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1  Sweet beet! in Knitting: Completed Projects by karenology on: October 09, 2009 11:58:52 AM
Once upon a time, I thought I did not like beets.  I'd only ever had the kind that came out of a can, and i distrust things that come out of a can that are THAT colorful.

Then I discovered roasted beets, and came to my senses.  Beets really are an awesome vegetable:

So I knitted one for a friend, who loves beets so much she plans on getting a beet tattoo!  (She'd probably love that beet capelet, too, but my sewing skills are not up to par so this toy will have to do). 

Beets are great from a visual standpoint - I recently discovered there are gold beets and even candy-striped beets, so I might be making some sisters soon.  Thanks for looking!
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2  bike rain jacket in Completed Projects by karenology on: May 13, 2009 03:47:59 PM
It's been raining so much in my area, a friend of mine was thinking about building a damn ark!  I soon got really tired of having a damp tush by the time I rolled into work each day, so I applied my crafty skills to the problem:

Closer photo of the fabric:

None of the stores in my area had oil cloth or cute vinyl print (all just upholstery, in varying shades of ugliness), so I just backed some thin clear vinyl with cotton.  I loved making this, especially the grommets - had no idea they would be so easy to install!
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3  Re: Black Masks and Gasoline... in Completed Projects by karenology on: April 29, 2009 09:36:20 PM
Your mask inspired me to make my own attempt:

Did you do anything special for yours besides square of fabric + elastic?  Mine's probably about as effective as holding a finger over my nose, but I'm not really intending mine to be functional.  People are even starting to decorate real masks, which is cool!  I love this guy's:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthpicturegalleries/5243655/Decorated-swine-flu-surgical-masks-in-Mexico.html  Good, crafty way of taking one's mind off a terrifying situation! 
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4  Cyclops with a flower hat in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by karenology on: March 24, 2009 07:59:24 AM
The first in a series of knitted gifts for my soon-to-be niece, due in August.   I thought about making her a bear, but somehow when I was working on it, it turned into a cyclops.  That sort of thing just happens sometimes.

Close up of the flower hat:

Current task is to make it some brothers and sisters (I wouldn't be a good auntie if I didn't spoil my niece from the day she is born), and to come up with a backstory for the creature.  I kind of want to give it a proper taxonomy name, like "cyclops amaranthus" (purple cyclops) or something along those lines.  Any suggestions?

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5  Oh no another cat sofa! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by karenology on: March 12, 2009 01:47:39 PM
Hey!  A million years ago I came across this thread, loved it and got inspired: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30336.0
Kept checking now and then for an updated tutorial, but no dice, and I eventually forgot it. 

Then I saw a link to this in the pet tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77214.0
but by the time I got there, the link was dead!  What to do?!  Well, I made my own:

Action shot!

Nothing really to it, just picked up two squares of that polyfill nu-foam you can get at most craft stores; I got mine at Michael's.  The animal print fabric is from IKEA (where me and my roommate got tents for our obviously spoiled cats) and the fish print is from my local fabric store.  The sofa is just basically pillows sewn together.  Two squares of the nu-foam were enough to make the sofa and to make the little cushions!  Since that last shot I don't think a cat has sat in it.  Such is the curse of the industrious cat-owner....
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6  Carrot cake in Knitting: Completed Projects by karenology on: June 20, 2007 11:21:59 AM
It was my friend's birthday last week, and I offered to bake him a cake.  He said his favorite was carrot cake.  While I was looking up carrot cake recipes, I remembered that I am a rather subpar baker, and that he might appreciate a cute looking knit cake as opposed to a burnt and charred inedible one.   Here's the result:

I posted a pattern for it on my blog at http://badmetaphor.net/blog/2007/06/20/piece-of-cake/ if anyone's interested.  Thanks for looking!
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7  Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet- By julsey723 in Knitalongs by karenology on: August 04, 2006 05:25:19 PM
This pattern is great, and I like crnaofca's take even better! Here's mine, following her version:

Now I kind of want to try theresa24's version with cables Smiley It's awesome how versatile this pattern is!
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8  Re: Knitted Babes knitalong in Knitalongs by karenology on: July 16, 2006 09:57:36 AM
Meet Peanut Campbell:

You might see a slight resemblance to her more famous cell-phone-wielding sibling. Ms. Peanut, according to reports, is calmer in demeanor, if a little less well known. When she is not doing photo shoots on the beautiful shores of Stash Beach, she likes to chill out on the patio of her Janome mansion, the worth of which is reported to be in the thousands.

Unfortunately, scandal is no stranger to the Campbell family; nude photos surfaced on the Internet several months ago. When questioned about the photos, Ms. Peanut expressed no regrets. "It was fun, and I was naive and really young," the knitmodel said. "I was just born earlier that day."

Likes: the color purple, shoes, handbags, lace, swing dancing

Dislikes: moths, acrylic, obstacles on the runway, haters

In the near future, she plans to start a new clothing line, incorporating a wide variety of styles and influences. For now, though, she is content with strutting the runway, looking fierce. Cheesy
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9  Re: Knitted Babes knitalong in Knitalongs by karenology on: June 15, 2006 08:59:02 AM
I knit mine with slightly bigger yarn (maybe sportweight or worsted, don't remember). Here's how she turned out:

I stuffed the arms because I wasn't sure about her having tentacles. She was actually finished her months ago; I  have been too lazy since to make her any clothes. Reading this thread has inspired me to get off my butt and make some Smiley
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