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1  first pendant and bracelet efforts in Beads: Completed Projects by dianimal on: October 27, 2006 07:57:01 PM
with inspiration from countless craftsters and my bestest bead-buddy Courtney  Grin

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2  chicken viking hat gone awry... in Knitting: Completed Projects by dianimal on: August 14, 2006 08:32:45 PM
So I was all pumped up after making the awesome baby-sized chicken viking hat. My coworker really wanted one for herself so I tried to upsize the pattern but it came out really shallow, kinda beanie-like. Not wanting to waste all my hard work, I decided to alter it and give it to my vegan sister-in-law; the baby one is for her son, so now they'll match sorta.
Good thing she has a goofy sense of humour... There's a red ruffled "comb" on top, felt+button eyes and of course the beak.

Whaddaya think?
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3  adult sized chicken hat (with pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by dianimal on: August 12, 2006 04:02:12 PM
So I finally did it. My camera isn't working so no pics yet, but it actually came out the right size for a grown-up head. The only thing I'll alter if I make another adult-sized Raw Chicken Viking Hat is to make the drumsticks a bit bigger (they look kinda dinky on the bigger hat).
The pattern is mostly the same as the baby one with these few adjustments:

- with 3.75mm circular needles (US5), cast on 102 st.
- do 6 rounds seed stitch
- switch to 4mm circular (US6) needles and do 24 rounds in the 4-row gooseflesh pattern (as in the original pattern)
- *k2tog, k15, place marker* repeat all the way around so you have 6 sections
- continue in goosebumps pattern, reducing on odd-numbered rounds, until you have 54 stitches left (8 reducing rounds)
- change to reducing on every round until only 6 st left, break off yarn and pull through

- EARFLAPS - mark centre back, count 13 st forward along bottom edge, pick up 24 st
                 - do 3 rows seed stitch then begin reducing as per original pattern

- DRUMSTICKS - mine came out looking a tad small so next time I'll maybe increase by ~20% (making it pick up 30 st in back-slanting oval instead of just 25) and starting about 15 rows above edging

- the rest is the same (ties, feet, etc) and came out OK

I hope this helps anyone who has been looking to make a bigger version.

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4  wee wearable winter warmers in CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES by dianimal on: August 06, 2006 12:38:47 PM
Alrighty then. This is my first attempt at posting a project as I only recently discovered the Wonderland that is Craftster. Hopefully my pics will post OK. No "making of" pics though as I had to use my work camera and didn't have it at home.
A quick bit of background - my pregnant co-worker saw me knitting a baby sweater for a friend and asked if I'd knit her one. Coincidentally, I had just found out about this challenge so I decided to knit a teeny little sweater using darning needles and embroidery floss. When I brought it in to show her, she was thrilled but told me that it would maybe fit her baby right now (4 months pregnant) but not when it was born...
She suggested I title my posting "Fetal Fashions" but I didn't want to upset anyone.
The hardest part was holding the super skinny needles (I have a little arthritis in my hands) for hours a a time. My hands totally cramped up. Other than that, the obligatory needle jabs to the fingertips and accidentally splitting stitches (I used 3 strands of floss to provide a thick enough knit), it all went OK. The sweater was made in 4 parts (front, back and sleeves) and sewn together. All three parts are actually wearable if I could find a small enough model, and the mittens are joined by a braided idiot string. There's also a stripey scarf but it didn't get finished in time to be photographed and posted.

Comments appreciated   Smiley
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