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1  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Beat the COLD and make some new friends! Now planning next date! on: December 30, 2008 05:16:39 AM
@LittleBiskit: Poke. Can I get a ride again? Cheesy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A Practical Animal Cracker Hat on: September 05, 2008 09:04:34 AM
Great! I'll start working on writing it up, then. It'll be free, of course. Should have it up by sometime next week Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A Practical Animal Cracker Hat on: September 04, 2008 06:31:38 AM
Thanks, everyone. I'm thinking I might write up a bit of a pattern. Do you think there'd be any interest?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Practical Animal Cracker Hat on: September 03, 2008 08:55:23 PM
Some of you Harry Potter fans may remember, from the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the scene where they are eating animal crackers that cause them to make the noise of that animal. In that scene, Ron was wearing a hat- here is a rather shabby photo of it:

In any case, a friend of mine fell in love with this hat. This same friend did the photography for my wedding, and as part of payment she asked for this hat, only more practical for actual winter wear, and a set of matching flap-top mittens. I haven't yet finished the mittens, but here's my practical version of this hat.

In order to make the hat more practical for MN winters, I used a worsted weight yarn at a fairly tight gauge, and lengthened the brim so it would cover more of the head. The earflaps are shaped better for coverage, as well.

This was mostly ad-libbed from looking at stills from the movie. I took inspiration from http://djinnj.livejournal.com/150838.html, and used pieces of the pattern Swell from Knitty and the Norwegian Star Earflap Hat for the earflaps and decreases.

Specs: Cascade 220 Wool in five colors, size 6 needles. Total knitting time- about a day and a half. I had to rip back twice because it was too small.

I really love the way it turned out, and I hope she does, too!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 7-25-08 - Tour de Whoops! Edition on: July 25, 2008 09:33:38 PM
Here's my big fat skein for this week!

540 yards (!!!!!!) of mostly light fingering weight, with areas of lace to sport... it's a wool blend, possibly merino x corrie? from Maine Woods Yarn, in colorway Vineyard. This is my third yarn spun on my Ashford Kiwi.
6  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Beat the Heat and make some new friends! Now with July 08 date! on: July 11, 2008 03:56:02 PM
I posted a (very late notice) thing on the MN ravelry board, too, so we might have some ravelers join us Smiley
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: July 03, 2008 05:20:17 AM
You gals all rock! I just spent an hour looking through my pics and can find none! oh well

Can any of you gals post some SHORT haircuts you are sporting? I am thinking of whacking mine all off this weekend, but need some serious inspiration, and it looks like this thread has been mostly colours??!!

Thanks a million!

I think the reason it's mostly colors is because, due to craftster rules, people can only post haircuts and dyes they've done themselves... and not many people cut their own hair. But hopefully, since I know there are some people here that do, they can help you out!
8  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Beat the cold and make some new friends! on: June 23, 2008 07:16:11 PM
Ohhh, see?  That's so not me, I'm more of a go with the flow type of person.  LOL

Alright *squeezin' eyes shut, thinkin' hard*  July 12th!  Late morning to early afternoonish.  Ummmm, are there parks with nearby indoor group friendly seating in case it would get rained out?

Hopefully a crocheter will show up (I'm looking at you, PinFish) because I need H-E-L-P help with some of my projects. 

Alright, I did my part, someone else speak up!   Grin

I can sure try Smiley No promises, but I'll be more likely to go if I can get a ride, hint hint nudge nudge.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hhh... I think I'm cured of commissions forever on: June 06, 2008 09:10:59 AM
I always quote a price before agreeing to anything, and I usually insist that the commission-er pick out and buy the yarn themselves (I'll go with them but I will not buy the yarn). I usually provide a breakdown of cost, too- $__ for materials (if I buy them- sometimes I have to get needles and stuff too), $__ per hour multiplied by a prospective __ hours of labor, etc. etc. I usually charge minimum wage since usually the person asking is a good friend. I won't knit for anyone who I don't KNOW will really appreciate every bit of work that goes into it, not even if they're paying!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 6th June 2008 on: June 06, 2008 05:48:40 AM
Hooray, my first fiber (fibre) friday! Cheesy

I got a wheel about a month ago, or so, but with finals/graduating college/ getting married/ honeymoon/ finding a job I didn't finish anything worth talking about until this week.

Here's my first leetle skein, 2oz of wool blend from Maine Woods Yarn.

There's only a few dozen yards there, navajo plied and not exactly... ahem... even. Something like worsted weight, mostly.

next is what took me sooo long because, as it turns out, I get really bored spinning undyed wool. It's Brown Sheep top, 4 oz. 2 ply, 188 yards, thick-and-thin as I was practicing different techniques. Sport to bulky.

Finally, here's what I'm working on now. I have a lot more than this now- I worked on it some yesterday, I have probably half of a bobbinfull?

It's more Maine Woods Yarn blend, and I'm shooting for sock yarn. Hopefully 3 ply but it's probably too thick for that, in which case I'll do a really tight 2 ply and whack the heck out of it. I'm planning on plying this colorway (vineyard) with some dark green (evergreen).
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