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1  Happy Foot Sad Foot necklace charms in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Min on: August 10, 2014 04:46:20 AM
If you live in Los Angeles, you may be familiar with Silver Lake's "Happy Foot Sad Foot" sign. It's a foot clinic's revolving sign, and whichever side of the sign you first see when you come across it predicts whether you're going to have a good day or a bad one! I made some necklaces for my friend and I in honor of this local legend. I used MS Paint (old school) to clean up some photos of the sign, printed them out, darkened the outlines with black pen, and made the pendants using Mod Podge Podgeable shapes. I'm so pleased with how they turned out! Depending on my mood, I can wear the Happy side or the Sad side!

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2  Re: Looking For Pattern? Ask here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Min on: February 25, 2013 12:54:59 PM
Hello! I am hoping to impress the boy I am dating by knitting him a skull balaclava to wear on a long motorcycle trip he's taking in April (lower face only). My needles are gathering dust, but I'm a pretty good knitter, just not good at creating intarsia charts to try to apply to a basic balaclava pattern I might find. Could anyone help point me in the right direction?

While looking for an inspiration picture to post, I realize I'm not quite thinking of a full balaclava, but a lower face mask, like in the below image.

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3  True Blood cake! in Dessert by Min on: June 14, 2010 10:42:43 PM
In honor of last night's season 3 premiere of True Blood, I made a devil's food cake with cherry filling!

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4  Mbius scarflet (with tute)! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Min on: December 28, 2008 06:24:21 PM
How cool are mbius strips?  SO COOL!  I had a bit less than a ball of this gorgeous dk weight yarn (merino/cashmere/silk) leftover from a hat I made my boyfriend for Christmas (the Ski Beanie hat from Son of S'n'B), and I wanted to make myself something from it.  See, he is Australian, and in February, I am moving back home to California, and we will have a whole ocean between us.  Sad  So I wanted us to each have something made from the same ball of yarn so that they'd be a set, even when we're far apart.

I really liked the Abby cowl from knitty, but I knew that a) I didn't have enough yarn for something that size, and that b) I'd never knitted in the round and didn't feel like starting just yet.

So I adapted the pattern to be knit flat, only did one set of the pattern, and then seamed it up in a mbius strip.  The yarn is a little heavier than the one called for in the Abby pattern, and I used US 9 (5.5 mm) needles so it's chunkier than the original.  So it's a cozy little neckwarmer perfect for underneath the collar of a coat!  Enjoy!

Use dk weight yarn (1 ball), US 9 (5.5 mm) needles, I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, and 10 stitch markers.  

CO 110 sts.
Row 1 [WS]Row 1 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 2 [RS]: K all sts.
Row 3 [WS]:  P all sts.
Row 4 [RS]:  P all sts.
Row 1 [WS]:  *P 5 sts, YO, P2tog, K 3 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 2 [RS]:  *P 5 sts, K 5 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 3 [WS]:  *P 5 sts, K 1, YO, P2tog, K 2, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 4 [RS]:  *P 5 sts, K 5 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 5 [WS]:  *P 5 sts, K 2, YO, P2tog, K1, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 6 [RS]:  *P 5 sts, K 5 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 7 [WS]:  *P 5 sts, K 3 sts, YO, P2tog, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 8 [RS]:  *P 5 sts, K 5 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 9 [WS]:  *K 10 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 10 [RS]:  *K 5 sts, P 3 sts, K2tog, YO, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 11 [WS]:  *K 5 sts, P 5 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 12 [RS]:  *K 5 sts, P 2 sts, K2tog, YO, P 1, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 13 [WS]:  *K 5 sts, P 5 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 14 [RS]:  *K 5 sts, P 1, K2tog, YO, P 2 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 15 [WS]:  *K 5 sts, P 5 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 16 [RS]:  *K 5 sts, K2tog, YO, P 3 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 17 [WS]:  *K 5 sts, P 5 sts, pm, rep from * 11 times.
Row 18 [RS]:  Purl.

Row 1 [WS]:  Purl
Row 2 [RS]:  Knit
Row 3 [WS]:  Purl

Lay piece flat, then half-twist to join as a mbius strip.  Stitch up the back seam.  Using crochet hook, sc around edge until out of yarn (I was able to do 2 rnds).  Hide loose ends.

And the hat which is its partner (not a great pic, as I used my laptop camera for this one):
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5  McCain Hope drawing in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Min on: October 04, 2008 05:45:16 AM
I'm an expat during my first presidential election!  I wanted a little McCain memorabilia on hand to get me in the votin' mood!  This was just for fun - doesn't look tooooo much like him - and was done with non-name-brand Sharpie type pens.

Edited by sweets4ever to add inspiration credit:  Shepard Fairey, http://obeygiant.com/images/thumbs/thumb-obama.jpg
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6  Istanbul T-Shirt Recon! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Min on: October 03, 2008 04:44:34 AM
Can't believe I never posted this, it's from forever ago!  I just found the photos on my computer - I don't even have the same camera anymore!  This came from a red t-shirt about one size too big for me, and my dad's men's XXL white t-shirt with the logo on it that he was getting rid of.  It's not as snug as it should be, but I can wear it out and about and feel comfortable.  As an A-cup (woo woo!), I love clothes that I don't have to wear bras with, but I feel more comfortable if they're somewhat snug so I don't jiggle or THO at anybody.

Pardon: cheezy smile, unkempt hairdo from 2 years ago, messy room I don't live in anymore, etc. etc.

For a bonus craft, check out the giant blanket on the bed!  It's the second thing I ever crocheted, back when I learned how to in high school.
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7  Large "woven" shopping bag! (IMG heavy w/ rough tute) in Crochet: Completed Projects by Min on: October 03, 2008 04:35:46 AM
Wow it's been forever since I've posted something!  I don't often make things without a pattern, so I'm pretty proud of this.  I used 5 or 6 balls (lost count) of Sugar 'n Cream Stripes self-striping yarn in Lime Stripes.  It was intended to be a grocery bag, and it certainly worked well when I filled it with fruit and stuff at the market tonight, but since it's so stretchy, it may be best for lighter-weight items.  Maybe I'll use it as a beach bag because it's big enough for large, lightweight stuff like towels/clothes.  And it's 100% cotton!  I put a piece of cardboard in the bottom to help give it some shape.


Here's a super rough tutorial...you've got to fill in the blanks based on the size and type of bag you want:

I used a size I hook for the whole thing.  For the base I made a long chain and then crocheted around it in half double-crochet spiral.  I made an elliptical shape first, then added corners to turn it into a rectangle to fit the cardboard.  At the edges, I did two rows of single crochet to give it a "seam."  I continued the hdc spiral up the sides of the bag for a few inches.  Then, ch 11, skip 3 sts, and hdc in the 4th st underneath it.  Did that make any sense?  I continued to ch 7 and hdc every 4th stitch, all the way around.  Then as I went up the sides I staggered the scallops and continued to hdc in each loop, ch 7, repeat.  There's one "seam" running up the side which is a little awkward looking where I kept fudging stitches, but it's impossible to tell I'm sure.  Once it was a good height, I did hdc in each loop, ch 3, hdc in next loop, ch 3, continue all the way around, sl st to connect.  Then, hdc all the way around for a few rows.  Then to make loops for the drawstring, I did one rnd of ch 3, tr in next st, *(ch 1, skip 1 st, tr in next 2 sts), repeat from * until end, sl st to join.  Then a few more rnds of simple hdc.  I placed and measured the straps by eye, and I'm very glad I made them so wide!  They're 10 sts of hdc across.  Once they were done, I single crocheted along the edges of the mouth and straps to polish it off.  Then I made a long chain and doubled back in sc to make a drawstring!
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8  Fashion First Aid and Skullholder! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by Min on: April 19, 2006 11:48:25 PM
So, I made the Fashion First Aid bag for my sister's birthday. She's a member of the red cross, and had gone down to Louisiana after the hurricane, so I thought she'd like it. But she's a punk rocker, so I thought black was cooler. I changed the way I attached the handles, too. I basically turned the bag inside out and connected the handle to the bag using sl st.  It's much sturdier than if I'd just sewn it.  Then, with my leftover yarn I made a skullholder with reversed colors on either side. Not pictured are pink/black and orange/black skullholders, which eventually I'll post pics of. The purse turned out a bit bigger than the one in the book, so I put tweezers on it in the photo so you can see what size it is...

edit: This was my first time changing colors in crochet, and I loved it! So much cooler/easier than intarsia!
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9  Ladylike Lace Flubs in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by Min on: March 29, 2006 04:49:01 PM
Well, I thought I'd practice making these with leftover acrylic yarn, and let's just say they didn't turn out so well. For some reason, the palm side is MUCH shorter than the back, but even if that weren't the case, they'd still be about twice as large as my hands. Only made the one. Enjoy!

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10  Re: the prepster jacket!! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by Min on: March 22, 2006 08:46:43 PM
i don't know if i'll be making me anything right soon i do that too much, i need to make my mom something my sister something and this cowboy hat which i think i need to start over on, and my grrlfriend wants practically everything in the book. Cheesy i want to make a crocheted hat that looks like one of these

but i don't know of any really good patterns for one and i don't have the time to try and figure it out. for the jacket i used Red Heart tweed yarn.

thanks for all the good words

Not that I'm any expert, but that hat looks like you could make the oval that is the top panel by measuring the hat you already have, then making it like a wide, shallow, open cylinder by making a rectangular piece that goes around the oval. Then make a little brim, sew on a snap, and crush the front together?
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