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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Happy Foot Sad Foot necklace charms 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!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking For Pattern? Ask here! 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.

3  COOKING / Dessert / True Blood cake! 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!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mbius scarflet (with tute)! on: December 29, 2008 01:09:40 PM
It means "place marker."  You slip the stitch marker onto the right needle.  I knit the first half using markers, and then I took them out and knit the rest by counting stitches.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mbius scarflet (with tute)! 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):
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Yarn broke and I don't know what to do! on: December 23, 2008 02:30:12 AM
I am trying to knit a cowl, and the yarn had one of those small tight knots in it where there had been two pieces.  But once I started knitting and got a few rows past the knot, it came undone!  Do I need to unravel the whole piece and completely disregard the first couple of feet of yarn before the break?  Or is there some way I can fix it and move on?  Help!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: McCain Hope drawing on: October 04, 2008 03:35:20 PM
Thanks for the comments!  Yeah, I definitely want to state that I don't own the original design!  But this is just for personal use.  As for the "HOPE" slogan...well, McCain gives me hope, so I think it's appropriate!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / McCain Hope drawing 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
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Istanbul T-Shirt Recon! on: October 03, 2008 05:08:09 AM
Oh I meant to add, the whole thing is handstitched as I have never laid hands on a sewing machine.  Also, I didn't measure anything.  I basically just cut and stitched by eye, hoping it would work out when I put it on.  And it did!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Istanbul T-Shirt Recon! 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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