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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Blinky, the three-eyed fish from the Simpsons on: January 17, 2009 11:21:56 PM
I saw a Blinky that someone else had made and knew I had to make one for my dad, who loves Blinky. I'm a beginner crocheter, so I just used the stitches I knew and looked at a picture of Blinky to make it up as I went along.

I did the body in three seperate parts then sewed them together. I made each eye seperately and sewed them on before I stuffed the body. Once I'd stuffed him and sewn him up I crocheted the lips, fins and tail onto the body. I apologise in advance if anyone wants a pattern, I don't have one because I don't know what any of the technical terms were for what I did. But if I can make it up then anyone can.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / K9, the shooty dog thing on: January 17, 2009 10:53:37 PM
Being very fond of K9, I wanted to make my own cuddly version.

With my other canine, for scale.

'Mistress, I have found another dog. It seems to be ignoring me.'

The ears and tail are handsewn and have pipecleaners in them so they'll hold their shape. There is batting under the control panel to give the buttons more dimension. I later added his tag, made from silver cardboard and the chain from a keyring.

I bought the grey fabric for $3 in a remnants pile, and the rest I had in my stash.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cuddly TARDIS on: January 17, 2009 10:42:09 PM
I don't really think there was a rational reason for this, I just had a particular desire to make a cuddly TARDIS. So I did.

It's all made from felt. The light on top is handsewn, the rest was easy enough to do on the machine. The police box signs are hand embroidered, as are the lines on the windows and the door handle and key hole. The sign is handwritten. It took me a long time to find a fabric where the marker didn't just bleed- because the writing is so tiny any bleeding made it too hard to read. I ended up using interfacing, which did a marvellous job. Writing that small was also an adventure.

I keep waiting for the Doctor to come out of it, but no luck so far, alas. Wink
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dead Author Brigade on: October 12, 2008 11:55:21 PM
For a friend's 21st I drew four pictures of her favourite authors- Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter and William Shakespeare.

These are they.

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Oven mitt 'innards' on: September 16, 2008 04:22:51 AM
I'm planning on sewing some oven mitts and pot holders for some upcoming weddings, what should I use inside them to make them nice and thick so my friends don't burn their handsies? And is quilting cotton/fat quarters ok to use or is there some ancient and unbreakable rule against using such materials for pot holders and oven mitts?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knitting bag: Pretty and convenient, but now I won't get any exercise... on: August 16, 2008 10:25:06 PM
I got sick of being at one end of the house knitting and watching tv, then realising that whatever notion I needed was at the other end of the house. So I decided it was time I made a bag to house all my knitting paraphernalia. I wanted room for all my needles and notions, plus my numerous WIPs and yarn. I spent the better part of three days making this thing, but it was entirely worth it because I no longer have to pause DVDs and go sprinting down the other end of the house for the cabling needle, sprint back and collapse on the lounge only to realise that I also need the stitch markers still at the other end of the house.

Aerial view of the inside, in use.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I love knitting but... on: August 08, 2008 01:33:20 AM
I think this is taking it a bit too far. This is a recipe from a newsletter I receive:

Knitted Spaghetti and Prawns

1 packet spaghetti (500g serves four)
2 knitting needles, any size
1 large can chopped tomatoes
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
4 cups raw prawns, shells and heads removed
1 bulb garlic, peeled and chopped
 2 large red onions, peeled and chopped
10 tbsps olive oil
juice of 1 lime or half a large lemon.

Place spaghetti in boiling water till just soft not cooked, the texture of rope.
 Drain, wash with cold water under the tap, then cool. Knot the ends together with a reef knot left over right then right over left.
Cast on 20 stitches. Knit one serving about the size of a patchwork square or plate size. Cast off. Repeat with three more squares.
To serve: Bring a big pan of water to the boil. Drop in squares and cook for 3-5 minutes, or till soft. Place each square on a plate and add a dollop of sauce. Serve at once.
N.B. This is best eaten with a knife and fork.

Cook the garlic and onion on a low heat in the olive oil until soft. Add the tomato. Simmer till thick. The sauce can now be left till you are almost ready to eat it.

Add the prawns, parsley and lemon juice. Cook on high, stirring all the while, till the prawns change colour and are cooked about three minutes.

I couldn't get past trying to work out what method of cast on you would even use on spaghetti. Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Odd question? Maybe. Seed stitch and ribbing. on: May 25, 2008 05:23:44 AM
What is the difference between seed stitch and K1 P1 ribbing? I believe they look different but when I see instructions for seed stitch it seems to be the same as instructions for ribbing. Obviously I'm reading something wrong, so can somebody please correct me? Wink

Thanks- you're all so patient with questions from us novice knitters. Kiss
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Ahoy, Sydney knitters: yarn stores? on: May 13, 2008 03:10:06 AM
I have only just got into knitting seriously, so was wondering if there are yarn stores in Sydney? Sure, Big W has some fun stuff, and Spotlight has enough to keep me occupied for a while, but surely Sydney has some proper LYSs to offer?
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Yet ANOTHER Companion Cube. (Pic overboard.) on: April 18, 2008 05:14:10 AM
It will become increasingly obvious I was procrastinating on an assignment when I was taking these photos. So I had a bit too much fun with them.

I'm not a gamer so I actually have no idea what a Companion Cube is, but my housemate is a Portal fan so I made her a Cube in the hope that it means more to her than it does to me. Cheesy It kinda grew on me as I was making it though. It's quite cute, and it certainly is a different toy to have sitting on your bed!

With a ruler, for scale. It's about 23cm. I made it out of felt. I never want to sew around a heart shape again in my life. And my friends laugh when I say sewing produces adrenaline!

"You woke me up for THIS? Human, you have issues."

"If I ignore it, it will go away and take the obnoxious Human with it."

The Cube was such a good companion that it helped me with my assignment. We even have the same taste in glasses. Fancy that.

We got very close, Cube and I.

MySpace Cube shot. If I had a MySpace, Cube would be in my top friends.

Ok, ok, I'm off to work on my assignment. I apologise for my cubist photo overload. *ba dum ching* Tongue (I've just done a heap of Craftster posts, each getting steadily loopier. hehe)
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