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1  Pumpkin-Coloured DS Cozy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by red_phooka on: November 05, 2007 05:34:45 AM
That's right - it's hairy. . . just like everything else in the house.
I made this for my little brother's tenth birthday. His favourite colour? Orange! He was also recieving a DS and some games, so I knew it would be a hit!
I sewed in two deep (by DS game standards) pockets in after the fact, and made a wrist strap for it as well. I was especially proud of the strap, as it showed more foresight and planning that I usually exhibit in my sewing. I may actually be getting good at this thing!
I made up the pattern, using my own DS as a template. I didn't want to use too much velcro, as the stuff that I bought out of a bargain bin has incredibly hold-power, and I have to wrestle with my wallet that I made a little too often. I did do a test run with my own DS though, inserting it into the cosy then flailing it about wildly by the wrist strap. I can safely say that this baby is solid.
He opened my gift first and had no idea what he could possibly use it for.

I was/am pretty proud of the design - even though it's so simple! I have never made anything quite like this before.



He loved it! Once he knew what it was for, that is. It's a big hit and is carried all over the place (hence the pet hair!). I am very tempted to make one for my own DS!
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2  Gary the Zombie - Possibly Offensive? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by red_phooka on: November 03, 2007 09:54:14 AM
I made this guy for the Zombies are Love swap - and my bedraggled ass finally mailed him off, and thusly my partner recieved, and therefore now I can post him!
He is polyester fill inside a light canvas material. I gessoed over the doll I made, and then painted him with acrylics
Here he is!










Comments and Critisisms very welcome! I'm really proud of this guy and can't wait to do more Smiley
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3  Re: Stitch Marker Swap in The Swap Gallery by red_phooka on: September 13, 2007 10:07:03 PM
Gorgeous first package! Paperclips, you say? hmmmmm  Cheesy
I have recieved my package from Hoxierice! It was waiting for me when I got home from school today. . . Thank you so much! I feel so lucky being one of the first ones to recieve, and they are so much fun  Grin Unfourtunately I cannot seem to find my usb cable for my camera - but the flash isn't great for taking pictures of tiny shinies with anyways, so I will post pictures tomorrow in the sunlight.

EDIT:
Sunlight, eh? Not so much this weekend. Finally I gave in and took pictures with my desklamp:



Thanks again Hoxierice! I can't wait for you to get yours Cheesy
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4  Meat Sydney!! Har har! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by red_phooka on: September 09, 2007 10:23:50 PM
I just started College! I'm taking art and design fundamentals, and this was my first assignment!
(I'm sorry guys - I'm just copying from my blog Tongue)
So this was my first assignment for Ideas and Imagery, a class where we discuss . . . ideas . . . and imagery. I was to create a self-portrait in the odd style of Arcimboldo, using a collage-type styling, and the objects I used were to be symbolic of my person.
Of course I chose meat.
Why, you ask? Because: we are all made of meat. Also, we were supposed to shy away from any imagery that was too obvious or that the symbolism of would be too literal. I thought it symbolic of my incessant need to define things too literally for comedic and ironic effect.
I find it a little disturbing, but I'm happy with the end result. The photograph isn't great - I still haven't erased the graphite lines of my original sketch away, and I have a few more edges to glue down. But I think this is an excellent representation of what 4 hours, a couple of beers, and a fat stack of grocer's flyers can bring out.
I used fried meats foods for my hair, and roasted meats for my top. My face is made from raw meats and white meats. Also. . .I used sole for my eye. Because. . . the eyes are windows to the . . . sole?!?! AHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Also, my eyelids are sausages. Hurrah!
Aside from being kind of lumpy - and . . .y'know. . . meaty. . .I think it looks like me for the most part. I'm nervous about the mark I will receive on it, but I'm more afraid of someone else having used meat! (We were given complete freedom to use whatever we wanted...)
The whole thing measures 14" by 17". I like it more every time I look at it.


Here is a close-up of "my" face.

Let me know what you guys think! Seriously!
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5  Smaug the Dragon in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by red_phooka on: September 08, 2007 08:27:33 AM
I made this guy for lariarocket's swap angel package. It was a fairy tale creature swap and she likes dragons and Tolkien. . . .so. . . .
I knit him up! I couldn't find any patterns that I felt suited the character, so I made my own.
I used Bernat Satin (I thought it gave a nice "scaley" kind of look) and 4.5mm double points. (I wasn't sure whether he should go in knitting or toys, but, here he is!) The wings are felt, and I used Teddy-bear eyes. I sewed little beads onto his chest (as Smaug had in the Hobbit). The only thing I consciously left out were his legs. They looked funny. I thought he looked better without them. So. . .no legs!
I crocheted his back ridges and the tip of his tail. His teeth, tongue and ears are felt.
He was pretty fun to make! The face shaping was especially enjoyable, and I think I got the dragon's muzzle down pretty accurately.




I also had some pictures of him when he was just knit and with eyes, but I can't seem to locate them.
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6  Re: Geeky Tees! (Foto Phat) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by red_phooka on: September 03, 2007 09:32:30 PM
Oh. . .well. . . *blushes* you can totally have it for free!

There ya go!
(The white will be what you cut out)
Although - now everyone will know my dirty secret (I mucked up on his left eye a wee bit  Roll Eyes )
Enjoy!
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7  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by red_phooka on: August 28, 2007 12:45:42 AM
My little sister asked for a Gryffindor Scarf for her Birthday - how could I say no?
I'm using Bernat Satin in Bordeaux and Sunrise, and knitting in the round.

It's the first Harry Potter Scarf I have ever knit! It's coming along nicely, knitting up quickly. It's a nice, leisurely knit - great for watching TV!
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8  Re: Easy Peasy Snap wallets - I'm so addicted! - TUTORIAL ADDED in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by red_phooka on: August 27, 2007 09:34:18 PM
I also made a couple, but a little smaller and used velcro instead of snaps!
The red and zebra one was my test run - The space dogs was the desired effect.


Thanks so much for the tutorial! It was a great little project Smiley Very rewarding!
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9  Kid's Two Toned Shrug in Knitting: Completed Projects by red_phooka on: August 09, 2007 03:48:58 PM
Yes - my little sister is a ham.
From Stephanie Japel's Fitted Knits.
It was incredibly fast to knit up - it's the smallest (or second smallest?) size, and only took me two evenings: one for the back and sleeves and another for that killer ribbing. She only wanted short sleeve.


It was a nice little stash-buster. I used part of a ball of Paton's Decor in Sandcastle for the main, and exactly an entire ball of Bernat Satin in Mocha for the trim. I just kept knitting until I ran out, so the ribbing at the front isn't as long as it is in the book. I also made fewer increases at the chest, because, you know. . . she's seven.
She absolutely loves it - it was actually knit up in the emergency waiting room while we were waiting to get called in. My little brother came home from camp with something like scabies he contracted from a pet there. Yum!
Comments and critisisms welcome!
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10  Re: Need Help Making a Stencil in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by red_phooka on: July 10, 2007 08:39:00 PM

This was the best I could do - I had to draw in some stuff because it dissapeared completely, but I think it had OK definition.
I know there are lines through areas, but depending on the method you are using, it would be ok (like freezer paper)
Smiley
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