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Friday's Comic: Secret Spices

Click on the preview to see the rest of the comic~

So I just finished penciling this chapter. I *hope* I will complete inking as much as humanly possible by the end of this 3-or-4-day-weekend (4 if you are participating in Furlough Fridays). Then to blast through one more chapter to complete volume 4. Gah~!

No V-day plans for us. Neither of us are really into celebrating these things. If I can get one nice-ish meal during the weekend, that's good enough for me. (I've been eating a lot of leftovers and frozen food over the past week and a half.) However, our preferred foods are different. It'll be interesting to see what we come up with. :D

Meanwhile, have you seen these vids on youtube?

I love them! So cute! I'd like to make them myself, if I could. >_<;!

I wrote up a small post about it at the nemu*kitsy*blog~ :D

P.S. So far, I don't like Painter XI much. I'm having issues just trying to get my brushes to work right. The magnification is weird too. Oh well, back to X for me until I can eek out more time to experiment and tweak.

P.P.S. Oh~ and the first non-webcomic-related fanart I've done in *ages*: @flickr Will try to finish when I have some time. Still getting to know the characters.. via youtube. >_>;

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The chef storyline is great btw! I love how you take breaks from the regular strip format every once in a while. :D

I could probably make the U900 guys, actually... :3 Usagi's fingers look challenging to make though. As for actually doing animation like that, it would take some extra time to figure out the armatures (they probably used magnets too). The tiny instruments look like fun to make too. The animation itself is done really efficiently with lots of clever and well-executed compositing and re-use of frames. Looks like it required a lot of pre-planning to pull it off. Now I wonder if I could squeeze in some time to try this... (Muahaha...)

I think I have some scans from the book I originally used to learn amigurumi if you're interested. I wasn't able to read any Japanese back in 2003 (not that I can really read much now either...), so I know its possible to learn from just the pictures, though I'm sure being able to read the kanji would have cleared up some of the confusion I had in the beginning. The patterns themselves are diagrammed instead of the North American way of writing them out in shorthand. Being a visual person, I thought it made more sense overall. Anyhow, I'm not sure if I have the entire book but if you're interested I can look for it over the weekend (it's on my old computer... hopefully). Out of all the books I've looked at, this was the first and still the best one I've seen.

That'd be awesome! I've been trying to learn how to knit -- and most of my efforts thus far have turned into scarves of different lengths and widths. XD;; If you have any on hand, I'd love to give it a try! Does it also school you on the right type of yarn and hooks to use as well?

I'll have a look this weekend. Hopefully I saved the instruction pages and not just the patterns and photos. Unfortunately, I don't own the book so if I need to get it again I'll have to order it from the library.

As for whether it tells you about the right kind of yarn and hooks, I... don't know because I couldn't read anything. =__=;; I think there may have been a page with something to that effect, but I'm not sure.

I find that for amigurumi toys, sizing is not particularly important. It's not like making a sweater or something that will turn out the wrong size if you don't get the right gauge, etc. For toy-making, amigurumi crochet is very forgivable. As long as you use a crochet hook and yarn that match enough to get a comfortable tension and that you use a consistent weight of yarn when you switch colours, you shouldn't have any problems. If you find the overall scale of the toy is too big in the end, you can just reduce the number of "increase" rows and adjust accordingly the next time. The diagram patterns make it easy to understand how it all works (at least I thought so). Although I started out making small amigurumi toys around 7" tall, I later found that they look a lot better and are easier to work with around 10-12."

P.S. I have a few free days coming up and I totally want to try making a Usagi-type amigurumi with an armature. I might need to get my hands on some super strong "rare earth" magnets first...

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