eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chester Callie)
I hadn't so much planned on crocheting Becky as had the idea come upon me. I wanted to do one of the as-yet unclaimed tarot cards for the SPN Tarot/Winchester Arcana, and Becky was one of the options. (They wonderful mods over there are still looking for a few artists, in case you're interested. Also, if none of the unclaimed cards tickle your fancy, they also accept alternates. I just didn't feel like doing an alternate.) But once I thought about crocheting Becky, I started to love the idea because of her outfit in the episode "The Real Ghostbusters" (5.09).

This is her outfit:


Sorry for the blur-- it's a much wider shot (with other characters in), but the only one I could find wherein you could see her whole... special... outfit.

But dude, kneesocks! Three shades of brown! A sweater vest? How could I not try to recreate this?!

So, ami!Becky:



(I liked the idea of photographing her on that mat-- something I normally use for blocking my knitting, if you're wondering-- because Becky is very much the center of Becky's world. )

More pictures of yarn!Becky and other Yarny SPN Goodness )

Totally unrelated, here, have a Guess That Episode! (It's an homage. And there are actually two acceptable answers. Winners win two free internets. Note: Internets have monetary value.)


If you would like to see any of the above pictures bigger/in more detail, I have, of course, uploaded them to the Yarn!chester Flickr Set. (Which has grown huge.)

Speaking of Flickr, I find looking at my stats to be very amusing, and I don't know why. Mostly what gets randomly hit on days when I haven't posted anything in the vein of this LJ entry are pictures of cats. "Calico cat" gets looked up a lot on Google Images evidently. Equally amusing to me is that "medieval undergarments" on Yahoo evidently pulls up this picture from the Let's Travel in England book. It does not, however, actually include any medieval undergarments, so this confuses me.

But one picture consistently gets pulled up from my Flickr set, and it is, in fact, a Yarn!chester image. Evidently, there are a lot of people using Google Images to look up "Castiel Coat Detail". Okay... not sure why, but sure. I suspect most of them are disappointed, or at least bemused, when they get this picture. Heh. But apparently they click anyway, or it wouldn't be counted on Flickr... Weeeeeird.
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chester Callie)
I finished the most recent yarn!chester yesterday. I'm quite pleased with this one-- which is good, since I didn't feel so keen about ami!Pamela. I'm too lazy to take proper pictures of her tonight, I'm afraid, but you can have a sneak preview:



Guess that character!

There'll be better pictures. Oh hey, you can see Callie in the bottom right of that photo, hee. Anyway, she looks even better when I haven't just heaved her up and snapped a shot. (The doll, not the cat. Although I suppose the same could be said of Callie...)

In other, similar, news, I had not realized that Zachariah wore a pinstripe suit. If I had, I might have been less keen on making a yarn version of him. So far he has a head, torso, one leg (but two feet), and two arms. This means he still needs a second leg and his suit coat. Then the whole suit needs to be embroidered with wee stripes. Sigh. He'll also need a tie, and of course his hair.

After that? I's got some ideas, but you'll just have to wait and see. :)

Oh! Speaking of yarn!chesters, if you haven't already, check out the Yarn!Chester Set on Flickr because between [livejournal.com profile] spade, [livejournal.com profile] maiafire, [livejournal.com profile] miki_moo and myself, we got some pretty interesting shots of them out and about in Brighton and London. Also included are pictures of the Mini Yarn!chesters that I made for Maia:



This is one of my favorites, and totally came from the twisted mind of [livejournal.com profile] spade... Name that Yarn!Chester Scene:



And last, I know I linked to it before I left for England, but here he is again, with the awesome border by [livejournal.com profile] bt_kady, my first entry for the Winchester Tarot:



I'm working on another card now, too-- the Three of Wands, though I haven't figured out yet what the vignette will be. Meeple.

Okay, I'm done now. And so is my iced tea (brewing), so I'm going to go work on Zachariah some more.
eilonwy2017: (Dean: don't wanna fly)
Firstly, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty for my random recycling goat. :D

Secondly, i've been updating things like a mad thing what updates things... yeah.

Project-Cat has a new non-update, with pictures! Including Daphne (so heads up [livejournal.com profile] oddharmonic, heh.)

And speaking of pictures, there are new ones over in my Flickr. Provided with no commentary, 'cause I'm in a hurry, you can see lots of pictures of my hike at Lost Dutchman Trail.. Proof that even though it's home to a lot of freakin' idiots, AZ is pretty.

Also, you can see pictures (mainly of animals) from my trip to the AZ Renaissance Faire. Sadly there's none of me in costume, but there is one of my hair. These pictures have commentary.

Also, also, I have posted my art project to [livejournal.com profile] spn_tarot, and you can see it here. Even though it's really different than all the other tarot cards that have been created so far, I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out. And I'm also highly amused. Yes, yes, I amuse myself. I know, it's sort of sad. :) (But, but, toilet plunger! Inherently amusing!)

Um. I think that's it in the updates and links category.

In other news... my grandparents' house officially went on the market today. The sign has been hammered into the front yard. My parents are done with the house. I'm really glad that my parents no longer have that stress, but holycarp, house. For sale. That was my second home growing up. ::sniffle:: I'll probably post links to the house itself once it's online. 'Cause. My mom put it best over on Facebook-- I really hope whoever buys the house loves it as much as we do (or more.) :(

My grandfather doesn't seem to be getting any stronger, but he does seem to be getting a bit more lucid. On Thursday he remembered Sacred Heart-- where he and my grandmother have been living for two years-- for the first time since his fall.

I stlil have TOO MUCH TO DO before bedtime and more deadline-y, before 5am Tuesday morning when I leave for the airport. HolycarpLondon!

HOLYCARPLONDON!!!!!

Last night I slept on the couch because my bed is full of clean clothes, sorted into piles regarding their likelihood of being packed. At the rate I'm going, I would not be surprised if I slept on the couch again tonight... Mergle.

Tomorrow I teach, then I have office hours (which I can't skip as they're the last of them), then I have to run errands: Bank (for pounds), AAA (for a converter/adaptor, and for traveler's checks, I guess), bookstore (I need a London tourbook), mall (to get my new glasses adjusted-- they're crooked), apartment office (to pay my rent). After that I get to finish cleaning and packing. And make sup to freeze so that I don't waste all the vegetables in my fridge... Yay.
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chester Callie)
(Read: Supernatural stuff.)

1. Yarn!Chesters. The newest one is alllllmost done. But I broke the accessory I made for her and need to make a new one. Also, i'm not entirely sure I like her hair. And she needs eyes. I plan on trying to finish her tomorrow, though.

2. Speaking of Yarn!Chester accessories, I have made, with no particular skill or talent, the following items out of sculpey:
1. The colt that can kill anything except when it usually can't
2. Ruby's knife that can kill anything except when it usually can't
3. A large random knife/sword thing (like the ones for killing vampires in season 1), which the Yarn!chesters can actually hold on their own
4. a cannister of salt
5. a cannister of gasoline
6. many candles
7. a sawed off shotgun
8. a random handgun (with a pearl grip, to mimic Dean's.)
9. a shovel
10. a stake (for killing demigods)
11. several metal stakes for pinning zombies back into grave beds

When I photograph the newest Yarn!chester (tomorrow?) you can see these weird items, too.

3. I have a new Yarn!chester mini-project. I shan't say more than that, however, 'til I find out if it works. If it does, I'll be very happy because I want to be able to give something Yarn!chester-ish away as gifts, but the full size ones are too time consuming.

4. I have, in my hot little hands, Keith R. A. DeCandido's newest Supernatural tie-in novel: Heart of the Dragon. You know what this means, right? Yes! Time for a new WTF?! book review! Wheeee!!!

I plan on doing my utmost to go into this one with an open mind and no opinion. I have read no one else's reviews and while Mr DeCandido comes across as a prick on LJ (sorry, but he does), it has been a long time since his previous Supernatural novel, so I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt in that he'll have improved.

(Also, in the next two months, two new novels are coming out, by authors I've never heard of. I'll be getting/reviewing those, too, in due course.)

ALSO, it's Spring Break. So while I must GRADE GRADE GRADE, and plan for England, and research Oberammergau, and write my dissertation, it does mean there's a wee bit of time for accomplishing the above.

Not tonight, though, for I am going out to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] aussie_nyc and [livejournal.com profile] kizlj. Wheeee!
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chesters)
Michael's has yarn!chester sized doll stands for $1.50, so I bought 5. Mwahahaha.

The newest yarn!chester is put together-- has a body, arms, legs, head. The coat is made, too. So all that's left is hair, eyes, and a necessary accessory. I'm hoping what I bought at Michael's today (other than the doll stands) will enable me to craft that. We'll see.

I really really need accessories for these guys, though. But I suck with sculpey. [livejournal.com profile] oddharmonic, were you still interested in crafting some weaponry for the yarn!chesters? If not, no worries-- anyone else interested? I might try, but I don't have high hopes. My skillz do not in polymer clay lie.

I have got to finish ami!Flagg-- he's sooooo close to done.

I'm still sick, sick, sick. Don't know what I'll do with the rest of my evening. I'm not quite up to putting the hair on the newest yarn!chester, but I may keep working on the free hand amigurumi sheep I'm making for cast members of The Second Shepherd's Play.

::pout:: [livejournal.com profile] doctor12am was s'posed to be here this weekend, but even though postponing sucks, and he doesn't know when he'll be free (arg!), it's a good thing he's not coming, as I am still miserable. The nurse practitioner gave me Allegra and a nose spray, but sadly no magic bullet to clean out my sinuses and make me feel human again. So. I guess I shall do easy crafting stuff 'til I feel not-dead.

:P
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chester Callie)
Finally! A new yarn!chester, ready to be unveiled...

::drumroll::

To quote this very character from "Yellow Fever": It's me! Lilith!



I'm fairly pleased with her. I wish she hadn't ended up quite so tall, but she is still the shortest Yarn!chester, ceratinly.

Her eyes are white beads I found at Michael's a while back in preparation for Lilith (and potentially Alistair).

I'm quite pleased with her hair. I didn't do anything radically different than the other long haired Yarn!chesters, but since Lilith's hair is (baby) fine, and hangs straight down, I needed to end up with *less* of it on her. So I used bigger stitches tot hold it in place, except on the crown of her head, meaning less yarn in general, and therefore less poof.

I modeled the dress after the one that the hallucination of Lilith wears in "Yellow Fever", but it's not exact by any mean.

Her shoes are removable. I know this is a weird detail for Lilith, and frankly only happened because I didn't plan ahead. That said, you know what this means, right? Right?

Yeah, it means someday an ami!Sam who can accurately perform everybody's favorite scene from "Bad Day at Black Rock." Mwahahahaha. "I lost my shoe."

Here, a quick ami!Scene:


Baboon! Baboon! Baboon! Ba-boom! Ba-boom! Ba-boom!

There are three more pictures in the Yarn!chester set, in case you wanted to see her with both the Winchesters (here or with Meg and the YED (here.)
eilonwy2017: (Crazy: CM Diana Reid)
I know I should probably be working on the dissertation tomorrow, but...

I have rehearsal at 12noon. Then I'm going to a matinée of Shutter Island with Flurry.

After that, I think i will be taking (and posting) pictures of my newest yarn!chester because this particular creation makes me giggle. Also, it has allowed for several new ideas for Yarn!chester scenes. Mwahahahaha.

And, while I might not actually start the next one tonight, I'm about to head over to Flurry's to watch some Olympics, and I'm bringing the appropriate yarn with me. I plan on doing a puzzle, but should I get bored or frustrated, well, it'll be time to work on the next yarn!chester.

Tomorrow I also need to prep for English 101, and sew on the eyes and make the buttons for ami!Flaggypants. Then he'll be all done and ready to ship off to NYC to wreak havoc. Mmm, havoc.

Havoc is a weird word.

Also, I have so totally been on a Sean Bean kick lately. In the past week I have watched, in order:

Sharpe's Challenge: I'd seen this one before, but now I saw it with the critical lenses regarding colonialism and the Other and such built up since getting to ASU. While I'm still a bit icked by a British movie about a British soldier being made, set in India, putting down insurrections, I thought they handled it relatively even handedly, particularly since the Big Bad was also British. Also, seeing Padma Lakshmi somewhere other than Top Chef was a bit weird. I tend to watch Sharpe movies with half my attention-- the long battles, rides and babble of Napoleonic war maneuvers I let slide by, whereas anytime that Sean Bean is on screen, I'm fairly happy. (Also, Harper rocks.) [Of course, I can't think of Sharpe without thinking of Harper saying, of Theresa, Sharpe's wife in many of the movies, "They call her The Needle. Don't ask why." And they never do say why. NEVER.]

Don't Say a Word: As I said before, basically an okayish movie wherein Sean Bean plays an inexplicable bad guy and has a needlessly complicated death.

The Dark: Amazingly SB survives this one, and damn is he hot in this one, but, in my ever so humble opinion, the movie fails in the way that nearly all horror movies fail for me-- in its unsatisfactory ending. It had some nicely creepy bits which reminded me of why I almost never watch horror movies alone, but then it all just fizzled out. Also, it irritated me greatly that the female protagonist left the tea kettle in the attic, and the camera lingered on it significantly, but then it never came into play. The ending reminded me of the ending of another SB horror movie, Silent Hill. (Another movie I saw almost entirely because SB was in it, but actually enjoyed, except, as with so many of the genre, the ending.)

Clarissa: I was prepared to hate this one-- I hated the book after all. (I'd had to read it in an 18th Century novel class in college.) I honestly can't tell you if the miniseries is faithful to the book or not, having, apparently, promptly forgotten everything about it except that it is a) an epistolary novel and b) there's at least once scene at a garden gate. The miniseries keeps the garden gate (yay?) and does, indeed, have the heroine constantly write letters. I also was prepared to hate it because, and you know I love me some Sean Bean, but he is not the 18th century gentleman type, he's more the rogue (the Richard Sharpe or the gardener form Lady Chatterly, if you will.) That said, and stuipd hair aside, I actually enjoyed the series, even if only because I was laughing at it. It failed in what the book's author wanted-- which is to say, you're supposed to sympathize with Clarissa. Instead, while I certainly didn't wish ill on her (and ill does very much happen), I mostly thought she was a stuck up, snobby, holier-than-thou figure who made bad choices. As for Sean Bean's character, he had fantastic clothes, I enjoyed watching him fence, and he was definitely the best part of the movie. That said, he was also a thoroughly despicable character by the third (fourth?) episode. (Until that point, it was difficult to tell whether he was lying to Clarissa or to himself-- whether he would reform.) For those counting the Sean Bean death toll, yes, he dies at the end of this one, too.

North Country: I just finished watching this one. Weirdly, until reading the synopsis on Netflix, I'd had it in my head that this was a British movie, but no, it's set in the coal country of Minnesota. This is fine-- I'm actually fascinated by coal mines, and I'd knew I'd be interested in a movie about prosecuting sexual harassment, and women's rights. And in fact it 's a very good movie, which I enjoyed a great deal. However, being a movie set in the coal country of Minnesota, Sean Bean is rather ... inexplicably British. That said, his character's relationship with Frances McDormand's character was fantastic, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of his scenes, few though they were.

Speaking of Sean Bean, no, I do not plan on seeing the Percy Jackson movie just 'cause he's in it, although I do enjoy hearing his voice/accent in the previews. Also, why the heck isn't Sharpe's Peril, which I admittedly didn't know existed 'til just now, on DVD? It was filmed/released in 2008, that's plenty of time to get me my Sharpe fix!! (Evidently it takes up immediately where Sharpe's Challenge left off.

Not all the movies on my Netflix queue have Sean Bean in them, mind you. (Some have Thomas Gibson or Jack Davenport, after all.) But I am returning all three of my most recent discs (North Country and disc two of Clarissa, as well as Master and Commander, which I adored in that it was about sailing ships, about which I have an even more unhealthy fascination than with coal mines, but hated in that it was all people standing around going, Um.... and then something interesting happening, followed by more Um.... with a plot that just slowly collapsed like a flan in a cupboard.) This means that I will be getting three at once back in the mail, one of which is a Jack Davenport film (The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (British actor crush? Check! Costume drama? Check! Sailing ships? Check! People deported to Botany Bay? Check!*) and the other two are Sean Bean (The Island and Flightplan, neither of which I have high hopes for.)

I really ought to create a proper list of Sean Bean movies I've seen, his part in them, and whether he survived the film. I'm pretty sure he dies in at least 50% of them-- more if you don't count the Sharpe's movies. Then again, I think it also has to do with whether the film is British or American-- in the latter, he gets killed, often in interesting ways (I'm thinking GoldenEye as the most obvious example), but in the former, he's generally more the dashing, debonair love interest.



*the transportation of prisoners to Botany Bay and the creation of Australia is on my list of "inexplicable interests" along with coal mining, NYC at the turn of the century, and sailing ships, with or without pirates. Why? NO CLUE. Well, I sometimes know where the interest comes from but not why it stuck, or grew into such a fierce interest. Oh well. I never claimed to be logical.
eilonwy2017: (crochet)
You might be surprised by the lack of response to Thursday's episode of Supernatural ("Sam, Interrupted"). [livejournal.com profile] flurije was over to watch it, and asked why I wasn't blogging while it was on, or after. And I thought about this question-- because it actually had not occurred to me to do so, which is odd, as I have done so for every episode since the last third of season 4. But... I didn't. and it's not because I've fallen out of love with the show. (Yes, I prefer season 2's feel over season 5's, but whatever.) In fact, I was more excited about this episode than any this season. I enjoyed it, although I had some qualms with it, and it's an episode I look forward to rewatching. But mainly my brain is still fried from comps, and I had to teach Friday morning, and I slept ALL of Friday afternoon, and then I wrote my proposal (for the dissertation) Friday night and I slept all morning today, and spent the afternoon working on application materials for a fellowship and now I should be learning lines because I'm supposed to be off book for rehearsal tomorrow (I won't be.)

It doesn't help that I'm having trouble typing. I don't know why, but for some reason my fingers just aren't responding quite right-- they don't hurt and don't feel stiff, but they don't seem to have their usual strength/speed, which makes the idea of writing out all my opinions both on episode 5.11 and on the recent news I heard about SPN too daunting to contemplate. Maybe tomorrow, because I do have things to say.

The amigurumi that I offered up for [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti went for a $60 donation, won by [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty, and she donated, I'm pleased to say, to Doctors Without Borders, so that's pretty damn awesome. Depending on a lot of things, I may offer another one in the next Help_Haiti auction (in mid-February.) Blerg wishes for a Randall Flagg (the Walking Man from The Stand), a fact which amuses me to no end, even though it means finding multiple shades of yarn that work for acid-wash jeans, and the creation of a curly mullet. (But not, in fact, the first mullet I've ever done, so that's all right then.)

Because i don't have all of the necessary yarn (although I will hopefully stop by a craft store tomorrow, though I don't have high hopes as I've looked for jean-colored yarn there before), I am also planning the next Yarn!chester, to work on when I can't move forward on ami!Flagg (or Flaggypants, as I've taken to calling him, even though by "him" I mean the half of a head I crocheted last night.) I need to find some pale pink yarn. Any guesses on who I might be working on? :D

(No poll because I feel inspired to make this particular character, so I'm just going to go ahead and do it while I have the motivation.)

Whee. Tonight Flurry is coming over to watch bad Lifetime movies, so I'll be sure to be making some progress on something, I just don't know if it'll be ami!Flaggypants, the new Yarn!chester, or sewing up/stuffing cat toys, since a brand new box o' organic catnip arrived in the mail. Mmmm, catnip.
eilonwy2017: (crochet)
Don't forget, I'm offering a custom designed, hand crocheted person-of-your-choice (any fandom. Heck, any *person*, as long as you send pictures.) You donate the winning bid to the charity of your choice (who is currently helping Haiti, obviously, what with this being a Help Haiti auction), show me (or the community mods) the proof of donation (they're working on methods of keeping personal information personal*), and I craft and send you your very own wee crocheted person. (ie: a Yarn!chester who doesn't actually have to be a SPN character.)

Your amigurumi could be yourself, a friend, a famous person, an original character you made up, or from any fandom (as long as it has pictures, or you can send a very detailed description-- similarly if you choose an original character.)

Bids close tomorrow at noon Eastern Wednesday. Questions? Check out [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti

My offer is on page three of this thread. Or, if it's easier, you can go to this post and find me under "yarnish/Desk of Madam Defarge"**, click and get to the original post. (You must reply to the original description post to be bidding.)

I'll start on the winning bid's character this weekend. I'm looking forward to it (even if my wrists aren't necessarily...) [I have studying 'til Thursday and I'm in the process of knitting a doggie for a friend's daughter's first birthday, the party of which is on Saturday. You wouldn't begrudge a toddler a stuffed doggie, would you? Didn't think so. So I'll start your winning amigurumi after. Hee.]



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*but I'll need an address to send you your amigurumi anyway
**This pleases me greatly
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chester Callie)
I finished these weeks and weeks ago. And frankly, I'd been *almost* finished with them for months. But life, as they say, got in the way.

(For the record, I have not started any new amis, and will not be doing so until at least after the end of January, due to grad school necessities.)

Anyway, finally, in yarn form, Ellen and Jo Harvelle....



Some more random Yarn!chester stuff behind the cut...

CLICK ME )

Also, just a reminder to anyone who sends postcards to the SPN Set-- they're about to start filming the 100th episode (!!), and the Postcard Community is looking for a push of cards in celebration. I'm about to create a few via the USPS postcard creator. (The crew must think I'm completely insane-- but then again, I haven't sent any cards since October, it looks like, so it's time!)
eilonwy2017: (Unravelled)
EDIT!!! ALL CAT TOYS ARE NOW CLAIMED. I shall post more when I've made more. (Also, [livejournal.com profile] ladylizbet, I've finished your cupcake, but not the second toy. Your babies haven't been forgotten, promise!)

Before I take pictures and post everything on Etsy (because I'm strapped for time) I wanted to offer the finished cat toys to my wonderful LJ friends first. If you're interested, comment here so that as they are claimed it'll be obvious. (If, of course, anyone wants any.) :)

Each toy is filled with organic dried catnip (no filler, no polyfill to make your kitty sick) and made of wool.

Turns out these make pretty good dog toys, too (as long as your doggie's not a chewer.) I know at least one chihuahua and one collie who approve of these toys! In fact, I'm making a new one for the collie even now!

Mice are $3.50 each, the fishie is $4. (When I post them on Etsy, they'll be $.50 more each.) Shipping is a total of $4.95 since I ship via Priority.

If you want a picture, that can be arranged.

These are nice big toys for your kitty to really wrestle with, but with tails (which'll eventually come off, of course) so they can play and carry them.

Colors (one of each available):

Fish:
blue/green variegated with purple fins SOLD!

Mice:

dark purple
dark rose
blue/green variegated
orange variegated
Christmas mouse (dark green, with red ears/tail) SOLD!

Also available: Fried egg (only the yolk has catnip in it) for $3. SOLD!

There'll be more in the future, but I can't guarantee any more 'til after the holiday (although there might be. You never know.)
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!chester Sam and Callie)
Tomorrow I will unveil the two newest Yarn!chesters. I finished them tonight (putting their eyes on.) One has been done (other than eyes) for ... months now. The other I was having trouble with the hair-- but decided to just finish it, and so I have, and so they're done, and so tomorrow there will be pictures and posting.

I don't anticipate making any more until after I pass (I hope) my comps in January, partly out of lack of time but mostly 'cause I've been more interested lately in knitting warm accessories to wear (both here with sweaters and at home at Winter-break with heavy winter coats and such, because PA is cold to someone who has been living in AZ!) But you never know-- Hellatus could do strange things to a girl.

Also, I realize this is incredibly dorky, but I'll share anyway. I've started thinking about how to design a shoulder bag for the convention, one in which some of the Yarn!chesters could be displayed but safe. Since I'm too lazy to get my sewing machine to work, I've been thinking about this in terms of knitting an d felting. I haven't decided yet, though, if I'm going to somehow make said bag SPN thematic or just something simple so as to show off the Yarn!chesters. (I started knitting a bag based on the tattoo ages ago, but wasn't enjoying it, and even before that I knit the pieces of what was going to become a wristlet based on the devil's trap, but when it felted it was too big and so I never got around to finishing it. This is a common problem with me.*)


*Evidently it was a common problem with my great-grandmother, too (father's mother's), so perhaps it's genetic. Although I never met her (she passed away just a few months, I think, before I was born), I now have pretty much ALL of her left over crafting supplies because my grandparents never threw anything away and my parents shipped everything to me. (Actually, most of the embroidery floss is now in [livejournal.com profile] oddharmonic's possession, and some of the yarn has already been shipped to [livejournal.com profile] pyrite, but it all went through me first.) Amongst the yarn and such, however, has been a large number of half-knit items still on their needles. Just so we're clear, this means that they've been on the needles for thirty years. I really don't know what to do with these projects. In most cases I'm incapable of continuing them (not having the pattern) and even if I could, there'd be such a difference in tension/etc. and a bump (at least) from where the yarn was on the needle for three decades that it'd be weird. And it's not like it's yarn worth saving in most cases, 'cause it's acrylic from the 1970s.
eilonwy2017: (Camera-me)
Between creating my entries for the BuddyTV contest, and making some new postcards for Vancouver, I uploaded a handful of new pictures (from today's photo shoot) to the Yarn!chester Flickr Set.

Here's one of my faves:



Bedtime for me.
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!chester Sam and Callie)
I just occurred to me that somehow I've managed to forget to put Anna on every poll I've made about who I should craft next. I don't like or dislike Anna any more or less than anyone else (there are people I've put on the poll that I would enjoy crafting much, much less) so I don't know why the oversight. Oops.

I am, however, already in the midst of the next yarn!chester, so the oversight won't be corrected immediately.

Who am I working on? Why, none other than Ms Ellen Harvelle. (I'm worried about making her hair, though-- I'm not sure I have a color that'll work, and I don't want to spend any money...)

What color would you say Ellen's hair is?

I sort of see Ellen and Jo as a set at this point, though, so Jo is next. This, along with the already compelted Ash, will lead to Harvell's Roadhouse pictures, I imagine (including a postcard to the Vancouver offices.)

(This reminds me-- if the jacket on ami!Meg in her post looked impossibly bright-- it wasn't intentional. It's a dark terracotta in real life. But I saw the pictures on a different monitor on Friday and was appalled at how lurid it looked on that computer. Oh, also? I decided I was quite happy with Meg's hair, and she has joined the crowd o' yarn!chesters atop my stereo cabinet. Everyone is currently up there except the original Sam and Dean, who live on a nearby shelf (Sam inside a pitcher, oddly enough) and the current Dean, because he's my size guide, so I need him to compare with the parts of Ellen I'm working on.)

Andy won the poll by a lot (by lots within the male category, and by 1 point over Ellen in general), but if I make Andy, I'll want to make Ava right away, too, and I just wasn't quite feeling it. It will happen eventually, though, promise.

I also feel that I should make both Liliths at once, and both Rubies at the same time, too. Our show, with the potential exception of characters like Bobby, is a Show of pairs.

I'm glad that Lucifer didn't get more votes than he did because I don't feel like we've seen him enough for me to have really gotten a feel for him.

Anyway, back to Ellen. :)

ami!Meg

Sep. 25th, 2009 01:16 am
eilonwy2017: (We're So Screwed - SPN)
The 11th character (and 17th (!!) Yarn!chester) I've made...

Not much to say about her because it has gotten very late at night and I am tiiiired. But here she is. She turned out pretty much exactly as I wanted her too.



I used the new (since Ash) method of making legs. her feet are smaller than the other character, by just a stitch or two, but otherwise she's made the same, though with shorter legs and a round or two less in her torso, to make her smaller than Dean.

Her outfit is based on the one Meg wore in "Devil's Trap" Note the details of lace on her shirt, pockets on her jacket, and her multiple necklaces. I want to make a belt buckle for her yet, too, but we'll see.



I feel like her hair looks better in person than it does in the photo. I may need to take a second look at her tomorrow. I think the sleepiness is clouding my judgement. :)

Also, fill out this poll, please, as per usual:

[Poll #1462318]

I actually do have a preference or two at the moment which may, in the end, swing the vote, but we shall see. :)
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!chester Sam and Callie)
And my cat. Well, she hopped up on my couch while I was photographing, and she's so very cute (in my opinion) and was in the kind of mood where you could put stuff on her and photograph it, so... yeah. As you can see, here ami!Sam and ami!Dean climb Mount Callie:



(She doesn't care because she's busy sucking on her tail. It's something she pretty much only does when she's curled up next to me and happy-- but she does it pretty often and has done it since she was a kitten. It's a adorable. I often fall asleep to the sound of my cat sucking on her tail. Yes, seriously. I have video of it somewhere, too, should you wish for further proof.)

Anyway! New Yarn!chesters! click for YED, Ash & Henricksen )

I'm currently working on Meg, in her outfit from "Devil's Trap", but she only has arms and a head thus far.
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chester Callie)
How many Yarn!chester postcards can you find in these pictures?

(The answer is scary. But I'll send a postcard to the first person who gets it right (and wants a postcard)).

(Um, I commented on that post with how many postcards I found, so you have to be on your honor that you'll not look at my answer. And I'm going to take a closer look/count anyways.)

(Sekrit Messuj to [livejournal.com profile] a_starfish, I still plan on sending you one, I promise. I've just been totally made of fail lately.)

Also, I think I recognized at least one postcard from someone else on there. ([livejournal.com profile] caffienekitty, is that yours at the top of the fourth picture?)

Hey, [livejournal.com profile] pentane, your cat is on the wall-- I took a picture of kitty!Dean with ami!Dean, and made it into a postcard, and it's there.

Interestingly (to me at least) some of the postcards I sent were of pictures I'd never got around to posting on LJ. How odd.

I stopped sending cards weeks ago. It suddenly came to me that I was probably coming off as a crazed stalker (which, believe it or not, I'm actually not) rather than someone trying to express her appreciation for the show's crew's work, talent and skill. I might, I dunno, send another in the future since there are new yarn!chester characters. (Mary, for example, hadn't been finished when last I sent a card.)

I'm going to go sew eyes on ami!Henricksen now. (I'd show you all, but as I say, I can't finish his jacket 'til I get more blue yarn, probably on Saturday before a season 4 marathon with Flurry.) I'll also work on Ash, til I run out of, um, other blue yarn. Then I'll try to figure out how to make his !@#$!@#%#$& plaid shirt.

(Oh! and as I just said in a comment to [livejournal.com profile] anteka-- I was just thinking this mornign that I've gotten pretty good at crocheting random things. But I don't think I can crochet a wheelchair, so I may need to find a Barbie one (she had a friend named Stacy in a wheelchair that wouldn't fit inside the elevator of the Barbie condo or something, right?) Hm.)
eilonwy2017: (Tired Dean)
So, as of roughly 30seconds ago, amiYED is done. His eyes aren't perfect, so if I ever found the perfect beads to replace them with, I would, but til then, these'll do. I mixed up a not-quite-mixed batch of yellow/orangey paint and dipped the beads I normally use into them, let them dry, then sewed 'em on. Voila, instant yellow eyed demon. Pictures will appear sometime this week, methinks, potentially as late as Saturday, given this week's horrors, but potentially sooner.

For some reason I've been working on ami!Ash and ami!Henricksen pretty much simultaneously, and so far (::knock on wood::) that's actually been going well. I have completed ami!Ash's head, torso and arms. I have completed ami!Henricksen's head, torso, arms, feet, and one leg. (He'll be dressed pretty much as we saw in him "Jus in Bello", so the light blue shirt, black pants, and the dark blue FBI jacket and bullet proof vest. Hee.) So that leaves a second leg (obviously), putting it all together, the jacket, the vest, and then the usual details (although for Henricksen that does not include hair on the scalp, but does on the face.)

I'm not too worried about ami!Ash's legs (although I can't find what color shoes he wears in any episode, I'm going with a safe bet with "brown") because they're just jeans. His sleeveless plaid shirt is worrying me a little, however, because, well, plaid. But I'll figure something out. If I managed Chuck's robe, I shall figure out Ash's shirt. So that leaves legs, feet, overshirt and MULLET for ami!Ash.

As for ami!Meg, thus far I've only chosen which outfit to put her in (the red jacketed outfit from "Salvation"/"Devil's Trap") and crocheted the basic head shape. So she'll be a bit longer before seeing existence and accompanying photographs.

I take my crochet with me on the bus in the expectation of, well, crocheting, but then I invariably don't feel like moving all that much. It doesn't help that all the seats except the ones along the very back wall face sideways. I would much rather sit facing forward so as not to feel ill (or more ill than usual.)

I'd like to have gotten more done tonight (both in crochet and in other work) but I was at a play reading of a Restoration version of The Tempest. It was great fun, so I don't regret it, but I am now exhausted.

Oh, lastly? I have a sneaky suspicion that there will be at least a handful of Yarn!chester Challenges in the not-too-distant future. The new characters (Mary, YED, soon Henricksen and Ash, then Meg and then who knows...?) make it easier to think up scenes that don't require difficult to find/make accessories.
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chester Callie)
Just in time for tonight's SUPERNATURAL SEASON PREMIERE-- HAVE I MENTIONED IT'S SEASON 5 TIME NOW???-- the whole Winchester family in yarn:



Yes, I know that John looks a wee bit small (he kind of is)... and Mary looks a wee bit big (it's her hair). And it's a lousy picture, what with Sam apparently both completely blinded by his own hair and hitting Dean in the face... What can I say? I was in a hurry. In fact, I'm posting this picture from my office and hoping that none of my students show up to office hours.*

Also, I forgot to trim Mary's eyelashes, so in the close-ups they're kind of creepy. I'll fix that tonight when I get home.

Here's a close up/full shot so you can see the details:



I'm fairly proud of her, actually, even though there are, of course, things I would change, and also she took for freakin' ever. I handspun her hair from two shades of wool and some undyed bamboo (which is why there are lighter streaks in it, and those give it a bit of sheen.) Because it's wool, it's a bit mold-able, so I put it in curlers, and when it was dry, I also sprayed it with spray starch. In retrospect, I should have only curled those front bits because curling all of it is part of what makes her head look huge. It took me about 3 hours just to put all the individual hair on her head. :P

Her dress is pretty basic, except that the front of the bodice and the trim on the hem and sleeves were done with a much finer (cotton) crochet thread to mimic lace a little. The pink rose is much bigger than the one on the real costume, of course (at least, proportionally) but after hemming and hawing about whether to make my own smaller one, I remembered that these are silly yarn people who aren't proportional to begin with and went with the store bought one. :)

So, what do you think?

ami!YED is almost done, too. As of last night (after a marathon of 8 season 4 episodes with [livejournal.com profile] flurije), he is actually people shaped, possessing all of his limbs. Also, his coat is almost done, needing only the collar. Tonight I anticipate at least beginning his hair (which will be much easier than Mary's.) Then all that's left is his eyes, and I have fabulous beads for those, which I found while in VA with [livejournal.com profile] spade back in May.

So, who should I do next? I'd been saying I'd make a set of Rubies (season 3 and season 4), but now I find I'm not as excited by that prospect as I originally thought. I very much want to keep making characters, but who would you like to see?

This poll, taken way back when in May, clearly had Mary and the YED as who you all wanted to see next. Runners up were Henricksen (that's tempting) and season 3 Ruby.... Let's see if the hellatus has changed any minds. The only rule for suggesting a character is that it should be someone who was in more than one episode. I feel like I'm forgetting people, so please feel free to vote for "other" and put the character I'd forgotten in comments.

[Poll #1455840]


I should really pretend to be a good little worker type now and ... well, do my German homework, actually.

But did I mention SEASON 5 PREMIERES TONIGHT!!




---
*As I have not yet handed back any grades, nor are we facing down a deadline, it is highly unlikely that any students will show up. Which I'm kind of counting on, so that I can get a bunch of other work done before the premiere tonight. Wheee.
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chester Callie)
The update on the Yarn!chesters is .... that there is no update.

ami!Mary has not yet been beheaded (doooood, I should so totally make a wee guillotine to photograph her with before I, y'know, put a new head on her) nor fixed. I don't know when this will happen. (It at least partly depends on when the next SPN viewing party with [livejournal.com profile] flurije and A. is, and that depends on whether they're going to the north rim of the Grand Canyon this weekend.)

I do not have new Yarn!chester Scene Challenges for you. But! [livejournal.com profile] sinnerforhire was the first to correctly identify yesterday's challenge as being the ouija-board-in-the-hospital-scene from "In My Time of Dying." I *love* that scene, partly because of, yes, how well it's acted, but more for the way it was filmed, no particularly "special" effects, just a beautifully choreographed sweep of the camera (and, apparently, Jensen Ackles having to slide into place.) Several of commenters liked the ouija board in my shot, but, I hate to admit it, it was nothing special, just a print out from ye olde intertubes. :( There is, however, a seller on Etsy who makes tiny ouija boards. I almost bought one before deciding that this method was cheaper. I could make a nicer, more lasting version pretty easily for my Yarn!chesters, and might in the future. The only downside is that my version does not have a planchet (the little plastic piece you slide around.) I could probably make one out of Sculpey, if I ever get my oven fixed. But. That's neither here nor there, and anyway, I already shot the scene.

I do not know when Yarn!chester Scene Challenges will return. I know that they were entertaining about a half-dozen of you and I really hate that I might be disappointing you. Equally problematic, I know that a few people only friended my LJ because of the Yarn!chesters. If you want to stick around despite the lack of yarn SPN characters, please do. :)

When the Scene Challenges return, it'll be on a different schedule. (Classes-- both the ones I teach and the ones I take-- start on Monday, and I'm going to be uber busy.) If my health really does start improving, then you can probably expect more frequent Yarn!chester stuff. We'll see. (Heh, petition my doctor-- get Eilonwy well so she can spend more time crafting for fandom and taking sillly pictures of crocheted dolls! I'm sure that'd go over fabulously.) When I have a better idea of when the Scenes will return, I'll of course let you know. [I've also been toying with having it update only once a week, but having an actual contest (with a random correct responder chosen, not the first, to be more fair for various time zones) with actual prizes possibilities. We'll see.]

I've stopped sending postcards to the set (as of Friday), although whether that's a hiatus or a permanent cease I haven't decided. On one hand I feel like I could send them indefinitely; on the other, I feel like I've said all I can (about how awesome the crew is) by way of one or two sentences told from the perspective of the Yarn!chesters on the backs of postcards. ([livejournal.com profile] a_starfish, I have not yet sent your card, but I haven't forgotten you either.) Besides, I want the postcards to come across as genuine appreciation for what the crew does (which is why I sent them), not as Crazed Stalker FanGirl sending dozens in order to overwhelm All the Other FanGirls' cards. (I really hope that's not how I've come across.) On the other hand, maybe I should send just one more as a Last Card. I dunno. Decision to be made later, as opposed to 1am when I should be in bed because I have to be up early to take my car to the garage for a new friggin' timing belt.

One last Yarn!chester thing, though. When I finish ami!Mary (again), I will move on to Azazel/YED (as per the poll I took aaaages ago). Should I put him in the clothes he wore in "In My Time of Dying" (even though I can't really tell what color shirt that is, or what pants/shoes he wore) or the ones he wore in "All Hell Breaks Loose" 1 and 2?

I'm actually more looking forward to making both versions of Ruby. Any suggestions on which outfits she should wear? (I'm thinking "Sin City" S3!Ruby.)

[I've been spinning a lot, which is not at all fandom related, even if I do have one or two vague ideas about "supernatural" inspired yarn. But I just found a knitting pattern I'd been looking for for ages which I'd been wanting to adapt into a fandom related item. If it works, I'll be posting about it here. I think it'll be good for me, though, to take on a mostly-patterned knitting project to cleanse my craft palate (so to speak) after the failure of ami!Mary, which I'm taking kind of hard. Also, in the past day or so I've found my interest in the Sooper Sekrit SPN Yarn-Related Project of Doom (which I think I"d already admitted and is therefore not all that secret any more) rekindled. So who knows what might develop on that front.]

Lastly, any interest/ideas in a Yarn!chester icon or two? (With the newer versions of the amis).

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