Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Creepy Cute Crochet Phase

I know I know..i start out all hot and heavy on the crochet blog...and then what? i just drop it...like a bad habit. my bad. my bad.

So, my next several projects were all directly taken or inspired by this book.  Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden.  Now she has some amazing ideas. no doubt.  Her instructions are a little wonky truth be told, and you kind of find yourself filling in the blanks...



I started with the monkey in a fez.  He was totally easy except for that god damn hat.  It gave me all kinds of problems.  I promised it to @ohmichaelandrew.  Or rather he said he loved that it was the first one....and that it would probably look retarded, but he'd take it anyway.  btw...thanks for the vote of confidence.  I believe it sits on a desk clutter with found objects and graphic design magazines.



My next project was for the husband, @paulforsyth  he said the only cool thing in this book was the ninja....so the ninja was made.  the ninja was perfect. is perfect. it resides in an office, paul refers to as the cave....



since i had somewhat honed my skills, i decided to branch out, and create my own character.  i was inspired by the fact that i wanted to come up with a housewarming gift for @TarrandeV and @tonydamato.  As self-professed nerds that i respect deeply, I went for spock.  And really Spock was genius.  I don't know how I pulled it off.  You might as well stop reading because Spock was the best thing I've ever made to date.  The last time I saw Spock, he was being handed around a party like a cheap bottle of whiskey.  I think he probably resides on a coffee table of some sort in Eagle Rock.  He is accompanied by an alien in a bikini that can only be described as "okay".  Spock was infinitely easier than that trollop of an alien.  I will never attempt making hair again.



Next came a gift for my friend Amanda.  She always seemed to be in to dia de los muertos stuff.  So I made her a man and a woman.  I've always had a thing for the whole skeletons professing happiness in the afterlife..and the whole "love never dies" thing. call me a sucker.  They were relatively easy.  I don't like the way the man's hat came out, but I love the girl.  She has lots of fun details and techniques I'd never used before.



Finally, @tonydamato made a request for something to adorn his office desk at work.  He says to me "Can you do Speed Racer?" and I says "YES" and I did...and he came out pretty well I thought.  @tonydamato was grateful.  I hear he might have lost an eye (speed racer, not tony) to a drink, but the eye was salvaged in some ice, and was reattached quickly.  Speed Racer was relatively easy, although again the hat gave me trouble.  It's very hard I find to work with getting the dimensions just right. (ironic since I can't seem to get this picture to center properly)

Anyway, this was a fun phase.  I wouldn't go so far as to say it's over, I just haven't been inspired.  So, if you see anything you think would make a great creepy cutie. Let me know. I like a challenge.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince came out today, and coincidentally my next project was a Gryffindor scarf for this fellow.  A while back he drew a few awesome robots to decorate Finn's room with, and a portrait of Finn and myself in Victorian garb.  They can both be seen on this blog filled with amazing things..  He is super talented and pretty friendly. and will surprise you with his generosity.  Everyone should have a Tony in their life.  That said.  I thought I needed to show my appreciation for all the awesome pictures, and for letting me raid his comic book stash, and for constantly challenging me to see movies in a different light.  So, I racked my brain trying to think of something I could do, and I decided a Gryffindor scarf would be just the thing.  We have a shared love for the boy with the scar, and Tony is a fan of dressing up for an anticipated movie's opening night.

I scoured the internet for a pattern and came up with this one courtesy of this site.  Although I did change it slightly.



  • 1. ch 40 for a nice, thick scarf.

  • 2. sc 14 rows of red

  • 3. change color to gold yarn and sc 2 rows

  • 4. sc two rows of red

  • 5. sc two rows of gold again




  • Repeat 2-5 until you've made your scarf as long as you
    like it. End the scarf with a 12 row sc of red so that the ends look
    the same.

    I chose a single crochet stitch so that the scarf has less gaps in it.

    It seemed easy enough, but I think I started this scarf at least 4 times before I got it right.  The simplicity of the pattern, begs trial and error regarding hook size, and yarn type.  I believe a bigger hook works really well.

    It took about 2 weeks.  The single chain is time consuming.

    It was fun, and it was only my 3rd project, so it wasn't perfect.  Tony really seemed to appreciate it though, and he can be seen wearing it here.  The scarf can also be seen in a photo entitled "The Death of Harry Potter"

    Until next time when I enter my "creepy cutie" phase
  • Sunday, July 12, 2009

    passed down for generations

    It occurred to me as I twittered that I spent a great deal of time talking about my crocheting endeavors. and this would seep into my blog.  and it occurred to me, also, that I had more to say about crocheting. and that I really wanted to create a blog that was thorough, and not haphazard. and thrown together. like this one.  I was jogging past an el pollo loco the other day and it hit me. I WILL BLOG.  I WILL BE THE BEST BLOGGER EVER....or I will try.  The el pollo loco. was not a catalyst, but more a helpless bystander. 



    Why I decided to crochet in 500 words more or less:



    Well, I wanted to make something. more than the lego monsters I make with my boy. more than silly words.  I wanted something tangible. and lasting. and utilitarian!  My mom made me things. She can sew, and crochet, and make cards.  I can't cut in a straight line, or stitch with any patience, but crocheting seemed like something my careless and lack-of-attention-to-detail-mind could handle.  My mom learned to crochet from from the rather severe looking woman in the center.  Her grandmother, my great-grandmother.  She was a saucey little woman standing 5 feet tall.  She was apparently mean. and impatient. but she knew how to crochet.  My mom tried to teach  me when I was 7. and my left-handedness proved an obstacle her right-handed self could not overcome.  I wanted to invert everything.  We both gave up.  Until last Thanksgiving when I had a 7 month old boy, and I wanted him to have something from me.  Something I made for him that he could look on with fondness, when he's 80, and I'm long gone.  So, I bought Learn to Crochet in Just One Day, Left Handed.  And I told my mom that when she came to visit me.  we would tackle our lessons again.  She showed me the basics, and with some frustration on both our parts, I started a baby blanket for my oldest friend Becky.  She was pregnant with a little boy, and I wanted to give her something more than a swing, or a sling, or the other things babies need these days.  I don't have a picture of that blanket.  It was okay.  mostly shells.  A fair first endeavor.



    This is what I made for my buggy.  I got it from a pattern in Giggles and Grins by Vanna White.  Don't laugh, Vanna loves the hook.  (The book is okay, some good ideas, this blanket was the best pattern). It was mostly double crochets.  It took maybe a week of diligence.  Totally worth it.  It looks far more impressive than it is, and I would recommend it to anyone who needs to make a baby blanket.  people love things with animal hoods.  I even though of ways it could be modified.  Using different colors.  Perhaps incorporating black spots to make it leopard or ladybug like.  The sky is the proverbial limit.  And everyone will "ooo" and "Ahhh" at the baby shower when you bestow this lovingly handcrafted gift to your nearest and dearest.



    So, I am going to retrofit this blog with everything I have crocheted so far. big things. little things. and hopefully someone will connect, or feel inspired, or just enjoy the ramblings of a silly mom. crocheter. ardently aspiring archivist.