Saturday, May 12, 2012

Another Offering From You Tube

When I was goofing around on You Tube the other day, I came across the full length animated movie, Planet Hulk. Unfortunately, I can't embed it here.

"The Incredible Hulk, ejected from Earth in a spaceship, crash-lands on a planet ruled by a tyrant, who forces him to fight in a coliseum against other powerful creatures. The Hulk reluctantly befriends the combatants on his team." It was released in 2010.

I couldn't help but think that the back story of Hulk being sent away from Earth by the Avengers might actually be heartbreakingly sad if it were ever made into something live action.

One of the characters that shows up is Beta Ray Bill, who is basically an alien given a hammer and the same powers as Thor. I've always wondered what the hell it is that Beta Ray Bill reminds me of, and with this movie, I finally figured out my answer: he looks like a horse!

Friday, May 11, 2012

One More Shared Bag Pattern

I did get around to finishing my second grocery store bag. I think this is going to be another good fresh produce tote, because of it's open design for air flow and freshness.

Like the other bag, this is also made with an I sized crochet hook but with two balls of Lion Brand Yarn 100% pure cotton (189 yards of cotton per ball), in Americana (#211). 

I didn't bother to measure out the handles or their placement, which is why they look a little wonky here. I eyeballed them because I was getting so close to the end of my second ball that it was more important to me to get the handles on than to have it be perfect. There are actually supposed to be four rows of single crochet above the handles. I was lucky to get as much there as I did. I know, I know, I could have made it correctly and just BOUGHT another ball of Americana, but then that defeats the point of a stashbuster project.

This bag is wildly strong too, even stronger than the first bag I made. This one is the Provence Summer String Bag by Classic Elite Yarns. The name of the pattern comes from this description on the pattern's page: "Provence is mercerized Egyptian cotton that crochets into a strong and beautiful fabric. 

"Egyptian cotton has two qualities that make it a great cotton yarn: a very long staple (fiber) length and a small diameter. The long staple gives the yarn strength and sheen; and the delicate diameter means that it spins into a soft, smooth yarn. Mercerizing makes a yarn that is stable, takes dye well, and is less likely to shrink."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

BATMAN: DEATH WISH (2012 Fan Film)

Just a really great Batman fan film to share that I stumbled across the other night on You Tube.

"Batman, Robin and Nightwing investigate a mysterious assailant who is targeting the kingpins of Gotham's criminal underground. As more of the rogues gallery is ensnared, a disturbing revelation about the attacker's identity takes shape."


Monday, May 7, 2012

Jedi Robe=Finished!

The on-going saga of my Jedi costume has another item complete=the Jedi robe! I finally finished it up last night.

It's made of 100% linen from Joann Fabric, and the color is called "potting soil." I tried buying the remaining yards that I needed online but the fabric store's website kept saying there was an unknown error. The Va Beach store didn't get any more in since I bought all of what they had, so I had to go to the Chesapeake store to get the rest. That was a bit of a bummer too. If I had been able to buy it online, I would have saved a few more bucks over what the in-store sale price was.

Anyway, I bought a total of 7.8333 yards of this stuff ($95.07...YIKES!) and I don't even know how much I used for the robe as I have a lot left over. But the plus side is this: I have enough left over of this stuff to remake the tabbards and sash of the costume. Since I'm going for the best costume I can make, this is a good time to take another crack at it.

The only thing I wish I had done differently was the hem on the sleeves. For the very bottom hem and the hem around the hood, I used an X style of stitch, instead of a straight stitch, in matching brown thread. I thought having those XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX's all the way around the hems might add a little detail to the robe that only I would notice. If I had been thinking, I would have done those same X's around the bottom of the sleeves as well.

I actually made my sleeves an inch or so longer than the pattern, and I made the hood larger as well.

Is it just me or is this picture of Obi-Wan a little "Jesus-y"?
I love how Obi-Wan's hood drapes like this around his shoulders. One of the Jedi robe "trademarks" is that the hood has to be large enough to "pool" on both sides of the head on the shoulders. Sons of the Suns had a nice image there to help show how large the hood should be.

But once again, I wasn't able to get that get little shoulder "tuck" detail. That has to be a shoulder pad in there, with the sleeve tucked up underneath it with a stitch or two to hold it in place.

That could be something I could try adding again before Halloween. But I already have a set of shoulder pads in the tunic. I don't want to look like a football player...or an extra from Dynasty!

The Padawan's Guide was very helpful in helping me to figure out how large the hood should be. "Cloak is in 4 pieces. However, try to make front-to-back one piece. Most Jedi cloaks have no shoulder seam." That would be all fine and good if the average person could find fabric large enough to make a robe this like.

If you look closely here at the inside seam where the hood and shoulders meet, you'll see the seamstress added in an extra strip of matching fabric to cover that seam. I would imagine it was done for the entire costume, head to toe, for each piece and each seam. For me, that was a little too much work, so I skipped that part.

I Want to Be Her When I Get Older

Meet Ilona Royce Smithkin! She's 90, makes her own eye lashes, and performs Edith Piaf.

"Acclaimed artist, performer and raconteur, the subject of an award-winning documentary and three television series, Ilona Royce Smithkin has emerged a modern classic, continuing to inspire new generations into her 90's."

I really want to be this free and happy and creative when I (if I) get to be 90 years old. She does her own thing and it works! She doesn't give a damn what's en vogue for fashion right now, because she makes her own style and her own clothes. LOVE HER!