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1  Rasta ski mask in Knitting: Completed Projects by emkay on: November 30, 2008 08:40:18 AM
Knitted by request for a painter friend, who is giving me some of his work in exchange.  Now everyone wants it!  I'm charging $25 for the next one, even though they take me HOURS to complete.

Sorry for the horrible pictures, he's wicked hyper and wouldn't stand still long enough for me to take any more.
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2  Flounder of Love in Crochet: Completed Projects by emkay on: June 01, 2008 06:22:57 PM
A friend recently began living alone by the ocean, and I wanted to make him something to keep him company.  OK, well, he's living in his car, so it had to be something that didn't take up a lot of space.  Plus I was out of polyfill.  Also, I am stranded on Martha's Vineyard, there is only one yarn store and the woman who owns it doesn't know the meaning of customer service, so I had to make do with the four skeins that someone sent me-so I used tan Super Saver and pink Sugar 'n' Cream, plus a piece of black wool thread I had left over from a needlepoint project and two buttons from the thrift shop.
He's not exactly huggable due to the flatness.  I worked the body in the round from tip to tail so he'd be a little fatter in the middle, then back and forth on the tail and the fins.
The best part is, after being featured on MySpace for just a day, two people already want to commission me to make them one!
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3  Re: Dreadlocks in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by emkay on: May 29, 2008 08:33:51 PM
So I have read most of the 149 pages but I am definitely not going to read them all... and well I started my dreads umm 4 months ago?? maybe less but not by much. and I can't seem to find a good way to clean my scalp because every once in a while my head itches just like everyone else (dreaded or not) and well i get this almost waxy kind of substance in my fingernail after scratching...not entirely sure what this stuff is but can anyone suggest anything to help me out plz. Oh, and also I'm wondering a good way to wash the dreads themselves without the knots slipping out because every time I was my dreads seem to get worse and I wash 1-2 times a week...depending on how dirty I feel... I also use a non-residue shampoo made by nutragena or w/e. but im not sure i trust it. anyone have any shampoo suggestions also?

much thanks to all

I get that stuff when I scratch, too.  It's probably just a mix of dead skin cells and the natural oil your scalp produces.  I have psoriasis so I wash twice a week with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo http://www.giovannicosmetics.com/WLine/PROD_teatreeshampoo.php ... I get it at the grocery store in the natural section, it costs like 8 bucks a bottle but it lasts me about 6 months.  Or I use Dr. Bronner's followed by Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo for the serious psoriasis flare-ups.  I also use the Dr. Bronner's when I've been working in poison ivy to get rid of the oils from the plant.  I've had good luck with the Nature's Gate shampoos, and the Suave "clarifying" one, but the Tea Tree Triple Treat just seems to give them the perfect amount of body and frizzes them up just enough to help them lock, but not so much that they look like they're surrounded by a brown frizz cloud.

Incidentally, I USED BEESWAX (from Dreadhead HQ, I think) and I had NO ISSUES with it.  I was working at JCPenney so I needed to look presentable and the wax helped weight them down and tamed them a lot.  Eventually it washed out, but while it was in there it helped grab all the loose hairs.  I think if you use just a little so your hair is sticky, but not so much that it forms strings, then there is no problem.  I know most of you are all down on the wax, but keep this in mind- if you use it, and you don't like what it's doing, IT WASHES OUT!!!!!  Yeah, it takes a lot of shampoo and effort, but it does come out.

After six years, my dreads still start an inch out from my head, which I like because it makes them easier to control if I want to do something fun with them.  Also, the ends are 1-3 inches of straight hair, they have never knotted up simply because I had fine, straight, healthy hair to start with.

That tuft at the back of the top of my head is from my cowlick... never seems to want to join the rest of the herd...

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4  Zombie, with braaaaaains in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by emkay on: February 06, 2008 11:16:46 PM
I'm trying to clean out my yarn stash in preparation for a move, I could have done so much more with this if I'd had some red yarn but I am not allowed to make purchases!

The brains and the eyeball are done with embroidery floss.
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5  Fuzzy guitar in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by emkay on: January 24, 2008 10:00:24 AM
Made in sc throughout with mostly Red Heart- I am moving in a few months and trying to decrease the stash I've been building since I was 9- I am now 27.  The front is this horrible scratchy wool that seems to be about 20 years old given to me by a friend ("I know you'll be able to do something with it!").  This was a birthday gift for a friend.

No pattern, I started with the black thingy and the hole (technical musician terms) and worked down from there, then up, sometimes in the round and sometimes back and forth to get the shape right.  The fuzz covers most of the resulting inconsistencies.  I worked the sides around it and then made the back as a separate piece and attached with sl st.  The neck is supported with a piece of cardboard, that was just worked in the round until it was as long as the one piece of cardboard I had.  Grin
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6  Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) in Clothing Sewalongs by emkay on: October 15, 2007 04:48:27 PM
I'm going to be this guy:

Mahna mahna!
Purple makeup, big yellow-framed sunglasses, pink clown nose.  Anyone know of a quick, easy vest or tunic pattern?  I bought this green fur at Joanne's, I got a yard which should be more than enough.  I also don't know how to do that beard...  would it look bad if I just painted an orange beard on my face?
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7  Pint of Guinness in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by emkay on: October 08, 2007 04:15:00 PM
Housewarming gift for a friend.  SC in the round with Red Heart Super Saver.  The glass is embroidered with thinner yarn and white DMC floss.

...I'm having a REALLY hard time getting this photo to post!  Hopefully 4th time's the charm...

This was a really rushed project, next time I will put more effort into the embroidery.  It does say Guinness, but it looks like "Guinees."
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8  More BICO sweaters in Crochet: Completed Projects by emkay on: September 09, 2007 05:24:04 AM
All using Cotton Ease on J-hook.
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9  Headband/hat hybrid for keeping dreads under control *now with vague pattern!* in Knitting: Completed Projects by emkay on: September 09, 2007 05:05:33 AM
I am still a slow knitter so I whipped this up just to practice.  It's nothing but stockinette and 2x2 and 1x1 rib, seamed together up the back because I didn't have any circulars small enough.  And it does an AWESOME job of holding them back, I hula hooped and partied until 4 a.m. and it didn't even try to slip off!

I cast on 60 stitches, I'm not sure what yarn this is but it's a wool/acrylic blend, sort of on the chunky side.  
I did 4 rows of k1,p1 (duh, can't think of the name of the stitch...) to keep it from rolling
About 15 rows of stockinette
*About 6 rows of 2x2 rib
4 rows of stockinette, and decrease by 2 sts at each end on the first row
repeat from *
About 15 rows of 1x1 rib, bind off

Very basic, but I like the blocky pattern it makes when stretched over my head.  The one complication is that the bind-off is a little tight so it's hard to put the dreads through.  How can I make the bind-off row as elastic as the last row of ribbing?  I thought that binding off in pattern would help but it really didn't.
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10  Re: Dreadlocks in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by emkay on: September 09, 2007 05:00:34 AM
Mitsie99, I lOVE LOVE LOVE the black and white dreads.  Mine are just ugh brown, but every time I look in the mirror I am surprised at how long they are.  They will be 5 in February, and there are 51 of them.  Finally, here's a pic!

I'm also posting a couple more of that knitted thing I'm wearing in the knit forum.  It actually makes them look shorter because they are held up high, at this point most of them are waist-length.
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