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1  Halloween Costumes and such (pic heavy) in Halloween Costumes by BustyYorneekaps on: November 03, 2009 09:56:52 AM
Now that the Halloween Season is over, I have some time to share the crafty side of my holiday.  My boyfriend, Bryan, and I crafted a few decorative things (such as the usual pumpkin carving, a haunted gingerbread house *and my first ever to boot*, and fake eyes) as well as our costumes. 

-Spooky eyes

One night, Bryan and I were out investigating what the local retail offerings were for Halloween decorations.  We kept seeing those light up, glowing spooky eyes everywhere but we could not justify paying 9 dollars for a set of 3 pairs of eyes.  Then one weekend after this, his daughter came over with a platypus that she had made for him out of model magic.  Suddenly, I realized how we could make our own glowing, spooky eyes.  It was off to the craft store to purchase model magic, craft wire and paints. 

First thing I did was sketch out all the eyes that I wanted to make.  Didn't make them actual size nor perfect, I just wanted something to reference when I was sculpting the basic shapes.  To form the eyes, I took a ball of model magic and flattened it out.  While flattening it, I shaped it as well.  Once I got the most basic shape of it, I pinched between where each eye would be and then flattened that area out.  Using a small piece of craft wire, I poked two holes into the top for the hanger to be glued into place when the eyes were dried.  I left them to dry and harden for 24 hours.

I then cut small lengths of craft wire, bent them and glued them into the top holes on the eyes.  Afterwards, I painted the eyes with a layer of glow in the dark paint.  When that was dry, I painted the iris and pupil details on and let them fully dry (this step took a while because I got cheap paint that was very thin thus requiring multiple layers of paint to be built up).  We then sprayed them with a glossy clear coat and hung them in the tree in our front yard. 

Here are some pictures:

my purple cyclops eye

Orange eyes

My 2nd favorite pair

these really were super fun to make. 

I wish I had a closeup pic of the 5th pair made, but we couldn't get a good enough shot.  There is a pic, further down this post that has the 5th pair in them.  I'll point it out when it is visible. 
We had these on a tree right near our front porch.  One side of the tree had a purple spotlight hitting it and the other side was hit by blacklights (we put blacklight bulbs into our front porch light).  They look awesome under blacklight and stand out really well without it.  Even with no lights on they stand out nicely thanks to the glow in the dark paint. 

-Gingerbread house and pumpkins

We also made a haunted gingerbread house.  This is the Wilton kit.  While I would've loved to make one from scratch (especially given that it was my first gingerbread house ever...more on that in a min), we were running around like crazy all month long (lot of birthdays and halloween parties) and the kit was just easier.  We supplemented some store bought, ready made decorating icing in the construction and decorating phases.  See, I wanted to try and avoid having to make the icing that comes with the kit so we bought some pre-made icing from Wal-Mart's halloween section (it worked quite well) but we needed to use the kit icing anyways.  But I'm glad that we didn't decide to use the icing from the kit alone because it was not enough (cause we wanted a uber base for our house...)

We used the base included in the kit but then put that on top of a cardboard box which became the "yard" for the house.  We also had to rely on our own halloween candy stash to decorate the house because the kit came with only a few bits of candy; a handful of candy corn, a baggie of flavorless round candies (these were the most plentiful), 1 perfect orange spice drop and 4 deformed licorice drops (whose deformities were helpful in creating tombstones for the yard), as well as one sugar ghost decoration.  We used our own mellowcreme pumpkins, candy corn, spooky marshmallows and jelly pumpkins. 

And yes, this was my first gingerbread house ever.  When I was a kid, my dad would make the gingerbread house every christmas but would not let us help beyond picking out candies to use as decorations (can we say control freak? lol).  And one of the only times that I was even remotely given the opportunity to decorate a gingerbread house, I didn't want to because it was one made with icing containing eggs so, while it would dry really quickly and look really pretty, it was inedible.  I felt it was a shame to waste the candy and gingerbread only to have to throw it out.  I think it is only fitting that my first gingerbread house is a halloween one. 

This year Bryan took a stab (heh) at scraping his pumpkin design out rather than carving it.  He did Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas

bad camera phone shot but it showed the carving the best of all the ones I took. 

He chose Sally because we dressed up as Jack and Sally for my wifey's Halloween party the week before Halloween.   

I decided that, since I was dressed all cute and such (you'll see) rather than being something gruesome and scary (like a zombie) that I would profess my love of zombies in pumpkin medium.  I also decided to go elaborate with my carving and do a 2-sided design.  I wanted to put one picture on the front and put another picture (which would cast a shadow) onto the back.  I chose Karen Cooper from Night of the Living Dead for the front and a Dawn of the Dead zombie horde for the back.



I wish I had gotten a good pic of the shadow, but it was hard.  When you knew what was on back of the pumpkin you could make out the shadow but otherwise it just looked interesting. 

-And now, Costumes!

Bryan went as Ash from Army of Darkness.  He constructed his chainsaw arm (by building up a chainsaw prop from the halloween store), and gun holster.  Oh and he destroyed one of his blue work shirts.  I think he did an awesome job

To his right, up from his shoulder, is the 5th pair of spooky eyes I made. 

For his chainsaw arm, he adapted an Instructables guide to build a housing for his hand around a pre-existing chainsaw prop. 
For his boom stick holster, he used some black leather I had laying around which had a tan suede underside (he used it suede side out).  He cut and hand laced a holder for the boom stick and attached the straps to cross over his chest. 

I decided that, instead of going zombie or gruesome this year, I would go as GIR from Invader Zim.  It actually took me a lot longer than I had hoped to pick out my costume this year (I already have a costume plan in motion for next year) but it was easy and quick to make.  I worked on it in my spare time between classes, studying and homework over the weekend and week before Halloween.  I made my costume from a hooded tunic, felt, sweatpants and a black shirt. 

I was inspired by this GIR cosplay:

by Knorke-chan on deviantart (http://knorke-chan.deviantart.com). 

I started with a long sleeve, green tunic (size XL), resized it to fit me better and removed the sleeves.  I sewed GIR's ears and tail (there is a tail on the costume but...no pic :/ ) out of black felt (the ears also had black pipe-cleaners in them for stability).  I sewed the ears and tail into the tunic (sliced the fabric, inserted the ear/tail and sewed them in place) and sewed squares of felt in place on the inside of the shirt to reinforce them and to help the ears stand up better (my description of what I did sucks).  I then cut out his eyes from white felt and glued them into place using liquid stitch (his pupils were drawn on with a sharpie).  His nose, stitching and tongue are just small felt shapes glued into place.  And the zipper was made by cutting out the shapes in white felt, painting the shapes gray (took lots of paint as felt is quite absorbent), drawing the zipper detail on in sharpie and then gluing them in place.

I made myself fingerless mits out of black felt since GIR has no fingers (so much fun trying to shake peoples hands at the Halloween party like that haha).  And I made large, black legwarmers out of black sweatpants.  Instead of elastic at the top of the legwarmers (since most elastics give me hives...yay allergies!) I used double-fold bias tape to make drawstrings (as I had plenty of it lying around). 
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2  Fairly instant leg warmers in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BustyYorneekaps on: February 01, 2008 04:35:18 PM
I have an Old Navy hoodie that no longer fits right so after stealing the zipper for other crafty ventures, I thought about what to use the rest of it for.  After about a week of pondering I realized I could make the sleeves into leg warmers fairly easily:

Supplies: A hoodie and scissors

Step 1: cut sleeves off right next to seam

Step 2: cut across edge to straighten the new "bottom"

End Results:

I know it's not anything grand, but I like projects that are very instant like this especially in the midst of long on-going projects ^_^
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3  Best hat I've ever knitted (pic links inside) Now with a tute/pattern of sorts! in Knitting: Completed Projects by BustyYorneekaps on: September 08, 2007 06:59:33 PM
So, a couple of Sundays ago I decided that I wanted to knit a hat similar to the City Girl Cap (I can't crochet for the life of me) so I started off making just a regular wide rib patterned hat.  Well, being the dork that I am, I was watching Rock of Love on VH1 while knitting and saw a girl on there wearing a similar hat that had a swirled wide rib.  So I immediately frogged what I had, devised a general pattern in my head and started over again.  And after one ball of Lion Brand Wool Ease *Correction* and 4 days I had this:

Digital Cam pic 1
Digital Cam pic 2
Crappy Phone Cam Pic 1
Crappy Phone Cam Pic 2

The 2 crappy camera phone pics are included because it's hard to see the ribs on the digital camera pics...boo-urns.  Limmie know what you guys think Smiley 

*Edited 9/11*  I just realized that I was knitting with Lion Brand, not Paton's Classic Wool....so I'm a dumbass.  hah. 

Ok So I managed to gather all of my notes that I have written down while making this hat (trust me, not an easy task as I manage to just jot stuff down anywhere I feel like it and it ends up everywhere lol)  So hopefully this is good and isn't terribly confusing or off the mark from what I did.  I've written up the patterns in the size hat to fit my head (23" head) but I've included the gauge so you can easily figure out how many stitches you personally need if your head isn't as large as my gigantic melon is.  Although you need to keep your stitches as a multiple of 11 to work with the K3, P8 ribbing

1 Skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Oxford Grey
Size 8 US 16" Circular needles
Size 8 US needles
Size 8 US Double Pointed Needles
Plastic Mesh
Stitch Markers
Yarn Needle

Gauge: 22 Sts and 28 Rows = 4" in rib pattern

To begin, CO 110 stitches, place a marker and join the round.  Begin hat by working 1/2" of seed stitch. 

After you've reached 1/2" of seed stitch, you begin working the wide rib pattern.  Rib pattern is K3, P8 repeated ten times across the round. 
To get the rib pattern to spiral/swirl, you want to shift it on every 5th round.  Rounds 1-4: (K3, P8) 10 times
Rounds 5-8: P1, (K3, P8) 9 times, K3, P7
Rounds 9-12: P2, (K3, P8) 9 times, K3, P6
Rounds 13-16: P3, (K3, P8) 9 times, K3, P5
(Essentially, on every 5th row you will take a P stitch from the last repeat of the pattern and put it at the front of the row, shifting the pattern over one stitch.  If you want a more dramatic swirl, you could shift it more frequently or shift 2 stitches instead of one).
Follow this pattern until your hat measures 5 1/2" from the bottom up. 

Once your hat measures that long, you're ready to begin decreasing.  (A note about the decreasing section:  While I decreased, I also maintained the shifting pattern every 5 rows.  You can do this or you can just decrease it as it should give it a bit of a swirl on it's own.  Since my pattern isn't exact to the row, I didn't include the shifting pattern in this section.  So just do your best if you include it with the decreases.)

Remember, switch to DPNs when necessary to ease knitting!

On first decrease round, you're going to P2Tog at the start of every other group of Purl stitches beginning with the first group of 8.
Knit the next round normal.
On the next row, P2Tog at the start of every other group of Purl stitches on the groups of 8.  When done, you'll now have a rib pattern of K3, P7. 
Knit the next round normal.
On the next round, P2Tog at the start of every other group of Purl stitches beginning with the first group of 7
Knit the next round normal
On the next round, P2Tog at the start of every other group of Purl stitches on the groups of 7.  When done, you'll now have a rib pattern of K3, P6.
On the next round, you're going to do another decrease row by P2Tog at the start of every other group of 6 Purls.  Repeat this on the next Round
After the double decrease round, you should have K3, P5 ribbing, so K2tog at the beginning of every K3 on this round.  (so the pattern will be K2, P5). 
On next round, P2Tog at beginning of every P5 group.  (Pattern will then be K2, P4)
On next round, K2tog on every K2 group and P2tog at beginning of every P4 group.  (Pattern will then be K1, P3).
On next round, P2tog at every P3 group (pattern will then be K1, P2)
On next round, Purl the knit stitches and P2Tog on the P2 groups, so you will be left with 20 Purl stitches on your needles. 
On next round, P2Tog across the row.  (You should have 10 Stitches left)
Repeat last round, P2Tog across the row (You should then have 5 stitches left)
BO stitches and sew up small hole on top of hat. 

Brim (Based on Vickie Howell's brim for Brimster)

Using your straight 8 Needles, pick up 40 stitches on bottom edge of hat and knit them.
Row 2: Purl all sts
Row 3: Knit all sts
Row 4: Purl all sts.
Row 5: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, SSK.
Row 6: P2tog, P to last to sts SSP
Row 7: Knit all sts.
Row 8: Purl all sts.
Row 9: Repeat Row 5
Row 10: Repeat Row 6
Row 11: K2tog (twice), K to last 4 sts, SSK (twice)
Row 12: P2tog (twice), P to last 4 sts, SSP (twice)
Row 13: Repeat Row 11
Row 14 (turning ridge): Knit all sts.
Row 15: (K1, inc1) twice, K to last 2 sts, (inc1, K1) twice.
Row 16: (P1, inc1) twice, P to last 2 sts, (inc1, P1) twice.
Row 17: Repeat Row 15
Row 18: Purl all sts.
Row 19: K1, inc1, K to last st, inc1, K1.
Row 20: P1, inc1, P to last st, inc1, P1.
Row 21: Knit all sts.
Row 22: Purl all sts.
Row 23: Repeat Row 19
Row 24: Repeat Row 20
Rows 25-28: Repeat rows 21-22 (twice)
Bind off.

Using the brim you knitted, lay it over plastic mesh and use that as a guide for the brim.  Trace it with a pen or marker and cut it out. 

Using your leftover yarn and yarn needle, sew up side seams on the brim with the purl stitches facing out.  Insert the mesh piece and then sew up the bottom edge of the brim (I like to sew it thru not only the yarn, but also thru some of the mesh to give it a bit more stability). 

Then basically all you have to do is weave in the loose ends, block it if you feel it needs it (mine didn't) and that's about it. 

If anyone tries to do this and has any problems with the "pattern", please let me know.  As I said before, I had to devise this from cryptic notes I wrote while knitting it....so I should probably get myself a notebook to keep all my knitting notes in in an orderly fashion.   Grin
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