Homemade Kashi Golean protein bar” isn’t included by default. It’s like having Fitday in your pocket.

Ultrasoft Money – This software can work as a standalone personal finance manager and budgeter, or it can sync up with your desktop installation of Microsoft Money. I wuvs it.

Shadow Plan Handheld & Desktop – An advanced outliner that is great for project planning, taking notes, making lists, brainstorming, and generally feeding my OCD tendencies. My grand Five Year Plan is made in Shadow Plan.

Stock Manager – Track your retirement and investment portfolios on your PDA! Available for Palm and WinMobile.

I also just picked up Adarian Money for Palm and Windows, another personal finance manager that comes with lifetime free updates. I am planning ahead for the fall 2009 expiration of my Money 2007 online access. I’m also shopping around for a decent Palm dictionary and thesaurus package to provide me with my vocabulary fix when out and about.

Use code WINTERBUNDLE at checkout to get $10 off any two software titles from the Palm Software Connection store.

WINTERBUNDLE offer valid only on downloadable software titles purchased from the Palm Software Connection. Offer expires December 23, 2008 at 11:59 pm PST.

Only one use per account, but the code seems to work even if one of the software titles is free, so if you just want one program (or don’t mind creating multiple accounts), you can simply add one of the free programs below to your cart and get $10 off the price of the software you actually want. 😉

$0.00 fillers –
LeDice
Backgammon II Lite
Matrix Screensaver
Stopwatch
Soft Reset
Santa (Shopping List)
MileageX
Gift Tracker

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$0.99 filler – SoloSync (If $0.00 fillers stop working.)

Work in Progress: Crochet Sackboy

My Sackboy crochet doll is almost finished — I still need to pick up a zipper, contrasting yarn for his stitches, and black felt for his mouth, but here he is all put together and wearing a festive scarf / self-adhesive elastic bandage. His eyes are a little ghetto because I haven’t had time to get to the store for a set of matching buttons and wound up using one half-spherical black one that was perfect, and one flattened pink disk button that I “enhanced” with a black Sharpie marker.

😛

From Sackboy
From Sackboy
From Sackboy

Anyway, this wasn’t that tough, and I’ll probably be making a small army of them in the near future as gifts for my gamer friends. Final pics (after zipper, mouth, and stitches) soon.

If you want to make your own, all you need are a basic knowledge of crochet (single crochet, working in the round), yarn, a crochet hook (size 5 or 6 – $1.50 or so at your local Ghetto Mart), one large-eyed, blunt-ended tapestry needle (also available cheaply at Ghetto Mart), and the Sackboy crochet pattern by RichmondArt at Etsy.com.

30% Off Footlocker (No minimum purchase)

Footlocker.com has a Friends and Family 30% Off Internet Code: EMFF8CP3

Valid Thursday 12/4/2008 through Sunday 12/7/2008. On-line offer expires 12/7/2008 at 11:59 pm CST

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You can also print out the Friends and Family coupon and use it in a brick and mortar Footlocker store.

Some of my favorite non-standard Mary Jane-style crosstrainers from RYKÄ are on sale, too!


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RYKÄ Women’s Ramble Mary Jane ($29.99)
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RYKÄ Women’s Versa Mary Jane ($39.99)
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