FOs: Lightsaber popsicle hilts + coffee cup cozies + moar

I’ve been terrible about keeping up with my FOs! I don’t have very good lighting in my house so I can only take pictures of my projects during certain times of the day. I’d love to have a lighting set-up eventually, but for now I have to limit my photo shoots to the few precious hours when the sunlight pours in through my living room windows.

But I finally have the pictures to prove that I’ve been working hard on my projects, even if I haven’t been posting them as often as I should. A couple of these have been in progress for quite a while, regrettably, but I made the rest within the past week or so.

Let’s start with the oldest first!

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I started working on these crocheted Lightsaber hilts ages ago for my Pathfinder group. We used to get together every other week to geek out and fight orcs, trolls, and necromancers, so I thought it would be neat to crochet a little nerdy something for each of our members. Unfortunately, we haven’t had the time to play for a long while, so I decided to scrap the project. I kept the ones that I finished for myself and T, but I neglected to weave in the ends or sew on the buttons until recently. It’s a shame too because now that I’ve finished them, I love them so much!

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It’s the perfect time for lounging around outside with a popsicle in hand since the weather has warmed up. And don’t these look just perfect with the popsicles inside!? T and I can’t help having a impromptu battle every time we eat one now. Because we’re the coolest kids at the party.

My brother developed a bit of an obsession with Kylo Ren after we went to see The Force Awakens together. I’m thinking about making him a little replica of Ren’s Lightsaber, complete with the crossguard beams. It’ll take a little bit of alteration to make it work, but I’ll make a post about it, if I can manage it. 🙂

For those of you who want to make your own popsicle hilts, this pattern is available on Ravelry. It was free when I first found it, but the pattern author has since started charging for it. It’s only 99 cents though so if you don’t mind paying for patterns, it’s pretty cheap as far as that goes.

This next project has been sitting in my Ravelry queue since my early crocheting days. I hate that it’s taken me this long to finally make them because they were so easy, and they’re actually a handy thing to have around. Coffee cup cozies! (Modeled on Solo cups because I don’t have any of those cardboard to-go cups!)

The cozy on the left was designed by Twinkie Chan, whose cute patterns almost single-handedly convinced me to start crocheting. The one on the left was made for me; the one on the right is an alteration I made for T. It’s supposed to look like Zoidberg from Futurama, but it came out a little wonky. I think that I’m going to try writing a pattern for an actual Zoidberg cozy so that I can fix the mouth tentacles and add the rest of his face.

(This pattern is free on Twinkie Chan’s blog.)

IMG_1960Last but not least, I managed to finish these humongous socks for my dad! These were my first human-sized socks. It may have been a mistake to make my first socks for my dad just because the size was overwhelming. I’ll just stick to making them for me and other people with a less Hobbit-like foot size. XD

(The pattern for these socks is free and can be found here.)

Do you have any projects fresh off the needles/hook? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! Thanks for reading! 😀

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Top 10 favorite (free) crochet patterns

I decided to do a companion entry to go with my last post. This time I want to post my favorite free crochet patterns to date. I’ve made some of these before, but most of them have waited in my library for the day that I decide to pick up my hooks again. (I’ve been knitting a lot lately and neglecting crochet, unfortunately.)

Most of these are very nerdy projects so they may not appeal to everyone. I love them though so hopefully you will too. And if you aren’t the nerdy type, maybe you know someone who is. 😉

So without further delay, here are my picks!

  1. Viking or Dwarven Beard
    Patterns like this are the whole reason I wanted to learn how to crochet. I found a picture similar to this on Pinterest and had such a nerdgasm that I decided to learn crochet immediately. This pattern is actually just for the beard, but it should be easy to attach it to any helmet pattern you like.
  2. Carry On and Fus Ro Dah! Skyrim Helmet
    While we’re talking about helmets, here is the perfect candidate for pairing with the above beard. If you’re a Skyrim fan, you may already know what this is. In case you don’t, this is a crochet version of the Iron Helmet from the game Skyrim. I’ve actually made one of these before, and it was a huge hit. Love this pattern to death!
  3. Antonia Wrap Around Shrug
    I love the variety of styles that you can achieve from this one shrug. I think that this will be my next crochet project. Even though it’s worked with worsted weight yarn, it takes a large hook so it should work up quite fast. I’m already stockpiling yarn for it, ha ha~
  4. Super Mario/Luigi Hat
    This pattern has been sitting in my queue for a long time! Mario was a huge part of my childhood (Super Mario Bros. 3 was my favorite!) so I was very pleased to find this very fine hat. I would like to do a Rule 63 Luigi cosplay eventually. This will be perfect for that!
  5. Sandwich Coaster set
    This is probably the cutest idea in the world for coasters! I already love crocheted foods more than I should. I was way excited when I found this. The pattern has instructions for bread, sliced tomato, cheese, lettuce, and lunch meat. There’s even an olive on a toothpick that holds the sandwich together when not in use! How adorable~
  6. Iron Man Fingerless Gloves
    Since T is a huge Iron Man fan, I knew that I had to make us a set of these. I have the normal Iron Man pair, but I’m going to make T a pair that are War Machine’s colors. I can’t wait to finish these and wear them to the theater to see the new Captain America!
  7. Dragon
    This little guy is an adorable amigurumi dragon! I’ve loved dragons since I was a kid. Movies, books, games; if it has a dragon in it, chances are I’ll love it. (Or at least I’ll want to give a look!) This pattern was actually made in celebration of the Year of the Dragon several years ago. The pattern creator has several other Chinese New Year dolls like this on her website, and they’re all just as adorable~
  8. Companion Cube
    It’s the Companion Cube from Portal! I love having cute, unique pillows laying around my bed and couch. This pattern is technically not a pillow, but it would look great as the centerpiece on a bed or something, right? The amount of detail is very impressive too!
  9. Baroque Tabard Tunic
    I love wearing a good tunic. It makes me feel all Legend of Zelda-y, even if it looks nothing like the one Link wears. This is probably my favorite pattern for a tunic ever. I haven’t tried it myself, but it made it to my list so I can only resist for so long. The best part about it is the sleeves. They look like they would drape very prettily.
  10. Star Wars Twi’lek Hat
    This has to be one of the best ideas for a hat ever! I grew up watching Star Wars; it was as large a part of my childhood as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And finding a cool crochet piece that wasn’t the usual Lightsaber-themed deal was really awesome. (Although I still think Lightsabers are awesome.) I’ve got to make time for this before the next movie comes out!

I think I’ll find myself working on a lot of these projects in the near future. I’ve found myself itching to hook now that I’ve looked through my library again. I’ll definitely post some pictures and keep this blog updated when I do start so keep at least one eye here. 😀