This is actually my first try at anything with Yoshi as the subject and I think it turned out rather well. It took me a little over 6 hours and a lot of Netflix streaming to finish this beast. The easiest part was making the tongue, which is the actual scarf part that wraps around your neck.
Yoshi Scarf

The  head wasn’t as difficult to make as I anticipated, but it was a little on the complicated side to come up with. But I think I did pretty well for my first attempt at recreating the character.

Yoshi Scarf Head

The Megas have been added to the ever growing list of bands for Bit Gen Gamer Fest 5. This event will be epic when  August comes around!

The first of three hopeful Chain Chomp inspired items, this is the Chain Chomp Scarf in all it’s glory. I had a tough time getting the scarf to a point where I thought it would look its best and be easily recognizable. I think I got pretty close with this rendition.

Chain Chomp Scarf

The hardest part of this scarf was creating the links. I started out with a few different versions of what I wanted the chain links to look like.

Link versions

But I ended up going with a modified version of the first link I made. I think it turned out pretty well.

And just for reference, here’s a shot of the scarf with a yard stick for reference.

Scarf with yard stick

Yeah, it’s that long. But it only took me about 5 hours to make, so it’s still less time than what it took to make the Noby Noby Boy hat and scarf combo so I’m not too worried.

For anyone who will be in the RVA area in two weeks, The Protomen will be playing at The Plaza Bowl in Southside on March 24th with the start time at 8:00 pm.

In other good news, the date and venue has been set for Bit Gen Gamer Fest 5. The date is set for Saturday August 14, 2010  at The Sonar in Baltimore, MD. So far, the confirmed bands  are Entertainment System, Rare Candy, Armadillo Tank, The X Hunters, The Ultraball, This Place is Haunted, and Powerglove. My god how I have missed Powerglove! It’s been about 2 MAGfests since I’ve seen them and I’m going through withdrawal since my Metal Kombat For the Moral Man cd has stopped working from me playing it so much. (Yes I do have the mp3 ripped on my computer, but I hid them from myself. That happens when you upgrade from a 250 Gig  to 1 TB hard drive.)

And the best news is, this list is going to get longer! I hope the Protomen can come back this year. I wasn’t able to see them perform since I had to leave early last year. (Tired driver + No $ for a hotel = Leaving early and missing The Protomen :(   ) But this year I will stay the entire time, even if I have to sleep in my car afterward. But I have to get invited back again. I really hope I get invited back. It was a lot of fun last year and this year looks to be epic!

I’ll post more updates as they come along. In the meantime, enjoy the music from the bands pages. :)

The new banner is up! Yay! That only took FOREVER to get set up and working right with the template I’m using. I really hate it when they hide the simple things like header width and height from you. Then again, I’m not trying to work on this with only 4 hours of sleep spread across 3 days, so I’m guessing being awake does help. :)

The artist behind the awesomeness of the site banner is not me, but a friend of mine who goes by InuMimi. You can see some of her stuff here and here.  All of her work is really bad ass. Makes me want to draw again…

We have officially moved from Blogger to WordPress! This move was mostly due to the increased options WordPress offers with their posting options and the fact that Blogger went and pissed me off numerous times in the past month. But that is all in the past I’m ok now. ^_^

So look forward to the massive backlog of info I’ve been sitting on for the past few months. I can only hope they survived the move from the old hard drive to the new one.

While attending MAGFest last January, we had the pleasure of sitting next to 8-Bit Artist in the vendor area. We shot the breeze about a number of topics and he invited us to attend Bit Genocide; a video game concert and art show that he was involved in. It’s taking place on August the 22nd at The Ottobar in Baltimore, MD. Come by, say Hi. We’ll be waiting.

Even though the Tapestry crochet didn’t seem to work out well in the round for the Inky Ghost Hat, it works out magnificently with pixels and squares.

Here is result of an 8-bit Cheep-Cheep completed with this method:

Not bad, eh? It took me about almost 4 hours (or 6-7 episodes of Lost-however you want to count it) to complete. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not hard to do at all. The only problem is the back….

See what I mean. I finished this back in April. You see how far I’ve gotten with hiding the ends. It doesn’t seem as bad as it looks, but this is after I’ve worked on hiding the loose ends over several days time. Take what you see here and spread it over to the top and bottom left and that’s about what I started with. I couldn’t do it all in one sitting-I tried and wanted to scratch my eyes out after a while. To me, it’s like trying to read all of The Silmarillion in a day. It can be done, but who really wants to do it?

So as usual, there is always a down side to the easy stuff. If there was a way I could hide all of the ends with a yarn or cloth backing without the fear of the work unraveling, I would do it. But for now, it’s back to the basics.

A friend of mine asked me if I could do a cross stitch of an Emily the Strange picture for his girlfriend. And of course, my usual response is “Sure! – It shouldn’t be too hard to do.” I really need to stop saying that….

Anyway, here is the picture I was given to cross stitch:

And here is my cross stitch attempt: (Sorry it’s a little blurry…)

I think I need a little more practice…. U_U

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