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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rattlesnake? Jingle Snake??? on: July 29, 2007 02:31:00 PM
May I present, Iggy, the i-cord reptile, sunning himself on my front steps:

He's got little Indian brass bells for his rattle...and his tongue is huge, which is probably why his mouth is so wide open (that's what I get for using random scraps of yarn, even when I know they're not the right weight)...oh, and the yarn is 100% acrylic Bernat in the camouflage colorway.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Is there a special name? on: July 28, 2007 02:06:42 PM
For bracelets worn on the upper arm? I don't think armband is right - those are usually cloth...
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wiggle Eyes on: July 25, 2007 07:56:05 AM
I've been obsessed with wiggle eyes lately, and I blame it on fellow craftster member, Bigmouth!

Anyway here are two pair of earrings I finished this morning:

The pair on the left is my salute to flying red eye flights. The pair on the lleft has clear seed beads on the jump rings, although it's hard to tell from the camera phone photography.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What would you pay? on: July 12, 2007 02:35:32 PM
Just like to hear your gut reaction:

Hand painted worsted weight wool, about 200 yards.

Let's pretend you're at a craft fair, & you love the colorway...

What would you pay?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Who here makes their own ear wires? on: May 24, 2007 05:00:55 PM
I really want to make my own french hooks, and from info I've been looking at it looks like 20 gauge wire is an appropriate thickness - wondering who all here has done this sort of thing; what you like/don't like about it, etc.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Icord becomes jewelry on: May 21, 2007 05:09:26 PM
I threaded memory wire thru some icord and got these bracelets:

This might be my current favorite use for scrap sock yarn!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Skull headed doll, er uh, action figure pendants on: May 20, 2007 06:51:00 PM
I got a great deal on a pretty long strand of skull beads and had a bunch of fun making these:

They haven't yet decided what they want to be (keyrings, necklaces, etc.) so for the time being they're just hanging out in my glass cupboard...I also can't quite decide what to call them (I mean as a group - I'm such a dork they all already have individual names)....Day of the Dead Buddies? Skeleton Pals? Baby's First Nightmare?

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / When a slinky and an icord love each other very much ... on: May 20, 2007 08:01:01 AM
Okay, I've been trying various ways to incorporate knitting into jewelry, and this is my favorite attempt so far: 

It's knitted icord, with memory wire threaded through it. I added beads and end caps for a more finished look.

What do you think?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Weighted stand for market umbrella? on: April 23, 2007 02:58:08 PM
Okay, I'm trying to come up with ways to make a weighted stand for a beach-type umbrella that won't cost as much as buying them. I've got easy access to decently made, modestly priced umbrellas - but they're all designed to stab into the ground. I want to use mine on the back deck - wooden planks, basically. I thought about filling a coffee can with gravel and sticking the umbrella in that, but the base really needs to be wider (for stability) and the coffee can would only provide a couple of inches to sink the stick into, so I'm pretty sure the umbrella could be blown out of that anyway.

So, ideas?Huh
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse in the Shape of a Sock/Christmas Stocking on: January 06, 2007 06:58:31 PM
Okay, here it is:

Wool (green at bottom, black at top) and fun fur (reddy, red, red!).
I knit in the round a waaaaaaaaaaay oversized, toe-up sock, adding a strap by continuing flat up either side of the top of the sock. I then wet-felted it in the washing machine. It took a long time to dry, but once it was ready to go I had a blast using it.

It's a great purse for carrying around Christmas time - it certainly gets noticed a lot & has what I think is a pretty strong Dr. Seuss vibe. Also, holiday pick pockets don't stand a chance, because the opening is hand sized, but very high up & stuff settles to the bottom of the bag - no way for anyone to sneakily remove items without me knowing it. The strap is tied at the top, in case you can't make it out from the picture.

Another word about the pic: This bag was ready to be posted before the original deadline of Jan. 3, but I could not find my camera. This pic is courtesy of a tiny, tiny keychain camera I got a hold of tonight (like, after sunset) & I'm told works better in daylight. If it's okay, I'm going to try photographing it in the daylight tomorrow morning & will post a better pic - I know that would be after the deadline, so if that's not okay, I won't do it.
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