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21  Re: The Givers and Needers Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by instantkarma on: February 08, 2008 10:59:17 AM
Here's what I received from quilted:

Everything I got, all at once...and yes, it's all on my laptop. Since I'm a college student, I pretty much live at my computer.

The kind little note I received on Wonder Woman paper!

The two crochet hooks I got - the gold one basically hasn't left my hand since I received it. Cheesy

The massive amount of knitting needles I received. I guess this means that I have to learn how to knit now.  Roll Eyes

An afghan hook. I've never even heard of an afghan hook...but I'll probably learn how to use it eventually. Smiley

One of my favorite yarns. It's called Merlot, and it's actually one of my favorite colors ever...and it's sooo soft...I can't decide what to make out of it, but I'm leaning towards a possible caplet, if there's enough there.

I got these weird little yarns too - they're really retro looking and have these odd little bobbles in them. I think I'm going to attempt to knit a lightweight scarf/shawl with the lighter blue since a friend has a scarf with yarn that looks like that and it's awesome. I'm not sure what I'll do with the others yet, but I think maybe I'll save them to make some retro things for my apartment (the red ones just scream "tree skirt!"), but I might just use some of them as practice stitch yarns...either way, they're great. Grin

Picture of all of my favorites. The pink will come in handy when I'm making things for my octopus/squid swap.

Last but not least, here's a picture of my receipt for sending quilted's thank-you present. I know it's not the best thing you've probably ever seen quality-wise, quilted, but it was my first try at the craft I made it with, and besides, it's not "technically" for you anyway. Wink

Let's see what else we get up here! Smiley
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22  Fingerless gloves for Valentine's Day! Oh, and a cuff. in Crochet: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: February 04, 2008 06:48:34 PM
I find this ironic since last Valentine's Day, I bought the boy a pair of fingerless gloves from Hot Topic (I then had no crochet skills). They've since worn out, so what else would make a better gift than...new gloves!

Armed with the knowledge of how to slip stitch and single, half double, and double stitch, I embarked on a mission: to crochet fingerless gloves out of some yummy (but challenging) yarn the boyfriend picked out with my trusty 6.5 MM (read: beginner's) hook. I confess, the hook was probably too large, but I have enough yarn left over should he want them to not let as much air in.

Booyah, baby. They're nowhere close to perfect, but I'm very pleased since I worked with a self-drafted "pattern" (which was really a lot of trial-and-error, honey-does-this-fit-right stitching, frogging, and re-stitching).

My attempt to get a better picture of the dark gloves (they're black-and-whitish-gray) in the darkened a la dorm lighting room.

No rly, they is fingrless!

One more shot, this one of the gloves on my roomie's desk. When the boy gets them, I will attempt to take better pictures.

Oh, and since I didn't feel like making another post for another one of my lame-o projects, here's a little cuff I made using some cruddy yarn and double crochet (which I love the look of):

Yes, yes. Thank you. Grin No, really, thanks for looking. <3
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23  Re: Newbies Only Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by instantkarma on: January 30, 2008 01:45:14 PM
Okay, guys, here are the promised pictures of what my partner sent me:

Ah! What's this? Could it be...or is it just a shipment of textbooks?

Why, it is! It was my package from Taraneh! She made me a pair of blue wristwarmers with a heart-and-crossbones design, a green cabled scarf, a purple neckwarmer, and a blue Katamari pouch. Here they are all wrapped up in the pretty ribbon they came in.

Here's a picture of the neckwarmer with the awesome multicolored earth-tone buttons.

Here's a picture of the wristwarmers (and my jewelry, haha).

Here's a picture of the neckwarmer on. At first, I didn't think I would wear it much since it felt a little weird, but then I realized that I had put it on upside down.  Roll Eyes After I fixed that, it's been basically a staple of my wardrode since.

Here's the scarf and the neckwarmer together; it's a nice combination to have on when the wind hits you, as it has been hitting me up here in the Midwest.

Here's my attempt at capturing the detail of the pouch - I had to hold it up so I could get some decent light, but that resulted in a bit of a blurry picture.

Last but not least, here is a picture of the kawaii paper that Taraneh wrote me a little note on explaining the items. It's on my fridge right now. Smiley

Thank you again for everything! I literally wear everything every day and have gotten plenty of compliments, especially on the neckwarmer.
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24  Pretty simple - magnetic accessory for an accessory... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by instantkarma on: January 24, 2008 06:47:26 PM
I wear this ball-chain necklace everywhere and all the time (unless I'm dressing up), but sometimes I want to have the slinkier, layered look too. However, whenever I wear little necklaces, they always end up wrapped around my neck, threatening to kill me by suffocation.

So, I took some spare chain and a super-strong magnetic clasp that I had lying around, and made a little accessory for my necklace.

That's a picture of most of it (it's about, um, probably a foot long).

Here's a picture of it connected to my necklace. The magnets stick to the metal, so I can stick it anywhere on my necklace to add as little or as much length as I want.

It can also be worn as a separate necklace; it ends up hitting me just below my clavicle bone if I do that.

I know, I know...but I was excited that I came up with it. Cheesy
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25  Nirvana jean patch in Stenciling: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: January 24, 2008 06:42:38 PM
I was looking at my "started topics" on Craftster and realized that I really haven't posted a lot. The thing is, I really DO craft a ton, but I usually make jewelry. My camera doesn't take good pictures of jewelry, so that equals that I don't post a lot.

Anyway, I made this patch back in my Nirvana phase. I lived with foster parents who were very anti-rock, so I needed to make something that didn't look too obviously Nirvana. This having been said, I made a stencil of the "angel" from the cover of In Utero and used that to secretly rebel. Cheesy

If the colors have been warped by my camera, the patch is a denim blue, the stencil is yellow (looking back on it, I don't know *why* it's yellow because I don't really like yellow) and there's some random red heart buttons sewn to the patch too just because I liked them and wanted to put them on a little project where they would be noticed.

Thank you for sharing in my reflections back on my rebellious teenage years. Cheesy
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26  Re: topaz and blue make quite a combination - bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by instantkarma on: January 19, 2008 06:29:42 PM
Ugh. Topaz is my birthstone, and I hate it...but this bracelet makes it look goooood. I would personally add some little faceted blue beads in with the topaz so that it looks more blended and cohesive. Still, great job.

Here's the picture for those of us who are not link-friendly:

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27  what IS this article of clothing? in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by instantkarma on: January 16, 2008 07:03:10 PM
Hey all,
For my cosplay at the Detour this year I'm making what is essentially your basic Japanese schoolgirl uniform, which is turning out to be a fun little challenge. I freehanded the skirt and some wristbands that I need, but I'm stuck on one of the more major parts of the stereotypical schoolgirl costume, mostly because I have no idea what it's called.

What I'm stuck on is the little thing she [Tokiko] wears over where her collar would be. Does anyone know what it's called and where I could find a pattern for it? Since I don't think people will be looking too closely at my skirt and such I'm not too afraid to work patternless, but I really don't want to screw this one up.

Also, does anyone know of a pattern/instructions for making knee-high socks? I figured I would just go out and buy them, but if I have enough fabric left over, I'd prefer to make them.

Thanks so much for all the help!
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28  Re: Nintendo Hama/Perler in Completed Projects by instantkarma on: December 26, 2007 12:04:26 AM
Here, this might get you some more comments on your creations. Some people have an adversion to the clicky links:

Anyway, welcome to Craftster, if you haven't already been welcomed. Smiley I think there are some other crafty guys on here, but I haven't personally seen their posts...er, at least, I don't think I have. It's great that you joined - I love it when I see guys crafting instead of being bored to tears when craft stores are even mentioned in casual conversation. Cheesy

Now...I love love love your little Bomb-omb and Tetris blocks! Also, the Pikachu is great too - I think it's the first time I've seen a Pokemon instead of a Mario character. It's a good idea, and also a somewhat dangerous one, if you really take the whole "gotta catch em all" philosophy seriously...  Shocked

This is a great first post - I'd love to see more of your projects!

- InstantKarma
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29  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: December 19, 2007 02:06:24 PM
So, my friend says that my hairstyle "writes a thin line between being boy and butch".
I don't know why...I like it. Cheesy

Sorry, no fun colors, but I have had blue and red at different times. If I dye it again before I get out of college, it's either going to be purple or bubblegum pink.

How it falls around my face...

The top of my hair...this is probably my best angle. Smiley

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30  I made some rolled-paper beads...*MATURE* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by instantkarma on: December 19, 2007 01:40:36 PM
The only explanation I have for these is that I religiously listen to Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast as I craft.

I apologise for the blur, but maybe it's a good thing in this case... Cheesy

The beads are made of two pages of these corny-as-all-getout porn magazines. My boyfriend and I bought a pack of three as a gag gift for a friend but only gave him one. They look tons better in real life...or is it worse?

Far away picture...nothing special, really.

Action shot - I wear these on my right wrist actually, but whatever.

Thoughts? Wanna tell me how much of a perv I am?

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