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1  Shawl Collar Construction in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by beatnik_chik on: January 05, 2007 02:54:54 PM
Hey everyone!  I'm knitting a sweater for the fianc (it's an "engagement sweater"), and he wants a shawl collar.  "Knitting in the old way" (great book) gave me an idea of what a shawl collar should look like (inserted into a V-neck opening), but after completing it it was much too feminine then either of us had expected.
I want it to look more like this one:

Does anyone know what that is called and how I should go about constructing it?
I'm thinking that if I make a V-neck opening except with about ten stitches on a holder in the centre, then do a traditional shawl collar it will work.
Am I on the right track?
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2  Re: help! i found a bug in my yarn stash! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by beatnik_chik on: November 30, 2006 07:52:58 PM
Did it look like this:

??  That is a silverfish.
DESCRIPTION: Silverfish are small, soft insects without wings. The abdomen has three filaments extending from it.Silverfish are not often seen by homeowners because they are nocturnal and can run very swiftly. Occasionally, they are found in bathtubs. They crawl in seeking food or moisture and can't climb out. These insects prefer vegetable matter with a high carbohydrate and protein content. However, indoors they will feed on almost anything. A partial list includes dried beef, flour, starch, paper, gum, glue, cotton, linen, rayon, silk, sugar, molds and breakfast cereals.

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3  I am Jack's Broken Heart in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by beatnik_chik on: November 21, 2006 07:49:09 AM

I made this amigurumi heart two years ago for a "favorite movie" swap.  Her favorite movie was Fight Club, and I loved the part where the main character found a bunch of anatomy magazines from the fifties in his basement written in the first person:  "I am Jack's diseased Liver", "I am Jack's swollen tonsils"... this is Jack's Broken Heart.
The swap partner loved it, then flaked.  Go figure  Undecided

The heart is freehand-ed out of acrylic yarn I got from a thrift store blanket.
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4  Cabled Green Sock for my Mom. in Knitting: Completed Projects by beatnik_chik on: June 05, 2006 11:46:31 AM
The pattern came out of an old Beehive book Handknit socks by Beehive I got it at a secondhand store.  It doesn't say what year it's from, but it has a bunch of argyle patterns, too.  It cost 40 cents originally.  Eventually I hope to knit all the patterns.
The yarn is baby acrylic I bought at the same secondhand store.  It has a little bit of a pearly sheen to it, and it split like a mother, but it looks neat now.

And just to prove that I DON't have second-sock-itis:

Photos taken by my lovely man, modeled by me.  My feet are smaller than my mom's.
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5  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by beatnik_chik on: March 03, 2006 05:10:10 PM
Okay, all your hot-headed craftsters Wink  Mine is a question.  I'm hoping to look a little more... put together these days as I'm getting a new job, and going to a new university, blah blah blah.  I feel like my hair now doesn't make me look enough like a grown up.

This is the best pic I have of my hair that shows off the shape of my face as well.  It's about three inches longer now than it is in that pic, but you can see the problems:  it's fuzzy, it's thin, it hangs fairly limply, and it's not in any particular style.
I think my face is either round or heart-shaped, but I can't seem to find a style that *really* suits me.
I'm willing to blow dry my hair, and use product occasionally.  I need to be able to look professional, but I'd really like to look FUN.
What do you guys think?
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6  Re: Subculture Swap 2 in The Swap Gallery by beatnik_chik on: November 16, 2005 08:05:50 PM
YAY!  I got a package!  *does a little dance*  Phizzychick sent me some gorGEOUS jewelery, art cards, and a little gift from the glastonbury festival (I'm planning on going one of these days!)
Here are the really bad cel phone camera pictures... I just need to tell you that they look INCREDIBLE in real life!

A bracelet she got at the Glastonbury Festival.  It's gorgeous purple, black and natural waxed hemp thread with little silver beads all through

A necklace and a bookmark that she made herself with these awesome little glass beads that look like the sun.

An art card with photographs of a scrapbook about GLastonbury that she had made (I actually loved the original that she posted earlier)

ANOTHER art card with Neil Young lyrics on the back (this is the back)

And this is the front

She also sent a little pouch to keep jewelery or change in that she bought at Glastonbury.
I have to emphasize once again, my pictures suck... the art is BEAUTIFUL!

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7  Hello Kitty Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by beatnik_chik on: October 26, 2005 11:19:30 AM
well, I'm not really the kinda gal who wears "hello kitty", but I made this for a girl who got flaked on in the three month swap.
I just "winged it"... I wanted it to be wearable in all weather, so I made a basic toque in double crochet, added ears and a bow.  Ta DAAAA!

And here's the reason why I don't wear these things:

Got a message from the swappee saying that she loved  it, though!
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8  Re: Subculture Swap 2 in The Swap Gallery by beatnik_chik on: October 16, 2005 08:49:17 PM
Pictures of what I sent Melissa,

The Green Hat

The Record Clock (it's Kraftwerk)

The Earrings (Fender Picks)

All Together Now:

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9  Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by beatnik_chik on: September 30, 2005 06:51:30 PM

I made my own... I didn't see this post until after I started, so I made up my pattern. I'm pretty happy with it.
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10  Tiger Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by beatnik_chik on: September 24, 2005 01:54:20 PM
Hey, quick and easy project, I know, but I made some new socks that I love.
I used OPAL self-striping yarn in their new "Rainforest" line.  1 dollar from each yarn purchase goes towards saving the rainforest.

Here they are:

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