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Recovering From Con – Crocheting Lanyards

20 Jun

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!

So here’s my first effort, made with this pattern:

1st-lanyard

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.

Breakfast on Your Head

24 Jun

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. 🙂

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

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

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.

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

20 Feb

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! 😀

Crocheted Gift Baskets

6 Oct

Today was a good day!

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.

Basket of Goodies!

(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!)

My Pony Stuff at Jack O’Con!

10 Sep

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!

ANYWAY.

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.

www.JackOCon.com

Check them out!

 

Oh, wait, I don’t see any of my pony stuff in my Flickr page — here, have some pony stuff pics!

 

pinkie-side derpy hat-front chubby-pinkie FlutterFlap_front pompom pony- front ami-Fluttershy

Heart Shaped Box

14 Feb

I didn’t quite get it done in time, but maybe I’ll get my crocheted box of chocolates done by next year!

Heart-shaped-box

Finger Ninjas

11 Jan

I’ve been neglecting you, sorry!

I’ll post the holiday presents I made as soon as I find my camera again.

In the meantime, here’s a quick project I made for a friend. He saw this picture of ninja finger puppets on Deviant Art, and it looked easy, so I got to it! Of course, I ended up ripping it out & starting over far more times than I thought I would, just like every other project ever, lol.

Finger Ninjas

CUTE, RIGHT?

I wrote down the pattern in case other people wanted them – and I know you do, so here it is!

I used Red Heart Super Saver, which is a worsted weight (4 – medium on the standard yarn weight chart), and a size F (3.75 mm) hook.
Instructions are in US terms.

Start w/magic circle, chain 2, 9 dc (double crochet) in circle. Join w/a slip st into 2nd beginning chain.

Next round: Ch 2, dc in ea of next 7 dc, ch 2, join w/a sl st into 2nd beg ch.

Next round: Ch 2, Dc in ea of next 7 dc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, join w/ sl st in 2nd beg ch, finish off.
Go forth now and attack, my minions!

Crocheting Muffins

23 Jun

LEARNING HOW TO DO A FRENCH KNOT! FINALLY!

Seriously guys, I’m almost 50 (this October), and I started embroidering when I was in grade school. I read the instructions in the kits and books diligently, but the hand-drawn black-and-white illustrations just didn’t help me in the slightest.

But now, we have the interntez, and this wonderful lady and her blog!

Stitch School: french knot

I don’t know if any of you watch “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”, but trust me in that if you’re making a Derpy Hooves hat for someone, it must have a muffin. Following the look of some of the muffins in fan art, I made this:

Image

OK, sorry, it’s a crappy webcam photo … when I finish the hat, maybe I’ll remember to post a pic of both!   😀

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