Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales!

Hello fellow loopers!!

                    In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, come check out the awesome sales on some of the Etsy shop's most popular items! Get up to 40% off of hats and and iPhone covers and over 50% off of patterns! On top of the sales, get the patterns, covers and hats even cheaper by using the coupon codes "CYBERMONDAY" for patterns to get an additional 25% off, and use the code "BLACKFRIDAY" on hats and iPhone covers to get FREE SHIPPING!! Come see the biggest sales in my Etsy shop ever!

Get brand new patterns like the Santa Hat pattern with instructions on how to make elf ears for an additional 25% off of the sale value with the code "CYBERMONDAY"
Get the new iPhone covers with FREE SHIPPING by using the code "BLACKFRIDAY" at checkout!

Heyy... Listen!!!

I used to (am) a big Nintendo fan.. I had it painted on my wall, every system, the works. Why do I mention that? Well because the new Nintendo system, the Wii U, just came out this week and because of my love for Nintendo I felt the need to come out with a new pattern.

One of my favorite game series, like many others, is The Legend of Zelda, and obviously, one of the best of them is the Majora's Mask. Check out my versions of the Deku, Zora, and Majora's Masks available now in the Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy Store!! But that's not it, check out the free pattern below of how to make a simple, yet effective triforce!

You can get the Deku, Zora, and Majora's Mask patterns all for $5 on Ravelry or Etsy, or by simply clicking -->HERE<--

But what good is Link without a Triforce, right?

Here's how to make tiny but simple triangles, which when put together make a perfect triforce, as seen here on an iPhone cover (available in my Etsy store here).

So here's the quick and easy triangle pattern:

(basically any 100% cotton works)
-Needle to sew in ends with


-SL.ST = Slip Stitch
-SC = Single Crochet
-Ch = Chain
-Rnd = Round

Ch 4
Rnd 1: Skip first ch, Sc one in next 3, turn (3).
Rnd 2: Don't ch, skip first st, sc on in next 2, turn (2).
Rnd 3: Don't ch, skip first st, sc on in next, turn (1).
Here's the tricky part...
Rnd 4: Sc one in each Rnd and st around the little triangle, and at the corners, sc 1, m.p. (ch 2, sl.st in first ch), sc 1. Continue this pattern around the triangle then, after your 3rd m.p, sl.st 1 into the first sc made in this Rnd.
Cut and pull through, leaving a long end to sew onto your project. Make three of these and put them together to form a simple, and tiny, triforce.

I know today's Thanksgiving, and I need to apologize for not coming out with a new pattern related to that, but here's a little gift. Tomorrow, as you may know, is Black Friday, and this Monday is Cyber Monday, you know... the days of the year where sales in store and online go out the ying yang. Check back tomorrow to get some coupons to go along side the awesome sales on my Etsy!

What Time Is It??

A while back I joined a Craft Swap on the site Craftsy. A craft swap, if you didn't know, is a program where you get teamed up with another crafter and send each other crafts based on the theme of the swap. The theme I joined was Adventure Time, and seeing as the new season started yesterday, I decided now would be a perfect time to show off some of the things I made and recieved as well as sport the new additions to the iPhone Case family!

I was teamed up with the swaps organizer, GrindHouseHussy19. I'll save the stuff she sent me for last because it was absolutely AWESOME!!! I made her a Finn hat and a cover for her Galaxy S3 phone themed from Jake the dog. Here are some photos:

GrindHouseHussy19, in return, made me some of the MOST AWESOME stuff. Probably the most awesome thing, though I don't have a photo, were the groups of 6 giant stickers of Adventure Time charicters to put on the wall. In addition there was a clock, a cross stitched Gunter, magnets, a shirt, a pillow case. The list goes on. Isn't that crazy?! Here are some photos of what she sent:

You can check out some more creations by crafters in this swap here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412986.0

Finally I have some exciting new things in the shop revolving around the theme of Adventure Time. If you haven't already seen the BMO case in the shop a few weeks back, check that out here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/112252720/sale-iphone-4-and-5-bmo-adventure-time?

Also check out the brand new Finn iPhone case!

All iPhone Cases are on SALE right now until Cyber Monday on November 26 (when a lot more of my shop will be up for sale as well!)


So I've got something really cool to share with you guys. A few weeks ago I got a message from some guys asking me to be part of a new website they were making, I happily abliged, and here I am to tell you about the awesome site: Makeably.

Makeably is a place where people go to buy handcrafted things from crafty people. Wait this sounds a lot like Etsy you say? Nope. The awesome thing about Makeably is that you make what you buy. Not literally, but you choose the idea. The sites really cool because it allows makers and buyers to work together to create something completely customizable for you!

Basically, how it works is you go to the site, see a template for something to be made, like... I don't know.. a baby hat for example ;). This listing isn't for the hat itself but for the idea. You see some stuff the maker can do in images and written down, then if you're interested, you send the maker a message and say something like, "hey, I saw your stuff and I was thinking could you make a hat that looks like a purple pumpkin eater with wings and a horn?" and the maker says, "Heck yah! Send me some photos of what you were thinking and I'll go see if I can find the right yarn for you and lets get this awesome hat made!"

The best part about this site is that it encourages makers like me and buyers to create not only something completely original, but also forces those creative juices to flow! Do me a favor and check out the site and if you like the idea sign up to be a part of it! It's free of course and it's way awesome, trust me.

You can check out my shop here: http://makeably.com/p/15

And the site itself here: http://makeably.com/

Thanks Ryan and Ana for letting me be a part of your site! I'm super excited to work with you and buyers from all over to make something awesome!

Featured on Handmade Men!

Hey guys! I was featured on Handmade Men the other day! Handmade Men is a really cool blog that is specifically for crafts and Etsy shops made for men. In my interview I talk about my inspiration, some fun stories about how I thought about some of the things I make, and some ideas and plans I have in the future!

Check it out here: http://www.handmademen.com/featured-louies-loops/

Thanks Josh and the rest of the Handmade Men team!

ANFSCD: A Very Harry Halloween

Warning ahead of time... it gets a bit.. um.. collegey in this post.

For this Halloween my friends and I decided to go a bigger then just a simple Halloween party. We decided, why not do a Harry Potter Party, and man was it a success. We had apple cider, butter beer, trivia, movies, expelliarmis shots, and of course... Quidditch Pong.

What's Quidditch Pong Louis? Good question, Louis. Quidditch Pong is a personal invention that mixes the timely art of beer pong, and the amazing wizard sport Quidditch.

First you have to make the hoops. I made mine with hangers and yellow duct tape. Make sure you make them various sizes!

Then you have to make some butter beer. Here was my recipe:
           7 parts Rootbeer or Cream Soda
           1 part butterscotch schnaaps
           1 part vanilla vodka (for an extra kick!)

You can find some other recipes for butter beer, including non alcoholic, here: http://www.yumsugar.com/Hot-Cold-Butterbeer-Recipe-380247

The rules for Quidditch Pong are much like beer pong with a few changes:

  1. Choose what team goes first with your sorting hat!

  2. If the quaffle (ping pong ball) goes through a hoop and makes it in the cup it counts as two (much like if the ball were to bounce)

  3. If the quaffle goes through a hoop the enemy team is allowed to use there bludgers (hands) to knock it out of the way.

  4. When there is one cup left, the snitch must be used. Trust me, this makes things a lot more difficult. I made my snitch by just wrapping a ball in yellow duct tape and attaching a few wings made out of paper, but you could easily use a yellow ping pong ball with glued on wings.

  5. Enjoy!!

We split the party up into houses to make the game more competitive.

We finished the tri-wizard tornament off with some Expeliarmus Shots! You can find the instructions here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/michaelm70/the-official-harry-potter-shot-4cll

The party went awesomely. We'll definitely be doing this next year!

Rotary Street Fair 2012!

What are you guys doing Sunday? Do you live near Thousand Oaks, California and not doing much, or even if you are doing something, just ditch it and come hang out with me at the Rotary Street Fair!!

Here I am at the booth last year!

You can get more information about it here: http://www.conejovalleyguide.com/local-events/2012-thousand-oaks-rotary-street-fair-on-sunday-october-21st.html

Seriously guys! Come by and check out my booth! I'll be selling a bunch of hats and other crocheted fun stuff!! I'd love it if you come out and say hi!

See you guys Sunday!

New Halloween Patterns (With COUPON!) + iPhone Cases!

For Halloween, I made and posted a couple patterns for some Halloween themed hats that I made last year in the Etsy and Ravelry stores!

Check out the Bat and Frankenstein's Monster Earflap Hat Patterns today!

And if you hurry to buy these before Halloween, and use the code "MONSTER" on any of the patterns for sale in my Etsy store, you'll 15% off!!

Wait... you thought that was all? Ha! Check out the brand new crocheted iPhone cases in the Etsy store today!! Here's some photo's and the spiel on the listing:

Keep your iPhone safe and customized with a hand crocheted iPhone case! Handmade in a silky soft, yet strong and durable cotton / acrylic blend, these iPhone cases come in either iPhone 4 or 5 sizes. They're made with openings for charging, headphones, and switching on and off vibrate so you never have to take it off! Speaking of which, the cases slip on easily and stay very secure while still keeping both the front and back cameras, mics, and flash open for the perfect photos!

Best part is, you choose the color! These cases come in a rainbow of colors, here's a list:
White, Light Gray, Dark Gray, Black, Ocean Blue, Tadis Blue, Yellow, Lime Green, Hazelnut, Red, Pink, Azalea, Purple, Sand
Not in photos above, but still available in: Light Blue, Navy Blue, Green, Fern Green, and Brown 

I'm a Supahstar!

I always imagined I'd be recognized as a star in my life, I just never thought it would be so soon!

Haha but seriously, I'm extremely flattered to say, I was chosen to be the 99th "Crafty Superstar" on the site Cut Out + Keep. This week they'll be featuring me and 1 of my patterns everyday for the whole week!

So even if you've seen most or all of these patterns, check the site out! It's really cool and even cooler now that I'm one of their superstars!! Haha. (If you can't tell I'm pretty excited)

How to crochet an Oval

This pattern is looong over due, but thanks to Kelly, a follower who commented earlier this week, I got my butt in line and decided to finally put it up.

It's really not that detailed, but I couldn't find many good patterns for a legitimate oval when I was making my Batman hat, so I made one up. Other than the Batman hat, I used these ovals to make a couple really quick and simple coasters inspired by probably my favorite video game Portal.

So here's a pattern for a simple oval and instructions on how to make it for a Batman logo and for some Portal coasters:
Crocheted Oval Pattern

(basically any 100% cotton works)
-Needle to sew in ends with
-st = Stitch
-sc = Single Crochet
-Ch = Chain
-Rnd = Round

Ch 2
Rnd 1: sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook, don’t turn. (6)
Rnd 2: sc 3 in first st, 2 in next, 1 in next, repeat once. (12)
Rnd 3: sc 1 in first st, 2 in next three, 1 in next 3, 2 in next three, 1 in last two sts. (18)
Rnd 4: sc 1 in first two sts, 2 in next (inc), 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in next four, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in last two sts. (24)
Rnd 5: sc 1 in first three sts, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in next seven, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in last four sts. (30)
Depending on how large you made the bat, you may need to keep going or stop sooner, here’s a few more Rnds
Rnd 6: sc 1 in first four sts, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in next ten, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in last six. (36)
Rnd 7: sc 1 in first five sts, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in next thirteen, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in last eight. (42)
*When the oval is big enough to fit the bat onto, sl.st in the next st, cut, pull through and sew into the project to hide it, or leave a long end to sew onto the hat.*
For Portal coasters change to either blue or orange here:
Rnd 8: sc 1 in first six sts, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in next sixteen, 2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1 in last ten.

If you haven't figured it out, here is the pattern for making it larger and larger, although at some point I don't think this will work: increase the scs in the begining by one each Rnd, then continue the pattern, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2 in the next five sts, then sc 1 in 3 more sts then the last Rnd (ex: ten for Rnd 6, thirteen for Rnd 7). Do the 2, 1, 2, 1, 2 pattern again in the next five, then finally sc 1 in 2 more sts then the last Rnd (ex: 2 in Rnd 4 and 4 in Rnd 5)

Lion Patterns!

As I promised yesterday, check out the ferocious new pattern by Lucy (Blog / Etsy), here it is, Boris the Lion!

Boris The Tiny Lion
Amigurumi Pattern

ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)
hdc = half double crochet (US), half treble crochet (UK)
BLO = back loop only
FLO = front loop only
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
FO = fasten off

General instructions:
Work in rounds unless otherwise stated and do not join rounds unless told to. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do. To start a round, you can use the magic ring method, but I prefer (ch2, work 6 sc into 1st ch). If you work the 6 sc over the tail of yarn as well you can use that to pull the hole tight.

Work through both loops of stitches unless otherwise indicated.

You will need:
Small amount of yellow/gold yarn.
Small amount of brown yarn.
Small amount of black yarn.
Small amount of stuffing.
3.5mm (E) hook.

Special stitch instructions:
5 dc pop: popcorn stitch for legs. Work 5 dc into 1 st, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through.

3 dc bob: bobble stitch for mane. YOH, insert hook into next stitch, YOH and pull through stitch, YOH, pull through 2 loops, *YOH, insert hook into same stitch, YOH and pull through stitch, YOH, pull through 2 loops, repeat from*, YOH, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Start using yellow/gold yarn.
Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times – 9 st.
Round 3: Sc in each st around - 9 st.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times – 18 st.
Round 6: Sc in each st around - 18 st.
Change to brown yarn.
Round 7: [Sc in next st, 3 dc bob in next st] 9 times – 18 st.
(Push the bobbles outwards after each round.)
Round 8: Sc in next st, [sc in next st, 3 dc bob in next st] 8 times, sc in next st – 18 st. (Optional: to make ears do the 2nd and 5th bobbles in the yellow/gold yarn).
Round 9: [Sc in next st, 3 dc bob in next st] 9 times – 18 st.
Change to yellow/gold yarn.
Round 10: [2 sc in next st] 2 times, sc in next 12 st, [2 sc in next st] 4 times – 24 st.
Round 11: 5 dc pop in next st, sc in next 19 st, 5 dc pop in next st, sc in next 3 st – 24 st.
Round 12: Sc2tog, sc in next 18 st, [sc2tog] 2 times – 21 st.
Round 13 - 15: (3 rounds) Sc in each st around - 21 st.

Stuff as far as you can and embroider face with black yarn. Use French knots to make eyes.

Round 16: Sc in next st, 5 dc pop in next st, sc in next 16 st, 5 dc pop in next st, sc in next 2 st – 21 st.
Round 17: Sc in each st around - 21 st.
Round 18: [Sc2tog, sc in next 5 st] 3 times – 18 st.
Round 19: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] 6 times – 12 st.
Round 20: [Sc2tog] 6 times – 6 st.
FO, leaving length of yarn. Finish stuffing and sew up hole at end.

Ch 5, turn, miss ch next to hook, ss in next 4 ch.
FO and sew to bottom. Sew or knot a little bit of brown yarn to the end to make a tuft.

Don't forget to check out my free pattern of Leroy the Lion pin on her blog here!
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