After completing several small amigurumi projects, The Boy said, “Since you’re so good at that, you can make me something for my birthday!” Then he produced his Nintendo DS game, Plants vs. Zombies. Heh.
Well, I hand not yet tried to make the boy pattern in my Complete Idiot’s Guide To Amigurumi book, and I didn't have the right color green for zombie skin. But since The Boy’s birthday wasn't until December, I didn't worry about it.
I DID have white and black yarn, so I pulled out that boy pattern and started modifying it to make Jack Skellington (from The Nightmare Before Christmas). I needed practice for the zombie, didn’t I?
I didn't have to change too much. Since Jack is so tall, I lengthened the arms by 4 rows and the legs by 8 rows. I also used felt eyes instead of safety eyes and alternated black and white on the torso to create the “suit”. The Girl (who loves The Nightmare Before Christmas) was thrilled!