Creepers Gonna Creep

Ah, Minecraft. The amazing computer program that blends creativity and video games so seamlessly that even Mom approves. And she shows her approval by knitting creepers for her kids. Because she sucks at building anything on the actual game. Virtual blocks and pretend pickaxes only confuse her, but she is a whiz at creating stuff with wool (and I don’t mean wool blocks on a screen), so she plays along with her needles instead of her keyboard.

Introducing my little knitted creeper. As seen on Ravelry here

image_medium2

There are several patterns to chose from on Ravelry (look here) but I decided to wing it when I didn’t see one that fit in the palm of the hand.

image_medium2-3

And it was a simple thing to figure out, anyway.

image_medium2-1

It’s basically a bunch of blocks put together just right. Here’s how I did it, in case you want to make one like it.

Knit Creeper Pattern

yarn – I used Mosaic Moon Licorice Twist DK in the colorway “Lime SS Trim For Sweet Cream Scoops”, but any sturdy, DK yarn will work.
needles – size 3 DPN’s (or a size that will produce a nice, tight gauge)
gauge – not critical, but you want it tight and small-ish

HEAD

CO 10, knit 12 rows stockinette stitch

Pickup stitches along each side of square (8 stitches along sides and 10 along end) and begin working in round.

Purl first round
Knit 8, purl 1 four times (repeat row 12 times)

Bind off 27 purl wise

Knit across flap (back and forth in stockinette) 12 rows
Stuff and sew shut

BODY

CO 20, join in round
Knit 4, purl 1 four times (repeat that round 11 times)

Bind off 15 purl wise
Knit flap back and forth 7 rows
Bind off, sew shut
Stuff and attach to head at center bottom

LEG repeat four times
Pick up four stitches from center out of bottom of body, CO 1

image_medium2-4

Work flap 7 rows st at
Work as for head, adjusting for smaller stitch count

Repeat leg three more times –

image_medium2-5

Use tail of one leg to tie inner corner of each leg together to firm up base

Duplicate stitch face on (I used Mal sock black held double)

images

Give to resident Minecraft enthusiast and enjoy the happy.

image_medium2-2

This Moment – Ho, Ho, Ho

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

IMGP1300I’d like to quickly point out that The Princess is now wearing, loving, and looking awesome in the sweater that I made for The Boy three years ago!

 

Lego Mania

The Boy turned eleven last weekend and he loves Legos. So I threw a Lego Mania Birthday Party of Destiny.

There were mini-fig cups (curtesy of The Dancing Queen, who sat and drew each and every one)

IMGP1182There was a Lego cake (the masterpiece created by The Bookworm)

IMGP1186There were paper legos everywhere – on the table…

IMGP1188

… and in the trees.

IMGP1195

Even the gift was disguised as a giant Lego!IMGP1181

There were real Legos, too. We had a Lego car building contest –

IMGP1200After which the kids (and some of the dads)  raced their creations to see how fast they’d go.

IMGP1209

The cars were the party favors so there was incentive to use the interesting pieces – knowing that they could keep whatever they could race spurred the kids to think outside the box. Some of the cars were very creative!

IMGP1226

It was a really fun day, and the weather was beautiful and the food was good and the company was fabulous.

Happy Birthday, Boy! I can’t believe you’re already eleven!