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1  Warm weather slouchy beanie/Tam/Beret - whatever you call it in Crochet: Completed Projects by tamratoo on: January 05, 2011 03:54:14 PM
I used a pattern from Miss Knittles to make a slouchy beanie out of homespun that came out great, but I really wanted an open mesh light weight hat for warmer weather. Using the same pattern as a guide, I changed hook size, yarn, and stitch and came up with this. Love, Love, Love it!
Miss Knittles original pattern found here : http://www.facebook.com/notifications.php#!/notes/miss-knittles-knits-crochet/free-pattern-lion-brand-homespun-yarn-slouchy-beanie-hat/323152035469?cmntid=10150122087560470.

My summer version: Sorry for the cell phone pics, my camera is on the blitz.

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2  Emily, from Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride in Halloween Costumes by tamratoo on: November 01, 2010 12:40:20 PM
My no cost version of Emily. I made the wig from fabric scraps and yarn that I had in my stash. The veil and over skirt are from an old costume from 5 years ago, the dress was the one from my Hand fasting 4 years ago, the belt is just a strip of super wide elastic, the pearls were just a strand of seed beads that I noticed sitting in my sewing notions "junk" jar that I just grabbed before we left the house, and my daughter did my make up.
I did a last minute alteration job on the veil to gather it at the top and make a slit up the front (in its original form the fabric is supposed to cover the face). I was very surprised at how many people, especially little kids, immediately knew who I was trying to be. I had several children walk up and say "Hi, Emily!", including my own granddaughter who I had no idea who I was until I said "baby, it's me, Nana". I ended up having a lot of fun with this. 1st pic is my "sad bride" look, second is my inspiration, 3rd is a semi profile by an appropriate tree, and last is a full front shot. We did not notice the "happy to see ya" ghost until we were looking at the pictures later in the evening.  

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3  Re: Corpse Bride yarn wig in Halloween Costumes by tamratoo on: October 28, 2010 09:11:50 AM
I used a clear plastic quilting ruler that is 24' long and 5' wide. I wrapped the yarn around the the ruler going down the full 24' about 30 to 50 times, so that I had 30 - 50 strands on each side of the ruler. Be sure that when you wrap and snip the last strand that you end with your snipped strand on the same end of the ruler as where you started. Does that make sense?
Then slide a peice of yarn about 6 inches long under the strands, move it to the opposite end of your starting and ending point, and tie it off tightly. Then slide off the strands at the start / ending point and cut through all the strands. This will give you a nice bundle of "hair". Then I sewed the strands to the center of the cap, using the tied off end as my center marking. I snipped open the strand used to tie off so that I could spread the yarn out as I sewed it down. The sewed seam created the center "part".  For the back and sides I created hair bundles the same way, but cut each bundle into 2, and sewed down. I just kept making and attatching bundles until it was nice and full and provided even coverage ( I had to try it on several times as I worked to check for spots that needed more "hair"). Here are pics. First pic shows the hair sewed to the back, second pic is the side, and the last one is a hair bundle cut on both ends. If you look at the pictures of the finished wig you can see where I sewed the center "part". Word of caution, if you have cats don't try this with them in the room!

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4  Corpse Bride yarn wig in Halloween Costumes by tamratoo on: October 26, 2010 08:52:10 PM
Yes, I am too old to be dressing up for Halloween. But I don't care!
I told my daughter the make up artist that I wanted to do a theatrical version of the corpse bride, so she stopped by to do an experimental make up job on me. Once she was done I realized I needed to upgrade my home made costume to come up to the level of her make up job, but what to do when you are flat broke? So I scrambled through my fabric stash and found some spandex scraps and wide elastic, which I sewed into a tight fitting cap. Then I pulled some blue yarn out of the yarn stash. Then I just improvised and hoped for the best.
It took 3 days but I came up with this. I am pretty proud of it and I think it will look great with my final Halloween makeup job.

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5  GO COWCATS!!!!! (or: How to seriously piss off a cat) in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by tamratoo on: October 17, 2010 03:41:43 PM
I have recently gotten into making dog clothing, but I don't have a dog, so my cat got called into service as a model since she is about the same size as the dog this coat is designed for. She was not amused.

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6  had to try some more in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tamratoo on: October 11, 2010 03:33:50 PM
My husband liked the first one so much that he went and raided his closet for t shirts for me to redo.
So now I have a one of a kind Cowboys top and a super cute skully.

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7  I had to try this in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tamratoo on: October 11, 2010 09:08:34 AM
I followed the tutorial, so mine came out as more of an off the shoulder version. I noticed that yours has the sleeves cut differently than what the tutorial shows, so I am going to try it again. But I still like this one. It will be cute with a tank top under it. And this shirt has hung in my closet unworn for years. I think it will get a little wear now.
Thanks for the idea!

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8  Newest obsession - Earrings! in Crochet: Completed Projects by tamratoo on: March 01, 2010 10:53:04 AM
I spend 3-4 hours every day commuting by train, so I always looking for small projects to keep me busy.
When my husband begged me to stop making dish clothes I moved on to earrings.
Some of these are other people's patterns I found online, and some are patterns I made up.

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