When Bill's aunt requested that I make a Michael Myers amigurumi, I was kind of nervous. I knew I wasn't going to be able to find a pattern and would have to wing it. The only amigurumi I've ever improvised was my stuffed stick figure, which was pretty much just a ball and some tubes. But I was determined to give it a try.
After getting really frustrated trying to improvise South Park dolls (I broke down and bought the pattern... I couldn't get the proportions right and was tired of ripping out my work), I grabbed a ball of light gray yarn and decided to take my frustrations out on the serial killer.
It took me a few tries to get the nose to not look too button-like. Then I decided I would try to do this without having to sew on arms or legs, because I really hate sewing on body parts. I've done this with legs before, but never arms.
The arms were almost more trouble to do this way than if I had worked them separately and sewn them on. I should have made them a tad bigger to make it a little less fiddly, but I think they look OK.
I tied his hair on but, unlike Olivia's doll, I decided to not go overboard. I knew the yarn I was using would fluff out enough to cover any bald spots. I originally was going to use felt for the eyes, because I'm not really good at embroidery, but I didn't have any black felt. Well, I probably do.... buried somewhere. I was in my "I'm almost done so I must not stop for anything" mode, so I didn't do a thorough search.
I still need to make him a knife. I thought about crocheting one... I have some sport-weight silver yarn that would work. I thought about some lightweight cardboard. A friend of mine suggested felt. I'll have to see if I have any thing that will work.
I think he looks more cute than creepy. I'm not sure I'll add details to his coveralls. He was fun to make and I'm pretty sure I could make more like that. I didn't write down a pattern or anything, but it wasn't all that complicated.
Confession: Until yesterday, I didn't even know what horror movie franchise Michael Myers was in. I don't watch them. If asked, I would have said Jason was the Halloween guy. Now I feel a little obligated to actually watch at least one Halloween movie to know what I just made. I have never seen a single Halloween movie. You'd be amazed at the number of popular movies I just have never seen. Netflix doesn't have the original on instant play, so I set the DVR to record it on Monday so I'll get to watch it Tuesday (maybe). Unfortunately, my husband will not watch horror flicks (I've never minded... I'm not big on being scared myself), so I'm on my own here. Let's hope I don't end up calling my sister and brother-in-law to check under the bed and in the closets before I go to bed.