Archive for October, 2010

Gauze Man Costume

October 24, 2010

Every year around Halloween time, I participate in what is called a Mystery Bus Tour.  Basically, people board a bus without prior knowledge of where the bus is going to stop…hence the name “Mystery.”  It is a fundraising event put on by the nonprofit organization Hemophilia of Indiana which advocates and educates members of the bleeding disorder community.  This year the Tour was scheduled the week before Halloween.  Naturally, it was encouraged to dress for the occasion.  They were giving out prizes for the different categories, and the one that I was shooting for was Best Hemophilia Related Costume.  I have hemophilia so it only felt proper.  Initially I chose to go as a piece of gauze, which is commonly used by hemophiliacs to soak up/stop bleeding.  Then it evolved into Gauze Man, the hemophiliac superhero.  Needless to say I won the prize. 

Now the costume was simply made out of white fleece and cheese cloth draped over a dowel rod and secured with white yarn and white duct tape.  I cut a hole out for my head.  I then printed out a red blood drop with the letter G in it and used two-sided tape to secure it to the chest of the costume (not shown in the ** photos below).  I then crocheted a hat out of red yarn and made it in the shape of a blood drop.  Finally I finished the costume with some white socks and red shorts. Voila! GAUZE MAN!

** I sincerely apologize if these photos have scarred you for life.

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Clown Mask

October 4, 2010

So I was experimenting with some crochet techniques.  I decided that I wanted to make a mask.  Initially I wanted to crochet a Luche Libre mask, the kind you see in Mexican wrestling.  Actually, in high school I took a mission’s trip to Mexico.  While I was there I purchased one of these masks.  It was black with gold trim.  It was a cool mask but it was confiscated because it resembled the devil or something like that.  So, fast forward twelve years.  Usually when I make a prototype, I make it out of white yarn.  The more I crocheted this mask the more, I felt it needed to be a clown mask.  It was close to Halloween and I knew this would be extra creepy.  So I crocheted this mask, and it turned out just as I thought it would…creepy.  I have to keep it locked in a chest because my wife hates it so much.

I don’t have a pattern yet for it but it was pretty simple.  I crocheted a simple mask out of white yarn.  Then, I crocheted a ball out of red yarn.  I stopped short of finishing the ball so that I could attach it where the nose goes.  Then I crocheted the eyes.  This was challenging because I basically freestyled until they fit into the eyeholes.  Finally I simply tied strands of yarn around the head to make the hair.  Keep checking in because I will get to making this pattern eventually, especially if there is demand for it.