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1  from Amigurumi World! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: April 07, 2008 07:50:33 PM
so i've taken up crochet, gave up on the granny squares, and soon after received my copy of Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli.

and here's what i've made so far!  the fruits are about life-size, bigger than the book suggested they'd be, due to probably my yarn choice and still being a new crocheter and maybe losing count or not so great at tension, etc.  the apple has a worm to go with it in the book, i didn't make that (yet).  and the hedgehog gets ears and arms eventually.  that guy's pretty tiny...you can kind of tell in relation to the keyboard.  he's shorter than a bottle of nail polish, for reference.  anyway, tons more in there i want to make, it really is seriously cute stuff.   

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2  slouch disaster in Knitting: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: February 27, 2008 09:44:48 AM
i was so happy to finish it!  i don't even like hats but i thought this one might change me.  the directions were clear, i had no problems aside from the fact i wish i had started from the outside of the yarn to get more of that dark purple than the reddish purple...UNTIL...i was taking pictures when i saw a weird spot and i picked up it for a closer inspection and things started to unravel (not-so-great pic below to illustrate)!  how could i not notice a dropped stitch...(or a few?!)  ahhhhh!  is there any way to fix this, you think?  : (((  so sad... 

the disaster!

pretty purple

just being silly...

**edited to fix giant image, sorry.**
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3  kitty with no ears. in Knitting: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: February 21, 2008 05:30:47 AM
i made a kittyville!  first hat!  aside from the practice attempt which i screwed up in a few ways:  forgot about the fact that all knit rows is automatically stockinette in the round, so i was knitting a row then purling a row.  then, first time using dpns, that got messy and things fell off, and just didn't go well.  and it was huge and floppy.  scrapped that, tried again, and this is how it came out.  pretty good, i think!  it's for someone else, but here's a secret, i've been "trying it on" and not taking it off, haha.  his only request was a hat with flaps...i hope it fits him and he'll like it! 

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4  well yes, it's still a scarf... in Knitting: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: February 18, 2008 05:01:10 PM
but, i feel quite accomplished because:

(technically this is not a finished project...it's awaiting a try-on session to make sure it's long enough, and fringe at the other end.   Tongue

-i tried and succeeded at stripes (once again, i think i was avoiding trying it thinking it would be harder than it actually was)

-i didn't try to cheat and use bulky yarn or giant needles in attempt to get it done fast.

-it did take plenty of time, but not nearly as bad as i thought when i first started it. 

it's caron simply soft.  it IS quite soft.  feels like it'll be warm too.  and i must part with it.  i hope the recipient shall like it.

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5  Valentine's Day cupcakes. in Dessert by elfin enigma on: February 14, 2008 08:22:53 AM
couldn't get a real decent shot so i cropped out a lot but you get the idea!

i used the "devil's food" recipe from the Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit blog.  as usual, i made a couple small variations (less sugar, added a little salt, etc.).  the frosting is cream cheese, and the sprinkles are one of those cans of six kinds by wilton.  i usually do not like things dyed strange bright artificial colors but i couldn't resist, i think they're adorable.  oh, and delicious.   Grin


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6  slashed up "heartbreak" tee, updated pics. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by elfin enigma on: February 03, 2008 08:14:44 AM
what do you think?  it may be finished...but i feel like it needs more.  this is to be worn to a "heartbreak"/valentine's themed goth/industrial event, i might make a mask too but i haven't decided (masquerade contest).  i have available to me, in addition to the basics, for more finishing touches:  pinking shears, more of the nylon cording, the ribbon pictured below, six d-rings, and a bleach pen.  aaaaand a persnickety sewing machine that is totally not digging knits lately...so that one's a maybe.  *note...comfy as they all are, i do not plan to wear my teapot pajama pants, blue bra, or fuzzy slippers.  just sayin'.  i may also wear a black&white striped long sleeve shirt underneath instead.*  opinions?

the front

the right side

the left shoulder

the ribbon

***i tried and tried, it is about impossible to get a shot where you can see all of the details at once, but here is a closeup of the sleeve detail and also a front shot with the striped shirt for comparison.  i made those runs here and there all over the shirt.  still feel it needs something!***

right sleeve

from the front, it's the best i could do!
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7  not sure what to call this aside from first FO of 2008... (pic added) in Knitting: Completed Projects by elfin enigma on: January 07, 2008 11:58:01 PM
so today i made something employing several new-to-me things.  (ooh!  doin' good on the resolution!)
-knitting in the round
-my new interchangeable needles!
-using chunky yarn, and also
-knitting with two yarns at once
-i actually made a gauge swatch

i also learned a few things.
-mohair-y or otherwise textured "hairy" yarn is a pain to frog!
-i typically imagine things quite a bit differently than how they turn out.
-you gotta screw those interchangeable tip suckers on TIGHT (but only one unscrewed...and only once)
-(i think) i successfully picked up a dropped stitch
-i should really make sure that i am un-knitting and un-purling the right way.  i mean i have "my" way, but i'm not sure it's THE way. 
-i used a stretchier bind off method, finally no puckered end (no matter how loose i try to do it!)
-knitting in the round is not scary!  and i shouldn't have put off trying it for a year only on the assumption that it might be hard.

so the details:  i was going for a big chunky cowl-ish thing, not thinking about the bulk of the yarn + the size of the needle would make it more stiff than drapey, plus i only had one size bigger which wouldn't have made a huge difference, PLUS, if it's supposed to keep me warm, full of holes is no goood!  i really just wanted to practice knitting in the round and working with different weights, etc.  i also winged the size, not knowing how much it would stretch, etc.  it's kinda weird and i'm not sure i'll end up wearing it, but... 

i used
lion brand wool ease thick & quick (charcoal) and lion brand moonlight mohair (glacier bay or something?)
size 13 needles on a 14" (?) cable
cast on 60 stitches, worked in k3 p3 throughout. 

it's about 6" tall and i haven't measured around yet...it's the same all the way down even though the pic makes it look more funnel-like...  i  was playing around yanking it down over my shoulders (a wee bit small...) and folding it over and such 'cause it's just weird to me the way it is.  wuite toasty-warm, though!  and i looooove the colors together.  anyway.  pics!  ends still need a-weavin'.   

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8  Re: multisize pattern fitting help needed in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by elfin enigma on: November 25, 2006 02:48:41 PM
alrighty, now for some photographic evidence!  [why do the pictures get all smooshed?]

alrighty, as you can see, the top touches and even overlaps, while the bottom is pretty spread apart. 

really sorry about the boob shot, and strange angle, but can you see how it's standing out?

the colored lines are the seams i took in.  one inch per side.  on the blue side, you might be able to see that piece is shortened due to the extra cup-reducing adjustment [i'm guessing equivalent to two cup sizes, whereas on the red side it's just one...strangely it seems to fit better on the red side...not to mention i have to adjust lest with the other seams that way.]

so can ya help me?  i really don't want to try another pattern only because silly me ordered a special kit just for this pattern, the boning premeasured and all.  by the way, this test one has no boning in it.  thanks everyone, i appreciate the replies!

p.s. - when making this post i saw that little picture upload box on the side, first time i've seen that, and i clicked upload, i guess thinking it was going to go in my post, which it didn't, so where exactly did i just upload my picture to?!  oops...
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9  Re: "Let's Do the iTunes Shuffle!" - Round 3 - Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elfin enigma on: August 18, 2006 04:17:11 PM
okay, pictures!  i am still typing all the stuff into my itunes, so no track listing, sorry, but among many others are things like sufjan stevens, death cab for cutie, the mountain goats, spoon, ben folds five, the dismemberment plan...just to give you a little hint. 

the three cds and a note, covers are multi-layer hand screened...this picture doesn't do justice.  and the actual cds have pronunciation and definitions of the word shuffle written on them.

sam likes presents, too...  he's completed his inspection and has claimed it as his own.

i think it might be love...
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10  cute-ish shirt made cuter! [3 photos] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by elfin enigma on: July 28, 2006 10:12:41 PM
i spotted this and thought it had potential, so here we go.  i may still take it in a bit/make darts and maybe do something with the collar area, but this is it so far.


after some new buttons, elastic, and shortening the sleeves and bottom hem [only because i wanted it straight...boo]:

close-up of bunchy sleeve and note the cute teeny heart button [to cover up a small hole from removing the pocket, shhhh...]:
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