Thank goodness for googly-eyes, they certainly saved me a lot of facial-feature stress tonight. I had a few requests for minion hats recently, and they gave me a brainwave a few nights ago – I decided I just had to make two little mini-minions for my kids for Christmas.
They worked up so quickly, due to the lack of any real shaping, and I kept the arms and legs super simple because they are so tiny. But I have to admit, the first attempt looked more like a banana than a minion! Here it is..
I think he looks hilarious, with his long head and pouty lips. The kids can have the good ones, but this little guy is mine! 🙂
My boy has had a haircut since I made these, and my girl doesn’t wear pink anymore, but the likeness is still there! I crocheted two “mini-me”s for the kids, small enough to hold in one hand, three years ago, and they have become a great, unexpected souvenir of that time. They make me laugh because I remember how my boy was born with a great mop of hair, and how he refused to keep his clothes on for the first year and was often found running around the house in only a nappy. My girl requested a pink dress and matching shoes – she was well into her pink, princess phase at the time. I also made her a pony, using a free internet pattern, apologies to the author but I cannot remember the website for this.
We never had a pony, but we did have a much loved dog. I had trouble using black yarn on such a small project, but I managed to create a little mini-dog too.
VERY hard to photograph! That lovely dog is no longer with us, so it is nice for my kids to have a little keepsake to remember him by.
I must have gone through quite a mini-me phase, now I look back there were quite a few people who received little yarny versions of themselves. I am quite tempted to do an updated version of the kids, as soon as the Christmas pressure is off. But there is no way I am attempting the dwarf hamsters or the goldfish that the kids now own, small may be cute but teeny weeny is just too stress-inducing!
I think he may be the first of many. My son, who has christened this wee fella “Stretchylegs” has requested another robot, this one with wheels and a bigger head.
My son also “helped” with this project, so it was quite a sweet way to spend some time together. I am asking my daughter for some ideas too so that she can get involved.
I haven’t done any toys or amigurumi type projects in a while and it always surprises me how the critter takes on a personality of its own as soon as the face is put on. Maybe that is why the face is so hard to get right. As a first robot, and one that came entirely from my the imagination of my 4 year old son, I am pretty pleased. I will post his friends as soon as they are “born!”