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1  from Amigurumi World! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: April 07, 2008 07:50:33 PM
so i've taken up crochet, gave up on the granny squares, and soon after received my copy of Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli.

and here's what i've made so far!  the fruits are about life-size, bigger than the book suggested they'd be, due to probably my yarn choice and still being a new crocheter and maybe losing count or not so great at tension, etc.  the apple has a worm to go with it in the book, i didn't make that (yet).  and the hedgehog gets ears and arms eventually.  that guy's pretty tiny...you can kind of tell in relation to the keyboard.  he's shorter than a bottle of nail polish, for reference.  anyway, tons more in there i want to make, it really is seriously cute stuff.   







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2  Re: slouch disaster in Knitting: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: March 01, 2008 03:17:45 PM
okay, FO pics!  i wore it last night, i think i like it.  (as previously mentioned i'm not much a hat person...  it is hard to put it on and arrange it just so, but that's just me being fussy, ha.)  i tried to get a shot of it on to demonstrate the slouch factor, turned out to be harder than i thought to capture!  but i'll put the bad pics anyway.  the yarn is moda dea tweedle dee, isn't it pretty?  it took less than one skein for me, which is only 155 yards and the pattern suggested 200 yds, just fyi...i couldn't find what weight the yarn in the pattern was, but this one's bulky, #4 i think.  btw, i did use circulars up until the point it got too small to fit on there, then very carefully swtiched to the dpns.  i still don't get how it happened AND that i didn't catch it, i kept count and all...  oh well, you can't even see it.  a lesson for next time i guess.

 



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3  slouch disaster in Knitting: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: February 27, 2008 09:44:48 AM
i was so happy to finish it!  i don't even like hats but i thought this one might change me.  the directions were clear, i had no problems aside from the fact i wish i had started from the outside of the yarn to get more of that dark purple than the reddish purple...UNTIL...i was taking pictures when i saw a weird spot and i picked up it for a closer inspection and things started to unravel (not-so-great pic below to illustrate)!  how could i not notice a dropped stitch...(or a few?!)  ahhhhh!  is there any way to fix this, you think?  : (((  so sad... 

the disaster!


pretty purple


just being silly...


**edited to fix giant image, sorry.**
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4  kitty with no ears. in Knitting: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: February 21, 2008 05:30:47 AM
i made a kittyville!  first hat!  aside from the practice attempt which i screwed up in a few ways:  forgot about the fact that all knit rows is automatically stockinette in the round, so i was knitting a row then purling a row.  then, first time using dpns, that got messy and things fell off, and just didn't go well.  and it was huge and floppy.  scrapped that, tried again, and this is how it came out.  pretty good, i think!  it's for someone else, but here's a secret, i've been "trying it on" and not taking it off, haha.  his only request was a hat with flaps...i hope it fits him and he'll like it! 

 
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5  well yes, it's still a scarf... in Knitting: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: February 18, 2008 05:01:10 PM
but, i feel quite accomplished because:

(technically this is not a finished project...it's awaiting a try-on session to make sure it's long enough, and fringe at the other end.   Tongue

-i tried and succeeded at stripes (once again, i think i was avoiding trying it thinking it would be harder than it actually was)

-i didn't try to cheat and use bulky yarn or giant needles in attempt to get it done fast.

-it did take plenty of time, but not nearly as bad as i thought when i first started it. 

it's caron simply soft.  it IS quite soft.  feels like it'll be warm too.  and i must part with it.  i hope the recipient shall like it.



   
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6  Valentine's Day cupcakes. in Dessert by elfin enigma on: February 14, 2008 08:22:53 AM
couldn't get a real decent shot so i cropped out a lot but you get the idea!

i used the "devil's food" recipe from the Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit blog.  as usual, i made a couple small variations (less sugar, added a little salt, etc.).  the frosting is cream cheese, and the sprinkles are one of those cans of six kinds by wilton.  i usually do not like things dyed strange bright artificial colors but i couldn't resist, i think they're adorable.  oh, and delicious.   Grin

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh261/miss_muffins/platter.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh261/miss_muffins/cupcake.jpg
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7  Re: The Art of Makeup in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by elfin enigma on: February 06, 2008 07:23:10 PM
was playing around tonight, mainly trying to come up with something fun to go with this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224988.0

again, just having fun, nothing special, took all of about 5 minutes, so don't be mean, i'm no makeup artist.  i did the other eye in purples and greys, with red glitter, but eh...the purples just never come out as intense as i want, wasn't thrilled, though it made my eye color look better than the greens did, imo.



i used dabs and dashes and dots and splashes of the following until i liked it:

ulta eyeshadow: deep sea.
sally girl eyeshadow: glow green
loreal HiP eyeshadow duo: showy
loreal HiP eyeshadow duo: flamboyant (the yellow part)
almay intense i-color: trio for greens
rimmel stars glitter pencil: sparkler
nyc flatliner eye pencil: great lawn
the body shop pearl eye definer: aqua
wet n wild mega shimmer dust:white lotus
nyc liquid eyeliner: pearlized black  (i think this stuff sucks.  just a cheapie i got for halloween)
maybelline great lash waterproof mascara: very black

also i recently discovered urban decay's primer potion, which if i were actually doing this to go out, i would have used beforehand.  does anyone know how well that holds up to dancing and potentially sweating a little?  aaaand the best way to make glitter stick so it doesn't get in my eye/all over me/my dance partner?

***wow...just realizing what a blurry dark pic that is!  sorry!***
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8  slashed up "heartbreak" tee, updated pics. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by elfin enigma on: February 03, 2008 08:14:44 AM
what do you think?  it may be finished...but i feel like it needs more.  this is to be worn to a "heartbreak"/valentine's themed goth/industrial event, i might make a mask too but i haven't decided (masquerade contest).  i have available to me, in addition to the basics, for more finishing touches:  pinking shears, more of the nylon cording, the ribbon pictured below, six d-rings, and a bleach pen.  aaaaand a persnickety sewing machine that is totally not digging knits lately...so that one's a maybe.  *note...comfy as they all are, i do not plan to wear my teapot pajama pants, blue bra, or fuzzy slippers.  just sayin'.  i may also wear a black&white striped long sleeve shirt underneath instead.*  opinions?

the front


the right side


the left shoulder


the ribbon



***i tried and tried, it is about impossible to get a shot where you can see all of the details at once, but here is a closeup of the sleeve detail and also a front shot with the striped shirt for comparison.  i made those runs here and there all over the shirt.  still feel it needs something!***

right sleeve


from the front, it's the best i could do!
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9  Re: general question and a pattern-specific (anticraft kinks) question in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by elfin enigma on: January 17, 2008 08:35:14 PM
so it turned out pretty okay, i think!  i made mine 6" instead of the recommended 10"... 






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10  not sure what to call this aside from first FO of 2008... (pic added) in Knitting: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: January 07, 2008 11:58:01 PM
so today i made something employing several new-to-me things.  (ooh!  doin' good on the resolution!)
-knitting in the round
-my new interchangeable needles!
-using chunky yarn, and also
-knitting with two yarns at once
-i actually made a gauge swatch


i also learned a few things.
-mohair-y or otherwise textured "hairy" yarn is a pain to frog!
-i typically imagine things quite a bit differently than how they turn out.
-you gotta screw those interchangeable tip suckers on TIGHT (but only one unscrewed...and only once)
-(i think) i successfully picked up a dropped stitch
-i should really make sure that i am un-knitting and un-purling the right way.  i mean i have "my" way, but i'm not sure it's THE way. 
-i used a stretchier bind off method, finally no puckered end (no matter how loose i try to do it!)
-knitting in the round is not scary!  and i shouldn't have put off trying it for a year only on the assumption that it might be hard.


so the details:  i was going for a big chunky cowl-ish thing, not thinking about the bulk of the yarn + the size of the needle would make it more stiff than drapey, plus i only had one size bigger which wouldn't have made a huge difference, PLUS, if it's supposed to keep me warm, full of holes is no goood!  i really just wanted to practice knitting in the round and working with different weights, etc.  i also winged the size, not knowing how much it would stretch, etc.  it's kinda weird and i'm not sure i'll end up wearing it, but... 

i used
lion brand wool ease thick & quick (charcoal) and lion brand moonlight mohair (glacier bay or something?)
size 13 needles on a 14" (?) cable
cast on 60 stitches, worked in k3 p3 throughout. 

it's about 6" tall and i haven't measured around yet...it's the same all the way down even though the pic makes it look more funnel-like...  i  was playing around yanking it down over my shoulders (a wee bit small...) and folding it over and such 'cause it's just weird to me the way it is.  wuite toasty-warm, though!  and i looooove the colors together.  anyway.  pics!  ends still need a-weavin'.   

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