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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / zombies! on: October 23, 2005 07:37:33 AM
I made these for the zombie swap, and have held off posting pics because my partner has not yet received them.  But she's gone on vacation, and gave me her blessing to post pictures while she was away, so here goes:







you can see more pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/electricbiscuit/tags/dawnofthedead/

and read my blog entry about why this was such a labour of love, here: http://electricbiscuitonline.blogspot.com/2005/10/dawn-of-knitted-dead.html
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Zombie Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED MAIL BY 09/16). on: August 03, 2005 06:56:23 PM
Swap name: Zombie Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: spyderbaby
Sign-up date range:  4th - 11th August
Date to send item by:  6th September

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yep - I am one!

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  18+ unless you can assure me your parents won't mind you watching R rated films

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:

Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Return of the Living Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Resident Evil, Shaun of the Dead, Army of Darkness, The Fog, Prince of Darkness...umm, some other ones that I can't remember...
For this swap, everyone will choose their favourite zombie movie.  You should make sure you WATCH the movie your partner has chosen, even if you have seen it before!  Then make and send them ONE main item (this can relate specifically to the movie, or follow a general zombie 'theme' depending on what you and your partner want) - you can also include a couple of other small items if you want (but all hand made please!) Feel free to contact your partner and quiz them on their like/dislikes.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap 
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
What is your favourite Zombie Movie?
Why?
Would you prefer your partner to focus on your chosen movie, or follow a general zombie 'theme'?
Would you prefer to craft something specific to your partner's movie, or follow a general zombie 'theme'?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

SIGNED UP SO FAR:


spyderbaby
teamwang
Rusty
GhostAcademy
AndreaLH
Effylicious
mattbot
tantrum
Mtyaphrdti

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / mr dangly - knitted monkey (with pattern) on: June 26, 2005 04:30:57 PM

Mr Dangly was created as a birthday present for a friend of mine, so I had to give him away as soon as I finished him  Cry.  I'm tempted to make another one.  I miss him!

Here is the pattern.  If you make one PLEASE post a picture!  I would love to see more Mr Danglys!

You Will Need:

50g King Cole Merino Wool Blend DK in MINK ( 142 )
50g King Cole Merino Wool Blend DK in FAWN ( 8 )
[NOTE:  Any ol' DK (sport) yarn will do!]
3.25mm straight needles
Tapestry needle
Polyester fibre stuffing
Two brown buttons for eyes
Crochet hook (for hair)

BODY
Cast on 9 stitches in MINK.  Working in stocking stitch:
[K2, inc by knitting twice into next st] to end - 12 st.
Work 1 row.
[K3, inc in next st] to end - 15 st.
Work 3 rows.
[K4, inc in next st] to end - 18 st.
Work 3 rows.
[K5, inc in next st] to end - 21 st.
Work 3 rows.
[K6, inc in next st] to end - 24 st.
Work 3 rows.
[K7, inc in next st] to end - 27 st.
Work 5 rows.
[K8, inc in next st] to end - 30 st.
Work 5 rows.
[K9, inc in next st] to end - 33 st.
Work 5 rows.
[K10, inc in next st] to end - 36 st.
Work 8 rows, ending k row.
[P3, P2tog] repeat three times, P6, [P2tog, P3] repeat three times - 30 st.
Work 1 row.
[P3, P2tog] repeat three times, P3, [P2tog, P3] repeat three times - 24 st.
Work 1 row.
[P2, P2tog] repeat twice, P4, [P2tog, P2] repeat twice - 20 st.
Work 1 row.
[P2, P2tog] repeat twice, P3, [P2tog, P2] repeat twice - 16 st.
Work 1 row.
[P1, P2tog] repeat twice, P4, [P2tog, P1] repeat twice - 12 st.
Work 1 row.
[P1, P2tog] repeat four times - 8 st.
Work 1 row.
P1, P2tog, P2, P2tog, P1 - 6 st.
Work 1 row.
P2tog to end - 3 st.
Cut yarn, leaving  enough for seaming, run thread through remaining stitches.
Seam up sides, leaving hole for stuffing.
Stuff, seam up opening.

HEAD
Cast on 5 stitches in FAWN.  Working in stocking stitch:
Starting K row, work 1 row.
Work 2 rows , increasing 1 st at each end - 9 st.
Work 3 rows.
Inc 1 st at end of every row until there are 16 st (ending K).
Cut yarn, transfer  to stitch holder.
Repeat for 2nd side of face but do not cut yarn, leave stitches on needle.
Next row - P to end, then P stitches from holder onto same needle - 32 st.
Changing to MINK, work 15 rows ending K row.
[P3, P2tog] repeat to end - 26 st.
Work 1 row.
P1 [P2, P2tog] repeat to last st, P1 - 20 st.
Work 1 row.
[P1, P2tog] repeat to last st, P1 - 14 st.
Work 1 row.
P2tog to end - 7 st.
Cut yarn, run thread through remaining stitches.
Seam up sides, leaving a hole for stuffing.
Stuff , seam up opening.
Attach to body (refer to pictures).

ARMS  - make 2
Cast on 12 st in MINK.
Working in stocking stitch and beginning K row, work 24 rows ending P row.
Next row: Inc 1 at each end - 14 st.
Work 5 rows ending P row.
Next row; inc 1 in every st - 28 st.
Change to FAWN.
Work 3 rows.
K2tog to end - 14 st.
Work 1 row.
K2tog to end - 7 st.
Work 1 row.
K2tog, K2tog, K1 - 4 st.
Cut yarn, run thread through remaining stitches.
Seam up sides, leaving top end open.
Stuff.  Attach to body (refer to pictures as a guide).

LEGS - make 2
Cast on 12 st in MINK.
Working in stocking stitch and beginning K row, work 20 rows ending P row.
Next row: Inc in every st - 24 st.
Change to FAWN.
Work 3 rows.
K2tog, repeat to end - 12 st.
Work 1 row.
K2tog, repeat to end - 6 st.
Work 1 row.
K2tog, repeat to end - 3 st.
Work 1 row.
Cut yarn, run thread through remaining stitches.#
Seam up sides leaving top end open.  
Stuff.  Attach to body (refer to pictures).

TAIL
Cast on 35 st in MINK.
Working in stocking stitch:
Work 10 rows.
Cast off.
Seam up cast off and cast on edges.
Sew up one end of tail.  Do not stuff.
Attach to body - see pictures for guide

EARS make 2 MINK & 2 FAWN
Cast on 10 st.
Working in stocking stitch:
Work 3 rows.
Dec 1 at end of every row until there are 8 st.
Dec 1 at each end of every row until there are 4 st.
Stitch together in pairs of MINK & FAWN - MINK stocking stitch outwards, FAWN reverse stocking stitch outwards.
Attach to sides of head - refer to picture as a guide.

FINISHING
Sew on buttons for eyes.
To make hair tufts, cut  4 x 10cm strands of MINK yarn.
Holding lengths all together, fold in half to make a loop.
Push crochet hook through a stitch midway between the ears at top of head.
Hook through loop and pull strands through stitch halfway.
Take the ends of the strands and pull them through the loop.  Pull tightly to secure tuft.
Repeat with 2 more tufts either side, and one in front.  Trim hair to desired length.

Phew!  Enjoy!



4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitting with wire and beads on: May 19, 2005 05:03:35 AM
I finished this bracelet recently as a present for my Mum.  I got the idea from xtreme jen on her site here:  http://www.xtreme-knitting.com/WireCuff.htm.

http://photos9.flickr.com/11548039_1d7d128215.jpg

http://photos11.flickr.com/11548040_baa1c89f56_m.jpg


I knit it in garter stitch, with beads on every other row.  My stitches came out pretty wonky!  Knitting with wire is HARD on the fingers, but it's worth it for the end result.  My Mum loved it!  Thanks Jen!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / tin can strawberry planter on: April 26, 2005 09:06:26 AM

Tutorial here: http://electricbiscuitonline.blogspot.com/2005/04/make-tin-can-strawberry-planter-doggo.html
I am a terrific hoarder of empty cans and plastic containers, and finally I have something to show for my madness! 
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / turnspit - saggy old hellhound on: March 19, 2005 05:01:08 PM
Here is turnspit, a knitted dog from Joy Gammon's book Knitted Cats & Dogs.  I didn't really know what kind of dog he would turn out to be (I followed the 'mongrel' pattern!), and now he's finished I'm still not sure.  He's like, half Airedale Terrier half wolf or something...
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