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Crochet Purple Top And Green Skirt For Ariel Bounding

Eek! I’ve had such a fun-filled and busy summer. I’ve been to Renaissance festivals, a short cruise, The Grand Canyon and Sedona, and lots of time spent with family. I’ve been crocheting too, but mainly, I’ve been getting my dolls done for my crochet book. Buuut, I spent some time working on my Ariel inspired bounding outfit and finally finished it. Sadly, it’s too hot for wearing anytime soon, but as soon as it cools down…

The purple crochet top I wanted for the Ariel bounding outfit came out nicely. It surprised me how much I liked it as I had very low expectations for it. I watched several Youtube videos on how to make the bralette part and then just made something up.

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eliza_3.jpgThe skirt was super simple and doesn’t look like much but looks very nice when I put it on.

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I’m not sure yet if I’m going to wear them together or pare each with something non-crochet. It might be crochet overload otherwise. LOL

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2019 Small Crochet Graduation Hats

It’s time for our 5th graders to leave our program and our school, as they get ready to go off to middle school. Every year, I make them a little crochet graduation cap  in the school’s colors. It’s my small way of letting them know I enjoyed knowing them and hope they remember me as they continue on in life.

This years presentation of the little caps was my favorite so far. I bought jumbo-size Jawbreaker lollipops and made the hats so they would fit snuggly. I used styrofoam cups and a styrofoam ball. The kids thought they were snow cones! Yeah, they did look like snow cones. 🙂

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small graduation crochet hats

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The kids really liked them. I wrote a post and I made a YouTube tutorial about it when I originally made the hats. Here’s a look back at some of the previous years.

Green and Pink Crochet Doll

Sometimes I forget that I love making dolls. I had some more stash-busting time at work and made a doll. I had all these little pink scraps because the kids love using pink. I end up with all these little odds and ends. I also had these huge lime-green balls that weren’t being used much. I combined the two and made my doll.

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And finally she was done!

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Oops! How did that scrap of lavender get in there?! I swear it was pink when I grabbed it. The kids will never know!

I love making dolls!

 

Crochet Disney Bounding

I get on kicks sometimes. I get hyper-focused on an idea and stick with it for awhile (I’m looking at you emojis). And right now I’m caught up in costumes. I finished, not one but two crochet costumes for the Renaissance Faire this year and I’m contemplating making another for Comic Con Revolution that I’m attending this coming Sunday!

But then, I got distracted by Disney Bounding. What’s that, I hear you ask? Until just recently, I didn’t know either. We have Disneyland passes, and I started noticing that many adults were dressing up. My hubby called it bounding. To my hubby’s chagrin, I called it binding, bouncing, binging and everything else that sounded remotely the same as I could never remember it right. 🙂 I was curious about the difference between bounding and dressing up in costume, and he tried to explain to me that bounding was not a costume. It looked like a costume to me. He said it was more like regular clothes you wear that looked like a costume or something like that. At least that’s what I heard. He pointed out examples of this, and I pointed out examples that looked like costumes. We let it go.

Apparently, people over 14 aren’t allowed to wear costumes at the parks for various reasons, so adults wanting to get in on the fun turn to bounding. Well, since I’m all in with making costumes right now, and I watched a video from a blogger I follow where she explains bounding and how she tried it, AND my hubby and I are going to  Disneyland for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (yes! we scored a reservation for the opening month), I was primed and ready to try some bounding of my own. Excuse the run-on sentence but I’m excited.

Bounding or Disneybounding is a way to dress as your favorite character using street clothes as an inspiration.

I wanted to do that! So on Mother’s Day, I had my family go shopping with me to find an Ariel bounding outfit. I was looking for a purple top and green bottom in anything (pants, shorts, skirt), as long as it was the right green. I found a top I really liked, but it was much harder to find a bottom.

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I ended up getting a greenish skirt, but it wasn’t exactly the green I was hoping for. Continue reading

Dragon Cloak and New Crochet Costume For Ren Faire 2019

Sometimes, what you’re working on doesn’t turn out how you hoped. I have no one to blame but myself. I wanted to wear my dragon cloak on a return visit to the Renaissance Faire, but I wasn’t sure what to pair it with. I had some leftover yarn from the fringe of the cloak and thought I could work with that on an outfit. The idea being that the outfit would match the cloak. I had a vague idea of how the outfit would look but nothing concrete.

That leftover yarn didn’t last long (it looked so much bigger when I started). I used it on the skirt portion and soon ran out. I honestly didn’t want to  hunt for more on an experiment I wasn’t sure was even going to work. Plus, I bought that yarn ages ago, on sale, and so it might have been discontinued. But honestly, I didn’t look.

However, I had plenty of that same yarn but in a different color (it was a good sale).

So… I kept the experiment going but had to think about the best way to mix the colors. I decided to continue the skirt in the new color and make the top with the new color.

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Hmmm…will this work?

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This was kinda pretty.

I mixed in some thin yarn I found in one of my bins. It was a pretty cream color and it had belonged to my mom. I definitely wouldn’t be able to get more of that! I had to think real hard on how to use it without running out (I failed miserably on that score).

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Having doubts again.

So when I ran out of the cream colored-yarn, some more thinking and scheming was warranted. I found the perfect ball of yarn that matched the lighter part of the skirt, again one that belonged to my mom (and I couldn’t get more,) and used that.

This project from start to finish was very freeform and very experimental. And when I was done?

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This might work.

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Renaissance Pleasure Faire 2019

We had a great time as usual at the Renaissance Faire. We go every year and this time around, I wore my crochet fairy doll costume. Let me tell you, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to pull it off but it was a big success. Faire goers responded really well to it, especially the wig and the wings. Ironically, most people didn’t even notice the doll or that we matched, until I pointed it out, and then they loved her.

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Once there, we let the revelry begin!

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If you’re curious about past years, here they are!

2012-2015 This link shows pics from those years since I didn’t individually post about those visits.

2016

2017

I couldn’t find a post about 2018 and was wondering why not. Could it be possible I didn’t post anything? Then I found two pictures in my photo archives on my computer and I was wearing an outfit that had no crochet in it, like at all! Still, I wonder why I didn’t post about it? It’s not the greatest pic but at least it’s proof I went! I was starting to doubt. 🙂

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I was with my sisters and don’t have permission to post their pic but I loved going with them.

Crochet Fairy Costume – Outfit

As usual, I like working under a time crunch. I had a full week to finish my crochet doll fairy outfit for the Renaissance Faire. We go every year and we picked a weekend that was going to be relatively cool since I was representing in full-out crochet. I wasted no time and planned what would be done on what day.

Day 1-4

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The corset/bustier whatchamacallit and arm cuffs

This actually took me longer than I expected but it was relatively easy. It was time consuming but easy. The top is just rows of single crochet, alternating between two rows of purple and black. The black skirt was double crochet with an increase round and back post stitches thrown in. The black skirt took the longest because the yarn was so darn thin and took forever to work up, but patience won out and I got it done. I also worked on the frame for the wings.

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I was bouncing back and forth between the wings and the dress.

The frame for the wings were two wire hangers that I joined. I destroyed many wire hangers trying to get a good look. And what did I go with in the end? I took two hangers and just twisted the hook parts around each other and stretched the bottom of the hangers out. Sometimes simple is best, especially when you’re in a time crunch. I single crocheted around the whole thing. I set it aside for later.

Day 5

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The skirt (goes under the black skirt)

The skirt did actually take me just one day,  a day of non-stop crochet, but just one day. 🙂 This was similar to the black skirt in that it was mostly double crochet. The waist got some single crochet but that was it. Oh, and the bottom edging was done in picots.

Day 6

I couldn’t decide how I wanted the wings to look. I had all sorts of notions but went with something simple and fast. Honestly, I felt like I was just slapping things together but it ended up looking pretty. The flowers were last minute touches that I think made the wings look complete.

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My daughter said it looked like eyes so I added the flowers so it wouldn’t!

Day 7

Aaahhh, the hair. I left the hair for last because I had a clear picture of what I wanted and how I was going to achieve the look. I had planned on making a thin headband. I knew it would get hot so I didn’t want a full beanie with yarn all around. A ponytail could be achieved with strands around the border. My first attempt was a fail. Not enough coverage! I had to add more rounds to the head band and a second layer of strands, but that did the trick. Last but not least were the ringlets. I didn’t even secure them well because it was close to midnight and I wanted to sleep! I secured them just well enough so they wouldn’t fall out during the day. I reasoned I would permanently attach them after the fair.

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I ended up loving it!

Overall, I was thrilled with how everything turned out and I made it in time for the fair!

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I’ll write about our adventure in my  next post. Spoiler alert, the wig and wings were a big hit!

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