Halloween 2014!

For those of you who know me in real life, you all know about my love for Halloween. For those of you who don’t know me in real life, Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love it so much, as does my husband, that our wedding had a Halloween theme to it! There’s just something about it that I love. These days, spooks and thrills are my favorite thing about it, when I was younger and a fraid-y cat, I just loved getting to dress up in costume so that nobody would know that I was who I was, it was my chance to fit in for a single night and a chance for me to be me without being looked down upon. The fact that I’d get bags full of candy didn’t hurt matters, either!

I’ve always been a fan of the macabre and “spooky” things, even if they use to terrify me. When I was a young child, one year I went as Morticia Addams, and the following year I went as Lily Munster, two of my idols from two of my favorite shows (the original Addams Family, I’d like to add, I never liked the 90’s Addams Family until I grew up). As I grew older my costumes started to change into things that I felt like them being, instead of what my parents thought was acceptable. I even went trick-or-treating all the way until I was in 10th grade, but I went in full costume with my best friend, traipsing through our neighborhoods having a blast. My junior and senior year of high school were spent driving around filming terrible “horror movies” with gore courtesy of the Burger King condiment bar. After high school Dain (who was just my boyfriend at the time) and I bought a 1977 Chrysler Town & Country hearse for me – to go with his 1981 Cadillac DeVille hearse, naturally, and ever year since 2006, I’ve spent Halloween with Dain, sometimes our friends, and, as of 2007, two hearses, instead of just one. Of course, as years go on and you hold an interest in something, your collection of those things grows a bit bigger each year, and our Halloween collection is no exception!

Since I’m so fond of Halloween and our set up each year, I always take pictures to watch how it grows and look for ways that we can improve on it. Please forgive me for the not-so-great quality of these pictures. For some reason I refuse to use a tripod when I use my actual camera, and the pictures from my phone were seriously lacking this time around, when usually they’re of fairly good quality. I hope you can at least get an idea as to the awesomeness that is our set up! I’m breaking these up into two groups, pictures from my phone, and the ones from my camera. I hope you all enjoy!

Pictures from my camera:

Pictures from my phone:

Finished it Friday: Busy Bee.

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I feel bad and like I shouldn’t make this post, I have no pictures to share – well, I do – but I can’t post them until the couple of items make their way to their new home. They’re gifts for a couple of friends (a couple, and one half of the couple is giving it to the other half), and ergo are a surprise. I really wish I could show this first item off, because it’s pretty cool and turned out really well. The friend that is giving it to their significant other says that they’ll love it, so I’m really excited for these items to make it there.

This week has had some exciting events, we took a trip to the ER for Dain because he fell down the stairs earlier last week and has since had some weakness in his right leg. Thankfully, the ER doctor thinks that he’s okay, and that his back is just bruised, so he got some medicine to help with the pain and was told to try physical therapy after about two weeks and that should help. So we will see. We’re both still in doctor limbo, and I just went a little further in, as the psychiatrist that I had started to see to change things up has told me he is retiring in December, so I am left grasping in the dark for what to do next, I might get another referral from my cardiologist and go from there. I do have instructions for the rest of the year, however. So that’s good.

Our best friend has been in town since Wednesday, so Thursday and today we have spent almost all of our waking hours with him, he’s on his way home now, or will be at some point. I had an idea about something for this summer, which I have shared with Dain and our friend, but I’m keeping to it  myself until a solid decision is made.

I had a phone interview with a state credit union and pending a credit check, I will get to move on to an in person interview. I’m crossing my fingers! Getting this job would help with be aforementioned plan (also, it would feed my yarn addiction, which is always a good thing!).

It is my mother’s birthday today. October is a busy birthday month between my family and Dain’s family for birthdays. Not to mention our and his parents wedding anniversary.

So it’s been exciting! Unfortunately it takes away from my crafting time, but sometimes you need to take a break and enjoy life. I’m excited for my first Yarnbox to arrive in the next couple of weeks! I’m really looking forward to that, and we’re going out to take pictures of the colors on the bluffs this weekend and we’re really, really looking forward to Hallowe’en. I still need to find a dark blue knee-length skirt to finish my costume!

Happy Friday!

Skulltastic Skull Scarf (& Pattern!)

So I finally finished up the skull scarf and have put together the pattern for it, so I’m here to share pictures and a pattern!

Since my husband Dain and I are sort ofcompletely obsessed with Halloween, I thought that this was a perfect photo opportunity. So he gathered up all of the skulls he could find and I set them up and took some pictures, I also asked Dain for help with ideas for pictures of the scarves with our hearses (yes, plural, we each have one), as well as helping me capture a couple of the pictures because he’s got a great eye and some of these shots needed two bodies and four hands.

This scarf was one of the first things that I’ve created on my own. I looked at pictures of other crochet skulls, but wasn’t satisfied with how any of them looked, so I set out to make my own, and I like how it’s come out. I’ve made coasters from just a singular skull and I’ve made two scarves. I hope that someone can get some good use of this pattern! It’s the perfect time of the year for it! I hope you all enjoy!

What you will need for this scarf:

  • Any weight yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn!”, which is aran weight) PLEASE NOTEThe lighter weight yarn will create a smaller skull.
  • Any size crochet hook (I used a US J/6.0mm hook, but please know that I usually need to use two hook sizes bigger than what is recommended, also realize that the smaller the hook the smaller the skull, and the larger the hook the bigger and more spaced out the skull will be)
  • Tapestry needle.

Special Terms:

Pattern:

  1. FHDC 8 sts, turn
  2. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  3. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  4. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  5. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  6. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  7. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  8. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  9.  Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  10. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  11. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  12. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  13. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), If alternating colors, break yarn and finish off. If using same yarn continue as described without changing yarn.
  14. Join new color and  HDC 8 sts, turn
  15. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  16. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  17. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  18. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  19. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  20. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  21. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  22. Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  23. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  24. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  25. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  26. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), if changing colors break yarn and finish off, repeat steps 15-27 until scarf is half the length you desire
  27. Go back fo FHDC and join yarn, CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  28. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  29. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  30. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  31. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  32. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  33. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  34.  Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  35. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  36. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  37. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  38. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), If alternating colors, break yarn and finish off. If using same yarn continue as described without changing yarn.
  39. Join new color and  HDC 8 sts, turn
  40. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  41. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  42. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  43. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  44. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  45. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  46. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  47. Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  48. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  49. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  50. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  51. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), if changing colors break yarn and finish off, repeat steps 27-51 until scarf is same length as other half, break yarn, Finish off
  52. OPTIONAL: SC evenly around scarf, slip stitch to first SC, finish off, weave in ends.

I hope you all enjoy this pattern! Thanks so much for checking it out!