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91  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Magnets... rawr.... rawr! on: January 12, 2010 11:48:43 PM
yeah, i plan on making the l4d2 gang here shortly. i was trying to decide if i should make the zombies, but i think they would be hard.

If you had to attempt one zombie magnet, it should definitely be a tank. Grin
92  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Magnets... rawr.... rawr! on: January 12, 2010 12:20:08 PM
Ahhhhh those are soooooo awesome!  Now you just need to make Nick, Ellis, Rochelle, and Coach Tongue
93  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / The cake is a lie! But if you wish to make an apple pie from scratch... on: January 11, 2010 07:17:12 PM
...you must first invent the universe.

My boyfriend and I were inspired by these awesome Bender and Gir glasses and decided to etch some stuff too!

I etched a Carl Sagan glass for him using the fabric paint method in this thread.

I didn't cover some spots well enough so there were some random etched spots on his face.  Cry  Boyfriend still loved it and uses it as a beer glass.  He etched me this Portal glass in return.  He used the x-acto knife/contact paper method.

I think I prefer the contact paper method more.  There's less room for error but the lines are much cleaner.  I'd probably use fabric paint for free hand doodles when I'm not concerned about having neat lines.

(Sorry about the poor photos.  It's really hard to photograph glass.  Lips sealed)
94  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old prom.....new prom! (pic happy) on: January 11, 2010 06:58:38 PM
I love the last two!  I'm such sucker for ruffles. Tongue
95  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: grumpy bunny and kappa. on: January 11, 2010 06:29:29 PM
These are great. We have been learning about kappas ever since we watched School Rumble. Isn't it interesting that they are the bad guys in mario and kirby, and us americans have no idea why.

I thought of School Rumble when I saw the kappa too. Smiley  Maybe you could crochet a leaf to protect the bunny's head from rain, a la Totoro or School Rumble?
96  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wetfelted nuno-scarve on: January 10, 2010 04:54:06 PM
That looks gorgeous!  Had to google nuno felting to find out what it was.  One more thing to add to the "must-try" list. Tongue
97  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: my holy hoodie is no longer drafty! :) on: January 10, 2010 03:16:06 PM
You could try cutting little snips into your appliques perpendicular to the edge and tossing the hoodie in the washer.  The edges of your appliques will fluff up into a border like a rag quilt.  I don't have a lot of experience sewing so I'm not sure if this only works with cotton fabrics.
98  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2010 DeStash-Along on: January 05, 2010 03:10:24 PM
Quite jealous of the others who've managed to get some de-stashing done already.  I've just spent the past couple days staring at piles of yarn and searching for my size 7 needles...

I've somehow managed to lose my size 7 needles in my Options set and my Denise set.  Haven't seen them for months.  Cry

As for destashing, I started knitting Marnie MacLean's Assets of Evo on Sunday to use up three balls of Elann Esprit.  I knew if I tried to knit socks, I'd only finish one and the other would never get finished.  Embarrassed  Plus, these will make comfy sleep shorts.
99  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2010 DeStash-Along on: January 02, 2010 11:33:22 PM
Just finished my first destashing project of this year!  It's a bottle cozy knit from an oddball single skein of bulky single-ply wool.  I found it in one of my drawers partially up as a legwarmer.  Since I have already traded the rest of the yarn and this yarn is a pain to frog, I decided to make use of the half-knitted object and transform it into a cozy.  It's useful because my stainless steel water bottle tends to sweat all over the place whenever I fill it with ice-cold water.

Edit: I added this project to Ravelry and my pattern "notes" ended up a fairly descriptive pattern.  Here it is in case anyone who is not on Ravelry and wants to knit up some stashbuster cozies:

Water Bottle Cozy:

Cast on desired amount of stitches (needs to be a multiple of 4 for neater decreasing).  Knit 2x2 ribbing in the round for desired length until the cozy reaches the curve of the bottom of the bottle.  Starting on the next row:
Row 1: Decrease by p2g the first pair of purl stitches then every other group of purl stitches until the end of the row.  
Row 2: Knit in pattern (should be *P1, K2, P2, K2, repeat from * to end.)
Row 3: Decrease by p2g the remaining pairs of purl stitches.  Stitches should now be in a K2, P1 pattern.
Row 4: Knit all stitches.
Row 5: Divide stitches into 6 even groups.  Place marker if desired.  Knit until 2 stitches before marker, then K2tog.  Repeat until end of the round.
Row 6 and on: Repeat decrease pattern dictated in row 5.  Knit rows until 6 stitches remain on needles.  Cut yarn and draw yarn tail through stitches.  Draw the hole closed.  Pull the tail through center of hole and weave in on wrong side of cozy.  Weave in cast on tail.  Finished!

Note:  I cast on 26 stitches so for my decreases, I had to separate my stitches into alternating groups of 6 stitches and 7 stitches for the decreases.  You would not run into this problem with a multiple of 4 stitches.  

Also, my bottle is a 27oz Kleen Kanteen.  I'm not sure how this would work out with other yarn weights or wider/narrower bottles.  For flat-bottomed bottles, you could probably ignore the row 1-3 instructions, knit a purl ridge, then start on row 4.
100  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2010 DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2010 01:44:45 PM
Long-time member, first time poster here!

I've been trying to get a head-start on destashing my yarn since Thanksgiving of '09.  I have three huge plastic storage bins of yarn and have barely made a dent! Sad  I've been knitting small projects from those single balls of yarn that you don't have enough of to knit a big project with (i.e. Shedir and Knucks)

I'm also trying to use up a lot of stashed acrylic (bought with the intention of making a lot of cute amigurumi creatures) by knitting garter stitch blankets on the diagonal for charity.  I'm thinking Jared Flood's Tweed Baby Blanket will be a good base for these blankets.

After all the odd-balls of yarn and acrylic are tackled, I can move on to bigger projects with the larger bunches of yarn. Smiley
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