Multiplying Minions

Seriously, once these things get started, they don’t seem to stop.

I got a request for this little guy to be made two weeks ago. I had about five days to make it and its partner hat:

Luckily, this was on my week “off”. Took no more than an hour for the hat and an hour and a half for the doll. I think I am becoming an expert on these minion things.

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Surprise Minion Cross-stitch

One good thing about NaBloPoMo was finding new sites to read. One of those, Little Thread Crafts, inspired me to pick up some cross-stitching again. I used to, when I was younger, but then I got much more into the embroidery than just cross-stitch. Kind of went with my major a little easier.

So reading Little Thread Crafts inspired me to cross-stitch something for my mom for Christmas. unfortunately, I was inspired to do this around 2pm the day before we were to exchange gifts. I wrapped up the supplies with this note:

(Yes, Simpsons fans, that is a poorly drawn, tiny Captain Lance Murdock riding the Whiplash…to be completed in 1994.)

I used this pattern from Crafty Guild on 14 count Aida fabric and was able to finish in less than a week:

It’s a minion! It’s also my first counted cross-stitch. I think my favorite part of this is the slight shiftyness to his eye.

Two-Eyed Minion

Most of my minions tend to have only one eye, but by request my second minion hat has two eyes. The requester? requestee? person who made the request had received a one-eyed minion hat and had gotten his grandmother hooked on “Minion Rush” over Hanukkah, so he asked that I make a two-eyed minion hat for her.

I don’t know. For some reason minion-y things don’t look so minion-y with two eyes.

I had the crown of a hat already knit that I was wondering how I would use from re-knitting the first hat. So when he mentioned I should make one for “Grammy”, I was already halfway done. Well, a third of the way done anyway.

Project notes, as always, can be found on the Ravelry project page, but in general I used Knit Picks Comfy worsted weight yarn in Creme Brulee, White, Celestial, and Hawk, along with a miniscule amount of Knit Picks Stroll in Midnight for the pompom. The eyes are basic crochet circles with buttons sewn in the center for pupils.

More Minions

But not full-body toys, this time. This one was a request from the minion-obsessed four-year-old.

It’s a minion hat! The minion hat I mentioned working on here, to be exact. It’s made from Knit Picks’ Comfy Worsted in Dandelion, Celestial, Hawk, and White with a black button in the eye and Knit Picks’ Stroll in Midnight in a pom-pom on top for the hair.

It would have taken one day to make, had it not been for having to start over when I had most of the hat made. But, having worked from the already knit hat backwards I was left with the beginning of another hat:

Which will be a surprise for this hat’s recipient’s grandmother. Except I have to put two eyes on it, because it has to be different from this one, of course. By request of the four-year-old himself.

You can find more specific information on everything on the Ravelry project page.

Minions Gone Purple

I’ve written before about making minions. The yellow ones are easy. They have a smooth, jelly bean or pill body with overalls that take up about one-third of their bodies. But when they turn evil with the PX-41 in the second movie, it gets more difficult.


Comparison picture from Despicable Me Wiki

They get kind of fuzzy, with crazy hair and wonky teeth. Hmm, fuzzy. You can see where this is going, right?

That’s right, needle-felted Evil Minion. I started with some plain white wool to create the base of the body. Then I mixed two different colors of purple to get the color close and made a second layer around the body.

I made the overalls out of blue, and some teeth out of white. I made a flat piece for the bottom jaw and put the teeth on the inside of the mouth. The eye was a ball of white and a smaller ball of black in the center with a combo of black, white, and light blue for the goggles.

I added long tubes for the arms and legs, then lightly added the fluffy hair.

With those skinny legs, he doesn’t really stand up. But he sits pretty nicely leaned up against something else. Once they’ve been turned evil they aren’t exactly the helpful kind of minion anyway, so it doesn’t matter if he stands up at all. 🙂

Everyone Needs a Minion or Two

My mom works for a non-profit agency as an administrative assistant. Once a year they hold a gala to raise money. That gala happens to be coming up in March, so everyone has been overworking themselves.

I decided to help out. By making a minion for her. Not real help, but cute help.

We’ve wanted minions from the first time we saw the commercials for Despicable Me. Now I have made one.

I didn’t use a pattern for this one, but Just Crafty Enough has a similar pattern here. Mine is a mix of crochet and knit, but the pattern is knit in the round.

What other characters do you find yourself wishing you could have for your very own? Anyone else made a Minion?

P.S.- Exciting news on Thursday. You may already know if you follow me on Twitter…