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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fox Cowl on: August 18, 2016 05:14:38 PM

It's a wolf in fox clothing!  My wolf modeling the fox hood/cowl.  Made from the pattern "Failynn Fox Cowl".  It worked up pretty fast, and I looooved the ear design.  Though I found it needed more yarn than they said... so I had to dip into a third skein of chunky orange...  and I followed the instructions exactly...

But that's okay, I had a use for the leftovers...

(see the fox here)
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fox (not on the run) on: August 18, 2016 05:12:51 PM

This little guy was made with the leftovers from my "Failynn Fox Cowl", and he's a bit bigger than most because of the chunky yarn.  But still cute, of course!

Because of the super chunky yarn, I didn't crochet a separate chest piece like the pattern calls for, instead I kinds winged it and crocheted it as part of the fox body.  I think it worked out okay, though it's not as clean of a line (but it would have been waaaaaaay too thick the other way).
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fox Stole! on: August 18, 2016 05:01:06 PM

Made from the awesome free pattern here with a few tweaks and improvisations around the face (because the yarn was so fuzzy, I started the face piece as a double knit, then separated the red and white - I knew it would be really hard to pick up stitches through the fluff.  Time consuming, but it worked well).

Modeled by my wolf so you can see how it goes around the neck:

I'm not the biggest fan of fun fur, but it really worked well for this, I think!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Skull Shawlette on: August 18, 2016 04:59:57 PM

Made for audio in the goth swap - I wish I had had time to make it bigger, it's a good scarf size, though!  It was a little tricky getting started, but once you got that hang of the pattern (available here) it went pretty well!

Close-up of the skull motif:

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tree Hoop on: August 18, 2016 04:52:33 PM

I made this for audio in the goth swap, and to be honest, I'm pretty pleased with it.  It was my first time couching, and I'm slightly better at it than I am actual embroidery, thank goodness.  Also, this type of design is very, very forgiving.  I foresee more trees in my future!

It was hard trying to get everything lined up and stitched down while keeping the branches twisted...

The moon done this way was actually my husband's idea, the inspiration hoop had a sliver of a moon, but it also wasn't all dark, and he thought it would showcase some tree branches better.

It's hard to see in a photo, but the moon is actually painted with the dark patches in pearlescent watercolor paint...

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dr Who Scarf on: July 19, 2016 06:05:09 PM

Modeled by Dog, indoors, because we have a week of heat advisories and there's no way I'm going outside unless I have to, and certainly not wrapping myself up in 10' of scarf!

Laid out on the chair.  I know there are a lot of iterations of this scarf, that he wore different ones on different seasons, but this one is from the Dr Who Pattern Book (thank you, Interlibrary Loan program!).  I'm not sure why I picked this one (although the fewer stitches were nice, I do like purple and would have been happy with that addition) and I'm really, really, really not sure why I didn't weave in the ends as I went...

I thought the knitting would never end...

But it did, and I will never ever ever do that again. 

Unless I make one with the purple.
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dragon Zill Pouch (with pattern) on: June 29, 2016 05:56:14 PM

Many, many moons ago I participated in a One Tiny Monster Swap, and I made up a little guy on the fly.  I didn't write down the pattern, but once I was done, he was so cute I wanted one!  So I went about trying to re-create the pattern, and over the course of making three more, I came up with something that was about the same as the original...

And they were cute, but just little stuffies, and then... and then someone had the idea (I'm not going to say it was me, I honestly can't remember) that if you stored your zills in the bottom, it would 1) solve the issue of him not wanting to stand up without a weighted bottom and 2) give him a function.  So the task was set... make it a zill case!

There was one small problem... I had originally crocheted the dragon from the bottom up...

...allowing me to take "in progress" stuffing pictures of them impersonating Albert Einstein...

...but when I crochet in joined rounds, my work twists dramatically, and lining up the head with the zipper opening was problematic.  I still have one not-really finished one with a terribly off-centered zipper.  Sad

Back to the drawing board, and re-writing the pattern from the top down.  This doesn't effect it if you don't want to add a zipper, but it makes the lining up of the zipper opening way easier.

Here's some detail pics on how the zipper looks:

And at one point I also added some spikes down the back...

Sometimes I add them, sometimes I don't.  They don't show up well on the really super-fuzzy yarn.

And then I just... made more.  And more.  And more.

And just the other night I finished another super-fuzzy one I started a year and a half ago, because I was TIRED of making them... and had been putting it off... (I think I still have one part-made, I may just make him an ami, it's the sewing in the zipper that's the hard part!).

And here's the pattern...

Little Dragon (Zill Case)

(I originally worked this pattern from the bottom up, but because my work tends to twist as I work in rounds, I re-wrote it to be top-down when I converted it to a zill case so the zipper is properly aligned.)

Suggested Materials:
Sz 7 (4.5 mm) hook
Worsted Weight yarn for body
Fluffy boucle yarn for wings

Gauge doesn’t really matter, you can make it larger or smaller based on zill size (if you’re making a pouch) or desired stuffie size.

Join all rounds with a slip stitch and a ch1
SC = single crochet
INC = increase (work 2 SC in the next stitch from previous round)
DEC = decrease, SC two stitches from previous round together)

Top-down zill case, main body:

Rnd 1 – sc 9 in Magic Ring (9 st)
Rnd 2 - inc around (18 st)
Rnd 3 – sc around (18 st)
Rnd 4 – sc around (18 st)
Rnd 5 – sc in next 5 stitches, [inc, sc] x 2, [sc, inc] x 2, sc in next 5 st (22 st)
Rnd 6 – sc in next 5 stitches, [inc, sc] x 3, [sc, inc] x 3, sc in next 5 st (28 st)
Rnd 7 – sc in next 12 st, inc, sc in next 2 st, inc, sc in next 12 st (30 st)
Rnd 8 – sc in next 18 stitches, then sl stitch into next sc, TURN work, sc in next 6 stitches, sl stitch into next stitch, TURN work, sc in next 18 st (this should take you back around to the beginning of the round)
Rnd 9 - sc in next 25 stitches, then sl stitch into next sc, TURN work, sc in next 20 stitches, sl stitch into next stitch, TURN work, sc in next 25 st (this should take you back around to the beginning of the round)
Rnd 10 – sc in next 4 st, dec, [2sc, dec] x 5, sc in next 4 st (24 st)
Rnd 11 – sc in next 6 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 2 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 6 st (20 st)

*you may want to add the eyes now if you’re using safety eyes, it’s a little easier before the neck (but It can be done at the break for the zipper as well).*

Rnd 12 - sc in next 4 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 2 st, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 4 st (16 st)
Rnd 13 – sc in next 7 st, dec, sc in next 7 st (15 st)
Rnd 14 – [sc in next 4 st, inc] x 3 (18 st)
Rnd 15 – [sc in next 2 st, inc] x 6 (24 st)
Rnd 16 – sc around (24 st)
Rnd 17 – [sc in next 3 st, in] x 6 (30 st)
Rnd 18 – sc around (30 st)
Rnd 19 – [sc in next 4 st, inc] x 6 (36 st)
Rnd 20 – sc around (36 st)
Rnd 21 – sc around (36 st)

** If adding a zipper, stop here!  Finish off and work in tail, then skip to “bottom”. If not, attach the eyes if you haven’t already and stuff head and neck firmly. **

Rnd 22 – sc around (36 st)
Rnd 23 – [sc in next 2 st, dec] x 9 (27 st)
Rnd 24 – sc around (27 st)
Rnd 25 – [sc, dec] x 9 (18 st)

*Stuff firmly – also note that if you’re not using it as a zill holder, the little dragon will be wobbly and won’t stand up on his own without a weighted bottom. *

Rnd 26 – [sc, dec] x 6 (12 st)
Rnd 27 – dec around (6 st)

Tie off and pull tail through last 6 stitches to tighten.

Dragon Zill Case – Bottom section (crocheted from the bottom up)

Rnd 1 – 6 sc in magic ring (6 st)
Rnd 2 – inc around (12 st)
Rnd 3 – [sc, inc] x 6 (18 sc)
Rnd 4 – [sc, inc] x 9 (27 sc)
Rnd 5 – sc around (27 st)
Rnd 6 – [sc in next 2 st, inc] x 9 (36 st)
Rnd 7 – sc around (36 st)

*Now, lay your zipper around the edge of the bottom piece.  You’re going to TURN and work sc across the back gap where the zipper doesn’t meet, then TURN and add another row of sc.  I usually do about 7 stitches, but you zipper size and gauge may vary.  Finish off and leave a tail to sew the bottom 7 (or whatever) stitches to the top*

You will need to cut a piece of felt/fabric and sew it to the bottom of the body, just above the zipper, to hold the fiber-fill in.

Ears (make 2)

Rnd 1 – sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 – inc around (6 st)
Rnd 3 – sc around (6 st)
Rnd 4 – sc around (6 st)

*Fold in half, sew to top of head (see picture for approximate placement)*

Spines (optional)

Small top spine:

Rnd 1 – sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 – sc, in, sc (4 st)
Rnd 3 – [sc, inc] x 2 (6 sc)
Rnd 4 – sc around (6 st)
Rnd 5 – sc around (6 st)

Large spine:

Rnd 1 – sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 – sc, in, sc (4 st)
Rnd 3 – [sc, inc] x 2 (6 sc)
Rnd 4 – sc around (6 st)

Extra large spine (optional, I usually stick with just a small and 2-3 large):

Rnd 1 – sc 3 in magic ring (3 st)
Rnd 2 – sc, in, sc (4 st)
Rnd 3 – [sc, inc] x 2 (6 sc)
Rnd 4 – sc around (6 st)
Rnd 5 – sc around (6 st)

Wings (make 2)

Ch 11
Row 1 – sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc, dc, tc, dc, sc, sl st, sc, dc, tc, turn and ch 1
Row 2 – dc, sc, sl st, sl st, sl st, sc, dc, sc, sl st, sl st, turn and work 2 more sl st around tip of wing, then sl st along top edge of wing.  Finish off, leave a long tail to sew to body.
8  COOKING / Dessert / Baking Cookies in your Car... on: June 15, 2016 05:38:34 PM
Yes, tons of people have done this, but I'm gunning for the "Community" bonus points in the Summer Nerd Games (come play, you haven't even missed anything this round!). So. Hot day. Car. Cookies. Baking!

Cut to the chase, yes, yes, it did work!

I started with store-bought cookies dough, because I was lazy.  For this reason, I can't say if the flavor/texture was the same as if baked in an oven, or close, because I haven't used refrigerated cookie dough for anything but eating raw since... ever.  They were slightly chewy and yet a little crumbly.  I also regret, in a way, not springing for the $8 oven thermometer, so I can only guess at the temperature in the car.

Starting (the minifig is because the picture was for my #beaunicorn posts on instagram!):

Maybe I should have flattened them?

Anyway, at 10am the outside temperature was 87*F and inside... my guess is "tin roof on an intermittently cloudy day".  Melting has begun:

Noonish, the temperature outside has risen to 94*F and the bad news is that they've lowered to expected high from 99*F to 96*F - just one degree above the necessary temperature, so the internet tells me.  Still, full sun, so I'm thinking inside the car is "sixth circle of Hades" hot:

2 pm and it's actually gotten up to 96*F, definite firming going on.  Temperature inside the car upgraded to "who opened the door to the blast furnace?!":

And, finally, at 4pm it was 98*F out and the inside of the car, I can confirm, was Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Face-Meltingly Hot.  And I do think they were sufficiently cooked.  If they weren't, well, I also ate about six cookies worth of raw dough, so... *shrugs*.  If I were to do it again I might do smaller cookies and flatten them to begin with, but it was a fun experiment!

Oh, and my car was only mildly cookie-scented at the end of the day, but there were also only the six cookies, so...
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10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Butterfly Hoop, Crayon and Watercolor on: March 29, 2016 07:07:31 PM

So, I made this for the Nerd Games, and it came about because I found some fabric crayons on super-sale at Target.  I'd wanted to try them out, but with the ever-increasing stash in my house, I had put it off.  But since it was on *sale*... well, I had to go for it.

Now, I'd read about these, and on some blogs people said that regular crayons work just as well... but, as I found out, not in the same way.  I could have saved myself the trouble, but of course I tried iron transfering regular crayons, which worked not at all. 

And, to be fair, I wasn't hugely thrilled with the result of the fabric crayons...

This was the crayons on cotton, and I do admit maybe I didn't color in the paper enough.  But the directions also say it works far better on synthetic fabrics...

And it does.  But pressing harder also gets you those chunky bits, which they say to brush away, but, come on - remember trying to "dust off" crayon drawings as a ... well, maybe kid, maybe from last night, no judgement here!.  They stick and then... yeah, splotchy.

So I re-read some of the comments and what most people do (duh!) is color directly on the fabric.  Works a treat!  They heat set and say it will survive washings, but as this is a hoop it's not a huge concern for me.  I've admired crayon tinted work before, and I can't believe I didn't think of that straight away.

Then I thought it was boring with a white background and watercolored it, which is tons more vibrant than the crayon, sooo...

Anyway, it was a neat experiment.  Cheesy
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