Sunday, September 18, 2011

"because two heads are better than one!!!"

Today's blog post title actually comes from erica_tattoos on her Craftster entry. For a doll swap, she combined two skeletons into conjoined twins. I thought this was an amazing idea and she even had a fun little story to go along with them. And like so many other good ideas on Craftster, I had to swipe it and make it myself. They look like something you'd see in a Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum (damn, I love those museums! I've been to three of them already.) And for something so amazingly simple to make, they are kind of creepy.

I bought two skellies yesterday at my local Walgreens. I believe these guys are 36" tall.

This picture made me laugh. The marker is a medical/surgery skin marker. I "borrowed" a few of them when I was at the hospital a few weeks ago to see a friend off for surgery. When I needed to mark the skeletons' hip bones for my husband to cut them, I used this marker. It seemed appropriate somehow.
I used my hot glue gun to attach these guys at the hip, the pelvic bone and the ribs. erica_tattoos was able to mesh her twins ribs together for a tighter looking fit than I was able to do with mine. My husband suggested some epoxy to better hold them tight, so I used some steel epoxy (that's all I had) over the hot glue, and then covered it up with some slightly tinted white craft paint (steel epoxy dries to a gunmetal gray finish).

For size comparison. Cujo was weirded out by these guys. They started singing "O Solo Mio" when I took this picture. When Cujo left, they started teasing him and then moved on to singing Irish drinking songs. It's going to be a long Halloween season!

This last photo is just for fun. I had stopped at Walgreens on my way to the gym (I was actually looking for strobe lights). I had the twins and a 5' tall skeleton sitting in the front seat like this when I went into the gym. The gym and parking lot were both pretty dead (no pun intended) when I went in, so I doubt anyone noticed these guys.

Edith's Hat, v 2.0

Here we are, the second, smaller, more accurate version of Edith's hat from "Despicable Me."

Materials
--H sized hook
--1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Baby Pink (#0724) If you still have yarn from the first version of this pattern, then you don't need to buy any more. You can use the rest of the skeins and you will have enough.
--1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Country Rose (#0374)

Hat
Start with the Light Pink (this hat is worked from the top down). Make a magic circle (chain 1 and 7 SC). Pull tight and secure with a slip stitch. Note: although it is not mentioned anywhere else in this pattern, all rows are secured with a slip stitch (before the end chain). The hat is not turned and the seam of where the rows are joined is the back of the hat.
Rows 1-2: Work 2 DC in each stitch around. Chain 2.
Rows 3-4: Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Chain 2.
Row 5: Work 1 DC in the first stitch, then 2 DC in the second stitch, *1 DC in the next and repeat * around.  Chain 2.
Row 6: Change to the Country Rose yarn. *Work 1 HDC in the first two stitches, 2 HDC in the next stitch, repeat from * around. Chain 2.
Row 7: Work 1 HDC in each stitch around. Chain 2.
Row 8: Switch to the Light Pink. *Work 1 DC in each of the first three stitches, 2 DC in the next stitch, repeat from the * around. Chain 2.
Rows 9-10: Work 1 DC in each stitch around.
Rows 11-12: Repeat row 6 in Country Rose.
Rows 13-15: Repeat  row 7 in Light Pink.
Rows 16-17: Repeat row 6 in Country Rose.Fasten off the yarn at the end of row 17.

Earflaps (Make 2):
Row 1: With the Light Pink, chain 11. Leave a long length for attaching the earflap to the hat.
Row 2: In the second chain from the hook, work 1 SC and then 1 SC in each stitch back. Chain 1.
Row 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch across and 2 SC in the last stitch. Chain 1.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
Row 6: Work 1 SC in each stitch across. Chain 1.
Row 7: Work 1 SC in each stitch across and work the last 2 SCtog.Chain 1.
Row 8: Work first 2 SCtog and then 1 SC in each stitch across. Chain 1.
Row 9: Repeat Row 7. Fasten off your yarn with a slip stitch.

Construction:
Flatten the hat with the seam on one edge. Find the center of each side and sew the earflaps into the INSIDE of the hat with whip stitches, using that length of Light Pink yarn you left. Attach them so the top flat edge is lined up on the Light Pink, somewhere around Row 15 (the pointed end faces down). Trim off any loose ends.

Instead of trying to do the ridges of Country Rose in Front and Back Post Crochets like I did with the other hat, I came back with the Country Rose and did rows of what I've always called "surface SC" between the Light Pink and Country Rose stripes. On the back of the hat at the seam points, attach the Country Rose with a slip stitch and chain 1. Around the posts between the colors, work SC's around the entire circumference of the hat. If you are having a hard time with this, check out this link. The "And Sew It Is" blog actually has a great description of what I'm talking about here and she even calls it the same thing!!!!

With the Light Pink yarn, cut three lengths of 24” each and then double over. Stick the crochet hook through the bottom center of one of the earflaps from the inside out and catch the loop where the yarns are doubled over together. Attach the yarns as if you were making a tassel. Pull the yarns snug and braid. Secure the end with a single knot and trim if necessary. Repeat this same action for the tassel on top of the hat, but cut the yarn into lengths of 20".