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1  Knitted Christmas trees in Knitting: Completed Projects by BlackOctopi on: November 21, 2010 06:55:06 PM


I'm getting into the Christmas spirit and using up my stash yarn. I have so many odds and ends of yarn that I don't know what to do with them all. I ended up using some of my green stash to make Christmas trees.

The two smaller trees were made with 1 ball of Art. Locke by Herwood. I am not sure what the yarns are in the larger tree but it was made with two strands held together (3ply wool and novelty eyelash).

If you are interested in making the trees on the left and right, you can click this link and the pdf will automatically download.
 <a href="http://www.ravelry.com/dls/anna-sudo-designs/50743?filename=purledchristmastree.pdf">download now</a>

Merry Christmas!
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2  Sea Witch! A cecaelia costume. in Halloween Costumes by BlackOctopi on: November 01, 2009 04:49:24 PM
From Wikipedia:

A cecaelia (pronounced /sɨˈseɪliə/ sə-SAY-lee-ə; unrelated to Cecilia or caecilian) is a composite mythical being, appearing occasionally in art (notably from Japan), literature, and multimedia; combining the head, arms and torso of a woman (more rarely a man) and, from the lower torso down, the tentacles of an octopus or squid as a form of mermaid or sea demon.




Actually this costume is based on Ursula the Sea Witch but I thought a younger version of her might be nice so I omitted the wig.
The dress is basically my own pattern. I did copy the bodice part from a bubble dress that I have but the bottom I drew up. The purple shirt is of store bought.


The tentacles were stuffed with poly-fil and had a wire running through. I could curl them up or extend them all the way out. There were also strings attached from the waist to the tentacle to help keep them upright. When I was wearing it people kept coming up and squeezing my tentacles. The had in the picture is from some random guy that wouldn't let go.



Thanks for looking! It was a lot of fun to make and wear. I'm really excited as well to see everyone else's entries!  Cheesy
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3  Baaaaaaa! She said sheepishly... little lamb costume in Halloween Costumes by BlackOctopi on: November 05, 2008 05:50:44 AM
Little Bo Peep lost her sheep...

and I know where to find her!


Thanks for checking out my costume! I made this in a couple of nights a few weeks ago to wear to a kids Halloween party for work. I teach English to kindergartners in Japan so I needed a good non-scary costume for the party.


I drew the pattern by tracing a vest and a pair of thai fisherman's pants. then kind of morphed the pattern together and added some extra room. The hat pattern was just a free hand silhouette of the side of my head and then I added a strip of cloth down the center to make it wider.

Here is a pic from the grown up party I went to this weekend.
I look gross because I spent most of the evening cooking before I was able to join the party.


If you can't tell thats Rambo I'm with trying to pull his best stallone face.
The phone I am holding is actually a speaker that he rebuilt from old parts. He has it so that he can plug it into his ipod and it works pretty well but the quality isn't the best.

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4  Blue Bunny in Knitting: Completed Projects by BlackOctopi on: September 12, 2008 06:34:06 PM
I made this little blue bunny for a friend of mine. It was her birthday a few weeks back so I was able to put him together in a couple of days. He was inspired by pastel drawings done by the birthday girl.



He was made out of Sean Sheep Sensual. His body is basically a tube with little tubes for legs. His head was made separately and then sewn on later. His head was constructed by starting with a knit square and then picking up stitches around the square. I knit in the round and then decreased creating a kind of cone. His ears were knit separately and when I picked up the stitches from the back of his head I pulled those stitches through the ears so they are kind of knitted in.



The birthday girl seemed to love the gift. She promised to wear it in Paris next year when she is there to learn French.

Thanks for looking!

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5  Idle hands... in Knitting: Completed Projects by BlackOctopi on: October 01, 2007 05:24:36 AM
So I just wanted to share all of my FO's for this past Sept. I have had a lot of time and a lot of yarn. I have accumulated quite a stash (not helped by a sale at which I bought 24 balls of beautiful yarn for only $24). So I have spent the month trying to destash and use up all of the odd balls I have. So here they are!



Here we have 8 hats, 3 pairs of fingerless glove, and 3 pompoms!



The two pairs at the top were made with the Purl Bee's Dragon Scale mitts.
The lower pair are just something I made up.



These two berets were made with the Purl Bee's beret pattern.



This is Topstitchgirl's Kubla Kahn hat from her blog.



This is my own pattern. I was trying to go for cloche but it didnt quite make it.



This was knit just like a basic stocking cap and then I used the instructions from SnB nation's news boy cap to add the bill.



Just a couple of stocking hats.



For this cap I used Urchin from Knitty's fall 2007 Urchin. I really like this yarn. I don't usually like furry things but this yarn sooo soft. It was like knitting a persian cat!


And just a few pompoms. I bought a set of pompom makers so I have to justify the purchase by actually using it every so often.

Thanks for looking hope you enjoyed!
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6  Something a little fishy... in Knitting: Completed Projects by BlackOctopi on: August 26, 2007 05:58:41 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce you to the fabulous Aqua Maureen!
This mermaid made her debut last Wednesday night at Dr. Sketchy's Tokyo.



Her tail was knit from many different yarns and I used Nikol Lohr's Siren pattern from her book "Naughty Needles".



The seaweed top was my own pattern and knit with a bamboo cotton blend.


AFTER her encounter with a devious pirate aboard his ship Aqua Maureen was transformed...



All of the pieces in this picture are my own patterns. I knit the starfish bikini using a silk/acrylic/nylon blend and some cotton yarn for the straps. The silver part of the fishy bottom is silk and the blue/green part is a cotton/acrylic blend. The bronze fish net was knit with a nylon ribbon yarn.





This whole project took about 3 months to complete.
Thanks for looking and thank you for any comments!
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7  Skull lace pillow in Knitting: Completed Projects by BlackOctopi on: June 27, 2007 09:07:33 PM
This is the first piece of lace that I have knit. I found the lace pattern at http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/index.html It was just a test but when my friend's birthday rolled around I decided to whip it up into a pillow. The fabric are some kimono scraps that I picked up at the local craft store.





Thanks for looking!
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