Saturday, August 29, 2015

Live Action Malificent Crocheted Turban

Nicole the Knitter had me make animal hoods for her friends but she's been so busy lately that she can't think of which animal she'd like for herself. In all actuality, she's got all kinds of animal hats already, so I decided to go a different direction: she loves Malificent.


·        --3 colors of yarn for live action Malificent (all of the yarn I used came from my stash):
1 skein of black, worsted weight (the kind I used was a very thin yarn)
1/2 skein of dark grey, worsted weight
1/2 skein of light grey, worsted weight
·        --G and I-sized hooks
·        --Fiber Fill
·        --Yarn needle
·        --Stitch marker

·        --Large bright green button (at least 1" wide)

Horns (Make 2 with G hook)
When you increase and decrease, you can get the horns to twist. If you like the diameter you have, then you need to increase and decrease evenly. For example in any given round you would have one decrease for every increase. Look at rounds 5-7, there are 2 increases and 1 decrease. This is to shape the horns and increase the diameter .

Round 1: magic circle of ch1, 5 sc. Secure with a slip stitch and pull tight. This is worked in the round. Do you chain 1 at the end of the rounds. This is the tip of the horn.
Rounds 2-3: 1 sc in each sc.
Round 4: 2 sc in the next 2 stitches, 1 sc in each of the remaining sc.
Round 5-7: 2 sc in the first 2, sc in the next 2, work 2sctog, then sc to the end of the round
Round 8-9: 1 sc in each sc around
Round 10: sc in the first 5, 2sc in the next 2, sc in the rest
Round 11 -13: work 2sctog, sc in the next 3, 2sc in the next 2, 1 sc in the rest
Round 14-15: 1 sc in each
Round 20-21: 1 sc in each
Round 26-27: 1 sc in each
Round 32-33: 1 sc in each. Fasten off yarn at the end of round 33 with a slip stitch, leaving several inches to sew to the hood later on.


Turban
Round 1~ Start of by making a Slip Knot, then crochet 4 Chains. Crochet 11 Double Crochets into the first chain you made. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 4. You should have 12 double crochets now.
Round 2~ Chain 3. Crochet 2 Double Crochets into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3. You should have 24 double crochets now. 
Round 3~ Chain 3. *Crochet 1 Double Crochet, then crochet 2 Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3. You should have 36 double crochets now. 
Round 4~ Chain 3. *Crochet 1 Double Crochet into the next 2 stitches, then crochet 2 Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3. You should have 48 double crochets now. 
Round 5~ Chain 3. *Crochet 1 Double Crochet into the next 3 stitches, then crochet 2 Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3. You should have 60 double crochets now. 
Rounds 6-11~ Chain 3. *Crochet 1 Double Crochet into the next 11 stitches, then crochet 2 Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3.
Round 12-13~ Chain 3. Crochet 1 Double Crochet into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3.
Round 14-17 ~ Chain 3. Crochet 1 Double Crochet into every stitch all around, but only through the back loop. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3.
Round 18~ Chain 3. On this row you will also only be crocheting through the back loop.*Crochet 1 Double Crochet into the next 11 stitches, then crochet 1 Double Crochet Decrease into the next 2 stitches. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3.
Round 19~ Chain 3. On this row you will also only be crocheting through the back loop.*Crochet 1 Double Crochet into the next 10 stitches, then crochet 1  Double Crochet Decrease into the next 2 stitches. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3.
Round 20~ Chain 1. Crochet 1  Single Crochet into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 1. Fasten off. Weave in any loose ends.

Take your yarn needle, and thread a long piece of yarn through it. You want to use to strands of yarn at the same time. Using your needle, push it from inside of the turban towards the outside right above the 6th last row, or about halfway up the height of the hat. Now wrap it around the edge of the turban and pull tight. Push the needle back through the top again.
Take your yarn needle, and thread a long piece of yarn through it. You want to use to strands of yarn at the same time. Using your needle, push it from inside of the turban towards the outside right above the 6th last row, or about halfway up the height of the hat. Now wrap it around the edge of the turban and pull tight. Push the needle back through the top again.
Repeat winding until the "knot" of your turban is nice and secure and looks pretty.
Once done. hide any loose ends under the knot. 


Round 16: sc in the first 5, 2 sc in the next 2, sc in the rest
Round 17 -19: work 2sctog, sc in the next 3, 2sc in the next 2, 1 sc in the rest
Round 22: sc in the first 5, 2sc in the next 2, sc in the rest
Round 23-25: work 2sctog, sc in the next 3, 2sc in the next 2, 1 sc in the rest
Round 28: sc in the first 5, 2sc in the next 2, sc in the rest
Round 29-31: work 2sctog, sc in the next 3, 2sc in the next 2, 1 sc in the rest

Stuff horns firmly. They need to be able to stand up.

With the black yarn, back stitch from the bottom of the horn: up 2 rows and over 2 stitches each time until the tip of the horn, then work down again in the same way, granted you won't be able to do 2 over and 2 up once you are at the top of the horn, so just space them halfway apart (or stitches up 1 stitch over).



With the I sized hook, start with the widow's peak (separate piece). Ch 14.
Row 1: sc in 1st ch from hook and ea ch across for a total of 13 sc. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Row 2: sc2tog. 1 sc in ea of the next 9 sts. sc2tog.
Row 3: 1 sc in ea st across the row. You'll have a total of 11 sc sts in the row.
Row 4: sc2tog. 1 sc in ea of the next 7 sts. sc2tog.
Row 5: 1 sc in ea st across the row. You'll have a total of 9sc sts in the row.
Row 6: sc2tog. 1 sc in ea of the next 5 sts. sc2tog.
Row 7: 1 sc in ea st across the row. You'll have a total of 7sc sts in the row.
Row 8: sc2tog. 1 sc in ea of the next 3 sts. sc2tog.
Row 9: 1 sc in ea st across the row. You'll have a total of 5 sc sts in the row.
Row 10: sc2tog. 1 sc in next st. sc2tog.
Row 11: 1 sc in ea st across the row for a total of 3 sc sts in the row.
Row 12: sc3tog and 1 sc.
Row 13: sc2tog. Fasten off light grey yarn and attach dark grey.
Rows 14-15: Ch 1 and turn. Work a round of sc all the way around the edges of the triangle, working 3 sc in corners. The extra chs make the corners a bit pointier, and a bit more pronounced, so that they stand out more.

End off. Weave in your loose ends.

With the G hook and black, make the turban. Chains at the start of a round count as the first Double Crochet of that round.

Switch to the dark grey at the end of round 17.

Switch to the black at the end of round 18.

Turn the hat inside out. Decide which side of your triangle is the front, and lay it front-down on the hat, where you sewed the top up. Using the black yarn, whip stitch the triangle into the turban's front, on the inside, so the  sharpest point of the triangle is facing down (the starting chain should be at the top of the turban).

Flip the hat back to right side out. Sew the button on to the outside where the front of the turban was sewn up.

This is where things get a little hinky. You may either want to use a wig head or a willing participant, and maybe a curved yarn needle. Get the hat situated on a head, the way it will be worn. Look at the bottom of each horn. You'll see it has a bit of an angle to it. Position the horn on the head (so it's back even with the ears) and whip stitch it on, with the long length of yarn from the end of the horn.

Proper Care & Washing:
Always wash this item in cold on the gentlest setting. Do not use bleach. Washing in hot water may lead to shrinkage. Either line dry or allow to dry flat.  If you must use a dryer, dry on low or no heat.





Finished a Crocheted Cloak

At the end of June, I blogged a complaint about people who want stuff and then complain about the stuff they wanted when they get it, or they can't make decisions on their own.

Amazingly enough, when I got the complainer's second hood done, she went shopping with Nicole the Knitter for yarn for her own hooded cloak. She got 11 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn Landscapes in Apple Orchard, with a G sized hook. This was from a pattern that Nicole the Knitter bought several years ago.

I ran out of yarn a few weeks ago and was able to get up with her tonight for a quick "fitting." I told her I haven't trimmed off the loose ends yet, but I needed to how long she wanted it to be and if she wanted some sort of trim on the edges.

She got as far as being able to tell me she didn't want it touching the ground and then, the decisions stopped. She said she would leave it all up to me to decide what it would end up looking like.

Le sigh...

I told her it was her cloak so she had to decide for herself what she wanted. Then she tells me she's not very good at making decisions. I told her to take the cloak home with her and try it out for a bit and then tell me what she wanted me to do with it.

I have got to stop crocheting for people who can't make decisions.


Sometimes, the Simplest Crafts Are the Most Appreciated

Our cat, Orion, still has all of her claws and really loves her scratching post. She's had the same once since the day we brought her home, a little over a year ago. It's a simple one, just rough rope wound around a square post, with a dangly mouse and bell on the top. My husband bought it for her at PetsMart.
This is what it looks like after abut 14 months of daily use. Orion was a little concerned about what I was doing with her scratching post in the kitchen. There was much close watching and a little crying. This is an important part of her little life! :)
Since I am trying to not contribute anything too sizable to the landfills, instead of replacing it, I wanted to fix it up for her. And because I'm a little weird like that. :)

I was ordering some stuff from Amazon the other day and decided to get Wellington Manila Rope, 1/4" X 50' for just $7.39. I knew I wouldn't need the full 50 feet so this will be enough for a couple repairs.

I unwound the really loose rope and cut off some of the more frayed sections. Originally, the rope was glued and on throughout its lengths but stapled on at the ends. That's a little dumb. But with just a couple staples from the staple gun... viola! The new rope is about the same size as the original.

Cat tested.
Cat approved.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Another Mahogany Cutting Board

Earlier this month, I posted the cutting board my husband made for me. As of today, we have a second board finished for Nicole the Knitter.

Top

Bottom
I couldn't do a test fitting in my own sink, because our kitchen sinks are different sizes. But here it is, in all it's finished, seasoned glory.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Blurred Lines" Parody

I've got a little case of Halloween on the brain tonight, after hearing "Blurred Lines" on the radio on the way home from work.



Everybody get busted, BOO!
Everybody get busted, BOO!
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
BOO!
Hey, hey, hey
BOO!

If you can't hear what I'm trying to say
If you can't read from the same page
We're on two different planes
Maybe you're in some pain
You know I can't let you reign
Everybody get busted

Ok, now we were close
Tried to ghostbust you
And you're a spirit now
Baby, it's in your nature
Just let me ghostbust you
You don't need no slime trail
Ray Stantz is not your hauntee
And that's why I'm gon' be a

Ghostbuster
You know I want it
You know I want it
You know I need it
You're not a good ghost
Can't let you get past me
This is kind of drastic
Talk about getting busted
I hate those crossed streams
You know I want it
You know I want it
You know I need it
You're not a good ghost
The way you grab me
Must wanna get scary
Go ahead, get at me
Everybody get up

What do we make proton packs for
When we got them coveralls on
What do we need traps for
You the hottest ghost in this place
I feel so lucky,
Hey, hey, hey
You wanna slime me
Hey, hey, hey
What rhymes with slime me?
Hey, hey, hey
Hey!

Staypuff Marshmellow,
One thing I ask of you
Lemme be the one you try hauntin' to,
From Central Park to Lower East too,
Venkman had a girl, but she wasn't as bad as you.
So, hit Winston up when you pass through
We'll give you something hot enough to melt your ass into,
Swag on 'em even when you dress casual
I mean, it's almost unbearable.
In a hundred years, not dare would I
Deny the Keymaster, let you pass me by.
Nothin' like your last guy, Gozer was square for you.
He don't throw that lightening and knock you down like that.
So I'm just watching and waitin'
For you to salute the four true gods.
Not many ghosts can refuse this offer,
I'm a nice guy, but don't get confused, I'm a buster!

Shake your aura
Get down, get up-a
Make it like we bust, like we bust
What you don't like us?
Hey!

Slimer, can you breathe?
I got this from Spengler,
It always works for me
From Columbia U to Sumeria.
No more pretending
Cause now we're winning
Here's our beginning
I always wanted to be a

Everybody get busted, BOO!
Everybody get busted!
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey