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11  sideways rib cowl/hood (EDIT: *pattern link added*) in Knitting: Completed Projects by lookagnome on: February 09, 2008 11:25:19 AM
hi ya'll. just finished this one today... a cowl/hood in misti cotton silk. it's really soft and luxurious feeling and i like the stitch definition of this yarn but i'm not sure i love the way it actually came out. i guess i'll just have to wait and see. its my own pattern but a very simple one, so i'll write it out if anyone's interested.

details on my blog (with some WIP shots a few posts back)

comments/criticism appreciated!

ETA: the pattern is here
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12  Re: my very own craft room! it's not much but it was fun to have for about a wee in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by lookagnome on: January 06, 2008 06:43:39 AM
i have that white chair as well...comfortable Wink

i love these chairs... probably the only thing from ikea i have ever been satisfied with (if you look closely most of the room is from there  Undecided). it also works surprisingly well as a yarn swift

My hat is off to anyone who can cope with all those moves.  Good on you for surviving that stressful process.  I've heard that moving house is a great way of keeping your life uncluttered - throw out the non-essentials - but of course, when you are a crafty person you need it all!  I sure that you and your bountiful stash will handle another move if your beautifully organised storage in your current space is an indicator of what you can do. I am just losing the craft space I'd finally gotten organised because we have relatives coming to live with us and we need the room.  I'll be figuring out ways to make a child-proof craft nook for myself in a corner of a large communal area (and an office space, too) - but the ideas on Craftster will be a great place to start.

ha, everytime we move i think we throw out about 10 boxes worth of stuff. just because we look at it and think i don't feel like carrying this again. well, except for one of the first moves which was out of new orleans you-know-when and we lost a majority of our possessions (not crafting stuff, thank god-- mostly clothes and a brand new mattress). that kept us pretty minimal for at least a year or so but somehow when we moved up to toronto over the summer we had almost 150 boxes!

Stinks losing your craft room like that, but you mentioned you were moving because of some horrible allergy?  Has your husband been tested? 

I have had absolutely horrible, staying-home-sick, allergies since high school.  But I never knew that my own worst enemy was my bed until I got some real testing done.  Turns out I was allergic to dust mites. 

I can't tell you how much better my life is now that I'm getting treatment.  I'd really encourage him to do the same. 
we've done our best to figure out the source of the allergy but we've officially given up.

when we first moved in, we were pretty sure it was an allergy to the cats that lived downstairs. they had obviously been in our apartment because all the furniture (it was a furnished apartment) was covered in hair. we got the carpets steam cleaned twice, plus all the furniture, and i must have cleaned everything else about 5 times. we got an air purifier and a hepa vacuum.

when none of this was helping i checked in cheryl mendelson's home comforts and realized how many different things it could actually be (among dust mites, mold is also a huge possibility, since its the top floor of a 1850's house). we're new to toronto and so we called a bunch of doctors and they all said they weren't taking new patients. but we've been sleeping on our bed and pillows, so it would be strange for him to suddenly have an allergy to it.

so yeah, i don't know. i'm sure there's something that would help, but trying to figure it out is almost more stressful at this point than just moving. thanks for your support-- if we can't find a new place it's good to know that there's hope for problems like this. i'm glad you were able to solve your own allergy-- isn't it a relief?? Smiley (i used to have awful allergies too so i know the feeling-- for me a huge dosage of three different prescriptions does the trick)

How could you ever have so much crafty stuff with such small apartments?! It's awesome that you have so much room now and you're totally organised. I'm happy for you Smiley

(So many Sharpies!!)
ha! check out the top photo-- that's what our livign room tended to look like. this was how i kept my yarn

that box would go under the printer, so to actually get to something was a huge pain.

this was the rest of my crafting stuff

the top of the front entry closet. it was really fun getting to all that stuff too

and this was the study corner

we had a few big avalanches  Cheesy

thanks for the positive comments, everyone. i'm off to go apartment hunting and i'll definitely be looking out for a place with a den/solarium/possible crafting nook Smiley
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13  my very own craft room! it's not much but it was fun to have for about a week :) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by lookagnome on: January 04, 2008 09:44:46 PM
as i'm sure most people from nyc can relate, i am not someone who has ever had a lot of space. in high school my bedroom contained a mini-twin bed (the width of a crib) and usually had yarns and fabrics to the point that i had no idea what colour my carpet was.

in the past four years, my DH and i have moved 13 times. usually not by choice. we've been displaced, misplaced, and replaced all over two countries and 5 states/provinces. up until last week we were living in a 375sqft apartment with a very small terrace i was using as a studio. that was particularly fun in the snow and -15* weather.

last week we thought we hit the jackpot. 1500 square feet. bigger than either of our parents apartments. we even had an extra room! of course, this room did not stay "extra" for long, as i annexed it and deemed it a studio. now that we've moved in, its become blatantly obvious that we won't be staying. the DH has some very strange and extreme allergy that causes his lungs to close up, especially in his sleep. scary stuff. so its back to apartment hunting, this time for #14.

enough ranting. sorry about that. anyways here's what i got done of my first (and probably only) craft studio before i began repacking it all tonight, to be forever hidden in closets, under tables, and in stacks of boxes:

the whole room. the ceilings aren't as low as they seem-- they're about 10 or 11 feet in the center of the room and so i can stand up from my desk with plenty of clearance.

yarn! (bin to the right is WIPs)

separated into colours, of course, and then into individual ziploc bags-- just in case  Tongue

and notions-- straight needles, dpns, circs, crochet hooks, and a little box with pm's and needles and smaller stuff

fabric! (open, closed)


paint! (i hate painting, this is all for classes. i tucked this away in a bookshelf so i wouldn't actually have to look at it)

if you ever thought YOU had the most sharpies, check this out!

i know people who grew up in houses are probably like, why is this weird girl just posting photos of an undecorated room with a bunch of supplies?? but for me it means a lot to have space for all this and i just want to show it off while i still have it.

best wishes for the new year everyone. stay warm.
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14  Re: toronto cityscape earflap beanie (reversible) in Knitting: Completed Projects by lookagnome on: January 04, 2008 08:40:23 PM

... i really need to find a reasonably priced head mannequin. ha

try going to a wig shop,we got a styrofoam head stand there for about five of six bucks lol.hope that helps ya some?also,beautiful hat.me likey alot!

yeah i had a real *duh* moment today while i was running errands... i used to live next to a huge beauty/hair supply store and never even thought of going in. $3.50 woot. (for anyone in toronto its the TBBS on dundas and bay, diagonal from canadian tire-- there was a whole wall of them!) i might go back next week to buy a backup, just in case yaknow Smiley

new photos!... (click to enlarge, i don't want to totally spam craftster with huge images)

thanks again everyone!!!!
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15  Re: toronto cityscape earflap beanie (reversible) in Knitting: Completed Projects by lookagnome on: January 03, 2008 01:23:18 PM
thanks so much everyone! the DH just got home and seems to like it, although i think i've scared him into submission because whenever he doesnt like what i make i whine until he wears it

That is a great idea to apply to a knit hat (personalized + cool points). I actually like the variegated 'sunset', it adds a nice and interesting contrast, although I can see your point on how the thinner building lines can get lost in it some. I think white might throw off the coolness of the colors some, maybe something darker or thicken it up with the black?

Neat stuff!  Cheesy
hm i think you're right. i dunno. i think i'm just gonna leave it, heh. once i finish something i hate going back to make alterations... i just like pondering what is possible.

I don't know if you have one in your area, but Sally beauty supply sells those styrofoam heads for somewhere around $5. If not, I  have noticed A LOT of flea market vendors seem to have them for various products.

grr i don't. i'll check out some flea markets when it warms up a bit. but for now i guess it's gonna have to be balloons.

hey, out of curiosity, your husband isn't a street fundraiser for P.O. is he? cuz i am, and that would be craziness. (PO are the initials of the company i'm too paranoid to say online Wink)

nope. sorry... he oversees construction. but lol about the paranoia-- i do the same thing.

My god, that is amazing. You could totally sell those! I really wanna learn how to double-knit.

it's really not hard... there's a video on knittinghelp.com that explains it pretty thoroughly. there's also a tut here on craftster for a good first scarf project... it had stars on it... i can dig it up if you're interested. dk'ing is really great for winter projects because you get the warmth of two layers without having to sew in any interfacing or knit two seperate hats. also you can knit socks two at a time using the same principle (i think there's an article on knitty about that)

thanks again everyone, i really appreciate it. by the way i might as well post my inspiration/the beautiful view i woke up to yesterday morning when i decided to cast this on

doesn't it look like the whole city is coated in frosting?? :-D
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16  toronto cityscape earflap beanie (reversible) *edit-- better photos on page 3* in Knitting: Completed Projects by lookagnome on: January 03, 2008 07:58:42 AM
happy new year ya'll.

glad to say this was my first WIP of 2008, and it's also my first FO. i'm pretty happy with it, although i don't know how to really photograph a design that goes all the way around a hat on both sides. hope you can get the gist.

... i really need to find a reasonably priced head mannequin. ha


the photos sort of wash the black into the variegated... in person it stands out a little more. anyway if you couldnt tell by now (i hope you can!) it's the toronto skyline. its for my DH so his little ears don't freeze while he works (outside in -26c!!). the yarns are caron simply soft in black and red heart super saver in "earth and sky", double knit. it was my first time working with variegated and i don't think its really my thing. it looks alright i think-- sort of like a sunset or something.

here's a WIP shot that i think shows the definition a little better

i'm thinking i might need to duplicate stitch over the CN tower because the variegated decided to be dark brown right at its defining point so it sort of loses the shape... in fact i was sort of thinking i might have to outline the entire skyline in white or something... i dunno.

when i cast on i really didn't know what i was gonna do. i just did a top down cap in the red heart and then when i got to the brim i thought it needed something. so i frogged a few times and this is what i came up with. i think it's cute-- i just hope it's not too feminine for a construction site.

what do you think?? comments appreciated!
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17  bearded toque with interchangeable mustaches in Knitting: Completed Projects by lookagnome on: December 13, 2007 05:22:45 PM
my hubby's friend commissioned this, i think its hysterical. it took about 2 weeks because i was also working on finals and such but i'm really happy with the result. i've gotten some more commissions on it too but this is the first completed one. i'd love to hear suggestions for the next ones

there are 3 different mustaches that are on snaps:

natural mustache

walrus mustache

horseshoe mustache (my favourite)

and the top:

what do you think? suggestions and comments appreciated!

by the way its inspired by the bearded cap by Vik Prjnsdttir
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18  Re: what happens when you give a craftster a "personal choice" final project? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lookagnome on: December 12, 2007 12:04:12 PM
Great work. I like that you used every component of the lighter and every common form of jewelry. It definitely reads as both a collection and a de- and re-constructive process. I think the displays work because the industrial look of the plain cardboard flows with the metal and hard plastics used in the pieces without calling attention away from the collection itself.

thanks Smiley hehe i should just memorize that and recite it for the presentation... <-- not so good with words. especially not now when the fumes of plastic are getting me quite dizzy and nauseated... just  a warning for anyone who's planning to do this to open windows, doors, vents, whatever you have.

also here's another. i was gonna sand it down to a rectangle like the others but i like the amorphous shape. i also drilled the hole where an air bubble was so it almost makes the asymmetry look intentional.
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19  Re: what happens when you give a craftster a "personal choice" final project? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lookagnome on: December 12, 2007 05:48:13 AM
Clever Idea, I want to try that!! Btw,at what tempurature did the lighters melt and how long did you leave them in for to melt?

about 350F for maybe an hour... i just kept checking til they were the texture/height i wanted... i had them on tin foil and after some time i took them out, folded the tin foil over them, and pressed down a pan on top to make them a consistent height. then i waited for them to cool, flipped them, and did it again just to even it out. i can post a full tut for all of these later if anyones interested... i know there are a lot of cigarette lighters out there and a lot of crafters Smiley

btw heres another photo... how i'll be setting it up in critique today... with the metamorphosis of a lighter showing where all the bits and pieces come from

(craftster is resizing the image... if you want to see it full size right click and go to view image.
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20  Re: what happens when you give a craftster a "personal choice" final project? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lookagnome on: December 11, 2007 06:40:13 PM
wow thanks everyone!!
Wowza where did you get all these lighters! The ring is really neat, what does it look like on the back? I like the cardboard displays too, for some reason, did you make them?

I took 2D design at some point, but it was nothing like that. Everything was black & white, and for the most part, it was cutting shapes out of paper, sometimes tearing them, with some ink stuff in the end. And we had no final....
i've actually collected lighters for quite some time... i quit smoking about 5 years ago and always thought they would make a really fun project of some sort (such pretty colours! haha)

here's another photo of the ring, from the back

i did make the displays too... i just did a project for another class where i had to make a stool out of cardboard and i had a lot left over... i was gonna paint them or something but i agree with you they have a sort of cool look the way they are (but i cant pinpoint exactly why...)

that design class sounds awful... i'm sorry you had to deal with that.

ps i love your icon

WOW!  That is great work!  I would have never guessed the items were made from lighters.

hehe just what i was going for, thanks Smiley... the bracelet reminds me of candy  Tongue
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