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21st-May-2008 03:16 pm - Wordless Wednesday
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6th-May-2008 06:36 pm - Mrs. Reynolds Shawl
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So, I completely disappeared for over a month. I'm sorry. I'm back!

School has been kicking my butt lately, but my last day of finals is tomorrow, praise the Lord!

In honor of my return to blogland, I'm posting a pattern! :D YAY!
I went to Dallas ComicCon on Saturday the 5th of April, and I had a blast! I wore the Saffron costume that I had worked very hard on, which was great because Christina Hendricks, the actress that played her, was there! My experiance meeting her was priceless.

I'd never been to a convention before, so I was a little nervous. When I walked through the door, I approached a fellow dressed as Mal because he looked like a man who knew what I needed to know. Turns out he did, but his price for the information was a picture with this Devil Woman. He led me right to her table, where there was a relatively short line. I waited patiently for a few moments, listening while the lovely Miss Hendricks talked to the people in front of me. She is so beautiful in person! (she is my ultimate girlcrush). But, and this is where the really cool part starts, I kid you not, half way through a conversation with another patron she caught sight of me out of the corner of her eye. She STOPPED talking to the person, went "Ooooh!" took out her camera phone, and snapped a picture of me, them went back to buisness as usual.

I waited a few more minutes, and then finally it was my turn! She kept going on about my attention to detail and how accurate I looked! She loved my shawl-- I took it off so she could see it better and she just went on and on about it. She knits too! Hearing her compliment my work meant so much to me! She even signed my autograph to "my twin"! She really made my first convention amazing.
After posting pictures of my costume, I received an overwhelming amount of reqests for the pattern on livejournal and at Ravelry, so without further ado, the Mrs. Reynold Shawl pattern.\

(this is by no means screen-accurate, but if it's good enough for the REAL Saffron, its good enough for me :D Oh, and I don't own anything related to Firefly, Serenity, or Mutant Enemy-- that's all Joss's territory. I just obsess over it...)

Mrs. Reynolds


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Finished Garment Measurements:

Width across top: 65"

Height from center point:40"

Length of side: 55"

Gauge:

2 rows (one repeat): 1.5"

3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc = 1 1/2".

Supplies:

3 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver <100% Acryilc/ Worsted Weight/ 4 Ply/ 364 Yards> in Ranch Red

I/9 /5.50mm Crochet Hook

Stitches:

Double Crochet:
Yarn over hook, insert hook in the next stitch to be worked, yarn over hook, pull yarn through stitch, yarn over hook, pull yarn through 2 loops on hook, yarn over hook,
pull yarn through last 2 loops on hook (one double crochet made)


Treble Crochet:
Yarn over hook twice, then insert hook into next stitch. Yarn over hook and draw yarn through stitch - (there are four loops on the hook). Loop yarn over hook and draw through two loops, (there are now three loops remaining on the hook). Yarn over hook and draw through two loops.


Abbreviation
dc- double crochet
ch-chain

Pattern:

Just so you are oriented, you'll be starting with the back point of the shawl and working your way to the widest part.

Ch 6, turn. You are now working on the wrong side of the shawl. Even numered rows are the Right Side, odd numbers are the wrong side.


Row 1: Work one dc in the 4th, 5th, and 6th ch from hook. Ch 5, turn. You are now working the right side of the shawl.
Row 2: Work 3 dc in first dc of the previous row, skip 2 dc. In top of the begining ch6, work 3 dc, ch 1, and work one treble crochet. Ch 3, turn. Wrong side of work is now facing you
Row 3: Work 4 dc in ch-1, ch 4, skip 6 dc, 4 dc in next ch-loop, dc in 3rd ch of same loop. Ch 5, turn.
Row 4: Work 3 dc in first dc, in ch-4 work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3dc, skip 4 dc, in starting ch work 3 dc, ch 1, and tr. Ch 3, turn.
Row 5: Work 4 dc in ch 1 from previous row, ch 4. Skip 6 dc, 4 dc in ch 3 of previous row, ch 4. Skip 6 dc, 4 dc in next ch loop, dc in 3rd ch of same loop. Ch 5, turn.
Row 6: Skip first dc, 3 dc in next dc, (in next ch 4 work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc) 2 times, skip 4 dc, in top of starting ch work 3 dc, ch 1, and tr. Ch 3, turn.
Row 7: Work 4 dc in ch-1, ch 4, * (4 dc in next ch 3, ch 4) 2 times, skip 6 dc, 4 dc in next ch loop, dc in 3rd ch of same loop. Ch 5, turn.
Row 8: Skip first dc, 3 dc in next dc, * in next ch 4 work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc; repeat from * across, end skip 4 dc, in top of starting ch work 3 dc, ch 1, and tr. Ch 3, turn.
Row 9: Work 4 dc in ch 1, * ch 4, 4 dc in next ch 3; repeat from * across, end ch 4, skip 6 dc, 4 dc in next ch-loop, dc in 3rd ch of same loop. Ch 5, turn. Repeat Rows 8 and 9 until you have completed a total of 38 rows, ending with Row 8 as the neck-edge of your shawl. Do not cut yarn.

Picot Border:
Turn to work across side edge in pattern as for Row 9. Continue around entire perimeter of shawl, creating one complete rotation, ending at the same place you started. Begin down side edge again: Slip stitch in corner, ch 3 for first dc, in same corner work 3 dc, * continuing along side edge in next starting-ch loop work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc *; repeat from * to * to bottom corner, in each of two points at center bottom work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc; repeat from * to * across next side edge, end 4 dc in last corner. Continue in pattern across neck edge. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Tassels:

In groups of 3 18" long strands, create tassels in points of every third picot. Place tassels in all 3 points of triangle.

Now, go get yourself a husband to steal!
19th-Mar-2008 01:37 pm - Not-So-Wordless Wednesday...
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This is an ordinary coffee mug...


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...or is it?Collapse )
11th-Mar-2008 09:11 pm - I'm on the quarterlife front page!
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Well, I'm in a video on the front page...

Well, a screencap of my profile is in the video on the front page...

check it out.

It's video #1. Click for sound. It's about ten seconds in. I have crazy bright red hair from a really bad "brightening" dye job. *Thanks sweet Jesus those days are over*

It's really no big deal. Just a little exciting for me. ;)

You could check out the art on my profile while you're there, i you want.
6th-Mar-2008 03:14 pm - It's snowing. In Texas. In March
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Yesterday, it was sunny and a little warm even.

When I walked out of my Yoga class today, it was moderately chilly.

When I left Starbucks with my after-yoga coffee, it was very cold.

When I left the gym this afternoon, it was sleeting.

After lunch with my mother and brother, it began to snow as I drove home.

4 hours later, the snow is 5 inches deep on the ground and 7 inches deep in the eaves of the house.

It is beautiful.

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My brothers are out playing in it right now. They've built a snow man and a fort. I've made my snow angel and am settling down, warm infront of the television with my window shades drawn up. I'm sunggled up with some piping hot Lemon Zinger tea, sweetened with honey. I'm working on Callum, my cycling aran and watching Little Women, my favorite cold-weather movie. (Who am I kidding? It's my favorite any-time movie...) The snow is so thick I can barely see the roofs of the houses in the neighboorhood. It's beating against my window and piled up on the sash. It's so soothing to look out and see great big snow flurries.

I love winter.
5th-Mar-2008 08:21 pm - Wordless Wednesday
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1. What smell reminds you of your childhood?
Mint. My Grandmother has mint in her back yard and it grows like crazy. I know it didn't look quite that gorgeous, but all of my memories of their house has their back yard looking just like the garden in The Secret Garden movie, when Mary is having the nightmare about losing her mother in the garden. I spent the first 2 years of my life living with them, and then the next 13 living right up the street and spending my free time at their house. I have these awesome memories of playing in the back yard while Grandma gardened and Grandaddy worked in the wood shop, and the mint was always there.
2. Would you ever consider getting laser eye surgery?
Yes. I hate not being able to see without my glasses, and glasses are so cumbersome. I have a really hard time putting contacts in, too. I would love to have perfect vision again.
3. What food do you love now, that took you a long time to develop a taste for?
Bell Peppers. I used to hate the taste, but now I love them, especially the yellow ones. They're great frozen!
4. Do you have sensitive skin? Is there any material that you don't like touching your skin?
I have very sensitive skin! I burn after three minutes in direct sunlight, and if I scratch my neck or something, it looks like I got mauled by a werewolf because I'm covered in scratch marks. In the winter my skin is dry, too, and I hate the feeling of polar fleece on dry skin.
5. Whose speaking voice is your favourite to listen to?
Probably Alan Rickman or James Earl Jones

Now for some Yarn Porn!



Mrs. Reynolds Shawl (for my Yo-Saff-Bridge costume)
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And Captain Malcolm Reynolds
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Callum (a.k.a. Cylcing Aran)
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Librarians are Sexy (a.k.a. Deep-V Argyle Vest)
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Jane (a.k.a. Dahlia)
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Elizabeth (a.k.a. Mrs. Darcy)
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Namaste Yoga Bag
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Mooney (the Lupin Scarf)
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Marianne (a Miss Dashwood Hat and dress set)
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The E-Town Slouch
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Beach Blanket Bingo
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Mon Petite Chou (a.k.a. Ma Cherie)
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Scarfs
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Yeah for killing bandwidth!

Oh, and if the whole Librarian thing goes bust, it seems I've got a great alternative:


It is the world's oldest profession...
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Also, Garfield minus Garfield is much better than the original. Who would of thought that the removal of one character would turn a well-loved family cartoon into a hilarious commentary on paranoid schizophrenia and multiple personality disorders?

27th-Feb-2008 11:56 pm - Wordless Wednesday
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14th-Feb-2008 08:55 pm - my best friend is eight years old
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And I don't mean it in the Pam Beesly/Jim Halpert "Sometimes, I bring him juice. My boyfriend is twelve." kind of way. My best friend really is eight years old. He's about four and a half feet tall, rusty red hair, big brown eyes, and shares some of my DNA. My best friend is my little brother. He's the coolest kid I've ever met. He tells me I'm beautiful no matter what I woke up looking like, and he loves Harry Potter almost as much as I do. He tells me he loves me all of the time, and absolutely loves every moment spent with me. And it is completely reciprocal. This kid rocks.

I took him on a date Saturday. We saw the earliest showing of the Spiderwick Chronicles, which is absolutely AWESOME! (insert creepy quasi-crush on Freddie Highmore here. He's sixteen though, so it's not that bad... right? Kid is going to make an amazing actor someday). Go see it, it is great. Special effects get better every year, and these were pretty freaking awesome. There were times when we were both absolutely scared out of our minds... well, we jumped a little... and times I thought we were both going to cry. It was an awesome bonding experience.

Right after the movie, I introduced the kid to Waffle House. Can you believe this red-blooded American boy had never had chocolate chip waffles before? Because of Waffle House, I am now a god in one child's eyes.

He spent the night at my grandparent's house last night, which didn't go so well for him. He got homesick, which I just don't get, but I practically lived at their house for half of my life. (They are the greatest people I've ever met). When I dropped him off, Grandma insisted I stay for dinner, and then she got out the 50 year old film projector-- she'd found film of my mom as a baby. It is so surreal to see this little person who looks just like a grown-up you've known your whole life. It's weird, because you know that it's your mother, but at the same time you can't process it because you've never seen her look quite like that before.

Can I just say that I am in love with the sound of a running film projector? There is something so lovely about the "thwick-thwick-thwick" of the tape running through the loop. <3

While me and the kid were out on the town, I ran into World Market and found some really cool novelty stuff for the Serenity/Firefly Swap. I can't wait to get my partner so I can get to crafting!

I've come across a new obsession in the past two days:quarterlife. It's an online serial that NBC has picked up for a season. It starts on TV on the 26th, but you can watch it all online, you just have to hunt for the episodes. It's addicting, and now they've gone and created a beta page just like the one on the show. I now have a quarterlife page with some of my artwork up. It's here.

In knitting news, I'm about a fourth of the way through my Deep V Argyle Vest. Eunny Jang is my hero. I'm using a Navy and Cream color combination in Lion Brand Lion Wool (a gift from my great aunt). It's knitting up quite cutely and surprisingly soft. I guess, if I really like the pattern I'll make a few more in some Lamb's Pride or Cascade 220.

After I finish Deep V, I am bound and determined to finish my Dahlia.

I guess that's all for today-- I worked from 5:30am to 1pm, so I'm exhausted right now, and all of my thoughts are far from coherent.
What Big Damn Hero Are You? [ Serenity | Firefly ]
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You scored as Kaylee FryeYou are Kaylee, Serenity's natural born mechanic and cute as a tick. And pretty sharp with the comebacks, too.
Kaylee Frye

88%
Inara Serra

73%
Mal Reynolds

71%
Shepherd Book

71%
Simon Tam

69%
Zoe Washburne

68%
Wash Washburne

61%
River Tam

54%
Jayne Cobb

48%



Which Firefly Villain are you?
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You scored as SaffronYou collect names and husbands like other people collect stamps. You don't just do crime for the money, you love to beat people and manipulate them. Hey, everybody does it, you are just good at it.
Saffron

100%
Scrappers

88%
Hands of Blue

81%
Adelai Niska

63%
Atherton Wing

56%
Jubal Early

56%
Alliance Agent

56%
Badger

50%
Crow

50%
Patience

50%
Reaver

38%
Rance Burgess

38%
Federal Marshall

31%
Alliance Officer

13%


13th-Feb-2008 08:25 am - Wordless Wednesday
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