Monday, November 29, 2010

Black Friday is over!

Finally I can relax :)

Time to crack down on all the last minute holiday projects!
I have so many ideas for new projects... plus SO many projects in queues.... sigh ^_^

My project for my mother (Link throw - http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Kaylamew/legend-of-zelda-pixel-throw)   has been on hiatus for awhile now. I think I get bored of the squares. I started trying to sew the pieces together and get excited about the project but it hasn't helped yet.   I highly doubt I will have this done by Xmas. 

I want to put up pattern I've started for it for any others who want to attempt the throw after me, but I want to finish it 1st. 

In my area there will be a small Fiber Festival (Woodstock/Zena Area NY) December 4th and 5th. http://www.visitvortex.com/catskill_fiber_celebration
10 am to 6pm.  I plan on hitting it Sunday just for a little while. I went a year ago or so with my friend and we had lots of fun. It's a nice small gathering and everyone is super friendly!

I also missed this: http://www.facebook.com/kaylamew?v=wall&story_fbid=10150191350890431#!/note.php?note_id=457441096633&id=158371143678
I have visited a few of these stores but I'm glad to see there are more in my area!!

As for sewing, I have a bunch of projects for my friends (but I can't write those up here, some of you might be reading this).

Off I go to work on some of this! yeah!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Super Mario Bros Crochet Chain Chomp Hat

I made this hat for my sister last year xmas time - this is my 1st time writing down a pattern, so it's not professional at all.  I would say this pattern is for someone in the intermediate range of crocheting because it has a lot of little pieces that you need to connect.  Happy Crafting!

Chain Chomp hat (From Super Mario Bros.)  by Kayla Brink

make a black beanie    any black worsted weight yarn - hook size I or bigger crochet for larger hat, smaller for tighter hat- i like to make my hats BIG.  teeth hook j or I , chain hook H , need yarn needle for sewing   --- if you have a beanie or hat pattern you like already, make what you are comfortable with, this pattern is just a basic beanie worked in the round. 

start off with magic ring, 7 sc in ring - place marker (i like stitching in the round)
rd 1: 2 sc in each sc around. (14 sc) move marker
rd2: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc. repeat (21 sc)
rd 3: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc. repeat (28 sc)
rd 4: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc. repeat (35 sc)
rd 5: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc. repeat  (42 sc)------yeah this gets boring about here.
rd 6: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc. repeat (49 sc)
rd 7: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc. repeat (56 sc)  ---------BIG JUMP
rd 8: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 13 sc. repeat (60 sc)
rd 9: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 14 sc. repeat (64 sc)
rd 10: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 15 sc. repeat (68 sc)
rd 11: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 16 sc. repeat (72 sc)
rd 12: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 17 sc. repeat (76 sc)
rd 13: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 18 sc. repeat (80 sc)
rd 14 thru 30: sc in each sc around (move marker) until desired length of hat.  (WARNING: teeth take up a bit of space, so to make sure you can still SEE please do not make hat TOO large)
Slip stitch into last stitch.  when you get to the end fasten off.

White teeth:
 we need about 4 teeth across on top row

in front of hat, sl st white into any sc with hat opening facing you , sc in sl st space
sc 36 across
ch 1 turn; each 9 sc = one tooth
i wanted to make them tight so i did each tooth separatly
sc in next 9 sc - ch 1 turn
sc 1, sc2tog, sc 1 , sc2tog, sc1, sc2tog: ch 1 turn
sc 1,sc2tog, sc 1 sc 2 tog, ch 1 turn
sc 1, sc2tog, sc 1,  ch 1 turn
sc1 sc2tog ch 1 turn
sc2tog - fasten off

sl st into stitch adjacent to last tooth, repeat tooth pattern.
continue for 2 more teeth.

**I didn't do this step on my sisters hat... but you could if you would like to make it true to the photo**
(Do bottom row of teeth; there is 5 teeth)
slst into back of hat
sc in next 35 spaces
*ch 1 turn, sc in 1st sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, trc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next sc, sc in next sc* : make 1 small tooth
repeat from * 4 more times than fasten off

Chain in silver/grey:  make at 7 links of chain - make base separate from hat and attach by whip stitching on.
start with chain 20 of grey with size H hook.
slip stitch to 1st chain to connect.
*crochet 35 sc around the chain (you do not have to go in the stitch) make sure to slide them on tight
slip stitch in beginning sc and fasten off

start next chain link by chaining 20 - then slip stitch into 1st chain to connect them, when you do this, make sure you contain the other chain link in this new link
 becareful not to TWIST  the link when you are crocheting around
repeat from * of last step - sl stitch and fasten off,

do 5 more times.

Base of chain: Silver:
start with magic ring, 6 sc in ring - pull closed
rd 1: 2 sc in each sc - (12 sc)
rd 2: 2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next sc , repeat. (18 sc)
rd 3: 2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, repeat ( 24 sc)
rd 4: sc in back loop only of each sc (24 sc)
rd 5: sc in each sc (24 sc)
rd6: 2sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc (30 sc)
rd7: sc in each st around (30 sc)  sl st into 1st sc of row: fasten off

slip stitch to back of hat - use some polyfill to stuff and keep shape.

make chain to attach chainlink - this i kinda "winged it".  
Insert last link of chain through yarn (so now your chain is dangling on your yarn)
sl st into base around 3rd row of base
chain 10 and make sure link of chain is within the chain before sl st"ing" back into base to create half link.
ch 1, turn and sc each stitch back then into base and fasten off.

Eyes: get two pieces of white and black felt, make a circle and whip stitch on - see picture for placement.

What a Panda can do...

My sisters annoyingly cute kitten, Panda, has discovered if you knock water out of the dish it will refill itself.  I have on of those self filling water stations for my cat in my room and he has become obsessed with listening to the gurgle of the water refilling itself to the point of him knocking out all the water just to hear it... over and over and over again.  

In other news, getting over being sick.  Getting ready to work in CT for 3 days. YEAH COMMUTING! Getting ready to drop my mom off at the airport tomorrow AM.  She will be gone a week. It's going to be hell with out her.

I also started uploading some pictures to facebook.  I can never seem to take a good photo even tho I got a nice camera for xmas last year.  I either forget I have the camera or just take REALLLY bad photos.  I'm not a photographer. I don't have it in me. 

I have been crocheting alot but I can't show any of it to anyone because they are to be presents. Thus the only accomplishments I can proudly display are my HALF complete cosplay outfits.  I really only seem to finish the bottom half.  


Next Step is going to be learning how to put some pictures on this blog.  I think pics are fun at least. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Nothing to do and feeling overwhelmed

Ever feel like you have too much to do and not want to do ANYTHING? Yeah, that's what I'm feeling right about now.  I wanted to start by talking about crochet since that is on my mind, but I haven't even wanted to pick up the hook today.  I have plenty to work on, but I'm not motivated.  

I should have taken this time to be with my sister and go do "something". I'm seriously becoming a lame-ass. 

I've been too tired to do anything else.  It must be that depressing time of the year.  The days are getting shorter and that just causes cranky me... but the good thing about shorter days is now I can pull out all the crochet I have and start wearing it!