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111  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Yarn + Needles + Basic motor skills = These armwarmers! on: January 24, 2005 07:53:51 PM
Thanks for your interest! [Blushing] I added a pattern-- well, sort of a pattern. I hope it makes some semblance of sense.
112  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: what are you listening to whilst crafting? on: January 24, 2005 04:57:48 PM
The Shins. Just beautiful! Pink Bullets is an exceptionally good song. I have loved them for a while, and recently I saw Garden State, and they have a bunch of songs in that movie. Go Shins! They are more of less one part Indie pop, and one part amazing.
113  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Socks! on: January 24, 2005 04:51:24 PM
Well done! I once started making a sock. A sock that quickly became a hat-ish purse-like thing. Then I hid it away so noone would see my creation. How embarrassing. Your socks, however, look great! You definitely have the right to show them off!
114  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pimples, zits, whiteheads, pus pockets... on: January 24, 2005 12:10:51 PM
Under-skin ones that look ready to be popped- try sterilising a needle/pin (a few seconds over a flame), then gently prick it, and GENTLY push the sides w/ your fingers covered in a tissue.
Reducing redness etc- a tiny dab of toothpaste (not the gel kind) left on overnight should help to dry it out, just remember to wash it off in the morning..
AAAAAGGHHH!!!! Stick A pin IN YOUR FACE!?!?!?!?!?
Here is an idea that is a little less. . .what's the word. . . horrifying? Bring the zit to, um, maturity by doing one of the following:
  Boil some water and pour it in a bowl. Once a day drape a towel over your head and make a little "steam tent" for your face. Do this like once a day 'til your little friend is ready to be squeezed.
  OR, make a paste of salt and water and dab it on the little darling 'til all the grossness makes a true whitehead (eeew).
   If you must pop a zit, wait until it is ready a nd press the skin around it outward, trust me on this.
I know it is hard (especially for me with my Obsessive Compulsive tendencies) but it really is best to keep your fingers away from your face as much as possible. Good luck!
115  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 15 Minute Earwarmers on: January 24, 2005 11:51:52 AM

Yesterday at 7:10: "Ummm, I think I will try making earwarmers. . ."
7:25:"Hey these look okay! I will wear them to the broomball game."
7:27: "I am going to look so ladylike and demure at the game, in my cute li'l earwarmers!"
7:30: "Yaaaaaay team! Go for the jugular! Play for blood! Rrrrrip their throats oooouuuuuutttt!!!!"

I kid you not.

ps This is a great picture of me. I especially like the red eye.

I used a K hook and Red Heart yarn (so cheap!) in med thyme. Oh, and I had it doubled over, you know? I was working with a double strand of the same yarn. OH- and a tapestry needle (but you can make these without one)

 Pattern!CH=chain SC=single crochet Rnd=round ST=stich  Do the whole thing with a double strand of yarn- unless you don't want to.
First, chain 3 and join into a ring (that was round one).
Rnd 2: SC in first CH, CH 1, SC in second CH, CH 1, SC in third CH, CH 1-- you have just doubled the size of your piece- from 3 sts to 6!
Rnd 3: Double the size again in the same way (SC, CH, SC, CH. . .) so you now have a 12 st round.
Rnd 4: Increase your 12 sts to 24 in the same way.
Now: SC for 12 sts (halfway around the circle) then CH 22 sts. SC back along the chain (21 sts, I think) til you get back to the circle, then continue SC along the circle (like 12 more sts), then CH  30 and fasten off.

Half done! Now make another piece, following the pattern (assuming I wrote it correctly). Use your tapestry needle (or crochet hook)  and a piece of the yarn to sew together the thick 21 CH arms. This seam goes over/across your head and the 30 CH tails tie under your hair.

I need to improve the tails, I think, to make them a little more secure. They are okay but not perfect.
I have thought of a couple of variations such as, stringing a ribbon through the whole thing so the ends dangle out the ends of the tails, or making some flowers to go on the ears. A butterfly on top? I like the fleece idea- is chilly Vermont a lot like freezing Upper Peninsula Michigan? That is where I live.
116  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Yarn + Needles + Basic motor skills = These armwarmers! on: January 24, 2005 11:35:27 AM
Hey Sundance Kid,

Great job finally figuring out how to put those pics up. And clean your room!
(It is my first time!)
117  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yarn + Needles + Basic motor skills = These armwarmers! on: January 24, 2005 11:33:13 AM
Are you afraid of round or double pointed needles? Afraid of tricky patterns and complicated stitches? Are you too lazy for that sort of thing? If you answered yes to any of these questions, and you are a breathing bi-ped with minimal knowledge of knitting, you can make these arm warmers!

Underneath, I am just wearing those super cheap stretchy gloves. Please pay special attention to the messy dormroom!

I have never read or written a pattern so, uh, this might be embarrassing. Let me know which parts don't make sense, I'll try to clarify!

I used #5 needles and cheap red heart yarn (college girl special).
I made them flat, but you could just as easily work on DPN's.

CO 30 sts
Row 1-3: Stockinette stitch
Row 4-30: 3/3 ribbing (you can make this part- the arm part- as long as your li'l
               heart desires).
Row 31: decrease every 3rd st
Row 32: Um. . . work according to stitches in row 31. (No decreasing, just knit
             on top of knitted sts and purl on top of purled sts)
Row 33: decrease 1 more st from the "stripes" you decreased from in row 31.
Row 34: This row=20 sts. . .right? Right! Now work Row 34 in Garter Stitch.
Row 35-40: Work in garter stitch.
Row41: Still garter stitch, increasing 1 st every 4 sts
Row 42: Again, work in garter stitch, increasing 1 st every 4 sts
Row 43-55: Garter stitch.
Row 56: Garter for 24 sts, then BO sts 25-29. Do 30th st in garter.
Row 57: After 1st st (still in garter), CO 5 sts, continue rest of row in garter.
Row 58-63: (or as long as you'd like this part) in garter. When your satisfied bind off!
If you were able to follow my nonsense, you are done! If not, just let me know!
118  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Re: what am i doing wrong? on: January 24, 2005 11:30:07 AM
Me too.  Angry
I have only one tip, punching your computer does not help.
119  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Table Cloth Pleated Skirt on: January 24, 2005 10:23:16 AM
Beautiful. Just gorgeous. It looks so very Audrey Hepburn. Classic. Sigh.
120  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oh My Foreign Green Circle Skirt That Isn't Really a Circle Skirt. on: January 21, 2005 06:44:09 PM
Here's my favorite cure for the uncommonly short skirt-

I like to buy tights with bright colors or patterns (the little girs' department is a treasure trove of tights), and cut off the toe ends. I wear them with skirts so the tights go a little past my knees. It's warm, it's tres chic, and it saves me from having to shave above my knees or showcase too much of my white-as-God legs. Your skirt is too cute for you to make anything less than the most of it!

I'm just saying. Is all.
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