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11  My Little Medusa (modified my little pony) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by detritus on: May 07, 2007 08:07:23 PM
I finished this last weekend, but I still haven't painted on butt and hoof symbols. I can't think of anything--a snake or skull both seem overdone. I almost think she looks good as is, but it seems vaguely heretical not to have symbols on a MLP. Any suggestions?

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12  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by detritus on: May 02, 2007 10:13:47 PM
I've had it short (and lots of random colors) forever and I'm trying my best to be super nice to it so I can actually grow it out. It's super fine so I get a lot of breakage and split ends--it's never been below my shoulders. But I was getting really tired of the blonde and the super faded purple in the front, so I henna'd mine for the first time last week!


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13  Re: Dying it red "naturally"? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by detritus on: April 26, 2007 06:00:03 PM
Well, I finally went through with it! I used a mix of 2/3 henna and 1/3 indigo and left it on about 3 hours. In the before photo, you can see the pale purple streaks near my bangs that I was really concerned with. They came out only subtley different than my virgin hair--a slight yellowish brown tone rather than the coppery red. The after photo was taken 3 hours after rinsing it all out, and it's already considerably darker and more auburn than copper now 12 hours after the fact. You'll have to excuse my glazed expression, I was working on 3 hours of sleep at that point. I'll upload a photo after a few more days so you can all see the final color after the color molecules finish oxidizing.

I'm really happy with it, but I'm glad I did a lot of research before committing (hennaforhair.com has a mixes page that is really helpful). The results aren't nearly as predictable as off the shelf dye, so it can be a little nerve-wracking. I'm glad I really felt like I knew what I was doing even though it was my first time using henna. Thanks for all the words of advice! You can read more about my henna'ing on my blog.
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14  Big lebowski T shirt--my first big project! (now my BF has to take me bowling) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by detritus on: April 09, 2007 10:42:04 AM
I made a Big Lebowski T shirt for my boyfriend--it looks like the Andre the Giant "Obey" posters. I found a thumbnail of the poster online and then freehanded the design to get the right size (with a bit of embellishment).

I used freezer paper for this (so nice) and used bridges for the outside border so I could keep it even. The rest I just ironed in place because I didn't want to deal with painting in bridges. I'm really happy with it!

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15  Needle felted cupcake/pincushion (wool food round 2) in Felting: Completed Projects by detritus on: April 04, 2007 05:45:03 PM
I made some more wool food today. I needed a new pincushion and I thought felted stuff would work perfectly. And I couldn't be happier with the result!
The pins even look like sprinkles!

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16  Wool sushi! in Felting: Completed Projects by detritus on: March 27, 2007 09:24:39 PM

I love fake food. There's just something about the kitsch of such an absolutely useless item that's really appealing. So for my felted object #2 I made a little felted piece of sushi. It's a little over an inch, pretty realistic size. It took me a couple hours and I did it watching TV. I didn't even poke myself this time! ;-)

tutorial here:
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17  A slouchy beret from one skein of koigu? Only after seven tries! in Knitting: Completed Projects by detritus on: March 24, 2007 10:38:01 PM

I FINALLY, FINALLY finished this slouchy beret. I ended up frogging this (at various stages of near-completion) a total of seven times after running out of yarn. It was as much my stubbornness as my lack of money that caused me to absolutely refuse to buy a second skein. ;-)

I first tried to use the entrelac beret pattern here http://knitternutter.blogspot.com/2007/01/entrelac-cap.html and frogged that six times while trying to figure out the sizing and how to get something slouchy out of one skein before realizing it was impossible. I guess all the picking up stitches and p2togs/ssks eat up the yardage. Here's me looking mopey when the entrelac finally defeated me.

Then I used the purl bee's pattern here which specifically states it only uses one skein of Koigu http://www.purlbee.com/beret-purl/. Apparently this is only true for the traditional sized version (read: NOT slouchy). So I frogged it one more time, cast on 12 fewer stitches and adjusted the decreases accordingly. Success! At least after all that frustration, I can say I'm really happy with the finished product. (More details on my misadventure on the requisite blog.)
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18  Re: Entrelac beret? in Knitalongs by detritus on: March 18, 2007 12:45:10 PM
I also started my first attempt at this hat with squares that were too big and had to frog it all. It seems that squares of about an inch works out okay.

I'm actually throwing in the towel on this one. I only have one skein of Koigu devoted to this project and I'm too cheap and stubborn to buy more. I've tried four times, fudging and juggling the sizing to try and eke it out of my allotted yardage. I finally gave up last night. I ran out of yarn with a 2 inch diameter hole in the back. I thought about trying one more time, but it's already too small for my liking...I wanted something more slouchy. Seems that all the picking up stitches and SSK/p2togs eats up the yarn. Which makes sense, I just hadn't thought of it.

I'm going to knit this simple stockinette beret that specifically calls for one skein of Koigu. http://www.purlbee.com/beret-purl/
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19  Boyfriend socks (aka modified Thuja from Knitty) in Knitting: Completed Projects by detritus on: March 11, 2007 06:08:58 PM

These socks were a really satisfying project. I dyed the yarn myself (started out baby blue). You can tell that one sock is a slightly different color. Oops. This was the first time I knit socks on #3 needles--it went so fast! I may have to knit some thick around-the-house socks for myself. I knit these toe-up with a short-row heel (my new favorite thing) and modified the thuja stitch pattern to have 5 stitches between each seed stitch rib instead of 4 (it's also knit in a smaller gauge). It's the first wearable knit for my BF!

Thuja is available here http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTthuja.html
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20  My first felted project! cute totoro doll in Felting: Completed Projects by detritus on: March 06, 2007 08:59:24 PM
I just bought a bunch of merino roving in pretty colors today so I could finally get around to using the needle felting tools I got about 6 weeks ago. This is what I came up with while watching a movie. This is so much fun!

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