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1  Re: Purple neck brace in Knitting: Completed Projects by ookpik on: December 11, 2007 10:01:38 AM
Hey thanks dudes. It *is* cozy.

The first one was so quick that I made another one! It is thinner yarn, more suitable for some indoor use. And I added a fancy ruffle. Weird!

Once again, notes are on the blog.
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2  Purple neck brace in Knitting: Completed Projects by ookpik on: December 10, 2007 02:44:10 PM

I meant to make something like this smaller tapered neck warmer, but it came out a lot bigger, with a fun (and warm) fold-over asymmetrical collar thing. I like it!

The scarf is just a long triangle, with two buttons tied together to make a cuff-link type fastener (reversible, movable). I posted a pattern on my website, but it's really easy to wing it.

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3  Face warmer? Surgical mask? A link to a free pattern. in Knitting: Completed Projects by ookpik on: September 25, 2006 12:19:05 PM

I've noticed masks and gags popping up in fashion shoots and record covers a lot recently, and I'm getting a little obsessed. Masks can mean many things!

This one is cuddly cotton, and mostly meant for warmth and ninja style. But I immediately wanted to make one in lace, as more of a seductive veil, and another more political version (censorship, spying and secrecy, oh my!).

Free pattern on my website. The straps sit behind your ears (like glasses, kind of), so it doesn't interfere with your hair. And did I mention it is cozy? It is really cozy, and makes kissing *hilarious*.
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4  Twisted chokers - one spacey, one fit for a unicorn in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ookpik on: May 10, 2006 02:47:10 PM
This is my first attempt at making jewelry. I've been wearing this first necklace a lot, which makes me excited to exploit the rest of my massive stash of beads and oddments.

It's just silver wire with intermittent beads, wrapped around a cord. I added one extra twist of wire to make one of the blue bobbles stick out. More details and a close-up on the blog.

I made a second version, but it turned out not at all my style. I call it Bride Of The Unicorn.

I can't remember what I was intending it to look like, but I don't think "grapes made of pearls" figured into the plan. Oops!
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5  Jellyfish dress from bedsheet in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ookpik on: April 02, 2006 02:13:27 PM
I've been obsessed with dressing like a jellyfish since I watched a deep sea documentary a few months ago (while hopped up on cold medicine). This is my first foray into jellyfish couture, made out of an old bedsheet (fitted single size):

I started with a big tube and gathered it with elastic at each end, to make the main skirt. Then I added a ruffle, and the weird bodice, et voila! My very own puffy body with ruffles and streamers. There are more complete instructions over at The Pearl of Civilization, but be warned that I am underschooled in the ways of sewing, so the fit and fastenings are pretty kooky.

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6  Putting the fun in funfur in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ookpik on: January 13, 2006 09:41:12 PM
Ah, orange fun fur. The perfect accessory for lounging around in the evening?

This is just .2 meters of the most glorious, long-haired ridiculousness that i've ever encountered, sewn into a tube. $3, 5 minutes, instant entertainment for me.

I didn't hem the ends because they were selvedges. This would double as a convenient hand warmer if the scarf were longer (my coy pose was meant to demonstrate this important feature). I see a proper muff scarf in my future!
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7  Re: long cowl neck sweater in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by ookpik on: October 21, 2005 02:27:43 PM
someone should be able to suggest a sweater like that-- it's a popular pattern style. i have a free pdf from phildar that is similar, if you're stuck (it's french though).

i think it would be a fine first sweater, but i'd be hesistant to splurge on cashmere for a first project. it's expensive, and can get straggly if you rip it out too many times.
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8  Re: Hometown Heroes Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ookpik on: March 02, 2005 06:44:53 PM
my package from decibel arrived yesterday, and was definitely worth the wait! thanks!

it contained:

four (!) mixed cds of swedish music, not all strictly from stockholm (that is ok, d). these are printed with pictures of swedish things and organized into themes based on swedish phrases, which are extensively explained in the accompanying note. i quite enjoyed the explanations of the phrases!

my fave: the royal family printed on a cd titled with a quote of the king embarrassing himself. runner up: the fucking swedish chef from the muppet show, on a cd titled "smorgasbord."

also in the package: a little box of candy, and a demo by decibel's boyfriend's band. the whole ensemble was tied up with blue and yellow ribbon, and wrapped in a map of stockholm.

overall, i think i'm familiar with about half the bands on these mixes, but i didn't know they were all from sweden! El Perro Del Mar features on several cds, and I think they are my favorite new discovery so far.

thanks, decibel!

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9  chicken viking hat! (pattern link too) in Knitting: Completed Projects by ookpik on: January 02, 2005 10:31:38 AM
It isn't that often that I manage to take photos of things I make, but here is one! It's a baby hat shaped like the back half of a plucked chicken. It turned out a bit like a cartoon Viking hat, with drumsticks instead of horns.

The pattern is online for free (free as in beer AND mostly free as in speech).

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10  Re: Heeeeeellllllppppp... (or, "Another one for the Stitch 'n' Botch File"?) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by ookpik on: December 01, 2004 11:21:58 AM
girlypirate, I had never though of adding a gusset in the seam. that is a really hot idea.

and since i am using craftster to procrastinate on photoshop work, i made a little diagram to explain the half-stitch thing.

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