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1  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 10 in The Swap Gallery by Rumpazel on: April 23, 2009 07:19:50 AM
Okay...for starters, I apologize for so many pics, but everything was so awesome.  Smiley  And I thought about thumbnails, but I really wanted everyone to see everything and I know I don't like clicking to see the bigger pic.   Undecided

So...this is everything (including my cat who seemed quite interested in the entire package....I wonder why...):

There was chocolate (the blueberry and nut stuff was super yummy).  How did she know that I love Cadbury Cream Eggs and hadn't had any this season....?

That wasn't all of...some of it got...um...misplaced....

Misplaced in my tummy that is.   Wink
There was some store bought stuff...

The ice cream cone is chocolate scented bubbles, some Burt's Bees stuff (I love that chapstick...as I said when I sent the same one to her  Wink), buttons, stickers, a grow your own lizard in an egg (how cool is that?!), a yummy scented candle, a cat key cozy. and the best lip gloss ever.  Hopefully, Sugaree will tell me where she got it so I can get more when it runs out because I am so smitten with it.
Now for the handmades...

Two caloriometrys, a lovely headscarf (which looks awesome on), a little bow clip, a bookmark, some wine charms....

See how cute they are!

Some ornaments...there was even one full of catnip for my kitty (the one with the bee).  I guess that's why he was so into the box..

See...I couldn't even get a good picture because he was in such a flurry...
No wait...still more...

Little lollipop magnets that will look awesome mixed in with my bfs meat magnets...And...

A headband (from my ravelry favs) and some knit bangles...Sugaree, I'll beg you for the pattern.  I haven't taken them off yet.

A pin cushion with the most amazing little pins...

See!  And...

I teach science and love rock.  This was so perfect.  I squeed when I saw it in the box.  Smiley
And here's the yarn...

I love it.  It is soft an deliocious and the color is one I would have picked out for myself.  It is perfect...and sugaree made me a little travel card to with my pattern on it so I don't have to worry about carting around a big old pattern with me.  Smiley
So here is a slightly artsy pic of almost everything (I liked the light).  Some of the items have already found new homes.  Smiley

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2  Cloche Hat and Accessories in Crochet: Completed Projects by Rumpazel on: January 02, 2009 07:51:48 PM
So...I just participated in OWS 41 and I decided to claim someone for a cloche hat.  I found a pattern that helped a lot, but it didn't get me 100% there (different yarn, different tension - I don't know).  So I had to wing it and change the pattern.  This is what I came up with:

And from the side:

I also included a bunch of different ribbons to change out and make the hat look different as well as a bunch of little crocheted flowers to tie on in various collections to change it up again.  Here's the hat with a flower tied on:

That might show you the shape of that hat.  And here are all of the flowers:

I found the original idea/pattern at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225422.0;all

I can type up my pattern if enough people seem interested.  What do you think?  I'm really proud of it...I like it so much, I'll have to make myself one.  Wink

Oh...and I'll probably remove the pics with my mug on it fairly quick, but I'll leave just the hat up so...make sure you check out what it looks like on a head.
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3  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Rumpazel on: January 02, 2009 06:49:11 PM
Well...since I finally have one, I wanted to show all of you Penelope (or Peen-a-lope for those of you who have seen Club Dread).  My bf got her for me for Christmas and she is perfect.

Here she is with all of her goodies in front of her (well, almost all, I think I forgot some)...

And here is a close up of all the fancy stitches...

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4  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 41 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Rumpazel on: January 02, 2009 06:25:33 PM
I am so glad you like everything.  Smiley  I have to make myself the same hat because I loved it so much...and I am thrilled that you liked the colors.  Smiley

Now...on to me...I got my package today (after a long day of travel nonetheless) and it was absolutely perfect.  I loved everything.
For starters AsphaltQueen didn't know which size stitch markers I preferred so she sent two sets (picture on top of the little blag velvet bag they came in)
Here's some detail for the larger ones...

And the smaller ones...

And here they are together...(sorry it is only a mediocre shot)

Then I got some beautiful merino cashmere blend pictured with my singing Ring of Fire mug...

And...as a complete bonus, she sent me a gorgeous necklace with two charms.  The most perfect little yarn ball and needle charm (which I couldn't get a good pic of to save my life)...

And a tea cup (since I drink tea)...pardon the odd background, I'm wearing it...

Yeah...I can take a flawless picture of a necklace while it is sitting on my bosom, but not when it is on the counter.  Tongue
And here's a gratuitous picture of my kitten before he knew mommy had new shiny things for him to try to eat....

Thank you so much.  I absolutely love everything.  I have no idea how you shoved it all in that little beautifully wrapped box.  Smiley  Okay....off to go find the perfect pattern for that yarn because I am suddenly inspired to go knit.  Smiley
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5  Where's the Meat? in Completed Projects by Rumpazel on: December 19, 2008 05:33:40 PM
My boyfriend loves meat.  It doesn't matter what kind.  If it comes from an animal, it is fair game (except organs, which he objects to).  I think he'd be the healthiest person alive if sausage was a food group.  He won't even try all of the turkey based products I am fond of or <gasp> a veggie burger.  So...I made some magnets for him...with his favorite thing on them...meat!  I apologize for the glare in the pics.  I was closeted in the dining room so my boyfriend couldn't see what I was taking pictures of.  The dining room doesn't have the best lighting options and my flash washed everything out too much.  Sad

Here's all of them together:

A closeup of the bacon (I love turkey bacon):

A closeup of a few different ones:

The USDA label:

And here they are all wrapped up in butcher's paper and twine:

I love them.  You can see an up close of a sausage link in one of the pics.  I think that'll be his favorite.

What do you think?
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6  Star Trek Glasses (Image Heavy) in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Rumpazel on: December 19, 2008 04:57:36 PM
My boyfriend loves the original Star Trek so I decided to try my hand at glass etching.  He also likes beer so I etched some pilsner glasses.  I also posted pics of the packaging incase some of the rest of your are fans.

Top of the Box:

Front of the Box:

Inside of Box:

Star Trek Glass:

Star Fleet Insignia Glass:

Enterprise Glass:

Live Long and Prosper Glass:

So...what do you think?
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7  Re: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Rumpazel on: December 07, 2008 05:59:15 AM
So this is what I got from Linda P:

See how happy they are in their new home.   Wink

But seriously, talk about spoiled.  There are extras and they are extra long...some of them are even center pull balls.  Oh la la.   Cheesy  And the left eyeball is glow-in-the dark.  How awesome?!?!  I should have taken a glow in the dark action shot.  It is pretty sweet.

Thank you so much Linda.  I think you totally spoiled me more.   Smiley
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8  Re: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Rumpazel on: December 04, 2008 07:06:27 PM
So...this is what I sent Linda P...

As you see, I made mini-hanks.  Aren't they cute?!  And I gave them all dorky names...as you probably also see.  I sent her extra of a sock yarn too because she loves variegateds.  Sorry the pics are sad...I usually do better, but I was in the PO and my camera was dying so I went without the flash.  Not bad for a swap noob, huh? Smiley

And...I got my yarn from Linda P and I LOVE it.  I'll have to post when I get back from my fieldtrip since I am supposed to be packing now. Tongue
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9  Custom Illusion Knitting Tutorial in Knitting: Completed Projects by Rumpazel on: June 16, 2008 05:23:59 PM
So...I decided to put this as a new post so everyone could check it out.  This is my first time doing a tutorial so be patient with me.  First off...This is the scarf that started it all...

You can read all about it at my other post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248899.0).

So...I started out by figuring out what I wanted to make.  I decided on the Patriot's logo because:

1.  If he went to a Pat's game, he might need a scarf and he's too manly to wear a hat (I'm working so hard on that). 
2.  It was simple and would look good in two colors.

With illusion knitting you are just making fancy stripes so make sure you K.I.S.S (keep it simple sweetie).

I am a child of the digital age and like doing things on my computer.  This is mainly because I lose stuff like mad and this allows me to have a backup.  So, once I decided what I wanted, I went out and found a picture of the Pats logo.  I am sure you could scan in your own image.  I saved it to my computer.  You can save it as a GIF, JPEG, or PNG.  I think mine was a JPEG.  I'll check once I am back on my other computer. 

Once you have your picture go to Knit Pro (http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/).  If you haven't used this, start.  It is an awesome free program that will convert your picture into a chart for crochet, knitting, cross stitch, or needlepoint.  I, of course, chose knitting.  Knitting has two options (portrait or landscape) and I went with landscape.  I can't remember which grid size I chose, but that depends on your gauge and how large you want the finished project to be.  With a 6'4" bf, I wanted a pretty long scarf.  Now, all you have to do is click where is says browse and upload the picture from your computer.  After you do all of that, click okay...and magically a pattern comes up.

Now...the slightly tricky bit and time consuming bit.  There were a couple problems:

1.  Even though my picture was navy and white, I had some squares that were inbetween colors.  Remember, this is a two color project.

2.  Since I had never done illusion knitting before, I really didn't want to rely on my memory to make sure I didn't miss rows.

Now, if you aren't as nuts as I am skip this part!  Seriously, it took a while.  Granted, now I have a pattern forever.

I opened excel and made the squares really small.  I color coded so I wouldn't botch.  I'll put a mini design up to show you what I mean if you need.

Basically, with your pattern, you just keep repeating four rows.  It is like stretching your knit pattern out into four rows so it ends up being a lot longer and really lends itself to scarves:

1.  Knit across in background color( on mine this was blue).  Remember how I told you that you had to pick two colors?  Well, one is the background color and one is pattern color.
2.  Follow pattern using in the background color.  The places that are going to be background in the end are knit (because we are on the back of the work, they will be raised up when we flip the work) and the ones that are going to be part of your awesome illusion are purled (so they will be overshadowed by the second color when we get to it).

Hope I haven't lost anyone.  You should have two rows knit in your background color now.  DO NOT CUT YOUR BACKGROUND COLOR!  Just string it up the side as you go.

3.  Knit across in your pattern color (on mine this was a natural color).
4.  Follow the pattern using the pattern color.  This is the reverse of step 2 above.  Where you purled above, you'll knit now and vice versa.  This is all about getting certain stitches to stand up and others to lie down in a pattern.

Wow....You just finished the first row of your pattern.  Now, repeat steps 1-4 for row 2 and so forth.

I am a little nuts about some things so I took my pattern and put it into excel.  Basically, I made the squares in excel really small and color coded where I was supposed to knit and purl with my background color and where I was supposed to knit and purl with my pattern color.  This took a lot of time, but I think it helped me where it was my first illusion piece.

So...I hope this wasn't too confusing.  I will be happy to answer any questions.  I also found, as I was trying to come up with clear directions this site (http://www.instructables.com/id/Shadow-or-Illusion-Knitting/) that had nice picture directions. 

Get as creative as you want with this.  Remember, the point is making it your own cutom design.  Well, thank you for keeping on reading and hit 'this rocks' if my tutorial is at all good and or inspiring.  Grin

I forgot so I am editing...You might want to knit a few rows just in stripes to start....and remember to do some in garter stitch on the edges if you don't want it to roll.  Although, that only matters if you'll have parts that are plain stockinette....Sorry about the rambling.
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10  Knitting for the Sports Enthusiast (Patriots Illusion Scarf) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Rumpazel on: May 30, 2008 09:21:23 AM
So I don't always get around to posting the stuff I make.  Somehow it seems so hard to snap a picture and upload it.  I know it only takes five minutes....but I digress...I just entered a craft contest and entered this project so I figured it was about time to get it up here.  Hope you like...

I made this scarf a while ago (over a year) for my boyfriend for our first Christmas together.  As a knitter, of course I just had to knit him something, but what.  Socks....I was a little nervous about making socks and only recently got over my anxieties (they are so fun to knit....seriously, give it a try).  A sweater...no way.  A scarf....hmmm....the idea had merit.  So I searched and searched and none of the "manly" scarves seemed right.  Most seemed so blah.  So...I took it upon myself to design a pattern.  This can't be that hard.  I mean, it is only a scarf.  I wanted to incorporate something he liked into the knitting.  Now, he is a huge sports fan...baseball, football, biking, tennis, golf, hockey, basketball, etc.  I think if it is a sport and on TV, he will watch it.  Being from New England, we are also very loyal to our teams.  With the idea of doing something for a New England team (Red Sox, Celtics {keeping my fingers crossed about tonight's game}, Patriots, and Bruins), I embarked on my journey.  I wanted something he could wear while the team was actually playing so the Sox were out.  I settled on the Patriots.  I figured it was simple and single color.  Using my computer, I finally ended up with the pattern below.  Simple stripes....

Or maybe something more...

So...what do you think?  This is the first pattern I have designed so I am super proud of myself so be nice (even if you think it is miserable Wink).
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