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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Indie Rock Animals on: November 06, 2010 08:09:34 AM
Have you ever noticed that lots and lots of indie rock bands these days are named after animals? Different websites and blogs have written about this hilarious phenomenon as well.

For example, here: http://beatcrave.com/2009-02-05/indie-rocks-5-most-overused-animal-names/
and here: http://www.coloursandlight.com/2010/07/bearhawk/

So I decided that it would be fun to dress up as indie band animals for Halloween. I wanted to pick animals that wouldn't be too difficult to dress up as, but also bands that I actually enjoy. So, I would be Frightened Rabbit, and my partner would be The Mountain Goats. At the very least, at least we'll be recognizable animals, and for those cool enough to recognize the bands, it would be a pretty funny joke. (Too bad no one at the party we went to had actually heard of the bands we chose. I guess thats my fault for going to a party full of jamband fans.)

Another factor in choosing the costumes was comfort - I hate having to fiddle with a costume all night or have it fall apart or be uncomfortable at all. So i went with the comfiest choice possible - hoodie costumes! But i made them entirely from scratch.

Started with a trip to the fabric store, where I found some velour in the perfect colours - beigey/off-white for the mountain goat, and dark choclate brown for the frightened rabbit.

I made quick simple sweatpants for each of the costumes. I added a bunch of pockets, because who doesn't love pockets? And I made a little tail for the goat pants.

I used a Burda pattern for the hoodies, but I can't find it right now so I'm not sure what number it was... I appliqued hooves onto the cuffs of the goat hoodie, and paw pads onto the cuffs of the rabbit hoodie. I added horns and ears to the goat hood, and after several tries, finally got some ears onto the rabbit hood that looked alright. The tail for the rabbit was on the back of the hoodie.

The key to the costumes were the t-shirts we wore under the hoodies. I used freezer paper stencils to make t-shirts with each band name on it. I even added the little Frightened Rabbits double-crossed logo. I also used two different shades of brown for the stencil, so that "The" and the "s" from The Mountain Goats were a lighter colour, so it also kind of just said 'mountain goat.'

And then we added a little black facepaint to our noses, ands that was it!

The Mountain Goats:

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

Frightened Rabbit:

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Question for all you Canadians out there! on: October 24, 2009 08:28:26 PM
I've seen them at Out of the Past in Hamilton. They also have a location in Kitchener. No idea if that's close to you?
13  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk stiltwalker costume - Pic heavy! on: June 01, 2009 01:10:52 PM
This costume is awesome.

In the pictures are you at the end of a very heavy rope being led by your friend?
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow cable knit legwarmers! on: August 10, 2008 07:14:31 AM
I second knittinghelp.com. I always hated dpns, so I watched their video on Magic Loop, which lets you knit a small circular on a really long circular needles. It's really easy once you get the hang of it, and no laddders, and no seams to sew!

I love the legwarmers, especially that they are so many different colours!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Socks! Socks! Socks! on: June 26, 2008 11:07:23 AM
1boy1girl - It's using one super long circular needle to knit in the round at a small diameter. I used the video at knittinghelp.com to learn. (you have to scroll down a bit on the page)

chiqui - I did use pattens. The first pair is in the book Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (the yarn harlot) and is also available here except the one in the book you check your gauge first and plug in your own numbers. The book also explains *what* you are doing and *why* you are doing it, so that you understand sock construction. I *highly* recommend it (plus the Yarn Harlot has an awesome sense of humour, her books are hilarious).

The second pair is the pattern designed for the yarn I used (Austermann Step) and you can get the pdf of the pattern here.

And the last pair are called Ampersand, and you can get the pdf here.

pickled peppers - Thanks I'm going to go add you right now! Smiley
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks! Socks! Socks! on: June 26, 2008 09:51:26 AM
Ever since joining Ravelry almost a year ago, I don't think I've posted a single knitted FO here on Craftster. I'm sorry Craftster! So please accept my apologies, with some SOCKS! (My newest knitting addiction)

The first pair I ever made, using the Yarn Harlot's basic sock recipe, and Mountain Colours Bearfoot in Lupine:

The next pair, made for my BF, using Austermann Step yarn and pattern:

And the most recent pair, Ampersands, made with Socks that Rock in Pixie Park:

Sorry there's only one foot in the last picture, I swear I did make a pair! Oh, and every single pair was made using the magic loop method. I am sooooo not a fan of dpns (had to finish the toe of the first pair on dpns after I broke a needle).

Sometime during the making of these socks I've accumulated a HUGE stash of sock yarn, and joined a sock club, so it's only getting bigger.... so expect more socks soon! Smiley

Thanks for looking! I'd be happy to answer any questions, and there's possibly more details on my ravelry project page for anyone who's a member there too.
17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: I made a Greta dog on: November 24, 2007 10:27:30 AM
I thought it was a real dog from the thumbnail too. I had to go find it and fave it on Ravelry Smiley
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: its a bright sunshiny day :D on: November 23, 2007 09:12:47 AM
That's so cute! It makes a great photograph too.

(and it's sunny here today too, but there's snow on the ground...)
19  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Son of Stitch 'n Bitch on: November 19, 2007 07:25:27 PM
I just got my copy too. The BF likes Mr. Stripey and High Fidelity. But he also read about the boyfriend sweater curse, and I told him I'm not risking it - he knows what he has to do if he wants a sweater Wink.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Bear Themed Jersey Scarf on: November 13, 2007 08:14:54 AM
I was just looking at that fabric today! Your scarf turned out great, bears are just perfect for a scarf for some reason...
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