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11  Re: Row counter bracelets - stylish AND functional! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Safetyfox on: November 16, 2006 03:14:53 PM
I made a quick and dirty knit-a-cus bracelet cos I just couldn't wait to try it out. It took about 10 minutes usng materials at hand. I pinched the rubber O-ring from my hubby's place of work. I'll be really interested to see how I get on with it -- I'm forever having to stop and count rows.

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12  Knitty's Knucks -- with mushrooms in Knitting: Completed Projects by Safetyfox on: October 25, 2006 03:01:17 AM
It's mushroom-hunting season. So for our fungal forays, I made some Knucks (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTknucks.html) to keep my hands toasty, but my fingers free for picking dexterity.

The actual 'knucks' part:

The whole design:

And what should you look out for when gathering mushrooms (apart from death caps and the like, obviously)?

Slugs of course!

I made the cuff ribbed and a bit longer than specified in the pattern. I know my embroidery skillz leave a lot to be desired, but I really enjoyed making them. I've already got the yarn for another pair. The yarn I used is Rowan Felted Tweed and the embroidery's done with Anchor tapestry wool. In retrospect I'll probably used floss next time.

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13  Travelling socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by Safetyfox on: October 20, 2006 02:38:53 AM
My good friend Jaff (not her real name Wink) has gone travelling. Before she went, I made her a pair of socks and she promised to send me photos of them in lots of exciting locations. so without further ado, I give you...

Jaff's socks on the Trans-Siberian railway (complete with a packet of Russian Jaffa Cakes):

Jaff's socks outside a ger in Mongolia:

and a close-up:

and on the Great Wall of China:

I hope she's had a chance to wash them.
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14  A seasonal feast of socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by Safetyfox on: September 27, 2006 03:27:45 PM
I've been making lots and lots of socks. Here are some of them:

Last Winter I made my first pair which were supposed to be for me but somehow ended up warming my mum's feet:

She gets very cold feet so I don't mind.

In the Spring I made my second pair:

They came out a bit too big (you can see them wrinkling round the ankle in the photo) but that's OK cos I can fit a pair of thin socks underneath to prevent blisters Smiley

And in the Summer I finally finished my third pair which I made for my friend Nicki:

They have a 2x2 ribbed leg so she can turn down the cuff if she feels like it.

And finally... it's nearly Autumn and I've just finished the pair I've made as a leaving present for my boss. They're made with 100% cashmere sock yarn from Hip Knits. These have a short 3x1 ribbed leg.

and a close-up:

I like making socks because they're quick but technically challenging and don't take much yarn, which means I can splash out on something special occasionally.
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15  Hmmm how do I make this cardy? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Safetyfox on: September 22, 2006 03:01:16 AM
I love the design of this cardigan:

Edited to add a photo


but I am utterly flummoxed as to how to make the collar. All I can think of is knitting a scarf-like piece in wide ribs then twisting it and sewing it on at the end. Anyone got a better idea?

Thanks... in hope!
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16  Re: Black/grey/red colorways in really nice sock yarn? Anyone seen any? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Safetyfox on: September 07, 2006 01:46:22 AM
I made some socks for my mum (my first pair!) in black / red / grey socka. Here they are:

It's Socka Mexico Designer and the colour is Fuschia, 8004. It's not a super-luxurious yarn but I found it pleasant to work with.

Hope that helps Cheesy
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17  Land Rover / Jeep / other 4x4 Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Safetyfox on: July 17, 2006 06:32:29 AM
OK I know this one is probably a bit of a long shot...

I love my Land Rover. It's 20 years old and it's taken us on some excellent adventures. But it's got to go Cry. I can't justify driving round in such a gas-guzzler any more, especially as in every other aspect of my life I try to be as green as I can. We bought it to drive London - Cape Town, but due to lack of money, work commitments etc etc that's never happened, so I've got to sell it and get a more practical car for commuting Sad

So, to cheer me up, does anyone else out there in Craftsterland drive a Land Rover (or other 'proper' 4 x 4 e.g. Jeep, Land Cruiser) and want to do a swap celebrating our vehicles' go-anywhere capabilities? I'm imagining stenciled t-shirts, window/bumper stickers, and so on.

Here's my Land Rover on a mountain pass in Morocco, with Mr Safetyfox leaning on it.

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18  Re: The Young Ones Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Safetyfox on: July 04, 2006 04:28:13 AM
I got my swap parcel this morning from Phizychick and I love it Grin

So without further ado, I give you...

Clockwise from bottom left: Rick with a silent P badge; notebook with two of Rick's poems inside the cover, includng my favourites, the Teenage Angst poem and Pollution; little square box with decoupaged images; a coaster for my coffee (nice idea!); a fanastic necklace with Rick in a little frame and (P)rick on the back; and a (P)Rick bookmark which has gone straight into my current book.

Next up:

Monopoly money notecards!


Vyvyan paper doll off the interweb! I'm going to colour him in later  Wink

There's more!

A fab t-shirt with transfer. Sorry for the crappiness of the photo -- my garden chair wasn't a good model. It's a really nice t-shirt and I'll get an action shot when Mr S comes home.

And my favourite out of all the wonderful things:

Big knickers for a wild eyed big bottomed anarchist!  Grin Grin Grin

Thanks Phizzychick and Mike  Kiss Boom shanka!
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19  Re: Potty Mouth Sweary Swap Gallery! Not for the easily offended OK? in The Swap Gallery by Safetyfox on: May 19, 2006 10:21:39 AM
Well you asked for it: so here are action shots of the t-shirt and the bracelet!

I absolutely fucking love everything Kinkyknit made -- and it's all made so beautifully. I'm definitely going to wear the t-shirt to my MiL's this weeekend Grin

I had such a lot of fun doing this swap and I can't ait to see the other goodies. Roll on round 2!
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20  Re: Dreadlocks in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Safetyfox on: April 11, 2006 06:00:35 AM
Well, I figured it was time to weigh in with some photos... here are my dreads at (nearly) one year old:

Some are loopy, some are kinked and there's a fair bit of loose hair, but I love the way they're coming together, and I like the different stages they're going through.

I wanted them for a number of reasons. I hate all the pressure that says unless you own the right straighteners you're not human. I hate putting nasty chemicals on my hair and into the environment. I like being able to have an extra half-an-hour in bed instead of getting up to wash and style my hair (I wash my dreads once a week, on Saturday  Wink). I like being a bit different. And I like having a hair don't instead of a hair do!

But whatever hairstyle you have, there's always going to be people making assumptions about you. People assume that cos I've got dreads I smoke loads of weed, but in point of fact I don't. And when my hair was really short, many people assumed I was gay. You just can't win  Cheesy
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