Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children. – Bill Cosby
There is so much joy when a father can share his hobbies with his children. My twin daughters, Emily and Rachel, enjoy gaming and have really started getting the gamer bug as they have gotten older (almost 16 now). They have begun purchasing their own games, gaming supplies, game-inspired jewelry and clothes, and asking for greater and greater challenges in their gaming. My daughter Emily is our artist and crafter. As her interest in gaming has grown, she has been inspired to work on two crafts that she has used as gifts and art projects. I am so impressed with her work and am proud to be able to share it with you as a Side Project post (with her permission).
My daughter enjoys sculpting, especially with polymer clay, so when she saw this tutorial on clay dragons, she decided to make some of her own both as dice holders and just as fun artwork. These are some of her earlier creations. Her more recent ones are even more intricate, and she has expanded into other animals. She is planning to take courses in 3D art and ceramics to expand upon her interest in sculpting.
Emily’s other crafting passion recently has been crocheting, so I asked if she could make dice bags. After a little research online plus some trial and error, she developed her own pattern. She has made various sizes since then as alterations of the original pattern. I especially love my Tom Baker Scarf-inspired bag which coordinates with my full length scarf. The scarf is a treasured gift from my mother-in-law, and my daughter Emily utilized the leftover yarn for the dice bag as a gift to me. Two amazing gifts. She has made dice bags for her sister and as gifts to some of my gaming friends. If you would like to crochet your own dice bags, she has shared her basic pattern at the end of this post. She and I are currently mulling around ideas for crocheted sleeves to transport board games when we travel.
Emily and Rachel have shown interest in my foam core work for game inserts and have begun asking about possible dice towers or other gaming-related craft builds. I can see some future side projects on the horizon.
What gaming related side projects are you working on? Have your children gotten the gamer bug? Do they do any crafting related to gaming?
Dice Bag Crochet Pattern (By Emily Knight)
Sc- single crochet
Hdc- half-double crochet
Sl st- slip stitch
Worsted weight yarn
Any weight of yarn and a hook a size or two smaller than recommended
Worked in continuous rounds (If you don’t know how or if you are making stripes just join at the end of each round with a slip stitch)
Round 1. Work 5 sc in a magic circle (5 sc) Do not turn or join! Place stitch marker in first st
Round 2. Sc inc in every st (10 sc) Remove stitch marker from last round and place it in the first st of this round
Round 3. (sc in next st, sc inc) Repeat around to st marker. Place st marker in first st of this round.
Round 4. (sc in next 2 st, sc inc) Repeat around to st marker. Place st marker in first st of the round.
Continue this pattern until your circle is slightly smaller than the desired diameter of the bag. Then, remove st marker and work in a continuous spiral until the bag is the desired height not including the eyelets for the drawstring. Then, sl st in the sc in front of your current st to join the round. You are now working in joined rounds.
Round 1. (Hdc in first st, ch1, sk next st) around. If you have an odd number of st, just place the last hdc in the st beside the first. Join with a sl st.
Round 2. Sc in every hdc and ch around. Join with a sl st. Finish off.
For drawstrings, use whatever you want. I normally braid one or two strands of the color yarn I used with one or two strands of a coordinating color, but ribbon or something would work just as well. Just make sure to have two. The strings just need to be long enough to wrap around the top of your bag twice. To thread the drawstrings, use your fingers to weave the first one behind a hdc, then in front of the next one, and so on, leaving a tail where you started to knot with, until you get back to where you started. Hopefully you have one hdc in between your two ends. If not, just skip the two hdcs between the ends. Repeat starting on the opposite side of the bag with the other drawstring, going under where you went over and over where you went under. If you were forced to skip two hdcs for the first side, go over the two with your second strand.
- Work in joined rounds of hdc instead of sc
- Add a stitch pattern such as periodic extended single crochet instead of just sc all around
- Use fans as the last row for the drawstring as opposed to sc
- Join the rounds and change colors for stripes
- Use fun striped yarns
… And anything else you can come up with