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Night Vale Cross Stitch, Finally!  10

Hello Stitchers! I have some special charts for you today. I have been working on these Welcome to Night Vale cross stitch charts on and off for six months, and I have been dieing to share them. It was not till the other day that I realized it had been four months since I made a blog post! It has been a long and crazy four months: I re-injured my shoulder (don’t wrestle drunk bike messengers kids), my roommate is still pretty sick but is at the Mayo Clinic right now getting the “Dr. House” work up , and I got to scratch “Have dog with mohawk” scratched off my bucket list.
(Sir Murphy Loves it)

Thankfully things are starting to calm a bit and I can get back to charting nerdy things on a more frequent basis.

I have quite a few Night Vale charts for you today, and tried to make patterns for all level of stitcher. To save space I had to shrink some of the images, so hopefully you get a good idea of how they might look. I also added some technique info and “just marks” versions of most patterns for those of you who like to adjust colors, or just don’t like having the colors filled in. Most patterns are also multi-paged, to make them easier to ready without having to enlarge them from a single PDF page.

As always please contact me with any questions, comments, offerings of chocolate, broken links, pattern issues, pictures of puppies, or pics of your creations (my favorite).

Enjoy!

-Molina

*click on my FAQ page if you need help reading or downloading patterns.

NIGHTVALEKN DMC PALLET

On many of the patterns I have the script “empty”, or as “background”. I have a very good reason for this, so I made up this sample of several ways to tackle lettering. You can use these techniques to personalize my patterns or to help you tackle letters surrounded by stitching on any patterns you create.

Back stitch samples

My favorite way for dealing with script on a solid stitched background is #1 and #7, back stitching around the “empty” background fabric.

I find #1 to be cleaner and easier to read than just stitching in the number flat, like #5, #10, and #(1)3.

#1 and #7 give greater depth, texture, and clarity than no back stitch on an empty background like in #(1)1 or the muddyness of cross and back stitching in the same color like #3, #8, and #1(3).

I also find that having back stitching in a color contrasting neighboring stitches like #1,#4,#6,#7,#9, or#(1)2, make the symbols much easier to read than having similar colors like #2,#8, or #11.

If you are using a large fabric or grid to work on, like monks cloth, the back stitching might not have as great a visual impact on any kind of script or numerals you might use, so these samples might not hold as much weight for you. As always, make some samples first to see if your thread count or back stitching technique need adjusting.

Fancy Welcome Fancy Welcome

Fancy Welcome
Fancy Welcome -Marks

Fancy Welcome Large
Fancy Welcome Large -Marks

Fancy Glow Cloud Fancy All Hail

Fancy All Hail
Fancy All Hail -Marks

Fancy All Hail Large
Fancy All Hail Large -Marks

Stitched Fancy Dog Park Fancy Dog Park

Fancy Dog Park
Fancy Dog Park -Marks

Wheat FreeWheat Free
Wheat Free

Death SamplerDeath Sampler

Death Sampler Complex
Death Sampler Complex -Marks

Death Sampler
Death Sampler -Marks

Death Sampler Simple
Death Sampler Simple -Marks

Large Welcome DescribeQuotes Large

Welcome Large
Welcome Large -Marks

Describe Yourself Large
Describe Yourself Large -Marks

Two Large ConfusedConfused Quote Large

Confused Cloud Large
Confused Cloud Large -Marks

Confused Words and Eyes Large
Confused Words and Eyes Large -Marks

WordsGuns Large GunsGun Quote Large

Guns Words and Eyes
Guns Words and Eyes -Marks

Guns Large
Guns Large -Marks

Words Dog Large DogDog Park Quote Large

Dog Park Words and Eyes
Dog Park Words and Eyes -Mark

Dog Park Large
Dog Park Large -Marks

Wtnv 3 collageQuote Collage

White Letters On Black
White Letters On Black -Marks

White Letters on Purple
White Letters on Purple -Marks

Just Words
Just Words -Marks

SM Welcome Dog PrkQuotes Small

Welcome Small
Welcome Small -Marks

Dog Park Small
Dog Park Small -Marks

SM Guns ConfusedQuotes Small

Guns Small
Guns Small -Marks

Confused Small
Confused Small -Marks

WTNV BackgroundsBackgrounds

Figures With Eyes
Figures With Eyes – Marks

Figures With Cloud Small
Figures With Cloud Small – Marks

Figures With Fence and Cloud
Figures With Fence and Cloud – Marks

Figures With Fence and Eyes
Figures With Fence and Eyes – Marks

 

 

 

Link and My Hiatus  2

Hello Stichers! Sorry my posting hiatus lasted a few months longer than I expected. First I injured my foot pretty badly, then I moved in with a friend of mine because she was sick and Dr. House was not available, and then we had to get roommates because Cobra insurance is insane. Then last yesterday we finally got a diagnosis: Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis, the same rare disease I spent all last summer working on an educational campaign for because another friend of mine contracted it. I almost feel cursed, but I am glad that I could have potentially saved the life of a great friend.

Today I bring you some charts from Zelda, but you don’t have to be a sword wielding elf to save the day. I used the names I called the characters back in the day, when we had to blow into that shiny gold cartridge every time we played. There are knit/crochet charts as well as cross stitch charts, so everyone can stitch their way to victory.

As always, feel free to message me with any questions, comments, winning lottery numbers, or pictures of your creations.

Enjoy!

-Molina

*I have no professional relationship with Nintendo or the creators of The Ledgend of Zelda*

Large linkLink Large Cross Stitch

Stick itLink Just Stick it Cross Stitch

Diamond girlsDiamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend Cross Stitch
Diamonds are a Boy’s Best Friend Cross Stitch

Bling blingBling Bling Bling Cross Stitch

Link knitLink Side Knit

Links shieldLink’s Shield Knit

Grumble manGrumble Grumble Man Knit

Grumble grumbleGrumble Grumble Words Knit

BaddieBaddie Knit

TreeTree Knit

Forest blockForest Block Knit


May the Knit be With You  0

Hello stitchers! I always thought that there were so many Star Wars charts out there that there was no point in making more, but as it turns out everyone seems to want me to chart some, so I did. This seems like the perfect day. They are mostly dark side, which should probably worry me. See, the first time I ever wore two Darth Vader socks instead of one Yoda and one Vader, I ended up falling on the slippery front steps and breaking my big toe so bad that I had to quit my job. I learned the hard way, there must be balance in the force.

I hope you have a great Star Wars day!

Enjoy!

-Molina

 

YodaYoda Color Knit
Yoda Outline Knit

imageYoda Small Color Knit
Yoda Small Outline Knit

TrooperStormtrooper Knit

Trooper smStormtrooper Small Knit

VaderDarth Vader Knit
Vader smDarth Vader Small Knit

JubbaJubba Knit
Jubba Outline Knit

Jubba smJubba Small Color Knit
Jubba Outline Knit

BobbaBobba Fett Knit
Bobba Fett Outline Knit

Bobba smallBobba Fett Small Knit
Bobba Fett Small Outline Knit

Princess hanLeia and Han Knit

 Leia and Leia

A Rebuilding Month And The Little Prince  0

Hello Stitchers! January has always been a bit of a rebuilding month, recovering from the craziness of December’s holidays and the cold snowy January weather. This year has been especially so, since I had my phone stolen at the local casino. Casinos are generally unexciting, and rather depressing. It was my friend’s birthday however and I took one for the team. Within 20min, and not till I sat down did I notice, my iPhone was gone. As you know I do my charting on my phone, so this was a huge set back. Luckily a friend’s boyfriend sent me an old iPhone and the iCloud magically brought back all the charts-in-progress I thought I lost! I must say the whole situation was a trial and made me feel very lucky to have such amazing friends!

When I was a kid my mom would read to us all of the time. I come from a family of readers and teachers, so books were always a big part of my life. One of the books that we always loved was The Little Prince. I’m pretty sure we had Mom read it to us even into middle school. It wasn’t till high school when my friends read it in French class, did I realize other people read it too.

These are my The Little Prince charts that I had been working on for some time, lost on my phone, and got back. I have both cross stitch and knit blocks of the prince on his little planet. The rest are knit block charts. My favorite is the Hat/Boa eating an elephant.

What books did you like reading as a child that have stuck with you till today?

Enjoy!

-Molina

Prince crossThe Little Prince Cross Stitch
The Little Prince Cross Stitch Large Print
Prince Full CrossThe Little Prince Full Cross Stitch Outlined
The Little Prince Full Cross Stitch Outlined Large Print
The Little Prince Full Cross Stitch Outline Only
The Little Prince Full Cross Stitch Outline Only Large Print
Prince half crossThe Little Prince Half Cross Stitch
The Little Prince Half Cross Stitch Large Print
The Little Prince Half Cross Stitch Outline Only
The Little Prince Half Cross Stitch Outline Only Large Print
Prince simplifiedThe Little Prince Simplified Knit
Prince simple
The Little Prince Knit
The Little Prince Knit Outline
Prince roseThe Little Prince Rose Knit
The Little Prince Rose Outline Knit
Prince Rose SimpleThe Little Prince Rose Simple Knit
Prince FoxThe Little Prince Fox Knit
Prince portraitThe Little Prince Portrait Knit
Prince wallThe Little Prince Wall Knit
Prince small snakeThe Little Prince Elephant Snake Pillow Knit
Prince SnakeThe Little Prince Snake Pillow Long Knit
Prince elephantThe Little Prince Elephant Long Pillow Knit
Prince elephant roundThe Little Prince Snake a Elephant Fold Pillow Knit
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The Little Prince Snake Elephant Round Pillow Knit

By The Power of Greyskull, Happy New Year!!!!  6

Hello stitcher! I hope your holidays went well. I spent a long time hanging out with my family and managed not to start the new year sick like usual, even though my mom was sick and had laryngitis which was hilarious for me as I acted as her over-embellishing interpreter. I am also one day away from fulfilling one of my two New Years resolutions, waiting at least a week to eat any of the pickled eggs my dad and I made. It’s been torture. I love pickled eggs.
Pickled eggs
While I was back home I retrieved a quilt hanger out of my brother’s old room. While I was in there I found his best childhood Christmas present, the Castle Greyskull my grandparents got him back in the 80s. I was so jealous, I always got Barbies instead of the He-Man and G.I. Joes my brother got, yes I was always a tomboy.

So my first set of charts this year are some of my childhood favorites: He-Man, She-Ra, The Power Sword, the Sorceress, Evil Lyn, and of course everyone’s favorite stinky villain Skeletor. I have them all in two pillow sizes in knit squares.

I also created a quick multiple choice survey for you to take so that I can better fulfill your stitching wishes this year. I promise you will all get an A+ if you take it!
Working Link To Survey

Enjoy, and have a happy new year!

-Molina

He yell large
He-Man Pillow Knit Large

He yell small
He-Man Pillow Knit Small

He por big
He-Man Portrait Pillow Knit Large

He por small
He-Man Portrait Pillow Knit Small

He sword
The Power Sword Pillow Knit

She bimg
She-Ra Pillow Knit Large

She small
She-Ra Pillow Knit Small

Sor Big
Sorceress Pillow Knit Large

Sorceress small
Sorceress Pillow Knit Small

Evil Lyn large
Evil Lyn Pillow Knit Large

Evil lyn small
Evil Lyn Pillow Knit Small

Skeletor big
Skeletor Pillow Knit Large

Skeletor small
Skeletor Pillow Knit Small

Pitfall and Daria: My 80s and 90s Loves  0

Hello Stitchers! Winter has finally hit and I’m sure for many of you, like me, it’s full on yarn season. Whenever it gets cold I have the overwhelming need to make warm and fuzzy things. The last few weeks have not only brought on the winter chill, but I also hit over 20,000 hits on the website! Thank all of you for you interest in my charts and all my crazy ramblings. I really appreciate it!!!

When I was young I used to pull out my uncle’s Atari from under my grandma’s tv and fight with my brother at who got to play Pitfall first. Being the little sister, my brother was always way better at it. I never did get a good hang of it, but I still have great memories of playing. So I made a set of Pitfall related charts, from simple to complex so everyone can relive their favorite Atari memories.

I have also been watching a lot of Netflix since winter hit, and did a lot of searching around and found one of my favorite sarcastic, grumpy, high school loves, Daria. I must say she is still pretty fantastic. Although I see a lot of Daria in myself, I’m more of a mix between Daria and Jane…..but I’m pretty sure that’s true for a lot of high school outcasts in the 90s and probably today. I cranked out an opening logo chart, as well as a Daria and a Jane chart so you all can sit on your couch, and be grumpy together.

Let me know what characters from your childhood/teenhood you would like to stitch, and I might just whip up a chart for you.

Enjoy!

-Molina

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Pitfall More Pillow Knit

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Pitfall Gator Pillow Knit

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Pitfall Pillow Knit

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Pitfall Man Pillow Knit

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Pitfall Man Bigger Pillow Knit

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Daria Pillow Knit
Daria Outline Pillow Knit

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Daria Face Pillow Knit
Daria Face Outline Pillow Knit

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Jane Face Pillow Knit

Jane Face Outline Pillow Knit

The Great Pumpkin is Comming!  3

Hello my stitchers! The leaves are turning and the sweaters are coming out, the best time of the year. It also means that Halloween is coming!

When I was a kid their were 3 things that made Halloween great; Free Candy, the fact that the house on 4th Street gave out cotton candy, and the Charlie Brown Halloween Special.

One year my dad didn’t have to work so he took me trick-or-treating. This was a big deal and I was super excited about it, but lost time and didn’t have a costume come beggars night. I’m not sure how it happened, but I ended up wearing a bunch of my dad’s clothes and my mom drew a beard on my face with an eyeliner pencil. I was so excited to be my dad and was beaming when I went up to the first few doors. Then, as my dad says, I came up to my dad and asked “Dad, what’s a hobo?”

By the time I got to high school Tim Burton was making films and my art teacher let us watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a new cross-holiday tradition was born. So today I have a handful of knitting pillow charts from my two Halloween traditions, past and not-as-past.

Be safe this Halloween and remember to check your candy for hidden razor blades and chain saws!

Enjoy!

-Molina
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Charlie and Snoopy Knit

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Charlie and Snoopy Outline Knit

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Linus and Pumpkin Knit

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Linus and Pumpkin Outline Knit

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Jack the Pumpkin King Knit

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Jack the Pumpkin King Outline Knit

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Nightmare Before Halloween Knit

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Just Jack Outline Knit

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Just Jack Knit

Rose Tyler, and where I have been  3

Hello there my stitchers! I know it has been quite some time since I have made a post, it seems that leaving the house keeps one busy. Yes, my hermit hat has been replaced by a slightly more social hat. I miss my naps and endless hours for charting. I also had to rest my hand after injuring it, so there is that.

One of the most exciting things I have done while on my chartcation was seeing one of my favorite bands Frog Eyes (video)IMG_1755.JPG
That guy is Carey Mercer, the rest of the band kinda changes over time, which is how I ended up hanging out with the drummer before hand without realizing it. Afterwords we got to hang out with the band and they were very nice Canadians and people. I had got much adrenaline I was shaking for 3 days. It was a great night a long time in the making.

Last weekend was a neighborhood festival, my favorite local festival of the year, and I got to smooze with Babachu and my friend Russ happened to be taking pics capturing the moment.

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Now that I have some time to sit and relax I finally got around to charting Rose Tyler, as per request. Sadly I haven’t been able to watch any of the new Doctor Who, but my dad is recording them so I can watch them on my visit next week. He is not a fan of the writing this season. What do you think of the darker side of The Doctor?

Enjoy!
-Molina

*I have also been reformatting my Doctor Who Charts for knit stitches, so check in on those if you are interested

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Rose Tyler Knit

Welcome to my life Night Vale  2

Hello stitchers! It has been some time since I have posted, but I have some very good reasons. I have been working on a campaign to help my Friend Andrea and her family get reunited. There are some horrible probate practices in Ohio that are wrecking not just her family, but the lives of many people that have sudden illnesses. We need to spread the word about her illness Anti-NMDAR Encephalitis, which is newly classified and is commonly misdiagnosed as schizophrenia. Please check out Reunite-R-Family to help Andrea and to help spread the word about this disease.

I also took a week to go visit family. I spent a good portion of my time with my dad, which was awesome. We gave him “The Best Birthday Ever”, went swimming in his lake, and I gave him another “ToeHead” painting to add to his collection.
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This one is entitled “Who? Me?”, and was made especially for me by my buddy Daric. Daric is a great artist and you can see More of Daric Gill’s ToeHeads on Facebook or check out his artist blog for news on his many great bodies of work. WOSU, The local PBS affiliate, even did a segment on him for their Broad & High program. If you ever find yourself in Columbus you might see him working in a local coffee shop or riding one of his mopeds around town. He really is a very talented and super nice guy.

I injured a tendon in my right hand so I won’t be doing any stitching or charting for at least a few weeks. I am a pro at hurting myself while doing mundane things.

One of the other things I did this past couple weeks was join another fandom. I know, not that shocking. When I was at Marcon with my friend Rain this year, she talked about Welcome to Night Vale, and although I had heard about it I didn’t know what it was. Welcome to Night Vale, can only be described as a podcast of a news program in a fictitious town where strange things happen to strange people in strange ways. Rain said I should just listen, that I would like it. She was so right. I told her I had started listening and that I loved Night Vale. Then she told me that she and her daughter had gotten into watching Supernatural. They are apparently “in deep”! I am so proud.

Today, thanks to my new found fandom, I bring you a knitting chart of the Welcome to Night Vale cover. It would make a great pillow for any non-existent angel you couldn’t possibly know, or even that faceless woman that secretly lives in your house.

Enjoy!

-Molina

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Welcome to Night Vale Knit

It’s my birthday, so it’s random stuff I like  0

That’s right, it’s the first day of July. Usually I don’t get to do much on my birthday around here but Canada likes me so much they made it A holiday! I love those guys. Since I’ve made it to 35 alive, I decided to throw up some random charts that might not be entirely understood or popular. There are a handful of you out there that will love them with me and I am cool with that. I will explain each novelty as I go, for those in the dark.

Obviously some of these have had some computer generated help, but it’s my birthday and I can do what I want.

BABACHU! This is a man who’s portrait can be found all over the world in any medium from oil paint to bronze, but you most likely have never seen him, unless that is you have ever visited Columbus, especially durring festival season. He was a great nude model from my college days, interesting features and the ability to hold a pose like a statue, and on the streets he’s got all the right moves and the best Jazz Hands out there! I always run into him at the strangest times. Once It was 5:30am the middle of downtown, no one around and I saw him blocks away and thought I was hallucinating. When he got close we stopped and had a nice chat about how we hadn’t seen each other in awhile. He’s magic I say.

This first chart is from an ancient poster for his dance class that my friend Lisa has some how kept in almost mint condition. It looks a lot darker than it actually is.
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Babachu Jazz Cross Stitch
Babachu Jazz Cross Stitch Marks

This one is from an image I got from ILoveColumbus Tumblr
Who also happens to be my friend Lisa. She finds all the real cultural gems in the city.

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Meta Babachu Cross Stitch
Meta Babachu Cross Stitch Marks

Bea Arthur, really do I have to say more about this classic Golden Girl?

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Bea Golden Cross Stitch
Bea Golden Cross Stitch Marks

Harrison Ford, he knows you love him.

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Harrison Ford Knit

If you don’t know who Dean Winchester is yet, then you probably haven’t visited this site much. He kills demons, vampires, and all kinds of mooks. He also happens to be a smart ass. One time they caught him and threw him in jail for murder, so he threw out his best Blue Steal for the mugshot. It’s a classic Supernatural moment.

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Dean Blue Steal Knit
Dean Blue Steal Knit – No Background Lines

This leads us to the last and best section of my Birthday Love extravaganza, the Patrick Gilmore section. If you don’t already know about Patrick you should check out my Patrick Gilmore page, it will fill you in on all his actor type stuff. When in doubt I make charts of this goofy guy or tweet him strange messages. What can I say, he gives me lots to work with.

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Evil Gilmore Knit
*via his website

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Thug Gilmore Knit
*via his website

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Patrick Loves Snow Cross Stitch
Patrick Loves Snow Cross Stitch Marks
*via his Instagram

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Trennan Cross Stitch
Trennan Cross Stitch Marks
*Still from Riese

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Crazy Gilmore Knit

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Crazy Gilmore Cross Stitch
Crazy Gilmore Cross Stitch Marks
*via a concept poster for Alien Abduction
This is the face I imagine he makes after every take.

This last Patrick chart I am bombarding you with is my favorite pic of him these days. He took it at an award show I think. One of these days I am going to spend an eternity stitching this.

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Classy Gilmore Cross Stitch
Classy Gilmore Cross Stitch Marks

That’s the end of my mixed bag of odd little loves. If you made it this far I applaud you and thank you for sharing in my wacky world. It is the best present ever to be able to introduce you to these people and help you stitch those things you never thought you wanted to.

Enjoy!

-Molina

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