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21  Re: Ohio Events and Get Togethers in Ohio by thebeatcowboy on: February 14, 2006 06:47:24 AM
That was super fun, I might just have to go to the cake demo thing.  It's nice to meet cool new people, and even better when you get to meet a bunch of them at once.  I hope the next time I meet you guys, I'll be in a better mood.  (I just got dumped that week and I was not bringing my A-game, as it were.)

And btw, here's the tattoo:
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22  Re: Shocker Mittens (Well-adjusted Adults Only): Pattern!! New Charts!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by thebeatcowboy on: February 14, 2006 06:43:06 AM
Just for fun, and this will probably get deleted for being off topic, but he's learning to knit:
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23  Re: heart swap! in The Swap Gallery by thebeatcowboy on: February 14, 2006 06:39:05 AM
Here's the kickass stuff I received from stopmoshun:

I love the detail on this little pin!  The ring with the bead/blood droplet is a great touch.

My new I'm-so-hot-you-know-you-want-me wristlet.  I just got dumped (a week before valentine's day no less!), so I needed the love.  Thanks again for making my first swap a fun one.
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24  Shocker Mittens (Well-adjusted Adults Only) in Knitting: Completed Projects by thebeatcowboy on: January 15, 2006 04:19:55 PM
I'm not sure I remember how the idea for these mittens came about, so I'm going to blame it on the guy wearing them.  As a knitter, sometimes it's more important that the recipient of a knitted gift love it to death than it is worrying about whether or not you're verging into bad taste.

Yes ladies, he's single.  Hit him up on myspace. --Nope, I'm stuck with him now.

Here's a close-up:

If you happen to be viewing this in company to whom you'd rather not have to explain the concept of "the shocker", just tell them it's an obscure Hindu mudra.

UPDATE: now you too can knit the Shocker Mittens!  I posted a pattern on my website, along with some comments and design notes on page 7 of this thread.  I also included two new charts for those knitters who have a little more dignity.  Here's the link: http://www.lparker.org/Craftster.html  Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in the pattern for these mittens.  Unfortunately, I've moved website hosts a couple times since posting this and the pattern seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.  As soon as I can track it down, I will fix the links.  Sad
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25  Misfits Wreath in Winter Holidays by thebeatcowboy on: January 10, 2006 09:20:22 AM
Not very creative, because I didn't hand-make much of it, but it's something you don't see everyday, right? 

I made this for a friend of mine who's an aging punk and who LOVES Christmas, and he's obsessed with the Misfits skull thing.  Evergreen wreath + bridal ribbon + black roses + porcelain ornaments with hand-drawn Misfits skulls = punk Christmas.

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26  Re: Fetus Popple (image laden) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thebeatcowboy on: January 10, 2006 07:00:03 AM
I love how you've even used organsa to replicate the sheer membranes.  It's very cool. Is it to scale? Dumb question, it'd be a bit small then!  How big is it?

I certainly don't think it's to scale (in proportion); that's a level of accuracy that I could not hope to aspire to.  I could pursue anatomical accuracy to the Nth degree, but I think I should work out the facial issue first.  But, to answer your question, he's this big:

It freaks me outt!!!! Ok it's well done and all, but seriously it give me the creep so much... Am I that weird? Or is there also some of you who cannot stand to see this kind of thing???
(I don't mean to offend anyone, I'm just curious to see if I am the only one...)

I'd be disappointed if there weren't some responses like this posted. Wink  Different strokes for different folks.  I think the Bodyworlds exhibit is the most beautiful piece of art I've ever seen, but I have friends that think it's profane.  Insects and corpses are fine with me, but the idea of having a little fetus popple of my own*, now that creeps me out.  Go figure.

*No disprespect to the mothers out there, rock on with yer crafty selves.
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27  Fetus Popple (image laden) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thebeatcowboy on: January 07, 2006 10:07:20 AM
I made this 3 years ago for Embryology class, and I was inspired by the Knitted Digestive System  to post it here.  The concept is ripped off of Popples, those vaguely mammalian stuffed toys that 20-somethings might remember; they could turn inside-out with a little pouch-thing on their back, so that all you could see is their tail sticking out of a little ball.  I thought the gimmic would be a useful way of illustrating the various pouch-within-a-pouch structure of fetal membranes.

So, here he is in action...

Here's the concept of how the fetus would look in situ.  Imagine one end of the chorion and amnion have been sliced off, along with the chorion's connection to the uterus around the borders of the placenta.

And finally, some pictures with the bits labelled.

Caveat: I think I could have done a better job with the face; the fetal face is a mess of lumps and weird bulges at this point, and if I were to make it again, I'd probably make a Sculpy head and sew it onto a stuffed body (like an embryonic version of a real doll...).  I apologize for any anatomical errors I may have committed; there's no excuse for that, I just suck.
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28  Re: Please post your best costume... in Halloween Costumes by thebeatcowboy on: November 11, 2005 10:07:28 AM
thebeat cowboy:  Those cotumes rock!  You're in Cleveland or surrounding right?  I was supposed to go to that Halloween show, but had another one on that night.  the Boys From County Hell are amazing, and they get 1000 more points on my list for those costumes.  I'm sorry I didn't go.

yeah, it's those boys from the county hell.  their halloween shows keep getting better and better, i'm not sure what they're going to do next year.  (though if there's anywhere i can find amazing suggestions, it's from the absurdly creative folk here at craftster.)

Didja get to see the show last year?  they did the Ghostbusters, and did the Ray Parker Jr. thing too.  my contribution was slimer, on the left.

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29  Re: Please post your best costume... in Halloween Costumes by thebeatcowboy on: November 07, 2005 05:32:12 PM
My best costume isn't really my costume, and it's not really one costume, and it's not exactly the entire costume.  This year the Boys From the County Hell chose the Electric Mayhem Band as their Halloween theme (after some enthusiastic lobbying from me).  I made the heads and select parts of their costumes from the neck down, though they deserve loads of credit for coming through on the majority of the costumes (and shaving their legs, in Janice's case.  That's taking one for the team.)

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