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)
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