Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fa la la la la, la la la BLRT!!!!!

That BLRT above is supposed to be me blowing a raspberry.

I think I'm finally starting to get into the Christmas spirit this year. I'm almost done with my shopping and crafting for my friends and family, and I have a few more little things to make for Back-Up, Inc., but the big stuff is done or on it's way. I've actually been shopping and crafting since September, give or take. I hate letting that kind of shopping go until the last minute, sales be damned.

I've even decided what my New Year's Resolution will be: no more buying crochet patterns. If I can't find it for free online, then it means I have to create it myself. I've done a pretty damn good job with what already this year. I've only bought one pattern.

The reason I'm thinking about my resolution already this year because of this hat: Penny's double tail Santa hat from The Big Bang Theory. April Draven at Craftster came up with a crochet pattern for that hat and I meant to buy it earlier this year but I never got around to it. And as I lurked around the internet for a crochet pattern, I realized this is a damn popular hat!

I wonder if it's because of the show or the hat's design. Either way, I'm a fan of both now that the show's had some time to grow on me. It's programmed in our DV-R for the new episodes on CBS and some of the older episodes on TBS.

Last week, I decided I needed a new Santa hat for myself since I altered the one I had from the Dollar Tree earlier this year. I wanted Penny's hat, but I didn't want a typical red and white hat. And then I started to wonder why, if Santa uses chimneys to get into people's homes (if there is one), why does he have white trim on his hat and suit? All that soot and ash will just make a mess of the trim. So, I decided to take a crack at my own hat but with black trim and pom poms, to disguise that imaginary soot and ash.

I couldn't get a decent picture of myself wearing this to save my life!
Because there are so many people selling their patterns of this hat online, I didn't write down what I did to make this hat. I also didn't make cables on the sides of this hat because when I got to that point where the cables would start, I started getting frustrated and I had a headache to begin with. So instead of cables, I did front post half double crochets from the hat band all the way up: 3 FPHDC on the outsides and 1 FPHDC on the insides of the tails.

This was made on an H sized hook out of some ooooooooooooooooold black worsted weight yarn from my grandma and 1.25 skeins of Premier Yarns Mega Brushed in Wild Berry Sorbet (#51-205). To me, it looks more like a red cammo print than anything else, but it's super soft and very warm, with great shades of red throughout it.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wibbly Wobbley Timey Wimey Stuff

As if the other hats I've made for myself in the past don't show what I giant geek I am. But no, I went and made myself a TARDIS beret. I used Cathy Wood's beret pattern from Ravelry for the overall hat design and just winged the details as I went.

It's made with Lion Brand blue heather of some sort, glow in the dark yellow (for the top where the light was), unknown white and and unknown black, on an H sized hook.

There was a lot of swearing involved in this and unfortunately, I didn't count my stitches as I got down to the black signs or the windows, so they are not even in length. The rectangles' different sizes aren't enough to be real obvious to anyone other than me, I think. I looked for some small iron on adhesive letters to spell out POLICE in the black sign areas, but I didn't see any that I thought would be small enough, so I'm going for a "less is more" approach to this hat's design.

If it actually got colder out here, this would be an excellent hat for the winter. It's snug around the ears and has plenty of room up top for my hair,which is nice because if I have my hair in a pony tail, then it would still fit comfortably.

I would like to point out that I almost had a heart attack when I saw this on Geek Crafts the other day. I guess the bloggers of Geek Crafts saw my posing on Craftster about my hat and carried it over to their site.

Results of the Jim Henson Swap

I just got my goodies the other day in the Jim Henson Swap I signed up for on Craftster. My partner was IHeartsTheArts (aka Gretchen) of Springfield, MA. This was such a fun first swap and actually kind of stressful because I'm guessing what will be enjoyed by someone I've never met before (but am friends with on FB now).

Too funny! I mentioned that I always liked Ernie, although he was a part of "Sesame Street" and I always preferred "The Muppet Show,"  Gretchen sent this activity book and crayons. I should break this out at work sometime and see what kind of reaction I get. :)
Googley eyes! What an awesome idea! These bad boys are going to bet a lot of use! I never even thought about buying them before, and every great Muppet has to have good eyes (a la Cookie Monster). And two Pez dispensers: Yoda and R2-D2 (There were multiple puppets in the Star Wars Trilogy, but Yoda was the only one Jim Henson was involved with).
Now, they guard my desk at work when I'm not around. The candy was quite nice too. :)
A great appliqued Kermit reusable bag!!! I love this!!!!

And the best for last: a Shrinky Dink bracelet of Beaker, Professor Bunson Honeydew, Gonzo, Janice, Miss Piggy, Kermit and Animal! The colors are so great and bright! Gretchen got a lot of detail in this bracelet. I wore it to work today to show it off.
I sent Gretchen's package today. Once I know that she received it, I'll post pictures of what I made for her. I can see how these swaps are so popular!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Little Late on the Autumn Crafting

I actually did get this idea for this last fall but I didn't get a chance to even start it until right around Thanksgiving. I saw this wreath, the Simple Statement Wreath, on Craftster first and followed it over to it's original pattern at GoodKnits.

I think the inside of the wreath is about 8" across. I used Red Heart Super Saver orange and Marrakesh (#0947). The pine cones were picked up while I was walking my dog one night. The feathers were decorative picks from Michael's (where the wreath form came from), and the little bow and green leaves were leftover from my stash. In the picture (from my cell phone because my camera battery was charging), it looks like the feathers are black. They aren't. They are actually deep purple.

It's too late to hang it for this year, but at least I'll have it for next fall.