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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Can someone help me with this pattern? on: May 29, 2008 02:21:43 PM
Okay, so I understand the pattern stitch...simple enough...but I'm a little confused as to how I get started!


Could someone possibly take a look at this pattern and give me a rough idea of how I'm supposed to do the corners? I know she said to increase/decrease, but I'm just not good at visualizing it in my head and I'd really like to be able to have this pattern to work on while I'm serving jury duty.  Roll Eyes

Thank you!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Post your links to nerdy crochet patterns here! on: May 29, 2008 02:17:20 PM
I'm interested in making this thread a place to post all links to free/reasonably priced crochet patterns that could be considered quirky/nerdy/geeky. For instance, video game crochet, D&D crochet, science/math crochet, anime/manga crochet, and whatever else people are interested in!

I suppose I could start by giving out some links to some D&D related things:

D4 and D6: http://stuffpeasiemade.wordpress.com/2007/04/05/roll-damage/
D8 and D20: http://stuffpeasiemade.wordpress.com/2007/04/14/hey-crocheters-can-you-help/
The Beholder: http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/beholder.htm

Does anyone else out there have any patterns they'd like to share? I'd LOVE to see them! Smiley

13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / I made yarn falls...kind...of? on: May 28, 2008 09:47:31 AM
From back when I was a raver/scene kid obsessed with glitter and bright colors...

Man, those pictures are old. I still have those things sitting around and I plan on wearing them to the rave at Anime Detour next year... Cheesy Nostalgia!
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Two bored college students + My Little Ponies = ? on: May 28, 2008 09:41:47 AM
My roommate needed some graduation presents for friends who are graduating high school, so we went to the local thrift store and found these:

This is before they were washed...

Given haircuts...

and drawn on. Excessively.

After a few hours of work, we ended up with a whole new batch of custom-made ponies by us for her friends!

From left to right, that's:
Liberty Spikes pony with random drawings about what her and her friend did together through high school (I did the hair, friend did the drawing)
Torchwood pony for a friend who loves Dr. Who and Torchwood (I did everything)
Mohawk pony with a bloody quote from a horror movie (Friend did everything)
Our personal favorite, Emo/Scene pony for a very conservative guy friend. The "K" on his rump is a symbol of some club she met the guy friend in (I did the hair and tie, friend did everything else)
Girly pony with a tapeworm drawn on her because the recipient calls herself a tapeworm while playing foursquare (I did everything)
Foursquare pony with random foursquare-related drawings (friend did everything)

And here are some quick up-close shots of my favorites:

Torchwood pony

Liberty Spikes pony

Emo/Scene pony

Thanks for taking the time to look at this random post! I realize these are not as good as anyone else's toys by any means, but we had a lot of fun making them either way.
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Adipose baby...because you can never have enough fat babies! on: May 25, 2008 01:11:32 PM
My roommate is a huge Doctor Who fan. For her birthday, I was going to crochet her a doll of the Tenth Doctor, but then I ran out of money and, quite frankly, motivation. Around the time of finals at college, I found two separate patterns for the Doctor Who Adipose baby from the new season and decided that I would make him for her to make up for my laziness.

I only have one picture, but I think it's decent:

I used part of one pattern for the body and feet, but I used another pattern (and some improvising) to make the arms. My roomie loved him...and yeah, he's sitting on my laptop, listening to my iTunes. Cheesy

Thanks for looking! Smiley I've made a bunch of other crochet things over these past few weeks that I hope to post up here soon too.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft my major/minor swap? on: May 23, 2008 06:46:32 PM
Haha, I think I am going crazy with the "craft my..." swap ideas, buuuuttt...well, I was thinking about this idea...you know how there's the "Science is ART!" swap for the Bio/Chem/Physics people and the "Reading is Sexy" swap for the English/Lit/Education people and the "Art Swap" for the Studio Art/Art History people?

What if we had one big swap for everyone who is in college or graduated recently or even just wants something that has to do with their major or minor? We could pair people up with different majors/minors for some education and variety, or pair people with the same major/minor to help people envision things a different way.

Am I just a little crazy (yes, yes you are, 'karma) or does this kind of sound like fun to some people? It does to me...I miss school a little bit - at least the learning part, not the homeworking part - and would love something to get me excited about my major/minor again when fall rolls around.
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anybody hurting for another "Adults Only Swap"? on: May 23, 2008 04:52:47 PM
I organized the last AOS, and I was told by some people here and there that I should do another one because they wanted in...is anyone interested in participating in another round, possibly starting next week?

Post here if you are - if you were a participant of the last AOS and want to give me some tips on how to improve, that would be awesome too! Smiley
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / I need people who are experienced with mascot costumes or costumes in general! on: May 22, 2008 10:07:22 AM
...so I'm obsessed with Hoshi no Kaabi and Kirby in general. He's adorable. I mean, come on, look at that face!

How can you not adore him?

Anyway, I had the bright idea of dressing up as Kirby for the next Anime Detour! Cheesy How kawaii would that be?
I've seen other Kirby cosplayers, but they only wear, you know, pink clothes, pink shoes. I want to be the real deal. I want to BE Kirby (I'm crazy, I know).

A quick Photobucket search brought up this image of someone cosplaying Kirby, which I really like:

The only problem is, I'm 5'8" and thus could not fit into that costume. It's cute, though.

Basically, my costume needs to be the following things:
* Round and pink (of course!)
* It needs to STAY round (that is, it needs some type of support to keep it up)
* It needs to be able to be seen out of
* I need to be able to reasonably walk around in it (but not for a long period of time; I don't plan on wearing it all day)
* It can't be too heavy
* It needs some way of sitting on my shoulders or head or whatever
* I do not need to be able to use the hands to actually grab things, but it would be nice to be able to put my hands in them to move them around for pictures

Does anyone have any idea of how to achieve these goals? Could someone math up a sphere size that would fit me in it? I was thinking of making the costume over my top half (head to knees) and then making the shoes out of duct tape to cover my calves and feet since I'll be a huge Kirby anyway. As for the actual costume, I am totally unsure - I thought about making a wire frame and then covering it with pink fabric, then doing iron-on transfers of the eyes, pink spots and mouth, but I'm not sure how that would work out for me to be able to see.

Also, quick side note: does anyone know if it's possible to get a cheap and reasonably loud speaker system/recorder thing that I could use to make it sound like Kirby's saying his trademark "Poyopoyo~!" (or alternatively, "Hiiiiii~!")? I thought maybe my iPod with my speaker system strapped to my arms might work, but I don't have a way to power that.

If anyone can help me with this, it's Craftster. Thanks for any help you can give me!


(edited to add: there is what appears to be a full-size? Kirby costume here but I believe it was made by Nintendo for their commercial, so of course they had all the resources they needed...)
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Does anyone on Craftster mess around with bicycles? on: May 22, 2008 09:51:42 AM
Hey everyone,
Last year I was given an old womens' bike from someone off of Craigslist for free; I rode it around all throughout college that year and killed the tires (heh).
So, I'm off to get new tires from the bike shop on Friday, and I was thinking that maybe I might want to do something to the bike to make it prettier, like spray-paint it and put some stencils on the seat or something.
Has anyone ever done something like this and do they have an idea of how to go about it, including what type of paint to use? I'm not sure if spray paint will stick. I don't care much about *how* it holds up, though, since in my experience, the crappier looking bikes don't get stolen as much (since my Craigslist bike is replacing my Trek mountain bike that was stolen, I know this all too well).
I might also try to add a basket to the bike to hold my stuff - I saw some sweet ones made out of crochet thread and something that was holding them up/hardening it so it would keep its shape...lacquer? Maybe?...and I wanted to try to duplicate that idea with some crochet skills of my own.
Any tips? Thanks! Smiley
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Peacock feather earrings tutorial? on: May 16, 2008 10:33:44 AM
Hi there!

I bought some lovely peacock feathers and some earring hooks to make some earrings, but I'm stumped as to finding the best way to put the two together. Does anyone have a tutorial for peacock feather (or just plain feather) earrings? I would appreciate it. Thank you! <3
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