Saturday, September 28, 2013

Breaking Bad Sprite Pattern Countdown: The Final Two

Hello! Today is the last day of Breaking Bad sprite patterns that I have for you guys, so this mini blog event is coming to an end! I might post some star paper with all of the sprites on it tomorrow, just because I think it'll be kind of funny to have some stars have outer space idol singers on them while others have meth cooks on them, but I haven't decided if I will or not yet.

Anyway, if you are following this pattern set and did not guess that for today, I had patterns of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, I hope that you enjoy this lovely surprise. These were actually the two hardest patterns to make by a lot, even though for Walt, I went with the more distinctive Heisenberg outfit. I had both of these done last Saturday, but wasn't happy with them at all, so I redid them the same day that I made Mike and Gomez. (I know that all of those details are very important to everyone.) After all of that, I think that I did a decent job, especially since Jesse's pattern is the first one I've made where the character has a hoodie with the hood up. I hope that you guys are okay with these, too.

In a stroke of luck that fits this post perfectly, the pattern from the jar for today is of Cardcaptor Sakura, who I'm willing to bet would not be allowed to watch Breaking Bad if her dad and older brother were doing it. I did draw a version of her in a yellow outfit, though, so I think she'd match Jesse quite nicely! If you're looking for something frilly and girly to stitch, I hope you like this!
My allergies are making me really itchy, and I'm kind of sleepy, too, so I am done posting for now. I should be back with more stuff very soon, though. I hope that you liked the Breaking Bad patterns, and wish all of us good series finale watching conditions!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Meanwhile, On Low Winter Sun

After today's TV show patterns, there is a requested pattern of a Naruto character. I've known enough big fans of 700 episode fighting anime in my life to know that some readers would skip this post due to the American hour long drama connection and miss the pattern, but this thing took me forever to make, and I am not going to skip attracting attention to it. That being said, patterns from those sorts of shows are really fun to make, so if you have requests for more, let me know.

Hello! A week-long homecoming (I am not sure for what, maybe soccer), which sounds slightly nightmarish to me, is starting at my school next week, so in anticipation of this, the entire campus seems to have gone silent. It is because of this that I am posting earlier than normal today! Besides, today, I have two very special patterns for those of you who have been following the Breaking Bad charts this week. I'm sure that at least a few of you who are paying way too much attention to all of this stuff are like, "Oh, ha-ha, I understand that Low Winter Sun is always in the way of our seeing next episode previews for Breaking Bad, and appreciate that this is yet another unfair internet joke about a show that most of us have never seen!" That's because, statistically, people who read this blog are far more likely to respond to a simple joke with large amounts of exposition than the readers of other blogs. I, however, have taken this at least a few steps too far by actually making patterns of Frank and Joe, who I have, through research that is not extensive, but probably took longer than it should have, decided must be the main characters on Low Winter Sun. If you are a fan of the show, I really hope that you like these patterns! KG Stitch was driving me crazy today, turning all of the browns into bright reds and all of the blues into purples, so it took longer than usual to put these charts together. I think that it worked out all right, though, so here they are!

For today's third pattern, taken from the mystical sprite patterns jar, I did not recognize the name "Kankuro" when I drew the slip of paper. However, it turns out that this is the weird cat ear hood guy that I did as a pattern request from Naruto! I made this pattern a while ago, and have no idea of anything about this character, but, like most of the Naruto patterns, it was fun to make. I'm not sure that I got the face paint right, but the hood should make up for it. I hope you guys like it!
The internet is flickering on and off, so I am going to quit posting now and hope that I can get this online! I'll be back tomorrow with my last two Breaking Bad patterns and another pattern from the jar. Until then, have a nice start to your weekend!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Breaking Bad Sprite Patterns Countdown: Day 4

Hello! Before I get started with today's actual blog content, I wanted to ask if any of you out there that are also using Blogger have been having trouble with your launch page's list of blogs. I've been able to get it to load the blogs I follow about 50 percent of the time lately, but even then, I know stuff is missing. (I see when Skates and Stitches has updates on Facebook, but I get four of five posts from that blog in a chunk in my reader, which leads me to believe that this could be happening with other blogs.) From the floods of posts that I occasionally get, I feel like I see everything eventually, so it's no big deal, but I was curious about if I was alone with this problem.

Anyway, now that that's out of the way, I have today's Breaking Bad patterns to share with you. For today, sort of because I was really happy with these patterns and saved them, I have the sprite patterns for Skyler and Marie! I could go on and on about the internet's irrational hatred of Skyler and how insane I think that is, but since it would not be that different from what I said about Amy Rose earlier this week, I will not. What I will say, though, is that I think her pattern is my favorite in the whole set. Her hair ended up being really cool, and I gave her a purse, and I think that, as much as a tiny little pixel person can, it kind of looks like Anna Gunn. I like the one of Marie, too, with her no-bangs later in the show hair, and think that her outfit is suitably purple, but the one of Skyler ended up being really nice, so that's why I typed more about it. Anyway, here are the patterns!

I also took a pattern out of the sprite patterns random choosing jar! It is of Luigi from the Super Mario games. I can't actually think of much to say about this chart, so I hope you like this one, too! My guess would be that it matches the pattern of Mario pretty well.
I'm done posting for tonight, but none of you are going to believe the delightful and awesome surprise that I have ready to post for tomorrow! Until then, have a nice day or night or whatever!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Breaking Bad Sprite Patterns Countdown: Day 3 (A Requested Sprite Follows)

Hello! I originally started this post with a rant about something that is in no way related to this blog, but I decided that was a bad idea. Instead, I am going to post a video from Funny or Die that my mom mentioned in the comments yesterday! If you have not seen the current season of Breaking Bad, you should not watch this. If you have, however, it is a pretty funny video about Hank that I probably should have posted yesterday. I hope that you guys enjoy it, and, as there are spoilers, watch it at your own risk!


Now that I have gotten both my embedding and some basic math to work, it's time for today's patterns! I'm really happy with all four of the patterns that I have for today and tomorrow, so I sort of arbitrarily decided that today I'd be posting Gus and Mike, the second of which is the pattern that kicked off yesterday's "what is wrong with you" conversation. I don't see why a girl shouldn't be able to sit at her kitchen table and make a cross stitch pattern of Jonathan Banks, but that must be some sort of societal issue. Either way, though, it ended up being a pretty good pattern, so that was okay. I like the pattern of Gus, too, but I almost feel like it was too easy! He wears the same outfit so often that it wasn't very different from making a cartoon character. I didn't really want to mess with the pattern too much, though, so it ended up that Gus was the fastest to make of any of the characters in the set. (Two of them were really difficult, but they haven't been posted yet.)

I am having a lot of trouble stringing together a coherent set of words tonight, so I won't be typing much more here. My third pattern for tonight, though, taken from the jar, is the enthusiastically requested Kitty Pryde, from X-Men. The request was specifically for her outfit from X-Men Evolution, which didn't bother me any. I never really watched that, but the color scheme came out well, and her haircut seems to be the same as it is in the comic books. There is a lot of X-Men stuff that I know a lot more about, though, so if there are different characters that you would like to see, let me know! It would be cool to make them.
I am a little relieved that now, I am done with today's post! I have at least one really impressive sprite pattern hairstyle to show off tomorrow, though, so I'm excited about that. Until then, have a nice day, and good luck with your crafts and all of that stuff!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Breaking Bad Sprite Patterns Countdown: Day 2

Note: I know that a lot of you reading are Sonic the Hedgehog fans, so if you don't care about Breaking Bad, scroll through until you hit the third cross stitch pattern. I am a little hopeful that this is the only blog that has to have that disclaimer at the top.

Hello! I wasn't going to post here until a couple of hours from now, but I can't get Fox in my room tonight, so while I am not watching girly sitcoms, I figured that I might as well do a blog post! Just like yesterday, I have two Breaking Bad themed sprite patterns for you guys and a third pattern that I drew from my magical sprite patterns mystery jar. After working on the last of my Breaking Bad patterns for the week while I was cooking rice for dinner, which led to quite the in-depth conversation about what a weirdo I am, I can actually say that all of the planned characters are now finished. If you're worried that I missed a character you really want to see, though, you can leave a request in the comments! As my family knows, I already have a super delightful surprise that everyone is going to love planned for Friday's patterns, but I still have room if there is anyone else that any of you want to cross stitch.

For today's Breaking Bad patterns, I'm posting the second pattern that I perler beaded over the weekend, featuring Hank Schrader, and the pattern of his partner, Steven Gomez. If you're not particularly into Breaking Bad, but are really excited about cross stitching either two guys in normal clothes or Big Jim from Under the Dome, this might be a good day for you. Both of the patterns are pretty simple, so if you have colors that are close to the ones in the preview images, it should work out for you. When I did the perler bead version of Hank, I'm not even sure that I was close with the red or the grays on his coat, but it still turned out well enough that my brother, who is a fan of the character, was not displeased. The only other thing that I have to say about these patterns is that I tried to make one of Gomez with the facial hair from the later episodes, but it looked weird and bad, so that's why you guys get the early in the series clean shaven version of him. I did give him his DEA ID, though, so that has to count for something.

I know that some of you guys are watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and DVD rather than live television, so even though I cannot imagine the spoiler free internet that you must have to seek out, I cannot type any more about Hank and Gomez without ruining some stuff. Because of that, here are the patterns!


The pattern that I drew from the jar for tonight is of Amy Rose from Sonic the Hedgehog. I realize that she is a widely reviled character, because she is loud and annoying, but also, she is a pink hedgehog in a dress that hits people with a hammer, so if you hate her, I think that you are wrong. This pattern was a little bit difficult to make, but I was happy with how it came out, so that's why it got to be turned into a chart and tossed in the jar. I'm not sure if I'm going to make any other Sonic characters yet, since I am certainly not a die-hard fan of the franchise, but if any of you want patterns for them, let me know! It was fun to make this one.
With that, I am done for tonight, but will be back with more nonsense tomorrow! There are two different pairs of characters that I have to pick from for tomorrow's post, so I have to decide between that two characters that I know for a fact someone actually wants and my greatest triumph in pixelated hair since my pattern of River Song. Whichever one I pick, though, the other one will be posted on Thursday, so it doesn't actually matter. Have a nice day, and good luck with your crafts!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Breaking Bad Sprite Pattern Countdown: Day 1

Hello! I would like to start of by saying that, if you are totally sick of the subject I am about to start typing about, I have kept you in mind. After the sprite patterns from the series that a good portion of people with TVs and computers are currently obsessed with, I will, for every day that I am doing this, draw one pattern from the jar of still to post sprite patterns. It may not be much, but I hope that it helps to calm your rage.

As you may have guessed from the title of today's post, I have made several Breaking Bad sprite patterns, and, as the series finale is on Sunday, am skipping the sprite patterns jar to post them all week. I have by no means made the full cast, and am not even entirely sure that people who like the show are going to be like, "Ah, man! I was having a good day before, but now that I can finally sit down and cross stitch Bob Odenkirk in a bad suit, I'm sure that the Lord has smiled upon me!" Actually, I am pretty sure that no one is going to think that. I did perler bead the pattern in question, though, so the Breaking Bad patterns have not entirely been made in vain.

Also, although I think that I have covered most of my bases, if there is a character that you feel like you absolutely need a cross stitch pattern of, let me know in the comments!

Anyway, for tonight, I have chosen the patterns that, due to the characters' haircuts, were incredibly easy to make. These two patterns are of Saul Goodman, as some of you may have figured out from the above paragraph, and Jane Margolis, who, due to Kristen Ritter's haircut, was 75% done when I drew a line of black pixels right above her eyes. Though I'm going to have at least one apologetic day towards the end of the week, I'm really happy with both of these patterns! I used the Saul one (and one of another character that none of you should be shocked to see) for perler beads on Saturday, and that worked out okay, and now I want to see how the blue highlight looks in Jane's hair, so I'll probably cross stitch her soon. (My perler beads would be sort of a pain to transport, so I don't have them at school with me.) Regardless of my opinion, though, I hope that you guys like these patterns!

With this week's theme patterns posted, I have drawn a pattern from the jar for those of you who aren't into TV shows about meth! If you're into TV shows about meth and Playstation RPGs, however, this is your lucky night. The random pattern for tonight is of Mojo from Chrono Cross, and I actually really like this pattern. It takes a lot of brown and tan thread to stitch, since he's made of straw, but if you get the right colors, it should work very well.
Today has been quite a day, so I am done posting for tonight. I'll be back tomorrow, though, with a new pair of Breaking Bad patterns and something else from the sprite patterns jar! Have a good night and a nice tomorrow!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Three New Sprite Patterns From Stuff I Generally Make a Lot of Patterns For

Hello! Over the last two days, I have fallen down stairs twice and done a large amount of not all that thrilling reading for classes, so it seems like it is a good idea to post here today! It would take a considerable amount of effort for me to hurt myself doing this, and it doesn't have anything to do with homework, making blog posting a good activity. I don't have anything that fancy or special for you guys today, though, so this is just going to be a post of sprite patterns. I haven't drawn the ones that will be posted for today from my jar, but hopefully, I ended up getting at least one that was requested! If I don't, I hope that you enjoy all of the weird stuff that I make for my own crafting purposes.

The first pattern that I picked for today, which puts me right on the path towards actually posting what others would like to stitch, is of Kevin Rian, the police officer from Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves. I don't have much to say about this pattern, since it's pretty standard, other than the fact that I could not tell you why a cop would wear so many belts around his legs, unless he's trying to get into the cast of a Final Fantasy game, in which case, he'll need a much more intense hairstyle. If you're following the Mark of the Wolves pattern set, though, I hope that this makes a good addition to your collection, or is at least an okay page filler, in the case that you have an irrational burning hatred for the character,
My second pattern for today is also of a fighting game character, which, in the event that you have never actually read this blog before, should tell you something about the types of patterns that I sit around and make. This much frillier pattern, however, is of Xianghua from Soul Calibur. I know that I've posted a pattern of her before today, but with Soul Calibur, even the hairstyles are different with alternate outfits, so I have at least two patterns each for most of the characters from the series that I've made. I cannot justify that as a good use of my time, but with this pattern, Xianghua is dressed in such lovely shades of red, green and gold that, if you have a particularly aggressive Christmas tree, she'd make the perfect ornament!
Today's final pattern is not a character from a video game about kicking people in the face, about which I am sort of relieved. Instead, I drew another pattern from my Doctor Who set, featuring Rory Williams. It would be funny to try and match the show and delete this pattern every few days until I just keep it here for good, but I'm too lazy to do that, so I'm just going to leave it posted. It's been a while since I posted Amy Pond, even though I made the two patterns together, so I'm glad to finally have Rory up here to go with her. This is certainly not the last of the Doctor Who sprite patterns, though, so I hope that those of you stitching them aren't sick of them yet.

I am done with posting for now, partially because I don't want to post any more patterns and partially because warning signs are popping up all over my browser to tell me that, on my computer, Blogger is losing touch with the internet and is somehow suffering a great deal because of that. I am slightly annoyed at this, but not enough that it will stop me from posting patterns again in the next few days. As always, if you have any pattern requests, let me know and I will do my best to make them, though the jar of pattern selection means that it could be a bit before your requests get posted. I can actually reply to comments now, though, so at least I'll be able to let you know that, eventually, you may see your requests finished.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Another Simple Pattern of a Weird Mascot Character

Hello! Today, my internet is not working very well, and I don't have any homework at the moment, either, so it seems like a good time to do a blog post! If I can stay connected for long enough to make the post go through, I will have been victorious, and if not, I will have this waiting in my drafts to be posted after class tonight. Either way, it will work out in the end. The only problem today is that, because I have to upload my images for patterns, I want to stick to just one cross stitch chart, which means that today, I am posting a big pattern instead of some sprite patterns. I have a few different ones to choose from, but, after my last cute-mascot-character-that-I-actually-have-no-concept-of pattern was posted this summer, I left a couple more of them in my finished patterns folder. Because those have been waiting the longest to be posted, for today, I have an easy to stitch pattern of Sabo Kappa, a San-X character who was picked for pattern making on a day when I was marveling that San-X and Sanrio were actually two different things. Sabo Kappa looked happy and had a flower on its head, so that was enough reason to make the pattern for me.
When I designed this pattern, I was hoping to use it for a plastic canvas project, so the colors are very simple and correspond to the yarn that I have to stitch with. Because of this, they're not as bright as the ones that get printed on this character's stationery and toys, but if you ignore the provided floss color key, there's not enough detail in this pattern that it should be challenging to find the appropriate colors. I sort of like this color scheme, though, especially with the brown outline, so I think that I'd use it even if made this project into a normal cross stitch. As always, though, the colors that you use while stitching this are completely up to you, so I hope that, however you decide to stitch or bead this, you end up with a project you like!

So far, things have been going well with this post, so I think that I'm going to stop now before my computer does something weird again. Have a nice day, and good luck with whatever crafty stuff you're doing, too!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Some Origami Star Folding Paper, Because I Made These When My Brain Hurt

Hello! A really long time ago, I posted some paper strips for origami stars on this blog. I think that folding them is relaxing, and, once you've made a bunch of them, it's also easy to fold them while you're watching TV without even looking away from the screen. I still make them sometimes, even though I haven't posted about it for quite a while, but last week, I was reading some stuff that was borderline indecipherable for a literary theory class and needed a mind-numbing project to do between finishing essay readings. Because of that, I took some of the sprites that I made as the basis for my sprite patterns and put them onto some printable lucky star strips! I don't know if anyone wants these or not, or if, for people who would want them, I made decent choices for sprites to include. I tried to pick sets that I'd either posted all or most of the corresponding patterns to this blog already, though, and, except for in one case where I didn't care if anyone else wanted the paper stars, tried to pick sets that, in the past, people had liked. If you're reading this and quickly scroll down to see what the four sets of star paper are, feeling crushed that I left out a sprite pattern set that you would gladly print and fold up, please leave a comment and let me know! I wouldn't at all mind doing another post of these in the future.

Before I post them, I would like to say that I made these star strips using a template originally posted by BlackHeartQueen on Deviant Art. She did make a much nicer and spiffier one than what I used, but I don't have photoshop, so I stuck with the basic template. Also, if you would like to know how to actually fold these stars, here is a tutorial on About.com! I know that a lot of people complain about all of the ads on there, but this article has clear instructions and giant pictures, so that's why I picked it. Anyway, here are the sets of star paper, ready for you to print and wad up!
The first of the four papers features the Avengers sprites that I did last summer, because that seemed to be the thing to do. There were only eight sprites in this set, so I had to repeat four of the sprites three times, but since I'm not sure that actually matters, that is all I have to say about that.
This set features the Yu Yu Hakusho sprites, and I did all of the star strips in pastels because it seemed funny to do crafts based on a show about people kicking and punching each other in a lovely pastel palette. Plus, the colors matched the characters really well, so it all worked out.
This set of star paper is the most disjointed of any of them tonight, because I just kind of decided that I should put a bunch of Nintendo characters together and print it. It turned out being more a Smash Bros. thing than anything else, even though you can't use Daisy or Professor Layton in Smash Bros. In fact, I'm not even sure Professor Layton counts as a Nintendo character. Also, I haven't posted Luigi's pattern yet, but if you guys did not guess that was coming when I posted the Mario pattern, I hope you enjoyed this surprise.
The last set of star paper features the characters from the first season of Robotech, or Macross, and it is in bright colors because I wanted it to be. In order to get to 10 sprites for this, so I could repeat everything twice and get it over with, I used two alternate outfit sprites for Minmei and Lisa, the patterns for which are in the jar and haven't been posted yet. I feel like my having those sprites made and formatted as patterns is not as obvious as the fact that I made Luigi, but at the same time, I also feel like less people would care. Both of the sprites look fairly nice at the pattern size, though, so I hope that some of you are looking forward to them.

With all of that uploaded and typed, I am done for tonight, but I will be back again very soon with some new cross stitch patterns! Until then, have a nice start to your week!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Another Post of Sprite Patterns, and Not a Very Girly One at That

Hello! This week, as I am posting, I have done enough in my new grad school classes to think that I will be successful in them. There is a lot of homework, but I'm good enough at reading and writing that I am not worried about getting stuff done or doing a bad job on it. Even though I think that I'm going to do well, however, that does not make sitting and reading for hours on end about how French scholars of the late 1960s applied the ideals of existentialist philosophers to literary critique any easier. Because of that, and also partially because it's a holiday weekend and The Newsroom isn't on right now, it is time to post some sprite patterns! I haven't drawn any of them from my jar yet, so I don't know what I'll be posting, but whatever the patterns end up being, I hope you guys like them!

Tonight's first pattern, which is actually much less weird than it could have been, is of the male playable trainer from the upcoming Pokemon X/Y. I realize that the game isn't out yet, but since I've made a lot of the other Pokemon trainers, I didn't think it would hurt too much to make cross stitch patterns of the X/Y ones ahead of time. I think that I did this with the Black/White 2 trainers, too, so it's not even that odd, at least for this blog. If you're looking for a pattern of the female trainer, she's still in the jar, so she should be posted eventually! Until then, enjoy this fairly simple pattern.

After the last pattern that I drew wasn't complicated at all, it seems well balanced that I followed that by drawing Iron Tager, the giant red monster guy with metal arm things from Blazblue. Most of the character designs in Blazblue are ridiculous, even for a fighting game, so this set of sprite patterns has not been very easy to work on. Out of all of the ones I've done so far, though, Iron Tager has been most difficult by a longshot. The weird arms and monster hands actually weren't the worst part of making the pattern, compared to the fact that the character required way too many shades of red, orange and gray. I haven't made this yet, and probably won't until I actually sit down to do the Blazblue sprite patterns all in a row, but, unlike my usual advice, I would strongly recommend using the listed floss colors with this pattern. Usually, it doesn't really matter, but in this case, there are so many colors so close to each other that I think it might be helpful to actually pay attention.

Today's final pattern is of a character that I have such a deep connection to that, until I looked him up in my patterns to post folder, but if you are one of the surprising amount of people following the Danny Phantom set of sprite patterns, here, for you, is Tucker. I don't have much to say about this pattern, other than that I think his boots came out really well, but I think that this might be the next to last of the Danny Phantom patterns. I might have posted her already, but I think that I still have the girl in the tank top and green plaid skirt to post, so you guys have that to look forward to at some point.

With those patterns posted, I am done here for tonight, but I should be back with more patterns, both sprite and otherwise, soon! As far as the sprite patterns go, it seems unlikely that I should have drawn six patterns of guys from the jar in a row, so I expect that coming up soon, there shall be a post of disproportionately girly patterns to compensate for this. I am okay with that, though, so I look forward to posting here again. Until then, have a nice next week and good luck with whatever crafty stuff you're doing!