Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FREE Game of Thrones Colorwork Charts - Part 4

Only two charts this week - House Dayne and House Greyjoy! I'm personally very fond of House Dayne. I don't know if anyone else is. Are there any others I should make? House Reed maybe? Tarly? The Night's Watch? I'm open to suggestions. I'd also be down for doing some of the alternate Targaryen sigils from the Blackfyre Rebellion and all that jazz. I really do enjoy making charts. Even if no one ever uses them for anything. lulz

The full-sized versions of both of these charts are available. Depending on your browser you may need to view the image in a new tab. And they might need some tweaks. I recommend using them for crochet, not knitting, but you can do what you want. I'm not bossy.

I've mentioned that I made my brother a Greyjoy blanket (one day I'll take the time to rummage around and find a picture or two of it). He requested the kraken flipped over and instead of the actual house motto he wanted "What is dead may never die" on it. So I did that. I will generally accommodate most requests and all. I DO still have the chart I used for his blanket if anyone's interested, but I figured people would be more interested in a chart closer to the sigil that's appeared on the show.

And here's some more GoT charts:

Baratheon, Lannister and Stark Sigils
Targaryen, Martell and Tyrell Sigils
Arryn, Clegan, Mormont and Tully Sigils
Littlefinger's Mockingbird Pin - this is a smaller chart that I used to make a custom knit scarf

If you do use any of my charts for projects I'd love to see! I'm serious. I may never get around to do anything with any of these charts, but I think they'd be cool. Facebook!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Mood Blanket Challenge 2015: 118 Squares (On Day 117)

Technically, I should have 117 squares today (I did some math). Hooray for the Mood Blanket Challenge. I'm a square ahead as of right now, but I'm going to end up another square ahead this coming week. I'm going to be a single square away from finishing a row, so I'll go ahead and make an extra square to get it done. Again. If this were a race, I'd totally be winning. How very riveting!

I'm also nearly out of scrap yarn. That's equally riveting. If you're riveted by yarn and granny square blankets, that is.

I'm thinking about doing a bunch of the same color in a row just to make this blanket even more ridiculously colored. I want people to see this things and be like, "Urrrgh?!" then scrunch their face up real tight and squint their eyes in confusion. It's important to have goals in life. I don't have many goals, but this is one of them.

I know that I keep promising interesting blog posts. I'm a compulsive internet liar. Game of Thrones charts tomorrow though, I promise. House Dayne and House Greyjoy! Cross my heart. Hope to die.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crochet Sailor Saturn Status Update

I finished up the collar of the sailor suit - I don't know - the week before last. I was planning on doing a bit more work on the Silence Glaive before making a blog post, but instead I decided it was time for a break. I can only look at reference pictures of Sailor Saturn for so long without wanting to stab out my eyes with my crochet hooks. I'm probably going to get back to work next week and I think I'm actually going to dive head-first into the bodice and get it out of the way, but until then...here's a post about the collar!

The collar was pretty straight-forward. I was going to do the solid purple collar that the Outer Senshi seem to have in Crystal, but I thought it looked totally boring, so I went back and added the white stripe accents around the edges from the good ol' original anime. This added about an inch all the way around the whole deal, which I think also improved the general appearance.

Despite the time I spent taking measurements and drawing sketches, I decided to ignore all of them because when I started working it looked too big. It wasn't. Eventually, I'm going to learn to follow my own instructions. I swear I'm going to stick to my measurements for the bodice in order to avoid painful re-dos. It's really important to me that the bodice is form fitting because dammit I don't want to look like a Sailor Sack. I've seen too many Sailor Scouts that look like they're wearing bags, man. Too many. It hurts. Such pain.

I made the collar in three purple panels of sc and then invisible seamed the two triangular front panels to the back panel. Then I put alternating rows of white and purple in sc around it for the stripes. The end. Super straight-forward. The response to the pictures I posted on tumblr blew my mind. People were super impressed by the most basic thing I made for this costume. I guess it's really recognizable though? I don't know. No one cared about the Silence Glaive. lulz

When I attach the collar and boob bow to the bodice I'm sure it's going to blow tumblr's collective mindbox. Especially when I put it on and leave everyone in awe by how totally ripped I am. I hope my biceps don't rip off the sleeves, you guys.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Mood Blanket Challenge 2015: Row 6 Completion + Some Updates

It's another cloudy Monday, so I can't drag this beast outside for a natural light photoshoot on the back deck. It's starting to look like a blanket finally - albeit an ugly one. There are some truly hideous squares in there, which I'm quite proud of. My goal of intentionally making the ugliest mood blanket in the world will surely be met.

The sixth row is done plus three squares of the next row. I'm a square ahead of the other nubs doing this, right? I'm thinking I'll stop at ten or eleven rows...depending how much scrap yarn I have left at that point and if I have a blanket-sized blanket at that point as well.

I do not need a giant blanket and I am also a quitter. Making these squares is starting to feel like work and when things feel like work I don't like to do them and when I don't like to do something then I stop before I get homicidal. But I am going to get a blanket out of this because wtf would I do with this thing in its current state?

Feast your eyes on this glorious monstrosity.

I'll at least get a small Sailor Saturn update done this week. I needed a break before I tackle the trickier parts. I'm working on some little side project-y stuff for the Etsy shop too, which will be unveiled at the beginning of next month. I need to work on my Nisha cosplay at some point (I have all of the parts, but I need more fabric paint and time in my life). I'm also working on charting something really ridiculous, which will likely be my big personal project for after DragonCon. And I'll get a couple more GoT colorwork charts done this week too, I hope.

I feel like I just said a lot of pretty vague stuff of no real substance. Sorry about that. Whateva.

Friday, April 17, 2015

FREE Game of Thrones Colorwork Charts - Part 3

This week I've got House Arryn, Clegane, Mormont and Tully for you, Internet. Again, these are big charts. They're probably best for crochet projects. None of these charts are tested, so feel free to make adjustments accordingly if anything looks weird. I figure they're at least a starting point. You might need to alternate rows of sc and sl, depending on your gauge and whether or not you carry the secondary color behind throughout or not. If you're using Chrome you're going to need to right-click and open the image in a new tab to get the full-size. Anyway...make stuff. Next week I'll do Greyjoy and something or another else. We'll see.

Baratheon, Lannister and Stark sigils HERE
Targaryen, Martell and Tyrell sigils HERE

Here's the deal with Clegane. It's three black dogs on a yellow background. I had a major case of lazy and made one dog. You want to have two of the dog ABOVE and one of the dog BELOW between the ABOVE dogs. Put some rows of yellow between them and you've got the Clegane sigil. I think you're smart enough to handle that, Internet.

You can take a stab at making your own charts using Stitchboard. Oh, and you should also like my Facebook page. kthx happy crafting xoxoxox etc.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mood Blanket Challenge 2015: Day 103 or Thereabouts

I managed to not fall behind on my mood blanket despite my extreme video game binge. The binge is now over, more or less. I'm going to replay Dragon Age II for my missing achieves and then blunder through Inquisition again to get some different outcomes. I will do this at a leisurely pace that doesn't interfere with my making stuff. Video game chatter is not for a craft blog! Moving on...

So here are seven new squares and this row will be finished up this week! Finishing rows is my favorite. Also, look at my scrap yarn bin, which is now a basket! It was a tangled mess that took up a bin about three times the size of the current basket before I got started.

I'm hoping to get through all of the little balls of yarn and get rid of all of my "mystery yarn." I know other yarncrafters surely have their own mystery yarn. It is yarn of unknown origin that is a hideous color and possibly unknown fiber.

I'm planning to get some more Game of Thrones colorwork charts out this week as well as do work on my Sailor Saturn costume. I'm also hoping to get all of the sewing done for my Nisha costume and then I'd really like to make some Dragon Age goodies. I don't know what yet, but I must pay homage to the intricate lore that has completely engulfed my existed over the past week. I have something in mind. Sort of. It isn't a solid idea yet, so I'm not going to share. Shhh.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

FREE Game of Thrones Colorwork Charts - Part 2

Targaryen, Martell and Tyrell sigils - as promised. The only way to even imagine getting the Targaryen sigil to look decent involved making it huge. Huge. Click for the full-sized images. Don't just click. You probs want to right-click, Open Link in New Tab...depending on your browser.

Baratheon, Lannister and Stark charts here.

I'm not super happy with my simplified Martell sigil. I didn't want four colors to be in a row at any point, so I decided to nix the outlines...I might put them back. It's doable, but you'd likely have to break off the black outline as a result. Anyway...happy crafting. Like my Facebook page. I need to get back to Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Crochet Cosplay WIP: Sailor Saturn Silence Glaive Blade

I can't get my damn text to wrap around my images today, so everything is at the bottom. Sorry, Internet.

I feel extra silly calling something made of yarn a "blade," but if this were real life and it wasn't made of yarn then it would, in fact, be a blade. Regardless, I finished it. I find it quite visually pleasing. There's a catch though!

Yarn is really heavy.

That also seems like a strange thing to say, doesn't it? But think about sweaters. I made a sweater to wrap around some cardboard and duct tape. It's causing the blade to be hilariously flaccid unless it's propped against something, which is a huge bummer - I think I can fix it by seaming the little ornate part under the blade directly to the blade. Most of the flaccidity is happened down where the blade connects to the pole. Hopefully it just needs more support or else I am going to have to employ more of my ingenuity. 

I also did a fair amount of work on the collar, but then I took most of it apart. I took all those measurements a few weeks ago, but then I (being the asshole that I am) didn't actually follow them. As I was working, it all looked too big, so I chopped off a few inches. This was stupid. It ended up too small. My inability to follow instructions is perplexing, but the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, innit?

I had a bit of a yarnscare when working on the collar too. I needed some more of the 'Plum Perfect,' which is the darker purple, and I went to buy it online only to discover that it's apparently discontinued?! Who are these idiots that run yarn companies and make such stupid decisions? It's a perfectly wonderful color. Anyway, I went out and bought a crapload of it, probably more than I need, but I'll for sure have enough for all of the remaining purple parts of this costume. Thanks, Caron. Thanks. Please don't discontinue any other colors I'm using before I finish.

As I mentioned in my boring mood blanket post yesterday, I'm in the middle of playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. I want to blunder on through my first play-through and take this opportunity to have a break from Sailor Saturn. After I've saved Thedas and made Leliana happy again, I'll fix the collar. The latter is proving futile because (spoiler alert?) I seem to have screwed up in the first 20 minutes of playing and she will never be happy again. She almost smiled when I was playing last night, so maybe the Internet lied to me. Life is hard.

Oh, and I'll also make some more Game of Thrones colorwork charts!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mood Blanket Challenge 2015: Day 96 or Something

To recap: Mood Blanket Challenge 2015

I'm making my squares from scrap yarn and disregarding my moods. This is helping me get rid of uselessly tiny balls of yarn I've accumulated, but making some of my squares hilariously ugly. I'm seaming my squares with an sc seam and then doing a round of sc around each completed row before sc seaming the rows together.

Now, excuse me. I have to go play Dragon Age: Inquisition. Cool updates on less boring things later this week, I promise. BUT FIRST I NEED TO CLOSE THE BREACH AND KILL ALL THE TEMPLARS.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

FREE Game of Thrones Colorwork Charts - Part 1

Game of Thrones is coming, so I made some Westerosi-inspired charts based on the House sigils on the show. These are big charts, ideal for tapestry crochet. I personally think they'd be great for making pillows to weep into as everyone you care about on the show dies. You could also make a blanket through your tears and then weep into it uncontrollably as you wait for GRRM to finish writing the series.

Click on your desired chart to get a bigger version. And you can also find a chart for Littlefinger's mockingbird pin here, which I made some months ago. It's a small chart that I used for a custom scarf.

These charts are untested and might need a tweak here and there if something looks a little funny in fiber. And to help you with sizing - a few years back I made my brother a small Greyjoy blanket. The chart was 120x160 (I think) and it had a 15 st or so border on all four sides. I made it with a J hook, entirely in sc and with worsted weight yarn. Completed, it measured about 4.5 feet by 5.5 feet or something like that. I can't find a picture of it (nor can I find the chart) because I'm incompetent, but my approximate measurements should give you an idea since these charts are of comparable size.

** A note about the Stark chart - it's three colors (obviously). This means you'd be carrying two colors behind the active color as you work. This will greatly affect your gauge and in order for the finished project to not look too elongated vertically, you MIGHT...PROBABLY...POSSIBLY want to alternate rows of sc and sl. Don't quote me on this. Make a test swatch. XOXOX

For the next installment, you'll get the Targaryen, Martell and Tyrell charts. Cool? I also want to do Clegane, Arryn and Tully. I'm open to obscure house suggestions too.

Does anyone want charts for some house mottos to go with these? I can do fancy script and size it according to the sigils.

For you curious buggers or people that want to take a stab at making a huge chart - I recommend Stitchboard to get started. You can use it to apply a grid to any image file. It's fast and easy and versatile. You can draw a picture as simple or complicated as you want and get started charting it in seconds. After I have the size I want, I then take the grid and perfect the chart in an image editing program. Sometimes this is a quick task and other times it's tedious and takes hours - depends on the chart. It's a very cool tool, especially for bigger projects that would take 800 years to do completely by hand.