WoW! A June Double Feature

So technically its the 1st of July, but since one of these was completed completely in June and the other just needed a hanging loop, I am still counting them both as June. During June I was out of town for two weeks… and so had to rely on what yarn I could fit in my carry on and loaner scissors for part of these projects.. so I figure a few hours into July isn’t technically cheating.

Choose your faction!

These both feature one sided designs, with crochet cuffs. The Alliance Lion has a scalloped edge cuff, and the “after thought” heel.

By the Might of the Lion!

The horde stocking has a traditional turned heel and a straight cuff. I contemplated going white instead of black, but Ben gave me a bit of the side-eye so stuck with traditional black.

For the Horde!

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Its Done!

Well finally… after many trials and a few frustrations… the Video Game quilt, aka my first quilt) is finally done!

So here is a ginormous photo so you can appreciate it in all its glory.  If you click on the photo below… the original image is quite large.

I love so many of these squares. I only wish I knew when I started all the things I know now so I'd be better at the execution of them!

Diversify! A Quilt for Geeks

So lately i’ve not been working on a knitting project… I’ve started my first quilt.  Which after reading a few How To’s about the internet I decided to try my hand at machine appliquéing some fun video game related images onto my squares.  It didn’t look like the applique would be terribly hard in concept so I figure I’d give it a go.   My theme would be games that Ben and I enjoy playing together.  I picked out Final Fantasy, Zelda, Metroid, Pikmin, Katamari from the consoles… and then Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XI from our online gaming collection.

Well I’ve managed to get all 24 of my quilt squares (going for a twin/family room size) mostly done.  I still have some finer detail to work out on the last 4… three of which are Kingdom Flags from FFXI, and one which is based on original art.   I’m close to being able to start putting this together!

Here is the overview of the planned quilt in a photo.  Feel free to click on the image to view the entire quilt in progress gallery with some close ups.:

24 squares at least all mostly finished and laid out.

 

The middle two face squares are actually based on art that my good friend Allison drew of  Ben and mine’s main characters from WoW.  You can find her original images on her tumblr page HERE! 

So that’s what I’ve been up to that isn’t knitting!  Though I do have an idea (or six) running around my head….

Blizzcon Follow up

Ok so I managed to knit up a second soulwell to trade for an awesome clay felpup with another con-goer.   I also had some not the right color but trial green healthstone purses:

healthstones

Photo quality a result of taking phone photos in the hotel since I forgot to before we left!

And I can say the following about the soulwell handbags current design.  Its durability is outstanding.  At one point I had $30 in quarters, a 20oz soda, a Nintendo DS, a PSP Go, my wallet and a book (hey it was on the airplane) and the base stayed steady as a rock!  The handles held up well but after carrying it around for a long day of hanging onto it… I’d say it needs a wider base under the knit…  the coathanger wire was a bit thin.   So for future renovations and request I’d update the handles.

Now onto new things!  So while we were hanging out in line waiting to get in we came up with a number of nifty crafts to try to make for next year:

  • A train set: that can be tossed down while in the vast line for the con, and then picked up quickly.  The plan is to get people all around you making the train noise.
  • Raid Icon Hats:  When you travel with a group it can be easy to miss someone…. if only you had the ability to put raid icons on!  Now one of our friends there is an electrical engineer…. we tossed this idea to him in case he can find a way to make them so awesome you can change the icon.  But if not… I’m prepared to knit!  (May also consider headbands instead of hats)
  • Handbags Suggested for next year:  A Lightwell, A cozy Fire.

Too silly for Blizzcon?

Ok so…. I am NOT dressing up for Blizzcon.  But I did think having a soulwell for a handbag might be kind of neat.  So I knit one up:

Now the bf says that a soulwell handbag is just silly.  :[

To take or not to take?  That is the question!