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11  Re: Mix CD Swap in The Swap Gallery by ookpik on: November 30, 2004 02:31:16 PM
voodoodoll's package arrived today, and it is hot! i was a little worried that my tastes were too picky to make trading with strangers a good idea, but... how could i distrust a cd that came in this case?

random highlights: archers of loaf, yo la tengo, creeper lagoon, sparklehorse, polara, pavement, alkaline trio, the subteens, red house painters, guided by voices... voodoodoll is an indie rocker. she helps me rock out.

also included is a xmas mix-- voodoodoll, you have no idea what crisis you skirted in sending me this! christmas culture is a wall-to-wall barf-o-rama for me, but not only did you put my favorite christmas icon on the cover, there's only one song on here that gives me the urge to puke. well done! this will get me in the christmas spirit in the good way. highlights: ramones, johnny cash, the pogues, weezer, john lee hooker, the pretenders, etc...

(more glittery in real life.)

thanks so much voodoodoll! i think i have learned that i'm not as choosy as i think i am, or jessicakes is a great organizer, or voodoodoll is a swap genius. possibly all three.
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12  Re: Mad leftover yarn - uses anyone? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by ookpik on: October 26, 2004 06:01:13 PM
i like fuzzy edges on bonnet-type hats! it only takes a few yards. e.g.,

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13  ode to ribbing / reference book showdown in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by ookpik on: October 23, 2004 12:48:43 PM
I just wanted to share this really awesome cast-on for double rib! I looked it up for a sweater I'm making that has 2x2 rib edges, and my handbook introduces it with "The perfect cast on for double rib has proved elusive." No kidding! I'm not usually much of a freak about cast on methods but I decided to expand my cast-on horizons for this sweater.

Unfortunately, I decided this at a coffee shop without any books. I ran around to 3 different bookshops, and tried to look up a technique in probably 30 books, including Vogue Knitting and various Ultimate Guides and Complete Handbooks with no luck.

Finally, when I got home, I looked up the technique in my Reader's Digest Knitter's Handbook. There are 30 pages of casting on and binding off in that thing! It is an ode to knitting, and to geeking out about craftsmanship.

So finally, check out this edge! No row of bumps, full stretch, and fully reversible! Stockinette Tubular Cast On for Double Rib!

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14  Computer ific... 1972, the future is now. in Vintage Craft Projects by ookpik on: October 02, 2004 01:17:43 PM
I have often made the point that knitting is just like computer programming. It is digital (stitches = discreet units!), it has all the same structures (loop through these instructions 3 times, etc...). Apparently Modern Needle/Craft magazine recognized this analogy immediately at the dawn of "the computer age."

Under the headline is written this slightly incomprehensible technological mish-mash:

"Geometric ribbings to knit-- 2 by 2, clickety clack-- horizontal plus vertical equals-- Wm. Unger stripes across and Reynolds Yarn stripes it all the way up. Punch card designs to crochet for the computer age."

But, my favorite is this description of a typical 70s crocheted tunic and skullcap on the next page:

"A space helmet and low neck top with capsule sleeves conceived in crochet for weightlessness by Wm. Unger. For take off see pages 73 and 74."
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15  Re: Bunny Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by ookpik on: September 23, 2004 11:11:40 AM
that is a super cute bunny hat. i made a bunny hat with posable ears when i was re-teaching myself how to knit, but it is a little more abstract. a long bus ride turned into this:

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16  Re: Braided rug from t-shirts! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ookpik on: September 10, 2004 05:51:13 PM
hey, thanks folks.

quarkiegirl, to make the rug an oval (instead of a circle), you start by laying out a straight piece of braid and then coiling around it, instead of starting from a single center point. i ran across a formula on some braided rug site that said to subtract the desired finished width from the length to get the length of the center segment (e.g., for a 4x6 foot rug, start with a 2 foot center). i'm sure you could also lay out some kind of shape in the center, like a star or a heart! in my usual over-exuberance, i want to make another rug with multiple star-shaped centers.

metamurph, the anti-slip tape would probably be a good idea. i'm not sure how it would work with a stretchy rug, but it would probably help.

and i thought i'd post a pic of the rug doing its job, tying the room together Smiley

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17  muff pie in Dessert by ookpik on: September 08, 2004 01:37:28 PM
Hi crafties. You're probably used to me and my vagina website by now. I've just posted a Vaginal Food & Cuisine zine, and I wanted to share this funny blackberry pie recipe that I made!

Besides being anatomically suggestive, it includes a recipe for tasty vegan pastry. Yum! (But... cutting it was really weird when it came time to eat it. My friend was yelling "I'm going to tell the vagina police that you mutilated a genital pie!")

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18  Braided rug from t-shirts! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ookpik on: September 07, 2004 11:25:13 PM
The most time-consuming project that I've made in awhile is finished, and it really ties the room together!

I made it by cutting XXL thrifted t-shirts into long, 2"-wide spirals of yarn, braiding them up, and then stitching it all into a coil using nylon thread. This rug is about 3 x 5 feet, and used 9 or 10 t-shirts.

T-shirts rugs are a relatively lazy way to make braided rugs-- when you tug t-shirt yarn, it curls in on itself and hides its own edges (no need to fold or hem or use braid-helpers). But, the resulting rug is stretchy, and tends to get wrinkles when people walk on it. Oh, the plight of the lazy.

Next time I'll be less lazy about my materials and use strips of pants or something. BUT, I will compensate by braiding really fat braids so that I have less stitching up to do Smiley
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19  Just like petting a real bunny... in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by ookpik on: June 26, 2004 03:29:21 PM
a friend gave me a 12-pack of those gelatin pills that pop open in water, and the funniest bunny rabbit ever came out of one. now it works its mojo in a field of flowers, to brighten up the entry way of my apartment.

i'm really into the 3-D animal on a background of the same colour!
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20  reincarnated typewriter in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ookpik on: June 21, 2004 01:01:03 PM
i had a cute old typewriter that didn't advance, and when i tired of typing each line backwards, loverman and i decided to take all the guts out and make it into a planter. BUT, who knew the guts would live again as a hula dancing robot?

the empty typewriter did get made into a planter, but there's nothing growing in it right now.
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