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1  Re: Science/Math geek Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tipassoi on: December 21, 2007 02:29:42 PM
Sorry I've not been posting much, I've been pretty busy since the swap ended. Everyone's stuff is awesome, I'm so impressed! I've received wonderful, wonderful things from Lizzie M, who posted super-early. I'm so sorry I'm so late adding to the gallery!

I've just got a new macbook and a) can't seem to connect my old camera to it, and b) haven't installed photoshop yet, so these are all taken using the webcam. As a result, they are poor quality and for reasons I don't understand, mirror image.

First thing I opened was this splendidly geeky clock. I'm an Engineering/Computer Science PhD which involves a lot of maths, and I said I needed a clock, so this is perfect!

The mirror imaging means it is hard to read the numbers, so here's a transcript (the bracketing is meant to represent binomial coefficients, I couldn't get it to typeset right...):

1: a 4x4 identity matrix
(12)  (0 )
3: Integral of 3 with respect to x between 0 and 1
4: sum from i=0:2 of
5: square root of 25
6:base 2 log of 256
7: 5th root of 16807
8: 2 to the power 3
9: (sum from i=1:2 of i)^2
10: 10 x limit as mu tends to infinity of mu/(1+mu)
11: 2816/256
(1 )

Next, a little box decoupaged with what looks like a miniture version of an old scientific magazine cover:

And in that:
Beautiful earrings and necklace - made out of resistors! This is really beautifully done -  and such a clever idea!:

haha-ignore the gormless expression, it was early in the morning when I took that!

There was also a ring in the box - which I have put somewhere *really sensible*... ie I can't find at the moment! Ooops. I'm sure it's made from something scientific that I can't recognise! It's a pretty blue crystal on a loop of thin wire. I'll post a picture when I find it. Oh! And there was a cute button with robots dreaming on it - I forgot to photo that and now it's at my house and I'm at my parents'.

And finally, my absolute favourite... This is the most unbelievably awesome bit of knitwear I have ever seen - a PI-HAT! with pi to 10 sig.fig. round the circumference. I hope you can see how clean the lettering is, it's so neatly done. Random strangers have commented on this hat, it's that ace!

Thanks Lizzie, for such an awesome swap package! xx

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2  Help identifying sewing machine feet in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by tipassoi on: May 14, 2007 03:13:50 AM
I have a load of sewing machine feet for my machine, but apart from the basic one I have no idea what they do. Can anyone help me out? I've taken phots, but they're a bit shakey because my camera's a bit shit.

This one I haven't a clue what it is. It's made of plastic, and the bottom of the foot as two parts that rotate a little independently of one another. The left hand side bit (as looking at the foot in the machine) has a ridged underside; the right hand bit is mostly smooth underneath but protrudes downwards near where the needle goes.

This one I initially thought was a buttonhole foot, but now I'm wondering whether it's a zipper foot that can be adjusted to sit at either side of the needle. If it is a buttonhole foot I haven't a clue how to use it.

This one's pretty blurry - sorry about that. It's pivoted at what I guess would be the ankle of the foot, and has two rollers. My best guess is that this is for sewing tricky. sticky or textured fabrics to keep the foot moving.

These ones are hopefully a little easier to see. The right hand side one is 1/4" wide on the left hand side, and 1/8" wide on the right hand side. The middle one seems to be the same as a standard foot, but transparent - perhaps for when you need to see exactly. The third one I have no idea...

I hope some of you can help me identify some of them! Thanks in advance
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3  Retro skulls! My Lucy Westenra dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tipassoi on: May 07, 2007 05:34:05 AM
This is by far my favourite thing I have ever made. I bought the skulls fabric about a year and a half ago, and it's been sitting in my stash waiting for that perfect project. The pattern is Butterick 4790.

Sadly I have no full-length photos of me wearing it, but here are two head-and-shoulders photos of me wearing it to a formal dinner:

Oh, and the title is because, at the aforementioned dinner, one of my friends claimed it was the sort of dress he pictured Lucy from Dracula wearing.

Comments very much appreciated!
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4  Re: Maybe I'm getting a little too excited....dress help? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by tipassoi on: April 20, 2007 04:26:05 AM
I think it looks nice without a bow or belt - I like the clean lines.

I'm in procrastination mode, so I've just drawn up a diagram of how I make puffy sleeves. These ones are elasticated rather than buttoned, so you'd have to adjust it slightly if you want buttoned sleeves. The length of the long straight bit is the circumference of your sleeve.

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5  Yohji Yamamoto jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tipassoi on: March 19, 2007 04:45:07 AM
I have finally got my camera working, so this is my first picture post on craftster. Hurrah! I made this a while ago from the free showstudio download, using some checked wool fabric I got for 99p on ebay. I added a lining to the basic pattern, and lengthened the sleeves a little. I wear it all the time!

Thanks for looking!
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