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21  My Father's Pants Make a KILLER HOBO Scarf... in CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES by olga on: August 23, 2005 04:34:31 PM
I've wanted to knit something without yarn for a while. I figured this challenge would get my ass in gear. I can't say this has never been done before, it's been done millions of times, and I can't say it's particularly unique, cuz a scarf is a scarf is a scarf. But for me it was an experiment, and I wanted to have something useful and wearable left over after I was done playing, (I hate to waste good product).

So out come my father's pants, from the basement,... get your minds out of the gutter. I shreaded them, not too well the first time, second try's the charm. Tied all the ends together. They are some sort of cotton blend, I'm assuming. The knitting was quick, but I had to redo it twice, it came out too short the first time. Now came the fun part...I know that I didnt technically knit out of the pearl beads, but I didn't see anything saying we couldn't embelish. So I sewed on all the beads by hand, one by one, it took a few hours of my life. And then came the fringe. I don't know if it shows up well in the photos, but the fringe is an assortment of things I found arround my house. There is ribbon, metal key rings, pieces of fabric from pants and a shirt, cord from some sweats, a zipper, and two old, old leather horse ties. My idea was to make it look like a hobo scarf, unkempt, a little old and matted looking, but with the contrast of the white pearls dotting it. No yarn was harmed in the making of this scarf.

Hope you like...(sorry for so many pics, I got overexcited with my camera)

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22  My Mosaic vase in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by olga on: July 28, 2005 04:43:48 PM
I found a cute ceramic pot, slightly Greek looking, it was cheap, and I wanted to cover the ugly design with one of my own. And here is what transpired. This was made from broken plates, and it's slightly annoying working with such thick and unruly pieces.

The full view, it's not very tall, maybe 10"

Detail view

Another detail
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23  Jumping on the Knitting Needle Case bandwagon in Knitting: Completed Projects by olga on: July 27, 2005 10:50:11 AM
I'm a knitting freak. There was even a time when I thought that knitting was the funnest form of entertainment, (until I met Vodka that is). So I spent many hours on EBAY, looking and outbiding peeps to get this complete set of needles. But they became lonely sitting there in a heep, or standing at attention in some jug. So, since I'm the crafty kind of gal, I made my pretty needles this lovely (and don't you dare think otherwise), Knitting Needle Case.

See how the needles are all in a spiral, that's cuz you
gotta roll up the case, duh.

The pretty polyester-but-looks-like-silk fabric bow,
to tie the case when it's all rolled up, duh again.

All rolled up, seen from the back, just how I like it.

Detail of my masterful stitching.

Needles coexisting peacefully.

Notice the unusual toile fabric I picked up at Walmart, yeah, I'm pretty classy.

Here it is, all splayed out, really to be used and abused.

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24  Quartz Candle Holder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by olga on: February 12, 2005 02:39:35 PM
So I went into a fancy shmancy furniture store once. Nothing was priced with reason. But as I walked out sulkily I noticed a candle holder chillin on the mucho expencive table. It was huge and all quarts crystals. It blew me away, and so did the price. So I said "Screw these peeps", and decided to make my own. I like it, the next one will be better though, larger and more full.



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