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11  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by KnitChick1979 on: September 12, 2006 09:52:00 PM
Thanks for posting pics Alicia!

The roll of film with the ball I sent you is still in the camera but I was anxious to see if my racing pics came out so I finished off that roll of film and got it developed today Smiley

Since you posted way better pics I'll just show my two overview pics:

My bear anticipating what's going to come out of the wonderful ball!

And enjoying the bounty that came out of it!

Since the yarn is going to become a sweater for my bear, I figured I'd get him in the picture Smiley

Oh! Just in case you were wondering what that sharp little bamboo thing was doing in there, that's my awesome handmade cable needle! I like them better than those curvy metal things from the store. I was hoping it wouldn't stab you while you were unwrapping.

Nope, I got everything unwound without injury!  Smiley  I'll have to try that, I usually just use metal cable needles but maybe that'll help with some of the trickier cables in this one project....if I can remember where I put the project...  Grin

And I *love* the little deery lou!  Too cute!!

This was a really awesome swap!  I enjoyed it a ton!

Mary Jo

PS the bracelet has glow-in-the-dark string in it, I think I forgot to put that in my note Smiley
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12  Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) in Halloween Costumes by KnitChick1979 on: September 07, 2006 11:51:51 PM
Well last summer I made a Hogwarts costume for the release party.  I wore it on Halloween (though at work I had to wear pants and leave the robes at home Sad ), and then I wore it again for the movie premiere in November.  When I met James & Oliver Phelps!   Grin

And to go with the outfit, I made myself some books (I was going for the Hermione look) and a messenger bag to carry them in.

Mary Jo
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13  Need help designing plushies! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by KnitChick1979 on: August 31, 2006 11:05:55 PM
Okay, once I get past my current swaps my next project is going to be a set of robot monkeys, from the show Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!.  I want to make a Chiro costume for my teddy bear and a set of all five monkeys to accompany him.

Only problem is I am having a really hard time visualizing how to make their heads!  Their feet and legs are easy.  Their tails, easy.  I think I have an idea how to shape the torso.  But the heads are pretty complicated.  

I'm planning on doing this in felt.  The one other plushie I did, Nightcrawler from the X-Men, worked out pretty well in felt.  But I could use some help figuring out their heads!

I'm also thinking about making their hands detachable and making their weapons too (I know that sounds odd, it makes more sense if you've seen the show).  They're robots, and their hands transform into weapons on the show.  Antauri has ghost claws, Sparx has big magnets, Gibson has big drills, Nova has giant fists and Otto has spinning saws.  I can figure out the magnets and drills, those are pretty easy, but I'm a little iffy on Antauri's ghost claws and Nova's fists.

Here's one piccy of the group:

And a couple other shots that show them well:

Unfortunately I don't have a shot where you can see the back of their heads, there's a kind of computer plug there.  Sad

And there's LOTS of great screenshots on the Hyperforce.net,http://planetmyhill.com/Gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=7&g2_highlightId=74 ,  and the Monkey See, Monkey Fu! boards, http://z11.invisionfree.com/srmthg/index.php?act=idx .

Thanks in advance for any help!!!

Mary Jo
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14  Knitted NASCAR tank top (Now with better pictures!!) in CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES by KnitChick1979 on: August 06, 2006 04:09:47 AM
My first challenge entry!  Smiley  I just loved the roving offered as the prize for this one so I *had* to try and enter!

I decided to try knitting a tiny sweater from embroidery floss, thinking back to the Harry Potter bookscarf I had started knitting from a pattern online (somewhere..sorry forgot exactly who created it).  I decided to make the sweater with my favourite NASCAR driver's logo and colors.  My favourite driver is Michael Waltrip, and he drives the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge (soon to be Toyota).  

I charted the NAPA logo but it came out with too many stitches so I ended up just doing his number, 55.  Oh and I was having such a hard time picking up stiches I gave up on sleeves and made it a tank top.  Cheesy

I apologise for the pictures, I don't have a real digital camera (just two cheapie $20 cameras that take sucky pictures).  I took a few shots with my nice film camera and will post those pictures as soon as I get the film developed later today -- I just couldn't wait to post this!  Smiley

EDIT: Got my film back, with WAY clearer pictures!

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15  Harry Potter craft palooza! (kinda picture heavy, sorry!) in Completed Projects by KnitChick1979 on: July 10, 2006 09:18:02 PM
Rather than make a ton of posts for all the little HP related crafts I've made I'll just put a bunch right here.

In no particular order....

This was actually the simplest one.  I wanted a school bag to go with my Hermione costume.  In the 3rd movie she has a messenger style bag.  I found this plain bag at a weird little luggage store in Golf Mill for like $15, I carefully removed the logos it had and then painstakingly stitched the Hogwarts patch (from Patch Palace) on the flap (not easy since there's a pocket that I didn't want to accidentally close!).  I got lots of comments at the pre-release celebration last summer in Oak Park IL!  In the bathroom one mom wanted to know where I got it.  Smiley

My still-unnamed pygmy puff.  Right after the book came out the talk on the HPKnit list was all about how to knit pygmy puffs.  For mine I took some Lion Fisherman's Wool and knit it with some Fun Fur I had, then stuffed and felted it.  I later refined the pattern a bit, dying the wool to match the eyelash yarn and using Yarn Bee Wild Child instead.  I made a pink one (Strawberry color Wild Child and pink wool) and purple one (Port Wine Wild Child and purple wool), dubbed them "Gred" and "Forge" and gave them to James & Oliver Phelps this November when I met them during opening weekend of the movie.

The piccy above also gives a glimpse at my costume (storebought shirt and skirt and Mary Jane shoes, storebought sweater that I added knitted embroidery floss color bands to, and a robe that was my college graduation robe with hood, burgundy accents and a Patch Palace patch added).  I had lots of kids in awe of my costume that morning!

Another little added touch for my costume.  I know Hermione never seems to have any headbands or barrettes or anything in her hair but I go nuts if I don't have something pulling my hair back at least a little.  So I made some barrettes that would go with my costume.  I picked up a few yards of satin ribbon by the yard at Hobby Lobby in burgundy and gold, and a spool each of floral papery ribbon in those colors and started playing with the different barrette designs I like a lot.  I wear the big bow on the right the most, sometimes even when I just wear a plain HP tshirt.

These are my school books.  Can't be Hermione without a ton of books!  (I am really Hermione cuz I always have a book or ten on me, I have a hard time eating without a book open and I read really obscure and dry texts sometimes).  From left to right:

The book on the left is "Hogwarts: A History" (of course!)  Paper mache book box from Michael's, painted with brown, white, and gold acrylic Anita's paints.  I did all the lettering freeform.  

The middle book is "The Monster Book of Monsters", my interpretation.  We got this fake fur in at work and that's what came to mind, so I got the blue (my favourite color) and went over to crafts to grab a wooden book box (which seems to be deleted, darn it!).  I painted the inside white, glued the fur over the cover, then over the "pages" I glued white teeth and added a red tongue (both of felt).  The book didn't like to stay closed so I then got a package of the super-strong magnets and added those (painted white to blend in).  A few wiggly eyes and gold fabric paint title and he was done!  Got lots of comments on this too!

The last book is "The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 6".  The Home Accent department always seems to have some nice faux-leather look book boxes and last summer I managed to find one that had no title and was in good shape.  I took some of the gold Anita's paint and carefully added the title on the front (and Hermione's name on the inside) and that's it.

When not in my schoolbag the books reside in various spots on shelves in my room.

I've also made a couple of little Gryffindor color drawstring pouches, an attempt at a quill pen, a cell phone cozy for a swap, and more but I don't have piccies to post for those...yet!  Smiley
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16  My bedroom lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by KnitChick1979 on: July 10, 2006 08:34:25 PM
I'm on a roll on this board Smiley  Actually the stuff in my room that's home dec-y is what happens to already have piccies residing on my hard drive already.

Working in a craft store can be dangerous for a creative like me....I have WAY too many ideas and WAY too little time and money!  I gotta start selling some stuff to fund my habit.  This project came about cuz I didn't like the lampshade on the lamp I had in my room.  It was a simple blue lamp from K-Mart if I remember right and it was okay but too plain!

Hobby Lobby has self adhesive lampshades (9 different sizes/shapes!) and a few lamp part kits.  Soon after the 4th last year I picked up a really cool wicker basket for 90% off, along with clearanced 4th fabric and then grabbed some by-the-yard ribbon and beaded trim.  Add a lampshade and the basket lamp kit and about an hour and I had a REALLY cool lamp that also doubles as storage!

Now that the bug has bitten me I have the parts for another lamp set aside.  I tried to make a knitted capelet for myself for Easter and it came out WAY too small.  Same size as the lampshade small.  I have it stretched over a lampshade now and I recently used a 40% coupon to get a nice sleek black base but I'm still brainstorming on what else I want to do beyond sticking in a light bulb.

See what working around way too many cool crafts does to your brain and wallet?  Smiley
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17  My giant wall clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by KnitChick1979 on: July 10, 2006 12:37:47 AM
This is my second favourite clock, my giant wall clock.  I made two of these a few months ago, one for my mom (her birthday gift) and one for me (and to ferret out problems so my mom's was perfect).

For how large and cool it is, it's surprisingly simple!

I took a piece of 1/4" thick foam board, sized 20x30 (only size HL has of 1/4", kinda dictated my final size), and cut it to 20" square.  That cool sunburst design?  It's a quilting fabric!  I glued the fabric to the front and to make sure it stayed, duct taped the edges on the back.  The hardest part was making a hole for the clock movement -- on mine I sat and spent hours carving the hole with an exacto knife.  On my mom's I cut a rectangle out, sliced it thin, and taped it back in before putting the fabric on (still don't quite like that, I think I may use a couple layers of matboard for the base next time).  

The hour indicators are large flat backed clear gems from the floral department (1 lb bag for $1.99, half off during sales), hot glued on.  The movement and hands I had to order from Klockit http://www.klockit.com -- the largest hands carried at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Joann's are 4" and I needed 8".  The movement was $7.25 and the hands another couple bucks.  I painted mine with yellow glow-in-the-dark paint.  

On my mom's clock (I don't think I put those pics on my computer yet, sorry) her fabric has pink and purple roses with gold accents (goes with the living room wallpaper), her hour indicators are lilac roses (flowering bush from floral, $2.99 and half off on sale), and I painted her hands pink.  She also got fancier hands.

Then I took 20" sectional frames and put that together and added the hangers that go with and frame wire.  

Total cost -- the movement added to the cost because of it having to be a special high-torque movement for the clock's size (plus the shipping cost), but at about $10 for that, $10 for the frame, $1.50 for the foam board, $1 for the gems, and $3.50 worth of fabric, I made a really cool clock for about $25!

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18  My handmade NASCAR clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by KnitChick1979 on: July 10, 2006 12:22:32 AM
I hope I put this in the right board!

Eventually I'm going to put up all my varied crafts here for all to see but to start, one of my favourites.  This is a clock I made oh about a year or so ago.  I wanted a clock of my favourite NASCAR driver, Michael Waltrip, but I did not like any of the designs at the official NASCAR store.  Furthermore, I wanted dimension!  I wanted something NOT a circle!  I've made several clocks and none have been a plain circle -- too boring!

Almost all supplies from Hobby Lobby.  I took the 12x12 shadow box base, a 4x6 box frame, a clock movement, some number stickers from scrapbooking, and had some photos I took of Mikey's car enlarged.  I also enlarged a photo I took of an empty front straightaway at Chicagoland Speedway -- I had a press pass back in 2002 (college newspaper) and I got lots of great piccys especially of Mikey's car since NAPA did a press conference followed by a photo opp with his car.  

Next I had my now-ex-bf drill a hole in the box frame with a dremel (gotta get me one of those).  Then I decided where I wanted the face to sit and sat the box frame in place.  I cut the 12x12 mat that comes with the shadow box to fit around the box frame.  Then I started adding decorative elements.  Sky colored scrapbooking paper I had in my collection was glued to the inside of the sides of the box frame, and then was also used as the base for the face.  That's where the cool closeup car shots went.  The front straight went at the bottom.  Car stickers from my scrapbooking collection filled in the rest.

Took some super-duper super glue (I forget the exact one I used but it wasn't "Super Glue" the famous one but more like a model building type that "welds" plastic together) and glued the box frame into place.  A hole got cut in the back of the shadow box base so the battery could be replaced in the movement.  Then the two model cars (I had duplicates of that particular Mikey car and that D.W. car) were glued in front of the straightaway picture.  AFTER the glue set I realized I had them driving backwards!  <groan>  I say Mikey's doing a Polish victory lap and D.W. is chasing him saying "NOW can I drive the Aaron's Dream Machine?" but my coworker says they're on the backstraight Smiley

After I had those elements in place I added the numbers (they're stickers and they're on top of the box frame) and the movement.  Then I took it to the Hobby Lobby frame shop (I work at HL, in fabrics) and my coworker cut the custom mats and then put it together with the custom frame (of course NOW we get a readymade 12x12 frame -- even at 1/2 off that frame was $20!)

Total cost?  Well the frame and mats killed me, the frame was $20 and the mats were I think $6 each (one blue one black with yellow cut edge), the movement was $5, the shadow box base is $7, the box frame is about $2, the cars I forget but probably $1-2 each, the enlargements were $5 (Kodak Photo Machine at Walmart), and everything else I had in my supplies already so about $50 or so maybe less (I'm going by memory here).  Unique though!  Smiley

So opinions?  Thoughts?  Boos?  Smiley

Mary Jo
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