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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Unbelievably crabby

Its a beautiful fall day- sun is shinning and the wind is reasonable. What's not reasonable is me! I'm unbelievably crabby!

This is me!
  Yep! I'm the one with the stink eye for everyone.   Really is it so hard just to get a regular tea at the damn starbucks?  You know the stuff that's in every restaurant in North America (why is everything so complicated?)   Do I want black tea or herbal tea?  There's Earl Grey (box was empty) and some other stupid concoction....I guess I'll just have to go home and yell at my cats. 

Oh, but I can't because I want to use the free Wi-Fi so I'll order the zillionth coffee of the day.  That's really going to help...

To make up for the vast amount of evil mental thoughts I'm sending out to the world today I'm sharing this very appropriate pattern that's pictured above.  It'll be on keep and share in a couple of days but right now I don't have the patience to handle it.  If there's any mistakes please let me know and watch out because there's a lot of turns in this pattern. (I guess that kinda matches my mood)

Sugar Skull by Vicki Clarke 2010

Sugar Skulls are often colourful so feel free to add more embellishment. Don’t feel you need to stick to white as the base color. You can also use pearly white beads for the teeth in which case you’ll need 14 white beads. Another option is to make the inside round a different color and the outside white.

Materials
White thread CTM with ball (in picture I used size 20)
1 yards variegated thread (in picture I used size 20)
2 beads

CWJ- Catherine wheel join
lp- long picot
slt- shoe lace trick
vsp- very small picot
Sugar Skull Base
R1 8 lp 8
Ch1 8 - 8
R2 8 + (to lp) 8
Ch2 8 - 8 (optional to add beads here: 2b2b2b2bb2b2b2b2)
R3 8 + (to lp) 8
Ch3 8 - 8
R4 8 + (to lp) 8
turn work from right to left

Ch4 slt 12 lj (to p Ch 3)
Ch5 22 CWJ (to p of Ch2) 22 lj (to p Ch 1)
Ch 6 12 join to base of ring 1
Ch7 2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1- 2 (total of 7 picots) joint to base of ring 4
Turn work from right to left
Ch8 slt 8 turn work from right to left
Ch9 slt 3-1-1-1-1-1-1-3 turn work
Ch10 slt 8 tie into beginning.

Eyes and nose

R 3-1-1-1-3 vsp 3-1-1-1-3
Dimpled R 3ds 3(1st half stitch) 3(2nd half stitch) 3ds
R 3-1-1-1-3 vsp 3-1-1-1-3

Attach eyes and nose to skull:

1. Bring thread through the center picot of the base.
2. Add bead to thread
3. Bring thread up through vsp on eye and then down through the picot on ch 1 of the base
4. Bring thread back through bead and tie to middle
5. Go to other side and repeat step 2 to 4
6. Secure nose if needed
7. Tie and cut.

9 comments:

  1. Oh dear! I do hope your week improves! Yes, I understand entirely how it is the little easy things, that should be not even noticed that once screwed up, can indeed ruin ones mood for an entire day! Bad, Starbucks. BAD!
    (That is why I eschew Starbucks these days and only go to Tim-less-pretentious-Hortons!)
    Fox : )

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  2. So cute, the skull! I'm doing a skeleton paper doll now. If I should decide to tat one, this is the skull I will tat. Thanks for the pattern!

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  3. Great pattern and I'm not even a halloweenie type person! I know what you mean about tea at Starbucks. I'm not a coffeedrinker but someone gave me a gift card to Starbucks about ....oh, 5 or 6 years ago. MONTHS ago, I finally went in and ordered some iced tea. It's such a pain getting something to drink these days. Even McDonalds - do I want a styrofoam or plastic cup?

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  4. Some days are just like that. You really made my day -- I think just because you think like I do.
    Cheer up. Here in the South, if you ask what type of tea is available, the answer is "We have both types, Ma'am. Sweet and Un-sweet." My Australian friend was greatly dismayed!

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  5. Love the skeleton face. Is he called 'Crabby'?

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  6. This is a great pattern! Thank you! I am making a couple for my sister-in-law who is into vampires, dragons, and black eyeliner.

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  7. Thank you very much for pattern. I realized earrings for my daughter =)
    Anna

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  8. Hi, I'm new to tatting and I didn't quite get the shuttle flick down pat so I'm now sticking to needle tatting for the moment. I thought this would be super simple but I got stuck when I had to join things with unfamiliar stiches, I looked them up on utube and got them but then I had bits of skull all over the place and it was tiny and boy oh boy.... discouraged : (
    is there a simplified version? or is this the simplified version lolol
    thanks I love this just wish I could do it, I was almost finished too.

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