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1  COOKING / Dessert / Rubiks Cube [img heavy] on: July 10, 2007 04:23:27 PM
Well, I was spending some time at a friend's house recently and found myself with perhaps too much chocolate in my system and no activities planned one day. So, obviously, I decided I had to make a cube cake. Various decorating ideas were proposed - mazes on the sides, dice spots, a Borg cube - but I settled on a good old Rubiks. We be nerds.

As far as materials... I used one tub of chocolate icing, three of vanilla, some food coloring, and four boxes of white cake mix. I made four 9x9 cakes, layered them on top of each other, then measured and cut it down so that it was a cube. Well, the sides slanted a bit, but it was pretty close. I think it only would have taken two or three boxes of mix if I had a pan that was closer to the width it ended up being. So yes, there was much spare cake and almost as much spare icing, and both were consumed by my friends. In an effort to be helpful, they would have me believe.  Grin

Anyway, pictures.

I marked off where I was going to cut with red icing and a chopstick. The cake was wonderfully wiggly before I iced it, and I decided my next project is an edible Gelatinous Cube, complete with bones and armor and such inside. I'm not sure how I'll do that yet. (God I'm such a nerd. Rubiks cube, Borg, Mazes, D&D in one post. Ye gods.)

Me painting it, again, mostly with chopsticks. Took an age, hurt my knees.

And the finished product, from two angles so you can tell I did it all the way around:

It wasn't eaten until after I left, but they apparently cut out the pieces as cubes, as I'd hoped they would.

Hope you like it.  Grin
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Just out of curiosity... on: August 26, 2006 07:36:02 PM
...what happens if you felt lace?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / looking for chinese-ish pattern on: August 20, 2006 07:22:27 PM
So, my friend is going to Otakon next year, and being the crafty one, I'm helping get all her costumes ready. Heavens forbid she should wear the same costume to two cons!  Tongue

On one of the day's she's going to be Hari. I have the feeling I'm going to be blackmailed into being Ruri. Here's a page with a bunch of pics of another cosplayer being Hari:


The dress looks pretty simple to make, but I'm not sure I can do that kind of neck without a pattern. Does anyone know of some patterns like this that I could work off of? Something with sleeves is fine...or a longer skirt, of course. I imagine there aren't a lot of patterns for dresses with skirts that short!

She'll just have to wear some exciting panties. Would Hari even wear panties? Hm...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stitch pattern book? on: August 19, 2006 10:09:08 AM
I was wondering if anyone could reccomend a book that has a good collection of intarsia patterns? I'm thinking stuff like argyle, stars...you know, all that stuff that I could figure out myself but am too lasy for.

Slip stitch patterns would be way cool too, and cabling...basically, can someone reccomend me a good stitch pattern book? Or books?
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Gradient dyeing? [img hvy] on: August 11, 2006 07:59:59 PM
Okay, I haven't done a whole lot of cosplaying, but I'm getting tired of seeing the attempts at Rikku scarves at conventions. Not that they're badly knitted, but, you know, they're supposed to look like this:

And they tend to look like this:

You can probably figure it out for yourself, but it's the scarf on the girl second from the right. She's got a kickass costume overall, but...meh. So I want to make one myself just to see how accurate I can make it. I think I can do the flared fringe by either fraying the yarn or doing it with braids and then unraveling and fraying those a bit. But obviously the colors are the big thing...It's tough because it's such a deep red in the middle, and then changes to a really bright yellow pretty close to the ends. I thought about dyeing the yarn beforehand but I realized that I would have to be incredibly accurate about the length of the yarn - and I've never dyed yarn before so it would be an incredibly ambitious first attempt.

But I've heard about 'gradient dyeing', where I would be able to dye the scarf after I'd already knitted it. Does anyone know about this? I googled it and couldn't find anything useful...maybe there's a book I can pick up?
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Shaped holepunches on: August 05, 2006 06:50:19 PM
Does anyone know of a place where I can get shaped holepunches online? I've done searches but I can never find what I want. I'm thinking of those little plastic ones that have a button with a picture of the holepunch on it - but anything like that would be fine. I really want one that's star-shaped!

Or is there some major craft chain that stocks them?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Books for noob crocheters? on: August 05, 2006 11:39:22 AM
Hey guys. I usually haunt the knitting boards, but with all the ultra-cute amigurumis and stuff I've been seeing, I definitely want to learn to crochet. (I mean, sure, you can make cute knitted teddy bears, but snails?) So I was wondering if anyone could reccomend a book to teach myself with. I learned to knit with Stich and Bitch, and looked at the Happy Hooker, but I'm not really into any of the patterns. I suppose they're better than the patterns in the "I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting!" books at Michael's, but...they don't really call to me. Eh.

So is there any other book you reccomend?
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Band t-shirt on: July 07, 2006 09:30:57 AM
Now, I'm normally a knitter, but homemade shirts are big at school, and I pride myself on having the ones people can't tell are homemade. I normally use those little 99 cent bottles of fabric paint to freehand some sarcastic comment on the front, but I though I'd branch out a bit.

Please excuse the crappy photo! The yellow is a little brighter in real life. I used the MS Word Stencil font on size 200 (how do they expect us to make a decent stencil with size 72? It's like half an inch tall!) I printed it out on freezer paper, and used a couple layers of the brightest yellow fabric paint I could find.

So, any comments? I'm pretty proud of it. It's my first stencil.  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Dilemma on: July 05, 2006 12:14:43 PM
So, my grandmother died this morning. It hasn't really sunk in yet, but she did it on her own terms, having experienced everything she wanted to.

Evidence that it hasn't sunk in yet: my main thought is that I have a sweater half-knitted for her, and what do you do when you're halfway through a project for someone and they die? Do you unravel the yarn and use it for something else? Finish the project and keep it as a souvenir, or give it to charity? Let it sit in your UFO basket for all eternity?

I was thinking maybe I should unravel it and give the yarn to a thrift shop. It seems morbid to reuse it, somehow. Which is a shame, because it's really nice yarn! Rowan cashmerino dk...

Geez, this is so weird.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Irish Hiking Scarf on: July 03, 2006 03:07:59 PM
This is the first FO I've posted on craftster. Grin

I made my Aunt a green Irish Hiking Scarf for Christmas. A little early? Yes. But I am a known procrastinator, so it's a breakthrough for me.

I used two balls of Paton's Canadiana - I think the color was called Forest Green. It's a bit shorter than I wanted, but I have no more of the yarn! I never thought I'd need more than two balls for it.

A closeup of the cables:

So, what do you think?
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