Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fully-Crocheted Sailor Saturn Costume For Sale + Some Updates

This is kind of a good news/bad news post. Maybe bad news/bad news. I'm not sure anymore because I've become completely dead inside at last.

To get right to the point: my Etsy sales have plummeted. My traffic in general has plummeted, despite my best efforts to drive these things back up since the decline began back in January. I'm doing worse this year than I did my first year when I had no idea what I was doing.

What does this mean?

This means I had to get an adult job where I have to iron my pants and wear black socks, and give up on my hopes and dreams of making a living as some sort of creative-type.

What does THAT mean?

That means I won't be designing or making nearly as many things as I was, that free patterns and charts are going to be few and far between, I'll be scarce, and I'm shifting gears.

I'm going to start leaning more toward selling patterns rather than physical products, which is a direction I've been leaning for the last few months. I have a pretty hefty stock of physical stuff in my shop right now, but when it sells out I won't be re-stocking extensively like I used to do, and when my made-to-order listings expire they won't be renewed. I'll probably still make a fast hat of some sort each week to maintain my knitting callous, but custom orders will be extremely limited and actually priced appropriately based on the hours that I put into making things (I've been grossly low-balling myself just to close sales, but now if you won't pay my asking price, I'm not making you anything - the end). When I do make new things of note they're going to be larger-scale, bigger-ticket items (e.g. sweaters), and I'm going to focus more on my personal projects (e.g. my crochet Sylvanas costume), so this is sort of cool? Maybe?

Because I've completely run out of money and I have no plans to ever wear this costume again, I'm looking to sell my Sailor Saturn crochet cosplay from DragonCon 2015. I've washed it and it's in perfect condition. I only wore it for this one event, but I did wear it a lot over that weekend. The Silence Glaive was irreparably damaged, so it is NOT for sale, and I will not be making another. COSTUME ONLY.

This costume includes:

  • size 7 boots (but they're a little tight),
  • bodice,
  • pleated skirt,
  • elbow-length fingerless mitts,
  • tiara,
  • choker thing,
  • earrings made by Jarman Props
I'm a very small person. I cannot put enough emphasis on this. I'm 5'3" and 90 lbs. This is not a one-size-fits-all costume. My measurements are approximately 32/26/32 and I made this to be form-fitting on me. I think I was closer to 100 lbs and my measurements may have been a little larger at the time, but I've lost some weight due to crippling despair over the state of humanity, my life being in shambles, etc. 

The costume does have some stretch, but it is very heavy, and it can become hard to breathe in high heat and humidity. I'm not responsible if you wear this and die. Be smart.

It's 100% acrylic yarn, so it is machine-washable. It's Caron Simply Soft to be exact. You can read all of the related posts about this costume here. I'll answer any additional questions you have, just ask them.

It took me 400+ hours to make between trial and error, sizing, and just working on it in general. It also took a substantial amount of yarn even though I'm a tiny human. If you're interested, contact me via my personal email: michelle.ribar@gmail.com. Make me an offer. Seriously inquiries only. I will ignore you if you make an idiotic offer.

Like my Facebook page for updates when I get around to working on stuff after I get settled into my grown-up job.

This is not goodbye. It's just time to put away my childish things. tl;dr. XOXOXOX

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

FREE Wonderwoman Logo Colorwork Chart for Knitting, Crochet, Embroidery or Whatever You Want To Use It For

Look at me making relevant grids for once! This Wonderwoman chart is available in three sizes. Right-click and open in a new tab to access the larger images. Feel free to save the images too so you can zoom or resize. These should work for crochet, knitting, other needle-y crafts, and even perler beads if that's your jam.

Use these for whatever you want, but please link back to this page and gimme some credit/internet lovin'. Like my Facebook page to stay up to date and be the first to know about new free charts and patterns, and swing by my Etsy store to buy stuff so I can afford to live and keep making free colorwork charts for the internet.

If you're not craft-ly inclined, feel free to inquire about custom orders and I'll make stuff for you.

XOXOX happy making!

And without further ado...fyeah, Wonderwoman!

Large 30x65

 Medium 25x55

 Small 20x45

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Free Overwatch Logo Colorwork Chart for Knitting, Crochet, etc.

I've been giving my poor little wrists and arms a break from yarnwork this week, and decided to get some charting done that I've had in the queue for a while. 

Here's the Overwatch logo. It will work for knitting and crochet as well as embroidery, and it occurred to me that you can totally use most of my grids for perler beads too. Perler beads are apparently trendy now (I have a hard time keeping up with craft trends, you guys). Anywho, I haven't tested this chart, so feel free to make tweaks as needed, and use it for whatever you like. 

Right-click and open in new tab then save and zoom.


Link back to this post to share free Overwatch logo chart love, visit my Etsy shop, like my Facebook page and happy crafting and happy FPSing. XOX

Monday, May 8, 2017

Free Mass Effect Andromeda Colorwork Charts for Knitting and Crochet - Andromeda Initiative and APEX Logos

I finished blundering through Andromeda a few days ago, and here are a couple of colorwork charts for your amusement. They're untested, but should be good for knit, crochet, embroidery and similar fibercrafting activities. Feel free to make tweaks as needed and use them for whatever you like, but be sure to link back here, to my Facebook or to my Etsy. Share the free stuff! :)

I'll try to get some more Andromeda grids done eventually - maybe some of those awful remnant encryption glyph symbols or something (did anyone actually do those stupid things or did everyone just buy a bunch of decryption keys?). I don't know. I didn't feel like there were as many cool logos to chart, but maybe I wasn't paying attention. Sloane's logo, maybe? I'm open to suggestions.

Here's the Andromeda Initiative (in two sizes) and APEX to get started. Right-click and open in a new tab for full-size, then you can save and do whatever.



Happy crafting! And if you aren't the crafty sort and you want me to make you something with any of my charts, just let me know. Place a custom order on Etsy or contact me through Facebook.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Awesome Etsy Shop Roundup Time! 3 Awesome Etsy Shops To Buy Things From Right Now!

I usually do this around Christmas time, but these shops all have awesome year-round items (unlike me, although I am leaning more toward plushies and patterns lately, which are totally rad all the time). I've also been painfully bad at blogging the last several months, and this gives me a nice reason to make a post, right? lulz ;-)

So here goes...check out these freakin' cool Etsy sellers and buy stuff from them because they're cool people selling cool stuff. Get someone a unique gift or treat yo self! Don't buy stuff from Walmart, buy stuff from these real life humans instead! Give your money to real life hoomans! DO IT.

Touch of Gaea

Handmade goods with a botanical twist!

Touch of Gaea specializes in these really neat, trendy leather cuff bracelets with engraved metal. There's a good variety in stock at this second and you can specify if you need a different size! To make the cuffs even cooler, each comes with an essential oil of your choice that can be applied to the leather.

Touch of Gaea Etsy
Instagram

EDIT: My friend who runs Tough of Gaea wanted me to add that she's a sarcastic eccentric showing crazy Hallmark tendencies with these bracelets.

Mercat Curiosities

Unique shiny things!

An exceptionally awesome friend of mine just started Mercat Curiosities, so it's totally brand new. She sells vintage jewelry that she picks up on various adventures as well as handmade, beaded jewelry from beads she collects from all over as well.

She has a lot of very cool chunky necklaces, some flashy off-the-wall stuff as well as timeless, sophisticated pieces. Literally, something for everyone. She has a lot of especially cool polished stone items and some eccentric happy-colored skull bead items as well.

Mercat Curiosities Etsy
Facebook

Adults Are Kids Too

Silly prints, notecards, other nerdy oddities!

The eclectic shop, Adults Are Kids Too, features hilariously cute things. I'm not even sure how to describe or explain what's going on. These some art prints, mixed media home decor like this beautiful R2D2 felt embroidery and perler bead masterpiece. Just go there and look at the stuff. Seriously.

Adults Are Kids Too Etsy
Instagram
Facebook

Alright, internet frens. Visit these shops, favorite them, buy things. Stop by their facebook pages and give them likes, follow those instagrams! Wooo!

Don't forget to also stop by my shop, WoollyRhinoCrafts, too. Also, my facebook.

Friday, April 7, 2017

One of Jimmy Gibbler's Hats - Free Fuller House Colorwork Chart for Knit Hat

I promised to chart this hat many months ago after I watched the second season of this corny show, but it was right in the midst of the holiday hat rush. I just now had time to sit down and do it. Whew!

Jimmy wears a lot of hats in Fuller House (and I'm a big sucker for nostalgic shows, if you didn't know - also a sucker for hats that look fun to chart). I'd like to pattern all of his hats eventually, but this one seemed like a good place to start with a pretty simple colorwork grid. This is classy hat that would be great for pretty much anyone.

This chart should work for a CO 96 hat on 6s or 7s. You can feel free to experiment with it, change the colors, whatevs, etc.

Jimmy's hat is a dark red/mauve/burgundy sort of color on white with a fold up brim. I think it would look cool with a pom-pom and any two contrasting colors, honestly.

If you'd like me to pattern the entire hat, just let me know. I can also make these hats of course. Like my Facebook page for more of what I'm up to and visit my Etsy shop to buy my things so I can afford to keep doing stuff for free sometimes. ;)

Happy crafting! XOXOX


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dragon Age Heraldry Colorwork Charts Part 3: Templars, Qunari and Tevinter

Part 1: Antivan Crows, Circle of Magi, Dalish, Inquisition
Part 2: Kirkwall, Legion of the Dead, Seekers of Truth

Alright, friends! Long time, no post. I'm slacking on this blog big time. Feel free to shame me. I deserve it. I was asked to procure some Qunari and Tevinter heraldry charts, and I also found an unfinished Templar chart, which is now finished. The Qunari chart was totally done, but I clearly forgot to include it in my two previous Dragon Age posts.

I haven't tested any of these charts, but they should be good for tapestry crochet, duplicate stitch, cross stitch or whatever is your fancy. The Tevinter chart doesn't have as much detail as I would have wanted ideally, but it would have needed to be huge to capture it.

Feel free to share these charts or use them for whatever. Linking back here is always appreciated. Give my facebook page a like and also drop by my Etsy shop!

Happy crafting!

(click on these for bigger versions, save 'em, enlarge 'em)




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mr. Meeseeks - Rick and Morty Plush - Free Crochet Pattern

He's Mr. Meeseeks! LOOK AT HIM! I know this took me a while, but he actually shouldn't take long to make if you work on him continuously, which is what I did not do. This is the perfect pattern to share on Valentine's Day though, amirite? EXISTENCE IS PAIN!


Focusing now...

My finished Meeseeks is about 11" tall.
Gauge = 4.5 sts/inch; 3 rows/inch

Whatcha Need:
  • Size F crochet hook (or whatever really, depends on what size you want him to be)
  • Worsted weight yarn in turquoise or similar color, a little black, a little white, a little orange if you want hair - I used Red Heart Supa Sava in Turqua, Black, White, and Pumpkin
  • yarn needle
  • stitch marker
  • your preferred fiber fill
Abbreviations:
  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • dec: decrease (single crochet 2 together)
  • inc: increase (2 single crochets in the same stitch)
  • rnd(s): round(s)
  • st(s): stitch(es)

Do These Things:


Body and Head (total sts is noted in parentheses)
  • Starting at butt, ch 4, join to make loop;
  • Rnd 1: 8 sc in loop;
  • Rnd 2: inc in each around (16);
  • Rnd 3: work even (16);
  • Rnd 4: *sc 1, inc, repeat from * around (24);
  • Rnd 5: work even;
  • Rnd 6: *sc 2, inc, repeat from * around (32);
  • Rnds 7-11: work even;
  • Rnd 12: *sc 2, dec, repeat from * around (24)
  • Rnds 13-17: work even;
  • Rnd 18: *sc, dec, repeat from * around (16);
  • Rnd 19: work even;
  • Rnd 20: inc around (32);
  • Rnds 21-22: work even (32);
  • Rnd 23: *sc, inc, repeat from * around (45);
  • Rnds 24-30: work even;
  • Rnd 31: *sc 3, dec, repeat from * around (36);
  • Rnd 32: *sc 2, dec, repeat from * around (27);
  • Rnd 33: *sc, dec, repeat from * around (18);
  • Rnd 34: dec around (9);
  • Stuff and close



Arms (make 2)
  • Starting at hand, ch 4, join to make loop;
  • Rnd 1: 8 sc in loop;
  • Rnd 2: inc in each around (16);
  • Rnds 3-5: work even;
  • Rnd 6: *sc 1, dec, repeat from * around (11);
  • Rnd 7-8: work even;
  • Rnd 9: * sc 2, dec, repeat from * around, sc in last st because it won't come out even (9);
  • Rnds 10-24: work even, break off and leave a long tail for sewing on



Legs (make 2)

  • Starting at foot, ch 5, DO NOT JOIN TO MAKE LOOP OMG;
  • Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 sts, 3 sc in last ch, sc back up the opposite side of the chain, ch 1 in 1st ch (12);
  • Rnd 2: sc in next 5 sts - the start of each round is the toe end, if you were wondering -, 3 sc in 6th st, sc in remaining sts (14);
  • Rnd 3: inc, sc in next 5 sts, inc, sc, inc, sc remaining sts (17);
  • Rnds 4-5: work even;
  • Rnd 6: dec, dec, sc in remaining sts around (15);
  • Rnd 7: dec, sc remaining (14);
  • Rnd 8: dec, sc remaining - stuff the foot at some point around now or you'll regret it (13);
  • Rnd 9: dec, sc around (12);
  • Rnds 10-15: work even;
  • Rnd 16: sc 4, dec twice (10);
  • Rnds 17-20: work even, break off and leave a long tail for sewing on



Eyes (make 2)

  • Ch 4, join to make loop - this is the eye, no joke! Leave a tail for stitching it into place and sew a bit of white into the eyes for the highlights.


Sew all of your parts on accordingly. Finish up your Meeseeks with hair (optional) and whatever sort of face you want using black yarn.

Happy crafting, internet frands! CAN DO!

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