Red Hot Pimp Roadkill Superbowl XLVIII Rundown

Never before in the history of the NFL has there been a stranger Superbowl, EVER.  The obvious omen to set off this chain of events was hands-down Joe Namath’s Roadkill Pimp mink coat!  Now I realize it is part of what this guy is known for, to wear loud coats, but this was just too much!  I was really rooting for the poor guy, seriously.  I wiped the tears of laughter from my eyes as I stared at the man in his fluffy-wuffy fashionista attire, rooting for the old man.  I said aloud to Michael, “Maybe he can pull this moment off with the coin toss and look somewhat dashing and “chic” in a ridonkulous, eccentric sort of way.”   No sooner had I uttered the words and stifled my laughter when suddenly from no where, this star quarterback with 12 years’ NFL playing experience tosses the coin TOO EARLY and confuses everyone, saved by the referee.  Relive the moment with me, please.  It’s totally worth it.

 

*Sighs.*  Poor guy.  Absolute fail.  And this isn’t the only time he’s tried to bring a big show to add to his “legacy” only to cause millions of onlookers to face-palm and moan, but we’ll stick to the game.

Little did I know this little event was the first link in the chain reaction of strangeness that was to trail along for the rest of the event.  Discussing the quarter-by quarter rundown of the game is redundant.  It’s already all over the web.  But I do have one question:  Did the Broncos even bother to prepare?  Honestly, I think they would have done better if they had stood on the field and picked each others’ noses than to have displayed that debacle of…whatever that was!

I love to root for the underdog, and since I have nothing invested in either team, I figured I would root for the Broncs.  And who with a heart couldn’t pity the poor guys after that  early snap ended up in the end zone?  I mean…really?  Wow.  Skip ahead to the end of the 2nd, and  though I knew in my heart of hearts it wasn’t going to change, I still remained optimistic.  This was the Super Bowl after all, and something had to get exciting!  I felt bored and totally UN-entertained.  No excitement.

First half over, and time for the halftime show!  I was curious to see how these guys worked together!

How do you blend Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Although the strangeness of the match-up was fitting right in with the weird theme of the game, I was still curious to see how it would play out. So, do I think he did it?  Oh yeah, yeah, oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…uh! Totally awesome show!  He brought his game face, and entertained with a LIVE voice…great show!  I LOVED the James Brown Dancing and drum solo.  And when the Chilli Peppers came on, you knew the song was building to it, and they came on playing my favorite song!  Woot! It was so great.  And they didn’t even bother to Try to blend.  They kept their own style, yet pulled it off.  The only disappointment for me was that Flea didn’t get at least 10 seconds of solo camera time.  I totally love that dude.

And the commercials?  I would say they were unremarkable if they weren’t so disappointing.  NONE of them were Super Bowl material.  For most, if they weren’t dumb, then they were totally NOT funny.  I’d rather have watched Joe Namath walk around with his dead muppet coat for entertainment than the commercials.  Sheesh.  If I had to pick, I would have to say that Budweiser had the best batting average, but   Coca-cola had a commercial that I liked best. I’ll link it at the end of this blog, which is coming soon, dear readers!

After the great halftime show,  I was carrying a little optimism.  Maybe the Broncos would come back…maybe the commercials would get better.  Anything is possible,  right?  So, the kick-off starts the game, Percy Harvin catches the ball, and he runs the ball 87 yards for a touchdown.  And that was it for me.  I was too angry to be deflated.  Seriously.  That was just embarrassing.  I refused to pity them any more.  They just were NOT playing football.  So, I picked up my hook and started to crochet.  The true roadkill wasn’t the muppet fluffy-wuffy pimp coat, it was the Denver Broncos.

The rest of the game, they say, is history.  The only moment of glory for the Broncos was one touchdown followed by a successful two-point conversion.  If they’d wanted to win as badly as they wanted to avoid a shut-out, they may have won.  Who knows.

I loved the “puppy” Budweiser commercial, but I don’t recall it being played until AFTER the game.  But, here is my favorite.  I think the majority of you will see why.  Total awesomeness.  I hope they run this one all year.

http://wordpress.com/read/post/id/43869434/1124297/

http://isayoui.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/theres-this-event-called-the-super-bowl/

http://wordpress.com/read/post/id/62450641/29/

http://wordpress.com/read/post/id/54859530/4505/

http://newamericangospel.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/worstdecision14/

Ta-ta for now!  When next I return, I promise some crochet magic!

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Free Pattern: Crochet Fast and Easy Men’s Reversible Scarf

And here it is, delivered during the Christmas Crunch!  I have literally thrown together the pictures, but I did take time to be sure the pattern was correct!

I used Lion Brand Homespun as my contrasting color in the black scarf, and you can see how a somewhat “textured” yarn can change up the look of the scarf.  I just love it when a project comes together like that!  A little trim can sometimes go a LONG way!

Sides "A" and "B" side-by-side comparison

Sides “A” and “B” side-by-side comparison

And here are my “thrown together” pictures for your amusement!

Before I throw this pattern at you, I’d like to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season, whatever it may be that you celebrate, and hope that you and yours will have a great upcoming year!  Now, let me post this pattern and RUN!  I’ve got tons to do before Christmas!

The .pdf for this pattern is available as a free download on my Ravelry pattern page here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mens-reversible-scarf

Men’s Reversible Scarf Crochet Pattern:

reversiblescarf

01-beginnerMy blog link:  https://thecrochetgoddessblog.wordpress.com/

Etsy:  TheCrochetGoddess

Ravelry:  TheCrochetGoddess   Check me out here

Stitches Used:  Double crochet, single crochet, and crab stitch (a.k.a. reverse single crochet).  Crab stitch directions are included in the pattern.  Crab stitch is optional for the border.  Image shown does not have optional trim.

Gauge:   2 rows of 4 dc = 1”x1”Materials:

Hook Size:  I (5.50 MM)

Yarn Weight:  Worsted, 10 ply (Brand I used is Red Heart Super Saver)

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Scissors

Terms:

ch:  chain

sc:  single crochet

dc:  double crochet

sl st:  slip stitch

BLO:  Back loop only

MC:  Main color

CC:  Contrasting color

Special Stitch:  Crab Stitch (A.K.A. Reverse Single Crochet)

  1.  Insert hook from front to back, into the 1st stitch to the right.
  2. Yarn over (yo) and draw through the stitch.  You will have two loops on your hook, just as you would with a normal sc.
  3. Yarn over and draw through both loops on your hook.
  4. Repeat these steps for each stitch in the row.

Special Notes:  A general rule of thumb, if you are unsure of how long to make your scarf, is to make the scarf as long as the wearer is tall. The scarf shown in the picture above is made to that ratio.

If you are a very new beginner, remember that the beginning chain for each row counts as your first stitch.  If you ch-1, it will count as your 1st sc, so you will skip that very first stitch, then make your sc stitch in that 2nd stitch in the row.  You will now have two stitches on that row so far.  The ch-1 is the first stitch; the sc in the next stitch is your 2nd stitch.  Starting off in this manner will assure that your rows stay straight.  The same applies for dc rows.  You will ch-3 and skip that very first stitch.

Scarf Pattern:

With MC, make a foundation chain (ch) for however long you wish your scarf to be.  Stitch count does not matter for this pattern.

Row 1:    After achieving your length, ch an extra 3 (will count as 1st dc), then dc into 4th chain from hook.  *DC into next ch.  Repeat from * to last ch.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 1.  (Counts as first sc) *sc into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3.  (Counts as first dc) * dc into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Change to CC.  Turn.

Row 4:  ch 1.  (Counts as first sc) *sc into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Change back to MC.  Turn.

Row 5:  Repeat Row 3.

Row 6:  Repeat Row 4.

Row 7:  Ch 3.  *dc into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn.

Row 8:  Ch 1.  *sc into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Turn.

Row 9:  Repeat Row 3.

Row 10:  Repeat Row 4.

Row 11:  Repeat Row 3.

Row 12:  Repeat Row 4.

Row 13:  Repeat Row 7.

Row 14:  Repeat Row 8.

Row 15:  Repeat row 3.

Row 16:  Ch 1.  (Counts as first sc) * sc into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to last st.  3 sc into last st.  (1st corner of trim made.)

Row 17:  Now we will work on the second side of the scarf’s trim.  Row 16 above started the first row of the trim.  Keeping the same side of the scarf facing you as in row 16, turn the scarf vertically, with the short edge facing up.  * sc into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to last st.  3 sc into last st.  (3rd corner of trim made.)

Row 18:  Keeping the same side of the scarf facing you, turn the scarf horizontally again, with the long side facing up. *sc into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to last st.  3 sc into last st.  (4th corner of trim made.)  Join with sl st into beginning sc of row 16.  Finish off and weave in ends.

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Optional Trim:  Do not finish off at the end of Row 18.  Chain 1.  Crab stitch in each stitch of border all the way around.  Finish off and weave in ends.

If you would like to have the matching reversible beanie pattern for this hat, you can get the free pattern from my blog, or download the .pdf file from my ravelry pattern page.  There is no need to be a member on ravelry to download!  This pattern also includes a matching reversible cowl.  The links for the blog post and .pdf are posted below.  Here is a picture to reference.

Macho Man Versatility:   Reversible hat and cowl set blog post

.pdf download on ravelry

Example of one side of the matching pattern below:

Contrasting Color done with Lion Brand Homespun.

Contrasting Color done with Lion Brand Homespun.

Macho Man Deveristility Reversible Hat and Cowl Set!

Oh goodness, where on earth did I go?  Life got busy for me!  Whooosh!  And didn’t slow down for the holidays, yet I managed to come up with a new pattern while crocheting up some gifts!

All crocheters feel it at this time I suppose…sore, stiff fingers, aching arms, a heavy head from looking down so long, ugh!  But it is worth it, is it not, for the ones you love?

And behold!  Some of the manly gifts I made for the holidays as eye candy, before the pièce de ré·sistance!

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That dashing macho manliness of a model would be my son, posing in all his coveted football player glory! Not sure why, but he refused to model the “girly” stuff.  Oh, well, you want to see my pattern, anyway…I’ll post more Fresh-off-the-hooks later!

I would like to thank my wonderful pattern testers!  Especially since this was my first pattern, they were taking on more than usual, and I am so very grateful to them.  Please check them out on Ravelry.  I will include links to their profiles of awesomeness below.

If you’d like to download and print a .pdf file of this pattern, you can do so on my pattern page at Ravelry. Just click below!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mens-reversible-hat-and-cowl-set

And now if you will be SO kind as to imagine a drum roll, I present to you….my first pattern!!!!

Men’s Reversible Hat and Cowl Set

Contrasting Color done with Lion Brand Homespun.

Contrasting Color done with Lion Brand Homespun.

Dakota's xmas

Closeup of pattern, both sides, using Red Heart Super Saver

01-beginner

Copyright:  All I ask, if you sell your work, is to link your selling page to my blog.  You may NOT sell this pattern or claim it as your own!

My blog link:  https://thecrochetgoddessblog.wordpress.com/

Etsy:  TheCrochetGoddess

Ravelry:  TheCrochetGoddess   Check me out here

Stitches Used:  Double crochet, single crochet, and crab stitch (a.k.a. reverse single crochet).  Crab stitch directions are included in the pattern. Gauge:  3 rounds of hat = 3 ½”
Materials:Hook Size:  I (5.50 MM)Yarn Weight:  Worsted, 10 ply (Brand I used is Red Heart Super Saver) and trim in 1st picture is Lion Brand HomespunTapestry needle to weave in endsScissors Terms:ch:  chainsc:  single crochetdc:  double crochet(RS):  Right side of pattern.(WS): Wrong side of pattern.MC:  Main Color

 


Special Stitch:  Crab Stitch (A.K.A. Reverse Single Crochet) 
  1. 1.        Insert hook from front to back, into the 1st stitch to the right.
  2. 2.       Yarn over (yo) and draw through the stitch.  You will have two loops on your hook, just as you would with a normal sc.
  3. 3.       Yarn over and draw through both loops on your hook.
  4. 4.       Repeat these steps for each stitch in the row.

 

Hat Pattern

Do NOT count your ch 2 as a stitch in this pattern.  I prefer to do a “step up” before the 1st initial stitch in order to fill the gap that is created with many hats with patterns that call for a chain and joining at the top of the chain in each round.

You will land on an increase at the end of each increase round in this hat pattern.

I prefer using a magic ring; this keeps the top of the hat closed without gaps at the top.  However, if you do not like to use magic rings, then chain 3 and join with sl st into 3rd ch from hook.

Round 1:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into ring 10 times.  Join with sl st into 1st dc. (10 st.)

Round 2:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join 2 times, 2 dc in ea. st. around, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (20 st.)

Round 3:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (30 st.)

Round 4: (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, dc into next dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 2 dc’s.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (40 st.)

Round 5:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, dc into ea. of the next 2 dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 3 dc’s.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (50 st.)

Round 6:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, dc into ea. of the next 3 dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 4 dc’s.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (60 st.)

Round 7:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, dc into ea. of the next 4 dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 5 dc’s.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (70 st.) Note:  Increase rounds stop here.  Each following round will have a total of 70 stitches.

Round 8:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, *dc into next dc.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (70 st.)

Round 9: (RS) Repeat round 8.  (70 st.)

Round 10: (RS) Repeat round 8.  (70 st.)  For a larger hat, repeat round 8 for two more rounds.

Round 11:  (RS) Repeat Round 8.  Change to CC at ending sl st to prepare for round 12.  (70 st)

Round 12: (RS) With CC, ch 1.  SC into same st as join, *sc into next dc.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st sc.  Change back to MC.  (70 st.)

Round 13: (WS) TURN WORK.  FLIP HAT WRONG SIDE OUT, You are now working with the WS.  With MC, ch 2.  DC into same st as join, *dc into next sc in BLO.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  Change back to CC.  (70 st.)  flip hat back to normal, turn.

Round 14: (RS) TURN WORK. FLIP HAT RIGHT SIDE OUT, You are now working with the RS again.  With CC, ch 1.  SC into same st as join, *sc into next dc.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st sc.  Change back to MC.  (70 st.)

Round 15: (WS) TURN WORK.   FLIP HAT WRONG SIDE OUT.  With MC, ch 2.  DC into same st as join, *dc into next dc in BLO.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  Change back to CC.  (70 st.)

Round 16:  (RS) FLIP HAT RIGHT SIDE OUT.  DO NOT TURN.  With CC, ch 1.  SC into same st as join, *sc into next dc.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st sc.  Finish off and weave in ends, or follow trim step below for trim option.

Trim:

After joining with sl st at the end of round 16, keep CC and ch 1.  Crab stitch into ea. sc around to end; join with sl st into 1st sc.  Finish off and weave in ends.

Cowl Pattern:

Be sure to make your foundation chain a little looser than normal.  This will make it easier for you to join your CC for the trim along the bottom in Round 14.

With MC:  Ch 80 LOOSELY, join.

Round 1:  (RS) With MC, ch 3.  *DC into next st.  Repeat from * to last st. Join with sl st at top of ch -3 taking care not to twist.

Round 2:  (RS) Change to CC.  Ch 1.  *SC into next st.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st at top of ch-1.

Round 3:  (WS) TURN WORK.  FLIP COWL WRONG SIDE OUT.   You are now working with the wrong side facing. Change to MC, Ch 3.  *DC into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st at top of ch-3.

Round 4: (RS) TURN WORK.  FLIP COWL RIGHT SIDE OUT.  You are now working with the right side facing.  Change to CC, ch 1.  *sc into next st.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st at top of ch -1.

Round 5: (WS) TURN WORK.  FLIP COWL WRONG SIDE OUT.  Change to MC, ch 3.  *DC into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st at top of ch- 3.

Round 6:  (RS) TURN WORK.  FLIP COWL RIGHT SIDE OUT.  Change to MC.  Ch 3.  *DC into next st.  Join with sl st into top of ch-3.

Round 7:  (RS) Ch 3.  *Dc into next st.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st into top of ch-3.

Round 8: (RS) Repeat round 7.  Please note:  for a bit of a shorter cowl, you may eliminate this row.

Round 9:  (RS) Repeat Round 2.

Round 10: (WS) Repeat Round 3.

Round 11: (RS) Repeat Round 4.

Round 12:  (WS) Repeat Round 5.

Round 13:  (RS) CC FLIP COWL RIGHT SIDE OUT AGAIN. DO NOT TURN.  *Sc into next st.  Repeat from * to last st, join into 1st sc.  Fasten off, or if you choose to use the trim, keep CC and ch 1, then crab stitch in each stitch across, join with sl st into ch-1.

Round 14: (RS) Flip cowl upside down and turn. DO NOT TURN INSIDE OUT.  With CC, pull up a loop.  *Sc into next st.  Repeat from * to last st, join into 1st sc at end of round.  You may finish off and weave ends in here, or if you are adding the trim, keep CC and ch 1, then crab stitch in each stitch across, join with sl st into ch-1, fasten off and weave in ends.

Special Thanks To My Pattern Testers!  They gave great input and suggestions, improving this first pattern of mine so much for outside users!  Couldn’t have done it without them:

Livelaughove381 on Ravelry

kamah on Ravelry

kamahskereations facebook page

Donnisha2 on Ravelry