Saturday, November 30, 2013

Groovy Crochet - Children

I had contacted the person who used to host the Groovy Crochet website which is now only available through the Way Back Machine. The last time it was updated was in 1999 and I was afraid the patterns would be lost. I never heard back from anyone. Although the email didn't bounce, I chalked it up to being no longer in use.

So I took it upon myself to copy out the patterns and group them by category into PDFs. The first one completed is for the Children's patterns. There are a few patterns that could no longer be found on the server, so they are missing. If you have copied out any of the following patterns, please forward and I will add them in so all patterns are in a single document ;-)

Patterns no longer available are:
  • MiniMex Poncho
  • Petite Poncho
  • Child's Top & Cap

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pogo Scary Story Submission

It all started when our big screen TV went kaput. This was back in the days of the big box-type big screens and VCRs. We drug the TV from the bedroom out to the livingroom and my husband made a makeshift table to set it on. Because I was in the process of copying tapes for my mother, the big dual VHS deck was set on top of it. To cover the odd pieces of wood that made up the table, I took a length of fabric and draped it over it. It would have to do until we got a replacement.

I had been copying a ton of tapes when my husband came out to take over the TV. I went off into the computer room to do some work. A few hours later, I noticed my husband had wandered off to bed and so I began the ritual of locking doors, turning off lights and closing drapes.

But when I walked into the livingroom, my heart froze. There, standing at the back sliding door, was some guy dressed up like Darth Vader staring into the house. Have you ever been so scared that your mouth tasted like gasoline? I stood there frozen for what seemed an eternity and Darth Vader never moved. I slowly stepped into the hallway, then ran into the bedroom to wake my husband.

Now, my husband was deaf in one ear so waking him was a bit of a chore if he was sleeping on his good ear. I finally rouse him, (and he’s none too happy about being woken), and he’s asking me what my problem is. I ‘yell-whisper’, “There’s some sick freak dressed up as Darth Vader in the back yard!”. He asks, “So what do you want me to do about it?”. I reply, “I want you to shoot the S.O.B.!!!”

He finally gets out of bed and grabs his pistol. I’m attached to his back as he’s walking down the hallway. As he steps into the livingroom, I see the creep is still there, but my husband is acting like he doesn’t see anything. He turns around and gives me the “what” look. I frantically say, “He’s right there! Get him!”

My husband walks toward the sliding glass door and opens it. I’m confused and my brain isn’t quite processing what is happening. He yells out the back yard then comes back into the house. When he shuts the door, I see it.

The TV on the makeshift table with the electronics piled on it and the fabric draped over it reflected onto the glass in the exact shape of Darth Vader. I meekly describe this to my husband who is now thoroughly annoyed. He yells at me, “No more science fiction movies for you!” and stomps off to bed.

So now I tell everyone that Darth Vader lives in my back yard with the possum. (The possum is another story...)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Dottie Redoux

Pogo asked for feedback on what Dottie from Fortune Bingo should look like. Here is what she currently looks like:

Pretty sad outdated graphic. Meatball hair, dirty blouse, Erkel glasses and a look on her face that she's sorry and knows that you won't have the next number called. Definitely time for a makeover!

I did an image search for "Fortune Teller" and found lots of cool images. Here are just a few suggestions:

I'm thinking the last one. Her name IS Dottie, after all... Or maybe they need to create a new game - Fortune Bingo II and update to a cooler number caller. Her name could be Zelda, Progeny of Dottie!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Retro Dishmop

This pattern is no longer available for free.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Travel Cloth Pattern

This pattern is no longer available.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Is This the Original One Ring?

In a housekeeper’s office of a Tudor mansion in Hampshire, there dwelt a very odd golden ring that glittered on a revolving stand in a tall perspex column. Could this be the original ring that inspired JRR Tolkien to write about,
“One very beautiful thing, very beautiful, very wonderful. He had a ring, a golden ring, a precious ring.”
To read the entire article, go here.

The Maker

A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.

Film short by Zealous Creative
For more info and to purchase/download your own copy, please visit their website.

I'm thinking of trying my hand at replicating the rabbits, (in my own style to avoid copyright issues, of course.) But since I'm not that great with clay, I've contacted my buddy SixLegDeer at Etsy to see if I can persuade her to make some teeth for me ;-)


How can nothing be something?

Born into a world of numbers, an oppressed zero discovers that through determination, courage and love, nothing can be truly something.

Film short by Zealous Creative
For more info and to purchase/download your own copy, please visit their website.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year!

2013 - where did 2012 go?! It slipped by without much notice from me, that's for sure.

Anyway... I've started a huge crochet project that I'll be blogging about here. Needless to say, that is where I'll be spending most of my posting time. Come on over and check it out!

If I don't see you there, all the best to you in 2013 :)