Cthulhu French Press Cozy

In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming…of coffee. Sweet, delicious coffee. I might have a problem.

20170327_130432So, this project came about for a couple of reasons. The first, is that, as I was browsing Ravelry one day about a month ago, I happened upon a multitude of patterns for french press cozies. Owning a french press myself, as they are quite compact and therefore ideal for a dormitory-living college student such as myself, I  was intrigued by the idea of a french press cozy, but rather dissatisfied with the patterns that were lain out before me. As such, I decided to invent a design of my own.

Additionally, I possess a great admiration (although slight lack of knowledge) of the works of one H.P. Lovecraft, and the vast, unfathomable universe he imagined. Naturally, I decided to wed the two ideas, and, naturally, drafted a pattern depicting a simplified image of the mighty Cthulhu.

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Ok, enough with the purple prose.

There were a couple of challenges that came along with this. For one thing, my french press isn’t all that big, so I wound up using a tiny, 1.8 mm hook just so I could fit the design in. The other problem is more inherent to colorwork in general—if I carried the yarn I wasn’t using behind the one I was, it would inevitably show through, muddying up the design. To fixed this, I decided to abandon the idea of carrying my yarn behind my stitches when I was working on the back, instead simply dropping it and picking it back up when I needed the color again. This did make the back of the piece a little messy, so I lined it with felt to cover it up20170327_130655.

Additionally, I used a series of bobbins with the green. One on each side of the border, and one for each Cthulhu. The Crochet Crowd has a great tutorial on this technique, that I’d highly suggest checking out. It’s nestled in the middle of a giant comprehensive tutorial on how to crochet a graphghan, but they start talking about bobbins at about the 11:30 mark. Here’s a link to the website, the tutorial video is near the bottom.

Here’s a link to the pattern: Cthulhu-french-press-cozy. It is completely free. If you do make something with it, please share a picture, I’d love to see. Until next time. Cthulhu f’htagn!

Um….

So….it’s been two weeks since I last posted…and my schedule says I have to post every other Tuesday…and, um, one of my goals this year is to never miss a post………..

So this is what I’ve been doing this week:

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Note the complete lack of yarn

Yeah, so it’s midterms, and I have been so covered in homework and papers and studying that I just didn’t have much time to crochet these last two weeks. I do have an exciting project in the works—at least, I’m excited about it—I just haven’t really had any time to finish it.

So…yeah. Today’s just kind of a filler day. On the plus side, spring break’s coming up, so I’ll have time to work on things then. I’ll have an actual nifty crochet thing next week, I promise. Until then, I’m gonna get back to studying….

Matoki Part V: Jokomato

So, I go to school in New Orle20170227_174542ans,  and it’s Mardi Gras, and I have spent the past two days hiding in my room because I’m a recluse and don’t really like large crowds of drunk people all that much. And while I was hiding in my room, I made another matoki! His name is Jokomato, and his design fits absurdly well with the theme of the current holiday.

Seriously, if he was purple and green it would have been the perfect tie in.

Honestly, making Joko was a lot easier and less stressful than certain previous matoki (*cough* Toto *cough*). The only somewhat difficult part was making his full-face mask, and that was only really difficult because I originally attempted to cut his eyes out of the white part of the mask, so they would be black because he literally had no eyes. But the results were terrifying and lopsided, so I scrapped that idea and made them out of black felt.

Otherwise, he was relatively easy to put together, and it was a nice change of pace to make a matoki whose basic mask was so fundamentally different from any of the others.

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Diamond Trellis Basket

20170212_171828Hey, short post today. I made a basket! It’s proven useful at holding some of my yarn. I found the pattern here, and if you would like to make one of your own, or just check out another nifty crafting blog, I would highly suggest checking it out. My basket is wider and taller than the one on the site, as it was originally meant to be a laundry basket. However, after not working on it for nearly six months, laziness won out and it became simply another nifty storage container.

Matoki Pt IV: Totomato

102_8694I finally made the next matoki! His name is Totomato, and he is a robot. And a baby. He is a baby robot. I wish I was making this up.

Toto is a robot created by Shishimato to aid in the Matoki’s conquest of Earth. Additionally, while the rest of the Matoki are over 2000 years old, Toto is only one year old, which apparently means baby, even when you are a robot.

Toto’s backstory might be absurd, but it lends itself to a visually interesting and unique design. It also meant I had to make a lot of changes to my original des102_86971ign. Most notably, Toto’s ears are wider set than those of the other Matoki, to make room for the winding key in the center of his head. As such, I wound up making the winding key first, to use as a guide for where to place the ears. I thought this would be difficult, but it actually wound up being relatively easy once I had designed the winding key.

That said, putting Toto together was a nightmare. In my post about Dadamato, I explained that making Dada’s tire treads was frustrating because there were just so many pieces that had to be accounted for. Comparatively, Toto has very few pieces—the drool marks under his winding key and head, and the horizontal stripes on his arms. However, while everything on his head came together easily, his body—and especially the drool mark on his chest—was another story entirely.

While the drool marks look really good in two dimensional images, they are remarkably hard to transfer to a round, three dimensional pear shaped thing, especially when you have to account for the fact that the top of the drool should be right under his head. I had not considered that I would have to take the shape of Toto’s body into account when making this piece until I actually tried to make the piece. What followed was an incredibly frustrating day and a half in which I went through four sheets of paper trying to figure out how to make it look right. Fortunately, now I have a pattern, so any attempts to replicate it will be easy102_8700—as long as he’s sitting down….

Speaking of which, I also wanted Totomato to be in a seated position, because he’s usually sitting down when he appears in promotional images or Matoki Earthventure. (The comic starring the Matoki. Yes, there’s a comic.)  Making it so Toto was perpetually seated was not nearly as difficult as making the drool marks, but it did provide a challenge. That said, he is the only Matoki so far who can sit up on his own (without leaning on anything), and I do like the way he turned out.

Candy Color Hat and Gloves

 

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Incidentally, that’s me in the picture. This is what I look like.

Hello all! It’s mid January, and as it happens, today is the first day of a brand new semester. So, naturally, I’m sharing something that I made back in December that is only tangentially related to my college experience.

 

I go to school in New Orleans, which doesn’t normally get very cold, even in winter (right now, for instance, it’s a comfortable 77 degrees outside). However, in December this year the temperature dipped down into the 30s and stayed there for an unusually long length of time. I, not expecting the cold, did not actually own a hat or gloves at the time, but I did have a large supply of yarn (as always). So, I found a pattern and set to work.

The patterns I found came from the Moogly blog and are here and here for the hat and gloves respectively. They are called the Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie and Fingerless Gloves. Go check them out, they’re pretty neat. I especially like the raised braids around the rim of the hat and the base of the gloves.102_8654

The yarn I used was from Red Heart Boutique’s Unforgettable series, which is arguably my favorite selection of yarn of all time ever. The color I used is called Candied, and I love how the soft, pastel colors lazily melt into one another. I love when multicolored yarns have long, individual patches of colors so the resulting pieces end up striped instead of covered in chaotic speckles. I also like that, by a happy accident, the gloves ended up with opposite colors on the top and bottom. In all, this was a fun pattern to make, and I successfully found a way to keep warm in the unusually cold winter.

Jellyfish

I don’t have much to say this week. I’ve been working on a couple of larger projects, and neither of them is ready to show off yet. So here’s a jellyfish I made.

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Isn’t it adorable? Although sometimes it feels like the eyes are staring into my soul….

I made this for a white elephant I did with my K-pop dance cover group, HYPED. (Yes, I am in a k-pop dance cover group called HYPED.) It was pretty fun and quick to make. I especially enjoyed making the curlicues for the tentacles. I used a pattern from a blog called One Dog Woof (link to pattern), and if you crochet and haven’t already seen this, I’d highly suggest checking it out.

That’s really all I have to say about this. Thank you for reading, and have a happy new year!