Monday, September 29, 2014

Dark Tower Beam Guardian Scarf - Turtle and Bear

I'm really happy with how the second Beam Guardian scarf turned out. It's longer than I meant for it to be (coming in at 66" without the fringe). I kept psyching myself out thinking it was too short. There's nothing worse than a stumpy scarf, amirite?? 
I meant for it to be between 55" and 60" then overshot a good bit. With the 5" fringe on either end it's a pretty lengthy piece. It's 7" wide and making it less wide would make the Guardians a pain in the ass, so I'm settled on the width. One day I'll completely perfect the pattern. Making this one went a lot faster than the first one and I can only assume that each subsequent scarf will take less time and be better than the last!

I used Lion Brand Hearthland acrylic in "Grand Canyon" and "Sequoia." I'd like to try "Grand Canyon" and "Black Canyon" for a future scarf. Actually, I'm not gonna lie, I'd like to try a lot of different color combos. I do still want to keep them pretty neutral though. "Great Smokey Mountains" also looks like a nice color for these scarves.

Anywho - this scarf has already sold. But don't fret! I've already started the next one, which will be the Lion and Eagle Beam. I needed a break from Maturin and Shardik. I'll do another Turtle and Bear after this one and probably in a different color combination.

If you're familiar with my Beam Guardian prototype scarf you know that in the center I put a swirling, vaguely floral shape to represent the Dark Tower. For this scarf and future scarves I'm going to keep it simple and just have the center be the Sigil of Arthur Eld/Mark of the White. I like it. I hope no one else has any objections.

At the moment I plan to make one new Beam Guardian scarf each week. This should give me time for any custom hat orders that come in and also give me time to play video games and also do actual job-work stuff. If I happen to finish a scarf early then I'll start the next one right away. At least until the end of this year I'll be working on a Beam scarf at all times.

Also, I'm thinking about gathering up all of the animal guardian charts I've made and maybe selling them as a cheap set of colorwork grids. I did make them with the Beams in mind, but animals can serve other functions, yeah? Cool? It would be like $2 for all 12 animals in a snazzy PDF. But that's in the future once I've tested and tweaked each.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

LIMITED TIME WoollyRhinoCrafts Etsy Coupon!

So I decided to get some business cards from Moo instead of Vistaprint - for science! As I was making my new snazzy cards online I said to myself, "What sort of loser would have a typo on their cards when the website reminds you to check everything 800 times?"

When my cards came in the mail they looked amazing and I got an answer to my burning question. Me. I am that loser that commits a grievous error and ruins otherwise beautiful business cards. Good thing I only ordered 50, right?!

I'm apparently some sort of eternal optimist and had a hearty chortle then decided to black out my screw up on these cards and do a promotion.

For $5 off enter the coupon code: OOPSPROMO

The code is good through October 31st and valid on all items $15+ in my Etsy shop. Plus you'll get a few of my messed up (but very shiny!) business cards when you order! My facebook page address is right on them at least.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Lantern Corps Crochet Beanies

Get yours here now while supplies last! There's only one of each and I can also make them in custom sizes and vary the colors a bit too - like if you want the Blue Lantern to be blue on black or something. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What The Rhino Has Been Up To...!

I'll hopefully get back to my regular blog updates soon (including Free Pattern Friday!). I've been working a whole lot on the super cool, super secret items that will be part of my upcoming Tumblr and Facebook giveaways. Ok, so they're not really super secret. Here a picture of the epic hat stack. Some need pom poms and others need some earflaps. Heck yes, I'm making some laplanders. Who doesn't love a laplander?

I've also been working on a handful of custom hats for friends and, of course, the Lantern Corps beanies. Once I finish up these giveaway hats I'm going to sit down and put on serious pants and go ahead and finish up the next Beam Guardian scarf before winter hits.

Lantern Corps Beanies

I finished up Black Lantern tonight, but someone bought the Sinestro hat before I could take a proper group picture. I suppose I can churn out another Sinestro without much effort.

Currently available for $20 + shipping

More info on the giveaways...coming soon! Be sure to follow the WRC Tumblr and like the Facebook page if you want to be one of the first to know.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DragonCon: The Recovery


I met some cool people this year, including another girl that whipped up an awesome Zer0 suit (whose name I have of course forgotten), and I had a run in with Tricia Helfer in the Marriott. Here are some pictures. I'll link to the "official" Borderlands photoshoot pics as soon as they're up.

If you were unaware, I'm really short. I also seem to put myself next to tall people which exacerbates this fact. On the left is Caitlin from Contagious Costuming as X-23. 

Here is the other Zer0 I talked to (to the right) and some pictures from the photoshoot. I'm pretty sure we were discussing our sword construction techniques. She was also much taller than me. My handler only snapped a few pics at the photoshoot.

If I take my Zer0 next year I'd like to redo my sword. It ended up really weirdly weighted, which made it a pain for me to deal with for prolonged amounts of time. My Nihilism head went over really well, but my vision was very limited. I'm sure it wasn't as hot as a helmet.

I don't take a ton of selfies (also ignore the creepo in the background), but my pal Eric over at Jarman Props made me an absurd pink Skyrim circlet. It was slightly too large for my tiny head so I wore it as a headband. Get yours here - they're on sale!

"You're so tall." - the only words I spoke to Tricia Helfer AKA Six from Battlestar Galactica and everyone's favorite robot, EDI, from Mass Effect

I had been suited up and didn't even see her walk past. My handler saw her and pushed me in her direction as I struggled to unzip my head and proceeded to get really sweaty. I'm the most awkward person, ever. For whatever reason I lose the ability to speak in front of famous people. She was very nice and still took a picture with me, although I'm sure she had some place to be. It was very appreciated and totally the highlight of this year!

Anyway. I'll be back to my regular yarncraft posts next week and I'm working on giveaway items, some custom orders and of course another Beam Guardian scarf! XOXOX