squashed TARDIS, or sometimes things don’t go to plan

The second game of Quidditch is on in the HPKCHC, and the assignment this time was to pair up with another crafter and each make the same pattern but each modify it in some way. I partnered up with a student from Slytherin (interhouse unity!) and we agreed to both modify and make this Bunny Dishcloth.

Of course I thought, how can I make this pattern more nerdy and cool? So I charted out a quick TARDIS and set to knitting. It quickly became clear that the TARDIS was going to end up looking squished. And then it became clear that I was going to run out of yarn before I finished. (Note: remember when I said I wasn’t knitting any more dishcloths and was putting the remaining yarn in the Goodwill bag? Well I couldn’t bring myself to donate it and had to knit it up myself. I can’t bear to let any yarn go unknit, apparently.)

squashed TARDIS badge dishcloth

So, this being a modification challenge anyway, I decided that it would be a badge-shaped dishcloth. I bound off at what looked like the right place, and then undid some of the beginning rows to make a flat edge. It’s not a piece I’m particularly proud of, but it will still be useful because really, a dishcloth can be whatever shape and it doesn’t matter at all if the motif isn’t what I had pictured. So, you win some, you fail some. I’d count this as a half-fail.


I’m the Doctor

Ellis isn’t actually the Doctor, but she looks like it in this awesome scarf!

Ravelry Blythe Swap goodies!

The Ravelry swap I participated in last month was just as awesome as the other swaps I’ve done recently. My swap gifter sent me a TON of stuff!

Ravelry Blythe Swap goodies!

Look at all of it! Woot!

I love this little shrug – it’s so cute and it goes with so many of the items in my Blythe closet.

Ravelry Blythe Swap goodies!

Here’s Ellis, reveling in all the Ravelry goodness with a couple of my gnomes.

Ellis chillin' with her gnomies

Thanks so much, Squishy10!


Inspired by the Doctor, I wanted to try making a fez for Blythe. It turned out a bit too big, and I’m not 100% happy with the shape – I’ll revamp the pattern before making another attempt – but it’s okay for a first try.

fez test - a bit too big for Blythe

Clearly it needs to be smaller and a bit less wide at the bottom to be a proper fez shape. As it is, it sort of reminds me of a forties (?) winter hat that I can’t think of the name for.

fez test - a bit too big for Blythe

Pretty soon here I’ll give it another shot.

fez test - a bit too big for Blythe

guest room really, really close

This weekend we finished the trim work in the closet of the guest room, and for some reason I got inspired to try the bed on the other wall. OH MY GOD, it’s like a whole different space. Seriously, why did I not think this placement would work?! I swear we measured it and thought about it a million times. I have no idea why we rejected it before.

I’m not exactly sure what was happening here, but you can see despite the insane glow from the window (it was sunny as hell on Sunday) that moving the bed really opened things up in here. Despite the dresser being right in front of you as you walk in. Trust me, it works in person.


moved the bed to the other wall

Since we don’t have a comforter in here yet (note to self: still need to order that) we’ve been using the bed as temporary storage for in-progress pieces of various projects. Also K left some pants in here. Moving on.

Here K is hanging a Doctor Who dyptich (actually two separate prints, but whatev) I gave him a few years ago. It’s been sitting on the piano for something like two years, waiting to find a home.

Karl hanging Who dyptich

K also hung these two occasional shelves and we populated them with some of our many gewgaws. These shelves have been forgotten in the basement for the past five years and K unearthed them during our recent purge of crap we don’t need. Yay for crap we can actually use!

display shelves with Who guys and robots

K picked up this poster at the Lob ages ago and it, too, has been leaning on the piano. He’ll get a frame for it and it will go on this wall. Aesthetically I think we could even use a larger piece on this wall, but I’m somewhat paranoid about putting something too big on the wall that anyone sleeping here might bump their head on as they sit up. Maybe it’s just me who regularly sits up from a dead sleep, all weirded out?

we'll get this framed for this wall

Here’s the view of the hatch wall with the dresser centered at the foot of the bed. We rehung the old door until we get a new one, which is just dependent on arranging to borrow the use of a large enough vehicle to get it home. Which is just dependent on actually asking someone. We’ll get there.

dresser at the foot of the bed

And here’s the much-anticipated trim inside the closet. Finally done! I need to get another one of these shoe racks (or a larger one), as there’s still a laundry basket full of all my other shoes in the library.

closet with trim installed

We had this portrait of Brodie hanging in here already, but we moved it to the wall by the closet. We’ll get a print made of a portrait of Logan and hang it on this wall, too. Still need to look for better door pulls for the closet.

we hung an existing pic of Brodie here, and will add one of Logan soon

We have SO VERY MANY action figures, guys, and assorted collectables around the house. I mean, really, it’s kind of ridiculous. So in an attempt to make it seem like something other than one hundred pieces of plastic on the wall, I’m trying to “curate” the crap. Here we have a small collection of skeletons:

skeletons on the dresser

We got the big one at the World’s Largest Truck Stop on a roadtrip out to some friends’ wedding a few years ago, and the little guy we picked up at a hobby shop in Florida on a trip to visit K’s mom and grandma one spring. I’m sure we have a bunch of other skeletons around, too, but these were the two that jumped out at me right away. They will sit on the dresser in here.

Bow Ties Are Cool

K got an imported Doctor Who magazine recently that came with both a bow tie and a button that displays Eleven’s quote: “Bow ties are cool.”

Ellis thinks bow ties are cool

So of course I stole it right away and put the tie and badge on Ellis, and placed her in with the TARDIS interior set that K has set up in the fireplace room. She’s ridiculously out of scale, but I still think it’s fun.

Ellis thinks bow ties are cool

Ellis thinks bow ties are cool

Blythe + Doctor Who = awesome!

Comic Con!

This weekend we traveled to the outskirts of Chicago for the 2010 Wizard World Comic Con. We took the train, which was nice as we didn’t have to worry about traffic or expensive parking. I also got quite a bit of knitting done en route (more on that soon). While it was a bit of a bummer that the so-called Chicago Con is not actually in Chicago, we knew that we’d be trapped there, so we were resigned to hotel restaurants in advance of the trip. Brent Spiner, who gave one of the best panel speeches, described it as “Off-the-Highwaysville” which was pretty accurate.

view of the Convention Center from our room at the Doubletree

That said, our hotel Koloa Landing Kauai beach resort was pretty nice. It had plenty of space for us to hang out during Con downtime. One night we ordered in some Chicago-style pizza, which was deadly cheesy and delicious. So, chalk one up for the ‘burbs: larger hotel rooms.

our room at the Doubletree O'Hare Rosemont

The Con itself was way fun. I took Willow around with me and photographed her with a variety of folks in costume. Some of my faves:

with Wolverine:

Willow with Wolverine

As it turns out, this guy is a postal worker who wishes he could wear the spandex all the time.

with Hit Girl:

Willow with Hit Girl

This girl was so cool! Her mom actually had a Blythe when she was a kid and was all excited to see Willow. They worked together to make this costume. It so rocks, doesn’t it?

with Tank Girl and Severus Snape:

Willow with Tank Girl and Severus Snape

I love these two as a couple.

with classic Batman and Superman:

Willow with Batman and Superman

These guys were staying in our hotel, along with some friends of theirs who dressed as Harley Quinn and the Joker. I didn’t managed to get their pics (they were in high demand on the show floor). These guys also had multiple versions of their characters’ costumes and dressed differently each day. It was impressive.

with Nick Fury:

Willow with Nick Fury (33/52)

with Venom:

Willow with Venom

We spectated at a costume contest one night. It was fun, but the most poorly planned event at the Con. It took place in a tiny meeting room at one of the hotels, and they vastly underestimated the number of people who would attend, so the room was ridiculously overcrowded. A definite fire code violation! As it was, those with bulky, difficult-to-move costumes had to stand around the outskirts of the room, and those with more maneuverability stood in the hallway until they were called to come up to the so-called stage (more of a platform). There were some awesome costumes, though, a few of which I snapped before my camera battery died (oops).

Eric Draven, who was way too pleased with himself and couldn’t stop grinning (not very Draven-esque):

Eric Draven at the costume contest

A pretty convincing Jack Sparrow:

Jack Sparrow at the costume contest

Rose Tyler from the Doctor Who episode “The Idiot’s Lantern“:

Rose Tyler at the costume contest

I was surprised that we didn’t see any Doctors on the show floor – I expected to see at least one or two.

This Godzilla costume reportedly took a year to create:

Godzilla at the costume contest

And these War Machine and Iron Man costumes must have taken ages as well. They were so accurate and really professional-looking, though they were definitely handmade by these two guys.

War Machine and Iron Man at the costume contest

This guy, though not actually related to anything Comic-y, stole the show by reciting the Old Spice commercial verbatim and jumping up on the judges table at the point where he says, “I’m on a horse.” He received my Zeitgeist Award. (Not an actual thing.)

Old Spice Guy at the costume contest

And then there was this dickhead, who chose to stand in front of a bunch of people the entire time, blocking their view and putting his butt in their faces. Jerk!

HUGE JERK at the costume contest

Among the other speakers we heard, James Marsters was one of the best, along with Brent Spiner. Marsters was interesting and told relevant anecdotes. Spiner was hilarious. I’d heard before that he had a great sense of humor, and it’s true. His presentation was almost like stand-up, though he did take some questions, too. He had a very good rapport with the audience and I could’ve listened to him for much longer than his allotted time. William Shatner was a one-man “Bleep My Dad Says” promotional machine, and went off on a 20-minute tangent about Canada. Or it ended up in Canada. Something about Canada – I drifted off a bit since it was so off-topic and boring. He only got through two questions from audience members! Adam West and Burt Ward also had a pretty good rapport with each other and both seemed to be in full control of their faculties. The award for Making The Audience Feel Uncomfortable goes to: Michael Biehn. He was on a panel with Linda Hamilton, and she tried to keep him on task, but he seemed a bit ‘off’ and kept scratching his head/beard/neck/what-have-you in a haven’t-bathed-in-a-week sort of way. Later in the day, we realized that we were walking behind him on the way back to the hotel, and he was carrying a paper bag with a six-pack of canned beer in it. Maybe a gift from a fan? (I hope?)

So overall it was really fun. We got to spend time with some friends we hardly get to see anymore, and it was great to get away for a few days and just relax. We need to go on vacation more often! Saving the best for last, my very favorite costume was Moss from the IT Crowd:

Willow with Moss

More pics on Flickr.