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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Is it a quilt or an afghan? on: May 28, 2007 04:44:48 PM
I really wanted to make something special for my boyfriend's sister, who just turned 13 a few weeks ago. But all I really knew about her was that she L-O-V-E-D her cat Sora. So, I decided to make her a blanket that immortalizes him.

I spent months making about 200 little rosette squares with my knitwit tool.


But then when I sewed up all the squares, the back had all these little knots in it, so I decided to sew on two layers of fabric (black that shows through the rosettes, and pink for the back and border that helped straighten up the edges).

P.S. the blanket was very well received. She was showing it off to everyone at her birthday party.  Cheesy
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / he's a wonky little guy, but i like him anyway on: May 19, 2007 11:14:28 PM
I usually listen to music to help me fall asleep. But I gave my radio/cd player to my brother when I left home, and I dont like having to wear headphones for my mp3 player. So I came up with this little wannabe kangaroo stuffie.




I call him Kuro, cuz I'm dylexic and I messed up the end of kangaroo and the beginning of music. (It also happens to be the name of my fave character in Love Monster)

He's my first attempt at a stuffie, so he's kinda lumpy in some places, not to mention my stitching kinda sucks. But anyway, I used some headphones that I broke the head part off of and stuck them inside the ears, and then string the headphone cord through the inside of the head and body so it comes out inside the little pouch. So I can just plug my mp3 player in and tuck in the pouch and cuddle up with my little Kuro and go to sleep.

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / i don't even know what to call it........ on: May 19, 2007 11:01:14 PM
So I made this basket type thing a few years ago for my hs art class:
 



And I want to make another one. I know we used some kind of white cotton-ish cord or something and then used yarn to sew two strands of cord together to form the basket.

But I'm not sure exactly where to find that cord stuff. If I'm even remembering right that it is white cotton-ish cord. And I don't really want to take it apart to see, because I remember it being murder trying to get the thing to stay in that figure 8 shape, and I would dread having to put it back together.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cute salad inspired hoodie on: May 19, 2007 10:55:19 PM
When I first started reading Shojo Beat, they featured ads for VIVCORE and I saw this really awesome kimono hoodie from the cute salad line.
(http://www.vivcore.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=VC&Product_Code=CS02-001&Category_Code=CV)
It was at the top of my christmas list, but sadly, no one I knew was willing to dish out $75 for a hoodie, amazing though it may be.
So, after months of yearning, I finally decided to make my own.
This is what I came up with: (Be kind, I did not have a pattern to follow)


I was too afraid to try inserting a zipper, so, inspired by my american eagle belts, instead I wrapped some random plastic rings (that I don't really know the true purpose of anyway) I had with ribbon and used that as my closures.


And here I am modeling it(my bf was kind enough to cut my head off of the picture Wink):


It's not quite done yet, I still have to modify the pockets, and finish up a few seams, but I still LOVE it anyway. I think I may make a few more, maybe brave trying a zipper too.  Cheesy

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / evolution of mp3 cozies on: May 18, 2007 12:38:20 PM
I bought myself a creative muvo for christmas and immediately wanted a cozy for it.

here's my first attempt:



I was mad that I sewed it up wrong and had a seam where I wanted holes for the control buttons to go.  >:(But it was pretty, so I kept it anyway.

After having it for awhile,though, I realized I like listening to my mp3s when I was doing housework. Sadly, most of my clothes have no pockets, so I often ended up stuffing the player in my bra. To remedy my problem, I made a new cozy that I can wear around my neck.  



the holes are actually there now! yay!
and a closeup of the beads and stitching, cuz I really really like them:


And now I have a new problem. The cord for my headphones tends to dangle in my way when I'm washing dishes or whatnot. I kinda want to add something to keep it out of the way, but I'm not sure how I would go about that.Help?
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crochet hook book on: May 18, 2007 10:36:21 AM
I'm not really sure where this is supposed to go......... Huh
Well, anyway, I made this last summer to hold all of my hooks. I was kinda bouncing between friends houses, and I kept getting angry when my hooks disappeared. So I made a convenient little home for them!
This little thing is handsewn, so please excuse the abundant messups.

closed:


open with all my supplies in it:




Any comments/constructive criticism welcome.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / anyone used a knitwit? on: May 08, 2007 12:00:18 PM
I am trying to make a blanket for my boyfriend's sister. It's supposed to be kinda like a quilt with her cat's face on it. I bought one of those knitwit tools because it said it could make really pretty rosettes a lot more easily than the traditional way. But the problem I'm having is that once I pop my squares off of the tool, the shape gets all distorted, like a pentagon or some other kind of polygon, but hardly ever a square. Am I doing something wrong? Or could it just be that I'm using the wrong kind of yarn? I have been using Sugar n Cream, but that was before I read that it isn't really good for anything other than dishcloths.

Sorry I don't have pictures to describe what I'm talking about. The poor college student that is me doesn't have a camera.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / bamboo facelift on: May 07, 2007 02:13:39 PM
So I just got these beautiful bamboo needles from ebay today. The thing is, the sizes are kinda woodburned into the sides, close to the end. I have cataracts, so it's hard to see some of the labels. I was wondering if I could do anything to color-code the little knobs on the end. What, if any, kind of paint/stain would work without completely destroying the natural beauty? Or would I just have to resort to tying different colored ponytail elastics to the ends?
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