I am a massive geek (and proud of it). I love comic books, and superhero movies, and video games; however, I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take the leap and try to make one of my favorite manga/anime/video game characters into a Luvvie. However, I decided to go for it.
I wanted to meet Pikachu.
I was on a kick over the weekend about working in blocks of colors – so, I thought this would be perfect to work the yellow, black, white, and red of Pikachu into a comfy blankie.
The blankie pattern actually worked up fairly easily (using the basic Granny Square). The pain in my tushie was weaving in all the ends that were created from the color changes. I could have carried the color, which would have reduced the amount of weaving I had, but it would have made the changes more evident to the customer. I opted to go for the more time consuming, but neater process of weaving in the ends.
I wasn’t sure what to do with Pika-Pika’s head. The pattern had a generic smile for the expression, but that didn’t seem Pikachu-y to me. So after going through Google for about 30 minutes to find a consensus I decided to try to embroider my own approximation of a mouth – scary, I know, considering my embroidery skills.
All in all, the little head didn’t turn out too badly. I had fun using the Caron Simply Soft party yarn for the checks, because I wanted a little sparkle. Believe me, I am not usually a “girly girl,” but if I could have every single yarn in glitter or sparkles I would do it in a heart beat.
It’s gotten to the point with the luvvie blankies that I’m okay making each component – the head and arms and the blankie, but I have a near panic attack when I have to put them together. It can go so wrong at that point and ruin perfectly good work. Thankfully, I had a good amount of stuffing in Pikachu’s head, and I was able to get everything attached without too much drama: No, the needle falling into my couch cushion does not count as drama, thank you.
And before I knew it, my blankie was done and ready to be put aside and for sale in the convention in August. I am super happy with how this turned out.
It’s funny, but when I work on things, my daughter is in and out of the living room (where I work), and she always wants to know what I’m making. She was so excited to see that Pikachu was finished. I actually thought she was going to run away with it.
So, for as nervous as I was about attempting an iconic character, I think it turned out okay.
Maybe I should try to figure out Squirtle next (my second favorite). Who’s your favorite Pokemon?
Hugs and cuddles,