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Posted in Don't Quit Your Day Job by unboundpage on February 26, 2011

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I’ve created a monster.  A Yarn Monster.

…and yes, that puppet will all too likely be constructed in the foreseeable future.

Speaking of puppets!  There is Improv with Puppets happening at the Hideout in March!

It looks pretty freakishly awesome, so you should totally check it out if you’re in town!

Touched by his noodly appendage, or just touched in the head?

Posted in Projects by unboundpage on February 22, 2011

As Dear Roommie sits weeping over creepy pictures of Justin Bieber on the internet (it’s really best not to ask), I have at long last finished the next entry in my new line of Very Silly Mythical Creature Hats:

The Flying Spaghetti Monster!

I may have finally out-sillied myself.

The tentacles are made using basically the same principal as the Secret Santa Squid. Everything else is pretty self-explanatory. Eye stalks are crocheted in the round, meatballs are uncut pom-poms.

The sad part is how many tries it took to get the bottom part finished.  Because it’s not intended for arctic winters, I had to find a way to keep it relatively open, so half the bottom is an open mesh pattern, then the last part that flips up is a single crochet made with a size N (as in, “No really, I want a HUGE stitch!”) hook.

Fortunately, I have a very good idea what I’ll be doing with this one.  If offers made at ultimate frisbee parties still stand two weeks later, I have a buyer for this bit of ridiculousness.

Does this happen to anyone else?

Posted in Don't Quit Your Day Job by unboundpage on February 19, 2011

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Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

Posted in Projects by unboundpage on February 17, 2011

Inspired by the Magical Pink Unicorn Hat, I have continued making very silly mythical creature hats.  This week’s feature:  CTHULU!

Though, as happens when I crochet Cthulu-themed things, it’s more of a Cute-thulu.

 

Anyway, it’s an adorable hat with the beady, soul-sucking eyes and itty-bitty tentacles, but I’m wildly pleased with the base design, and intend to make some saner hats based on the same pattern.

If nothing else, it’s a lot less complicated than the damned unicorn…

Byproducts of Cabin Fever

Posted in Don't Quit Your Day Job by unboundpage on February 12, 2011

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(Oh look!  It’s that hat from Girls With Slingshots again!)

Magical Pink Unicorn… HAT!

Posted in Projects by unboundpage on February 7, 2011

So the climax of the nasty winter weather in my part of the universe hit Thursday night, and in the course of just a few hours, my Friday plans went from awesome!!!! to… uhh… nothing.  Nothing at all, because an inch of very wet snow fell overnight and then it stayed below freezing all day, so nothing thawed, and central Texans do not know how to deal with frozen precipitation that actually sticks around past sunrise.

So what did I do with my new found spare time?  Well obviously, I slept in.  Then I spent the entire day in my pajamas and under a blanket-burrow on Boy’s couch, watching most of a season of Farscape and… creating.

What did I make?

I made… well… I made this:

It’s a hat, you see.

Where did I come up with such a monstrous idea?

The idea is lovingly ganked from one D. Corsetto, creator of Girls With Slingshots.  Back in December, one of her main characters was gifted with an over-sized pink unicorn hat

…and upon reading this comic I instantly knew that I would have to make one of my very own.  This is not so much about the fashion statement as the challenge.

It came out looking kind of piggy, and my decision not to stuff the horn has resulted in some vaguely obscene shapes when it bends.  However, this is one of those rare projects where the dumber it looks, the better, so I’ve just been enjoying the freedom to be ridiculous.

Mechanically, I just tried to keep everything as simple as possible.  I wasted a few hours trying to do something fancy with the main body of the hat and the ear flaps.  Then I realized that that was stupid and went back to a very simple design.  After that, everything else was treated as an independent unit, created and shaped separately and stitched on at the end.  Looking at the final product, I am mightily proud of my monstrous creation.

The next obvious question is what to do with the thing now that it’s done.

Frankly, I have no idea.

Attack of the Wiggle Monster!

Posted in Don't Quit Your Day Job by unboundpage on February 5, 2011

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Fetchez la vache!

Posted in Day-to-Day by unboundpage on February 2, 2011

 

It wasn’t bad enough that today was freakishly cold by Texas standards (yeah, apologies to Chicago, but there is a very good reason I never considered living that far north), but then we had to suffer through rolling blackouts all day.

I blame Canada.

Go and boil your bottoms, sons of a silly person!