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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Re: pink and purple pride outfit!! (complete with the marvelous WIG!) on: December 02, 2007 09:59:51 PM
Totally awesome.  Making yarn wigs like that is really fun, and super-cheap!
I just wore my "a little pussy never hurt anyone" t-shirt (and a gorgeous redhead) to Pride this year, but that was okay, because we thought we were gonna die in the heat as it was (and it was like seven bucks for a bottle of water- ugh).
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: From Frightful Frocks to Goddess Gown (img heavy) on: December 02, 2007 09:53:13 PM
Wow, that came out really gorgeous!  I think my favorite part is the way that the skirt bells out at the bottom.
You know, though, when the dude and I first looked at it, we couldn't decide if it was that the dress was so awesome on its own, or if it was the fact that there's a pretty girl with tattoos wearing it that really makes the look Smiley
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 1337 Hat Redux (with full pattern) on: December 02, 2007 04:12:38 PM
You say for the outside to cast on 20 stitches.  Did you mean 80 stitches?
CO 20 stitches on each of -four- needles.

also, i LOVE your Hole poster!!
Hey, thanks.  It's from Lollapalooza Smiley

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 1337 Hat Redux (with full pattern) on: December 01, 2007 02:07:35 PM
Sweet.  Tell me if you run into problems.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 1337 Hat Redux (with full pattern) on: December 01, 2007 01:53:43 PM

Modeled by my sweetie.


Double-thickness means extra warmth and way less finishing!

-5x DPNs, size 7
-Worsted-weight yarn in two colors (I used leftover Caron Simply Soft for the black and some bright green mystery yarn for the letters)
-Yarn needle

I made the outer hat first and then went back and added a liner.  If you're comfortable working from the top down, you could make the outer first, and then just keep knitting and do the whole hat backwards for the liner.  If anyone's interested, I can post a pattern for doing it that way.
For more help working in two colors, see here, here, and here.


CO 20 stitches on each of four needles.
Rnd 1-12: Work in 1x1 ribbing
Rnd 13-25: Knit in stockinette stitch
Rnd 26: Knit the first 23 stitches, then, working right to left, work the bottom row of the following pattern into the hat.  (I don't carry the yarn all the way around the hat; rather, I work one row across and then clip the yarn and start over on the next round.  You end up with more little tails in the back of your work, but you can just tie them loosely to other nearby tails when you're done to secure them and it'll all be hidden by the liner.) Knit 22 stitches.

Rnd 27-34: Continue to work in this manner, reading the pattern from right to left and from bottom to top, until all of the letters are knitted in.
Rnd 35-47: Knit in stockinette stitch
Rnd 48: *K2tog, knit 8* Repeat from * to * to end of row.
Rnd 49: *K2tog, knit 7* Repeat from * to * to end of row.
Rnd 50: *K2tog, knit 6* Repeat from * to * to end of row.
Rnd 51: *K2tog, knit 5* Repeat from * to * to end of row.
Rnd 52: *K2tog, knit 4* Repeat from * to * to end of row.
Rnd 53: *K2tog, knit 3* Repeat from * to * to end of row.
Rnd 54: *K2tog, knit 2* Repeat from * to * to end of row.
Rnd 55: *K2tog, knit 1* Repeat from * to * to end of row.
Rnd 56: *K2tog* Repeat from * to * to end of row.

Clip yarn, leaving a long tail (8" or so).  Thread through remaining loops, pull tight, and tie off.

Pick up 80 stitches over four DPNs from the bottom of the outer.  There should be a round of loops just inside of the first row of ribbing, between the stitches.  You can use these to pick up your new stitches.  Tuck the yarn tail (clipped fairly short) from the first hat's cast-on inside of your work, and you won't even have to bother weaving it in.
Repeat the pattern for the outer, excluding the design.  It'll look like you have some sort of weird Siamese twin hats, joined at the brims.
Invert the liner so that it's inside of the hat.  Look how much finishing you just avoided!
Take the yarn tail from the top of the outer, and thread it onto a yarn needle.  Poke it down through the middle of the outer hat, and out through the middle of the liner.  Tie the two yarn tails at the tops of the inner and outer hat together securely, and then thread them both through the yarn.  Go back through the top of the liner, and lose the tails between the two hats.  Yay for not weaving in ends!

As always, if you've got questions or I screwed something up royally and you want to correct me, make sure to tell me so.
Thanks for looking!
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Landladies of Colfax project on: December 01, 2007 01:04:57 PM
No news back yet on the gift-baskets my friends left their landladies, but I have my own report...

Figuring my landlords wouldn't probably care for herbal bath soaks, I gave them a big potted palm for the stairs (it wouldn't fit in my house anymore, and the cat used to get really abusive with it anyway). 

The first night it was out, the assistant manager hung out on the landing for like half an hour, just admiring and fiddling with it, and telling me how much "character" it added to the building Smiley

It's always really exciting to me that sharing just a little bit with others can have such a positive impact.  Of course, it's true that it says something about the world that people are as surprised by kindness as they are.

When I saw your title, I just had to look at this posting, as I, too, live in the Denver Metro area.  I was like, "Colfax!?  Naw, it can't be the notorious Denver Colfax!"  LOL.  Small world, huh?
Where in Denver are you?
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: November 29, 2007 10:50:09 AM
Poppetting right along!
I'll have all the materials by tonight.
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: (Creepy) Doll Head Charm Bracelet on: November 24, 2007 02:03:07 PM
I love it.  If I owned a bracelet like that, I'd wear it every day.
Now I really wanna make one...
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hurrah for Rainbows! on: November 20, 2007 09:05:42 PM
Ooh!  It kinda makes me think of those I Spy books.  I went to your store - it's all totally awesome!  (<--wishes she had a little disposable cash right now...)
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Finally, my poppet Autumn on: November 20, 2007 07:03:44 PM
Haha wow, she's such a perfect little Fraggle!
You know what's funny?  I have a red and black hair-extension fall just like that.  I made it by felting wool roving and then attaching individual strips to a big clippie.  I'll try to dig up a picture for you Smiley
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