Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Cuddliest Viking

This is about the unrelenting brutality of harvesting carrots..*

Actually, if you haven't heard, today's the day that the Pintester Movement reveals all the awesome crafts that people have been working on since Sonja revealed the challenge a week and a half ago.  See everyone's efforts over at the Pintester!

I'm afraid that there is no source tutorial for this as it first turned up on Reddit and has been floating around Pinterest since then.  As it is, I managed to wing it myself as well.

I've been wanting to make this for forever, but I've always held off because (a) I probably don't need a viking hat with a beard (b) knotting all those individual strands of hair is a royal pain in the ass (c) if people make requests for these, they never pay enough, and finally, (d) I've never really found a good yarn to use for the beard that won't scratch your face.  Well, regarding (d), let's say I've never found a good cheap yarn to use.

I used some Red Heart Super Saver for the hat portion, but more importantly, I used Red Heart With Love for the beard.  It's one of their newer products, some kind of premium acrylic that comes out really soft.

Apologies for the horrible picture, it's apparently very difficult for me to take a self-timer picture.

I tried to make my most fearsome barbarian face, did it work?  Hey, at least it's better than the weird pirate face I made in every single other picture, haha.

I kind of wish I had a cool morningstar or sword or something to wield in this picture.  Oh and please ignore my silly out-of-character animal print t-shirt.  I didn't have anything appropriately Viking to wear.

So that's it.  That's my thick and luscious beards that two dwarves would be proud of.  Now, should I just wear it in public randomly and freak people out?

*Also, an appropriately timed Viking reference in Questionable Content.

Anyone else want to join in on the crafting fun? It's awfully satisfying to finish a project that you've been wanting to make!  Post a comment if you finish a craft, I'd love to see!


  1. HAhahaha that's awesome! I love it. :)

  2. You have to have some kind of yarn skills to wing that hat! Excellent!

  3. Oh good golly - how did I miss this? I swear I had checked your blog before my last update on mine and didn't see anything but it turns out I missed quite a bit. My bad. But this is fantastic and I love your Viking face! Very fierce! Totally understand about the yarn costs and all the material and time that goes into these things that aren't really valued by people enough. Very cool work you've done though and it should definitely be a staple in your wardrobe! :)