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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweet beet! 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!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / bike rain jacket 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!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Electroluminescent wire - any advice appreciated! on: March 27, 2009 02:44:19 PM
I am designing a baby mobile for a niece-on-the-way, and I'd like to know more about working with electroluminescent wire.  Pardon the newbie questions but this is definitely an area in which i have no experience!

1) Concerned adult question first: is EL wire safe to use around babies or will it sprout a third arm?  That would make knitting sweaters for my niece very difficult, see.

2) Can the wire be safely woven through knit or other fabric, or is there any danger of burning through?   What about in heavy paper, like card stock?

3) how simple / hard is it to rig the EL to switch on and off?  I imagine neither parents nor baby would want the mobile lit 24/7. 

More questions to come as I think of them!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cyclops with a flower hat 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?

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Oh no another cat sofa! 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....
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Carrot cake 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!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ugly kitty hat + shiny scarf + armwarmers = fun winter! on: February 24, 2007 06:34:14 PM
Not sure if this is so ugly it's cute, or so cute it's ugly.  Either way I can't take it off my head.  The yarn is this female-author-themed yarn I picked up at a yarn store in Philly; the particular author for this colorway is Louisa May Alcott Smiley

Basic drop stitch scarf with three pretty yarns from my LYS.

I knitted these awhile back (you can see how the yarn has pilled a bit).  I took the lace pattern from this post by spirals420.  Yarn is from Artyarns and is some sort of cotton blend that is prone to pilling Angry.

Thanks for looking and happy knitting!  
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Panda! on: February 20, 2007 01:23:51 PM
I knitted my roommate a panda for Christmas, but was too lazy to post it till now:


I added the scarf post-gifting because he looked cold!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The dreaded boyfriend sweater: Leo, Fall '04 Knitty on: August 01, 2006 06:43:49 PM
So the boyfriend is getting a sweater, and since he is picky (like most boys), he wants something machine washable and wearable. He likes the simplicity of Leo, so, when I finally settled on a nice, non-acrylic, machine washable yarn (Knitpicks' Swish Superwash, at an agreeable price), I bought the yarn and needles and am all set.

Or so I thought. When I started knitting it, it occurred to me that the composition of the yarn I am using is very different from the yarn specified in the pattern, which, in addition to being expensive and highly unavailable in my neck of the woods, is 50% silk / 50% wool Sad I get gauge fine (well, enough), I am just worried that it will turn out to be a suit of wooly armor when knit up...the swatch I have doesn't seem -that- stiff, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Should I go ahead and try to knit this as the pattern says, should I try to tinker with the gauge, or should I just find a different ribbed sweater pattern altogether? Also, I'd love to hear from people who have knit this pattern, as I can't seem to find any knitalongs online!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mr. Snootypus on: July 25, 2006 08:56:51 AM
Here's my take on a knitted octopus, a different approach from the adorable Mr. Octopi:


The thing on his head is a little handle, as he's a going-away gift for a friend who tends to lose things. He turned out a little snooty looking, so I named him Mr. Snootypus. So fun and easy to make; I hope my friend likes the gift, or else I am keeping him Cheesy
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