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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lego Hockey Player! on: November 05, 2009 07:58:51 PM
I decided I wanted to make a Lego minifig costume based off of this post on Make: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2006/10/homemade_shaun_of_the_dea.html. He didn't post instructions on how he made it, so we just studied lots of pictures and figured it out!

It took me, my husband and my father 23 hours total to make it.

Version 1.0 of the head

Almost all put together, just needed to be painted:

The head is made of styrofoam we hot glued together (first cutting a hole for my head in the bottom layers). The chest area is made of foamcore and the back is a stretchy fabric I dyed blue and attached with velcro. The pants are made out of polyurethane foam hot glued together and held up by some rainbow suspenders my dad had from back in the 70's. The arms are controlled inside with PVC piping and the outside is made with mailing tubes.

One of the Nashville Predators (our NHL team) players is David Legwand. My husband came up with calling my minifig Lego-wand. We wanted people to not just see the 11 and Legowand and miss the "o". So I put a dash in the name. The dash is a painted Lego brick.

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Lego Minifig costume on: October 30, 2009 02:08:15 PM
I decided I wanted to make a Lego minifig costume based off of this post on Make: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2006/10/homemade_shaun_of_the_dea.html. He has some more pictures in his flickr account and luckily had pictures of the inside of his costume which helped us figure out the arms.

I decided to go as a Nashville Predators player. I'm fully encased in the costume.

An action shot of me moving the arms up:

And the back of the costume:

One of the Preds players is David Legwand. My husband came up with calling my minifig Legowand. We wanted people to not just see the 11 and Legowand and miss the "o". So I put a dash in the name. The dash is a painted Lego brick.

It's made of styrofoam (head), foam core (chest), mailing tubes (arms) with PVC piping to control movement inside, and polyurethane foam for the legs held up by some SWEET rainbow suspenders my dad had from the 70's.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Being sick=being a necklace making machine! on: May 25, 2008 09:50:03 PM
I woke up Saturday and thought my scratchy throat was just allergies. But then I woke up this morning and realized that it was just being sick. Sad

So I've been watching a lot of cable tv, napping and making necklaces.




(Choker I made for myself. I just tie it at the back)


Any advice or suggestions are welcome!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Cool! My grandma helped me last night on: November 16, 2007 06:44:56 AM
I'm originally a knitter, but I've been wanting to try crochet. I got some books, cause that's how I learned to knit. But the books I had just weren't helping me enough. My grandma is in town helping take care of my dad (he fell off a roof) so last night I went over there and she helped me learn the basics.

I kept holding the hook like a knitting needle and she was teaching me to hold it like a chopstick, which was easier to do for me. But I'd forget and one point I held it like a knitting needle and she smacked my hand! lol
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / 3rd person swap anxiety on: October 18, 2007 02:52:17 PM
Is having a swap where there is a 3-way partnership normal? Where you don't craft for the person that you're receiving from.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / iPod commercial costume on: September 20, 2007 05:00:01 PM
I figured I could share this here. Last year my cousin got married on Halloween. Really cool wedding. I decided to dress up as an iPod commercial.

That's me in all black with my old white iPod (I'm currently carrying on an affair with my black 80g one). I got a yellow covered science fair posterboard (that's actually what it said) from JoAnn's. Then on the back I drew one of the dancers, so that either side you saw the silhoutte.

Then I put holes in the posterboard in the black part of the dancer and got some nylon rope (I put a knot at the ends and melted it with my iron) from Lowe's and created a backpack effect so that I could wear the posterboard.

That's the back. I didn't think to get a good picture of it, so that's the best one I had.

I got lots of compliments and it made everyone laugh.  Cheesy
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question - Vickie Howell's Victorian Punk Sleeves on: September 11, 2007 08:41:01 PM
From her website here: http://vickiehowell.com/2006/08/purple-skein-augusts-free-pattern.html

Rnd1: K 15, pm, k1, pm, k to end.
Rnd 2: K to 1 st before marker, ktbl, sl marker, k1, sl marker, ktbl, k to end.

I'm at rnd 2 and I do the knit through the back loop, then slip the marker, knit one, slip the marker and then knit through the back loop again. So I've been doing that for a couple of rows, but it's not creating the "holes" in the yarn like it does in the picture. It's gotta be because of the knit one in between - I can't figure out why it's there.

Is it not creating the "holes" because I'm knitting in the round, instead of one dpns like the pattern calls for? I wouldn't think it'd make that much of a difference.  Huh

I don't know. Anybody got any ideas?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Edit: Question for people who've done Saartje's bootees (2) on: September 05, 2007 10:24:00 AM
First: What size needle did you use?

If you used 2.5 (like suggested in the pattern, which is what I had to do to go with the guage) did you have a hard time with the knitting part? I don't know if it's because they're such small needles and I've never worked with this small of a needle before or what. I'm not creating a harder tension than I normally have. But man! This yarn barely wants to move from the needle and I'm working on aluminum needles! Usually I have problems with yarn slipping all the time if I use aluminum needles.

Does working with smaller needles just make it harder to knit?

Ok, so I went ahead and got some fingerweight yarn and that's working out MUCH better. I wasn't really that attached to that yarn. Now I have a 2nd question.

I've gotten to the strap where it's time to CO 10 using longtail cast on and second strand of CC as the thumb strand, cut second strand leaving 8" tail. I've looked at the picture, tried some things, I'm not doing this right. Cause in her picture it show a little loop at the end of the CO and the CO tail where the knitting ended. But I'm not getting how to do this. Any help please?  Huh
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stitches increasing on own? on: August 23, 2007 06:18:56 AM
Alright, so I'm working on this pattern: http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/merino-stripes-throw.html. I co 146 stitches like it said and when I got past the first 12 knit rows and started the pattern after doing rows 2 & 3 I ended up with about 5 more stitches. So I fudged it a little back to 146 stitches. Well of course I do the pattern again and get more stitches, about 6 or 7 (I can't quite remember) this time. Instead of getting the stitches back to 146, do I just keep knitting the pattern and it'll work itself out?

Cause I don't want it to have started out correctly and end up getting a weird shape where it's normal on the bottom and just gets bigger at the top. I've been paying attention to the numbers and everything and I'm doing it the way the pattern says. Oh, except for when I get to the end of row 2 or 3 and then before I go back to the knit stitch, k2 tog 3 times, but I can only do it like once. Then I get to my 10 stitches and have to knit 10.

Anyway, any ideas? I haven't had any problems and followed the pattern exactly as it said, those things seem to just happen naturally.   Undecided
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Mushroom? on: January 30, 2007 11:47:14 PM
My grandma got me a Knitting Mushroom for Christmas. This one to be exact:http://www.hearthsong.com/hearthsong/product.do?section_id=0&bc=1005&pgc=201

I search the forums, but only found one mention of a knitting mushroom. I really don't know what I'm supposed to do with it. I've figured out how to use it, so I understand it makes a knitted chain. But what could I use it for? I'm wondering if anyone has ideas or if they have one and what they use it to help make?  Huh
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