December 24

“Blues Brothers” Cross Stitch

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Merry Christmas Eve, everyone. Just in case you need a little mental break from everything Christmas, here’s a fun cross stitch project.

Kittykill of Oregon posted this finished project on Craftster last week. She made it for her husband’s birthday, because he loves, “The Blues Brothers.” Kittykill said she loves the stencil street vibe of the pattern: all black thread on white cloth.

And to finish off with a Christmas touch, if you’ve little ones that believe in Santa Claus, sit down with them tonight before bed and get on the internet to check out NORAD’s Santa Tracker. And if your kids don’t believe in Santa, well, check it out with them anyway. This is actually a really cute site.

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.

December 4

Mini R2D2 Pattern

Mia posted her mini R2-D2 pattern back in 2002, on her crochet site. This Mini R2-D2 measures about 17cm. The idea to make R2-D2 came to Mia from a birthday gift for a friend, who really likes Star Wars.

This time, Mia decided to innovate and used some LEDs on R2-D2, so, it works as a small lamp. But the pattern can be worked without the electronic parts. You can replace the LEDs for some buttons.

The difficult part of this pattern it isn’t the crochet, but the collage, because there are to many details to cut and glue! Mia recommends to pay attention on the photos and to search on the web for R2-D2 photos, so, you can have a good idea of what you will need to do.

November 30

“The Walking Dead” Art Dolls

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I’ve posted about my love of “The Walking Dead” art dolls I’ve been as a travel the internet, and Nerdplusneedle has a new set of dolls to check out.

Ever since season six ended with the introduction of Negan, she started toying with the idea of making a few little art dolls. And little they turned out. Nerdplusneedle kept downsizing and downsizing her pattern because they just looked so cute being so small. They’re 8inches / 20cm tall, with a good portion of that total coming from their heads.

Initially, she thought to make them simple, but then she just kept adding…and adding..and adding. The zippers are real, but the zipper pulls were way too big for them (one was as big as Michonne’s whole vest) so she made teeny tiny ones out of craft foam. And why make plain shoes when you can give them itty bitty laces? With clay soles and added heels? Of course, she made real applique wings that are only a couple centimeters big.

Eyes have been painted and the facial hair is laid on by hand. She wasn’t happy with the painting entirely, but she’s recently purchased some tiny nail brushes so she can –hopefully– get cleaner lines on her next wee faces.

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November 23

Zany to the Max! Yakko Warner & The Wheel of Morality

I’m just coming off of a 15 day stretch of working some long days, but I am back finally! And to kick off my days of a regular schedule again, we’ve got Yakko Warner and the Wheel of Morality.

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Fluffypants from Ontario, posted her and her husband’s Halloween costumes over at Craftster. This year, they decided to go back to one of their childhood favorites and do costumes from the “Animaniacs!” They couldn’t decide what pair of costumes to do, but randomly watching clips, for some reason they thought the Wheel of Morality would be hilarious. They decided on Yakko for her, and a sandwich board featuring the Wheel of Morality for her husband. He was being camera shy, so she couldn’t get him to pose for pictures.

For Yakko, Fluffypants bought the black shirt, but everything else was homemade. Her feet and gloves were reused from a costume a few years ago. She bought fleece and made a giant pair of brown pants and the belt, and made the buckle out of fun foam. The head was made from a plastic canvas frame, chair cushion foam, and fleece. She stuffed floral wire in each ear so they were poseable. It was a pretty fun costume but she had absolutely no field of vision!

The Wheel is built on top of a lazy Susan so it would spin, shown here in this video.

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