This is the most epic thing I have ever made, and I'm so excited I can't stand it.
I started with a five-piece vintage tablecloth and napkin set. The tablecloth is stitched with Star Wars space crafts and the death star. The napkins are stitched with portraits of Han, Leia, Luke and Obi Wan.
I knitted The Dude's sweater into a hat pattern, because I don't have the commitment necessary to knit an actual sweater. This has been a popular request in my Etsy shop, so I thought all of you DIY-ers might want to give it a shot. Here's the chart - if you have questions, just let me know. I knitted this in worsted weight wool (Cascade 220) on size 5 (ribbing) and size 7 (chart) needles. The chart represents 1/4 of the hat.
If you knit this up, be sure to post photos and let me know how it turns out!
I recently received a commission for this stitched Riker portrait. For you non-nerds, he is a character from "Star Trek" (The Next Generation, not the original series). I filled in the beard and hair with acrylic paint, but now that I know how to properly crayon tint (thanks to the Godzilla post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433844.0 ) that kind of changes how I approach filling in spaces in my embroidery.
In case anyone wants to stitch him up, I am including a copy of my original sketch. You can just right-click, save it to your computer, and print it out in the size you want. I trace my sketches onto fabric using a pilot frixion pen, since it irons out easily. I don't have a fancy light box, but I fashioned one with a photo frame (with the back removed - it's just the glass inside the frame) and a desk lamp. DIY or die!
Now get geeked out and stitch this up form someone you love.
I have been knitting a series of hats inspired by Kubrick's "The Shining". The carpet pattern from the 2nd floor of the Overlook Hotel is probably the most iconic image from the film - where we see Danny riding his big wheel through the halls.
This is an easy knit for anyone who has done strand color knitting before. Just cast on 96 stitches, knit a couple inches of ribbing, then follow the chart. You can decrease however you like, starting with row 28. The chart represents 1/4 of the hat, so I suggest placing markers every 24 stitches. I knitted this with Cascade 220, using the magic loop method.
Let me know if there are any questions. I'd love to see other versions of this, if anyone decides to knit this up!
It's that time of year. The master of suspense really did a number on me when I was a kid. After accidentally catching part of Psycho on cable, I didn't shower for two weeks. I was scared to death. And don't even get me started on birds. They are total jerks.
Happy Halloween, everyone! I haven't been very active on Craftster lately, and I'm going to try to turn that around.
And now, I'm foraging into the romantic, yet risky, lilac wine. Because it is currently lilac season, I'm posting this with scant photos just to get it out there for your drunken pleasure. I'll add photos of the rest of the process as it happens.
RECIPE: 4 quarts lilac petals 3lb sugar juice of 2 lemons one packet of yeast
DIRECTIONS: 1. Put the flowers in a large crock or glass container. Pour 3 quarts boiling water over the petals. Cover with a towel, and let sit for 2 days.
2. Pour 1 quart water into pot, bring to a boil, and add the sugar to dissolve. Cool. Meanwhile, strain the lilac mixture, squeezing the liquid out of the flowers. Return the lilac mixture to the crock/jar, add the sugar water and lemon juice. Pitch the yeast (dissolve yeast in warm water, allowing to get bubbly and creamy - add to the lilac mixture).
3. Ferment for one week. Strain. Bottle and leave uncorked until fermentation ends. Strain again, bottle and cork. Leave shelved for one year before drinking.
If it sounds easy, that's because it is. This recipe mirrors the Dandewine recipe, which is why I'm going for it with reckless abandon. The Dandewine is fruity, sweet and delicious. I think the Lilac Wine tends to be dry, and I've heard it tastes awful if you try it before the recommended year of shelving. Still, I'm optimistic. Besides, free and homemade booze always tastes better to the DIY-er, even if it is awful. If anyone tries, let me know!
In addition to my stockpile of garlic dill pickles, I will need mass quantities of booze for the apocalypse. Luckily, it is cherry season. Hit your local farmers market and make this delicious cocktail as soon as humanly possible. It's called Cherry Bounce, and it will knock your socks off.
What you'll need: a glass jar with a secure lid a funnel a jug of vodka sour cherries sugar a chopstick (to pit the cherries)
The recipe: 2 cups pitted cherries 1 cup sugar 4 cups vodka put all ingredients in the jar, and shake
Please note, you are encouraged to adjust the recipe to suit your taste. Shake the jar once a day until all of the sugar dissolves. Then, store the Bounce in a cool/dark place for 6 months. The cherries will be absolutely radioactive by that time, and I dare you to eat them.
Enjoy! If anyone makes this, let me know how it turns out. I'll be hiding out in my bomb shelter in January with my jug of Cherry Bounce...
After randomly stitching a portrait of Don Knotts, I decided I needed the entire cast of "Three's Company." I used an old pillowcase, thrifted some frames from my local St. Vinny's, and now I'm ready to hang this montage in my entryway - next to the front door, of course, where the kisses are hers and hers and his...three's company too! See below for entirely too many photos: