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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sheep Sack and Squid Cozy on: December 14, 2005 11:09:42 AM
Well, not a cozy for your squid...
but a squid-shaped cozy for an MP3 player!

I got a free MP3 player when I bought my cell phone, and since I don't use it, and since my brother wants an MP3 player for Christmas, what better use for it than to be regifted.
But since I've lost the packaging for it ages ago, I figured it would need something to be presented in. I'm pretty sure it'll be lost within a few days because how many boys need knitted squid with them?
Few, I'd bet.
Here's the MP3 player trying in vain to escape.. or something along those lines.

I don't mind though, as it was fun enough to knit. I'm thinking of doing another for my cellphone, since at least *I* would appreciate it. hehe.
It was mainly inspired by that darling squid hat that I noticed on here the other day... ah here it is: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=67245.0
obviously mine isn't as accurate. or terrifying...
and, again more out of boredom and an interest to knit than out of purpose or need, I made...
a sheep sack!

It's sort of acting as a gift bag for a friend of mine, whose knitted mittens are currently occupying it. I'm sure I'll end up gift wrapping it anyway (cuz I love wrapping...).
It was the first time I've done stuff with colour like that. Well, I had practised on a similar bag the other night, but it was just a random pattern, and wasn't as thrilling as SHEEP!
boy I love sheep.
here's a close up!

baaa!!
(ps. I wanted the sheep from the http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=66863.0 blanket by Sheepish. But since I don't have the book she used, I just made my own chart... I just thought I'd mention that, cuz they look suspiciously similar..)
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / bunny AND ducky! le gasp! on: December 05, 2005 09:20:41 AM
i bought dpn's ages ago. and was terrified of using them. so, naturally, i avoided them at all costs. until i saw the jess hutch bunny. and i longed for it so much that i overcame my natural fear of the dpn's so i could make one of my own:

i made his ears a little longer to maximize the bunny-ness... and he was well-received by all who saw him. soon, there were requests for a duck.
i've never made a duck before. the bunny was the first non-flat thing i've done. so, using the head and body of the bunny pattern, and after a very violent incident with some scissors (which i documented here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=14364.msg626483#msg626483 ) figured out some legs, and somehow managed to get wings out of the arms, i made the duck.
sort of..

lol he kinda looks like he's got talons, and he's swooping in for the kill.. and i guess his bill should have been orange. but i had yellow handy. so he has to deal with being a yellow-billed duck.
he doesn't seem to mind though, as he OBVIOUSLY considers himself hot stuff to be doing this:

"rowr" Wink
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I bet everyone wants a coffee table that on: October 21, 2005 10:37:14 AM
ahhh. okay. so no one wants a coffee table like this. not even me. but i have one anyway.
here's a little background story first:
we used to have this wicked crappy coffee table that i'd always bang my shins on. always. i had permanent bruises around my legs at the same height just from hitting the coffee table. fast forward to us moving out of town. we figure that i hate the coffee table so much, that its not worth even taking with us. so it gets tossed. fast forward to a little while ago (few months). i forgot the pain of a coffee table, and am now experiencing the pain of NOT having a coffee table. there's nowhere to put drinks, there's nowhere to put STUFF! it just sucks!
so... i made this compromise coffee table... its too soft/lightweight to hurt myself on, but i can put stuff on it!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v645/lobotomizeyourassets/AUT_0628.jpg
its made out of cardboard...
i found a big flat box from when i got my desk... and i made legs out of some old cardboard i had lying around. then i put some pretty fabric and lace on it. it kept me amused all morning..
i even tied pretty bows on the legs:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v645/lobotomizeyourassets/AUT_0629.jpg
and just because everyone wants to see, here's the lace:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v645/lobotomizeyourassets/AUT_0630.jpg
its just some old curtain my mom gave me... and the fabric underneath is an old sheet.
it kinda gets the job done... you can put stuff on it, and drinks CAN be trusted on it. but not if your feet are up on it. cuz then it sags. but it hasn't broken yet. i'm thinking about reinforcing the legs with a buncha tape too.
anyway. i just thought i'd post this for kicks... plus if someone has any ideas for making the top less prone to sagging, i'd take suggestions!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help! if my cowl gets any smaller, i'll simply choke to death! on: October 20, 2005 10:09:28 PM
okay. so i tried to make it sound much more urgent than it is, cuz i thought more people would read this. because i have a problem.
for my first attempt at a sweater (hurrah!), i wanted to try the cowlneck sweater in the fall 2005 joann magazine... (page 80 if anyone has one on hand)... and i've gotten most of the way without too much trouble (after ditching the fancy sleeve cuffs for plain ribbing because they hate me and refuse to work... which resulted in me flipping out and stabbing the car door with a needle...  Embarrassed )
... anyway. now i'm at the cowl part, which doesn't seem to make sense to me. in the picture, they show it all loose and lovely, seeming to get larger and draping over the model's shoulders.
but on mine, its getting smaller. and smaller.
and the clincher is, in the pattern, its like: row 1"K1 SKP" row 2: purl next row. and it says to repeat that until the cowl measures 6" long... and then you do this wicked "*K1 SKP yo twice* end K2"... but then you're supposed to get 154 stitches.
that seems like a lot, considering right now i've got like...35 (and i'm not even at 6"). i'm wondering if there's a typo where the "K1  SKP"s are... because at the beginning of the pattern, it mentions in the glossary about how to do a Sl1k, but its not actually IN the pattern (unless i'm ridiculously blind). and even worse, the next part of the glossary shows how to do this open rib pattern (which resulted in the stabbing last time, btw), and has directions for row 1 and row 2... but then says "repeat rows 1 and 1 for open rib pattern".
now. the point of me writing all that last stuff out is to see if maybe with all these mistakes (if they are in fact mistakes), then there's a chance that i'm not the world's suckiest knitter, and its not my fault that my cowl neck sweater is turning into a volcano-neck sweater. if that was actually a kind of sweater, i'd be set.
anyway, i'm throwing myself upon the mercy of all you experienced knitters/people who may just be smarter than me and can see something that i can't.
oh and if anyone needs part of the pattern typed up, or like a picture scanned, lemme know. i can totally swing that.
thanks in advance, just for reading that. it was long. and wacky. and i apologize  Smiley
-lauren
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Keith Moon painting... not that it really looks like him... on: September 25, 2005 05:12:43 PM
I painted this lovely picture of Keith Moon (of The Who fame)... it doesn't look like him too much, but I decided that I don't mind too much cuz I think he still looks lovely.

Anyway, its my first painting (unless you count grade 4 art class...) so I'm still pretty pleased, and I figured I'd share it with everyone!
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / What? Roman Shades? Sorta, yeah! (photo-nutso) on: August 26, 2005 12:16:52 PM
So... since moving from the 3rd floor of an apartment building, down to the first, I was in dire need of some curtains/blinds for my bedroom window. Because people don't need to be seeing my personal...erm... areas... Shocked
I was figuring since I'm ridiculously cheap AND poor, I'd have to figure out something "thrifty"...
For the first month I lived here, I had this sick window covering.. it was like laundry bags and some netting type stuff tacked up around the window. It was HOTT stuff, obviously.
But since I got nothin better to do with my time, I figured I'd be able to make something less embarassing. So after a lovely breakfast at some pancake/waffle place, I went to the Home Depot and scored some cheap dowels... one thick-ish one, and three skinny ones, and then went home to rest for 8 hours... well. not really. but anyway. it was 8 hours later before I hauled my bottom across the street to the walmart. I got the world's most lovely fabric (or so I was told by some random woman who stopped me to gush over it), and some yellow ribbon stuff and I made theeeese:
(pardon the grainy photos... thats what you get when you take pictures with a video camera..)

anyway. that one there, you can see the strange window, that only opens on the top corner, and since its always open, i just hung the one blind lower, but if i feel like it, there are brackets at the top so i can move it up (both shades are the same size..)
and there's one folded up a bit...
thats the closeup of the fabric... its like a champagne-y/goldy/ivory-y kinda deal.
and here's a picture of the ribbon, you can kinda see its like little yellow squares...

so yeah.
shades! booyah!
now all i have to do is make a curtain for the livingroom, so i can take down the (eep) SHOWER CURTAIN!!
anyway. thanks for lookin!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / disappointingly boring lamp on: June 13, 2005 08:55:45 PM
hello everyone!
this is my first proper post (i've replied a few times though) and i must say, like many many others, i'm addicted to craftster. sigh. i need a job.
anyhoo.
i've got this terribly boring lamp... and i'm wondering if anyone could help me figure out ways to spruce it up.
its a floor lamp, so its about 5'6" tall, and ... well. here's a picture.

if that worked, you'll see it. its not bad... but anyway. all the lights swivel and point and the switches are at the top part of each lamp "section"
i thought i'd put a few "requirements" down to help...
firstly: its gotta remain incredibly functional, because some dingbat built all these apartments, but didn't put lights in the rooms...
secondly: the lightbulb areas get very hot, and i'm quite paranoid about fire, so melty-burny things are probably a no go.
thirdly: it'll have to also remain somewhat mobile, because we move a lot, and i have to move the lamp around a lot to different areas of the room if i'm needing some extra light...
sorry if i'm being picky... i don't want someone to give me this great idea that is so impossible that i'd cry and do it anyway, and ruin our only lamp.
well. it wouldn't be as dramatic as that, but it would be pretty sad.
i'm open to most "styles" also... or lack of styles too, i imagine.
anyways.
i'd love to hear some ideas... cuz you kids are so darn crafty!
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