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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pumpkin-Coloured DS Cozy on: November 05, 2007 05:34:45 AM
That's right - it's hairy. . . just like everything else in the house.
I made this for my little brother's tenth birthday. His favourite colour? Orange! He was also recieving a DS and some games, so I knew it would be a hit!
I sewed in two deep (by DS game standards) pockets in after the fact, and made a wrist strap for it as well. I was especially proud of the strap, as it showed more foresight and planning that I usually exhibit in my sewing. I may actually be getting good at this thing!
I made up the pattern, using my own DS as a template. I didn't want to use too much velcro, as the stuff that I bought out of a bargain bin has incredibly hold-power, and I have to wrestle with my wallet that I made a little too often. I did do a test run with my own DS though, inserting it into the cosy then flailing it about wildly by the wrist strap. I can safely say that this baby is solid.
He opened my gift first and had no idea what he could possibly use it for.

I was/am pretty proud of the design - even though it's so simple! I have never made anything quite like this before.

He loved it! Once he knew what it was for, that is. It's a big hit and is carried all over the place (hence the pet hair!). I am very tempted to make one for my own DS!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Gary the Zombie - Possibly Offensive? on: November 03, 2007 09:54:14 AM
I made this guy for the Zombies are Love swap - and my bedraggled ass finally mailed him off, and thusly my partner recieved, and therefore now I can post him!
He is polyester fill inside a light canvas material. I gessoed over the doll I made, and then painted him with acrylics
Here he is!

Comments and Critisisms very welcome! I'm really proud of this guy and can't wait to do more Smiley
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Meat Sydney!! Har har! on: September 09, 2007 10:23:50 PM
I just started College! I'm taking art and design fundamentals, and this was my first assignment!
(I'm sorry guys - I'm just copying from my blog Tongue)
So this was my first assignment for Ideas and Imagery, a class where we discuss . . . ideas . . . and imagery. I was to create a self-portrait in the odd style of Arcimboldo, using a collage-type styling, and the objects I used were to be symbolic of my person.
Of course I chose meat.
Why, you ask? Because: we are all made of meat. Also, we were supposed to shy away from any imagery that was too obvious or that the symbolism of would be too literal. I thought it symbolic of my incessant need to define things too literally for comedic and ironic effect.
I find it a little disturbing, but I'm happy with the end result. The photograph isn't great - I still haven't erased the graphite lines of my original sketch away, and I have a few more edges to glue down. But I think this is an excellent representation of what 4 hours, a couple of beers, and a fat stack of grocer's flyers can bring out.
I used fried meats foods for my hair, and roasted meats for my top. My face is made from raw meats and white meats. Also. . .I used sole for my eye. Because. . . the eyes are windows to the . . . sole?!?! AHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Also, my eyelids are sausages. Hurrah!
Aside from being kind of lumpy - and . . .y'know. . . meaty. . .I think it looks like me for the most part. I'm nervous about the mark I will receive on it, but I'm more afraid of someone else having used meat! (We were given complete freedom to use whatever we wanted...)
The whole thing measures 14" by 17". I like it more every time I look at it.

Here is a close-up of "my" face.

Let me know what you guys think! Seriously!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Smaug the Dragon on: September 08, 2007 08:27:33 AM
I made this guy for lariarocket's swap angel package. It was a fairy tale creature swap and she likes dragons and Tolkien. . . .so. . . .
I knit him up! I couldn't find any patterns that I felt suited the character, so I made my own.
I used Bernat Satin (I thought it gave a nice "scaley" kind of look) and 4.5mm double points. (I wasn't sure whether he should go in knitting or toys, but, here he is!) The wings are felt, and I used Teddy-bear eyes. I sewed little beads onto his chest (as Smaug had in the Hobbit). The only thing I consciously left out were his legs. They looked funny. I thought he looked better without them. So. . .no legs!
I crocheted his back ridges and the tip of his tail. His teeth, tongue and ears are felt.
He was pretty fun to make! The face shaping was especially enjoyable, and I think I got the dragon's muzzle down pretty accurately.

I also had some pictures of him when he was just knit and with eyes, but I can't seem to locate them.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Zimmerman KAL?? on: August 16, 2007 03:36:09 PM
I have recently (after years of knitting - I know - I'm a late bloomer, ok?) discovered the wonder and magic that is *drumroll please*
Elizabeth Zimmerman!
And I've got to say - I'm all over her work like, well, a wet blanket!
I'm starting up my Christmas knitting by the end of this month, and I have found a number of her "recipes" to be perfect!
Would anyone like to knit along with me?
I'm starting off with the seamless Saddle-Shoulder pullover from Knitting without Tears for my younger brother. I also plan on making a sweater for my other younger brother and a ski sweater for my little sister. It's going to be a hectic next few months, especially because my one brother is an XL! Lots of knitting!
Anyways, long story short (too late!) I would be pleased and honoured if anyone would like to join in! Anything by or inspired by EZ. This is not limited to sweaters by any means - I will probably be knitting some hats in the coming months as well. Newbs and Zimmermaniacs alike!
Sooo. . . whaddya say? Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kid's Two Toned Shrug on: August 09, 2007 03:48:58 PM
Yes - my little sister is a ham.
From Stephanie Japel's Fitted Knits.
It was incredibly fast to knit up - it's the smallest (or second smallest?) size, and only took me two evenings: one for the back and sleeves and another for that killer ribbing. She only wanted short sleeve.

It was a nice little stash-buster. I used part of a ball of Paton's Decor in Sandcastle for the main, and exactly an entire ball of Bernat Satin in Mocha for the trim. I just kept knitting until I ran out, so the ribbing at the front isn't as long as it is in the book. I also made fewer increases at the chest, because, you know. . . she's seven.
She absolutely loves it - it was actually knit up in the emergency waiting room while we were waiting to get called in. My little brother came home from camp with something like scabies he contracted from a pet there. Yum!
Comments and critisisms welcome!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Aviator Hat Help on: July 17, 2007 06:26:36 PM
I am wanting to make an aviator-style knit hat, and the only pattern I can find has been http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/kpatt07.htm
Which is great and all, but I would like mine to be completely stockingnette stitch. I don't want the edges to roll so would like to do a row or two in rib or garter. My question is to anyone who is either really good at reading patterns (I am not!) or who has knit this hat before:
The pattern states that it is knit from side to side . . .how so?
Do I need to do a row or two of a different stitch pattern or does this slip stitch thingy keep those in check?
Is this basically just short rows? I have never worked short rows outside of a sock before.
I am nervous to start this, especially because I plan to make it in worsted weight and felt it after the fact. I'm really hoping this doesn't fail miserable  Wink
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First glass-bead necklace. . .woot! on: July 08, 2007 04:31:02 PM
Nothing too special, I just wanted other people to see it Wink
I got some cheapy glass beads from Walmart, along with some thin beading wire and a packet of clasps. I've never really made bead jewelry before, but wanted  to see if I liked it. Plus I figured I need a blue necklace to go with my many blue work outfits!
I started out without a pattern, just putting on what I picked up, and when I looked at my work I found that I had done 3 repeats of a 9/1 pattern. Oops!   Roll Eyes

I might try and do some earrings with the left-over beads. I have some fish-hook style earrings left over from a swap.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fitted Knits S.S. Cardigan Issue on: July 03, 2007 06:50:57 AM
So I finished the Two Toned Shrug the other day. I had no problems with the pattern.
I cast on for the Short Sleeved Cardigan the night before last, and I seem to have run into some issues. In the photo, the reverse-stockingette stitch seems to fall a fair distance below the boob of the model. I am already at the point in the pattern where it claims I should start my reverse stockingette, but it falls just under my boobs. At this rate the cardigan will be over at my belly button. And hey. . . my boobs ain't saggy  Tongue
I haven't found any errata on the subject, and I've re-read the pattern oodles of time.
I guess my question is not whether or not I should make it longer, it's when? There are a couple of decreases at the back, should I continue working straight before or after these? I know working longer may bung up my sleeves too, as they should be in sync with the stitch pattern.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knit Creature from the Black Lagoon Tampon Case. . . on: June 26, 2007 01:26:45 PM
That's right!
I wasn't sure whether to put this in bags or knitwear. . . I guess you can't really wear this and the focus of it is more in it ability to hold stuff, soooo. . . .
I decided to make a tampon case for my purse, as no amount of luck can keep those damned paper wrappers from getting damaged. . . yet another reason to switch to a diva/moon cup!!  Wink
Anyways, I used some free Shetland Chunky that I had laying around, and size 4.5 mm needles. I knit it in the round and seamed the bottom.
I traced a really cool drawing of the Creature's head:
and made it into a shrinky dink! I coloured the plastic with sharpies, though I am regretting colouring it at all (only slightly!), as it would have worked well with the yarn showing through, and the sharpies came out dark. . . Sad bleh
Buttoned the back and voila!
It holds a fair number of tampons - I wanted to make it big enough that I would still have a few even if I forgot to refill it.

And so, without further ado. . . .
The Creature From The Black Lagoon Knitted Tampon Case
(complete with a black lagoon!)

Comments very welcome!
Thanks for looking Smiley
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