Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello Kitty Hat

I made my daughter a Hello Kitty hat and though it's not perfect, my daughter loves it.

Sorry for the washed out first picture.  I used the flash on my phone and when I turned the flash off you couldn't see anything at all.  I don't know what the deal is with the lighting in my house.  Most of the time I take pictures in my son's room or in the bathroom because those are the only two rooms with good lighting. daughter loves this hat.  I mean she really loves it.  If you've ever seen Bob's Burgers, my daughter wears her Hello Kitty hat like Louise wears her bunny ears.

I also made a beret style hat for myself.  I don't look good in hats, but I really, really like this one.

I'm going to be remaking this one using the same variegated yarn, but with either a dark purple or black yarn as the other color.  So many tails to tuck in with this hat.  I am pretty proud of the way it turned out because I had to improvise a lot.
Okay, that's it.  I will make my second beret/beanie hat and then no more crochet until the mystery afghan clues come out.  I will definitely be updating with WIPs of that.  Until then, I get to focus all my attention on my Geisha.  Once I finish up with the flowers on her kimono (taking FOREVER) then I will post a WIP of her.  

Time to go cook dinner.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sailor Moon glove

I'm working on a pair of Sailor Moon fingerless gloves.  I found this adorable pattern and decided that I just HAD to have it.  I've only made one so far, but it turned out really, really cute!

I have to make a couple more pairs in different senshi colors so that I can send them to friends.  I have a LOT of commissions lol  I might go buy some buttons from the craft store and replace that middle part of the bow (the "brooch") with a button to give it a more cutesy look.

I'm going to be finishing up the other glove today and then I'm going to work on my Geisha whenever my daughter goes down for a nap so I can work uninterrupted for a while.  I have two more rows of blue stitching and then I move on to the next portion of her kimono.  I'm soooo happy to be on another section finally.  I was getting bored with blue.  I mean, the blue's pretty and all, but there's just so much of it.

It's first thing in the morning here and I haven't had my coffee yet, so I'm going to go take care of that.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A recent project and Loot Crate January 2015

I have been crocheting a bit lately.  My son asked for a Link hat, so I complied only to have made it and have him tell me he doesn't want it.  My daughter on the other hand loves it, so I guess it's hers.  Here is the hat I made yesterday.

I based it on A Link to the Past, that's why there's a yellow brim.  I modified my slouchy beanie hat pattern to make this and my daughter just loves it.  I'm mostly just glad that it came out alright because I've never made a hat or even modified any crochet patterns to suit my needs.

On to Loot Crate!

You may have noticed that I didn't do a December Loot Crate post.  That's because I never got it.  I mean...I got it, but the vultures in my house (husband and son) got to it before I did and took everything.  I DID get to keep the little Joker-Batman Funko Pop! figure and the Simpson's wallet, but no pictures because they're all the way across the room and I'm just soooooo lazy today.

Anyway, on to the first Loot Crate of the year!  First up, we have:

Don't mind my husband's furry hand in the picture.  The first thing I noticed was that there was a shirt this time around.  

Voltron blueprints!  My dad used to watch Voltron with me when I was a kid, so I sent that picture to him.  There was also my favorite item and the one thing I was very much hoping would be in this crate:  8-Bit sunglasses.

There was also a notebook that is meant for making comics.  I filled out the first page and was going to share it, but the drawings are  I don't know, I think I just haven't drawn anything for a while and need to practice.

Next up:

A Space Invaders (sort of) neck tie.  My husband was very, very surprised to learn that I knew how to tie a tie.  Apparently it's something of which he had no idea.  The video game thing, I'm not really sure what they were going for with that, but it is like a little video game shaped person that is on display with the rest of my Loot Crate figures on top of my entertainment center.

And last, but certainly not least:

Star Wars issue number one with a Loot Crate exclusive cover.  I'll be honest, I didn't know there was a Star Wars comic.  I mean, it doesn't surprise me, but I have never read it before.  I'm probably not going to open this and I'm just going to stick it in with my comic and manga collection.

There you have it!  January's Loot Crate!  If you aren't a member of Loot Crate and would like to get your own, you can get a subscription HERE!

Mmkay, I'm baking bread currently and was just sitting down between loaves, so I'm off.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mystery Afghan Crochet/Knit Along

I have never joined a stitch along or a crochet along...or any other along.  So I joined The Crochet Crowd's mystery afghan crochet along.  Every week or so there's going to be a new "clue."  I just ordered 10 balls of yarn for this, so I'm hoping it turns out well!

If you'd like to join or if you are just curious about the crochet/knit along, you can check out the information HERE!  I will be posting WIP's of my progress as I am making it.  Yay for another project to take on!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Geisha WIP!

Oh, my!  I actually have a WIP for you!  This is a picture of where I was at last time next to where I am now.  I worked on it for about an hour and a half tonight, but I think it's about time for bed, so here's the WIP!

I'm finding that I'm really enjoying how pretty it looks.  The details are very nice even though it's mostly full stitches and I'm finding that the back stitching is noticeably more subtle because it's a grey instead of black.  You hardly notice it in most cases and it just looks like wrinkles in the fabric.

The colors really pop and I'm excited to see what this looks like when it's done.  I mean...I've seen the picture on the front of the kit, but the colors weren't represented very well.

Hope everyone had a great weekend, I know I did!  Happy stitching, everyone!

*Note:  sorry for my excessive use of exclamation points tonight, I'm in an awesome mood right now for some reason!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Patterns are made!

I patterned up my quilt squares for the 2015 charity quilt!  I'm really happy with these two.  The first game is my very favorite NES game Kickle Cubicle.  The second game is the very first video game that my mother bought specially for me and no one else in the house and that one is The Little Mermaid for NES.

Easy patterns to make, I know, but this is what I made (these are the images, not the patterns):

Kickle Cubicle

The Little Mermaid NES

I'm a bit nervous about The Little Mermaid as there's a LOT of blue.  I'm a bit worried I'll get bored and set it aside.  The Kickle Cubicle one I made as a pattern for last year's quilt and never got around to it because Jak took too long.

I will have a Geisha WIP soon.  I have done a lot, but comparing it to the last image shared, it really, really doesn't look like much.  I am still plugging along on her, though!

Off to bed, it's late.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I have a plan to crochet a skirt with this cotton thread I found at Hobby Lobby a week or so ago.  The problem is...since I've only just started crocheting, I have never worked with anything other than yarn.  So I figured I'd better make something small and get the tension and all that fun stuff just right.  So this is what I made today.  The pattern is NOT mine, I bought it on craftsy this afternoon while I was browsing.

I definitely had fun doing this one!  The pattern is HERE if you would like to try it for yourself.  Hopefully yours comes out better than mine because I apparently stitched one eye upside down and it's extremely curly.  Can't tell TOO much from the picture...but you can still tell.

Happy stitching, everyone!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Aaaaaaand another kit

My husband and daughter went shopping yesterday and while at Hobby Lobby, my daughter picked up a cross stitch kit and was adamant that she needed it.  It was one of the cute little 5x7 ones with an inspirational saying.  So naturally with my husband not being able to say no to our daughter, he bought it.

It was this one:

Who am I to say no to a new kit that my daughter picks out?  I mean really...

Anyway, I have set aside my crafting the last few days because I've been playing a TON of Dragon Age.  How great is that game?  I'm addicted!  I am planning on not playing until later tonight so I can work on my blanket and Geisha a bit.

I am going to crochet a couple of squares while watching the Lego Movie with my kids.  So I am off for now!  Happy stitching, everyone.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

More projects

More projects because I need them, right?  The crafting hoarding continues!  Look what I got today!

I have a map of California because I am going to stitch a map of each state that my husband gets stationed in.  Cheesy, I know, but I figured it would be kind of a neat keepsake when he's out of the Army.

The tea pots match the mug and cupcake ornament kits that I got also from Janlynn.  I'm not sure what the sticker on it is for, it blocks out my favorite tea pot.

Finally I have my wine glasses still.  I'm not sure what it's called or anything because it's in Russian.  Which I had no idea it was going to be a Russian kit, so here's to hoping the instructions are in English!  Not that I need directions or anything.

I've been working on my "ugly blanket" and I have one entire row done!

I am too short to take a picture of it, so I had to stand on a stool to get a good one and it's still wonky.  I am currently three squares into my next row.  It's looking so ugly it's cute already.

I wanted to work on my Geisha project today, but I have had a headache that is relentless.  My eyes keep going in and out of focus so I can't look at the canvas without losing where I'm at.  At least with crocheting I can just go by feel.

Mmkay, I am going to bed.  Kitty cat is pestering me so I'm off.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Coffee is my blood right now

I have not been sleeping well, so I've been on a steady diet of coffee.  I have been having "Zoloft nightmares" which was not something I expected to happen.  I had one dream that really, really stuck with me.  I'm going to post it after my usual sign off that way if you don't want to read it, you aren't subjected to it.

I have been steadily working on my "ugly blanket."  I finally decided what size I'm going to make it.  I'm thinking of doing it around 7 feet by 7 feet so that when I sit on the couch, both kids can sit under it with me AND I can use it at night for my bed with a little bit of drape.  Not important, but I thought I would share!

I just got my kit that I ordered a while ago.  It's been on back order for almost a month:

I have way too many kits.  I definitely have a problem.  LOOK AT HOW CUTE HE IS!  I couldn't resist.  I have 6 more kits coming in the mail from all different places right now, too.  I need to quit buying them.  I can't keep up with my projects!

I'm going to go put a few more squares in the first row of my "ugly blanket"  Happy stitching, everyone!

Some may find the things written disturbing.

I open my eyes and try to move.  I notice that my arms are cuffed to a stainless steel wall, my legs are free.  I look around and notice a man lying face down on a gurney on the other side of the room.   His hands and feet bound by wires holding him in place. Surgical tools surround him.  I'm not sure if he's alive or dead.

A beautiful blonde woman is walking around him talking to herself.  Mumbling.  I can't hear what she's saying, but she stops and picks through the tools on the table.  She picks up and sets down a white and blue box with handles and wires sticking out of it.  She continues mumbling.  She then walks around to the man's head and whispers something into his ear.  

I still can't hear what she's saying, but the man screams out in fear.  Anger, maybe.  I guess he must be alive.

The woman picks up something that looks like hedge trimmers.  She starts humming Take On Me and dances around the gurney with the hedge trimmers as her partner.

She stops next to the gurney and sings loudly, "Take on me!" and stabs the man in the back.  The man's movements cease, but he screams.  She continues singing and begins snipping the man's spine out with the trimmers clacking together.  Each smack of the trimmers making my ears ring.  

The man is screaming out in agony.  "Please!  Please stop!"  I yell.  I pull against my cuffs until my wrists bleed, but it's no use.  I can't get nearer to stop this horrific show.

The woman waves her hand at me in a shooing motion and says, "Hush, you!  You're going to wear yourself out."  She cuts the last piece of the man's spine out and smiles.

"This is going to hurt a bit, sweetie," she quietly says to the man before she sticks both hands into the gaping wound and pulls the ribs open making a sickening crack.  The man is somehow alive and continues to scream.

The blonde woman pets and kisses his head, telling him to shush.  She says that she's almost done.

The woman reaches into the man's body and cuts out an organ.  She leans in close to him and says, "Do you know what this is?  It's your kidney!  You have two of them, so I'm going to just be taking this one for now."  The man is gasping.  I can see that he's going to be succumbing to his shock soon.

The woman takes the kidney and sets it onto the white and blue box.  She looks at me with wild eyes and says, "Dear, do you know what this is for?"  I'm crying and I tell her no.  She tsks at me and says, "It's a remote microwave.  I can touch something with this and it will only microwave what it's touching.  It's my own invention.  Would you like to see what it does?"

I'm sobbing.  I don't answer her.

"Here we go!"  She presses a switch on the box.  There's a low humming noise and the kidney starts to sizzle.  The woman turns it off and moves the box in front of the gasping man's face.  "There, now you can see too!"  She turns the box back on and slowly, the kidney begins expanding and bubbling.  The smell of cooked meat is in the air.  It begins to smell like it's burning and then the kidney explodes, splashing matter all over her face..

"KABOOM!" the woman shouted, "It's just like popcorn!"  She smiled broadly and danced around with joy.  This sick woman was getting so much thrill from this.  I can't deal with this.  I close my eyes thinking that I'll wake up, but nothing changes when I open them again.

The woman picks up the box, shakes it off, and sets it inside the man's back.  "You're still alive, aren't you, Sweetie?"  The man moans very quietly.  How is he still alive?  Why is he trying so hard to live?

"Here we go again!"  The low hum sounds through the room again, muffled by being inside the man.  I hear sizzling and popping.  The smell.  Oh, God, the smell!  I am sick all over myself and the woman just laughs.  The machine clicks off.

"Oh dear."  The woman pulls the box out and looks inside the man's back.  She starts pulling intestines out and sighs, "I'm going to need your help, Dear."  She pulls several feet of intestines around to the man's face.  His face looks horrified.  He is crying.  The woman says, "Pull off those little burned bits.  Come on, now, just like that."  The man's arms twitch.

"He can't move!  You've cut his spine!"  I cry out between sobs.

The woman walks over to face me.  "Oh, he can.  His arms should be unaffected by his surgical procedure."

I continue crying and begging her to stop what she's doing.

She walks away shaking her head and tells the man again in a firmer voice to clean off the organs.  She cuts the wires to his arms.  He moves his hands and begins picking the burned pieces off.  "That's more like it, Honey.  All of them, please.  We're not done yet!"

The man is crying and moaning very quietly.  Soon I see his body go completely limp.  I cry again in joy that he is no longer suffering.  The woman scoffs and sticks the box into his back.  She turns it on and then walks over to me.

She leans down right into my face.  I can smell her perfume.  Lilacs.  She says to me, "It's your turn sweet heart.  Let's see if you last a little longer."  Suddenly there's a blinding pain as something hits me in the head...and then there's nothing.

And then I woke up.