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1  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Halifax meetup? on: May 03, 2008 07:46:23 AM
Anyone else from Hali out there? I just moved here and thought it would be fun to meet up with other craftsters and well craft haha. You know you want to .... Grin

Here's a picture for inspiration  Wink

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / lotion preservatives..... on: February 27, 2008 08:20:34 AM
I like the idea of making my own lotion and I've read enough to know that anything with water in it will eventually need a preservative. Can you get away with using no preservative, storing it in the fridge, and using it up in say x amount of weeks?  I'm trying to use what I have at hand and don't really want to have to order stuff off the internet Smiley

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / the anti-nemo [caution: Finding Nemo lovers don't look!] on: January 31, 2008 02:02:48 PM
Soo valentine's day is coming up and my bf works at a pet store in the fish department. Apparently all the little kids scream "Look it's Nemo!!" when they see the clown fish so he's not that fond of the movie [which I thought was cute Tongue].

Therefore I made him the anti-Nemo- pretty much just took the character and went in the opposite direction of cute and cuddly. Black, dirty, bloody teeth, evil eyes, tattoo..well you can see for yourself hehe. I tried to get some orange to show through so it might be somewhat recognizable but he'll know what it is so that's what matters Smiley. Oh and I'm going to add some rings to pierce the top fins too and his one fin is smaller than the other to be accurate

ok pics:








4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my knitting projects over the past few months[[ warning: really pic heavy!!]] on: November 09, 2007 04:04:51 PM
so I've been semi busy knitting over the past 2/3 months or so and this is what I have to show for it:





green tank top- own design
all acrylic yarn, open back part and bottom is crocheted
the colors don't really go hehe but I was just using up what I had and it's just fun and colorful! The sort of thing I'd wear on a gloomy day Smiley







my first real sweater! well I had a failed attempt at a shrug before that doesn't count Wink. yarn's 100% wool. I started with a basic sweater pattern and added the lace panel in front...turned out too wide and too short! so I attempted blocking which didn't work too well and [warning: experienced knitters cover your eyes for the next part!] then threw it in the washing maching which semi felted it so now it fits perfectly. I just added some crochet on the bottom to make it longer. I like how it has character but next time I'll make sure I remember to subtract some stitches for my width.......





these armwarmers I've been wanting to make for a while. 100% wool, used the fetching pattern for a guide, added length and thumb gusset. first time doing cables! really easy!





got so excited making the first wristwarmers that I had to make another! found a crazy cable pattern and just used it for the top. the second one is still on the needles, I just wanted to show this one off  Cheesy yarn's paton's jet (wool&alpaca)



scarf for my mom- inspired by the ocean....bamboo yarn I got in a swap with some funky other stuff woven in. so soft! attaches with a button


thanks for lookin!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / it's a bird it's a plane it's a...well some sort of tank top!**Now with pattern* on: July 30, 2007 09:29:27 PM
sooo this was supposed to be a lot longer but I ran out of yarn [forget the brand baby acrylic] and got lazy so I ended up with this. As you can see it needs something under it else it's amazingly inappropriate  Grin    or I can pull it up as a sort of cropped top. The back is a basic halter style. And I'm in the process of making a knitted creation to go under it!

any ideas for names? I think I may have invented a new variation on the halter top  Wink

and as always, please excuse my oh so vacant expression and mediocre pics




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Ok so here's my pattern! It's the first time that I've ever written one so be kind Smiley.Hopefully it's somewhat clear.....   

I've made it so it can be applied to any size- just figure out your gauge and how many stitches it takes to go around your hips, then substitute this number for the first CO.

As for waist shaping I just winged it and decreased at certain points on both sides as I went, trying it on frequently to make sure it fit. If you need more concrete instructions, look around at other patterns to get some ideas.


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size: S/M if CO 156 st with size 5 needles
need: yarn, circular needles appropriate for your yarn
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CO 156 st, place marker, join in round

Do 3x1 ribbing for about an inch and a half

From marker, K[(total number of stitches divided by 4)+3], place marker, K [total number of stitches divided by 2], place marker, K to finish round
***this step puts markers at the sides for the waist shaping later on***

Body [with Lace pattern]:
Rnd 1-3: K in round
Rnd 4: at marker for start of round: K2Together, YO, K1, YO, K2Together, K to end of round
Rnd 5: K all
Rnd 6:  K2Together, YO, K1, YO, K2Together, K to end of round
Rnd 7: K all

Repeat lace pattern until the garment reaches your armpits. Finish at the end of a lace pattern. As you go, do your own waist shaping at the side markers.

Then K15, BO[total number of stitches at this point minus 25] , K10

At this point youre just doing the front rectangles so you can move things onto straight needles if you like

Row 1-3: K in stockinette
Row 4: K 10, K2Together, YO, K1, YO, K2Together, K 10
Row 5: P all
Row 6: K 10, K2Together, YO, K1, YO, K2Together, K 10
Row 7: P all
Row 8-13: K in stockinette
Row 14: K 7, drop a stitch, YO, K 9, drop a stitch, YO, K7
Let the stitches drop all the way to the top of the ribbing at the bottom- there I sort of tied it off so it wouldnt drop  all the way through the ribbing....Im sure theres a proper way to do this but thats what worked for me 
Row 15-19: K in stockinette
Row 20: BO 7, K 18
Row 21: BO 7, P 11
Row 22-29: K in stockinette
Row 30: BO all

Straps:
[With a crochet hook (size appropriate for your yarn) slst onto the right corner of the top rectangle and ch 55. Turn and sc 10 back down , then ch 50, slst onto the right corner of the bottom rectangle.]  This makes one strap.  Repeat for the other side.

And you might want to sc around the back of the halter to prevent it from rolling
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / mural length canvas- bright and colorful! on: July 23, 2007 08:54:59 PM
I found this amazing roll of primed canvas at the store the other day for rather cheap and so I got to work immediately!

This is just half of it- I still have about the same amount to go. Just to give you some sense of size- it's about 2 feet in height and..well the length of my room across haha.

And it's done in acrylic and marker...just merge the two images together one after the other in your mind to get a good idea what it looks like together Wink  oh and it's not this blurry that's my camera!


7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitty's bob and weave wrap on: June 23, 2007 01:14:29 PM
really simple pattern to follow, I loved dropping the stitches! Can't remember which yarn i used but it was a 75%acrylic 35%wool one. I always wanted to make one of these but I need some help on different ways to wear it. Does anyone have any suggestions??

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / patches and paint jean skirt on: May 30, 2007 07:06:28 AM
So I had these old jeans that I had patched oh about a billion times in the butt[that's what happens when you buy really cheap jeans..] but they finally died on me..so I made it into a skirt! The black and navy fabric is a lovely silk that got for 2$ a yard [!!!] which I need to find a sewing maching to sew along the bottom to stop it from fraying and the bird on the front is my all time best buddy Mr. Fabric Paint.  I'm really happy how it turned out considering I completely winged it [haha corney bird joke] Cheesy

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / kick-ass speakers!! [pic heavy] on: May 30, 2007 06:49:31 AM
so my bf found these speakers in the trash but they were looking pretty dull and I decorated them. I used oil pastels which work really well, it wasn't my idea- he and and a few friends decorated the other 2 that way about a year ago and it still looks as good as new! Goes on very smoothly too so as long as nothing brushes up against it they're good to go.   Oh and yes we have a full 4 speaker getup...in our tiny bedroom  Grin It's freakin awesome!

ok pics:



and some closeups:

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / dress into shirt! on: April 19, 2007 04:15:43 PM
well i bought this dress for cheap, sorry no before pics but it was too long for my liking and the skirt part was just too poofy to wear over jeans ...

this morning i somehow woke up with a clear idea of what to do [weird how that happens eh?]....so i changed the straps to make it a halter top, cut some out of the back and laced it up, and took some off the bottom but then left a long long piece to wrap around my waist- you can't really tell since it blends in but it goes around a few times!

turned out interesting, I like it since i didn't have to sew anything [yay!!] I think I'd wear it with a different pair of jeans though


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