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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fingerless Gloves of Blindness and Insanity - Super Mario-inspired Fair Isle on: November 08, 2009 07:53:16 AM
These are incredible. I love that it's a Mario theme, but not a really obvious one.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: His and hers cabled hats on: November 08, 2009 07:42:16 AM
I finished my version of this (the male model, AKA "3AM Cable Hat") about a week ago, and I like it a lot.  It's stretchy enough to fit every head size in my family without any alterations.  I do recommend using a heavier yarn or making the bottom ribs long enough to fold up, for added warmth if you live in a cold area.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: His and hers cabled hats on: October 21, 2009 11:52:58 AM
What do you know, that's the pattern I found.  I'm making it now.  I have a couple of questions, though.  Did you use the 96 stitches the pattern has as a base, or add the 12 stitches she recommends for a larger hat?  I'm doing the 96 stitches, using a thinnish WW yarn and number 9 needles (which I know will make for a "lighter" knit than the recommended number 8s, but it looks great to me so far.  I knit pretty tight, so that's probably compensating for the bigger needles.)

However, it is coming out pretty small.  It seems like it might fit my head (medium male) but really "wants to be" smaller.  But it seems like adding 12 stitches to it would have made it way too loose, especially since the ribbing makes it so stretchy.  I'm almost up to where the decreases start, and I still don't know if I'm making a hat for myself or my 8YO daughter.  (Who already has more than enough crocheted hats!)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: His and hers cabled hats on: October 16, 2009 08:04:24 AM
Wow - I was just thinking of doing something like this! I'm mostly a crocheter, but just started working on knitting, and I saw a guy on the bus wearing a machine-made cable hat. So, of course, I'm thinking "that would look so much better hand knitted" and decided to try it for my next project.

Yours are great.  Is there a pattern I could find somewhere, or did you make it up yourself?
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Nightcrawler Amigurumi on: July 18, 2009 05:20:34 PM
COOLEST.  MUTANT.  EVER.  You did an awesome job on him - the tail and ears are just right.  Do you plan to do more X-men?  Because Nightcrawler is clearly the coolest one, but I could go for Wolvie and Storm plushies, too.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: The "Laura Ingalls Wilder Doily" on: July 18, 2009 05:11:05 PM
Beautiful piece!

Filet definitely takes a lot of patience. I've been working on one big filet piece for well over a year now, because it gets boring and also physically wears me out.  Thin thread, long patterns, fingers doing the exact same movements again and again and again and AGAIN! My eyes and fingers get worn out in no time, so I'll work on it for a few weeks, then put it away and work on some yarn until I can face Mister Filet Gryphon again.  Tedious stuff.

But it is really worth it in the end. I love the look of filet.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tunisian Entrelac Scarf on: June 19, 2008 08:01:24 AM
This is truly beautiful. How stiff is it, though? I never do clothing in Tunisian because it seems like it is too thick and stiff - great for pillows, potholders and stuff like that, but not so hot for clothes.

Love that yarn, too.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Firefly amigurumi! (pic heavy, as always) on: June 19, 2008 07:51:03 AM
Lovin' Jayne's hat!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Heart Bookmarks on: May 17, 2008 05:00:06 AM
Very nice, pjherbert. Bookmarks make great presents!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Doctor Who Adipose - crochet pattern? on: May 15, 2008 06:56:07 AM
Just so everyone understands: whatever legal and/or moral issues are involved here (and I admit that there are a few), compensating the original creators of the Adipose for their hard work is NOT one of them.  The crew that created the Doctor Who monsters are not the owners of the copyright. All design work on DW and pretty much all television series is done under "work for hire" contracts, meaning the creature creators don't get royalties. So even if the BBC did decide to go ahead with an officially licensed line of knitted Adipose toys, those guys would not get a penny from the sales. In all probability, they wouldn't even see their names listed as the original designers.

Also, the BBC's official statement actually says that they have no problem with the pattern being posted per se: "If we were sure these patterns were simply being shared with friends, family or fellow fans... then we would have, as often done before, let the matter rest... Unfortunately, in this instance, the patterns which were posted on a website ended up being exploited for profit by people who did not have permission to use the Doctor Who trademark."

In other words, their beef is with the profiteers. Coming down on Mazzmatazz is simply what they're doing to make the job of stopping the profiteers easier. Which strikes me as more than a little unfair.

I can see their point, and they do have a legal right to defend their intellectual property. I just wish they would be a little more flexible. Doctor Who fans kept the BBC's precious IP alive for several decades when the old shows were considered the ultimate in unfashionable geekiness and the Beeb had no interest whatsoever in making new shows, by sharing the love worldwide - and one of the most common ways to show Whovian geekhood was by wearing a home-knitted Tom Baker scarf, unofficial patterns for which can be found all over the Web. If the fans hadn't been actively keeping the fire lit for all those years, the Doctor Who brandname wouldn't be worth squat today. So it just seems a bit nasty to do this. Like I said, it's perfectly legal. But it's the kind of strongarming action I'd expect from Disney or Microsoft, not the makers of Doctor Who.
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