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1  Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer - Free Pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: January 20, 2015 01:54:34 PM
I don't know about you guys, but the weather is crazy here. We need coats one day and not the next. I wear my hair up every day, so I can't wear hats either. Enter ear warmers.

I created a little pattern for a braided cable ear warmer that also keeps my crazy Winter flyaway hair out of my face. It's based off of the simple braided cable stitch right next to each other for a really fluid design. It's super simple too. Most knitters can whip one up in less than an hour, unless you're me and the slowest knitter in the world so it might take 2 hours or a good movie - whichever lets me concentrate more.

If you want to do the pattern, you can find it written on my website with suggestions for yarn. http://fanofstuff.com/braided-cable-headband-ear-warmer-free-knitting-pattern/

I think I'm going to try another one in a bulky or super bulky for one to keep in the car too! The picture below is just for a reference on how large it is.

Aside from the Calorimetry, does anyone else have suggestions on good headband/ear warmer combos for those of us with updos?
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2  Recycled Plastic Bottle Cable Knit Bracelet in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: May 12, 2014 12:53:02 AM
My mom drinks everything out of single serving plastic bottles and doesn't recycle. It drives me nuts, so I've taken to saving them all but my closet is only so big! I had to find something to do with them.

I used the plastic to create a solid curved base for cable knit bracelets. I love that I can use my scrap yarn and recycle bottles into one giant recycling/destashing project. This would be really easy to customize as well. I've got the free tutorial up on my website (below) and on Ravelry, but I've been wearing my prototypes nonstop. I love big cuff bracelets, but I hate the noise of bangles and don't like anything cold on my skin when it's cool outside. Bingo.

Tutorial: http://fanofstuff.com/recycled-plastic-bottle-knit-bracelet/
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3  Fleece and Brocade Cowl with Brocade Question in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by Zylo on: April 22, 2014 11:14:30 PM
I'm slowly learning how to sew (after years of having a sewing machine) and have been adding to my ridiculously huge collection of scarves. I found this tutorial a while ago and have been itching to try it out. It worked like a charm! I only cut one piece of each fabric as opposed to the two pieces they recommended, but I had the yardage to do so. Otherwise, it came out really well and I love wearing it.

For more of my warbling and the tutorial link, check out the original post: http://fanofstuff.com/brocade-and-fleece-cowl/

Otherwise, do anyone have more tips for sewing brocade? It unravels like crazy and I used a zig-zag stitch to prevent that, but I'm not sure what else I could do. Also, my mom said what I used wasn't actually brocade. Any idea what it is then? It was in that section so I just assumed. I'd love to make more with this type of fabric, but I'm having trouble finding any advice other than to interface the whole thing, but I thought that would end up too stiff.
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4  Buffalo Chicken Stromboli in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Zylo on: April 13, 2014 07:19:11 PM
I had a late night craving for buffalo chicken and decided to pull out one of my old recipes. I made it one winter when I didn't want to leave the house and it works here when nothing is open! I usually have all the ingredients in my pantry for the dough and I happen to have leftover chicken fingers that I needed to use. I always have buffalo sauce, FYI. Last time, I used chicken and banana peppers. This time, I used the chicken and threw in some olives and a few pieces of broccoli I had on hand. I'm wondering if a potato version would go well...

The recipe is flexible and would work with a lot of different ingredients or your favorite buffalo chicken side tossed in. For the full recipe, click here http://fanofstuff.com/buffalo-chicken-stromboli/.
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5  Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf (with link to free pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: June 14, 2013 06:35:07 AM

I created a diagonal drop stitch scarf pattern back in 2008, but was waiting to post until I could get the full pattern together. I didn't realize then that it would take FIVE YEARS! Still, I created this pattern to show off variegated yarn that didn't result in horizontal blocks. It's also a good way for advanced beginners to start playing and using new skills.

I used size nine straight needles and Lion Brand Suede yarn to make a two-colored (Cruella De Ville) scarf. It still had good drape, but will be nice and warm once the weather cools down again.

I created a free download of the pattern, but it's very simple and you can use any yarn you like. I hope this helps some people expand their skills! If you decide to knit it, please drop me a line if you see any mistakes and let me know how it turned out! http://fanofstuff.com/diagonal-drop-stitch-scarf-pattern-3
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6  Glam Shells Shawl in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: April 06, 2013 11:03:49 AM
I'm so happy to have this finally done! I used the Glam Shells pattern from Ravelry as an excuse to finally use my Zauberball yarn. The pattern was well written and I even got the hang of the lace edging. My only problem is that I had a hard time blocking it, especially around the edges, so that they didn't curl. Any tips?

I managed to sucker a friend into modeling for my at Easter. I also suckered her pillow into the same thing.

I have more nitty-gritty details on my blog, but in summary - the pattern and yarn were both great to work with. Easy project for an intermediate knitter.
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7  Molded Mosaic Crayons in Completed Projects by Zylo on: March 01, 2013 06:11:29 PM
I have fallen in love with melting crayons! I made these for goodie bags for pre-schoolers, but these would be a fun rainy day project for kids and adults alike.

I added a tutorial on how to make molded crayons with two methods on my blog (in my signature) in case anyone would like directions. This is a cheap and fun way to spend an afternoon.
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8  Chastain Park Shawlette in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: February 23, 2013 09:40:58 PM
I'd been waiting for an excuse to buy Lion Brand Amazing yarn for a while now. I finally found a pattern that I thought would be great for it since it was a present - this used about one skein. Add a few glass beads on the trim and I was in business!

I used the Chastain Park Shawl pattern from Ravelry. I had a lot of fun knitting this and found it an easy knit. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The yarn has more of a halo than I personally like, but the recipient loved it.

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9  My Talia Vest in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: August 17, 2010 01:16:38 PM
I finally knit a garment. I have a mountain of scarves and a very few shawls, but now I have something that can be worn as CLOTHING and I'm so excited. This is the free Talia pattern that I found on ravelry. It would have been a quick knit if I sat down for more than two minutes at a time to work on it.

I used Vanna's Choice yarn that I got on sale at Michael's and have been pretty happy with it. We'll see if it pills later on after some wear. You'll notice a few flubs on the button band that I choose to believe are charming. Mostly, I couldn't be bothered to fix them so oh well. More pictures and details on my blog.

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10  Garland of Flowers in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: May 07, 2010 10:32:03 AM

It's been way too long since I've posted on Craftster! I had an idea recently to fiddle around with some yarn, beads, and silk flowers. Luckily, the idea came out much better than I anticipated. I almost posted this under jewelry because that's how I'm wearing it, but it can multi-task as a necklace, bracelet, hair piece, belt, ect.

I am absolutely in love with this thing and am already making more.

You can read more details on my blog. I was also fooling around with the idea of doing a tutorial and that would be the place to check in case I throw one on there. Thanks for looking guys!
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