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1  Re: projects from jess hutchison's booklet in Knitting: Completed Projects by jamby on: January 23, 2006 05:54:39 PM
I made the snake from the book (first project on DPNs!):

Then, I made the bunny.  It was pretty quick and a lot of fun.  Many thanks to Jess!

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2  Knitted Pig (lots of photos) in Knitting: Completed Projects by jamby on: July 31, 2005 11:40:19 AM

It's a knitted pig!  This is my first big project.

The pattern is from Knitted Toys by Fiona McTague.

The hardest part was finishing; I had no idea how to seam some of the parts together!

Not the most flattering angle.

Now I might know enough to make my own pattern for other animals.

A friend has requested an opossum for her birthday.
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3  Cross-stitch pattern needs "improving" in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by jamby on: January 22, 2005 10:02:39 AM
I received a needlepoint kit from my boyfriend's mother for the holidays.  She knows I do needlepoint and thought I would like to take up cross-stitch.  It was a super-sweet gift and I was touched and I want to do it, but there's a slight problem: the pattern.  Here's the picture that was printed with the kit:

My question: Can this be rescued?  Can this be used in a kitschy way, or is it beyond hope? 

My ideas so far: 
  • The pattern has an option for doing the text in French.  That's a start.
  • Also, I could make it, take a photo to send to the mother-in-law, then add something to it, like fire, or some other imminent doom for the kitten. 
  • Would it work on a t-shirt?

Other ideas?

Did anyone else get gifts that need, um,  modification?

(I should say, she it not without taste--I also received a kick-a** hat and mittens that she knitted!)
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4  "Catheteresque" Coffee Urn Lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jamby on: August 03, 2003 10:32:34 PM

This lamp will add a nice institutional feel to any room of your home. ­Alternately, you can keep it at work like I do. ­Imagining myself an artist, I expected my coworkers to thrill at its irony, to participate in its anger, and to walk away mournful of the human condition and subconsciously scarred. ­Instead, most coworkers think it's cute. ­You decide.

Here's what you'll need:
  • An old coffee urn.
  • A light kit, or a fixture, cord, and all the other stuff salvaged from another lamp.
  • A shade

There are only two tricks to making a lamp out of just about anything. ­First, you have to find a way to mount the light fixture. ­Here, just drill a hole in the top of the lid. ­And second, you have to find a discreet (or indiscreet!) place for the cord to exit. ­I was going to drill another hole at the bottom, in the back, but the spout just seemed better.

  • Take it apart.
    Use a screw driver to remove the handle from the lid. ­Remove everything from the inside of the urn. ­Mine had a strainer and other stuff in there. (Anyone have any ideas for what to do with it?) ­Remove the spout at the bottom. ­This may require a socket wrench.

  • Clean it.
    It's easier now than later.

  • Start at the bottom.

    Take apart the spout. ­Run the cord through and reattach to the urn. ­ I had to use pliers to pull out a rubber stopper so the cord could fit through.

  • Drill
    Light fixtures are standardly mounted on something called a threaded nipple. ­There should be one of these in your light kit, or you can get one at a hardware store. ­Drill a hole through the lid just wide enough or slightly wider than the threaded nipple. ­I had the guy at the hardware store do this for me because I couldn't find my 3/8 drill bit. ­Secure the threaded nipple to the lid with threaded nuts (find them in the same part of the store). ­

  • Attach the fixture
    Attach the harp (the thing that hold the lampshade), then the fixture, drawing the cord through. ­Wire the socket. ­You can find helpful instructions at


    If that link dies, do a web search for "wire lamp socket," or check the back of the light kit, or study another lamp. ­Basically, you want to split the end of the cord, strip the wires, wrap them around the screws, and tighten the screws. ­Use an underwriter's knot to keep the cord from getting pulled out from below. ­There's a picture at the link above.

Add a compact flourescent bulb and an ulgy blue shade and you're done. ­If anyone can figure out how to make the spout lever a switch, let me know!

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