I don’t talk about my depression a lot here, because this is my happy place, and I don’t whine about my troubles in public a lot anyway, which frustrates my friends because they want to be there for me. But I have it, and it’s been particularly sucky lately (for the last couple of years, tbh), and it tends to steal my creative mojo.
However, when your son is going to a Kingdom Hearts meetup at an anime convention, he needs something to wear! I mean, he’s almost 30 now, but you’re never too old to get homemade hats from your mom, lol.
Ta da! Shadow hat!
I’m going to re-do it, though. I only put wire in the … antennae? Is that what they are? They drooped during the day while he was wearing it. I’m going add a wire headband or something to hold it up.
I might be vending at a Harry Potter themed event coming soon, fingers crossed!
“WHAT” I hear you say? I KNOW! If I didn’t have photographic proof, I wouldn’t believe it myself!
Unfortunately, my scanner is not doing it’s job, so I had to take a picture of the picture.
I can’t afford such photo ops at cons, of course, let alone the “Tim Curry Experience” where you get to spend time interacting with him, rather than just hustling you in & out just long enough for a picuture. (Although, while I was manuvering my wheelchair, I did get to tell Ming-Na Wen that I’ve been a fan of hers since “ER”, lol).
My roommate makes bank, though, and always gets a lot of photo ops. Unfortunately, his mom fell on Friday night and ended up in the hospital. He drove down to the city where they live, a couple of hours away from Phoenix. I was talking to him while he packed, and wrapping a scarf for his mom; at midnight he handed me his VIP tags and photo op reciepts. I could have cried … from happiness, and guilt because I was so happy while his mom was waiting for surgery. He didn’t want all this to go to waste, though, which is a good point.
He also knows that I was one of those people for whom “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” meant a lot to. Even if you’re not gay or any flavor of queer, back in the 70’s if you were the slightest bit weird, you were an outcast. “Don’t dream it, be it” is always good advice!
He also knows how obsessed I am with “Agents of SHIELD”. I texted Tom to let him know that Ms. Wen is even hotter in person, lol, because I’m kind of a bitch, lol.
Anyway … after I grabbed Mr. Curry by the hand and he didn’t mind, I just started blathering all over him. When I first wheeled in, he said “We’re twins!” I nearly died of happiness right then. I told him what year I saw Rocky, and how many times I had to re-buy his album “Read My Lips” because friends & roommates kept stealing it (“Totally worth it, though”). He asked me what I do, and what my URL is. Then I was even CLOSER to dying of happiness! And since this blog is where my URL takes you, you should wave in case he actually checks it out! (ok, dead now)
I didn’t wear any of the hats or other things I’ve made, but I do appreciate others’ cosplay. I only took a selfie with one of them, though.
One thing I am diligently working on is the pictures for the HP scarf tutorial that I promised to add to that post … last Phoenix Comicon. Sorry. I’ve been busy, I promise! Look!
And now you’ll have to excuse me while I go and moon over my Tim Curry picture some more…
While getting ready for Phoenix Comicon, I saw some pretty crocheted “tape” patterns at Sheru Knitting, and thought “those would make cool lanyards to hold badges”. After all, so many people wear them with their work IDs as well, so wouldn’t people love them?
My main thought was, “would someone pay hand-crocheted prices for them”.
When I got to the con, a LOT of people were selling printed ribbon lanyards … at double the lowest price I was thinking of selling my crocheted ones for – and they were selling! Maybe in large part because PhxCC went back to putting their con badges in a pin-back holder rather than lanyards. Some people thought it was to force people to buy their branded merchandise, but as a business person I can tell you – once you have to buy over 100,000 of something, every penny counts!
OK, it was folded wrong and I forgot to add the clip WHILE crocheting, but that’s how we learn, lol. In the pattern she used crochet thread and a 1.5 mm hook; I used a 1.25 mm in this example. I like it, so I’m going to continue to use it.
(I also always use the measurement for the hook instead of the number or letter; I have three “G” hooks that are actually three different sizes if you look at how many millimeters they are. And when doing gauge swatches, there was a difference.)
If you’re going to make some yourself, before you sew the ends together, don’t just guess if it’s going to lay right (like I did) – put it on a model, or yourself in a mirror and pin it (or tie with a bit of yarn or string). When you’re wearing a lanyard that’s a flat ribbon rather than a round cord, you definitely don’t want a weird twist up on your neck annoying you, lol.
Feel free to post your creations in the comments. 🙂 Also check out the SheRu site; she’s got many cords & ribbons, some of them beaded. I’ll have some of them up in my Etsy store by next week.
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.
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. 🙂
For the hat, I used Caron One Pound in Sunflower and White, and for the scarf I used Vanna’s Choice in Brick and Sand.
Fried Egg Hat
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 
R10: 1 hdc in each st around 
R11-R15: repeat R10 
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.
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!
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!
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?
I saved these instructions in a text file – not sure from where, or when. Time to finally try it out!
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 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:
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.
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 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! 😀
I’m having a fundraiser for my son’s tuition at SARRC for their Culinary Works program. He was so relieved to get out of high school that he really never had the desire to go to college, but he’s developed a passion for cooking, and is REALLY good at it! He’s very excited about being able to attend, and I have the best friends ever. 😉
Of course his treats are the perks offered, and I added that if people donated $100 or more, I’d make a gift basket to put their goodies in. I didn’t really think it would happen – ha on me, I need four so far!
I love to crochet, but all the crocheted baskets I’ve ever seen looked … well, sort of like those toilet paper covers people’s grandmother’s make. I did a search anyway, and found an AWESOME pattern at the Crochet in Color blog.
Check it out! I made one from the blog, and then ripped it out and made a smaller one. It’s an extremely easy pattern to adjust. Blog Author Liz is pretty much my favorite person ever now.
(sorry if you see any ads here. When I hit “Preview”, I was told that if I don’t upgrade, I get ads on my blog. Looks like it’s time to move my site to my own hosting server!)
As you may have already notice, I LOVES ME SOME MY LITTLE PONY! Which is sort of weird, since I’ve never liked any of the older incarnations. When I was told what some of the other shows the creator worked on, though, and read an interview on what she thought of “girl cartoons” and that not all little girls have tea parties and wear pink, I gave it a try. It’s actually a good show!
So. I make pony stuff. Pony earflap hats, amigurumi ponies … ERMAGERD, PERNIES!
So, when I got an email from the Southwest Bronies saying that they had room at their vending table at Jack O’Con, I squeed! And then answered the email, lol.
Oh, wait, I don’t see any of my pony stuff in my Flickr page — here, have some pony stuff pics!