Guess What I’m About to Try

A Brave Companion cocktail! I have no idea if the name is a hat tip to a certain group, but I’m going to pretend it is.

(Update: Delish! Strong but not overpowering, sweet but not too sweet and the vanilla is a subtle aftertaste. )

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Winter Is Coming and I Have a Scarf 2: Westeros Boogaloo

Since my office had to face the wrath of Sandy, I inadvertently had a week off, which meant a lot of time to finish up some projects that I hadn’t had time for. A big project was dealing with my Stark scarf.

You see, knitting my scarf in Fair Isle (i.e., knitting both right and wrong sides instead of purling the wrong side) meant that, after painstakingly finishing my scarf, it curled. Each side rolled inward until it looked like a jelly roll. My beautiful six-inch-wide scarf was barely three inches wide. You could barely even read it!

So I went hunting about the internet for a solution, and stumbled upon this post by TECHknitting which offered a simple solution: line the back of the scarf with polar fleece. I ordered some fleece, although I still wasn’t sure whether the fleece would be sturdy enough to keep the scarf from curling. But it was! I was so happy! My scarf looked so spiffy. Although, I made the mistake of sewing the lining at 2am, which means that there is bunching in some places where I didn’t hold it taut. SIGH.

Here is the front:

Here is the back:

And here is an ACTION SHOT:

You guys, this scarf is so warm and snuggly. I can barely even handle how nice it feels.

And, I made an honest to God pattern for you guys! I am excited to share it with you, but also a little nervous, since this is my first chart pattern. Note that I futzed around with the direwolf as well, since he had one leg bigger than all the others.

Winter Is Coming Scarf

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in 625 graphite  (1 skein) and 615 tulip (2 skeins)

Needle size: 8 or whatever you need for gauge

Gauge: 18 stitches/21 rows=4 inches in garter stitch

Cast on 25 stitches.

Knit 30 rows in garter stitch.

Follow the pattern here: winter is coming scarf. (Note: I had to make the pattern in segments, which is why the row numbering is weird. Ignore, please!)

Knit 30 rows in garter stich.

Bind off.

Sew polar fleece onto back using overcast stitch (tutorial here).

Wear your scarf, you sassy thing.

And now to give due credit where credit is due:

Lettering is from here

Chart pattern was made from the generator here

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Comic-Con Update and Hitting a Milestone

So, the Comic-Con update is…I did not get to see the GoT panel. I got in line at 8:30 (after an aborted attempt to see the Community panel) and still could not get in! BUT I did get compliments on my sigil shirt, and I did some shopping, so it was okay. San Diego was tons of fun with good food, bars and beaches and AMAZING weather that makes me cry every time I think of it.

I was looking at my stats last night and I had hit 1,200 views, and I was all like, “crap, I missed the 1,000 views milestone” and then I was like, “That’s cool, I’ll make a post about my 1,200 views milestone.” Then I fell asleep. Then I come back today and saw that I had another 20 views today from a French GoT message board! So bonjour les Francophones! And thank you to everyone else for stopping by and taking a look at my humble blog and taking the time to comment on and share the links that you liked. You all are super!

As always, if you have a GoT craft you’d like to share, or an idea for a post, let me know in the comments. But for now, make yourself a Suffering Bastard and revel in the fact that the white walkers haven’t found you yet. Tonight, we celebrate!

Just in Time for Comic Con – A Game of Thrones Shirt!

Hey guys, remember in my last post how I was all, “OMG GoT fabric”? Well, since I will be making my first pilgrimage to Comic Con, I figured what better way to celebrate than to deck myself out in a sassy GoT shirt?

There was a whole mess of stress that went into making this shirt, including having to rush to get the fabric to me in time, settling on a shirt pattern only to have the instructions be so confusing that I gave up on them, messing up the test run of the second pattern I chose and having barely enough fabric to make the shirt (and no room for error). Luckily, the sewing of the shirt went smoothly and it looks quite spiffy, if I do say so myself.

I used the ruffle tutorial found here (minus the armholes and with the shaping) and 2 yards of this fabric. I ordered the basic combed cotton, which wasn’t as soft as I was hoping it would be, but is still pretty comfy. Like I said, 2 yards left me very little fabric left over, and not enough fabric if I needed to recut one of the pieces, so I would suggest a little more just to be on the safe side.

Note: my boyfriend arbitrarily decided to cut off my head when taking these pictures, and we didn’t have enough light to retake, so please excuse the awkward faceless pictures. It was not intentional. But nobody really cares about my face; it’s all about the shirt. Right? Right.

So, how many sigils can you spot?

Front shot!

 

Side shot!

 

Serious ruffle action!

And the back!

 

Do you guys like it? It will have its debut on Saturday. I hope it will bring me luck when it comes to getting into the GoT panel.

Game of Thrones FABRIC!

Thanks to reader Peter for letting me know that he has designed a fabric pattern featuring a ton of sigils from various GoT houses. Soon you could be snuggled under a comforter or wearing a sassy skirt while also showing off your nerd cred. Bonus points for including two of my favorite houses (Tarth and Hightower)!

UPDATE: In case you prefer to pledge you allegiance to one house rather than several, there is a Stark pattern by shaddock for sale as well.