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11  Re: MLP: Friendship is Magic Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kksimone on: October 27, 2011 10:51:09 AM
I received my package from cloudsnapper today and am alternating between feelings of giddiness and inadequacy.

My survey was basically "RARITY RARITY RARITY", so naturally I found my very own Rarity when I opened it up.  And then I saw this: 



My thoughts on pulling this bag out of the box were, "OMG!! Holy crap!!...my package sucks!"  Cheesy  Undecided This bag is huge, lined with blue, and I'm afraid to actually take it out of the house for fear it'll stop being gleaming white.



There's also bookmarks and a coloring book.  Sometimes I tutor elementary school kids, so I always need things like coloring books to photocopy and reward stickers.  Of course, all of my elementary kids right now are boys, but I can just give them the pages with Spike and turn them into stealth bronies.

Cloudsnapper even sent something for my cat:



And I finally have a bag that you won't be able to tell if the cat sleeps on it!  yay!  Just kidding, I'm not sure Zoot is even allowed to look at my Rarity bag. 


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12  Soldier of Love and Beauty, Sailor Venus! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kksimone on: September 17, 2011 01:46:39 PM
This is a belated birthday present for my friend (I assumed she'd rather have a decent, late version than whatever I might've thrown together in between party set up).



Venus is mostly Sugar 'n Cream yarn's free Lily doll pattern(http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php?PID=5023).  I think the biggest change is the glove cuffs (and the fact that I cannot figure out the body pattern).  I made a mermaid doll for my sister's MIL's birthday, which gave me the idea of stitching rows of BLO to make the pleated skirt.  I like that it looks pleated, but I wish it flared a bit more. 

For the shoes, I made the feet and legs as written for the linked pattern, then made a chain that fit around the doll's ankles (I could probably cobble together a written pattern, but there'd be a lot of "eye it").
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13  Gotta catch 'em all (Pic and Vaporeon heavy) in Needlework: Completed Projects by kksimone on: July 09, 2011 07:00:41 PM
Man oh man, have I been slacking on posting here.  Probably because I've been so busy stitching Pokemon.



I don't remember what game Cubone was from.  This was a custom piece from a charity auction; my winning bidder sent me the sprite.  Figuring out Cubone brown was incredibly challenging, and I'm still not entirely sure I really got it.  The caption is from Cubone's Pokedex entry in Pokemon Yellow.  I thought all black letters would be too harsh, and then just sort of decided to put "deceased" in black.



Shiny Vaporeon (the purple one) is now finished, ironed, and in a hoop that probably needs to be finished.  I did the regular Vaporeon using a sprite from Diamond/Pearl.  Shiny is from Black/White.  Which I don't even own, but, hey, more potential Pokemon patterns.  I've had bad experiences with pattern making software, so I use graph paper and cheap colored pencils.

I have too much craft stuff (especially yarn), so I've been trying to use things like leftover Bright Ideas Aida.  The only solution: Pokemon.



This Vaporeon (the greatest eeveelution, btw) is from Pokemon Gold.  I stitched most of this on the way from Chapel Hill to Garden City/Myrtle Beach, SC.  I added a single pixel to the mouth so Vaporeon would be happy.

And tonight's "using up Bright Ideas Lemon" project: Pikachus (Pikachux?  Pikachae?)



I'm almost sorry to finally be rid of my leftover screaming yellow fabric.  Well, I still need to think of some more blue Pokemon.  Maybe I need to make a Marill to go with Pikachu.
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14  Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kksimone on: May 26, 2011 02:33:17 PM
I've got a belt test in karate tonight, so obviously I spent the afternoon crocheting a good luck charm instead of actually reviewing my material.



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15  Presents for my sister and brother-in-law in Needlework: Completed Projects by kksimone on: December 25, 2010 12:11:16 PM
I was short on time this holiday season (grad school sucks, kids), so I decided this was the year to give people nerdy soap and themed bathroom stuff.  Also, I like the idea of a present that says both, "I couldn't think of what to get you" and "Your personal hygiene is not up to my standards."





The brother-in-law likes Legend of Zelda, and hopefully combining Game Cube era characters with NES sprites.



The sister likes pink and princesses.  Normally I just buy her whatever Sleeping Beauty stuff is in the Target dollar bin, but Target really failed me this year.  Or everyone else bought all the Sleeping Beauty things while I was locked in my house, trying to think of something intelligent to say on Troilus and Criseyde.



Both of the soaps are from GEEKSOAP (http://www.geeksoap.net/), who was nice enough to include a little Game Boy cartridge soap in the package (Which has been wrapped with a perler bead Game Boy magnet to give to my cousin's son).



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16  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 2 Gallery! (SendOut 11/15/10) in The Swap Gallery by kksimone on: November 18, 2010 07:42:16 PM
Received my hoop from fishrubbergreen yesterday!



My two favorite characters from my favorite video game franchise!   Cheesy

I can't seem to get a good picture of the back



(And I obviously need to get a wall going...)
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17  Golden Age Catwoman in Halloween Costumes by kksimone on: November 01, 2010 01:41:33 PM
You should probably know that this is my second Catwoman costume of the year (my friend had a 80's/90's cartoon themed birthday party back in August, and she was completely right that I had no choice but to go as Batman:TAS Catwoman.





And here's a picture of me with appropriate make-up and not exhausted because I'd been up until 2 finishing my Catwoman mask.
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18  Re: Glee Swap Gallery Send out by 7/12/10 in The Swap Gallery by kksimone on: September 24, 2010 09:40:18 AM
Sorry it took me so long to post, MissCrafty29--it's been a failure monkey sort of week.  But I do have a picture with the suckers!

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19  Re: Glee Swap Gallery Send out by 7/12/10 in The Swap Gallery by kksimone on: July 19, 2010 05:55:30 PM
I got my package from imbettinonalice today!



A Sue tray that I'll probably be too afraid to actually use for serving anything.  And do any of my friends actually deserve to have anything brought to them on the face of Sue Sylvester?  No.

And a set of four coasters (that I had trouble taking good pictures of):









Despite what some of these pictures claim, the frames are actually white, with red sides:



And the backs are black so they've got the school colors:



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20  3 Creepy Cute Amigurumis in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kksimone on: June 18, 2010 07:47:00 PM
Creepy Cute was one of the first crochet pattern books I bought.  I really like the designs, but some of the pattern pieces have been...difficult.

One of the main reasons I bought Creepy Cute was because my father went to Duke and my sister graduated from Duke Law this spring.



This is my sister's graduation devil with the crocheted collar, but before I made a cape or a goatee out of felt.  The eyes are just plastic safety eyes instead of the clay ones the book tells you how to make.  I attempted to figure out the pattern for the tail, failed, and then just made something up I can't remember.

I'm pretty sure the head is borrowed from Amigurumi World, but with slight alterations for the horns.  Well, it might be a slight hybrid.



The goatee is what makes him evil.



Here's my bootleg version with an officially licensed Duke Devil.  You'd think I wouldn't be so blatantly violating trademarks for a law school graduation present, but the Duke Blue Devil is a man dressed up as a devil, while K.K.'s Blue Demon is an actual devil who happens to be an unusual color (The thing about the Duke mascot is actually true.  It enrages me.)

I don't have any progress pics of my father's (belated) birthday devil:



I think I may have actually gotten the tail right this time or have at least come up with a better interpretation of "sl st in front two loops of dc".  (It's one of those directions where I understand all the components, but have absolutely no idea how it's supposed to work in real life.)

I didn't bother with the crocheted collar this time because I'm lazy and the present was already late (yeah, he still hasn't opened them.  I think we're probably waiting until Father's Day...and I still haven't finished that present).

On Monday I found out that my karate instructor's birthday is this weekend, and since I had a belt test...



The pattern says an E hook and worsted weight yarn.  I used a G hook, and my severed ninja head was still pretty small.  

My ninja is incredibly pale due to Ben Franklin's felt selection.  For the eyes I cut two small slits in the felt to get the safety eyes in the felt, then put the safety eyes into the head (I did this around either the 10th or 11th row).  Once the head was finished and stuffed, I used hot glue to keep the skin around the eyes from sticking up.

I don't think you can really see it in any of the pictures, but the yarn sparkles.  I used white so I could give the ninja a black karate belt.



The belt is enough chain stitches to go around the body of the figure and be tied.  I (briefly) considered making it long enough to be tied like a karate belt, but then I remembered that 1)I'm lazy, and 2)I still don't know the correct way to tie a karate belt.  



The belt is secured with a bit of hot glue under the knot, and in the back (where I think it shows, but technically you shouldn't be able to sneak up on a ninja).

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