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51  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with cute japanese crocheted thingies on: May 13, 2005 03:28:12 PM
Your welcome and thanks!  Mine looked kinda deformed.  I had to tug on his 'tentacles' to make him look a bit better. 
52  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: granny squares on: May 13, 2005 03:24:56 PM
I used this pattern on JPC to learn to make them.

i've never tried granny squares...all those ends scare me

You can make granny squares in one color to start out with, then move on to using two or more colors.  The ends can be weaved in pretty easily--just use a yarn needle and pull them into a stitch of the same color. 
53  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with cute japanese crocheted thingies on: May 10, 2005 09:40:29 PM
From what I can tell, most of the little crocheted creatures and foods are made of single crochet and/or double crochet.  I think they were free-form.  The bags look like they are all double crochet with some eyelet rounds thrown in. 

I made one of the little octopus ornament/finger puppet things, to help you out.  It was relatively simple, using basic stitches. I took me about five-seven minutes tops to design and make it. 

I don't know if you know how to follow a crochet pattern, so I'm going to put the abbreviations I used right here: 
ch=chain
sl st=slip stitch
rnd=round
dc=double crochet
beg=beginning

My version of the octo-puppet

Using small amount of worsted weight yarn and a size G (4.0 mm) hook:  Rnd 1:  Ch 4.  7 dc in 1st ch. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 4. 
Rnd 2:  Ch 3, 1 dc in every dc around.  Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3. 
Rnd 3:  *Ch 6, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in every ch down to the 1st ch.  Sc in next dc.*  Rep 7 times.  (Note:  You want to ch 6 in the scs.)  Join with slip st in beg of 1st ch 6. 
Now you can embroider on little eyes and a mouth, and thread a loop through the head. 
All done!  Wink

If you need any help at all, just ask!  I'm pretty new to crochet, myself, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty darn easy.   

I can probably wing the patterns for the rest of these, but I won't have time until later this morning or after school. 
54  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Darkening hair? on: April 20, 2005 02:11:43 PM
I have a book on crafty beauty aids that has a recipe for a color-enhancing rinse. 

For the dark hair rinse, you need: 

2 cups water
2 orange pekoe or black tea bags
1 tablespoon fresh or dried sage, rosemary, parsley, or catnip
1 tablespoon beet juice (optional)

You boil the water, remove it from the heat source, add the herbs and tea bags.  Steep it for about 15 minutes.  Remove the tea bags and strain out the herbs.  Allow the rinse to get about room temperature and then you can add the beet juice, if you are using it.  The book recommends that you use the treatment after you condition your hair.  You leave it on for a few minutes and rinse it out.  It will stain fabrics, also. 

I remember making the light hair rinse when I first got the book, but I can't remember if I ever used it.  It's probably best to keep this in the fridge if you plan on using it over a period of time, instead of all at once, since it's made from tea and herbs. 

As for the indigo, Henna for Hair has a page on using indigo as a hair dye.

Good luck!
55  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying hair with kool-aid on: April 17, 2005 06:55:20 PM
I just streaked my hair last night with Strawberry Kool-Aid. 

Basically, I mixed a whole package of Kool-Aid with about a tablespoon (give or take) of some Suave 2 Minute Recovery Deep Conditioner and a teaspoon of vinegar (which is supposed to make it stay better).  I left it on overnight and rinsed it this morning, and it didn't wash out. 

Also, staying power of the Kool-Aid depends on what color your hair is and what type it is. 

I found some particularly good links to help me out: 

http://www.grassmoon.com/gratefuldyed/<-- Lots of info here on the dyeing process and how long it will stay.
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/food/kool-aid-faq/<--  Scroll down about 1/4-1/3 of the page and you'll find three different methods on how to dye you hair.
56  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing hair with kool aid w/o conditioner on: April 17, 2005 06:54:08 PM
I just streaked my hair last night with Strawberry Kool-Aid. 

Basically, I mixed a whole package of Kool-Aid with about a tablespoon (give or take) of some Suave 2 Minute Recovery Deep Conditioner and a teaspoon of vinegar (which is supposed to make it stay better).  I left it on overnight and rinsed it this morning, and it didn't wash out. 

Also, staying power of the Kool-Aid depends on what color your hair is and what type it is. 

I found some particularly good links to help me out: 

http://www.grassmoon.com/gratefuldyed/<-- Lots of info here on the dyeing process and how long it will stay.
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/food/kool-aid-faq/<--  Scroll down about 1/4-1/3 of the page and you'll find three different methods on how to dye you hair.
57  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / The Instagoth Kit on: December 11, 2004 10:38:36 PM
Woo-hoo!  *does first post dance*  Ahem... moving onwards... 

Last year, I gave my two bestestestest friends Instagoth Kits for Christmas.  I was kind of making fun of myself with the kits, because there were people calling me goth at school, and I thought they were cute.  ^^

So, I bought some black nail polish, some black rubber bracelets, some black eyeliner, and a bunch of their favorite candy (because every good goth needs candy to feed their dark thoughts!).  I put all of that into some nifty plastic boxes I'd bought at the local Dollar Tree, along with some shredded postal paper.  Then, I taped a little folded piece of paper to the top of each box that told them they'd received an Instagoth Kit and gave them directions for using the contents.  I put each box into a white gift bag (also from the Dollar Tree) that had window frames on it.  I originally was going to put some weird "goth" pictures in the frames, but didn't have time, so I left them empty. 

They both loved the kits (and candy), and both of them showed up at school wearing black nail polish the next day! 

Edit:  I just realized that this is like the '_____ in a box' thread.  I feel so stupid for making a new topic, now! 
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