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11  Knitted gun in Knitting: Completed Projects by ax174 on: April 25, 2007 05:42:25 AM

This is Luvgun, from a mochimochiland pattern.  The pattern will be available soon - I was a lucky test knitter.  You can check out the talented designer's other work at her web site, and these Flickr pages, here (I especially love her mouse and snake!), and here.

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12  Potato chip bag pencil cases - now with link to TUTORIAL in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ax174 on: April 11, 2007 04:05:38 PM
Junk food pencil cases for my kids. 

I got this idea from toomuchrock's ramen noodle pouch.  I used the zippered pouch tutorial, except that the outside "fabric" was the chip bag with a piece of vinyl over it (I can't take the credit - it's toomuchrock's idea).

I crocheted little chips for zipper pulls (or "chipper pulls", as my kids call them), for clumsy little hands.

EDIT, May 14:

I made a tutorial for the pouch, but because it's really image heavy, it's at Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157600215861276/

It's also cross-posted at Instructables.
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13  Re: Ramen Noodle Zippered Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ax174 on: April 10, 2007 07:03:50 PM
Thanks for the great idea!

These pouches are fun to make, although it is a bit hard to turn the vinyl inside out.

I made these for myself, my sister, and my cousins.  We're Asian, so we're sentimental about ramen noodles, which we all ate as kids (and also, regrettably, as poor college students).  It would make a cute gift for knitters too - all that ripped-back yarn looks just like ramen!

This one didn't turn out so swell.  The bag was too small.  I'm thinking a chip bag would work better (my next project).  My kids would like that as a pencil case, plus I need someone to eat the chips!

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14  Jayne Cobb Hat Brooch in Knitting: Completed Projects by ax174 on: April 06, 2007 02:25:50 PM
I made the Jayne Cobb hat, but wanted something I could wear everyday, so I made this brooch.

I borrowed this idea from someone else who made a hat pin and posted it to the Jayne Cobb Hat Flickr group.  This mini-hat is knit back and forth on 2 needles, then seamed up the back.

Jayne Cobb Hat Pin

3.25 mm needles
Orange, yellow and red yarn
Brooch back
Glue (optional)

With orange, cast on 20 sts.
Work 2 rows g-st (1 ridge).
Work 4 rows st-st.  Break off orange and attach yellow.
Work 4 rows st-st.
K2tog across (10 sts).
Purl next row.
K2tog across (5 sts).  Cut yarn and run through all the live stitches.  Pull tightly and knot.
Sew up the back seam.

With orange yarn, make a tassel.  Attach to the top of the hat.

For each side, with red, pick up 4 sts on the first st-st row on the inside of the hat.
St-st 6 rows.
Slip 2, k2tog, pass 2 slipped sts over (1 st).
Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.  Cut a piece of red yarn and thread it through this stitch, so that there are 3 strands.  Knot the 3 strands together and trim.

With a glue gun, attach the brooch back to the back seam, or, sew the brooch back firmly to the hat.
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15  Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by ax174 on: April 05, 2007 05:59:40 AM
I just bought some standard orange wool and double stranded it

I used your idea and it worked really well.  A bonus is that it made the cheap acrylic I used a little smoother, because double-stranding makes a nice, thick fabric.

This photo shows the colours better.

This pic is less blurry.

If I were to make another one (I'm leaning toward no - I detest making pom-pons), I would decrease the top by k2tog'ing (like in Heather's pattern), instead of the nice, even decreases I used.  k2tog'ing creates the big wrinkles and nice little puff at the top of the hat, whereas decreasing evenly makes the hat more fitted, and we all know that's not how the Jayne hat looks!

P.S.  I added these pics to the Flickr group, here.
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16  Re: what's your favourite knitting tip or trick? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by ax174 on: March 23, 2007 08:16:12 AM

Just a quick tip--use a dental flosser (the ones that are flexible plastic with a little loop at one end) to thread beads onto yarn. 

You don't mean this type, right?

Trying to figure out how this would work...

I like the tip about the dental floss cutter.  I have an overseas flight soon, and was wondering how I could get around the no-scissors thing.
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17  taiyaki purse from Knit Room by Tomoko Fujita in Crochet: Completed Projects by ax174 on: March 20, 2007 07:28:00 AM

This is the little taiyaki purse from the Japanese craft book, Knit Room by Tomoko Fujita (more about the book here).  It's the same book that this other craftster's fruity hat is from.

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18  Re: 12-point Star Blanket~along (a.k.a. Round Ripple) in Crochetalongs by ax174 on: March 18, 2007 04:05:45 PM
Aelita, your afghan reminds me of a watermelon because it's green, pink, and white.  Grin

This is mine, done in Bernat Cottontots.  I was going for an Easter egg look.  It's got 30 rounds in it.  Here it is with a DVD on top to show the size.

Even after I blocked it, it stretches only from my toes to the bottom of my rib-cage, so I'm going to make it bigger.

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19  Re: Star Baby Blanket~Along in Crochetalongs by ax174 on: January 15, 2007 12:32:07 PM
I messed around a bit and figured out a better beginning, but I'm still having trouble with the joins. It leaves a big hole. Did anyone else have this problem?

I sure did.  Check out my WIP picture - see it?

For subsequent rounds, I fixed it by sl-st'ing to the first ch-space and starting the round there, instead of where the pattern recommended.  Hope that makes sense.  Also, I blocked it to within an inch of its life.   
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20  Re: Star Baby Blanket~Along in Crochetalongs by ax174 on: January 15, 2007 12:25:22 PM
I posted my blanket earlier in this thread here, but the baby I made it for (my friend was pregnant at the time) *finally* popped out.  Here she is with the blanket - eeee!
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