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21  Re: Tshirt designs for SnB (tattoo & "knitting is the balls!") in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by RachOfTheJungle on: September 19, 2006 11:18:41 AM
I know this is an old thread, but just so you guys know I had no luck with threadless! Didn't even make it past the mods. (too many colors and they didn't like the text on the "balls" one, which I didn't get since that's pretty much what makes it interesting... they were rather snappy about it Sad )

Anyhow I just ended up posting them on cafepress for the club members to buy directly so they wouldn't have to agree on a color or design.

I forgot to post here until I realized non-members (aka people from Australia, California, Georgia, etc!) were ordering them!! I forgot people can search and buy them!! :-)

Then I remembered some people here were interested in the shirts, so the link is below if you guys still want it. Thanks for your kind words!

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22  Painted black jacket: Shanghai Pudong skyline in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RachOfTheJungle on: July 12, 2006 03:10:10 PM
OK yes I love Shanghai, so pretty! Here is my wearable tribute (on a 50 cent thrift store find!)

On me:




I'm making similar skylines on black skirts that I hope to put on my etsy shop. (I wanna call the "line" Skirts in the City. Or something.)
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23  offensive coupon book in Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: July 12, 2006 03:05:25 PM
Buahaha I love digging my coupons out of this baby, right in front of the old ladies in line at the grocery store.

the back:

and the more innocent-looking front:

Coupons are the best! ModPodge is awesome! And getting funny looks from the cashier... oddly satisfying. I'm sure it makes their day more interesting at least.
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24  "Cat Shelf" window seat for apt. kitties! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: May 21, 2006 09:57:10 AM
My kitty Melba just moved in with me in my nice but ghetto-ly located apartment (hence the window bars). She is rather corpulent and doesn't fit well on the window ledges, yet she loves to stare out the window. I am not able to give her all the attention she wants because of work and school, so I wanted her to be happy and entertained while I was not there:

I made this window shelf for her for less than $5. I bought a shelving board from Lowes. While there I also picked up 2 big eyescrews, nylon rope, and snatched a variety of carpet samples in different textured.

I then cut the board to the width of the window. I drilled two holes on either end of the board. I laced the nylon rope through it and put a vinyl cover over the last few inches of rope (so it won't fray over time). Then, I hammered the carpet squares to the board so she can dig her paws into it and lay on it/grip when she jumps up on it. After I carefully knotted the rope (with a macrame bead for extra safety), I suspended it from the board the rental company allows me to drill into. Voila! A window cat seat for 5 bucks and under 1/2 hour of work.

I also attached one of her toys to the board, and dangled some things for her to bat at from the curtain rod. There is some pet grass for her to gnaw on too since she was chewing my seagrass mat (bad kitty!)

Whaddya think?
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25  Stuffed elephant/blanket in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: May 16, 2006 09:56:43 AM
My boyfriend just got a new neice and nephew within days of one another, so I got busy making them presents. Not enough time to knit anything (I had 3 days to do it for the nephew, hee hee), and of course my sewing machine is broken right when I need it so...

I decided I wanted to make something that the kid could use for longer than, say, a pair of booties. i settled on a blanket/stuffed animal: the perfect companion!

I bought some SUPER SUPER soft fleece-fur from Joannes and some doll eyes. I could not find a pattern for a stuffed elephant online so I bought an old bear from the thrift store and examined it, and drew up a quick pattern. I noticed most of the shapes involved were D shapes. I made the head of the elephant as follows:

The face: 2 symmetrical "D" shapes stitched together with the eyes added before I sewed the trunk on

The trunk/tusks: a larger conical shape stitched together w/ two smaller ones

Ears: One larger and one smaller "D" (the Ds this time had bigger and more circular arcs, but still had a flat line side so I could easily stitch them into the head)

Back of the head: a larger sideways "D" shape + a rectangle for the bottom of the head so I could sew it into the blanket.

It was pretty quick (esp considering it was all handsewn!) and I am going to make one for his neice and another for my cousin's new baby.

What do you guys think? Have you ever made these before? I want to make different animals in different colors. I have been thinking about a red fox, or maybe a pink elephant, perhaps a yellow chick.

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26  Shanghai painting (nighttime on the Bund) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by RachOfTheJungle on: December 13, 2005 06:08:09 PM
I was lucky enough to go to China for art history studies this past summer. While there, I visited Shanghai. I LOVED IT! I did a painting of a photo I took there of the Bund. The Bund is an area of Shanghai that used to be controlled by the British after the Opium Wars, so a lot of the buildings are European style in that part of the city.

 I hope you enjoy it.

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27  Tasty fruit-striped armwarmers (for the in-the-round shy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: December 13, 2005 06:03:12 PM
Newbies, I am one of your kind!

I have been knitting for 3 years but never got past garter stitch or scarves. Finally, my lust for armwarmers took over. I learned ribbing (so easy, learn it if you haven't! It seems awkward at first but it's easy!) and then tried to knit in the round with double ended needles. I haven't gotten the hang of that yet though.

So here they are. I knit them flat then joined them by sewing with a yarn needle. The "pattern" is below.

I made the pattern for these myself. Forgive me if it's unclear, I have never followed a pattern (much less written one!).

I used Caron Simply Soft brites (cheap but soft and it comes in GREAT colors!). I knit them on size 7 US needles.

For each armwarmer:

c/o 42 sts.

K3, P3 ribbing

Pink: 16 rows
Melon: 10 rows
Orange: 4 rows
Melon: 2 rows
Orange: 6 rows
Yellow: 10 rows
Green: 2 rows
Yellow: 6 rows
Green: 8 rows
Blue: 10 rows
Periwinkle: 2 rows
Blue: 4 rows
Periwinkle: 10 rows
Grape: 10 rows

Bind off.

Stitch us the sides, leaving a space for your thumb.

Hope you like it, it was pretty simple, even for me!

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28  easy ipod covers (clickwheel/display screen friendly!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: December 13, 2005 05:51:36 PM
Disclaimer:This is part of a slough of updates that I have been putting off for a while. I made this one last year when I was just learning to sew, so it is a little subpar as far as quality goes.

t has held up pretty well, though. I made some other ones with quilted brocade and some other fabrics. They are fun and SOOO much better than the crummy storebought ones that they charge 20 bucks for!

It is also a fun way to show off neat bright fabric remnants if you have them lying around.

Pretty much, I  made a rectangular pouch with a window in the front and a snap to keep the ipod safely secured in its pouch. I used 3 layers: a lining, a thin-gauge vinyl, and a cover. You could do it with only the cover and vinyl though.

The vinyl is nice because it is quasi-waterproofing. Long story (ask me if you care!), but my ipod got raw egg smashed all over it, but thanks to my cover, no harm done!!

The other nice thing is that the clickwheel still works through the vinyl if you use the thinnest stuff they have available (in the home decorating fabric section of your craft store.)

Happy crafting!

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29  Use up every bit of your cool ties! (headbands, etc.) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RachOfTheJungle on: December 13, 2005 05:40:14 PM
I LOVE all my tacky ties I buy from the thrift store. I use the fat part for purses, the end for chokers, (as inspired by other crafty gals here :-) ) and I found the middle makes for a great headband if you hem the ends and sew a piece of elastic between the two ends. People love em, and they are soooo easy to make, even if you can't sew!

If you still have some left, you can make a wrist cuff. Have fun using up every precious piece of your sweet ties!

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30  Kitchen rack in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: December 13, 2005 05:35:25 PM

I needed more space in my kitchen for the ever-growing supply of gadgets and cookware. I wanted one of those neat chef carts to hang my pots from (since I can't drill into the walls here), but they were WAY overpriced! So with the help of a dear friend I managed to piece this together from:

2 2x4s
2 2x2s
wire shelving from Lowe's
a few dowel rods
coat hooks
cup hooks

The fasteners cost more than anything else, really. The wood was around 10 bucks, the paint was 2, the shelving was 16 bucks (for 12 feet).

It's awesome, I love it! It makes everything so accesible. If you are a cook you should make one.
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