Friday, January 14, 2011

Sharing a New Find

A while back, on Black Friday, actually, I was at Michael's with Nicole. I didn't need anything but couldn't resist when I went through the beading section. They had a pendant of the Mona Lisa.

I've never seen the Mona Lisa in person and probably won't ever get a chance to. But I do love it. I think it's a beautiful painting. So I bought the Mona Lisa pendant and a chain to go with it. It's actually kind of a large pendant, about 2" long, and kind of gothic-looking, with the black details around it. Let's face it, it's kind of tacky and I love it.

But that wasn't enough for me. I got to wondering if there were pendants out there of American Gothic (which I have seen) and/or The Scream (which is another painting I'll probably never get to see). Apparently, I needed more tackiness in my wardrobe.

I actually couldn't find anything on Yahoo! Shopping or Amazon, so I headed over to Etsy to see what I could find. I came across TKIDesigns. She specializes in Scrabble tile pendants and other jewelry, and she already had an American Gothic pendant for sale. I asked if she could do a pendant of The Scream and she replied that she already had one made but she hadn't posted it yet. I was sold.

She sent me two killer pendants, resin coated on Scrabble tiles, of those two paintings. As a thank you, she even threw in an extra of Starry Night, which I thought was pretty damn nice of her.

I thought she did a really god job on those pendants, so I talked to her about a custom pendant. Brace yourself for this: a pendant of one of my dog's claws. He had broken off one of his dew claws last year and I hung onto the damn thing because it was in such good shape (nevermind the fact it had BROKEN off his footsie) and I'm a weird crafting packrat. Right from the get-go, I wanted to turn it into a resin encased pendant.

So if you are looking for some new jewelry, I have to highly recommend her Etsy shop. She's got a good eye for design, I think, and she's very good at it. And I love how she's recycling a lot of old game pieces like this. Or maybe I should call it upcycling!

"The Gloves of Win"

"The Gloves of Win" is actually the name of the fingerless gloves pattern I just finished. That's the name given to the pattern by Stitchpunk, the gloves' creator.

I really like these. I didn't think I would be so happy with fingerless gloves but these suckers really are warm! I made them with an E sized hook and with yarn I bought in Williamsburg: Mochi Plus (80% merino wool, 20% nylon), color #556. I bought a couple balls of it because it reminded me of watermelon, specifically, the inside of a watermelon and the different colors throughout it. For fingerless gloves, they remind me of something summery.


If they are called "The Gloves of Win," then there needs to be some kind of win-like hand gesture, doncha think?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I, Too, Hate the Daleks

Like Doctor Who, I've decided I, too, hate the Daleks.

"Within the series, Daleks are cyborgs from the planet Skaro, created by the scientist Davros during the final years of a thousand-year war against the Thals. They are mutated Kaleds integrated within a tank-like or robot-like mechanical casing. The resulting creatures are a powerful race bent on universal conquest and domination, utterly without pity, compassion or remorse. Various storylines portray them as having had every emotion removed except hate, leaving them with a desire to purge the Universe of all non-Dalek life. Occasionally they are shown as experiencing other emotions, primarily fear, although such occurrences are rare. Collectively they are the greatest enemies of the series' protagonist, the Time Lord known as the Doctor. Their famous catchphrase is "Exterminate!", with each syllable individually synthesised in a frantic electronic voice."

But my reason for hating the Dalek is not because they destroyed my entire species, except for me. It's because I tried to crochet one and the damn thing nearly whupped my ass.

Amdowns, a seller on Etsy, created a crochet pattern for a Dalek and it can be found, for free, at her online store. I made one for a friend, by request for two of them actually.

Awwww, hell no. She's going to get one and that's it.

The front and back post crochets for the vents were killing my wrists for some reason and actually left me sore. I realize it's a shitty picture, but it's made out of that red and black yarn from my grandma and with a G sized hook. I don't have my tape measure handy, but it's about as tall as my forearm is long. So aside from being a chubby interspace killer, it's kind of tall too.

After making the limbs, I shoved red toothpicks into them to make them stiffer and finished it off with a few beads for detail.

I hate this ugly thing. I won't be making any more of them. It actually took me longer than it should have, I think, and it irritates me that I lost track of my stitch count and it ended up being chubby. But we've decided he needed a name. I told Nicole I want her to name him Mervyn, after Mervyn Pinfield, the director of 11 Doctor Who episodes between 1964 and 1965. It's such a British name and I just dig it.

But I am impressed, like the R2-D2 hat, that the creator of this pattern offered it up for free. It's amazingly detailed and very well designed.

All You'll Need Is Some Beets and Some Battlestar Galactica to Watch


In September, I made a Dwight Schrute amigurumi, in the style of Creepy Cute Crochet, only larger. "The Office" is my favorite show and thanks to the DV-R, I never miss an episode. My husband and I add, "That's what she said," to as many conversations as we can, and since I was seeing so many little handcrafted Dwights, I figured it was time to make my own.

"Schrute Farms, Guten Tag! How can I help you? Yes, we have availability on those nights. How many in your party? Oh, no, I'm sorry; no king beds. No queen either. Well, we make our own mattresses that don't conform to the traditional sizes."
―Dwight Schrute

Materials Needed
  • E sized hook
  • F sized hook
  • H sized hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Fiber fill
  • Brown felt
  • 2 small brown buttons
  • Yarn needle
  • Brown sewing thread and needle
  • A standard sized matchbook
  • 1 skein of silver DMC Precious Metals embroidery floss in silver (#E168) for his glasses
  • ½ skein of Caron Natura in Espresso (#0208) for his pants
  • ½ skein of Caron Natura (Worsted Weight) in Lemon (#0076) for his shirt
  • ½ skein of Premier Yarns Merit (100% Wool) in Camel (#35-103) or Caron Simply Soft Eco in Wheat (003) for his skin
  • ½ skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease Worsted Weight in Mushroom (#403) for his hair
  • A couple inches of plain worsted weight black yarn

Finished height is about 7”.

Body
Working with the H sized hook, crochet the body with 2 strands of the Espresso (pull the ends from the inside and the outside simultaneously). The body will be crocheted from the bottom up.

Row 1: Start with a magic circle of 1 CH and 6 SC. Pull tight and join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 2: Chain 1 and work 2 SC in each stitch around. Join ends with a slip stitch.
Row 3: Chain 1. Around the entire row, repeat the following sequence: 2 SC in previous stitch (2 times), 1 SC in previous stitch. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 4: Chain 1. Around the entire row, repeat the following sequence: 2 SC in previous stitch, 1 SC in previous stitch. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Rows 5-9: Chain 1. Work 1 SC in each previous stitch. Join the ends with a slip stitch.

Switch to the Lemon and continue working with 2 strands.

Rows 10-12: Repeat row 5.
Row 13: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence twice: 1 SC (13 times), 2 SCtog. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 14: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 1 SC (5 times), 2 SCtog. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 15: Chain 1 and work 1 SC in each stitch around. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 16: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 1 SC (4 times), 2 SC tog. Join the ends with a slip stitch.

Begin stuffing the body.

Row 17: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 1 SC (8 times), 2 SCtog. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Rows 18-20: Chain 1 and work 1 SC in each stitch around. Join the ends with a slip stitch. At the end of row 20, finish off the yarn with a slip stitch.

Head
Working with the H sized hook, work with 2 strands of the Camel or the Wheat.
Row 1: Start with a magic circle of 1 CH and 6 SC. Pull tight and join the ends with a slip stitch. (6 SC)
Row 2: Chain 1 and work 2 SC in each stitch around. Join ends with a slip stitch. Row 3: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 2 SC in the previous stitch (2 times), 1 SC (3 times). Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 4: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 1 SC in the previous stitch (4 times), 2 SC in the previous stitch. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Rows 5-9: Chain 1 and work 1 SC in each stitch around. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 10: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 2 SCtog (2 times), 1 SC (3 times). Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 11: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 2 SCtog (2 times), 1 SC (6 times). Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 12: Repeat row 10.

Start stuffing the head.

Row 13: Chain 1. Work 2 SCtog all the way around. Finish off the yarn with a slip stitch.

Optional: Thread the yarn needle with a length of the flesh colored yarn and weave it in and out through the stitches of row 13 (like you’re sewing a loose hem). When complete, pull the yarn tight like a drawstring and secure the yarn.

Arms (Make 2)
Working with the H sized hook, work with 2 strands of the Camel or the Wheat.
Row 1: Start with a magic circle of 1 CH and 4 SC. Pull tight and join the ends with a slip stitch. (4 SC)
Rnd 2: Chain 1. Work 2 SC in each stitch around, including the joining slip stitch, and join the ends with a slip stitch. (10 SC)
Rnds 3-7: Chain 1. Work 1 SC in each stitch around and join the ends with a slip stitch. (10 SC)
Rnds 8-12: Switch to the Lemon yarn and repeat row 3. At the end of row 12, work 1 slip stitch and finish off the yarn. (10 SC)

Stuff the arms. Using the F hook and 1 strand of the Lemon, start work a series of SC around the bottom of the sleeve (Dwight wears short sleeved dress shirts). Finish off with a slip stitch in the first SC and weave in any unfinished threads. The finished arms are almost 3” long. Sew the finished arms onto the body.

Assembling the Body
Decide which will be the front of the body and head. Using the flesh toned yarn, sew the head and body together, securing the head to the last row of the body. Weave in any unfinished threads.

Using the F hook and 1 strand of the Espresso, start in the front and work a series of SC around the Espresso (second row down from the Lemon) to give him a little belt. Finish off with a slip stitch in the first SC and weave in any unfinished threads.

Because this little Dwight has a flat enough bottom, he will stand on his own.

Glasses and Face
Do not separate the floss into individual threads. Thread a yarn needle with a length of floss. Find the horizontal center of the face and go 1 row up, working the stitches in 2 SC lengths. This will be the top of the frames. Work the bows of the frames around the head to where they would sit over the tops of his ears (if he had any).

Using this image of Dwight as a reference, embroider the glasses onto the face, work these stitches in lengths of 1 SC at a time. Weave in any unfinished threads.

Using the thread and needle, sew the brown buttons in the center of each section of frame for his eyes.

Thread the yarn needle with the black yarn and embroider on his mouth in 5 stitches that are each 1 SC wide. Weave in any unfinished ends.

Tie
Cut a small tie out of the brown felt. It can be as simple as a little square above a tapered rectangle with a point on the end. It should be 2 ½ - 3” long. For added detail, I did a quick and dirty series of stripes on the tie with some regular markers. Before going on to the next step, make sure the tie is completely dry.

Shirt Collar
On the front of Dwight’s shirt, use the brown thread and needle, sew along the top of the tie, attaching it to his neck, 1 row below where the shirt starts.

Working with the H sized hook, work with 2 strands of the Lemon.

Row 1: Leave a length of several inches and chain 24. (6 SC)
Row 2: Working in the second chain from the hook, work 1 SC, 1 DC, 1 CH, 1 slip stitch in the front loops of the DC you just worked, 1 slip stitch in the original chain, and fasten off the yarn.
Row 3: Flip the piece over and repeat row 2 on the other end. Before starting this end, make sure the previous point of the collar is pointing up. Weave in any loose ends.

Wrap the shirt collar around the neck so the points almost meet in the front where the tie is sewn on. Use the Lemon yarn to sew it to the body. Weave in any unfinished threads.

Hair
Loosely wrap the Mushroom yarn around the longer side of the matchbook 20 times. Cut on the same side of the book you started winding from.

Lay the hair together in a loose grouping. It doesn’t have to be neat, just close to being even. With the brown thread, run the sewing needle through the middle of the grouping, perpendicular to how the yarn pieces are laying. Do not pull the thread too tight. This thread in the center will be Dwight’s part in his hair. Continue working the thread back and forth a few more times.

Note: if you’ve pulled the thread too tight and made his hair a smaller clump than you want, leave the thread in it, and repeat the wrapping and cutting. Continue sewing on more yarn for hair until you’re happy with the amount.

Lay the hair on top of his head and use the thread and needle to attach it down the part. You can pull the hair together on the back of his head to cover it more, just by smoothing it out. If you aren’t happy with the edges, this is when you would trim them.

Briefcase
For the briefcase, use whatever kind of lightweight yarn you wish. The yarn for this piece is not listed in the “Materials Needed” list. (Mine was worked with a lightweight gold chenille yarn that I had leftover from an earlier project.)

Row 1: Working with the E sized hook, chain 15.
Row 2: Working in the second chain from the hook, work 1 SC in each stitch across. (14 SC)
Rows 3-11: Chain 1 and turn. Continue working SC across the row. Fasten off the yarn at the end of row 11. (14 SC) The piece should measure 2 ½” x 3”.

Fold the piece in half so that it measures 2 ½” wide and 1 ½” tall. Do not stuff it with Fiber Fill. Using a contrasting color of yarn, work a series of SC around the 3 unworked edges, finishing off with a slip stitch. Fasten off the yarn and weave in any loose ends.

For the handle, leave a length of a couple of inches, and chain 6 with the contrasting color on the E hook. Finish off the yarn with a slip stitch and leave a couple of inches. Sew it on the briefcase along the matching contrasting long edge. Using the thread and needle, use a couple of small stitches to attach it to one of Dwight’s hands.

A Lack of Justice in the Universe

How is it the universe can let a nine-year-old die, but allow the members of the Westboro Baptist Church continue to live? There is no justice in that.

"A hate group with plans to picket the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed in the Tucson massacre shouldn't expect a warm reception in the southwest state.

"A group of Arizonans will defend the services for young Christina Taylor Green, one of six people killed when a gunman opened fire on a crowd gathered outside a Safeway to meet Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, with giant-sized 'angel wings.'"

At some point, are we going to hear about someone opening fire on the hated-filled, brain-washed Westboro flock at a funeral they are protesting because normal, decent, grieving people can't take it anymore?

Thinking About Lyrics

It's not a surprise that I love Billy Joel's music. His song, "We Didn't Start the Fire" was one of my Musical Monday choices last year, and I think it's probably my favorite song. On June 21, 2008, my husband, Nicole and I saw him perform at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater. When he performed "We Didn't Start the Fire," he played the guitar. I thought I was going to wet myself with glee. To see him on stage was something that can't ever be topped, because he's someone I thought I'd never get to see perform.



1940:
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

1950:
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

1951:
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, "The King and I", and "The Catcher in the Rye"

1952:
Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

CHORUS
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

1953:
Josef Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

1954:
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock

1955:
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

1956:
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

1957:
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Zhou Enlai, Bridge On The River Kwai

1958:
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California Baseball,
Starkweather homicide, Children of Thalidomide

1959:
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

1960:
U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

1961:
Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land,
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

1962:
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

1963:
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

1960’s:
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock

1970’s:
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

1980’s:
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz

1980’s:
Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law
Rock and Roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore 

Lemme just tell ya, it was almost orgasmic to be there to hear this song. Head tipped back, screaming out these two lines with everyone else in a packed, shoulder to shoulder show. We had good seats about 10 rows from the stage. I would have paid anything to be there.

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning.
We didn't start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on, and on, and on, and on...

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire...

"We Didn't Start the Fire" is a song by Billy Joel that alludes to headline events from March 1949 (Joel was born on May 9 of that year) to 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. The song was a number-one hit in the US, and often parodied since.

"The song and music video have been interpreted as a rebuttal to criticism of Joel's Baby Boomer generation. The song's title and refrain mention "the fire", an allusion to conflict and societal turmoil; Joel asserts that these can't be blamed on his generation alone, as "the fire" has been "always burning since the world's been turning"...

"I had turned forty. It was 1989 and I said "Okay, what's happened in my life?" I wrote down the year 1949. Okay, Harry Truman was president. Popular singer of the day, Doris Day. China went Communist. Another popular singer, Johnnie Ray. Big Broadway show, South Pacific. Journalist, Walter Winchell. Athlete, Joe DiMaggio. Then I went on to 1950 [...]. It's one of the worst melodies I've ever written. I kind of like the lyric though."

I heard him say in an interview once that he wrote it with the idea it would be better as a rap. As a white middle aged guy, he didn't think he could do it justice because he's not a rapper. He wanted someone younger to perform it but no one wanted it.

I think I can appreciate the song because it reminds me that everything we're living through right now, over the course of our lives, is historical, even if we missed out on the Beatles and Marilyn.



But with everything that's been happening in the world since the song "ended" in the 1980's, it made me wonder...what kind of things might Billy Joel had written about if he continued with more, new lyrics. This is my take on "We Didn't Start the Fire." Just keep in mind, I'm not a professional writer and I really was trying to keep the beat of Billy's original lyrics.

1990s:
Ma Theresa dies, Bill Clinton, Princess Di
Kuwait oil fields, Al Gore, the US in the Gulf War

2000:
Y2K, Elian, Al Gore, Hilary Clinton,
Terrorists, USS Cole’s attacked in Yemen

2001:
Earnhardt, G8, Dubya is sworn in, Robert Hanssen,
Stem cells, 9/11 attacks, Richard Reid, anthrax

2002:
Daniel Pearl, Peggy Lee, Homeland Security
D.C. snipers not of sound mind, No Child Left Behind

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

2003:
Iraq War has begun, Saddam goes on the run
War starts in Darfur, Abu Ghraib can’t be ignored

2004:
Facebook, Same sex marriage gets a look,
Oldsmobile can’t suffice, Passion of the Christ

2005:
Vatican replaces Pope John Paul, Dubya again comes to call,
Hurricane Katrina, nukes in North Korea

2006:
Shelley Winters’ heart attack, Slobodan’s a political hack,
Hussein can’t get shot and gets the hangman’s knot.

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

2007:
Earthquake in Peru, Harry Potter is bid adieu
Zasyadko can’t get the all clear, Putin is man of the year

2008:
Obama becomes 44, what does Palin stand for?
Phelps brings home the gold, Fidel’s brother takes hold

2009:
Great recession, layoffs, can’t pay it, Farrah Fawcett
Michael Jackson, swine flu, foreclosures are past due

2010:
Deepwater Horizon leaves Gulf people sore,
Late night talk show war, I can’t take it anymore

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning.
We didn't start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on, and on, and on, and on...

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire...

And just in case you need a Billy Joel in Virginia Beach fix:











Chainsaw was a part of the Virginia Beach show, but there weren't any videos of that on You Tube, so this video is from April 13, 2007 in Cleveland.

Monday, January 10, 2011

SanDisk Sansa View 16 GB Video MP3 Player Crochet Case Pattern


The first Sansa MP3 player I had pooped out after two years of use. I like that brand so well, that my husband replaced it with a another one with more space. My old case didn't fit this slightly larger one, so I decided to use up some of my stash to make a new case. I even recycled the original arm band for this project.

Materials Needed
--Tape measure
--Yarn needle
--Needle and thread
--E sized crochet hook
--1 button (1/2” wide)
--Metal ring (1”-1 ¼” in length), either rectangular or D shaped—this is optional, in case you want to wear the player on a lanyard
--Piece of thin cardboard, cut the same size as the MP3 player (1 7/8” x 4 1/8”)
--1 skein Premier Yarn Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight in Saffron (#08)—You will be working with 2 strands of this yarn at the same time. Pull it from the inside and outside simultaneously.
--I reused the arm band from a case that was too small for this model

This pattern is meant for the Sansa 4 GB MP3 player, however, it can easily be adapted for any wheel-style MP3 player. If you need to adapt it to fit a larger player, make sure to work your first chain with an odd number of stitches so the openings can still be even numbers.

Front of the Case (worked from the bottom up)
Row 1: Leave a good length of yarn and chain 13.
Rows 2-3: Turn and work 12 SC in the chain, starting from the second chain from the hook.
Row 4 (R): Chain 1 and turn. Work 4 SC and one slip stitch at the end. Turn. At this point, you will start working on the right hand side of the case to leave an open space for the wheel. The left side will be worked later.
Row 5 (R): Chain 1 and turn. Skip the space of the slip stitch and work 4 SC.
Row 6 (R): Chain 1 and turn. Work 3 SC and one slip stitch at the end.
Row 7 (R): Chain 1 and turn. Skip the space of the slip stitch and work 3 SC.
Row 8 (R): Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 SC and one slip stitch at the end.
Row 9 (R): Chain 1 and turn. Skip the space of the slip stitch and work 2 SC.
Rows 10-11 (R): Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc and turn at the end.
Row 12 (R): Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 SC in the first SC, and 2 SC in the last SC (total of 3 SC).
Row 13 (R): Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 SC in the first SC, and 1 SC each in the next 2 SC (total of 4 SC). Pull up a loop of the 2 strands together and cut off a length of yarn. You’ll use this loop later.

Turn the piece over. Reattach the 2 strands with a slip stitch at the outside edge of row 3 and chain 1. Now you’ll be working on the left side of the wheel.

Row 4 (L): Work 3 SC and one slip stitch at the end. (The chain 1 counts as a SC here.) Turn.
Row 5 (L): Chain 1 and turn. Skip the space of the slip stitch and work 4 SC.
Row 6 (L): Chain 1 and turn. Work 3 SC and one slip stitch at the end.
Row 7 (L): Chain 1 and turn. Skip the space of the slip stitch and work 3 SC.
ow 8 (L): Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 SC and one slip stitch at the end.
Row 9 (L): Chain 1 and turn. Skip the space of the slip stitch and work 2 SC.
Rows 10-11 (L): Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 SC.
Row 12 (L): Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 SC in the first SC, and 2 SC in the last SC (total of 3 SC).
Row 13 (L): Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 SC in the first SC, and 1 SC each in the next 2 SC (total of 4 SC).
Row 14: Chain 1 and turn. Work 4 SC along the length of the previous row. Chain 4. Insert the hook from the front of the last SC at the end of row 13 (R) and attach the chain with a SC. Finish doing SC across the length of that row. At the end, insert your hook through the front of the loop you pulled up earlier and attach the two with a slip stitch (you may have to pull the loop’s tail tight).
Rows 15-16: Chain 1 and turn. Work 12 SC along the length of the row.
Row 17-27 (R): This will create the right side of the screen opening. Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 SC. When you reach the end of row 28 (R), secure with a slip stitch and fasten off the yarn.

Turn the piece over. Reattach the 2 strands with a slip stitch at the outside edge of row 17 and chain 1. Now you’ll be working on the left side of the screen.
Row 17 (L): This will create the left side of the screen opening. Chain 1 and turn. (The chain 1 counts as a SC here.) Work 1 SC.
Rows 18-27 (L): Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 SC. When you reach the end of row 28 (R), secure with a slip stitch and fasten off the yarn.
Row 28: At the beginning of the row, attach the yarn with a slip stitch and chain 1. Work 1 SC along the length of the previous row. Chain 8. Finish doing SC across the length of that row. Secure with a slip stitch and finish off yarn.

Armband strap (worked from the bottom up)
Row 1: Leave a good length of yarn and chain 7.
Row 2: Turn and work 6 SC in the chain, starting from the second chain from the hook.
Row 3: Chain 1 and turn. Continue with 6 SC along the width of the piece. Continue repeating row 3 until the piece is 2” long.

When you are ready to start the last row, (if you are inserting the D ring), line the ring up and crochet over it, still continuing with the 6 SC, to attach it to the piece. End with a slip stitch.

Leave another good length of yarn and fasten off.

Back of the Case—Make 2
the back of the back of the case, with the armband strap and D ring attached.

the inside of the back of the case.
Once sewn together, this will be a sleeve for the cardboard to slide into. You may have to trim the cardboard smaller to fit into it.
Row 1: Chain 13.
Row 2: Turn and work 12 SC in the chain, starting from the second chain from the hook.
Rows 3-28: Chain 1 and turn. Continue with 12 SC along the width of the piece. End with a slip stitch and fasten off yarn. When finished, each piece should be just slightly larger than the cardboard piece.

Sew the armband strap to the first back piece. Center the armband strap by width, and line it up towards the top. Sew only through the strap’s top and bottom with the yarn needle and the extra lengths of yarn. Depending on the size of the armband you’re reusing, you may want to run it through the armband strap to find out if you need to add a few extra stitches in the strap and back to make it fit more snug.

Keep the second back piece on the hook.

To put these pieces together, lay them together so that the armband strap is outward. Do SC’s around three sides of the pieces, leaving the top seam open. To make the turn around the corners, work 3 SC per corner. Slip in the cardboard gently. You may have to remove it to do some trimming to make it fit better. Continue working SC’s across the top and secure with a slip stitch where you began. Fasten off yarn and wave in any loose ends.

Assembling the Case
Take the front piece and lay it face down.

Row 1: Attach the yarn with a slip stitch to the lower right corner. Do SC’s around four sides of the front piece, and do the corners with 3 SC again. On the lower left corner, decide where the opening for the jack should be. Chain 3 over that section instead of working 1 SC. Once that stitch has been cleared, continue working SC’s again. Join the beginning with the end with a slip stitch and fasten off the yarn.
Row 2: Lay the back piece and front piece together, right sides out. Attach the yarn with a slip stitch on one of the upper corners. Work SC’s all the way around, through both loops of the SC rows of the back piece and front piece, but leave the top open. Do not do 3 SC per corner here. Secure with a slip stitch and fasten off yarn. Weave in any loose ends you might have.

Flap
Row 1: Attach the yarn with a slip stitch to the upper right corner of the front piece of the case. Chain 1 and work 12 SC over.
Row 2: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 SC tog, then work 8 SC, and work the last 2 SC tog.
Row 3: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 SC tog, then work 6 SC, and work the last 2 SC tog.
Row 4: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 SC tog, then work 1 SC, chain 3 (or make a chain wide enough for the button you are using), skip the 2 middle SC, work 1 SC, and work the last 2 SC tog.
Row 5: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 SC tog, then work 2 SC, and work the last 2 SC tog.
Row 6: Chain 1 and turn. Work 4 SC across. Secure yarn with a slip stitch and fasten off yarn. Weave in any loose ends you might have.

To sew on the button, find the center top of the case, above the D ring. Sew on using the needle and thread.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Beaky Buzzard



A friend of ours told us today that our dog reminded him of Beaky Buzzard. :)