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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I choose you, Bulbasaur! on: November 28, 2011 09:16:20 PM
Amazing!  How do you figure out the pattern? I've been wanting to do something like this, but can't figure out how to make it into pixels and into a pattern!

Ruby Copperhead was right, I found the sprite online (via google). Although the one I used was a newer version and had many colors, I simply re-colored it in paint (zoomed in of course). Here is a great website for pokemon sprites.  http://gallery.gtsplus.net/Bulbasaur and also http://pldh.net/dex/sprites/pidgey

If you want to make your own pattern I suggest checking out: http://www.myphotostitch.com/ or simply google search your way to one.

I just started a Pidgey blanket for my boyfriend a little bit ago and it is SOOO much more complicated than Mario sprites.  It only gets worse when you look at evolved forms too!

My friend actually requested a pidgey blanket! Then she changed her mind...and then she forgot about it...lol. Pidgey could be really annoying depending on which sprite you chose. When I looked at them I preferred one with wings closed, but of course my friend demanded the one with the wings spread open...

As for the mario vs pokemon sprites, the sprites are so much bigger, that's the problem! Of course after doing this blanket I discovered the sprites from Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver. The ones of the pokemon following you are so much smaller! I'm strongly considering making some of them as many blankets or something because they are simpler and just adorable.

Hm, that's an interesting question. When it's not laid out flat, but draped over someone, is the pattern then more visible when it's filled out to be a rectangle? I can picture things like the leg folding away... but also, I wonder if the pattern will always be kind of scrunched up whether there's filler squares or not.
That's something the users of the afghans could probably answer. Is it practical in the non-rectangular shape, is it usable, is there a problem with dangling pokemon feet or stuff like that? Is it still recognizable when scrunched up?

It is definitely usable in a non-rectangular shape. I specifically chose this pokemon because he was square-ish and didn't have many dangling bits. The ones he does have, like his legs, are pretty short and don't get in the way too much. For other pokemon (like charmander's tail, or tentacool's tentacles) the dangly bits would be longer and probably too much of a hassle. Also, sadly, the design is really not recognizable when it's folded up or being used. To a skilled eye maybe it could be deciphered, but in reality I think it's pretty difficult to see what it is in all honesty.

I think the irregular shape could make parts curl under and get lost but maybe no more than if it were a square. I do like functionality very much, often equal to or even greater than form, but that's a personal thing. I'd want to put this on a bed or couch and use it as a blanket, you know? It's very good. So good in fact that I don't dare show it to my little man, he'd want pokemon and would in NO WAY understand it taking me as long as it would to complete, lol. I'd be crochetting non-stop for ages!

I was strongly considering square-ing him out, but I thought it would take away from his sprite-y glory-ness. The irregular shape does have it's problems, like folding it away can be annoying sometimes, but it's doesn't really take away from its main objective: keeping a person warm. The sheer size of the thing might be more bothersome than its dangling/curling legs (yes, they do sometimes flop/twist around).
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I choose you, Bulbasaur! on: November 24, 2011 12:15:05 PM
It all started with these afghans:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356077.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390970.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337731.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333118.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314101.0

As soon as I saw all of these Link and Mario blankets floating around I realized something, craftster needs some pokemon afghans!

So that is what I set out to do: a pokemon afghan. I didn't actually stop to think how simple Link/Mario characters are compared to pokemon sprites, but I realized it once I started.

I worked on it for about 1.5 years (it took so long because I never wanted to to attach the last half of the squares together.)

Bulbasaur is about 33 squares tall by 36 squares wide. Each square is 2 inches, because anything bigger would've been ridiculous.





Square break-down:
135 green
356 Light Blue/Teal
49 Dark Blue
28 White
30 Red
250 Black

TOTAL: 848

I don't have the break-down of how much yarn, but it was a lot!


A second one is planned, and it will be charmander, then probably squirtle. After that...well I'm not sure who I'll do next.  Grin
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What is this stitch? on: July 04, 2011 03:26:11 PM
My mom recently dug up some old hats, and found this one:



And then my friend asked if I could make a cowl with that pattern. It seemed simple enough and I agreed. But after looking at it a little longer I have no idea what that stitch is or how to do it. I thought it was just some bobble/popcorn stitch, but it doesn't look like that at all. I've googled it for awhile, but due to my lack of experience I haven't found it.

Here's some more pictures:



Inside:






Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Ezlo winter hat from Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap on: June 20, 2011 10:50:28 AM
This hat is totally awesome and full of win. I never actually played the game much, but when it first came out I knew I needed the hat. I wanted it desperately...then I forgot about it.

This post really just dredged up the unresolved need. I'm definitely hitting you up for the pattern.  Grin
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: I heard you like stencils... on: June 02, 2011 03:45:06 PM
Awesome! I love it, very much. Smiley I must try stencilling again sometime; I've only done it twice and the last time was a bust so I've been reluctant to go again. Maybe soon!

Yes, you must do it again! Never give up!  Cheesy

this is so cute!

Thank you~  Smiley
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: I heard you like stencils... on: June 02, 2011 03:41:58 PM
I love the way this has come out. I think I will be adding bleach stenciling to my list of things to try! I can see the square outline too, but only because you pointed it out, I don't think people would see it if you didn't draw attention to it.

I found it pretty easy...and there's a great tutorial located here. http://reubenmiller.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/08/secret-bleach-s.html

The only thing that bothers me about it is that I lack patience and can't get my spraying even so there are different shades of color everywhere. And apparently when you bleach things they might not turn the color you expect them to be...blue can turn pink I here...
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I heard you like stencils... on: June 02, 2011 03:27:29 PM
And mudkips...

This was my first attempt at stenciling. I was originally going to paint the mudkip logo onto a shirt, but once I started cutting I forgot what I was cutting out and destroyed the wrong part. (I was cutting out the black outline but destroyed the white space so I basically inverted my original design). That's the best way I can explain it.

Anyway! I also realized I didn't have any fabric paint...which is silly of me since I bought my supplies yesterday...

Okay so on to photographic evidence of my new found hobby:






Overall I'm in love with the face, but the words came out horrible...which doesn't surprise me since I b/s'ed my way through it.  And also, after looking at it I noticed the SQUARE outline...which was how I folded the shirt...this makes me extremely sad... Sad But it's something I can live with...I guess... Roll Eyes Although I'm slightly tempted to try to fix it up with more bleach.

For more in-depth details:
  • Made with freezer paper and bleach.
  • Original image was made by/came from who-knows-where (found it saved on my computer while rummaging through old files), but it was edited and changed and is different than the original.
  • These details aren't very in-depth....
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Chocolate and Honey Bears on: April 17, 2011 06:14:44 PM
The simple design is definitely popular, and I too think it's wonderful.

Also, I love the stitching on the muzzles and ears. I think the large stitches make it even more adorable. However the problem I have with it is that the gaps (like someone else has mentioned) are just too big. I feel that the muzzles aren't on there very well and would be prone to being ripped off. Puckering of the stitches also seems to be a little problem of making them big. But this is really where I am torn. The big stitches add to the plushie's character but they are just not completely functional I would really hate to seem them go though.  Embarrassed

The eyelashes on Honey bear are another great touch! When people add small details like this it just adds a lot to the plushie, and I find myself liking them even more. I mean it's little things like that can make the plushie stand out amongst a group/pile.

Appreciate it  Cheesy I should probably stuff them more. I don't like my plushies stuffed too much because the stuffing balls up and isn't soft/squishy, it gets hard.

I also have this problem! Stuffing things can be a big pain in the butt. It's hard to know when to stop.  Lips sealed

And one last thing: your other posts are lovely too!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: A night as Avatar on: November 03, 2010 06:58:26 PM


that looks so computer done...did you alter it on the computer or something?

And for anyone else that may doubt the legitimacy of the photos, please check out the photos on rsvpatl.com . The photos were taken at Cosmo on the 30th of October by a professional photographer that is paid to take pictures at the nightclub.

=D

Looked for the photos, couldn't find them. Went to Shots -> Cosmo -> Nightmare on 13th St - October 30.

I could only find store bought costume wearers. Could you please direct me to the photos?


This costume is indeed awesome, btw.  Smiley

its around number 80...
it looks that way (computer made) cuz of the lighting/camera/type of paint/contrast..

Skipped over it!

Kind of disappointed that there aren't more. Thanks for telling me!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: A night as Avatar on: November 03, 2010 05:48:27 PM


that looks so computer done...did you alter it on the computer or something?

And for anyone else that may doubt the legitimacy of the photos, please check out the photos on rsvpatl.com . The photos were taken at Cosmo on the 30th of October by a professional photographer that is paid to take pictures at the nightclub.

=D

Looked for the photos, couldn't find them. Went to Shots -> Cosmo -> Nightmare on 13th St - October 30.

I could only find store bought costume wearers. Could you please direct me to the photos?


This costume is indeed awesome, btw.  Smiley
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