I have been a fan of Miyazaki films since I discovered them years ago in college. They just have a feel to them that other cartoons in the US don’t have. They’re wholesome and they teach kids many life lessons. They empower kids and make you feel enchanted after watching them. My favorite one is Spirited Away. At first I just liked this movie and then the more I watch it, the more I fell in love with it. And being me, I just had to make the characters. It wasn’t until recently that I started making them. My kid’s birthdays fall on May, June and July and I decided that this year, I would make them dolls. I had to start in February because I didn’t think I would finish in time. I had already given myself a big project of crocheting all our ornaments for December (more on that in another post). So I didn’t plan to make this doll gigantic but it just turned out that way as I was making it. It filled the entire bed and for months my husband had to battle this giant dragon for space on the bed, lol. At some point I never thought I would finish. It probably took me 2-3 months and about 4-5 skeins of yarn. I looked at numerous images online to get the look I wanted (movie and other crocheted dragons). After finishing the dragon, I had to make Chihiro. They just go together. She didn’t take too long to make.
I didn’t write down the patterns but I do have diagrams and some notes on how I made them.