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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / pacman dungarees on: July 07, 2009 11:25:55 PM
So I finished my first sewing pattern! It's some dungarees for my nearly-one-year-old son. The pattern is Burda 9652 but I modified it a bit. I put snap fasteners along the inside leg seam for easy nappy changing. I did this by reinforcing bias binding with heavy interfacing and hammering the snaps in (yes, I still have all my fingers!), then sewing it along the edge of the inside leg on each side. I put buttons at the top instead of more snap fasteners as the pattern suggested. Also the pattern didn't actually say to applique on a scene from the heyday of 8 bit video gaming, that was my idea, as I am a bit of a geek.

the appliques close up. I handstitched them on and embroidered the tiny details, as I don't trust myself to accurately sew things this small with a machine...

action shot of them being bounced in

This has to have been the Funnest Project to make Ever!

More pictures and details on my blog: http://bornknitty.blogspot.com/2009/07/pacman-dungarees.html if anyone is interested.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / donkey kong cross-stitch valentines card on: February 12, 2008 08:47:21 AM

Hello there. So, er, I made the girdertop love scene from Donkey Kong into a cross-stitch valentines card... thought people here might enjoy it! (and hopefully the intended recipient will)

One of my first forays into needlepoint so excuse the amateurishness!

more pictures on http://bornknitty.blogspot.com/
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cthulhu on: March 20, 2007 12:34:50 PM
Almost in time for the 70th anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft's death... here's my attempt at a knitted cthulhu!

I'm sure there are loads of patterns out there on the net but i thought it would be more fun to make up my own. I made it for a friends kid out of some leftover cheap generic acrylic yarn, double knitting weight. It's all pretty sturdily sewn together and machine washable so hopefully it'll stand up to being battered by children. I cheated a bit by cutting the claws out of felt and sewing them on - i didn't think you could really knit claws that looked sharp and threatening enough! The wings have got a crochet trim round the bottom in an attempt to give them a sort of webbed effect, and he has a silly pointy head just for the hell of it.
Hope you enjoyed looking and weren't too scared.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Modified 'Fake isle' from Magknits on: January 30, 2007 12:24:50 PM
I couldn't resist having a go at this hat as I had half a skein of Kureyon gathering dust in the drawer. The other yarn is some kind of alpaca stuff i found, which is lovely and soft. I wasn't keen on their pattern though so i made something up that vaguely resembled snowflakes. Great fun to make though and reeeeally warm - the stranding and the 100% wool does the job for keeping the whistling wintry winds away! Definitely a good one to try for the cold-eared craftster reader.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what can i make with laceweight alpaca that isn't a scarf or a shawl? on: October 29, 2006 10:52:41 AM
hello everyone,

so i have a massive 1kg cone of lovely dark red soft laceweight alpaca yarn that i picked up for ubercheap in Peru. I've already made this scarf for a Christmas prezzie, which turned out pretty well. But the cone of yarn doesn't look any smaller at all (in fact possibly even bigger!) so i am wondering what else i can make. I've seen lots of patterns for scarves and shawls that look quite nice, but i don't want to make another scarf and i'm not really sure i'm a shawl wearing type of person.

So, wise people of Craftster - do any of you know any good patterns that i could use this yarn for? Maybe a jumper or some kind of top would be nice... i thought about socks, but i guess alpaca socks would fall apart after about 2 wears, cos it's really soft yarn...

any ideas at all much appreciated!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Donkey Kong DS lite sock on: October 17, 2006 05:52:05 AM
Following the success of the Mario Mushroom DS sock

rubbish retro-game-related-knitting enterprises inc. proudly presents:
The Donkey Kong cross stitch effort!!

It's just plain stocking stitch with everyone's favourite barrel-rolling monkey cross stitched over it. Didn't take very long to make, and it was good fun to do, so I feel a few more silly christmas gifts in this vein may follow...

More pictures and info on my blog if anyone is interested
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / mario mushroom DS sock on: August 01, 2006 03:08:55 PM
I didn't want my new nintendo DS lite to get scratched... so i made it this sock... out of supercheap 99p-a-ball unspecified fibre from the bargain bin and leftover scraps (all about DK thickness). The image is the old skool 16x16 pixel version (google image for 'mario mushroom' if you want to see what i copied from!). I used intarsia (the other side is a bit messy, but i feel life is too short to worry about such things)

Now I can throw it in my bag wherever i'm going, with barely a second thought for its safety. Ideal for Pub Mario kart sessions!!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Inky wristband on: April 12, 2006 04:27:33 PM
hello everyone. Look! i had a rubbish idea for a sweatband and attempted to make it.

i used stranding instead of intarsia so the back is really messy - you're not allowed to see it! but here it is in action. Around Inky it's k2p2 ribbed so its nice and stretchy.

i might make another one with pacman on - i'd have to always wear it on the left hand so Inky is looking the right way!
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