Showing posts with label david bowie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label david bowie. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Those lazy, crazy, hazy days of Summer

Have you seen those memes about the start of a new school year/ end of the holidays where parentals make funny comments such as...

Or even...

That is not me.
I love school holidays.
If I can, I try and take time off with my kids so it becomes my holiday too.
Holiday programs can be a little expensive and when I pick up Sonofagun No.2 at the end of the day, he's way more physically exhausted than from spending a day at school.
We don't do too much. I do tend to be a bit on the lazy side. But we do fun things. (I had written 'lots of fun things', then realised it wasn't 100% accurate!)
So this little post is about how we spent our long summer holidays!
You'd already know from this blog post that we spent 2 weeks over Christmas in Mollymook with the Mothership and the Fatherdom.

They're almost too polite to say so, but I'm fairly sure they were happy for the peace and quiet when we left!

I'm pretty crap at taking fireworks photos. But I still do it anyway. I take hundreds! And then I realise like any Crazy with a smart phone that they all look shithouse, and I should just put down my phone and enjoy it IN REAL LIFE because I'm never going to look back over 247 photos of fireworks in 10 years and be all like, "Awww! Remember that greeny red one from the Ulladulla New Years Eve of 2016? This blurry one is my favourite!"
So we returned home and I continued to make my circles into squares. There were many cups of tea and hours of Netflix involved.

This is where I'm up to now:

I thought crocheting a lightning bolt for my face was the best idea I'd had in years.

If you need a lightning bolt face or even a necklace, the free tutorial is here.

Sonofagun No.2 and I ventured down to our local beach a few times. We found this pair of sunnies in the water with this little sea thing attached. After a few photos, it decided it had enough, detached and swam away.

We visited Melbourne Zoo. SOG2 absolutely had to visit the penguins the minute we arrived.

He was only vaguely to 'not at all' interested in the other animals.

"Pfft! Elephants. How boring! Can we go back to the penguins now?"

My favourite section is the butterfly house. He spent the entire time in here declaring loudly in front of everyone, "These are soooo boring! They'll die in a couple of days anyway!"

My Sonofagun No.2 does not have this thing called 'tact' or 'a filter'.  When we went to see Rogue One 'A Star Wars Story' for the 2nd time, there was a memoriam for Carrie Fisher just before the movie started.
As I started to feel a little eye moisture, SOG2 said this so LOUDLY, everyone in the theatre heard:

We had to stop by the penguins before we left. To say goodbye of course.

So I have developed a THING where if I can't or don't feel like working on my main projects, I pick up some cotton and make a mandala.

This one is halfway through being written down and tested as a future tutorial. So bright and pretty!

I also enjoyed lots of these! A delicious, refreshing cocktail of Gin, Soda Water, Elderflower cordial, lemon and mint leaves.
I can only have one each evening because I'm a Cadbury girl: a glass and a half and I become a pissy* mess.

*drunken, not urinating

Down here in Kangaroo land, it was Straya Day on 26th January.
I'm a bit conflicted about Australia Day.

On one hand it's nice to have a national day that celebrates our wonderful country, but not on a day that the Indigenous nations mourn and remember as Invasion Day.

We took the kids down to the local beach for the rides, food stalls and concerts.
We found a spare table and chairs at the park. We took dips and crackers and crochet!

I love this map created by @Amazing_Maps which shows all the different countries that fit into our big island!

Then in the evening, more blurry smartphone fireworks!

While the rest of the country has sweltered in a long heatwave, good old Melbourne has had a nice summer.

My Nashi Pears grew.

And the Rainbow Lorikeets ate them...

They squawk and crap EVERYWHERE. But being the bird lover, I just sit under the tree quietly with a cuppa and watch them happily.

I love roses. This one is called Eyes for You.

And this hybrid tea is Monica.

Has the mandala bug bitten you?

It bit me on the bum and it still itches. I can't get enough of them. The one above was from a pattern from Simply Crochet magazine.

The one in the bag below is my own design. I am addicted to the process of making a perfectly flat circle and with each round, trying to 'math' properly so it stays flat.

This is my 2nd version of the one above but I've realised the centre is very similar to a mandala that has previously been published elsewhere so it's  back to the drawing board!

So that was our summer. The Sonofaguns are back at school. I'm back at work. And already longing for the next school holidays!


The Red Haired Amazona

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

David Bowie Aladdin Sane Crochet Lightning Bolt Necklace & Applique- Free Tutorial!

It wasn't until his death that I realized how much Bowie music was in my phone.
One of my favourite songs ever is Golden Years.

This comes from 2 things. When I was a young, hot, mini skirt wearing, platform stilettoed foxy Amazona (ahem: the late 90s), I was kind of hooking up and fooling around with a particularly good looking and kind of much younger fellow uni student friend (who shall remain nameless but who's name may or may not rhyme with Pole.  Oh dear, poor choice of rhyme...)
Anyway, he loved this song and I think we may have made out to it once or twice. And because we're still buddies who chat every few years, I still love this song.
It also was used in a movie sequence which was one of my all time favourites.
The dance scene from A Knights Tale.

Ah Heath! I still mourn, you studly, beautiful man!
But I digress.  I never thought of Bowie as one of my favourite artists, but once I took note of how much of his music was a part of my life, and my regular daily tunes, I realized he was.
At Sonofagun No.2s school, every morning for 3 minutes before the bell rings to start classes, they play music through the loud speakers. Always cool stuff. Sometimes Queen, the Monkees, the Stones, AFL football songs, the Jackson 5. It's the most wonderful thing as the kids skip and dance towards their classrooms.
David Bowie passed away on the 10th of January 2016. When school started back after summer holidays on the 31st of January, they played Bowie every single morning for 2 months.
For Christmas BFF the Blonde Bombshell Miss Emma who is a huge fan of Bowie, gave me this.

Which inspired me to make this applique which can be sewn onto t-shirts or bags etc.

Although perhaps not to do this...

The exact same pattern can be used to make the funky little necklace at the top of the page.
The infamous lightning bolt slashed across the face of Aladdin Sane on the cover of that album from 1973.
Whilst Aladdin Sane was a new character, he was described by Bowie as, "Ziggy goes to America..."
Would you like to make one too?
Let's go!

Aladdin Sane Lightning Bolt

What you’ll need:

In your choice of yarn, choose a bright red and bright blue yarn.  You can use acrylic, cotton or whatever you like. You will need to adjust your hook size according to the ply.

For the applique project I have used an 8 ply acrylic yarn with a 3.5mm hook.

For a 4 ply cotton, I might suggest a 2mm hook.

If you are making a small badge or the necklace and using 2ply cottons (also known as No.5 by some brands) then possibly a 1.5mm hook.

Needle for sewing in ends.

Necklace findings if you are making the necklace or badge backing if you're making a badge!

Let’s get started!
US crochet terms are used...

The Ch1 stitch at the end of each row (or the beginning of the next) is not counted as a stitch.

Starting with your red yarn: Chain 2

R 1:         Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Ch 1, turn. [1sc]

R 2:         Sc in the sc of the previous row. Ch 1, turn. [1sc]

R 3:         2sc in the sc of the previous row. Ch 1, turn. [2sc]

R 4:         2sc in 1st st, sc in the next st. Ch 1, turn. [3sc]
R 5:         Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [3sc]

R 6:         2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 2 st. Ch 1, turn. [4sc]

R 7:         Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [4sc]

R 8:         2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 3 st. Ch 1, turn. [5sc]
At the end of Row 8.

R 9:         Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [5sc]

R 10:         2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 4 st. Ch 1, turn. [6sc]

R 11:      Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [6sc]

R 12:      2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 5 st. Ch 1, turn. [7sc]

R 13:      Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [7sc]

There’s a little change here Lovelies!!

R 14:      2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 6 st. Ch 5. [8sc, 5ch]
At the end of Row 14

R 15:      Starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each of the next 4 ch.

               Then sc in each of the next 3 st. Ch 1, turn.
At the end of Row 15. We are only crocheting 3 stitches into the 1st part of the lightning bolt, then turning to make the top jagged bit.

R16:       2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 5 st. Sl st in the last st. Ch 1, turn. [7sc, 1slst]

R17:       Skip that last sl st of the previous row. Sc in each of the next 7sc to the end. Ch 1, turn. [7sc]
Almost there....

Repeat Rows 16 & 17 x 5 (therefore 10 more rows) finishing with Row 17.

Finish off and sew in ends.

Turn your work as per the image below.
Turn the work on it's side and work single crochet stitches down the LEFT SIDE of the lightning bolt.
Join your blue yarn to the right top corner of the piece, Ch 1, then starting in the same space as the Ch 1, evenly single crochet in the end of each row (of the red yarn) ending with 2sc in the last stitch.

This should give 14 stitches total. You may use more or less stitches, but you want to have a straight, even line of stitches with the last two creating an almost sharp point.
This may be only 10 sc when crocheting the small lightning bolt in 2ply cottons.

Finish off. Sew in the ends and now attach your blue yarn on the same side, but in the corner of the lightning bolt. See photo below.

Ch 1, and starting in the same space, evenly single crochet in the end of each row (of the red yarn).

This should give 17 stitches in total. As mentioned above, you may use more or less stitches, but you want to have a straight, even line of stitches.
This may be just 12-13 single crochet when crocheting the lightning bolt in 2ply cottons.

Finish off and sewn in the ends.

Below you can see on the left a lightning bolt I made using 2 ply crochet cottons and a 1.5mm hook.
On the right is the finished piece from the tutorial photos above using 8 ply acrylics and a 3.5mm hook.
I blocked my pieces and sprayed them with some starch to hold their shape.

You can sew this directly onto a tshirt as an applique, stick it on your face ala Aladdin Sane (if you do, ping me on Facie or Instabrag!)

You can glue a felt backing on and attach a badge pin. The possibilities are endless!

If you make one, take a photo and tag me on Instabrag or post to my Facie page!