Monday, January 13, 2014

January Stashbusting: Nimona Cats

Those of you who saw my ridiculous series of posts about Party King Thranduil may already know about my love for webcomic artist Noelle Stevenson, aka Gingerhaze. Besides LOTR/Hobbit, Avengers, and Hunger Games doodles, she also draws an absolutely fantastic webcomic, Nimona, about a shapeshifting girl in a medieval/futuristic alternative universe. Seriously guys, if you haven't heard of it before, go check it out -- it's won a whole bunch of awards and is simultaneously funny and poignant and thoughtful. Anyway, at one point Nimona turns into a red cat sleeping on Ballister's shoulders.

Pretty sure this isn't giving away any major plot points. [picture source]

I have all these red fleece scraps in my stash leftover from Squidney, and as you know, fleece takes up a lot of room, so following in my own footsteps from last year, I made another fleece thing:

Curled up sleeping cat!

Quick snap proving I can carry the Nimona cat around my shoulders and a hood, like in the comic. This was actually taken before I ripped out some of the stitches in the face to make it cuter. 

And then I made this other cat, based on this panel (not including it here since there are vague spoilers):

This guy was made with an elongated version of my all-purpose plushie pattern, and with a different face, of course. I think I prefer the look of general concern to the original snooty expression. 

I'm glad that January stashbusting always starts out small and easy; somehow it's easier to think about using up scraps than those giant 3+ yard pieces I've got hiding under the guest bed. Each of these cats took about an hour from conception to finish -- much better than the 30+ hours that a full on costume would require. Of course, I only used up one of the seventy pledged yards of stash...

So cat! Much red! Wow! (Is it wrong to use doge-speak to describe felines?)

And of course, no post about cat plushies would be complete without some obligatory Walnut photos!

I couldn't resist; they were both in such similar positions!

Okay, seriously, Mom? You interrupted my nap for this?! Dude doesn't even have a proper mouth. 


If you're wondering about what possible practical purpose all of these plushies could have...well, my sister and I are going to be cosplaying two of the characters from Nimona at the Animation on Display convention in a couple of weeks. Anyone else in the Bay Area going? It's family-friendly anime, video game, and comic-centric; if you're interested in a meetup, let me know!

29 comments:

  1. They are gorgeous - you couldn't have too many of these :)

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    1. Thanks! I do still have plenty of fleece...

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  2. Fabulous! But Walnut doesn't look too impressed with the cat additions.

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    1. He wasn't! Almost immediately after I snapped those pictures, he left the chair in a hurry.

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  3. Adorable! Nimona is one of the best webcomics out there imo, both the story and the art are interesting and stay interesting!

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    1. I feel the same! I don't read too many webcomics, but Nimona is special.

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  4. They're cuuute! And that last photo of Walnut is priceless. :D

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    1. I know I made it seem like he was super annoyed, but he was really just sleepy.

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  5. They are great. Your cat did not look impressed!

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  6. Hey, I love cats, stuffed and otherwise, but I think the most impressive item here is your one yard stash bust so far! I seriously suspect that my stash items are having sex there, in the plastic bins! How else to account for the two yards of flowered cotton that I would NEVER consider wearing????
    Your post is inspirational,
    Nancy

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    1. Hahaha I think my stash is undergoing mitosis...

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  7. *giggle* your cat is so adorible. And the red one is cute too ;)

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    1. Thanks! I still think Walnut is cuter though :)

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  8. Love your cats - so cute!
    I'm curious - what are you using the daily pill container for? Is that your bobbin storage? I'm always keen to learn about new organization methods. :)

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    1. I do in fact use it for bobbin storage! It's just the right size for three bobbins per compartment.

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  9. Walnut doesn't look very impressed, but I think these are really cute!

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  10. Walnut looks like he's going to kill Nimona cat! They are very cute! I need an excuse to make some plashes...
    Hope you have lots of fun with your sister!

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  11. Walnut with his friend is one of the cutest pictures ever. :-)

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  12. I absolutely ADORE these!! Awesome as always - and love how impressed Walnut is too! ^__^

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  13. Nice! And you have me totally hooked on Nimona now - thanks!

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  14. these are adorable! looks like you could make the curved cat double as one of those fill with rice and heat in the microwave shoulder relaxing gizmos!

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  15. So cute! I especially love the sleepy one! And such a fast project!

    Walnut does not look impressed though...

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  16. Ooh, cutest way to bust your stash! Love these guys. I laughed and laughed at the Walnut pics. He has that look on him that makes you think, 'oh geeze, I hope I remembered to trim his claws recently...' You (and Walnut and Kitty) know what I'm talking about.

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  17. Fear not, a cate meme has also appeared! http://global3.memecdn.com/meet-cate-doge-amp-039-s-successor_o_2683929.jpg

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