I blame lack of supervision for my monster loving obsession. What are you talking about, Jess? Let me explain. I was that kid who read all the Stephen King books when I was way too young, and was addicted to horror movies. I couldn’t get enough horror or gore, and no one was saying, “Hey. Maybe you should wait until you’re old enough to read/watch this.”
The absence of anyone stopping me from scaring the crap out of myself profoundly influenced my art style later on… all I drew was monsters and pin-up style ladies, like the ones that needed saving in all the movies. My ladies usually had weird arms/tentacles/or anything that didn’t require me to draw human hands. Always. It was a good thing. I can’t stand anything scary now, because I feel like throwing up and am afraid of everything. I still jump into bed a foot away from it so no clowns can drag me under (Thanks, Mr. King), and haunted anything is out of the question. Still, I love me some monsters.
The first real art doll that I ever crocheted had tentacle arms. She’s the one pictured in the biggest box below. I had only the basics of crochet shaping, and I don’t think I was even pattern designing then. I probably made her about 10 years ago. Crap, I’m old(ish). I just didn’t know how to crochet arms or hands, so she got something I was familiar with; tentacles. It was the beginning of a very cool aspect to my monster making.
Making dolls with tentacles and suction cups is a process, which I love and simultaneously loathe. I love the finished look of the tentacles. LOVE. Look how cool it is. I always manage to get the natural curl, so you can see all of the details. It’s freakin’ awesome.
I can’t stand stitching it all together. I usually start freaking out when I’m making the suction cups, and then grumble the rest of the time spent on the doll. There’s so much finger stabbing, and I can’t wait to finish each tentacle. Writing out the crochet patterns for tentacles is maddening, and then suddenly it’s over. I’m left with a pile of yarn scraps and a kick-ass monster… with tentacles.
It’s such a satisfying end result, that I repeat the process over and over.
I’m assuming that there will be more monsters with tentacles being made. I think I just need a little break after this red lady, because I started on the second Patreon Monster Puppet’s body immediately afterwards. I’m already kicking myself and I just started the first part of the tentacle. It’ll be worth it in the end, and that’s what keeps me making them.