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61  Paper Mache Witch Boot Decoration in Halloween Decor and Parties by mieljolie on: September 24, 2008 02:50:45 PM
Wanted to share the paper mache witch boot I made for my partner, cigarettesandvalent ines,
 in the Once You Pop Rd8 - HALLOWEEN Edition Swap at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260651.0.





Here is a close up of the "fiendship" pins:


For a description of how I made it and more pics you can visit my blog at:  http://mieljolie.blogspot.com/2008/09/once-you-pop-halloween-swap-finished.html.

Or, view my partners pics of my items at:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265000.msg3049713#msg3049713


You can view all the great swap items in the gallery here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265000.0

I'd love to hear what anyone thinks.  Enjoy!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
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62  Re: Once You Pop Swap Rd8 - HALLOWEEN GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by mieljolie on: September 23, 2008 08:37:51 PM
Thanks.  I'm glad you like.  I was so worried it wouldn't get there in one piece.  Just call me a paranoid pessimist.

Ok, so I didn't know what to do with the can decorating so I mainly just decorated around it with the paper mache boot.  Does that count?  Hehe  Did you see the "fiendship" pins on the front of the boot?  Those were my sisters idea.  Mom helped with Franky the voodoo pin cushion.  You're supposed to wear it on your upper arm.

cigarettesandvalent ines, your pics are great.  You really zoom right in there.  I just wanted to share pics of the assembled pumpkin necklace.  You can wear it many ways, but this is all together:




Another together:


And, I made a sad attempt at a ruff/collar thingy:


It's supposed to go with the other necklace.  They would tie in back with the ribbons included like so:



I hope the necklaces are a good length for you.  I added extra beads and things, if not.  (The pearly big white faces should glow-in-the-dark slightly.)

Oh!  My daughter wanted to know how you liked her pumpkin drawing for you.  It was riding along loose in the box.
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63  knitted bear hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: August 26, 2008 06:27:29 PM
Here is another hat I made on my DIY Bic pen loom yesterday.  It's a little small, but I was experimenting with decreases.  They are fairly easy to do on this loom (Jeudi is holding what is left of the loom when I finished).  I didn't have to actually remove the pegs.  I could just attach a rubber band to the next peg, but it is less bulky when completely removed.





I will post some more pics on my blog to show how I did this when I have some extra time.

For more pics and info:
http://knitty-witty.blogspot.com/2008/08/bear-hat-on-bic-knitting-loom.html
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64  My 1st human-sized hat - made with a DIY Adjustable Round Loom in Knitting: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: August 14, 2008 06:27:12 PM
I just perfected my adjustable round loom made from BIC stick pens, rubber bands, and beads.  Turned out pretty clever!  I going to add more pegs when I get more pens.  I love it 'cuz I can do round and flat knitting.  And, I can roll it up to stuff in my bag for trips.  Even with a project on it!



For more pics go to:  http://knitty-witty.blogspot.com/2008/08/adjustable-round-knitting-loom.html
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65  doll hat/scarf on DIY round knitting loom in Knitting: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: August 14, 2008 08:15:40 AM
Not sure if this is the place to post loom knitting.  But, I'm just learning.

After trying finger weaving and "knit picking" (see:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261765.0), I wanted to knit round, so I made a diy loom out of my daughters pencils.  We made 2 really quick hat and scarf sets for her dolls on 14 pencils.



I'm currently looking at making a bigger adjustable round loom out of BIC pens.  I also thought about tying combs together to make a round loom.  I will share the results if I am successful.
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66  Re: pick knitting...knit picking?! in Weaving: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: August 14, 2008 08:00:17 AM
Has anyone else tried this, yet?  I've been experimenting with different techniques on my comb.  I really like the "e wrap".

e-wrap - this is really nice for thicker yarn with less stretch.  It's much looser.


alternating knit/purl rows - gives a wavey effect and is flatter than just knit only.


rib - alternating knit/purl stitches on each row is also flatter.  I tried "seed" as well which looks alot like just knit stitch.
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67  pick knitting...knit picking?! in Weaving: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: August 06, 2008 05:41:35 PM
Has anyone ever tried this before?  If you have I'd love to hear about it.  If not, maybe I'm just the only cheap weirdo who refuses to buy a knifty knitter.  Hehe. 

Yesterday, I was just curious if it would be possible to knit on a pick or comb.  So, I tried it.  It actually works really well for a small project!  Here are my very first attempts:

First, I tried a pick using all the teeth.  I kept weaving it too tight and couldn't get the yarn over the other.


Then, I tried a big fat comb.  Much better results.  I weaved in and out of every two teeth.  Much looser and easier to knit with.


Please post images if you give this a try.  I'd love to see them.

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This knitting is just like finger weaving or loom knitting.  There are many tuts for similar knitting online with pictures.

If you want to try what I did:

1.  You tie a slip knot over the first 2 teeth of the comb.
2.  Weave yarn in and out between every other tooth. (Be sure to keep it loose!)
    T T Y T T Y T T Y T T        T=tooth  Y=yarn
3.  Weave back the other way through the same gaps as before.
4.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 once more through same gaps.
5.  Get a toothpick or something and grab each lower loop and pull it up over the top one all the way across.
6.  Repeat steps 4-5 over and over til it's long enough.
7.  Cut the end of the yarn at least as long as the comb and thread through the last loops and tie off to secure.

Hope this helps.  If you need more guidance, let me know.  Good luck!

Here's an attempt at some pics.  Kinda hard to see, though.



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NOTE:  After much experimenting, I must say what is called "e-wrapping" (twisted knit stitch) is much easier to do for a beginner at knitting looms.  You wrap the yarn around each tooth instead of wrapping inbetween.  With e-wrap you won't experience the tension problem you do with the regular knit stitch.
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68  1st finger knitting (weaving) projects using all ten fingers!! - scarves in Weaving: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: August 06, 2008 05:32:58 PM
Yesterday, my daughter and I saw a link on http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=2524.0 by gypsylakat about finger weaving (actual tut is at http://www.wikihow.com/Finger-Weave), which I think should be called finger knitting.  We gave it a try on one hand, but thought the results were too narrow.  So, I tried all ten fingers!  Very easy and quick to make.  Here are a couple I just made last night:

plain white


red and gold - (I used 2 colors, one on each hand, at the same time and switched after several passes.)


Any questions on how we did it, just ask.  I'd love to hear what you think.

Here are some pics of my hands.  Forgive the quality.  My 5 year old had to take them.



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69  Can Tab Shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: July 11, 2008 08:32:07 PM
How about some shoes made out of can tabs?  That's right.  They are made from soda and beer can pull tabs.   Grin







Probably not the most practical thing.  Once lined, though, it is rather comfortable.  It took almost 300 tabs per shoe, and took 2 days to make the pair.  I hadn't added the lining or finished off the loose ends in the pic.  I'm looking for some jewels to hang in the ring in the fruit can tab at the tip of the toes.  The pic shows a couple bells in it.

More about these silly shoes, including a pattern, can be seen here:

http://tabistry.blogspot.com/2008/07/mom-needs-new-pair-of-shoes.html
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70  Re: Soda Can Tab Bodices and other crazy stuff in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mieljolie on: July 10, 2008 05:20:59 PM
I love your work, especially the bodice
 and the Pirate/Cavalier Hat, and that cute little crown.

any tips on how to do the crown?





The crown was made with 2 gold shoelaces, the square-style tabs (because they taper), several larger fruit/soup can tabs, a found clasp, and some rimmed jewels from the hobby store.

As tips go, not sure what you want to know.  I will just explain what I did, and, you can ask questions.

I weaved the square tabs back to back on the bottom holes (it takes twice the number of tabs that you see in the front).  And, repeated the same weave on the top holes adding in an row of square tabs and the soup/fruit ones into the back side of top holes.



The rimmed jewels I found have 2 spikey prongs on the back spaced exactly 1/2" which aligns perfectly with two tiny indentions on either side of the round hole on the square tabs.  I used an old steak knife and a rubber mallet to puncture the indentions and push the jewel prongs in the holes I made.  Then, I bent the prongs toward the center and pushed them into the hole on the tab so they dont catch on anything.  NOTE:  You must add the jewels to the tabs before weaving onto the crown.

I glued the ends of the shoelaces down to itself in the back with fabric glue.

For the clasp, which isn't necessary, I used one of those links from a metal western belt which is a bent flat piece of metal shaped like a number 3.  I closed one end around the last tab of one side of the crown and left the other slightly open like a hook.
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