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1  Portal Nook Sleeve in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by diranasaurus on: September 21, 2011 01:23:06 PM
I made my boyfriend a Portal themed Nook case by following this tutorial: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2009/05/elizabeths-fabric-focus-5/

I left the flap off because I'd already cut out the design and a flap would have covered up part of it. The Nook just barely fits, so it really doesn't need a flap! It stays in all on its own.

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2  Super Easy Skirt Draping Recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by diranasaurus on: August 25, 2011 09:48:27 PM
Inspired by a skirt I got off eBay, I did this really easy recon on this skirt I've had for a while. All I did was sew ribbon ties on the inside seams. I can untie them and wear the skirt straight if I ever felt like it, but I prefer it puffy at the moment.


Before, for reference:

I love it now! But it reminds me of lettuce... I might RIT dye it a little darker so I don't feel so much like produce when I wear it.
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3  Funky earrings--astronaut, octopus, and watch pieces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by diranasaurus on: November 19, 2008 06:20:27 PM
These were made with octopus charms from a local bead shop, caned glass beads I received in a swap, and findings I already had.  I wanted them really dangly, but I'm starting to think they're too dangly.

It's scarf weather now and these earrings slightly impede the scarf wearing process.

I made these to unwind from a stressful day... which happened to be a mistake.  Some of the watch pieces were so tiny that I couldn't get the gap in the jump rings to close enough.  I even had some parts fall off the next day when I wore them, but I added more when I got back to my dorm.

It feels a little like cheating to say that I made these because they were so simple--just astronaut charms attached to fish hooks with jump rings. 

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4  Roses and Chocolate hat--knit from thrfted yarns in Knitting: Completed Projects by diranasaurus on: August 09, 2008 04:47:09 PM
I've been trying to use up my stash lately--what better way to use up those thrifted remnants than a stripey hat? 


I've been knitting a lot of striped hats lately in this pattern... but I've been trying to pair together colors that I wouldn't normally work with.  Pink, brown, and green might normally be in others color spectrums, but this hat is way out of mine!
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5  Colors of Summer Hat--knit with thrifted and kool-aid dyed yarns in Knitting: Completed Projects by diranasaurus on: August 09, 2008 02:19:38 PM
I call this one my Colors of Summer hat because it reminds me of watermelon, one of the mainstays of my summers.  I knit it from a wool I dyed with various pink colors of kool-aid and thrifted wool. 


I'm normally not a pink person, but I really like this hat!  Unfortunately, I just dyed my hair a reddish-brown color (closer to red) and I don't think they go so well together.  It's meant to be a slouchy hat, but doesn't really look it on my glass head.  Made from my own pattern.  Smiley
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6  Salt Water Taffy Hat--knit from thrifted yarns in Knitting: Completed Projects by diranasaurus on: August 09, 2008 12:37:06 PM
I've been working a lot lately with yarns I've thrifted-- this hat is made from a combination of a wool blend and 100% wool yarns.

I'm normally not a pastel fan... but I thought all the colors worked in this hat.  On my head it's a little slouchy, which is the look I was going for, but it's more beanie-like on my glass head.  Made from my own pattern. Smiley
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7  Beachy colored knit hat/tam in Knitting: Completed Projects by diranasaurus on: July 22, 2008 12:56:42 PM
This hat reminds me of the beach--it's got the colors of the sand, surf and seaweed, with a bit of that grey haze that sometimes rolls in.  The only thing missing is the color of sunburn!   Embarrassed

I knit it with thrifted wool from my own pattern.
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8  Fluffy Lace Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by diranasaurus on: July 07, 2008 04:30:36 PM
This was my first lace project--I was so excited each time I got to the end of a row and all the stitches were in their proper places!  Having the right number on the needles was difficult sometimes... I just used a lace pattern from a stitch dictionary.

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9  Ugly yarn in a suitcase in Dyeing: Completed Projects by diranasaurus on: July 07, 2008 04:27:01 PM
I've been dyeing up some thrifted yarn with kool-aid and wilton's.  Here's the before:

and only some of the after:

I still have so much more to dye... and actually have some dyeing in the kitchen right now!
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10  Homespun Horrors Hats w/ simple pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by diranasaurus on: July 07, 2008 04:20:22 PM
I've been trying to use up the yarn I bought when I was a new knitter and hadn't experienced yarn from a real yarn shop.  Homespun is such a pain to work with once you realize most yarns don't worm or bunch up!

And my pattern notes, cross-posted from my blog:

Homespun Horrors Hat Pattern

Lion Brand Homespun Yarn
US 10 circular needle
US 10 dpns
Stitch marker

CO 60 sts. Join in the round without twisting and place marker.

Knit approximately 6.5 inches

(change to dpns as needed)
1) *k8, k2tog. repeat to marker.
2) *k7, k2tog. repeat to marker.
3) *k6, k2tog. repeat to marker.
continue in this manner until only 4 sts remain. weave in ends.

Super easy and less than two hours for an adult sized hat!

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