February 26

Star Trek and Recycled Leather Purse

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BenaeQuee of Craftster just posted this awesome purse. She submitted this purse to an art show within a Star Trek themed con. She had been dying to make a bag featuring real leather, and this was the perfect time. She had an old jacket that she rescued from being trashed and used it’s leather on this bag. She also accented the side pockets with red piping for a little pop of color, and she chose to go with a red zipper to coordinate with the piping. The bottom has feet, and the lining has a hidden galaxy print in the pocket.

BenaeQuee also used this handbag as an opportunity for a look at how they are constructed. If you check out her FB page here, you can see a tutorial on how she made it.

February 12

Floral Wars Glittery Star Wars Ballet Flats

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BenaeQuee of Brooklyn just posted these ballet flats on Craftster, and I lurv them!!

She took a pair of shoes she bought last year for another project and used her new Star Wars Floral Wars fabric on them. She also added fine holo glitter to give a little sparkle to this already fabulous fabric. The fabric is a cotton woven from Knitorious Fabric.

And such pretty fabric as it is! I love this project because of the sketched look to the fabric’s designs, it’s Star Wars-themed, and because while the shoes aren’t identical, they still match.

December 18

Yub Nub Scoodie

In just a day, I’m going away for Christmas. I’ll be leaving a place that’s currently 66 degrees and going to a place that’s -5 degrees. As a project to help pass the time on my flights, and something to keep me warm once I’m there, I’ll be crocheting Kristen Stevenson’s Yub Nub (Ewok hood) scoodie. This is a free pattern on Ravelry, but you will need to make a username and password to get it.

I am going to make one change to it though. Kristen has directions on how to make the Ewok ears. However, I’m going to find a thrift store once I get a chance, buy a really nice looking teddy bear, and cut off his ears to attach to the hood, for just a touch more realism.

And if you aren’t familiar with the Ewoks, they are a fictional race of small, mammaloid bipeds that appear in the Star Wars universe. They are hunter-gatherers resembling teddy bears that inhabit the forest moon of Endor and live in various arboreal huts and other simple dwellings. They first appeared in the 1983 film Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi, and have since appeared in two made-for-television films, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984) and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985), as well as a short-lived animated series and several books and games.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

December 10

Knitting and Crocheting for Good

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So today’s entry is a little different and comes to us because of a letter in a recent Dear Abby column: The Knitted Knockers Support Foundation. How many of us know someone who’s had, or continues to have, breast cancer?

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Their special volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing.

Their website provides patterns to knit or crochet knockers. Women can also come and request a knocker in the size and color they want. In addition, they provide a how to guide on how to choose approved yarns, how to start your own Knitted Knocker group in your area, or how to find existing groups.

October 30

Jake the Dog Plastic Bag Holder

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Teaandcraft of Perth, Australia, has a practical side that I appreciate. She decided recently she really needed a plastic bag holder, and that it should totally look like Jake the Dog from “Adventure Time” on Cartoon Network.

Her Jake has a 65cm long torso and, including his arms and legs, is about 118cm long in total. He is only 14cm wide though; but she can’t decide if she likes the skinny look best (because it kind of looks like he really has stretched) or if she should have made him wider.

Personally, I like the long and skinny Jake, because it looks like he’s changing size to me.

For more details on how Teaandcraft made her Jake, check out her posting here.

October 16

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone

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Whew, it’s nice having electricity again, now that Hurricane Matthew is gone! My entirely dark neighborhood made me think of this quote: “It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this!” Unfortunately, we didn’t have Link to guide us.

Meleriffic, of Texas, recently made this Link cross stitched project for her husband for his birthday. The pattern is from StitchLine on Etsy. When she saw it, she knew it was perfect. Her husband loves The Legend of Zelda video game series and often quotes, “It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.”

Meleriffic been working on it off and on since May, and just finished this a week ago.