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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / ruffled pixie hat - NOW WITH PATTERN on: September 19, 2012 05:12:01 PM
ok so I actually made this last winter but I never shared it so here you go!
I really wanted a pixie hat but I didn't like the look of any patterns I found online and I'm far to cheap/broke/whatever to buy patterns, so I ended up making up my own. For the first thing I've knitted without a pattern I'd say it came out fantastic.


I was super obsessed with seed stitch and ruffled edges when I made it, so of course I had to incorporate those. It's knitted from Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease in Willow on size 11 straight needles. Super soft, super warm, and decently stretchy. Can't wait to break it out again this year. Unfortunately I only have two, really bad web-cam pics of it, but you still get the idea

EDIT: here's the pattern for anyone who wants to make one of their own. all I ask is that you don't use it for profit and if you make a hat I would love to see the results!

Size 11 needles
Lion Brand Yarn, Wool Ease

CO 232
K2tog across the row
K2tog across the row (58 sts)
Work 2x2 rib for 2 rows
Work in seed st for a total of  4-5 inches
Seed 2, *seed 9, k2tog* repeat between * til last 2 sts, seed 2
Seed row, being sure to purl the decrease sts
Seed 2, *seed8, k2tog* repeat between * til last 2 sts, seed 2
Seed row, being sure to purl the decrease sts
Continue in this fashion until there is only 1 st, BO stitch and seam the hat.

if there's anything you don't understand let me know and I'll try to explain it Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapped Lake Superior stone pendants on: September 19, 2012 04:59:38 PM
spent week last month camping on the shore of Lake Superior, and since I always bring back so many of the stones that I have too many bookends and paperweights, I decided to try my hand at making wire wrapped pendants. Pretty happy with the results. These 5 took me about an hour to make, and I may make some more out of the hundred or so I brought back if they sell.

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Calavera Catrina on: November 06, 2011 11:13:44 AM
For Hallowe'en this year I decided to be a Calavera Catrina, a sort of full-body version of the traditional Sugar Skulls made for Dia De Los Muertos. I started planning this costume in July, since I'm so obsessed with Hallowe'en costumes Smiley Sorry in advance about the picture quality, I had to use my cell phone

The base is an old white, 80's style prom dress from the thrift store that I re-purposed for my costume. After converting the horribly poofy sleeves to off-the-shoulder sleeves, I dyed it yellow with turmeric. At this point, it looked *far* too much like Belle's dress in Beauty and the Beast, so on a whim, I ripped out the petticoat, tattered some of the lace, and put it in the washer with 1/4 a package of black RIT dye and it came out this lovely but rather unexpected moss green color. I absolutely adore it.

The necklace is made from fabric from my scraps bin, as well as some beads I got for my birthday and a button that fell off an old cardigan of mine. The button was coated with glow-in-the-dark nail polish.

The earrings were made from Sculpey. After baking I painted the eye sockets black and coated them in more glow-in-the-dark nail polish.

The gloves were from the thrift store, and I had intended to paint skeleton arms on them, but I ran out of time and funds :/

The make up was done by myself and took about an hour to finish up properly, mostly because I was using dollar store face paint and liquid eyeliner. This particular picture was taken after I went to a Hallowe'en dance on campus, so the make-up on my lips is a little smudged from eating Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / some questions on making a Tonks costume for HP7 pt2 premier on: May 08, 2011 05:56:23 PM
I've always gone to every other premier either plainclothes or dressed as a generic Hogwarts student, so for the final installment in the Harry Potter series I've decided to go as Nymphadora Tonks. Yay!

Here's my reference photo: http://images.wikia.com/harrypotter/images/1/1a/Tonks.jpg
Pants and boots I have. Gloves, necklace and over-shirt are made/attained easily. The striped undershirt I expect will be the result of some serious thrift-store scrounging or, if absolutely necessary, I will sew myself. However, it's the jacket that's bothering me the most.

I found this to use as a good base: http://cgi.ebay.com/Vtg-40s-WWII-Repro-L-S-Burgundy-Long-Coat-Dress-12-B41-/330561670173?pt=US_CSA_WC_Dresses&hash=item4cf702cc1d
I figure I'll use some bias tape and cheap brass-looking buttons for the embellishments. However, I really want to make the coat look as though it's made out of dragon hide, but I have no idea how. I was thinking of maybe getting some lace or netting with a design reminiscent of scales, and dabbing gold fabric paint onto the coat using the lace/netting as a stencil, but I'm not sure how well it will work.

If anyone has some suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it! Otherwise, this will most likely become a WIP thread as I accrue the various pieces of the costume.
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