Pokémon rubber duckies
The recipient indicated on the swap survey that they really liked rubber duckies and Pokémon, so it seemed logical to combine them! I spent some time trying to figure out the best paint to use on rubber ducks, but apart from ‘don’t try to paint rubber, period’ there was no useful advice. So, in the end, I just used acrylics.
Skill constellation scarf
In The Elder Scrolls video game series (most recent incarnation is nr. 5: Skyrim), you enhance your skills as in many RPGs, by spending points on skill trees. In this case, the skill trees are in fact constellations such as The Thief or The Warrior. I wanted to do something with beaded knitting involving these constellations. The big dilemma was whether I would go small and subtle, or big and loud. Small and subtle is the way it’s usually done in beaded knitting: intricate lace shawls with tiny, shimmering beads placed at strategic points. Absolutely beautiful. Painstaking effort and precision. Doesn’t really fit my idea of Skyrim. Playing Skyrim, you’re a Dragonborn. Your voice is so powerful a single word knocks people over! You slay dragons! Also, you’re doing most of it in ice and snow. You’re not going to wear a dainty lace shawl while doing it. So, I decided to go against the grain and to go bold.
Tiny Tina Apron
I know nothing about the game Borderlands. I don’t play it, I never thought about playing it, I don’t like shooters, I don’t know the story or setting, and basically this whole thing was a complete mystery for me. Luckily, I do know how to use a search engine. Armed with the knowledge that my swap partner liked the character Tiny Tina from the game, I set about making an apron that was to resemble her dress:
It was inspiring to make things I would not otherwise have made. Particularly the Pokémon duckies were so much fun. I may keep those in rotation! Let’s face it, every house can use a shelf filled with decorated rubber ducks, right? In any case, I’m already looking forward to next year!