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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! on: January 23, 2010 01:11:41 AM
Raccoon Mario rug is featured in February's issue of Nintendo Power!!!  It's on shelves now!  I will try to scan the article this weekend!

It was also featured in December's issue of Play Magazine, but they never asked for my permission to use the images or at least notify me that it'd be featured...someone messaged me on Flickr about it, so now I have no chance of getting that issue...what do I do!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! on: January 07, 2010 05:08:36 PM
How much yarn did this take?  That is absolutely awesome!  I love it.  I now have a few pixelated projects to get started on right away.
I think it took about 20 skeins of yarn more or less.  Each skein made 17 or 18 granny squares.

ALSO!  I wanted to keep this to myself, but the anticipation is killing me......the Raccoon Mario rug is going to be featured in NINTENDO POWER!!!

One of their freelance writers contacted me in November to do an interview, so now it's just a matter of time before the article shows up in the Community Section of the magazine!  I'm not sure which month it will end up in, since there were a few articles lined up before mine...but I will scan the article and post it here when it does turn up  Grin
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Super Mario World: Bonus Game Screen Shot Paintings on: January 04, 2010 04:35:48 AM
These are pixel art paintings of one of the Super Mario World Bonus Games .  These were my bf's christmas present, although I didn't finish them in time.  The company I work for just went out of business, so I've been pretty disheartened and unmotivated to do much of anything artsy lately   Sad

I painted a few of the items taking up the entire 8x8" canvas, and others where they were half-way in the canvas so it looks like a screen shot of them spinning.  I'm really not sure how many people will understand the image I was trying to go for, but it's okay.

There are 9 panels, each canvas measures 8x8"...I rested one of our wiimotes above the Starman in the bottom right corner so you could get a better understanding of how big this piece is.

They're acrylic on stretched canvas.  I used a flat-head brush to try my best to paint straight lines...I'm not much of a painter honestly, I think it's one of the mediums I'm very uncomfortable and unfamiliar with...I usually crochet or sew things.  I think these took about 6-10 hours total, I'm really not sure.  I was being extra lazy with them and spanned the progress over the period of 2 days.

The FireFlowers' leaves are a brighter green, but in this photo the lighting is so terrible that they look black or a very dark green  : \  Any comments good/bad/suggestions are more than welcome!  I bought a giant bottle of a glossy varnish type-dealy, but I'm not sure if I want to use it.  I have a feeling I'm going to mess up terribly and just make a mess.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Super Mario Bros: 9" Blooper Amigurumi! on: January 04, 2010 04:30:34 AM
Blooper is that squid guy that is found in the horrible underwater levels of the Mario series.

I hate the underwater levels so much. They managed to make things worse by including Blooper, who shoots out of absolutely NOWHERE and has unpredictable diagonal jetting motions. Even worse they have Bloopers with a trail of Blooper babies that take up half the swimming area in those levels! GAH!

But Ive learned to love this guy, even though hes followed me to Mario Kart Wii and squirts black ink all over my screen to block my view of the race track. Despite all these annoying traits, he is rather adorable, haha.

This Blooper measures 9 and has a blank stare, leaving you to believe hes as shocked as you are at how ridiculously adorable he is. Cheesy
He took about 5-6 hours. I dont have a pattern for this guy, along with most of the things I make. I really should try to make a habit of writing the pattern down as Im making something, but I improvise a lot and I am also a very lazy person. Tongue

Edit:  The Power-Up panels in the background were another project and can be found Here
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Super Mario Play Set! (7pc) + Penguin Suit Mario!! on: December 09, 2009 03:35:38 PM
Wow!  Thank you for all the kind comments!!  I will work on the patterns when I get home tonight, I'm trying to do it in my head right now but I don't know how reliable that would be without a hook and some yarn to test it out with.  Haha

Mario/1-Up/Power Mushroom/Bullet Bill/Goomba were made with a size F hook, Starman was made using a D hook and Bob-Omb was a C hook.  I am pretty sure all these were made with Vanna's Choice.

I'm going to try VERY hard to write accurate patterns for these guys.  Usually when I make things, I have the bad habit of not counting stitches and just crocheting until things look about right   Tongue

(oh and strawberrycherry, indeed I am on Ravelry!  I'm EnemyAirship there as well  Smiley)
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Super Mario Play Set! (7pc) + Penguin Suit Mario!! on: December 08, 2009 10:04:41 AM
Here they are!  The Super Mario play set that includes 7 characters!  All together I think these guys took about 8 hours to make.  So much fun!  I kind of wanted to make a stop-motion video of all the characters to classic Super Mario music, but someone adopted them before I could do so   Tongue

- Mario (4")
- Goomba (1")
- 1-Up shroom (1")
- Power mushroom (1")
- Bob-Omb (1/2")
- Bullet Bill (3")
- Starman (2") **modified AprilDraven's Twinkle Star**

Bonus!  Penguin Suit Mario from New Super Mario Bros Wii!  This guy took about 4 hours I believe...he measures 4.5" and has cute penguin feet and tiny yellow buttons on his overalls  Cheesy

I haven't written out a pattern yet, but I can try.  I'm just REALLY bad at doing so (take for example, my Piranha Plant Scarf pattern...really incomplete and nonsensical!).  Thanks for looking, any comments and suggestions are very much appreciated!

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Super Mario Piranha Plant Scarf **PATTERN ADDED!** on: November 16, 2009 08:57:25 AM
ooh, also, how did you do the top part of the tube?

Did you crochet a separate part or did you just make it look separate with the black yarn?
Ah!  Sorry I didn't clarify, I'm really terrible at writing patterns!  Yes it's a separate part, I just DC in 10 stitches on each side of the pipe, then SC a black border and used a yarn needle and black yarn to separate the top from the bottom pipe.  I'll clarify this in the original post for others  Smiley

What size needle did you use? I have a size P and a size J, would either one of those work?
I used a size J hook with mine, you can try a size P but I'm not sure if the scarf width would be too thick in the end. 
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! on: October 26, 2009 08:44:07 AM
What size hook did you use?
If I remember correctly, it was size H.   Smiley

Thank you again to everyone for the kind comments!  To those who requested the Excel doc over the weekend, I will send it to you as soon as I get home from work today!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Super Mario Piranha Plant Scarf **PATTERN ADDED!** on: October 26, 2009 08:40:35 AM
Just one question... How much yarn did it take to make it all? I'm going yarn shopping this week and need to know how much to get.
I used Lion Brand Jiffy Thick & Quick (Super Bulky) and depending on the length you like (a good length for me at 5'2" is 5 feet), it could be around 1/2 to 3/4 a skein in each color   Smiley
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The elusive Green Goomba Shoe appears! on: October 19, 2009 01:49:12 PM
Thanks for all the kind comments!  I just found out these guys got featured on Technabob!  What an honor!

can you tell me how you did the boot? its super cute.
Hi Josy!  I am really sorry I didn't write out a pattern for it, I can try to when I get home!  but I drew out a diagram for you for the time being!

I hope that makes some sense  Huh

They all thought I was crazy.  I tried to explain it and it just got worse. Smiley
Haha, I know what you mean!  I showed my friends, and they said "I don't get the boot..." and I was explaining "You know...Mario hops around in it...it's got that wind-up dealy in the back?"  ...blank stare.    Cheesy
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