Archive for July, 2012

Lookie what I made!

Last entry, I mentioned my neglected spinning wheel.  But look!

Yeah! It’s yarn! And I made it! Very uneven, but still!

The fiber was given to me for Christmas, and dyed by me. The dyeing process was rather simple, despite the fact that this was only my second foray into dyeing activities.   I used Jaquard dyes in teal and chartreuse.  Naturally, I wanted teal & green, my two favorite colors.  I divided the fiber in half so there would be even amounts of each, then did them on the stove, one at a time, because I only had one big pot.

That chartreuse is a bit more yellow than I had intended, so it almost looks Wolverineish to me.  I was originally planning on over-dyeing it with the teal  so the green would get greener and the teal would get darker.  I might do it with this batch, since I spun so little of the total amount of fiber.

The spinning was…interesting.  The fibers on this yarn are really short, which made it really difficult.  It  broke on me lots of times.  I did get better as I went along though, so at least I know that I remember what I’m doing. I only spun a small amount, not because I was getting frustrated, but because I realized that to spin all of it at once, I really need a jumbo flyer, and those kind of cost jumbo dollars.  It’s not terrible, but I don’t have that at the moment, so the rest of that fiber will have to wait.

I also as part of the Ravelympic Ravellenic games, spin some of the green yarn I got from GnomeAcres.  The fibers on that are much longer, so it was much easier to spin.  I did much better with that. It’s still uneven, but it’s more consistent than the bit you see up there.  I’ll post pics once I spin the rest.

07/31/2012 at 7:34 pm 1 comment

GeekCraft Friday #4: T-shirts!

Everyone love t-shirts. I’m wearing a geeky t-shirt right now. So this week, I decided to take a look at some geeky T-shirts.  Found a lot of great ones.

Shop#1: CrazyDogTshirts.

They do not, in fact, make T-shirts for dogs, which is what I thought when I saw the title.  And I think most of you know how I feel about dog clothes.  They have some great shirts: Street Fighter, science, Portal, and dinosaur. Also, while not geeky per se, this one  has a special place in my heart.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets that.  But the best one by far is this one:

Clearly.

Store #2: wickedmoxie

This had me laughing for a good minute or so.

They have a lot of ladies’ shirts (and men’s as well) in some great designs: Victorian octopus (yes, you read that right), book nerd, and laser cat. And, again, while not nerdy, I obviously like this one. They also have quite a few Twin Peaks shirts, which isn’t something I know a lot of about, but I know people who like it.

Shop #5: MrsTShirtsco

A big fan of the mashups, particularly with Star Wars, although others as well.  Star Wars & Tarantino seem  to be the most popular.  And you can even get that one in baby gear! There’s also some great comic book, Super Mario and other geeky baby outfits & accessories. When I have kids, I want them wearing this stuff for sure!

Lastly, while this isn’t crafty in the typical sense, WeLoveFine is having a contest where you can judge user submitted T-shirt designs for Marvel Villains!  There’s a lot of great Mystique, Apocalypse, Red Skull, Magneto, and Dark Phoenix designs, among others (and yes, Loki).  I suggest taking a look and casting your votes.  Especially for this one or one of the other Sauron designs:

Bonus points if you appreciate this shirt. Double bonus points if you appreciate the Seven Up one as well.

07/27/2012 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

GeekCraft Wednesday: Bonus geekery!

I have updates on three stores featured previously on GeekCraft Fridays.

1. I think I mentioned this earlier, but I bought 6 cross stitch designs by pixystitches from GeekCraft Friday #1.  I had to.  Hoping to try some soon.

2.  I also bought stuff from GnomeAcres from GeekCraft Friday #2. Not a surprise. 🙂 Since I’m trying to spend some time with Schrödinger (my neglected spinning wheel) I bought some more fiber, along with a skein of yarn.

Obviously I’m a little fond of this color.

Another pretty color called “No Place Like Gnome” (Obviously that’s a different dyelot than mine, but hopefully it will look something like that when I spin it up. Just way less even.)

 

From all the purple and green yarns to choose from [Hulk, Joker] I went with Maleficent.  Fitting, since I was actually given the nickname Sorcerist [sic] at work this week.

I message all the crafters that I feature a) because they might like to know they’re being written about (who doesn’t like praise?) and b) so they can tell me if they want their pictures taken off or anything like that.  She was supportive of the blog and said to let her know when I ordered again.  I said hello in the notes section of the order, and she included two mini skeins! I believe they’re in the Roller Derby Diva colorway, but I’m not 100% sure. Also I got a button. And I love buttons.

5. One of last week’s shops, ptierneydesigns was actually inspired by my last post. I commented that I thought her charms would make great stitch markers AND SHE MADE SOME.  Just off one thing I said!

I’m astounded and flattered that these came from my comment. And they’re Sherlock Holmes, so obviously they’re awesome.

I will be back on Friday with more geekery. I can’t tell you what kind, because I have yet to pick something, but I promise it will be fun.  I do not promise no Loki.

07/25/2012 at 8:05 pm 1 comment

Crocheted PLAYGROUND!

I mean….Holy crap! (Found on ewspider’s blog)

According to this article, kids just started climbing on one of her sculptures, so she decided to make some specifically designed for that, and they’re totally awesome! I can’t even imagine a) how long that takes, b) what you have to crochet with in order to make sure it’s sturdy enough, c) how much that probably hurts your hands.

It looks more fun than the average playground.  Kind of reminds me of a bouncy castle; or those huge nets, but better than those, since your feet can’t fall through.  Also reminds me of Elvira Kurt.

And, before anyone asks, no, I won’t make you one.

 

07/23/2012 at 8:19 am 2 comments

“…and pretend you’re laughing at it.”

I came across this great cross stitch pattern from Black Books (which, if you like funny things and have Netflix, you should watch).:

It reminds me of a project idea I had back when I first found pixystitches on Etsy.  That was to take a hilarious line from the first episode and make it into a cross stitch sampler.  That line is “Add a drop of lavender to your milk, leave town with an orange, and pretend you’re laughing at it.” (If your wondering if that means anything in the context of the show, while there’s an explanation for it, there’s no meaning.)  It also makes me happy that there are other people  who appreciate Black Books and needlework at the same time.

I definitely plan on making the Black Books one I came up with at some point, but before that, I should probably do some others and, you know, learn how to cross stitch properly.  I know the stitch, because it’s just embroidery, but the pictures are formed differently, so it is a slightly different skill.  I did buy some fabric yesterday made for cross stitch samplers…and six of pixystitches’s designs….so hopefully I’ll have something cool to show soon.

07/22/2012 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

GeekCraft Friday #3. This one’s for the literary nerd.

Before I get to the geeky craft goodness, I’d like to say that I finally got sucked into Pinterest, thanks to my friend Megan.  If you’re interested, I have a wedding board, a fashion board, and a most relevant to this blog’s interest, a crafty stuff board. Those last two don’t have much in them yet, but I’m sure I’ll add more soon, Plus, the wedding one has a lot of crafty stuff in it at the moment.

Moving on to GeekCraft Friday the 3rd!

This is getting to be a dangerous blog project for me, because I want to buy everything I see.  But I’m exercising self-control and refraining from purchasing everything. I make no promises for the future though.

Speaking of promises, last time I said no Loki next week, and I’m keeping true to that. 😛

This first Etsy shop, ptierneydesigns, has a very special place in my heart. I am most definitely a book nerd, among other things, and this shop has projects relating to two of my favorite literary works of all time.  In fact, I found this store originally after searching for Nero Wolfe on Etsy. (If you are unfamiliar with Nero Wolfe, I highly suggest you educate yourself, particularly if you enjoy mysteries and humor.) The Nero Wolfe showed me two things: a) that a lot of people sell Nero Wolfe “vintage” paperbacks (and it would never have occurred to me to look on Etsy for the few that I’m missing) and b) this stunning decorative pin with various Nero Wolfe charms on it.  My first thought (other than “I want that!”) was that I’d love to have these charms as stitch markers for knitting/crochet.  She also has a great pair of Nero Wolfe earrings. I have no idea where I would wear them, but they’re also great.

When I visited the shop, I also found an awesome amount of Dracula items— movie references rather than the book itself, but hey, I’ll take it. The items include a Dracula pin and earrings, similar to the Nero Wolfe ones already described. There are also a bunch of really nice charm bracelets with “dark” themes (which, again, just make me think of stitch markers…one track mind, I’ve got) .

What I think is the coolest item on the site, because it’s customizeable* is this typewriter pin:

(*spellcheck is telling me that this it not a word, both with and without the first e)

Seen here with a quote from The Maltese Falcon (love her taste in mysteries!), you can get a custom pin with any quote that you’d like on it up to 145 characters, making this the perfect gift for book nerds of all types.  I am very tempted to get one with my favorite Dresden Files quote on it.  (I’d get strange looks at work, but it would be worth it.)  Or any number of Nero Wolfe quotes such as “The police will receive no sandwiches!” Or “‘What passed between you on Friday night?’ “Corn. Corn passed between us.'” (That last one, you probably need context for, but hey, if you’re going to confuse people anyway, you may as well go all the way.)

The second shop for today, SewKawaiiStudio, makes great Kindle/iPad cases.  There’s an awesome vintage monsters one (which includes Dracula), some vintage comic book designs, PacMan, and this great Space Invaders one.  Makes me wish I could sew better.  I actually considered buying some of her Kindle cases, but ended up making my own. It’s just a sleeve though, so perhaps I’ll get one of these eventually. Of course, I need to stop buying things from every cool geeky shop I see.  Or maybe I’ll wake up one day able to sew like my Mom–OK, that’s probably not going to happen. But maybe FindXDesigns will have a class, and I can learn how to operate a sewing machine properly.  Still unlikely, but more possible. 🙂

07/20/2012 at 8:35 am 4 comments

Night of the Living Kindle Case

In my efforts to make myself a kindle case, I went through several iterations. I think I’m happy with the final result, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up making another one at some point.

I started off trying to make one with this embroidery pattern on it because, obviously, it’s perfect. I picked out cool fabric, and awesome thread colors (similar to the ones shown in the pattern, actually, though I hadn’t looked at the colored version).  Something about it just wasn’t right though. I don’t know if it’s because I used a larger form of the design and shrunk it down, or just because I’m not yet fabulous at embroidery, but the lines were sloppy, too close together, and it just didn’t look right. So I gave up on that and looked at all the other embroidery patterns I desperately wanted to put on something, and I settled on this:

Not book related, but awesome. From the moment I saw that pattern, I knew I had to put it on something.

From an embroidery perspective, this was the first time I used variegated (fancy term for multicolored) embroidery floss. I always liked it, but was never really sure what to do with it.  It was perfect here though. You can see it on the bottom of the spool of thread. That’s all one strand of thread. I thought the multiple colors would make the wood grains look a bit more realistic (as realistic as it can look in colored outlines anyway.

For the lining, I used a soft bright green fabric.  It went with the color of the thread, which was chosen for zombie-skin color, not just because I like bright green. I decided to sew it together with black thread, so it would be less obvious on the outside.  I used a blanket stitch, so it wouldn’t look like I was trying to hide the thread on the inside, since there was no way that was going to happen.  And I think it looks pretty cook on the inside, kind of Frankenstein’s monstery:

This of course has the added benefit of making the fact that my stitches are messy a “design feature” rather than a demonstration of what can only be called my “lack of mad sewing skillz.”

I was originally going to put craft plastic in it to make it rigid, but changed my mind, and now I kind of wish I had. The Kindle would be a bit more protected if I had.  This is really why I wouldn’t be surprised if I made a new one, not because I don’t like the embroidery job, which I’m actually quite pleased with. Possibly the best thing I’ve embroidered so far.

That’s it for today. Check back tomorrow for more book and vintage monster related stuff in Geek Craft Friday!

07/19/2012 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

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