Punisher Hoodie: Chart and Information

Hello there! I was asked a couple times to share the pattern I used to make my Punisher hoodie. I’ll see if I can make this make sense. haha

Knit Punisher Hoodie

Basically, I found a hoodie pattern that I liked. It is a very basic hoodie that I found on the Lion Brand website. In order to view it, you must be a member, but it is completely free to sign up, so don’t worry about that.
I also made myself a Punisher chart that would fit the hoodie size I was making. The hoodie I made was for my fiancé and he is a larger man, so I made a bigger size. (I made the fourth size in the pattern shown for adults)  If you are making a smaller size, the chart might be too big, but you can see what I’ve done and maybe you can fix it to suit your sizing.
P-Hoodie Chart_Front
If you want to make your own chart from scratch, you can find some good picture of the skull logo on the internet and basically make a grid to match your gauge. They have a few programs online that will make charts for you based on the gauge you type in.
I hope this helps you. Feel free to comment if you need any help with it. I’d love to see what you come up with when you’re done as well. 🙂
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Slacking Again

Oops, it’s almost been a full month since my last entry. So here’s a quick run down of what I’ve accomplished this past month.

Book Challenge: I was surprised by how long it took me to read Children’s and Household Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. I didn’t realise just how many tales they had written. The collection I read contained 200 stories and 10 legends. I finished it a couple of days ago, but I haven’t chosen my next book yet. It was nice re-reading stories I had heard or read as a kid and it was even nicer reading the original versions instead of the watered down versions you get as a child. I did notice that quite a few of them had similar themes and even similar plots, but that was fine. It was even interesting reading tales that actually referenced other ones that I had read earlier in the same collection. I’m happy that I finally got to read all of the stories. And if that wasn’t ALL of them, then I suppose I’ll have to find the rest. 🙂

One reason that it took extra long to read through all of the stories was because I stopped part way through to read something special that Anthony got for me. We had gone into town a couple of weeks ago to see Star Trek Into Darkness, which I very much enjoyed. And after the film we stopped in to Forbidden Planet, a shop that sells graphic novels, action figures and all that good stuff. Anyway, we ended up going back a couple times and through our few trips we came home with loads of goodies.

My biggest treat was an awesome Spike Spiegel action figure from Cowboy Bebop. He’s so cool.

Spike Spiegel Figure

My second big treat (and the reason for the delay in my reading challenge) is Judge Anderson- The Psi-Files Volume 1. I’ve been falling in love with Judge Dredd and 2000 AD and I just think Judge Anderson is really cool. Anthony bought me the first volume of the Psi-Files and I read through all of it. It’s cool seeing the different versions of Anderson depending on what artist is drawing her.

Judge Anderson Psi-Files

We got a few other things as well, but those are the biggest things for me.

Crocheting: I am working on a few things. I’ve been working on a group of amigurumi dolls based on the characters from a Japanese television show we’ve become hooked on: The Hero Yoshihiko. This show is just brilliant in so many ways. It’s one of the only shows I’ve watched that is so consistently funny. I’m trying to crochet all of the main characters. I’ve just got to get a few more colours to finish all the little details and then I’ll have the main group finished.

I’m also finishing a scarf I started last year. I got so busy coming up to Winter that I never really got a chance to finish tidying it up. Plus I’d been debating how exactly to finish it up for good. I finally figured out what way to complete it, so it’s just a matter of sitting down and doing it. It’s Game of Thrones themed and I can’t wait to be able to take some pictures. 😀

Now, here are a couple of completed projects. I finished a crochet skirt that I had been wanting to do for quite a while now. Since I have been working on stash busting, I decided to just go for it. It’s a crochet skirt with granny square detail around the bottom edge. I couldn’t get a really good picture of it on, but oh well. Here it is flat. 😛

Granny Square Skirt

I also just finished a baby dress set. Again it is for a friend of one of the women in the knitting club.  This time it’s all in lemon.

Lemon Baby Dress SetWell, I think that’s about it. Hopefully I’ll have another progress report on my reading challenge and some pictures of my finished dolls and scarf soon.

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Reading Challenge Update

Well, I read a couple more books from the list. The first one I read since starting the challenge was The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton .It was really enjoyable. I loved the language the characters used and how they spoke. It was all so intricate and philosophical which made it quite fun to read. I had figured a few things out while reading along, but I didn’t really get to the deepest layers too early on.  I finished that book about a week ago and started the next book the day after.

I know some people don’t approve of them, but I have a Kindle and I think it’s a great way to have tons of books that you might otherwise not have the space to own. Anyway, at the time of completing The Man Who Was Thursday, I had only transferred two other books from the list onto my Kindle. Those were A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe. I was thinking that I might wait until later in the year around Winter to read Charles Dickens’s Christmas books, and I wanted to jump straight into my next book, so I decided to go ahead and read A Sicilian Romance next, even though I knew nothing about it. I don’t think I had ever really heard of it until recently.

When I first started reading the book, I couldn’t really get into it straight away. I had to get a few pages in before I really started enjoying the writing of it. I was afraid that it would end up being boring, but it was the opposite. The story was very interesting and it was like a roller-coaster  It was a great mixture of events: there was some romance, some mystery and some fighting. I always wanted to keep going. I became really invested in the characters, which was nice. I wanted the protagonists to succeed. I was cheering them on (in my head) and my heart broke for them when they seemed to stumble. Basically, it was a very enjoyable book to read. I might even look into reading more of her novels later on.

Again, I would like to jump straight into the next book. I have transferred many more from the list to my Kindle and we have a few of the others in paperback form. The list I am reading from is broken into sections, and I think I might go through some of the ‘Children’s Fiction’ section a bit now so I can read the more advanced books closer together. I’m thinking the next book I’ll read is Children’s and Household Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. I’ve read some of the individual stories, but I’ve never read the entire collection, so this should be fun. 🙂

So far, I agree that these books deserve to be on a list of Must-Read Books. The variety of styles is brilliant and because of that variety, I don’t think I’ll get too bored going through them all. It’s making me more excited for reading again, like I used to be when I was younger. I’ve actually really missed reading like this.

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Adult Laplander Hat with Teddy Bear Ears

I have been using free patterns for as long as I have been crocheting, so I think it is time I start contributing any patterns that I can. To start, I will share the laplander/earflap hat that I’ve made. It is made for adults and the teddy bear ears are optional, but I think they are very cute. 🙂

Here is what the hat looks like when laid flat:Black Laplander Hat with White Edge

And just to show what the hat looks like on:

Black Laplander Hat with White Edge OnYou can find the pattern on my Ravelry account. Let’s see if I can link this properly: Laplander Hat with Teddy Bear Ears

The pattern hasn’t really been tested by anyone but myself, so if you make one of these hats and you find any issues or if you want to add some notes, just leave me a message. Also, please don’t sell the pattern. You can however sell any hats you make using this pattern. I would appreciate it, though, if you would credit me when asked about the pattern. Thank you!

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501 Must Read Books

I’ve set a new goal for myself. It’s going to be a really long term goal. I probably won’t complete it for years and years. Anthony bought this book quite a while ago called 501 Must-Read Books. While reading a book that wasn’t on the list (John Dies at the End), I thought it might be nice to try to read all 501 of those books. I’ve read a few of them already, but I might re-read some of those anyway. We will see how I feel.

501 Must Read Books

Well, here is the list of the books I’ve read so far:

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Northern Lights by Philip Pulman

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Candide by Voltaire

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

It by Stephen King

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Ninteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut

I find it a bit funny that the majority of the ones I’ve already read were in the Children’s Fiction section of the book. 😛

There are also books on the list that I have read part of. I started War and Peace a while back, but had too much in my head at the time to really get into it. I’ve also read portions of The Iliad when I was in college. I think I’ll look through shortly and choose my first book. I’ll make sure to keep everyone posted on my progress. 🙂

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My First Aran Project

Last year, my adventure in knitting was doing my first Fair Isle pattern. This year, my adventure is Aran!

My friend Joan had a lovely pattern (Well, a book full of lovely patterns.) and she made a really nice cardigan last year or the year before. I thought it was really cool and have been wanting to make one for ages. I’ve actually had the yarn to make one for quite a while now, but hadn’t gotten around to it until recently. The one thing I did differently to Joan was that she made the version without the collar and I made the version with the collar. I just think it’s so cool looking.

I really enjoyed working all of the different pattern panels at once. The page I was using to keep track of everything got pretty messy towards the end though, haha. I don’t think many other projects I’ve done have ever felt so rewarding. I feel like I’ve accomplished something pretty neat. I just love all of the different details going on at once.

Now for pictures. Here is the front of the cardigan when it’s laid out flat.

Aran Cardigan Front FlatAnd a closer view of the front.

Aran Cardigan FrontAn even closer view of the buttons. I like these buttons.

Close-Up Of ButtonsHere is the back of the cardigan. I loved that hour glass pattern in the middle, even though it was the part I needed to keep track of most. :P

Aran Cardigan BackJust a close-up of the back panels to show the different patterns used throughout the cardigan.

Close-Up Of Pattern PanelsAnd then a view of the pattern in the sleeve.

Aran Sleeve

It was my first time doing Raglan sleeves as well. I really like how they join together so much more nicely than regular shaped sleeves.

I had quite a bit of yarn leftover when I was finished knitting the cardigan. I had bought 2- 400 gram balls and I only used a bit from the second ball to make half of one sleeve and all of the other sleeve. I figured I may as well try to make a hat to match. There wasn’t a matching hat pattern in the book though, so I just took the design from the sleeve, figured out how many stitches I would need for a hat to make the pattern work and knit it up. The only tricky part was when I was getting to the decreasing, since I was doing it in the round so I wouldn’t have to do any sewing. I think it came out okay though.

Here is a picture of the hat laid out so you can kind of see the pattern in it. It’s symmetrical, so the pattern is the same on the other side.

Aran Hat

And here I am wearing the hat. I think it fits nicely. It’s pretty comfy as well.

Wearing the Aran HatEven after finishing the hat, I still had a good bit of yarn leftover, so I decided to make some fingerless mittens that I had seen in the same pattern book. I thought it would be cool because I could use the hourglass pattern from the back again, since I didn’t use it in the hat. They are really comfy. I can’t wait for it to actually be Winter so I can wear them. 🙂

Here I am posing with the mittens.

Aran Fingerless Mittens PosedTrying to show what the mittens look like when laid down.

Aran Fingerless Mittens OnAnd just a picture of them hanging out by themselves.

Aran Fingerless MittensBecause my hands are so small, I had to knit using the pattern for 10-12 Years Old. They only had one size for adults, so I guess it’s okay then. 🙂

I really enjoyed knitting these. They took a  lot more focus than other things I’ve made but the end product is just so rewarding. I will definitely be making more Aran items in the future. (Eventually)

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Playing Catch Up- Stash Busting

So throughout the past few months I have been quite busy with my crocheting and knitting. One project that it ongoing isn’t a single project. You see, I have a LOT of yarn. I’ve got bags in presses and bags on the floor and bags in the wardrobe. Most of it consists of leftover balls from other projects. Things where I didn’t need a full ball or I bought an extra ball and didn’t end up using it. And then there are a few balls that I bought with certain projects in mind, but then never got around to fleshing the ideas out or anything. Anyway, it is all just taking up too much space.

So, I am trying to shrink my stash. I’m going through my current bags of yarn and trying to find ways of using it up, but not just for the sake of it. I want the things I make from it to be of use at least. I have made a couple larger items which really helped get rid of loads. My first stash-buster was something I was really proud of. Several of the women in the knitting club have crocheted these blankets. They are called Quillows. Quilts that fold up into pillows/cushions. I’ve read that other people call the crochet version Pillowghans. But I find that very strange sounding, so Quillow it is.

It is usually made up of 12 large granny squares and a 13th for the cushion and it is usually crocheted using chunky yarn. Since I mostly have double knitting yarn, I made mine out of special squares. My friend, Ann came up with this really pretty flower to start squares off. She has shown people how to make them to accent the cushion part of their quillows. I decided to make every square with the flower and since I was using thinner yarn and lots more colours, I made each large square out of four smaller squares. It was a lot of fun to make and it went a lot quicker than I anticipated.

Here is a picture of the finished Quillow. It’s almost the size of a double bed!

QuillowHere is the front of the cushion when it’s folded up.

Quillow Cushion Front

And here is the back of the cushion when it’s folded up.Quillow Cushion Back

I even used buttons that I had lying around. The two on the outside are a matching blue and the middle one is a green-ish colour. To add to it a little bit, I crocheted some little flowers for the buttons. This way they fit better for the holes from the granny square and won’t slide out too easily.

Just a close-up to show the pattern of Ann’s pretty flower squares.Quillow Close-UpAnd this is what it looked like before it was a quillow. 52 squares of various colours! It looks like a lot less when stacked this way.

So that was my first big stash-buster. It really helped shrink the bags. I think I got rid of one full canvas bag’s worth of yarn doing that. Maybe more. I gave this to Ann as a thank you gift type thing. She’s made so many quillows for other people and has never had a chance to make one for herself. So now she has one. 🙂

My second big stash-buster is another thank you gift. This time for one of my mom’s clients. She cares for elderly people and one of the men she helps did something really nice for me. As a thank you, Anthony and I decided that I could make him something. Another two birds-one stone thing. A thank you and a stash-buster in one. Mom said he gets pretty cold sometimes and suggested a throw blanket for him. This is an example of me buying yarn that I was going to use for one thing and never did it. So, since I’m not using it for it’s intended purpose, I may as well use it for something now! I had a really pretty purple and two really nice greens. They went really well together. And I just added a flecky purple and another dark-ish green that I had a bit of.

I found a pattern called Stripes-A-Slant and modified it a bit to suit my colours. And here it is! Almost 7 balls of yarn used up!

Stripes-a-Slant Blanket

I tried folding it up to make it look nice. 😛

Stripes-a-Slant Blanket FoldedSo with those two blankets getting rid of loads of yarn, my stash has been significantly reduced. And Anthony is thrilled. 😉 hehe I’ve got some smaller projects in mind to get rid of some more of my smaller scraps of yarn, so hopefully I’ll get around to them soon enough. 🙂

{Getting close to being caught up! Yay!}

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