The Joker at 30

I know it has been awhile since I have had a chance to post a project, but because I have been slacking there are two to post. Both are birthday gifts, so I have to wait until the birthdays pass before writing about the gifts, no spoilers! I will say that the next post will feature my first knitting project featured on the blog! Now, on to this weeks project…

This past week my older brother turned 30. My family has never been that big on birthdays, but this one seemed like a big deal. I decided I would have to make something for my brother to celebrate this one. Growing up, there were a few things that my brother was obsessed with… the Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, but his 100% all time favorite was Batman. Being the younger sibling I was constantly forced to play Batman with him and watch the old school movies with him on repeat. To be honest I didn’t mind it too much, I always enjoyed hanging out with my big brother.

So, that brings me to thIMG_1033e point of this post, his birthday gift! I searched high and low for a bad-ass batman amigurumi pattern and for the most part came up empty-handed. Most of the patterns I could find were geared towards young children, which is totally understandable. I finally stumbled across something that I thought he would really like. His all time favorite character from the Batman Universe is The Joker, and I found a PERFECT amigurumi by Eden Dintsikos. The pattern is on Ravelry for free download here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amigurumi-joker. Mine didn’t turn out quite as menacing as the original, but it was a complete hit! It was like my brother was thrown back to being a 10-year-old kid, I mean look at that smile!

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My brother decided that The Joker would also like to play golf.

Some notes on the pattern; everything is worked in the round starting with a magic circle. If you have never done amigurumi, or you have but haven’t tried a magic circle I highly recommend learning this technique! It is great for making a starting circle that does not have that funky hole in the middle. If you want to learn, I recommend just popping over to good ol’ YouTube and punching in “Magic Circle Crochet” it’ll change your world! I use it for anything that is worked in the round. To make this little guy you’ll need four colors, I got mine from the Red Heart Soft collection (white, grape, dark leaf (shirt), and guacamole (hair)). I was lucky and picked the yarn up at Michael’s for about $1 each, got to love those Michael’s coupons! Alright, that is all for now, expect my first knitting post in about a weeks time!

Baby Blankets & Growing Old

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Who even Rollerblades anymore?!

Well, it is official I’m all grown up. I’ve been feeling this coming on for quite some time, but this last year has really started to make it sink in. First I started Medical School, where I felt infinitely older than my classmates as I realized that I don’t know what’s cool anymore. I have always been on the fringe of what was popular, but man, I feel like a Midwesterner that is about 10 years behind the times. A little like how the entire cast of Napoleon Dynamite looked like they were still in the late ’90s when the year was actually 2004. See, even my movie references are about 10 years behind the curve, damn it! All that aside, there were a few more events that really proved I was getting old. Like my best friend from High School getting married last fall, she is the first of my close friends from my childhood to tie the knot. Needless to say I was very excited for her. I made the drive out to Kansas City from Denver to party the night away with her on her bachelorette night. I also flew out to be in her wedding the weekend before my last Anatomy exam, lets just say that 6am flight home was rough! It was on these trips that I started to think about how much we have changed over the years and how we have become, gasp, adults! This leads me to the nail in the coffin, this friend then promptly became pregnant a good 3 months post wedding. Here I am thinking, “oh crap, I am old and my friends are having babies!” A little melodramatic, probably, but true. In the theme of being an old person the happy news of her pregnancy meant that I got to go all crafter crazy and start crocheting up a storm, like any elderly lady would!

As I mentioned the wedding was in Kansas City, that is because my friend left home at the age of 18 to go to college at the University of Kansas, RockIMG_0472 Chalk blah blah, or something like that. She met her future husband during her time in Lawrence Kansas, and so I thought it would be fitting to make a baby blanket in the KU school colors. As it turns out those colors are oddly close to the colors of the Colorado state flag… oops! So the entire time I was working on this blanket I kept getting complements from classmates on my “Colorado blanket.” I sold it to my friend as a representation of where she came from (Colorado) and where she went (KU), pretty clever if I do say so myself! This blanket is a nice and simple ripple pattern, I used four colors (Navy blue, golden yellow, cardinal red, and white) and alternated in a fairly simple pattern: 4 rows of blue, 2 rows of red, 2 rows of gold, 2 rows of red repeated 4 times and then trimmed in white. I really liked how this ripple blanket turned out, the wave it creates is clean and subtle.

IMG_0035The length of the blanket can be adjusted by adding more rows or changing up the pattern, it really is up to the maker! The pattern is as follows:


Supplies:

  • 2 skeins worsted weight
    • Color A: blue
  • 1 skein worsted weight:
    • Color B: Red
    • Color C: Golden Yellow
    • Color D: White
  • Size F Crochet Hook

Pattern:

Pattern:

ch 100 (or a multiple of 4+2)

Row 1: dc in the third chain from the hook. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Dc2tog, dc 2 tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches. *Work 2 dc into the next 2 IMG_0037stitches. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Dc2tog, dc2tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches.* End with 2 dc in the last chain. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: dc in the first st (your ch 2 and your first dc are worked in the same stitch) and in the next 4 stitches. dc2tog, dc2tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches. *Work 2 dc into the next 2 stitches. dc in the next 4 stitches. dc2tog, dc2tog. dc in the next 4 stitches.* End with 2 dc in the last stitch. Ch 2, turn.

Repeat row 2 seventy-two times, or as many as you would like, changing colors depending on your pattern.

To edge the pattern, I did sc on the sides and then I did dc around the blanket once.


Of course I couldn’t just stop at one blanket, I also had to make a girly blanket since she is having a baby girl! I decided to go with a granny square blanket because the baby shower was looming and I can usually turn out squares at a pretty quick pace. I was able to churn out all 30 squares in a few weeks by making them them my weekly pub trivia sessions and while binge watching season 1 of True Detective.Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 5.52.47 PM My friend had not so subtlety mentioned to me that she wanted some things that wIMG_0374ere pink and gray. I was shopping for the perfect yarn when the idea struck me to do a play on ombre by transitioning from dark pink to light pink to light gray to dark gray. I decided to arrange the color blocks on the diagonal. For my pattern It worked out to being 6 squares of the dark colors and 9 squares of the light colors. The size can be adjusted if you’d like to make a bigger blanket. The squares are super simple, they are only 6 rows and the only stitches are double crochet, “long” double crochet, chain, and slip stitches.

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Supplies

All yarn is in the light weight (3)

  • 1 skein of each color
    • Dark pink
    • Light pink
    • Dark gray
    • Light gray
    • White
  • Size H hook

Pattern

Row 1: With your first color make a magic circle, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) 2 dc in the circle ch 3 *work 3 dc in the circle ch 3* repeat 3 times then sl st in the top of the starting ch 3, pull the magic circle tight. You should have 4 sets of 3 dc with the ch 3 serving as the corners.

Row 2:  *ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) 1 dc in the corner space. dc in the first stitch skip a stitch dc in the 3rd stitch 2 dc in the chain 3 space* repeat three more times. sl st in the top of the 1st stitch of the row.

Row 3: *ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) 1dc in the corner space 3 dc, ch 1, skiIMG_0438p a space 3 dc, 2 dc in the chain 3 space, chain 3* repeat three more times.  sl st in the top of the 1st stitch of the row

Row 4: *ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) 1 dc in the corner space, 5 dc, ch 1, skip a space, 5 dc, 2 dc in the chain 3 space, chain 3* repeat 3 more times. sl st in the top of the 1st stitch of the row.

Row 5: *ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) 1 dc in the corner space, 7 dc, ch 1, skip a space, 7 dc. 2dc in the chain 3 space, ch 3* repeat 3 more times. sl st in the top of the 1st stitch of the row. Cut the yarn and weave in the end.

Row 6: SwitcIMG_0432h colors (to white) by joining the yarn with a sl st to a ch 3 space, *ch 3 (counts as the first dc) 1 dc in the ch 3 space, 9 dc, 1 long dc (insert hook into the ch 1 space 2 rows below and pull through), 9 dc, 2 dc in the chain space, ch 3* repeat 3 times. sl st in the top of the 1st stitch of the row. Bind off the yarn and weave in the end.

To join the squares I used what I like to refer to the zipper method, this blog explains it very well (http://craftpassion.com/2014/06/flat-slip-stitch-granny-join.html/2), but you can just join it with a simple whip stitch.


I personally think both blankets were a success! My friend was happy that her husband would be seeing one KU item from the shower. I liked the ombre one so much that I plan on making myself a version of the granny square blanket at some point in the future. Hopefully you all will too, happy crocheting!

The Class of 2018 Mascot

One of my good friends from school is basically a super hero, although she would probably disagree. A few weeks before our first year of medical school started she had a little boy, and she has been managing to kill the medical school thing while still being a great Mom to a newborn. So, as his first birthday approaches I thought I would show you all a few things I have made for him over the last year. But first, I must say that he is quite frankly the most adorable baby I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Our class has all but dubbed him the Class of 2018’s mascot, I cannot wait to watch him grow over the next 3 years.

When I IMG_3941first learned that my friend’s husband was an Oakland Raiders fan I had THE best idea ever! I grew up in Colorado, andI figured the best way to welcome these Californian’s to the state was to present them a gift in the form of a Broncos themed beanie for the wee lad. You see, I grew up in the era of our lord and savior John Elway and on Sundays we worshiped at the alter of the NFL per my fathers wishes. It was a good time to be a Broncos fan, I remember how electric the city felt the night they finally won that Super Bowl in ’97. I also remember the extremely contentious rivalry that once existed between the Raiders and the Broncos, so it just made sense to make this hat. Unfortunately, I think that he might be a raiders fan like his pops, take a look at that frown. I still have hope that I can convert him in 3 years.

As it tIMG_4539urns out babies heads grow quite quickly, medical school has taught me a lot thus far! Which means that he basically grew out of that awesome hat in less than a month flat. With winter rapidly approaching I had to make up something to keep his ever expanding head warm through these cold Colorado winters. That’s when I stumbled across this gem (http://www.allaboutami.com/post/45918934711/babypandaoutfit) in on of my favorite crocheting

IMG_4856blogs All About Ami! I knew this was the hat for him, and apparently he also approved because, well look at that face of joy! I ended up having to make him the the toddler size just so that he wouldn’t grow out of it too quickly. He rocked that thing all winter, apparently it was a huge hit with the public. When they made a trip to the Denver Zoo they were asked a few times by other zoo goers if that hat was available for purchase in the zoo. In fact it was after she told me about their trip to the zoo that I really started to think about making this blog, and shout out to her because the awesome name “Made it in Med School” definitely came from her! I suppose that it is really fitting that my first post about crocheting is about her little guy!

Hello world!

Well, I had this idea a few months back to start a blog about my knitting and crocheting, but being a busy medical student I thought it might take too much effort. The idea just kept nagging at me, and so I guess this is me caving in. I know absolutely nothing about blogging, and I’ll be surprised if anyone pays any attention to me, but here I am!

A little about me to start. I am a medical student, and I just finished up my first year (YAY!). One thing you can guess is that medical school is a time consuming life course. After five years of undergrad, countless hours of volunteering, working in research, and three intervening years, I jumped head first into medical school. Often times I forget to resurface for air and I tend to get a little lost in the minutia. I’ve learned a lot over the last year, but the single most important thing is that I am unwilling to completely let go of who I am and what I like to do. I know many people that have absolutely no qualms about living to study, I however like to live for my own personal sanity.

How do I keep sane you ask? It’s simple I do what I’ve always done I make things! I learned how to crochet when I was 13 years old and I taught myself how to knit last year. I am no expert by any means, but I enjoy it because I feel centered when I am working with my hands. So much so that I have taken to crocheting during lectures. So, yes I am the crazy lady in the back of the lecture hall with my bag full of yarn. I am not sure what will become of this blog, but at the very least I wanted to share some of the things I made in med school.