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In this post: the cast of an NBC sitcom surrounding me as they hold stitched samples of their likeness.  In other words, just a normal Thursday…

Ha!

First, a brief apology.  After the rush and whirlwind of finishing my Sprocket costume I took a little break from crafting, and blogging.  Took advantage of not needing to stay up until 3am to crash early, or do other things that didn’t involve math, or thinking.  Couple that with an onslaught of weather-induced migraines, and I’ve been getting a lot more rest lately, but it means the blogging has suffered.  :/

So.  A few weeks ago I got word that I’d be able to attend a Just For Laughs panel involving the cast of Undateable.

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I knew that since it would be a con-style panel, vs a stand-up-type comedy show, there was a chance the audience might be able to meet the cast.  And I decided I wanted to do something for them.  While I enjoy the show, I didn’t do it because I’m the ohemgee number one fan!!! nor to get a chance to potentially meet them.  I just thought it would be nice.  :)

I hit upon the idea of doing something in cross stitch right away.  I knew it was easy and portable and something I could likely finish in time (I had less than a week until the panel).  I’ve had transactions in the past with an etsy vendor called weelittlestitches and I absolutely love her work*, and immediately I thought of contacting her to commission a custom pattern of the cast.  Unfortunately I didn’t think the timing would work out, so I ended up designing them myself.

I did an image search for each character and put together a little file for each one, giving me the gist of that character’s ‘look’.  At the same time I also pulled out some quotes from each episode so I could add a funny line for each character.

“Justin”, played by Brent Morin

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Photo 2015-07-23, 11 29 44 AM“I’m kind of like Spanx.   I’m there to support you wherever you need it.”

  “Burski”, played by Rick Glassman

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“Dibs.”

“Leslie”, played by Bianca Kajlichundateable leslie pic Photo 2015-07-23, 11 30 21 AM

“One-night-stands are like fast food- sure you feel guilty the next day

but sometimes you just need something cheap you can enjoy in your car.”

“Danny”, played by Chris D’Elia

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“Change is hard, Baby Bird, but I’m gonna help mend those broken wings.

I’m gonna be the father bird and just feed you knowledge.”

“Candace”, played by Bridgit Mendler

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“All I have is a scrawny little white-girl butt… There are people out there who like those too, right?”

“Brett”, played by David Fynn

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“I’ve had sex with a lot of ladies.”

And finally “Shelly”, played by Ron Funches… who wasn’t there, but I hope his got to him anyways.

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“I identify with piñatas.  I’m also adorable and full of candy.”

Once at the panel my mom and I were seated pretty close.  Like…

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My feet were about 2 feet from the stage.

…really close.  So close in fact that when the cast came out and Rick was using his phone to stream the panel for Periscope, I jokingly offered to hold it for him and he leaned over and handed it to me.  (So if any of you reading this were watching the panel, I’m sorry for swinging it around and possibly making you nauseous before I realized where it was actually aiming).Photo 2015-07-23, 4 45 52 PM

Brent answering a question, possibly about the little gnome in his butt (you had to be there), while David, Rick, Bianca and Bridgit look on and feign amusement.

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The other side of said gnome-butt convo, egged on by Chris and more feigned amusement on behalf of Adam Sztykiel and Bill Lawrence, along with the panel moderator (who I think was from Mashable?).

Towards the end of the panel they took audience questions and I got the last one, asking, rather awkwardly, “I, um, made you guys something.  Can I give it to you?”  (Not my finest moment).  Luckily they said yes, and I got to give each one their framed portrait.  At one point Chris asked if it was called needlepoint, and started calling out, all Oprah-esque, “YOU get a needlepoint!  And YOU get a needlepoint!  Aaand YOU get a needlepoint!”.

Photo 2015-07-23, 4 59 58 PMThere was a funny/sad moment towards the very end when they were all looking at each others’ and then Bill put out his hands and looked around like “Where… where’s mine?”  I offered him a hug instead but he didn’t take me up on it.

Then the panel was over, and I thought that was the end of it.  Instead, however, David jumped right down and came and gave me a hug and said thanks.  Bianca did too, before walking away.  Brent came by, and suddenly I turned around and the whole cast (minus Bianca and the absent Ron) were standing right behind me.  My mom had been taking pics the whole time, so I wound up with this:

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Yep.  That’s me looking all dork-tastic.  :)

Mom and I had barely made it to the elevator when my phone buzzed, and I saw this Tweet:

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Awwww! :D

* If you’re into cross stitch, or pop culture, or any combination thereof, go check her stuff out, it’s amazing.  :D

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Featured on KnitHacker.com!

Whoa… exactly what it says up there.  Thanks to a shout out from Laura on Twitter, my Skylanders Sprocket cosplay was featured on KnitHacker this morning, with dings going off on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all about it.

I’m so thrilled people like the costume.  I spent so much time working on it, staying up til 2-3am every night for 5 weeks… even bringing pieces to stitch while I waited at the daycare for my kids, or sneaking in a line or two in traffic.  With all that work it was still 2am the night before the con and I had no gauntlets/gloves, and I was feeling so dejected, like the whole thing would be a waste because of not enough time.  I ended up staying up til 4am knitting a quick set of fingerless mitts, and was so tired the following night I was asleep by 6:45.  :P  It wasn’t complete, it was far from perfect, but to see that it’s appreciated by more than just myself for my crazy efforts… it’s really awesome.

To anyone who stumbles this way and finds this: all the rest of the tutorials and step-by-steps are coming.  I have all the pics and just need to put them into a cohesive order.

You can check out the write-up here.  Thanks so much Laura, and thank you Danielle for posting it!

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Post-Con Blues

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There’s a letdown that comes after 5 weeks of non-stop rushing.  Instead of reaching for my project bag I’m avoiding it ‘cus it’s only filled with the left-over odds and ends that need sorting and putting away.  My thumb has a sore spot from forcing my needle around awkward angles.  I have this weird amount of this strange thing called time.

I’m putting the time to good use, sorting through all my pics to prepare coherent posts.  I’ve got all the rest of the step-by-steps and a ton of completed pics from the con itself and afterwards.  I’ll probably post the rest of the WIP stuff first, then close with the FOsskylanders sprocket teaser

If you’re in Montreal, and have some free time today, I highly recommend checking out the final day of Montreal Comiccon 2015!

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Skylanders Sprocket Cosplay – getting down to the wire

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Montreal ComicCon is in 2 days.  Well it starts earlier, but I’m only going on Saturday.  Forgive the lack of updates, I’ve been working my fingers off til roughly 3am every night the last few weeks, hoping to be done on time.  (I’ve been taking progress/step-by-step pics but those posts will have to wait until AFTER the Con).  With only 2 days to go, here is my current progress.

Cosplay progress completed parts to-date:

  • shirt
  • pants
  • vest
  • wig
  • wrench/purse
  • goggles
  • gauge

Cosplay wip:

  • belt/peplums – 80% complete
  • boots – 40% complete
  • gauntlets/gloves – 0% complete
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Skylanders Sprocket Cosplay – Vest Part 4

It’s done! On Tuesday I finished the vest, and was able to move on to the next part of the Sprocket cosplay.

I ended up picking up stitches around the armholes then working a 3-st, i-cord BO/applied i-cord around the edge, grafting the ends together.  I didn’t bother with a provisional CO, I just used the yarn tail to duplicate stitch the join so it looked flush.  In this image you can see the difference between the before (left) and the after (right).

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I did the same thing for the neckline, with one minor tweak.  The edges were curling, and I preferred the lower edge.  So when I picked up the sts I picked up about 3 rows down in the flat sections, turning that extra fabric to the back.  After working the i-cord I took another length of yarn and tacked that little flap down on the insides.skylanders sprocket vest fo 02

You can just barely see it on the inside, and see a slight ridge on the outside, but I don’t mind.

The lighting in my kitchen sucks, but here’s the back…

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… and the front.  And Sam, for some reason.skylanders sprocket vest fo 04I’m wearing it over the shirt and pants I bought for the costume, so this is the best progress pic so far.  :D

Plus- it fits!skylanders sprocket vest collageCosplay progress completed parts to-date:

  • shirt
  • pants
  • vest

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Skylanders Sprocket Cosplay – Vest Part 3

By Monday night I had a complete vest.

skylanders sprocket vest wip2 01The back, after seaming the sides and shoulders…skylanders sprocket vest wip2 04…and the front.

Heh.  Those darts look rather silly when laid flat like that, don’t they?  As soon as I realized that I slipped a bra inside to help, erm, fill things out a little. skylanders sprocket vest wip2 02

That’s better… if a little scandalous-looking.

skylanders sprocket vest wip2 03At some point I will be making the gauge Sprocket wears on her chest, and I wanted to make sure I had enough room to place it flat on my chestbone.  I do, and discovered that the neckline was actually a little higher than I needed.  I prefer it falling as low as it is curving, not where it would be if the bound-off sts were actually laying flat.

This was where I set it aside for the night.  I wanted to look up armhole finishing techniques, and was unsure if I wanted to do an icord BO/applied icord around the exposed edges, or pick up, knit a few rows and bind off, leaving a curled edge.  It was late, so I decided to sleep on it.

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Skylanders Sprocket Cosplay – Vest Part 2

The back of Sprocket’s vest complete, it was time to design the front.  Sunday morning we slept in after a lovely and decadent family wedding, and then while Yannick mowed the lawn I drank some coffee and did maths.skylanders sprocket vest sketch 02Before even beginning to decide how to tackle the front, I wanted a map of exactly how many rows my back piece was.  I wasn’t concerned about matching width, but it would sure suck to start seaming the sides and realize my rows were way off.  I pinned the back out to a blocking board, double-checked my hasty pattern, and filled in my sketch.

Now I knew I had 140 rows total for the front, and to make them even I could ‘spend’ 6 rows on the lower ribbing, 78 rows making my way to the armhole decreases, then jigger the bust however it took as long as I squished it all into 56 rows.  On the width issue, my only requirement was that I finish the shoulders at 16 sts each, so I could do a 3ndl bind off on them later.

By this point Yannick had come inside to join me, and was playing Mario Kart while I did more maths. skylanders sprocket vest sketch 03Which led to way more maths and a minor tease of a headache.

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But in the end I figured it out.  I would cast on enough sts for my belly, and work the rib to match the back.  Mosey my way up to my waist, working darts to decrease towards my narrower point, and then after a bit worked even I’d re-increase along the same dart lines to fit my bust.  More working even, and that should get me to the armholes.  Then I’d decrease for the armholes AND the top of the bust darts at the same time, narrowing the whole top to the same 15″ across as the back.  Work the straps, ending with 16 sts each.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy, as Henri would say.

And?

It worked!  I got all the way up to the bust increases done on Sunday and after brunch with friends on Monday morning I came home and seamed the sides so I could try it on.

skylanders sprocket vest wip 02After trying this I have to say I’m hooked on darts.  I think any knitted top that isn’t complicated by patterning, that I want to be somewhat fitted, will now have waist and bust darts.  Or at least bust darts.  The difference they make is astounding.

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