Reblocking a cheap hat

25 Feb trying to keep the flipped-up part in place as it dries

I loves me some Agent Carter!!!

I’ve always loved the clothes of the 1940’s anyway, and already have a bunch of dress & pants sewing patterns anyway.

Stetson has re-released the classic red Aviatrix hat that they use on the show, but since it’s made with a fine, classy wool felt, I can’t wear it. I’m not just “eeewww it’s itchy” allergic, it’s more like “oh dang, hives” allergic (and it’s not the lanolin, either, so using super-wash merino or alpaca doesn’t help. Trust me, I spent money experimenting with different yarns. Also, I’m not allergic to lotions that contain lanolin).

So, I finally found an acrylic hat from one of those inexpensive Chinese sites that had the correct size brim. So many hats have the short trilby style look rather than the full fedora!

I was thrilled when it got there! To keep the shipping inexpensive as well, it was shipped rolled up in a plastic envelope. I knew that hats could be re-blocked, but I’d never done it before, so it made me nervous.

To the googles!! The first few sites that I read were very complicated, and used a garment steamer, which I don’t have. Thank goodness I finally found a great tutorial from someone who used a steam iron! She starts right from scratch, so if I ever feel like doing that, now I know how, lol.

trying to keep the flipped-up part in place as it dries

trying to keep the flipped-up part in place as it dries

I’m ridiculously excited about how it’s coming out. I steam the crap out of the top parts until they’re hot, then smooth out the wrinkles with my fingers. It’s working out better than I expected! For the brim, I just ironed it flat, then curled up the brim with my hands. I was blowing on it to cool it down, but then decided to set it down until it dried out. Now, to figure out the best way to form the flipped-down side.:)

And yes, if it works well enough, they’ll be in my Etsy store! Not real soon – it takes a while to get to me from overseas, lol.

Where I Discover C2C (Corner to Corner) Crochet

5 Feb

I’ve always loved making graphed designs with beads and cross stitch, but my main love is the yarn arts. Filet crochet has always been there for solid-color work, but while I’ve done it in color, it doesn’t really look that great.

Enter C2C. Excuse me while I fan myself from how excited I am with this whole subject.

 

 

It's Rainbow Dash!

It’s Rainbow Dash!

 

I KNOW, RIGHT?!?

You can use any sort of grid pattern for this – this is one that was made for Perler beads. My next project will be done using some of the Celtic knotwork graphs I’ve been collecting for decades.

Thanks to the Repeat Crafter Me blog for introducing me to this awesome technique! It’s reversible as well, so it’s great for afghans & baby blankets, too.

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

2 Feb Fauxlita_FanFest2015

*whew* – I survived!

YES, it was in December … but then I was shipping holiday orders then vending in January at a smaller craft sale. Busy, I tells ya. But here I am.:)

I’ve been searching for hours for the pic a friend took of my table. It’s hit that “stuff I know I have but the Universe doesn’t want me to have it black hole”. Here’s a much better one, though – my Faux-lita wig/hat found it’s forever home!

Fauxlita_FanFest2015

 

I don’t always run out from behind my table to take a pic of my customers, but Teh Cute was too much to resist. Seriously. I know you’re not even reading the rest of this blog post because you can’t look away. Me either. Later.

READY!

6 Sep pacman-group

READY

Hey, look at that … I said I was working on getting my patterns online, and I actually did it! Get the Pacman Hat pattern here.

pacman-group

Writing Up My Patterns!

28 Aug Equestria Girl Pinkie

Hi guys!

I’ve been super busy filling custom orders and designing new stuff, and totally NOT getting around to writing up the patterns of mine that people have been asking for. First up will be the Pac-Man ghost hat. Which is now Video Game Ghost Hat, after receiving a letter from Bandai’s lawyers, lol. YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SKY FROM ME! AGAIN!

Next pattern will be the pony hat pattern. It’s rather involved … not because the hat is complicated, just that there are so many parts. And a few extra now – one of the custom orders I got was for the Equestria Girls version of Pinkie, who wears a headband with yellow ears sometimes. I guess; I like the cartoon, but haven’t seen the movie yet.

Equestria Girl Pinkie

Breakfast on Your Head

24 Jun Bacon 'n eggs 'n croissant - ON YOUR HEAD!

DONE with Phoenix Comicon, finally. I love helping plans come together, but I don’t get much else done when I do, lol. While relaxing, I found this AWESOME pattern online for a bacon scarf. Instead of a flat ripple, it was all “curly” like real bacon! I was in love. Then a friend said “Now all you need  is a fried egg hat.” My friends are geniuses.

 

Bacon 'n eggs 'n croissant - ON YOUR HEAD!

Bacon ‘n eggs ‘n croissant – ON YOUR HEAD!

 

Since the scarf pattern was free on the internet, I think it’s only fair that the hat is, too. If you’ve ever crocheted a hdc hat before, this will be very, very familiar to you.:)

Fried Egg Hat

You’ll need:
Sz J (6 mm)  & sz H (5 mm) hooks, worsted weight yarn in egg yellow and off white/aran

Hat is worked in a spiral. If you prefer to join each round, start the next with a ch 1

With J hook:
Round 1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8 sts]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16 sts]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8x. [24 sts]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x. [32 sts]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x.  [40 sts]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x. [48 sts]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x. [56 sts]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x. [64 sts]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 2x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [66]
R10: 1 hdc in each st around [66]
R11-R15: repeat R10 [66]

Switch to sz H (5 mm) hook and white yarn

R16: Working in FLO,  hdc in ea st around.
R17: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [74 sts]
R18: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 8 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [82 sts]
R19: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 9 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R20: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 10 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R21: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 11 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R22: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 12 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R23: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 13 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R24: *Skip 2 sts, 6 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st*, repeat around.
R25: Work a row of crab stitch (reverse single crochet) around, fasten off.

Croissant

Ch 29
Row 1-10: sc across, ch 1, turn (28)
Row 18: dec, sc in next 24, dec, ch 1, turn (26)
Rows 19-21: sc across, ch 1, turn (26)
Row 22: dec, sc in next 22, dec, ch 1, turn (24)
Rows 23-25: sc across, ch 1, turn (24)
Row 26: dec, sc in next 20, dec, ch 1, turn (22)
Rows 27-29: sc across, ch 1, turn (22)
Row 30: dec, sc in next 18, dec, ch 1, turn (20)
Row 31-33: sc across, ch 1, turn (20)
Row 34: dec, sc in next 16, dec, ch 1, turn (18)
Rows 35-37: sc across, ch 1, ch 1, turn (18)
Row 38: dec, sc in next 14, dec, ch 1, turn (16)
Rows 39- 41: sc across, ch 1, turn (16)
Row 42: dec, sc in next 12, dec, ch 1, turn (14)
Rows 43-45: sc across, ch 1, turn (14)
Row 46: dec, sc in next 10, dec, ch 1, turn (12)
Rows 47-49: sc across, ch 1, turn (12)
Row 50: dec, sc in next 8, dec, ch 1, turn (10)
Rows 51-53: sc across, ch 1, turn (10)
Row 54: dec, sc in next 6, dec, ch 1, turn (8)
Rows 55-57: sc across, ch 1, turn (8)
Row 58: dec, sc in next 4, dec, ch 1, turn (6)
Rows 59-61: sc across, ch 1, turn (6)
Row 62: dec, sc in next 2, dec, ch 1, turn (4)
Rows 63-65: sc across, ch 1, turn (4)
Row 66: dec across, ch 1, turn (2)
Row 67: sc across (2)

FO and weave in ends; leave thread on tip to sew down.

To keep it’s shape, you could roll it up around a pipe cleaner or floral wire. I didn’t because I was sewing the edges to a pat of “butter”. Start from the widest end and roll up; secure with a yarn needle or pin while you sew up the tip. Or glue it, whatever, it’s your food!

Butter:

Ch 6

Rows 1-12: Sc 5 across, ch 1, turn

Fold in half, sl st around all four edges

 

You don’t have to sew them together exactly the way I did, have fun with it. Now all your vegan friends can have bacon as well!

 

Oh wow, look how long it’s been since I’ve posted…

4 Feb Baby Jayne Cobb w/Hat

Sorry, been busy!! Starting in Sept I got slammed with not-Jayne hat orders for Halloween. I thought I’d have a break before holiday orders started, but I was wrong, lol. Then came the first of the year “I have holiday money to spend” orders. They’ve slowed to a trickle now, and I somehow ended up with an extra newborn-sized hat. Well, what else could I do?

Baby Jayne IMG_5654

Adorable Little Shamrock

12 Mar Crochet Shamrock

I saved these instructions in a text file – not sure from where, or when. Time to finally try it out!

Crochet Shamrock

Sorry for the over-flash, Photoshop could only take out so much. I didn’t feel like getting up, so I just put some copy paper on my lap, and held the camera over the shamrock. You can definitely see how cute it is, though.:)

I thought I should start writing charts, too. I find a lot of foreign patterns online and if I learned to follow charts, I could make them. You can make the shapes in Illustrator and make your own charts, or you can get chart software. Here’s my first attempt, using Crochet Charts from Stitch Works Software.

Shamrock Chart

I didn’t actually read the instructions or anything, so I’m sure that I could have made it a lot better. I moved the stem out from the row to make it easier to see the second row of stitches. I’m just noticing I don’t have any little indicator arrows letting you know which direction to go! Dang! Oh well, I only have the demo copy anyway; once I can afford to register it, I’ll get fancier.

Here’s the written instructions for you:

Shamrock:
Leaves:
Row 1: Make a magic circle (also called an adjustable ring), ch1, 7 hdc in ring, pull ring tight, join with sl st in top of 1st hdc.
Row 2: * [Ch2, 2tr, dc, 2tr, ch2, sl st] in same st, skip next st, sl st in next st*. Repeat between ** 2 more times; do not turn.
Stem:
Ch6, sc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in each remaining st, join with sl st to bottom of shamrock.  Fasten off.

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Guess What My New Project Is?

3 Mar

Guess What My New Project Is?

7th Doctor Sweater

DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 Feb I got some reviews mentioning how huge the hats are, and one request for an infant-sized hat. Voila!

Wow.

In Oct (the last time I’ve posted, as you can tell, lol), I started getting my annual order for hats from that “Firefly” episode. This is the first year that I’ve sold “not-Jayne” hats rather than “Jayne” hats, due to the cease-and-desist letter from Fox, so I wasn’t sure I’d sell any at all.

I’ve always included a link to my free hat pattern in my Etsy store, but this time I also included a link to the Official Licenced Firefly Jayne Hat available through ThinkGeek.com.

I stopped selling them for a while, as did everyone else. Some people then started selling them under other names. I started getting messages – people who’d never seen the show, but want to buy a hat from me just to say “Fuck you, Fox”.

In an interview, the actor who played Jayne said “I don’t have a Jayne hat, I have an Adam Baldwin hat.” So I put up another listing for my new color scheme, Adam’s Serene Sunset.

Not everyone knew about the licencing flap, though, and were still looking for Jayne hats. So I thought I’d just put it out there – selling Totally Not A Jayne Hat Seriously Just Move Along People.

I boldly tagged it with all the Firefly/Browncoats/Serenity tags I had before. If you’re going to rebel, rebel big. Malcolm Reynolds walking into an Alliance bar on Unification Day wearing a brown coat big.

How did this work out for me? Let me put it this way – I just mailed out the last of the orders two days ago. I had people messaging me to get notified when I had more when they saw the “Sold Out” sign. After the holiday orders were finished, the Valentine’s Day orders started! Who knew? Next year I know to advertise for that, lol. Second most popular for V-Day was the Pinkie Pie hat.

Now, it’s time to get busy on Phoenix Comicon. I thought that this year I’d be able to actually make myself a costume, but we have another room in Costuming this year, so I have even more panels to schedule!!!

Well, I will have one, lol. I’m holding a Duck/Duct Tape Cosplay Contest this year, and have already started the Star Trek red mini dress I’m going to wear in it. I might even remember to post some progress pics!😀

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