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1  Re: DO NOT POST! Setting Up: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015 in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: November 25, 2014 02:59:48 PM

Team Textbook - 0 pts

The optimist says the glass is half-full.
The pessimist says the glass is half-empty.
The engineer says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be...

*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver/UFO 10 pts Extra*

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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: November 20, 2014 05:38:07 PM
I have fallen so far behind, there are so many amazing projects I haven't individually commented on - I've been slammed with swaps and a horrible cold, but that's no excuse!  I have one project to submit now, there are a few others but I need to figure out some poetry and jokes... Wink

Prompt:  November Battle: Fiction vs Non-Fiction
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Knitted Okapi
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436838.0
Brief Description: The Okapi was once believed to be a cryptid- they thought taxidermists had cobbled together an animal from bits of other animals to try to fool the world... turns out, though, that it's very real!  In the end, the fictional animal was proven to be the stuff of completely real non-fiction!

(Really, as a member of Team Textbook, I had to come down on the side of Non-Fiction!  GO Science!  Wink )

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3  Knitted Okapi in Knitting: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: November 20, 2014 05:32:27 PM

What on earth is an Okapi, you ask?  From Wikipedia: The okapi, also known as the forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The okapi and the giraffe are the only living members of the family Giraffidae.

Now, there are not a ton of Okapi patterns out there, but my partner in the Cryptid Swap really wanted an Okapi (no, it's not a cryptid, but it was considered one for a very long time - they thought taxidermists had cobbled together a make-believe animal from various bits).  So I had to make an Okapi.

There are a few very cartoon-okapi patterns, but I wanted something more realistic.  Enter... the giraffe pattern.  I found this one on Ravelry, but it was a LOT of seams and I hate seams so I tried to work it in the round.  I translated the pattern (the two halves were worked independently, so one had to be flipped) and in theory it should have worked?  But it didn't.  The legs did, but the lower body was weird (I ended up sewing in some tucks and pleats which were still less noticeable than my seams would be) and I did end up needing a seam down the back.

And don't even mention the color changes!  Since I was working in the round, for the rump stripes I didn't want to carry the yarn that much so each time I broke off the brown and attached the white/black, then broke those off and attached more brown.  At least with a stuffed animal all that is hidden very nicely in the back!

I shortened the neck (I should have thickened it, too, but... time and all) and completely winged the ears.  The head I had to pull out and re-do because I forgot the white cheeks, which was a great deal of fun to do...  O.o

This is an in-progess picture:

Overall, though?  I'm really proud of him.  It was a time crunch, and he was HUGE (I did not realize how big he was going to be when I started, but he stood well over a foot tall... this is a reoccurring theme in my projects, I just don't ever seen to grasp what I'm getting myself into.  When there are almost 150 rows in a pattern, it's not small!), and I had to pull out a lot, but it was worth it.  More pictures, just because:

He also, convincingly, served to fulfill a prompt for the Fall Nerd Battles!  If you haven't checked out the Nerd Battles, you should!  This session is almost over, but the Winter Nerd Battles should be starting soon and you totally want to join Team Textbook for all things nerdy and awesome!  Wink
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4  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: November 19, 2014 09:35:56 AM
Willow git to try his paw at pottery this weekend!  Not too shabby fir a first attempt!  It needs to be fired, then we'll glaze, and fire again.

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5  Re: 3D Bug Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: November 17, 2014 07:31:49 PM
I received from rscowtown today! She'd sent me very specific unpacking instructions, and I was nervous... but everything was just fine, and I got it out of the box without breaking anything!

First up, the non-3D bug... a patchwork bee!

Honeycomb embroidery detail and awesome polka-dot fabric back and front (one of my favorite patterns!).

And then! I very carefully unwrapped...

Can you tell what the frame is?

If I'm not mistaken, is that an old-fashioned tennis racket frame-holder-thingee?! How awesome is that repurposing? Cheesy

Thank you so much!  I'm still waffling on where I want to put my dragonfly, it really needs to sit on a windowframe, methinks!  Cheesy
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6  Re: Cryptid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: November 14, 2014 11:15:02 PM
I received from gotgrey! It's late, so I'm sorry if this post doesn't make a ton of sense... It's been a long week, and we're supposed to be in for Snowgnarok (snowmageddon and snowpocolypse have been done to death) tomorrow. We'll see.

Anyway, on to the cryptid goodness!

They were so ready to get out of the box!

Squid took over the (Lego) Tower of London at my friend's house!

(Boring squid picture, but it shows the details better)


Platypus!  While we were playing with/posing the critters for their photos (sadly, it was too dark to get much, then we were distracted by movies), her dog decided she loved the platypus.  So adorable!

Thank you, gotgrey!  I need to get in gear and get your package done, now!
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7  Cryptid Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: November 12, 2014 05:37:40 PM
Show us your cryptids!

(Wolpertinger head by burstofpanties)

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8  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: November 04, 2014 01:33:34 PM
Willow came with us to the auction last night! It was the last one of the season. We didn't buy anything, but my friend scored a giant container of buttons!

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9  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: October 30, 2014 01:32:24 PM
My partner was having technical difficulties and asked me to post pictures of what I sent back, and I was having "brain like a steel sieve" issues and hadn't remembered to until now. Also, I sent a second box because I found some stuff I'd bought that had been misplaced and wanted to send that... (that was half woolly head and half unexpected company chaos!).

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10  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: October 28, 2014 06:50:51 PM
So much going on!  I haven't even begun my Christmas crafting yet, and I'm sooooo behind.  Probably because I keep finding new things I want to make!

Dino and plane play set
Brief Description: As a joke, I texted a picture of this movie to a friend who shares my love of cheesy movies.  He's also a keen airplane enthusiast and pilot, so when he saw it he said he had to get it.  Well, I bought it for his birthday, and the weekend it came I had a brilliant idea - I had to make him a dinosaur and a plane to "play" along with the movie!  Even though I only had 2 days (and other projects to finish!) I just knew I could do it.  Could it have been better?  Sure, but I couldn't let this opportunity pass me by!

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Butter Bracelet and Betty Crocker Buttons
A friend wants to be Betty rocker for Halloween, and asked me to make her some buttons.  That wasn't enough, so I whipped up a (hopefully) funny and cheesy butter bracelet!  I know butter is more Julia Childs, but it's a baking thing, so I think it applies!

Little Visitor Scarves
One of the things I like to send my LVs home with is scarves, and I was late with this one (second box), but I got it done!  I had two LVs, this is the full-sized scarf and there was a mini one as well.  They didn't take too long once I figured out my number of stitches and needle size (for good draping) but I hate dealing with fluffy boucle yarn - everything takes twice as long as it should when you work with it (at least this is knitting, crocheting with it is a nightmare).

Knit Monster!
Brief Description: A friend on FB asked if anyone wanted to do a Halloween exchange, I think she meant cards, but I knitted up this little guy.  He's basically one of the monsters from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters, but I substituted one giant eye instead of the regular face.  My husband said he was creepy looking, but in a good way.  Cheesy

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