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PAX East

For the past few years I’ve been attending PAX East. It’s getting harder and harder to get passes but a friend of mine had a great plan to alert him and then us once passes went on sale. The plan worked and we were able to get three day passes.

I usually use a free lanyard but this year I decided to make my own.

Chainmail lanyard with d10s

Rings are 14ga 5/16″ ID anodized aluminum from The Ring Lord. I didn’t have the correct pliers so the rings got a little scratched, but I don’t think anyone but me noticed.

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Pattern is the byzantine weave. From what I understand it’s not actually byzantine in origin, but it’s a good beginner pattern and looks pretty for jewelry. The only issue was it was about 10 degrees out so when I was outside the lanyard was a bit unpleasant. And I managed to get it stuck in my hair once.

PAX (as expected) was crowed.

PAX East main floor crowd

This year was a smidge better as Riot wasn’t there. They had a huge booth near one of the main escalators last year and always had a massive crowd around them. It made entering and exiting the main floor really stressful. I got hit in the head by some stupid bracelet they were throwing to the crowd. I imagine the Riot booth created a lot of head aches for the show organizers.

This year I didn’t see any video games I was too excited about but I saw some a neat looking board games. In the Indie Megabooth there was Mech Deck – it’s a card game that uses a mech building. It reminded me a little of the game Cootie. It’s a game I had as a kid. There was a bug you had to assemble with some sort of dice rolling mechanic. The X Files board game looked fun too, but I don’t think I would be able to find enough people to play it with.


I made some chainmaille!

2013-09-21 10.02.51Projects are two bracelets and a key chain. Bracelets are european 4 in 1 made from stainless steel and rubber. Keychain is 4 in 1 box chain in only stainless steel.

I have several almost completed knitting projects – a shawl, a hat, a scarf, and a pair of socks. I hope to finish them up next week.


Battle Ready Knit Wear

I went to PAX East a couple weeks ago and saw someone wearing scale mail fingerless gloves that looked knitted. I figured it wouldn’t be that hard to recreate and I had some scales in my craft stash so I knitted a swatch.

Scale Mail Swatch

It was super easy. It was easier to add scales to knitting than it was to add beads. I am going to swatch a little bit more and do some math and figure out how many scales to use.