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1  Re: Need Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations!! PLEASE!! in Halloween Decor and Parties by dansk on: October 12, 2007 02:43:50 PM
You can make tombstones cheaply, like others have suggested. I made a bunch for my yard using sheets of styrofoam insulation from the home improvement store. It's cheap.

I cut the shapes out of the styrofoam using a serrated knife to saw through it (it's messy so be warned). Then I painted them using faux finishing techniques and staked them in the yard using wooden dowels. You need to sharpen the ends of the dowels with a knife first.

Then I put moss around the bases, and added some fake cobwebs.

Here are some pictures:

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2  Egg Wreath w/feathers in Easter by dansk on: March 17, 2007 07:08:29 PM
For the first time ever, I'm making/hosting Easter dinner for my family this year! I've been seeing these egg wreaths everywhere and decided to try and make one to use as a centerpiece for the table.

Just hot glued plastic eggs to a styrofoam wreath form. I used mostly plain pastel eggs, and put some iridescent ones here and there. Cut a small feather boa into short lengths and tucked the pieces between the eggs where the styrofoam showed through.

The sides are not great because the eggs don't go all the way to the edges, but I think I'll put some of that plastic easter grass around it when it's on the table so no one will notice.

Pictured with my pug so you can see the scale of the wreath  Cheesy

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3  Re: A quick winter accessory knitalong? :D in Knitalongs by dansk on: October 21, 2006 05:34:48 PM
Okay I just finished the pair. Here is a picture:

I seamed the second one from the other side this time. It's not perfect, but it looks better than the first one. The cables really are centered, they moved around while I was trying to take the picture.

It's funny how we both happened to have similar yarn for this Nymeria!
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4  Re: Projects from "Handknit Holidays" by Melanie Falick in Knitting: Completed Projects by dansk on: October 17, 2006 11:46:51 AM
I just finished the Log Cabin Socks. This is my first pair of socks EVER! I LOVE this pattern and found it very easy to follow. I used Caron Simply Soft in black so they're really squishy and cozy! I think I'll make some in "nicer" yarn for my in-laws as Christmas gifts.

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5  Brea Bag with Self-designed Handle!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by dansk on: October 06, 2006 10:42:22 AM
This bag was made using the "Brea" pattern from Berroco. It's a Christmas gift for my MIL. The knitting went quickly, the finishing took FOREVER!

I used Lion Brand Wool-ease in Forest Green Heather.

Had to make my own pattern for the lining, that was quite an adventure!  Tongue I used a tapestry remnant I found for 1.99 at the fabric store. The pictures don't quite capture it's beauty, it has a subtle sheen to it. It turned out better than I thought, the stiffness of the fabric gives the bag structure.

I knitted the cabled strap and lined it with the tapestry fabric so it wouldn't stretch out with use.

The rings that attach the strap are from the hardware store. The button is from my MIL's mother's button tin, so it has more sentimental value than glamour.

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6  Re: A quick winter accessory knitalong? :D in Knitalongs by dansk on: October 05, 2006 11:47:40 AM
Here is a picture of the seam. I think it looks uneven because the pattern decreases as it goes toward the hand. I've sewn plenty of seams in my knitting projects with great success. I sewed this one very neatly (I thought) and it still looks bad!

I can't imagine buying cashmere yarn (which is what the pattern calls for) and ending up with a crap seam like this in it.
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7  Re: A quick winter accessory knitalong? :D in Knitalongs by dansk on: October 05, 2006 10:07:57 AM
Okay I have my first one done, I am using Caron Simply Soft in "Bone".

I am going to try to do the next one in the round, I HATE how the seam looks on the other side. If it goes well, I'll make a bunch for Christmas gifts!
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8  Strange Hobo Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by dansk on: October 03, 2006 03:55:52 PM
This is a sort of strange project. These squares were originally intended for a sampler afghan I was making for a friend of mine. For reasons I won't get into, that friend isn't getting an afghan anymore Tongue, so I was stuck with these squares sitting around.

I dug them out the other day and decided to make a kind of scrap scarf out of them using different techniques to stitch them together. I was going to add crocheted ruffles and ribbons and extra embellishment, but it caught my husband's eye when I was working on it and HE wanted it!

So here it is (can't put ruffles and sparkles on it if it's for him!). It's really wide, but I like wide scarves you can pull up over your face when it's cold.

in action with the shirt he bought at Goodwill to match it!


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9  Re: Halloween House Decorations-- everyone post your pictures / share ideas in Halloween Decor and Parties by dansk on: September 28, 2006 09:46:47 PM
Here are some pumpkins I knitted for our decorations. This is also posted in the knitting section so please look there if you would like the pattern!

The ghostly white pumpkin was a special request by my husband!
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10  Knitted Pumpkins! (with pattern link) in Knitting: Completed Projects by dansk on: September 28, 2006 09:42:02 PM
Here are some pumpkins I knitted. The pattern is really quick and easy. I made another set for my mom last night!

All of these are made with cheap acrylic yarn. Smiley

Pattern notes: I cast on 12 stitches for the large i-cord stem and the smaller ones were 9 stitches. I only stuffed the large stems on the ones in the pics, but on the set I made for my mom I stuffed the small size stems as well and would recommend doing so.

Here's the pattern:

The ghostly white pumpkin was a special request by my husband!
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