Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 24: A Comedy Robot From Space

Hello! Today, I am trying to avoid another 1:50 am post, because that kind of sucked, but also posting a new pattern that I made this morning and am very excited about. Earlier this week, I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and thought that maybe I could get away with posting some sprite patterns from that here. I know that Star Wars is universally hated, so this is a big risk I'm taking, but really, it can't go over half as badly as the lose-10-followers pattern of Tai from Digimon.

Anyway, for today, I've made a pattern of BB-8, because it is a cute little robot that rolls around and beeps, and I want to get out a piece of perforated plastic canvas and make a stack of them in different colors and put them all over the place. This is a small and very easy pattern to stitch, and the biggest problem is that it's slightly off scale from the sprite pattern people that I've made. I didn't figure that actually mattered, though, so here is the pattern!

Now that I have posted that, I am done for today! Merry Christmas Eve! I should be back with another pattern tomorrow!

Sprite Patterns December Day 23: It's Before Midnight PST!!!

Hello! I slept badly last night, got up, went to work, drove two hours in crazy wind, and then played a lot of board games, so I am late. Have a sprite pattern of Mystique from X-Men! I found it amusing to make this. There's certainly not a lot of clothing detail here.

Okay, that's all! Hopefully, I will do less badly tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 22: The Text Is Better Than the Pattern

Hello! Today has been a pretty good day. I am doing my laundry, eating curry chicken wings, and later, I was lucky enough to find a local theater playing this small indie movie called Star Wars, so I think I'm going to go see that. Plus, last night we did a roommate Christmas gift exchange, which sounds normal enough, I'm sure. The thing is, we started it at 1:00am, so we were all a bit tired and loopy. One of my roommates both of us other roommates these lovely pen sets from Korea, and had us both test every pen. The red pen in my set didn't work, even after tons of scribbling, so she did the only reasonable thing, which was to grab a grill lighter, get the flame going, and stick the pen's tip in the fire. After a few seconds of, "I burned it... I burned the pen," as I thought, "yes, that is the thing that happens when you put a pen in fire," we tested it, and this made the pen work. It was a true Christmas miracle.

Anyway, for today, I have a sprite pattern of Hayato from Project Justice/Rival Schools. If you care about that, it will be easy to stitch, because his character design is not very complicated. If you don't, I'll have something different tomorrow.

I am done for today! I hope that you all have good evenings!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 21: More Kingdom Hearts Stuff

Hello! Thanks for all the comments yesterday! I appreciate it. I'm not upset about losing followers, but I'm confused about it, more than anything. Anyway, today I have another of the Kingdom Hearts patterns that someone requested a while back. This one is of someone named Terra, and he has really intense bell bottoms. This pattern also has a really high color count, so it might be a pain to make, but for those of you who like the character and game, I hope it's good!

I'm done posting for today, but will come up with something else for tomorrow. Have a good night!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 20: Another Day, Another Sora

Hello! I lost 10 followers last night, but don't feel like Tai was particularly controversial, so I think I'm going to blame Google for this one. Anyway, today I have a pattern of Sora, also from Digimon, that I'm really happy with. Judging by the quality of this pattern compared to yesterday's, I should lose about 20 or 30 followers before my next post. Blogger is confusing.

There is a pattern for today! I'll be back with something else tomorrow! Until then, have a nice night!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 19: Cross Stitch Friends to the Boys and the Girls

Hello! I am not getting ahead on patterns very well this month, but today am starting a new pattern set! For a long time, I have wanted to make Digimon sprite patterns, but felt that it would take a high level of skill at sprite patterns to get the giant hair and weird clothes right. I am still not sure I'm quite ready to work on this, but today, am starting with a pattern of Tai, from the first season of Digimon. I don't see the hair getting more intense than this, and if you do want to make this for yourself as a standee, it might be a challenge to stop him from tipping over. I think it came out okay, though, so here is the pattern!

I am going to take my inhaler and eat snacks, because Saturdays are wild around here. I'll be back with probably more Digimon tomorrow!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 18: More King of Fighters

Hello! I didn't sleep well last night, and my roommates and I just had a food party for some friends from India who are graduating and taking off, so I am not feeling coherent or attentive tonight! However, I've still got the pattern I was talking about last night, of Chris from King of Fighters! The whole Shermie/Yashiro/Chris team is kind of neglected, at least aside from Shermie, and looking closely at Yashiro and and Chris, I feel like their outfits make that reasonable. Chris's flared cropped t-shirt is confusing, and I'm not sure the white capri pants with high tops help his image. Still, I'm okay with this pattern, and hope you guys like it, too!

I am done for today, and don't exactly know what I'll post tomorrow. I'll have something, though! Have a good night, and a nice tomorrow, too!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 17: Unwarranted Excitement About Fighting Games

Hello! With finals finally over, tonight I made loaves of muffin bread and worked on cross stitch patterns! I am still kind of behind on patterns, so I'm only posting one again today, but hopefully, I can get things back in order soon.

Tonight, I started working on King of Fighters sprite patterns again, because I have my finger on the pulse of what crafters want. I know a lot of the characters that I still need to make, from some pretty prominent ones to some really obscure ones, even for King of Fighters. For today, though, I was working on some of the characters from earlier in the series, so I made Yashiro and Chris from King of Fighters '97. I'm not sure if my pattern of Chris is good enough yet or not, so I'm going to post it tomorrow, but I have Yashiro ready to post tonight. His outfit is weird, with some strange jacket  cropping and difficult to explain belts, but because he's from an older game, the color count is pretty low, meaning that this should be pretty easy to stitch if you want to.

I am done posting for now, but will have more stuff tomorrow! Until then, have a nice Friday!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 16: Finals are Over!

Hello! I finished all my final papers today, but my brain is still kind of fried, so this is not going to be a top caliber post. Tomorrow, though, I'm going to be baking stacks of quick bread from mixes I bought at Big Lots and making some King of Fighters cross stitch patterns! I have so many characters in mind that I want to make, because I consider exactly the same things that cool people do when it comes to crafts.

Anyway, tonight I have another Kingdom Hearts thing. Tonight it is of Ventus, who looks like Sora a lot, but maybe with an even more bizarre outfit. I seriously don't know who this is, but the outfit is insane. The metal jewel thingy on his arm marks him so clearly as a Square-Enix RPG kid that it is bizarre. If you have some gold embroidery floss, though, it would be great for this pattern. It's super-detailed for a sprite pattern, but not so intense that it'll be impossible to swap out some colors.
Okay, I am done for tonight, and ready for a slight break for my brain! I'll be back tomorrow with all sorts of shiny fighting game rubbish. Until then, have a nice day!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 15: Almost Done With Finals

Hello! I am almost done with finals, and just finished my second of three papers for the week! I feel kind of relieved, but still have one paper left to go. Tomorrow night at this time, I will hopefully be finished with the paper and preparing to go have my educators serve me slightly below mediocre French toast. For tonight, however, I offer this pattern of Umi from the very perky anime Love Live! School Idol Project to you in my good cheer. I posted Honaka last year, so in seven more years, I should have this pattern set finished.

I am done for tonight, but within the next few days should be doing more normal posts again. I'll have something for you guys tomorrow, probably more Kingdom Hearts stuff, so until then, have a lovely day!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 14: Still Posting

Hello! I was going to post here sooner, but instead, I sat for 20 minutes playing games on my phone and eating cranberry sauce. My brain is not functioning. Here is a pattern of Riku from Kingdom Hearts. I feel that his pants are really stupid- fighting game character design stupid, even.

I have no idea what I will post tomorrow, but I will post something. Once finals are over, I am going to make a terrifying amount of King of Fighters patterns. I am leaving for today.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 13: Finals Only Have a Few Days Left!!!!

Hello! I've been doing homework since I got up this morning, because citations are magical, so I'm blowing that extra Vocaloid pattern I had stashed away tonight. It's of Miku Hatsune, but more pink. It takes a lot of shades of pink to stitch so, when finished, it will inevitably be beautiful. Enjoy the pattern!

Now that I have technically posted this, I am going to start putting away from the books that I needed for the paper I finished, and then maybe I will do some boring crafts while I watch the episodes of Bob's Burgers on Hulu that I have not seen yet. Have a good evening! I will have another half-hearted post for you guys tomorrow!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 12: A New Pattern Tangentially Related to Homework

Hello! I still want to write another page or two of papers today, but needed a brief break from finals writing and decided to get this blog post done for the day. Because I worked a lot today on my paper for Game of Thrones class, I'm posting the pattern of Daenerys I did for the sprite preview of on Facebook. She wasn't in my paper at all today, since it's about needlework and clothes and stuff, but if I get things done like I want to, she will be in the paper tomorrow as part of a section on how textiles worn differ by class, so I can go into my meeting with the professor with 12 or 13 pages written. It'll be super-exciting.

Anyway, there were a lot of dresses to pick from when making a pattern of Daenerys, but I picked the one I did because it was bright blue and I like that color. If I ever cross stitch this, it will be covered in textually inaccurate sparkles. I hope you guys like this pattern!
I want to go see if I can get the last bit of paper writing I want done for today done, switching over to my other classes, so that I can stop typing for today. I will return tomorrow. Until then, have a good rest of your weekend!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 11: Another Kingdom Hearts Thing, of the Sometimes Main Guy

Hello! Today has been a really weird day. I got a lot of homework and research done, so I only have a minimum of 17 pages left to write by next Wednesday, which feels good. Towards the end of my second job today, though, there was some cheerful apocalyptic (very literally) chatter that left me feeling a little wonky. Everything else was pretty good, though, so it's been a good day today!

I wanted to thank you guys for all the kind comments you've been leaving the past couple of days! I've been hearing from old blog friends (Dawn and RebelAngelRin were both so cool to see on the comments list!) and it's fantastic to see comments from new people, too! Checking my e-mail has been a very cheerful task lately.

After looking at the Kingdom Hearts patterns I made a while ago, I decided that I am proud of how detailed and ridiculous they are, so tonight I am posting another one. Tonight's pattern is of Sora. I had no clue who Aqua was, but I do not that Sora is the main guy sometimes, and that he has insane clown shoes and sometimes turns into a mermaid and sings. This pattern has an insane amount of colors, so it should be really fun to stitch. Here it is!

I don't know what I'm going to post tomorrow, but I'll post something! Until then, have a lovely evening!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 10: Running Late

Hello! I am late posting tonight, so I will not say much, but I have a bunch of Kingdom Hearts sprite patterns from previous requests that I'm finally putting onto charts. Tonight's character is someone named Aqua. I don't really play Kingdom Hearts, so I have no clue who this really is. Her outfit was fun to sprite, though, and it has a lot of detail, so I think she would be fun to stitch. Enjoy the pattern!

I am really sleepy, so I am going to bed now! I'll have another pattern and more text tomorrow! Bye!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 9: Starting the Walking Dead Pattern Set

Hello! I may have three 15-20 pages due next week, but tonight, I had my last presentation of the semester! I am very happy about this, but my brain is a little fried. Because of that, I'm not at my chattiest tonight. I do, however, have the first sprite pattern in my Walking Dead set, featuring Carol!

For the Walking Dead pattern set, I'm considering starting at season 1 and running through the cast season by season, because I like the show and want to make a really ridiculous pattern set for it. I made Carol first, though, because she is cool. This pattern is unusual in that it uses a pastel color scheme that's pretty rare for sprite patterns, outside of magical girl stuff, so she should come out to look very nice! I am going to make this someday, but kind of want to wait until I have enough of the cast done to do a sampler.

I'm done for tonight, but I'll be back with something or other tomorrow! Until then, have a good night and good luck with all your crafts and stuff!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 8: King of Fighters, Yay!

Hello! Because I am a hard worker who is totally focused on my finals, I have spent a lot of time playing a Chinese mobile game based on King of Fighters, called King of Fighters '97 OL. It's from Ledo Interactive, the company that now owns SNK Playmore, and as odd and not a fighting game and not in English as it is, I don't think this as much of an end-of-days thing for the franchise as some of the nasty reviews I've seen are. It's not excellent, or even a 2D fighting game, but it is a decent beat-em-up RPG that's at least as close to King of Fighters as the Sonic the Hedgehog running and jumping themed mobile games are to that franchise. It is also not homework, which is currently a fantastic point in its favor.

One of the things that bothers me about the game, though, is that they changed Chizuru's outfit. To be fair, she has a really bad outfit, with insane shoulder pads and really big sleeve openings, paired with leggings and heels. The thing is, when they changed it for the new game, they took the time to give her a miniskirt and did nothing about her bizarre top. It's great to give King of Fighters characters new outfits, especially since some of them have been wearing the same impractical clothes since 1994. If you're going to do something with Chizuru, though, at least draw the girl a new shirt.

Anyway, since I have been spending too much of my time on this game, I decided to do a tiny cross stitch pattern of Chizuru, which I was actually surprised I hadn't done sooner. I know there are gaps in my sprite patterns of the cast, but Chizuru is one of the characters I play as, so I thought I would have made her before today. Her character design isn't very fancy, so this is a pretty simple pattern, though the hair and sleeves were a bit difficult to design.
Now that I have made Chizuru, I am thinking too hard about what other King of Fighters characters I have made yet, so I might spend too much time on those in coming days. I will post a not-fighting game pattern tomorrow, though, because I can see where this would got annoying for you guys.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 7: Someone Requested These Vocaloids Two Years Ago and I Forgot to Post Them

Hello! I really did not want to post here today, because I'm lazy. However, when looking at my patterns to see what I had that I could post, I found a folder labeled "december 2013 requests" that still had a couple of Vocaloid patterns in it. They are lovely, detailed patterns, and I am not sure who originally requested them or why I did not post them. It's nothing that I have any particular attachment to, but there are so many frills and details that even now, two years later, I'm looking at them and thinking, "yeah, nice job!" The patterns of Rin and Len are super-yellow, and working with different shades of yellow floss drives me nuts, so I am also sure I did not make them for myself.

(Outside of the folder, there was also a pattern of Miku, the main Vocaloid, in several shades of bubblegum pink with strawberry hair bows. I sort of remember that there were requests for the other two, but to be totally fair, this looks like something I would have done for myself. I will save her for another "oh god, I don't wanna blog" day.)

So, anyway, to the person who two years ago wanted these fancy-fancy and very specific patterns of singing computer programs, here are Rin and Len. I have been known to ignore requests, but usually I actually post them when they are finished. Anyway, enjoy these fancy patterns!

So, there are some patterns for today! I technically posted here. Tomorrow, I have some pattern making and extensive yapping to do regarding King of Fighters, so stay tuned for those thrills.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 6: Another Pattern

Hello! After another homework day, with some more writing and some presentation assembling, I feel wobbly brained. Because of that, I only have one pattern today, and it's another Rival Schools/Project Justice one. I might keep on this for a few days, since I am getting close to the no-stress zone in terms of paper writing and feel that I have to keep typing out nonsense and adding footnotes to it until it looks somewhat academic. I'm almost out of Rival Schools patterns that I've already done, though, so you probably don't have to put up for that much longer.

So, for today, I'm continuing my cross stitch patterns of the Taiyo High School characters with Ran Hibiki, the school photographer who can defeat people with an overzealous camera flash. She's one of my favorite characters from the game, so I actually made a pattern of her when I first started making sprite patterns. I wasn't very good at it at that point, though, so this pattern is more accurate, more detailed, and cuter, all of which matter. Anyway, here's the pattern!
I am done for tonight and will be back for more posting tomorrow! Until then, have a nice night and a good tomorrow!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 5: The Start of the Too-Extensive Rival Schools Set

Hello! Today, I'm trying to have a kick-butt-at-homework-day, and I already hit and passed my "write five pages of one paper" goal, which is pretty good. I want to see if I can get another research book read for another class, though, so for today, I'm kind of lazy about blogging. Luckily, though, I did have some stuff close to ready to go on my desktop, so today, I'm starting to post some of my unnecessarily detailed patterns of the cast of one of my favorite fighting game series, Rival Schools, and its sequel, Project Justice.

The real first pattern in this set, Kyosuke, is one that I did years ago when I was working on a still-unfinished set of patterns for all of the characters of Capcom vs. SNK 2. That pattern can be found by clicking on the Rival Schools tag at the bottom of this post. Because I already have Kyosuke posted, though, today I'm posting his first game teammates from Taiyo High School, Batsu and Hinata. They're both fairly typical sprite patterns, albeit ones that use a few too many colors, so I don't have too much to say about them. If you also have any interest in cross stitching the cast of Rival Schools, though, I hope that these patterns are to your liking.

Now that I have done a post for today, I am going back to homework. I might be posting more in this set tomorrow, but am not sure. Anyway, have a good evening, and good luck with your craft projects!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 4: Astro Boy!!!!!

Hello! Today, I am posting to fix the fact that I have not yet done and posted a sprite pattern of Astro Boy. I realized this when I was looking through my blog history in order to see if I had made a pattern of Uran, the girl version of Astro Boy (I know that is a reductive way to put it, but seriously) to go with my Astro Boy pattern. Since the first pattern in the set didn't exist, let alone the superficial second pattern, I got to make both of them.

As you may have guessed, today I have patterns of Astro Boy, who you can cross stitch and pretend to kill over and over again while some horrible Nicholas Cage movie is on in the background to re-enact the American CG movie, and Uran the Astro Girl, who I unlocked in Astro Boy Dash on my Kindle just before never playing the game again. Both of these patterns are really simple, but I am pleased with them and intend to stitch them soon. I hope you guys like them, too!

Now that I have today's patterns posted, I feel like I want to make some more Tezuka patterns, so you guys might be putting up with that for a few days of the month. I really don't know what's coming up on here tomorrow, though, but will have something! Until then, have a good start to your weekends!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 3: An Excuse to Make Sprites of Fancy Dresses

Hello! Tonight I am having trouble focusing and paying attention to stuff, so it took me a really long time to get this post ready. I'm very happy with the pattern for tonight, though! I'm taking an independent study class this semester on Game of Thrones and how it relates to European history and pop culture perceptions of it, and my final paper is on embroidery and textiles in medieval Europe and the novels, which has been interesting to research and write so far. Today, though, when I was working on it, I got stuck on trying to figure out what to say about a passage that means either that George R.R. Martin didn't know about what sorts of embroidered dresses serving girls could actually afford to wear or that Sansa Stark is a dingbat character who has the same information gap. While thinking about this, I realized, "oh, crap, I have to do my blog for today," and then made a pattern of Sansa under the pretense that it was connected to my homework.

Aside from being related to a paper I'm writing, I also really like making patterns of characters in needlessly complicated outfits, so when making this, I decided to put Sansa in a TV show outfit where she had a floral dress with a layered skirt and a giant cloak over the whole thing. I was also chilly, so I wanted to make sure she looked warm. As such, this is a possibly too-detailed pattern that will take longer than necessary to stitch, but I think it looks fun to make and will probably do so. Anyway, here's the pattern!

With that done, I am going to go sit around and do a bad job of focusing on something else! I am really behind on patterns this month, so I have no idea whatsoever what I will be posting tomorrow. I'll have something, though, so until then, have a decent day!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 2: Tiki's Request

Hello! I've still kind of got a cold today, so I feel a little incoherent, but have been preparing for this post and reading 19th century puff piece biographies this afternoon, so my activities are likely not helping matters. Today, however, I decided that I was going to do a request I got in an e-mail last month from longtime friend of the blog Tiki, who runs the aptly titled blog Tiki Stitches.

The request was for sprite patterns the TV versions of Green Hornet and Kato, and since I got out all of my, "haven't really seen the show, but boy, did the movie a few years ago suck or what?" vitriol in the e-mail, which was kindly received, I won't do too much of that here. It was a bad movie, though.

Since I haven't really seen the TV version of The Green Hornet, though, I do not know if these patterns are good representations. I think they came out looking pretty close to the pictures I was getting on Google image search, but also realize that there may be some essential part of the costumes, or maybe something that is integral to tiny cross stitch patterns of Bruce Lee that I totally skipped over because I am not very familiar with the source material.

Before posting these, I also want to say a couple things about the floss colors. Usually, when I'm using dark grays, I don't use 934 because it's green-gray and weird and I don't like it. In this case, however, it's patterns of characters from The Green Hornet, so I stuck with the greenish tint because it fit the theme. With the Green Hornet himself, I also wanted the grays on his coat to have the sort of color look that watching a 60s TV show has, so I used more blueish grays than usual to try and make the pattern look like the character would on the screen. If you want to stitch these and think that is a weird color choice, the patterns are simple enough that you can trade it for a more normal gray pretty easily.

With all of that said, here are today's patterns!

Now that I have these patterns posted, I am going to go read more stuff for my final papers and eat either eggs or soup. My life is crazy. I'll be back tomorrow with something else, though I am not sure what yet!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sprite Patterns December Day 1: Cleaning Off the Poor Sprites Stuck On My Desktop For Months

Hello! I haven't posted here for a long time, and actually haven't prepped very well for this month, but I still want to do Sprite Patterns December! I am not sure how much I'll post per day, but it will probably just be one or two patterns. I don't have a very good backlog of charts right now, so unless I have a super-productive day soon, it would be dumb to go nuts and post three or four in a day. In getting my Windows computer all fixed up for pattern making, though, there are a couple of new features in Windows 10 that make pattern making go a little faster, so it won't be so bad to keep up with daily patterns.

For this month, I have a few sets that I'm probably going to be working on the most, at least to start. If you follow the Dork Stitch Facebook page, you probably saw me showing up the upcoming Walking Dead and Game of Thrones sets with Carol and Daenerys. The Walking Dead set is probably going to get more attention, because I like that better, but Game of Thrones has some impressively detailed dresses, so for that, expect to see the frilly characters before the important ones. I'm also working on patterns for the cast of Dreamcast fighting game Project Justice, because that's one of my favorite fighting games, and this is Dork Stitch so really, what did you expect? There's one anime set that I really want to do, too, but I haven't started and am concerned about making it work, since the show had a fairly distinctive giant-headed-children art style, so I'm not making any promises yet.

There are some smaller sets I'm hoping to get done, too, with a couple of patterns that I want to add to an ongoing set, most likely some additional anime and video game nonsense, and at least one request.

For today, however, I have taken a lot of cold medicine and am getting used to my new operating system, so I am cleaning off my desktop! Back in May, I did a set of Avengers: Age of Ultron sprites more out of a sense of duty than any real love for the movie, and my general lack of enthusiasm has kept the majority of the set off of this blog so far. Despite my ambivalence towards the movie itself, though, I still have dreams of making a really impressive Marvel sampler, so I figured that I might as well start throwing these characters on charts.

I had four Avengers patterns left, and the other two will likely pop up later in the week. For today, I have patterns of Scarlet Witch and (the much less cool version of) Quicksilver. I actually think these patterns came out decently, so I hope that those of you who are reading this and thinking, "Wow, she's being really rude to my favorite characters!" like these charts, too!

After I added these images to the post, the font in my preview window changed, so I am confused. Regardless of any of that, however, I am done for today and will be back with more patterns tomorrow! Thanks for reading, and have a nice evening!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Arcade Field Trip Photos- Pinball, Strange and Nifty Games, and Neo Geo Rubbish!

Hello! Today's post has nothing to do with cross stitching, but a lot to do with "dork," so it seems kind of appropriate! Today, a couple of friends and I drove for about an hour to visit a couple of arcade museums- the Route 66 Arcade Museum in Atlanta, Illinois, which has arcade games from 1935 until the early 1980s, and Arcadia: America's Playable Arcade Museum in McLean, IL, which has games from the 1980s until the early 2000s. The museums are both free to get into, but on their website (, it says that it's helpful to post about trips to them on blogs. I am good at chattering and passable at taking photos, so I shall be using today's post to document the trip!

Disappointingly, the Route 66 Arcade Museum was closed today, despite the fact that we went during its open hours. It was a tiny town, so I asked about it in the library, where they told me to ask about it in the artisan's shop, where the woman behind the counter told me pretty bluntly to get lost. I want to go back when it actually is open, and then post more rubbish about it then, but that could be a while. Later in the day, another group of nerd tourists said they'd heard at a local restaurant that the museum was repainting, which is more information than we got.

Even though the first museum was closed, Arcadia, which was ten minutes away, was open and very spiffy. We spent about an hour and a half there, and, thanks to my low to moderate skills at DDR, pinball, and Neo Geo games, I did not use up all of my quarters. I also got a bunch of pictures, with a handful of them actually being usable!

Setting the tone for this set of photos is my selfie by the miniature Neo Geo MVS cabinet. There were only two SNK machines in the whole place, but I spent several quarters on them to justify my horrible cell phone photography. This machine played Metal Slug and Blazing Star, and if you look behind me, you can see the title screen for Metal Slug.

I'm also in front of Pocket Racer, but since I don't have any misguided love for that game, I don't have much to say about that.

I couldn't get too good of a photo of this machine, since the lights on the display make it look even more out of focus than it would be otherwise, but this is the Doctor Who pinball machine that I spent a lot of time playing. It was really cool because when you do certain things, the Dalek on top starts screaming at you. I like it when pinball machines threaten to exterminate me, so this was essentially my dream game. Aside from the nifty nerd aspect of this machine, though, it was actually really fun.
This is about half of the pinball machines that they had. The Back to the Future one ate two of my quarters, but someone shut it off before we'd left, so the people working there at least seem careful about that sort of stuff. There was a really cute Super Mario World era Mario Bros pinball, too, but it wasn't on at all, so my picture of it looked dingy and bad.
This pinball, Space Mission, wasn't with the rest of the machines, I think because it was a little older (1975) and less flashy. It was so fun, though! It made dinging noises like pinball machines do in cartoons, and every time I did something, the score would click up on the number flaps at top, so even though it had less lights and stuff, it still felt like I was doing something impressive if I'd hit a target. It was a little slower paced, too, so one quarter lasted quite a while on it.
This is a tiny portion of the main room, across from the pinball row. The SNK machine from my first photo is over at the right, though I can't really make out the screen on it. The games in back are Burger Time, Pac-Man, Galaga, and Ms. Pac-Man, with Pocket Racer right in the center, taking up the best spot in the shot.
Here is the Tron machine, which was very cool looking, but also served as a confusing murder simulator. According to this, if I were in The Games, I would have run straight into my enemy and exploded many times while trying to spin a dial that served no purpose. If they had given me a tank, I also would have run straight into my enemy and exploded many times. Today, I felt very lucky that Tron is not a true story.

These two pictures are of Time Traveler, a super-fancy, but still kind of dumb FMV game that we kept playing. In the first photo, the close-up, you can kind of see the display. Instead of having a normal screen, it shows a 3D video of cheaply costumed actors on a small display inside of the black dome, with no backgrounds. It's really cool looking! 

The game itself is kind of like a more playable version of Dragon's Lair or Space Ace. Here, instead of trying to figure out some mysterious command, you turn left or right and hit the shoot button really fast. If you fail, a bad sitcom version of a wizard yells at you. It's not awful, but it wasn't great, either. Also, I died in the tutorial level and then cleared three levels, so I'm not sure what's going on there. 

My cowboy got stabbed in the guts by 80s punks for my game over, and since that was kind of awesome, I did not continue.
My last photo for today is of the other really strange machine I played, SNK's The Irritating Maze. The game itself was not too weird- you guide a circle through mazes with a trackball and try not to touch the edges of the maze. If you do hit the edge, though, the two yellow and silver bars on the side of the screen shoot a pop of freezing cold air in your face.

I can see where this play mechanic could be considered bad, or even horrible, but today, it was over 90 degrees, so The Irritating Maze became one of the finest games in the arcade. I didn't lose on purpose, but I wasn't good at it, either, especially once I hit the expert maze. Design-wise, I'm not sure why you would make losing turn an arcade cabinet into a personal air conditioning unit, but today, I appreciated it.

Those are the best photos I have from today, so I am done for now! I'll be back again soon with some actual craft-related stuff, though. Until then, have a good weekend!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Jumping on Tama's Bandwagon and Learning Chromebook Image Editing

Hello! Over at Stitching Daze, Tama has been posting a lot of cool stuff about a giant stack of pre-printed Chinese cross stitch kits that she bought. I was really excited to see them, as I have a couple of them, too. Mine are smaller than hers, and are of generic anime girls rather than pretty, classy stuff, but since that seems to be the cold, hard truth of most of what either of us stitch, it seems fair. After seeing her posts, though, I got all excited about my own pre-printed kits and made a renewed effort to actually finish them.

Tonight's post is dedicated to me showing these kits and my progress on them off while still learning to use my Chromebook for image editing. I did all of today's stuff without switching to Linux and am kind of proud of that.

First up is Kimono Girl, who I've shown WIP pics of here before. In this collage, every frame is a different color that I finished on her, with the big picture being how she looks as of right now. I think I'm about a third of the way done with the normal stitching on her, so finishing this kit feels like an attainable goal! A lot of the weird pre-printed colors are covered up now, and the real image is starting to show.

Since starting Kimono Girl, I've gotten a second one of these, which I call Moon Princess, because I'm very creative. (The kit calls her Moon Girl, but she's very fancy, so I'm upping her title.) This kit actually seems a lot simpler, but since the pre-printed squares are a tiny bit off, I get slightly annoyed working on her. Still, I love the image, so she's still fun to work on. I only have two floss colors done on this one so far, so the collage is the un-started canvas in the first frame (upper left corner) and then the first two colors of floss.

Now that I have these posted, I'm done for today, but I will be back and posting again soon! I want to get better at constructing printouts for my patterns on here, so I'll probably continue the Game of Thrones sprite pattern set. If anyone has any character requests, let me know, because without guidance, I'm just going to make the characters with the most elaborate clothes, because that is the kind of rubbish that I like to stitch. However that goes, though, I hope that all of you are doing well with your respective craft projects!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Testing Linux's Cross Stitch Pattern Making Abilities with a New Sprite Pattern

Hello! My Windows 8 machine met an untimely, sad demise that involves slowness, funny car type noises, randomly inserting capital letters into anything that I typed, and occasionally getting really hot and smelling weird, so I got a Chromebook. It is a cute computer that runs super-fast and does a lot of cool things, so I'm really happy with it. However, I was worried about making new patterns for this blog on it. It was taking me 6 or 7 minutes to open each image file on the last computer, so it's not like I was doing a fantastic job on that, but at least the programs were available.

Luckily, my sister showed me how I could download Linux distros onto a Chromebook, meaning that I could use a lot more offline programs on it! I was kind of slow with it, and spent a good week convinced that I was far too dumb to make Linux work, but today, I sat down for a few hours and decided it was time to figure it out. It took a while, but I got it.

After getting KXStitch, a nifty Linux exclusive cross stitch pattern maker, and GIMP, a stupid and bad image editor that I am going to continue hating for a very long time, I drew in my base sprite patterns and then set about making a trial chart. As I mentioned before, I have to buzz through way too much Game of Thrones this summer, so I ended up making a sprite pattern of Arya Stark. I think the pattern itself came out really well! Her outfit uses a lot of browns, so I got to play with the pallette editor on KX Stitch, and because she's shorter than standard height, I learned some of the editing tools, too. The layout is a mess, though. I ended up with a rubbish word processor that doesn't even have Arial, and am having trouble sizing my charts and preview images right now. Still, though, I think it's readable, if not weird looking.

Anyway, here is today's sprite pattern of Arya Stark! Would you guys like more Game of Thrones sprite patterns? I can pass it off as studying until late December, and the outfits are really detailed, too.

This is all I have for today, but I've been working on a lot of stitching of my own and have been considering posting some photos. I need to get better at using this computer to make cross patterns, too, so I will keep working on that. It's just going to be sprite patterns for a while, but I will work my way up to fancier charts as I get better at it!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dork Stitch's Seventh Annual Heal Slime Day, With My Blog's House Banner

Hello! I have had this blog for over six years, which is cool, even though I am not doing well at keeping up with it this year. I've still been making patterns, but just haven't posted them, which somehow seems worse than not doing anything at all. I've been pretty excited for today's post, though, because it's always fun to try to make a new pattern for Heal Slime day!

In the fall, I'm going to be taking a graduate level history class on Game of Thrones, so I've been trying to read and watch the entire series over the summer. Because of that, this year, it made sense to take out a pencil and graph paper and try to draw Dork Stitch's house banner- a Heal Slime floating against a field of lilac. It may not be practical in battle, but it is cute and cheerful, which is what actually matters.

I've been stitching this on plastic canvas, and so far it's going pretty well, so I can say with certainty that it's quick and easy to stitch. I'm considering somehow putting it on a bunch of my school supplies for next year and being like, "It's my house banner, of course it's on all of my notebooks," so I may even be able to fairly judge what it is like to stitch this multiple times. It's simple, with no half stitches and only a few colors, and it's not very big, either, so if any of you have even the remotest interest in stitching it, I hope you enjoy it!

For today, this is it, but I hope to do better with actually posting here in the near future! Like I said, I have a lot of stuff to post, particularly where brightly colored anime characters are concerned, and I have some projects of my own to show off, too, including a charming Walking Dead sampler that I designed, one that would look right at home in any kitchen. Until my next post, good luck with all of your craft projects and all of your other stuff, too!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Okay, Cross Stitch Pattern Making Is Once Again Fun

I have been feeling kind of blah about this blog lately, but today, I went to Anime News Network and saw that Sanrio had designed one Hello Kitty to look like each character from Love Live School Idol Project, and then I suddenly wanted to make every cross stitch pattern ever. I got started on that set this afternoon, and will probably start posting patterns from it later this week, because they're cute and fluffy and in bright colors, and I want all nine of them to be on my wall. After working on those for way too long, I went to turn on my TV and HBO Go wasn't working, so I came back to my computer and started working on sprite patterns again, which was also fun. When I went to actually chart things, it got a bit iffy, because I forgot what sizes I copy and pasted all of the pattern elements at, which is why when you look at tonight's pattern, you may feel like the preview image is a little too small. It's a cool pattern, though, so I'm sure you can deal with it.

Tonight's post is for a sprite pattern of Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road. (If you are surprised by this, I think it might be the first time you have been to this blog.) I made it because this blog needs more cross stitch patterns of people with robot arms who drive semi trucks from hell, but am pretty happy with how the pattern came out. The outfit I gave her in the pattern is a composite of a couple different ones, because I wanted to stitch her on black fabric, but I think the point comes across well enough. I'm probably going to use silver floss for the arm and belt buckles, too, but it's totally up to you if you want to suffer through metallic floss or not. Anyway, here is the pattern!

I'm going to go stitch this now, while listening to my sister's lovely radio show, and then I am going to watch Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, as the internet has stopped failing me. Soon, I'll be back to post some really frilly-girly nonsense, but until then, good luck with your crafts!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Fancy Avengers Sprite Pattern That Was Difficult to Make

Hello! I have not been blogging much lately, mostly because I did not really want to and felt like my head was going to explode. My Spring 2015 semester of pursuing an MA in History sucked, partially because my classes were stressful (though I was getting straight As, which is cool!), partially because I had a very strange roommate situation, and, in the last chunk, partially because I was panicking over work stuff. All of that went by, and I intended to get back to blogging nicely, but last week, I broke a futon, thought I was going to lose my summer work for a very stressful day, and stabbed myself in the hand with a kitchen knife because I was trying to make a nice sandwich and had an unfortunate coughing fit while doing so. These things were also not conducive to blogging.

Things have gotten way better! I got a new, not campus-owned apartment with people I get along with, have a tuition waiver job next year and work for the summer, and, of my three classes next semester, have one on American feminist histories and another on using real historical methods to study Game of Thrones. From here, I should be able to blog a lot more.

Though I am blogging right now, I can tell you now that if you have requested something from me, I probably have not made it. My current desktop patterns to chart and post are, in terms of sprite patterns, some more stuff from Avengers: Age of Ultron and the equally popular Project Justice, a Dreamcast fighting game. Inexplicably, I also made a very nice portait pattern of Plucky Duck from Tiny Toons while I was throwing a mental snit fit about the internet's lack of Tiny Toons patterns. (I loved that show when I was a kid, so I felt it was necessary.) I also have a Walking Dead sampler I'm working on, because every well put together room needs a shout-out to Terminus, but I want to stitch that before I post it. There's also a lot of half finished stuff.

Anyway, I did not really want to post tonight, but I got sick of watching TV and wanted to accomplish something, so here I am! Tonight, I'm back to my Avengers rubbish, because I like making sprite patterns of characters from Marvel movies, with this super-impressive pattern of Falcon, who first showed up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's probably the best in the new round, so I'm wasting my grand finale here, but I don't care. Designing the wings and, suprisingly, the sunglasses for this pattern sucked, so I'm showing it off! Plus, I posted Bucky last, so I'm sticking with a theme, I guess. Here is the pattern!

I have four more Avengers patterns left to post, but don't really know when I'll be posting them. I'm sleepy now, though, so it won't be tonight! Thanks for reading, and have a good week!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

You Win, Here Is Bucky.

Hello! I made a bunch of new patterns today after having seen Age of Ultron, which I will start posting tomorrow. For today, however, I am posting a sprite pattern of the character most requested here by a longshot, Bucky Barnes, in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier outfit. I am not really sure why Bucky is so popular, but I made the pattern anyway, so here you go! I hope that all of you who wanted this pattern are pleased.

I am done for today, but, like I said, I'll be back again tomorrow with some new Avengers patterns! Until then, good luck with your crafts and stuff!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Promoting a Class Project, Future Patterns, and My WIP Kit

Hello! Tonight I am writing here mostly because I am babysitting a class Twitter project and I want to make sure a couple more things work before I go and watch TV.

For the project, one of my grad history classes, on history and digital media, is live tweeting the assassination and funeral of US President Abraham Lincoln, for its 150th anniversary, on the account @AbesLastRide! I'm making sure that the tweets go out for the next week, which is way less stressful than I expected. (HootSuite's scheduling is saving me from getting up at 6:20 tomorrow morning, and I am grateful for that.) If any of you are interested in the project, though, you should follow it! Our class has been working on it all semester, occasionally as I sat in the back of the room wishing that Twitter had never been invented, so it's cool that it's finally underway.

With this blog, I'm about to start posting a lot of new sprite patterns, almost all of which have been requested. I am not sure what nonsense I will start doing when it comes down to it, but I've been working on a new requested set of Cardcaptor Sakura patterns, the rest of the Love Live School Idol patterns, and one that was requested quite a while back of the main character from Kill la Kill. (I don't watch the show and can't remember how her name is spelled, except that I suspect it is a different spelling of Ryoko than is used on Tenchi Muyo.)

For tonight, however, most of what I have is WIP photos of the cross stitch kit I was writing about a couple of weeks back. I've taken a picture every time I finish a color, so these are not very exciting, but here they are! I have five colors done, and it is gradually looking less and less weird.
Well, with that done, I was going to post some more, but computers are gradually losing all meaning for me. I am going offline now, but hope to be back and posting again soon! Until then, have a lovely day and good luck with whatever you are doing!