So, when I say friend of R2D2, who comes to mind? C3PO? Luke Skywalker? …Yoda?? No – wrong, wrong, wrong! The obvious answer should be:
R5D4, of course!!
This brilliant idea wasn’t mine actually…it was a custom order! I would never have thought of making R5D4, but he definitely makes the cutest counterpart for R2D2!
Making him was pretty difficult. I had to start over so many times to get the head shape right. I even made an extra body using an off-white colored yarn, because for some funny reason, I thought R5D4 was an off-white color…but actually he’s white. It only looked off-white because of the reflection of the sand on his body. Ha ha ha…I should have looked at him more carefully before I started darnit….
AND…R5D4 is so much fancier than R2D2!! Look at all his fancy embellishments! Those decked out disco-light neck squares, 3 eyeballs instead of 2 (and a glassy crystal eyeball too!), fancy rectangles on his body, and 4 different colors instead of 2 ooooh so special! When I finished and compared him to R2D2, I almost felt sorry for R2D2 because he looked so empty and, well, naked all of a sudden! Maybe we got a little carried away with our decorations on R5D4. Oh well, it’s ok R2D2, you’re still our favorite!
Unfortunately, I didn’t write anything down so there’s no pattern, in case anyone’s wondering. He was too hard to construct, and making a pattern with nice pictures and step-by-step instructions just seems too daunting for me! Perhaps in the future when I have more time…
That’s all for now! Went through quite a dry spell of not posting for a while, but I’ll be making more posts soon, so please visit again!
Posted March 16th, 2010 at 12:37am (Comments: 4)
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Since I had to make up a pattern for Artoo and I didn’t write it down the first time, I had to clone him.
- Twin Artoos!
And no, you are not seeing wrong. Indeed, one Artoo is bigger than the other. Let’s just say one is more “fit” for survival than the other in the womb.
Then, my dad asked me to make one for his co-worker’s son, so I cloned him again. Now, for the time being, I have 3 Artoos! And for some funny reason, Artoo 003 got even BIGGER! It’s ok, the bigger the better.
I must admit, it is kinda scary seeing so many Artoos. It’s like having an army of Artoos, except they’re made of yarn and their main weapon is their cuteness. Don’t worry, worse comes to worse, just throw ‘em at your enemies! That’ll catch them off guard for sure!
Tea party with Artoo anyone?
Here’s a dramatic shot!
What have I learned after making THREE Artoos? Just because you’ve made it “n” amount of times doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the same exact thing each time. I would say I like the later 2 Artoos better, because my techniques got better. Although my brother said he likes the original the best still. To each their own, I suppose!
Posted May 18th, 2009 at 5:39pm (Comments: 3)
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The story behind R2D2:
My brother’s birthday was coming up, and I needed to give him something. Buying presents for him was always a challenge, especially since I am still a poor grad student and he’s already working. It just so happened I started crocheting as a hobby, and decided making him something meaningful would be nicer than buying him something lame and cheap.
I knew he liked star wars a lot, so I started thinking of all the star wars characters I could make out of yarn. I surfed the web for star wars patterns, came across a lot of yodas and ewoks and other characters, and was blown away by their cuteness. I thought Artoo would definitely be cute since he’s a robot and no one would expect a robot to be made of yarn! Started searching for the pattern, and unfortunately, didn’t find any. So I was determined to make my own!
Of course, I needed some help. I had only started crocheting 2 months ago and still didn’t know how to sew limbs onto amigurumis very well. So I consulted my little sister, who is much better at sewing and cutting and being extra neat, to help me out. After much trial and error in getting the right proportions, and painstakingly cutting out laser-precise felt pieces, Artoo was finished.
But, before we actually gave it to my brother, we were adding some finishing touches, and he happened to catch a glimpse of it before I could smoothly hide it away! He immediately identified it as Artoo with his eagle eye for anything Star Wars, and our surprise was spoiled, but he was still happy to have him finally on his birthday. He blogged about Artoo on coderetard.com, others blogged about it, and eventually Artoo made his way to the Official Star Wars Blog. It was truly an honor.
So, what started out simply as a birthday present for my star wars fan brother has become something I never would have imagined could happen. To have so many people see Artoo and enjoy him is very meaningful to me. Many thanks for everyone’s feedback and comments!
Posted May 15th, 2009 at 1:37pm (Comments: 2)
Filed under Amigurumi, Pattern, Star Wars