Okay, so most of the couples I know have a list. You know the one I mean. It’s the list with the celebrities that the husband and wife are allowed to hook up with should the occasion arise. My husband and I don’t have a list. No judgment. We just don’t have one. If I ran into the Winchester brothers from Supernatural in a dark alley, I would just have to keep walking – but that probably makes me the only Supernatural fan in the entire world who would.
Sam and Dean are mighty fine. We can probably all agree to that. But because a lot of women would probably chase them down an alley, I feel some pressure with respect to my upcoming project, which is to turn Sam and Dean into manly morsels of crocheted goodness. Okay, technically, the term I’m looking for is amigurumi, which is a Japanese term that we’ve all adopted to mean morsels of crocheted goodness. For Sam and Dean, however, I want to push the boundaries of regular amigurumi into something far more masculine and sculptural.
At its most basic, amigurumi is like the geometry of crochet. It involves spheres, cones, cylinders, and cubes, all of them planned and plotted in relation to each other, all shaped and counted down to the last stitch. Here, for example, are the two lead characters from Merlin that I did for a commission. Their heads and hands are spheres; their legs and arms, cylinders.
This is classic amigurumi.
For Sam and Dean, I have to go beyond simple spheres. These guys have jawlines and biceps, boots and jeans. They Are Men. They need more.
Thankfully, I started experimenting with new, more sculptural shaping strategies in January, while I had the flu. Without getting technical (because who the hell wants that?!), here’s what I mean. Below, on the left, is a Bride of Frankenstein I designed two years ago, while on the right is a Bride I posted two days ago:
Similar shaping work will go into Sam and Dean, except more of it – in the arms, the chests, the hands. I’ve already drafted up Sam’s big old head and glorious mop of hair, which I adore. I’ve also created a boot that will support weight, so Sam and Dean can stand independently:
Before I’m through, it will take several more days of stitching up rows, ripping them out again, trying new stitch combinations, and writing the whole mess down in my notebook, like this:
This, for me, is the thrill of designing patterns: Pushing myself, obsessing about details that are smaller than gnats, figuring out new ways to solve problems. All this while, I hope the lights firing in my brain look pretty, because my house certainly does not:
From that chaos will emerge The Winchester Brothers. Fingers crossed that they look as good as they deserve to. You can uncross them next Friday, on the big reveal.