Saturday, May 5, 2012

Slowly Getting My Crochet Groove Back

It's been awhile since I've crocheted, and even longer since I made something that actually turned out the way I wanted it to. I just finished Purl Bee's Linen Grocery Store Tote.

I used an I sized crochet hook and one ball of Lion Brand Yarn 100% pure cotton (189 yards of cotton per ball), in Americana #211).

I've had this yarn in my stash for about a year so it was time to do something with it. I love it and I bought it at Hancock Fabrics because I had come across a wonderfully soft red, white and blue yarn up in Yorktown, VA that would have made some killer socks, but it was $30 a SKEIN. This was my substitute purchase (I still have two more balls of it left), even though the 100% cotton doesn't really lend itself to something cozy an wearable. Those are going to be turned into another grocery store bag as well.

This bag is deceptively strong, by the way. I used it already at the grocery store. While I didn't have  any produce to go in it (I see this bag as a replacement for plastic when I'm buying fresh produce), the bagger we had put a half gallon of orange juice, two cans of dog food and one other thing in it (I don't remember what else there was) and it held up just fine!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Discovered Just in Time for "The Avengers"

While lurking along You Tube the other day, I came across a couple videos by Michael Habjan that I thought were too cool to not be shared. And the progression of the quality of the videos is pretty amazing.

This intro was posted by someone else on You Tube. Superman flies in during this video.

I really liked Brandon Routh as Superman, but Christopher Reeve was THE MAN.

I don't think the Hulk would just attack Superman like that, or anyone else, for that matter. But he would roar and scream like that though, most likely from confusion.

I agree with the creator's idea of having Superman and Hulk fight in the desert. I imagine if this were real, Superman would have lured him out there to avoid any "civilian" causalities. But I do think that the Hulk knows right from wrong, good from bad, so he wouldn't purposely hurt innocent bystanders anyway. God, I really am a geek...I'm debating a CGI fight between the Hulk and Superman. But this is the beauty of all things comics: we can debate this shit until the cows come home and we are all right in our opinions. :)

Video #3 actually makes me miss Christopher Reeve a little. Michael has done such a great job capturing the right walk and flying position here for Superman. Even his head position when he hits the Hulk with the heat vision looks like classic Reeve Superman to me.

What I especially liked is the vertical flying/hovering Michael also had him do, because that seems a little more modern day, the way Brandon Routh hovered. Seeing this series of videos bums me out a little bit that Brandon Routh didn't get another shot at being Superman. But, moving on...

Unfortunately, I do think the animator of these videos made Superman look a little like a pansy. I mean, Superman just stands there and lets a couple of boulders hit him. Ohhh, I just had a thought here. Maybe Michael Habjan is more of a Hulk fan than he is a Superman fan. I like them both, but I prefer Big Blue over the Jolly Green Giant just a little bit.

If he can fly, why doesn't he take to the air more often to try and battle Hulk into submission? And he could have used his heat vision more. Even though the Hulk healed quickly, it was enough to push him back just a bit. Superman should have just continuously pummeled the living shit out of the Hulk and hit him with prolonged heat ray blasts, enough to get him knocked airborne over and over again. Enough bodily ground hits, or even taking him into outer space without any oxygen, and the Hulk would have become unconscious. If he could have knocked the Hulk out completely, then the Hulk would have relaxed and he would have changed back to Bruce Banner again.

Or, maybe he would have tried to reason with him. He knew the Hulk could speak.

But never mind all that...I'm sure the way the fight goes through the videos was done on purpose, to give the artist a chance to show off different skills.

I know there are argumentation about the strength of the Hulk being almost limitless, compared to Superman being powered by the strength of our sun. But that seems moot here in these videos: Superman isn't trying to repower himself (it's not like he was exposed to Kryptonite) and the Hulk isn't getting any bigger with all his rage.

Anyway, I just thought these were awesome videos.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Pretty Things From Our Walk This Morning

I'm temporarily working from 11 AM-8 PM on Mondays. On those days, I get a pretty good jump on my own days here at the house. One of those things is taking my dog for a walk in the morning instead of at night. I've got a selection of possibly crappy cell phone pictures to share tonight, because the neighborhood always looks different when it's light outside so there's more that I notice during the morning walks.

Just a nice hanging petunia basket I got a few weeks ago at Taylor's. A few nights go, I realized a mourning dove made a home in it. She had to have been working fast...I had been watering it nightly but missed two nights because of rain.

Here's Mama. She always faces the street when she's in her nest. Today was the first really good look that I've gotten of her.

Up to two eggs today. The blob on the left side is actually a little piece of bread I tossed in there a few days ago. I thought she might want to peck at it. I guess I was wrong. :)

Bragging more than anything else where with this photo. I scored three Billy Joel records from the Norfolk Book Exchange yesterday. $4 a piece but they cost me nothing because of having credit on a bag of books I turned in. I'll eventually get record frames for these to hang them in my crafting room.

I don't know what kind of tree or bush this is. Maybe it's a hibiscus. I just thought the little orange blossoms on it were so pretty.

Just a cool combination of bushes, both in color and fruit/blossoms. It' an amazing shade of dark orange in real life for the berries, mixed with the ivory/off white flowers.

My herb garden. The taragon is starting to spread out.

Obiwan Kenobi arrested on charge of hit-and-run

Okay, so this made me laugh and laugh tonight. I thought the article was funny, but the comments are even better! I damn near snorted a couple times! Here's the entire article, minus the comments, courtesy of Yahoo! News.

"Obi-Wan Kenobi was always a bit of a rogue Jedi, even lamenting his own former lack of patience during a dramatic exchange with Yoda in 'The Empire Strikes Back.'

"But a California man who legally changed his name to match that of the fictional 'Star Wars' hero may have given in to the temptations of the dark side of the Force, as he was charged with a hit-and-run.

"According to the Auburn Press Tribune, Obiwan Kenobi was allegedly responsible for a five-car accident and is charged with leaving the scene after the wreck occurred. And as Yoda warned the fictional Kenobi, 'Told you I did. Reckless is he. Now, matters are worse.'

"In fact, things are far worse for the 37-year-old, who has been charged with a felony in the case by Roseville police. According to the paper, Kenobi was already wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor petty theft charge.

"Born Benjamin Cale Feit, Kenobi changed his name to that of the 'Star Wars' character as part of a 1999 radio station contest. At least up until the hit-and-run charge, formally associating himself with 'The Phantom Menace' may have been the biggest accident in Kenobi's life. After spending five days in jail, Kenobi was released from custody on Thursday without bail and is scheduled to appear in court on April 30."

I kind of thought this was going to be about Ewan McGregor!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Using The Dress Form For the First Time

The Jedi costume is still an on-going project. I did get some fabric at Joann's last weekend, but there wasn't enough to complete the Jedi robe just yet. Of course, the fabric I liked didn't have enough left on the bolt. There was only 4.833 yards left of the brown linen, so I'm waiting to hear back from Joann's to see if this fabric I found online really is the same stuff I bought in the store. If it is, then I can buy a few more yards.

Using the same Simplicity pattern as my Jedi tunic, I had enough fabric to get the robe about 3/4 finished tonight. I have one front panel that I need fabric for, but I have enough so far for the sleeve and probably the hood so they can be attached.

In looking at how this robe is going together so far, I don't think it will pass muster for the Rebel Legion. I might be able to disguise the front seam of the yoke with the oversized hood once I get it on. The front right panel will have to be kind of kept hidden a bit. I didn't want to buy even more fabric for the robe, so that was actually made wide enough by adding a strip of fabric to the edge (front center). I also made the sleeves about an inch longer than what the pattern called for.

But if this doesn't look like Rebel Legion quality to me once it's done, then I don't think I'm going to try and join them. My plan for attempting to join will only happen if I can make a good looking costume on my own. Other than the eventual belt, pouches and boots, my goal is to do this all myself. I don't want to start paying someone else to make this stuff. I know I'd have to buy Storm Trooper armor if I were wanting to be a trooper with the 501st Legion, but this is completely different.

Once I'm done with the robe, I need to  throw it in the dryer to get the lint off and then give it a quick ironing.