|Ashoka headpiece photo by Kara Hartz
Mistakes were made.
I was nervous about the complexity of this project, but I guess things are going. . . okay? I usually let the kiddos help out with their costumes, but now that they’re bigger, I’m really trying to get them much more involved. So she didn’t want to do any sewing, but she cut out the pattern and fabric for the headpiece, made the clay decorations that will go on the front. (I don’t know what those are called), painted them, and painted the headpiece. So tidying up of the painting will have to happen, but she will do that on her own as well.
All I did was sew and put in the wire in the top. We had a problem of it being much too small when we first did a trial fitting and I was frustrated that we might have to start completely over. Luckily, my fix of just tearing out and making bigger the top section worked well enough that the kiddo declared it good. I might have been inclined to tear out and enlarge other pieces (ok, that would be starting over basically) but I’m trying to keep this her project that I’m helping with and not the other way round. She says it’s good. So it’s good.
I didn’t supervise her directly while she worked so I don’t know if the problem was the pattern, or the cutting out. We also had some printer difficulty so the odds are, the problem was on our end. Still, we made it work. We picked this tutorial to follow because it seemed a lot more manageable than many of the others we watched. At least it was made from fabric, and not latex or other materials I haven’t heard of and wouldn’t know how to get. Although if she keeps getting more into cosplay, I just might learn.
|Ashoka Tand and Blue Minecraft Sheep Amigurumi crocheted and photographed by Kara Hartz
Every year, I crochet a gift for my girls. Traditionally, it has been a pokemon. This year my oldest daughter had been obsessed with Star Wars (she makes her mother proud), and the younger is all about Minecraft (another amazing kid – how did I get so lucky!?). So I decided to try to make something to match their current passions.
I made the sheep first, and am not super happy how it turned out. If you look at the pattern
, it was supposed to use something called ‘iris’ yarn and a 0.9 mm crochet hook. That hook is so small it’s difficult to see, and I’d never heard of iris yarn before, but from the picture I’d say it could probably also be called ‘thread’. So I wimped out in tacking something so tiny, and I just made the sheep with plain ole Red Heart yarn and a G hook knowing it may not turn out right,. I knew that was a risk I was taking. The kiddo says she loves it, so I guess I’ll be happy with that even though it isn’t quite as blocky as I wanted it to be. I’m half tempted to try the thread version – but not yet. Must rest the hands from the marathon crochet session getting ready for Christmas.
The Ashoka Tano pattern
is actually what gave me the idea to make something different this year. I don’t remember what I was looking for at the time, but when I stumbled upon the picture of a crocheted Ashoka, I knew I had to make it. She is one of my daughter’s very favorite characters, and she is now rewatching the Cone Wars series with me to bring me up to speed about Ashoka so I can read the recent book featuring her. One of the cool parts of this doll is the wire inside her limbs and lightsaber that make her pose-able. Plus, she looks fairly complicated, but I found that she made up fairly easily and quickly. The most important thing though – the kiddo loves her. I’ve seen her holding her off and on over the past few days since Christmas. That’s what a maker wants to see. Yea!
This review of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is actually more entertaining than the actual movie was. I’ll warn you, it’s long – over an hour, but broken up into smaller segments in case you don’t want to watch all at once. But if you’re like me, then once you start watching, you won’t want to stop.
If you have ever wondered why Episode I was SO much worse than the original trilogy. If you couldn’t quite put your finger on what went so very wrong, you’ll enjoy this. The maker of these videos, Mike from Milwaukee, is very detailed, and very accurate in his amusing criticism.
As a writer, I enjoyed, and learned from his details about what was wrong with the characters, the pacing, and plot. His examples were excellent. I’d like to think I would never make such mistakes, but if George Lucas could do it, then little beginner me need to keep a close watch on myself. I know I’m going to look at the characters in my Work-In-Progress a little more closely now.
One last warning – these videos are not kid friendly. Not awful, but I’d say maybe PG-13 for the language and. . . well, I don’t want to ruin some of the other stuff. Just review it before letting your kids watch.
Here’s the first segment. You could search RedLetterMedia’s youtube channel to find each segment (there are 7 total), but /Film is where I first watched these. They have them all in order already for you, with a little written commentary introducing each.