Posts tagged crochet

Halloween Craft – Nightmare Before Christmas

Final Halloween craft post. One of my favourite Halloween films is Nightmare Before Christmas. I couldn’t resist making a crochet Zero, Jack’s pet dog. Pattern available here.

I’ve taken lots of photos of the creation process, so check out my flickr if you need to see more angles.

I started with the main body, the odd heart shaped bit. Then the under-body, jaw, and finally head. I blocked, or flattened, out all the pieces but the head.

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Halloween Craft – chapstick cozy

This month I’m going to be showing you what I’m crocheting and sewing for Halloween as well as some patterns I won’t have time to get to, but I think are totally awesome.

To kick-start this craft-extravaganza, I’m going to show you a chapstick cozy I made from Girl On The Rocks. I found the pattern via Ravelry.

A cozy, if you don’t know, is what you generally wrap an inanimate object in to keep warm. Most common in the UK are tea cozies which keep tea pots warmer for longer.

I don’t entirely know why you need to keep your chapstick warm, but who cares? It looks like a chopped off finger!

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AT-AT comin’ ATcha

Wrote up another pattern I designed while participating in Ravelry Nerd Wars.

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As someone on Ravelry deemed this photo: Han and Chewie’s Big Adventure.

This is an AT-AT Walker, first seen in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back.

It’s available as a pdf HERE.

This was a more difficult pattern to write up, so if you have feedback or questions email defectivegeeks AT gmail DOT com

Disclosure: I’m not associated with Lucasarts or anything, this is just for fun, don’t use this for making money!

Queen Amidala Pattern

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Hey crochet-peeps!

I’ve written up a pattern for the Queen Amidala I made. It’s available as a pdf HERE.

It’s the first pattern I have ever written, so please send feedback or ask questions! Email to defectivegeeks AT gmail DOT com

If you don’t know how to crochet, now is the perfect time to learn! There are a ton of great youtube videos that can get you started. Support your local independent yarn stores! They might even have classes.

Disclosure: I’m not associated with Lucasarts or anything, this is just for fun, don’t use this for making money!

Fibre-East 2011

While we wait for the Comic-con reports from the other Defective Geekers, I’ll tell you about the convention I attended this weekend. It was certainly a geeky convention, but not a conventional one.

I attended Fibre-East today. I heard about it by chance on Ravelry and it’s not far from where I live, so a bunch of friends and myself made a day of it.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, having never been to a fibre festival before, but I really enjoyed it. It was quite small, and not very busy, but we did go on the Sunday. The Saturday had been very busy, apparently. But, I was actually pleased it was relatively quiet. It made it easier to talk to stall attendants and view the shearing demo.

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YUP. A shearing demonstration. Video here! Not something I want to have a go at any time soon, but it was neat to see how it was done. What was even cooler was that they immediately took the sheared wool to the tent next door and started to spin it. As soon as it was spun, someone started to knit it. So, by the end of the day, they’d take the wool that had been on the sheep and made a sweater. Pretty hardcore. I chatted with one of the ladies participating and she said she really didn’t like how the wool felt in that unwashed state. It was really greasy with lanolin and I imagine quite rough.

There were two marquees with stalls. Most of it was, unsurprisingly, unspun wool. It was gorgeous! So many pretty colours.
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But, there was a large quantity of spun wool that was very tempting.
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It was a great chance to support local spinners and dyers. I even tried my hand at drop spinning! I bought a little kit, I might do another post when I give it a go.

More photos here

1 year crochet/knitting anniversary

This month is my 1 year crochet and knitting anniversary. I’m really happy about it, because it is rare for me to stick to any hobby for this long. (Wow, that’s a bad pun. Sorry).

I feel like I’m come really far in one year, but I’m still excited because there is still so much to learn!

This month has been kind of a ‘finishing’ month. A lot of projects I’ve had on the go, since about January, have finally come to an end! Just in time for the hot weather :P

First up are some gloves:
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They’re made from wool my friend Katie gave me. The wool is really soft (Alpaca and Merino! My new love!) and a really interesting texture. Most yarn is simply several thin ‘strings’ twisted together to make a big string. But this is actually braided. It had good and bad points. Bad points were if I had to rip out several rows, getting them back on the needles was a nightmare. Good points were it made a really nice texture in the final product.

Second, salad!
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A salad scarf from Twinkie Chan’s book. I made the cupcake hat from that book, back in December.

Third, piggy (ok, not finished, but getting close):

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This is from Mochimochi Land‘s book. Great book, lots of very interesting patterns. I still need to finish the feet and wig! Can’t have a wigless pig.

Whew! I can’t decide what to work on next. I have some amazing new yarn from my travels with Space Pirate Queen (I’ll make another post about them soon). I think I’m starting to get brave enough to consider doing larger projects soon….Maybe.

That’s all for now! Enjoy your Easter weekend!