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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chicken hat on: March 22, 2008 08:59:08 AM
My friend is obsessed with hat that have animals on them. He has an owl, penguin, and puppy. I felt like he needed more. Thus, the chicken hat was born! I based the look of it off of his owl hat (i.e. the way the eyes and mouth looked), but the chicken design was all mine.

The front of the hat. The eyes and the red top had to be sewn on. I discovered that felt doesn't stay glued together very well.

Me modeling the hat. There are also pom-poms that you can't see in the picture.

Pattern: Slightly modified Basic Earflap Hat from Hey Julie
Yarn: Red Heart Soft Yarn in White

The hardest part to make was the red thing on top (I don't know the name of it). It was two separate pieces sewn together and popping them inside out was nearly impossible.
Overall, it took about 3 weeks because I kept forgetting materials at my house, but the actually time spent on it was about 6 hours max. He loves that hat, though! I was very tempted to keep it for myself  Grin
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is there anything wrong with acrylic? on: December 13, 2007 08:07:07 AM
I knit with acrylic yarn about 95% of the time. I constantly see comments on the internet about how someone would never touch cheap acrylic in their entire life. Personally, I use Red Heart Soft Yarn for most of my projects, like hats and mittens. Natural fibers like wool are just too itchy and cashmere is too expensive (although I do love bamboo, soy, and organic cotton).

Am I the only knitter who just loves acrylic? Is this a knitting phase? Are you a yarn snob if you never touch acrylic? Please share your opinions and stories!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Wrestling themed cake on: December 06, 2007 07:17:41 PM
Hello everyone!
My current problem involves a birthday cake for my boyfriend. He's going to be turning 18, so I'm going super crazy for it. Since he's the captain of the wrestling team, I wanted to make a wrestling-related cake. The only problem is I'm stumped on what to make it look like.
I was thinking having figures in various wrestling positions on top of the cake, but I can't think of any toy that would bend that much. I was also thinking about just trimming a sheet cake down to the shape of a singlet, but that's all I've come up with. Can anyone help?
Here is a picture of a wrestling singlet, the uniform they wear.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Very Multicolored Hat on: August 08, 2007 10:09:56 PM
I just finished this hat tonight and had to show it off!
I made it for my boyfriends youngest sister who is turning 13 tomorrow. She asked for a crazy hat, so this is what I came up with. 13 colors for 13 years.

The yarn is all Red Heart Soft yarn on size 5 needles.
I'm also thinking about a pompom on top using all the colors.

As soon as I finished, my mom asked for one for her birthday in two weeks. I'd better get started soon.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Decreasing on 1x1 ribbing on: August 02, 2007 04:49:50 PM
I'm trying to figure out how to decrease 120 stitches down to a reasonable number while doing knit 1, purl 1 ribbing AND have it still look nice. I'm making a hat for my boyfriend, but can not find out anywhere how to do it. Also, it's on straight needles, not DPs or in the round  which might also be causing a problem. Undecided I'm not a new knitter, but I can't figure this out! It should also be mentioned that I'm not following a pattern. Bad idea. Can anyone help?

It is:
120 stitches
Knit 1 purl 1 ribbing the whole time
Gauge is about 8 stitches and 8 rows to an inch

Here is a picture of it in progress along with the hat I'm modeling it after. Oh, and ignore the cat feet and belly!
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegetarian Graduation Party on: March 18, 2007 08:05:37 AM
I'm graduating from high school in a few months (YAY!  Grin) and, of course, am throwing a graduation party! The only problem is I don't know what to serve. I had origionally planned for half-omni, half-veggie foods, but that's no fun and could be confusing, so I decided to go all veggie.

For my brothers graduation party a few years ago we used banquet style serving trays with the flame underneath which worked great. What are some great veggie/vegan dishes that won't spoil fast and can be heated? As of now, I was thinking some pasta, salad, veggie burgers, possibly veggie chili...and that's where my thinking stops.

Do you think this is a good plan? Any ideas would help! And by the way, I love craftster and especially this board!!! Thanks!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 17th b-day, Disney themed. Need help! on: September 02, 2006 08:36:56 AM
     My 17th birthday I coming up in about 3 weeks and I'm planning on doing a Disney themed party. Aside from people dressing up like Disney characters, can anyone else come up with ideas? I think I'm going bake cupcakes since about 30 people are invited. I also want to rent a projector and watch some movies on it. Does anyone know a company in or around Boston that would do this?
     I came up with this idea a few days ago, but I'm already getting stuck on the details! Undecided Any input would be greatly appriciated.

Edit: Im not going to do the projector any more, just move a tv somewhere and watch in the house.
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