I get questions now and then. Here’s some answers.
Do you sell your critters?
Sorry, at the current time they’re not for sale! Update 6/5/12: I do! If you live in the Houston area, a small selection of my critters are available for purchase at Space Montrose. Supply is limited, and I don’t make duplicates very often, so grab ’em before they’re gone!
Update 4/10/14: Sorry folks, it’s been a fun run at Space Montrose, but I simply haven’t been able to keep up and felt like I was doing a disservice to the good folks running the shop and to those hoping to purchase my critters by not being able to keep a good supply of critters for everyone to enjoy. I still encourage everyone to visit Space Montrose anyway though! The shop is run by great people, and it’s full of fun and quirky wares made by local artists.
Do you take commissions?
Sorry, no commissions!
I’d like my crocheting hobby to remain as just that: a hobby. But I DO leave my critters around for adoption now and then, so stay tuned to my twitter or facebook and you might be able to snag one!
I wanna make critters of my own! Where do I start?
I started off making critters straight from Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli. It’s a great starter book…simple patterns, uber-cute designs that can help you practice basic crocheting skills until you figure out how to do certain things on your own. There’s also GREAT tutorials complete with crystal-clear photos at PlanetJune’s blog. Goodness knows her tutorials were a huge life-saver for me when I started out. Another book I use is Creepy Cute by Christen Haden, but I wouldn’t recommend that one to a beginner. Lots of awesomely cute critters (zombies and ninjas, woohoo!), but the instructions can be a little confusing to someone who’s new to crocheting.
Where can I find the pattern for ______?
This is the exact pattern that I used when I first started making my critters! It’s not the way I make them now, but it’s a great starter pattern. They’ll turn out looking something like this:
If I make a critter straight from a pattern that I found online or in a book, I’ll mention at the end of the post where it came from. Otherwise, all the other critters are made from my own design on the fly…sometimes with LOTS of trial and error, and other times things kind of work out on their own!
How long does it take you to make each critter?
It really depends on the critter, but on average I’d say about 3-4 hours if it’s something I’ve made before, with more detailed critters (such as Link from the Legend of Zelda) taking up to 8-9 hours. However, crocheting takes a pretty rough toll on my hands, so in an effort to avoid developing gimpy hands (gimpy hands = no bueno), I usually have to divide the time over a course of a few days to a week.
If you’ve got any other questions, drop me a line!
Email: GeekyHooker [at] gmail [dot] com