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« on: December 04, 2012 12:02:05 PM »

For this challenge (as well as for a Christmas gift), I decided to take some blue yarn, some white yarn, some black yarn and some plastic canvas, and make a TARDIS for our Doctor Who fanatic friend. Since I don't like giving things that are only decorative and not functional (at least to this friend, who does amass a lot of clutter!) I decided to make a cover for the roll of paper towels. There's a slit down the backside where the paper comes out (not pictured in action because we're out of paper towels!)





I think it took me about 2 weeks to make this, and lots of concentration to count and make my own pattern and verify it I actually stuck to it. I really love how something as simple as changing the directions of your stitches can give such texture and depth to these crafts.

That said, when it comes to yarn, I do prefer my crochet hook and my knitting needles!
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012 12:33:50 PM »

great job making it functional and fun.
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012 11:56:23 AM »

That was a neat idea to make a Tardis paper towel cover. Amazing how changing the stitch seems to change the colour and give a 3D effect.   I thought at first you had used two shades of blue.
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012 01:38:32 PM »

Wow, looks great! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2012 03:55:58 AM »

Thanks all Smiley I was really pleased with the effect, at first I thought that I'd have to use extra "shading" yarn in dark gray or something, to make the lines clear enough, but this worked out beautifully.

If you're ever making something in velvet or corduroy, the direct really matters there too. My mother made me a pair of pants with contrasting pockets, just by aligning the corduroy the other way. (Ribs on both were vertically aligned, so rotated 180) It can be very nice, but also very frustrating, since you sometimes need more fabric to cut all pieces in the same direction.
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012 05:32:31 AM »

My boyfriend insists that I should add a lamp on top to make it more like the actual TARDIS. I like the lamp on the real TARDIS, but I don't think this one particularly needs it. He made a rough example of what was to be added, but I didn't like the look very much. What do you guys think, should I find a way to add the lamp on the top, or is my boyfriend being nitpicky about getting all the details there?
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2012 08:27:18 AM »

Oh yeah, that's completely awesome!!!! **Rocks**

Can you post the pattern you came up with?
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2012 09:49:17 PM »

My boyfriend insists that I should add a lamp on top to make it more like the actual TARDIS. I like the lamp on the real TARDIS, but I don't think this one particularly needs it. He made a rough example of what was to be added, but I didn't like the look very much. What do you guys think, should I find a way to add the lamp on the top, or is my boyfriend being nitpicky about getting all the details there?

Nice job as is but I'm with the boyfriend on this one, and if you can find a way to do it that you like, something lamp-like to the top would really (no pun intended) cap this off as it's a pretty integral part of the Tardis.  Doesn't need to actually glow or anything -- something of a similar shape and painted white would do the trick.  Plus, a little knob secured to the top would be convenient for lifting the piece up when the roll needs to be replaced, and that would also help keep it clean.

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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2012 06:59:35 AM »

how cool Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2012 03:27:37 AM »

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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2012 09:27:15 AM »

Oh yeah, that's completely awesome!!!! **Rocks**

Can you post the pattern you came up with?

I agree a pattern would be awesome. I would love to make one myself.
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2012 11:52:09 PM »

I'll make a pattern over the week-end, when I've added the finishing touches. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2013 01:14:13 AM »

Oh, it's been over a year and I still haven't made a pattern! Shame on me! I did want to update this topic, as I've recently visited the friends this cover went to and I finally took a picture of the cover WITH the lamp Smiley It even works!



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