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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Eternity scarf on: November 06, 2010 06:36:18 PM
Quick stashbusting project.  Took me about a week to finish it.  Nice, mindless, TV knitting.  Cheesy

Knit from two skeins of Classic Elite '03 Tweed.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Renegade beanie on: November 02, 2010 05:18:58 PM
This is a double knit, reversible beanie knit from Knitpicks Essential (from stash, yay!)  The logo is the "renegade" logo from Mass Effect.  I started knitting this beanie for my boyfriend sometime in February (after the release of Mass Effect 2) and finished it in April...only to find that it was an inch too short for his head. Sad  It sat unworn for a few months before I frogged and reknit the crown about 2 weeks ago.  Finished blocking on Halloween.  Now he has a new winter hat. Smiley

He's normally camera-shy but was sweet enough to model for me.

At first he was like...

But then he lol'd. Tongue
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy Cropped Cardi on: October 21, 2010 02:10:48 PM
I finally FINALLY finished my first seamed sweater!  I started this in July. I had the back, fronts, and one sleeve knitted up for the longest time but didn't finish the second sleeve until about 6 weeks after everything else.  Then, the finished pieces languished in my knitting pile for about a month before I had the motivation to block them.  Started the seaming process around the start of football season and completed the finishing in about a week.  Took pictures today. Smiley

The pattern is the #09 Cropped Cardigan by Robin Melanson from the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Vogue Knitting.  It's knit up in GGH Soft Kid.  The mohair and wool content means I can actually get some wear out of it this year, despite my procrastination on the finishing.  I'm not a fan of the blocking process (it took three hours and gave me a backache) but I really like seaming, especially straight side seams. Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Evening Shell by Wenlan Chia - more stashbusting! on: June 25, 2010 06:27:58 PM
This project was birthed when I saw a cute tunic-length version of Wenlan Chia's Evening Shell on Ravelry knit out of three skeins of Wool-ease Thick & Quick in taupe.  I had the exact same color and amount of that yarn in stash that I had no idea what to do with until I saw that project.  Happy coincidence.  Grin  Unfortunately, I ended up using only two skeins!  Now I have yet another leftover skein of yarn that I need to find a project for.  Angry

This is the first sweater I've knit.  I usually knit scarves and hats because I figure I can wear them with more outfits than a sweater and they knit up fast.  I have no idea how else to style this other than over a t-shirt and leggings/tight jeans.  Huh 
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Rochelle + Gnome Chompski, Left 4 Dead 2 love~ on: May 12, 2010 07:18:10 PM
I had been planning for a while to crochet the cast of Left 4 Dead 2.  When my boyfriend told me about this contest at Shacknews, I knew I had to start crafting right away to meet the 2-week deadline.  I started with Rochelle because she's the character my boyfriend plays.  I burned a few days worth of time crocheting a version with poseable legs and arms that I had to scrap because it would not stand on its own. Sad  This is the final version:

I was going to leave Gnome Chompski for the Ellis ami (I play Ellis and I had to carry him throughout the entire campaign when we did the achievement) but I was running out of time so I decided to focus all my efforts on making this Rochelle ami as awesome as it could be.  It was so nerve-wracking baking the gnome!  This is my first time sculpting a figurine and I was afraid he would explode in the toaster oven...

I found out today that I am one of the 20 finalists, but the winners will not be posted until next week.  So nervous!  Lips sealed
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fear the Cutethulhu~ on: April 11, 2010 03:01:27 PM
I recently discovered the Creepy Cute Crochet amigurumi book at my local library.  There are so many cute patterns!  My boyfriend insisted that I make Cthulhu first.

It was a one-day project.  The seaming took longer than the crocheting!  I used some Simply Soft from stash with an F hook.  He is stuffed with polyester filling and has rice in the bottom for weight (I didn't have any polyester pellets Cry).  The beady eyes are also from stash.  My boyfriend and I are very happy with him and have dubbed him Cutethulhu.  He keeps this knitted bear company:

It was rainy when I took pictures this morning, quite an appropriate reception for this deity of cute.

Fear the Cutethulhu!  Fear it!!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Mass Effect N7 t-shirt on: February 06, 2010 04:24:04 PM
A few weeks ago, my boyfriend was eagerly waiting for Mass Effect 2 to come out. He watched a bunch of teaser footage and saw this shirt on one of the developers and wanted one.  Sadly, it was a limited-release shirt only available to people who went to E3.  I decided I would stencil one for him.  Of course, after I spent a week searching the interwebs for pictures of the N7 logo to make a stencil out of, Bioware comes out with N7 shirts available to the masses for the "low" price of $24.00  Sad  I was a little deflated because I thought I was making a one-of-a-kind shirt for him.  He encouraged me to do it anyway:

Pancake loves to help.

Close-ups of the "distressed" effect.

Pancake claims the shirt as his.

It was my first stenciling project.  I used acrylic paints mixed with fabric medium and freezer paper.  The hardest part was cutting out all those little wavy bits of the stencil.  The little bits didn't adhere completely during the ironing process, causing some bleeding, but the overall effect wasn't too bad.  The boyfriend approves so that's all that matters.  Cheesy
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / The cake is a lie! But if you wish to make an apple pie from scratch... on: January 11, 2010 07:17:12 PM
...you must first invent the universe.

My boyfriend and I were inspired by these awesome Bender and Gir glasses and decided to etch some stuff too!

I etched a Carl Sagan glass for him using the fabric paint method in this thread.

I didn't cover some spots well enough so there were some random etched spots on his face.  Cry  Boyfriend still loved it and uses it as a beer glass.  He etched me this Portal glass in return.  He used the x-acto knife/contact paper method.

I think I prefer the contact paper method more.  There's less room for error but the lines are much cleaner.  I'd probably use fabric paint for free hand doodles when I'm not concerned about having neat lines.

(Sorry about the poor photos.  It's really hard to photograph glass.  Lips sealed)
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