Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Hair Bow with Pattern

Halloween falls on my regular day to work this year, so I'll be spending it at work.  We get to dress up, but it can't be anything really gross or scary (I work in an ER setting).  Twinkie Chan posted a super cute tutorial on her site for making a cute rib cage and heart to affix to a t-shirt.  I figured it was cutesy and kawaii enough that I could get away with it at work.  You can find the tutorial here.  I haven't made the heart yet, but the ribs work up real quick.

I also wanted to make a cute bow for my hair and add googly eyes to it.  Who doesn't love googly eyes? (You are a communist if you don't like them just an FYI)  So I whipped up this super easy hair bow.  It would be great for someone just beginning to crochet.

I used black and orange, but you could use any Halloween type colors you want (I almost did black and bright green).  You could also use this same pattern to make any number of color combinations.  There is a color change in the pattern, which is easy if you have never done it before.  Once you get to the last stitch before your change,  pull your yarn through the last stitch so you have 2 loops on your hook, then put your new color on the hook, and pull it through the first color (I hope this makes sense).  If not, just do some googling.  Seriously its really easy.

H hook
Crochet needle (I use the big plastic blue ones)
Googly eyes
Hair clip of your choice (I use the small alligator ones)
Glue gun

Hair Bow Pattern:
Using color 1
Chain 11
R1 Skip first chain, sc across, ch 1 turn
R2 sc across, change color, ch1 turn
R3 sc across, ch1 turn
R4 sc across, ch1 turn
R5 sc across, change color, ch1 turn
R6 sc across, ch1 turn
R7 sc across, ch1 turn
R8 sc across, change color, ch1 turn
R9 sc across, ch 1 turn
R10 sc across, color change, ch1 turn
R11 sc across, ch1 turn
R12 sc across, finish off.

Now to the most annoying part!  Hiding all the tails!  I love striped crochet, but I hate all the tails it leaves.  Once you hide all the tails, use your crochet needle and a 12 inch piece of yarn.  Pin the middle of your swatch how you want your bow to look, and then use the needle to sew through the middle.  I sew, then wrap a couple times, then sew, then wrap the rest of the yarn.  Once you have wrapped  it around and made the bow look how you want, glue the ends.

Once that dries, affix your googly eyes how you like.  Let it dry, and then affix your hair clip so the bow will sit how you want.

Sorry in advance for the lack of pictures.  I just did this real quick last night.  I used one of my dogs as a model, I'm not sure he was super into it.

<3 Nik

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The tiny bit of Halloween I have done this year

Don't really know why but I am just not feeling it this year when it comes to Halloween. It's usually my favorite holiday next to Yule/Xmas. I have given into the pumpkin fever though. I'm about to make some pumpkin baked oatmeal muffins for my weekly breakfast (go menu planning!).

We did get our pumpkin carve on though. It is one of my favorite things to do. I kept it simple this year. My pumpkin is the one with the mustache. J's is the one committing pumpkincide.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

More menu planning and hoops

I'm doing pretty darn good with my menu planning. J has even started doing it some too. My favorite so far has been the baked oatmeal muffins in the mornings. Oatmeal in its mushy form makes me gaggy. But baked in a small muffin form is heaven sent. So far my favorite is the walnut/chocolate chip I made last week.

I added a radical new cross stitched piece to my hoop wall. nerdJERK just had a sweet sale in her etsy shop to help fund her wedding. I splurged and bought 3 cross stitch kits of hers. The other 2 I'm waiting to get still, but they will go up too.

We are finally getting some nice fall weather. But only in small spurts, then it's almost 90 again. I got J and I some pumpkins anyway, and I'll post how they turned out carved soon.

I just want more gloomy rainy days. It better justifies butternut squash soup.

<3 nik

Monday, October 8, 2012

Eating a little outside the box (more Asian market adventures.

Our adventure this time brought us duck hearts. This didn't seem all that weird to me (and probably southern ppl) because my step-dad made chicken hearts and gizzards. I decided to make it my own and use panko bread crumbs. They were super good but kind of a pain to fry with the panko. Any food budget/meal planning peeps take note the duck hearts were just over a dollar. A meal for 2 or using these as an appetizer would be nice on the wallet.