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11  Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: March 30, 2007 09:09:14 AM
Here's mine - the first is an illustration from 'Miffy's Dream' (the only Miffy book with no text?) on my left upper arm, that I had done when I was 19 (in a studio that was shut down for health and safety violations 3 months later!!!). I'm 30 now and still love it, though the star is wonky and I've meant to have the colours brightened for ever...
Underneath it is my fiance's name (Ryouichi) in wonky hiragana that I had done about 3 years ago.

My second is a salutary lesson in doing your research - it was meant to say 'inner strength' and charitable Japanese friends have told me it could be read that way as it has the characters 'kokoro' (heart/spirit) and 'ka' (power), but it isn't actually a recognised combination - i.e. it's not really a word! It's a very pretty adornment to my right shoulder but it's nonsense.

One that I would love to have done is a Japanese eternity tattoo - you hold hands with your lover and are tattooed with a tiny spot or star just where the end of their thumb touches - thus you are holding hands for eternity! Sweet, ne? I'd also like 'nana koroubi, ya oki' (fall down seven times, get up eight) but I can't decide where.
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12  Frogorama! aka space invaders scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: March 30, 2007 08:48:34 AM
I can't beleive how many times I had to frog this dratted thing (well, until I realised that one of the charts was 2 sts narrower than the others, and that was why I kept getting 7 instead of 6) - I promised it to my colleague for his 30th birthday (Jan 25th) and I finished it last night (March 29th!!)

Anyway - it's a tube scarf made from Olympus Merino 100 in chocolate brown, with the pattern in taupe, charts from here - http://www.stitchnbitch.org/si_chart.gif
(thogh new knitty has some socks with space invaders...)

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13  One weekend, 3 FOs! (now with tutes) in Knitting: Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: February 21, 2007 02:17:03 AM
Busy weekend - it took over a week to get round to putting the fringe on the Kureyon scarf I made for a friend.

To make the colour change from kureyon to black more interesting, I knit 1 round knit 1 slip 1 with the new colour, ending up with alternating stitches of old and new colour. I then carried on knitting with the new colour.
Oh, and Masa liked his scarf so I'm happy Smiley

I have so many WIPs that I wanted a bit of instant gratification, so I grabbed a pair of 10mm needles and some weird acrylic slub yarn from the 100-yen shop and knocket up this hood/bonnet thing.

And I lined the scarf on my shibori felting project! It's a gift for my MIL, and it's all handmade - hand-felted (Japanese washing machines don't have a hot wash), hand-sewn (one day I will get a new foot pedal for my machine...)

This is how it started out:

This is what it became:

Inspiration from http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter06/FEATwin06FK.html
I had a request for a tute so here goes:

1-sweater Shibori bag and scarf
1 feltable sweater
non-felting yarn to tie (Knitty says cotton but I used some scrap acrylic yarn with no problem)
Objects to make your bobbles (I was hand-felting so I was able to use glass marbles for the flowers and little glass eggs for the random bobbles)
lining fabric (I used 2 35x50cm patchwork squares)
Handles (I bought mine but you could make them by cutting out 2 long rectangles - trimming the ends to round them off - and sewing together all but the first and last inch to make a tube with open, flat ends)
Fastener for bag if desired

Cut up your sweater like so:

1 sleeve will be the bag. You should have 1 long rectangle (front and back of sweater) and one short one. Sew these together to make your scarf. The rest of the sweater, cut into squares to make leaves and flowers. There might be enough left over to make a coin purse or flower corsage/pin! Wish I'd thought of that earlier...

Follow the instructions in the knitty article to felt scarf, the wide end of the bag sleeve, and flowers (I cut 5-petal flowers instead of knitty's 6-petal ones). To make leaves, fold squares diagonally, tie in the middle and felt. When dry, cut across where the tie is, stitch the ends together. I hid the raw edges of the leaf by sewing them into the sides of the random bobbles. Small flowers were made by felting smaller squares and cutting them into 4 petals instead of 5.

Fold the felted sleeve in half and trim so the wide end matches the narrow end like this:

sew these edges together.
Sew flowers and leaves to bag front and scarf ends. My flower petals were quite floppy so I stitched around the bobble, then put a fixing stitch near the end of the petal. Leaves were sewn in tight to the random bobbles. Make sure you leave clear spaces on the bag front to attach the handles.
Line bag and scarf, attach handles (you may want to attach handles before lining)... voila!
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14  Weird-looking Sailor Moon stuffie (now with tute) in Knitting: Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: February 09, 2007 03:02:07 AM
Another dull Sunday afternoon produced my first stuffed toy - I was thinking of making a Sailor Moon for a swap (that I haven't even signed up for *d'oh!* so I thought I'd do a trial run.
Its kind of weird-looking - I used the wrong kind of decrease on the head I think, and the I-cord arms and legs look a bit too spindly...
But I'm pleased with the hair!
Sorry for the dreadful picture quality.

close-up of hair

(actually that pic is my mobile phone wallpaper now!)

Tutorial: (please note I am writing from memory)

Materials -  4 approx 5mm dpns
crochet hook
tapestry needle
sewing needle
Medium weight acrylic yarn in - red/dark pink, royal blue, yellow and white - not sure of exact amount but prob barely a 6th/6th of a skein each, good for using up scraps!
gold thread
scrap yarn or polyfil to stuff.

Using white yarn, on dpns, co 21 sts.
Knit for approx 3cm
decrease 1 stitch at the start of each needle. k1 row, repeat twice (so 3 sets of decreases).
thread yarn tail through remaining stitches, fasten off.
Use black yarn to embroider eyes and mouth. Stuff and sew straight across top of head.

in white, co 21 sts. knit for approx 3cm
dec 1 st at start of first 2 needles, k 1 row, repeat (17sts remaining)
knit until body is about 7cm long.
Place 4 sts on holder. bo 4 sts. place 4 on holder, bo remaining sts.

Knit i-cord from each of the groups of 4 sts at the bottom of the body - switch to red/dark pink at about half desired leg length.

Pick up 4 sts at top corner of body. knit i-cord to 1cm short of desired arm length. knit 3-4 rows back-and-forth (st st) to form hand. Using red, embroider a band midway up the arm (this is the glove cuff)
Repeat at other side.

Sew bottom of body, stuff, sew across top of body.

ick up about 16 sts around middle of body, knit in royal blue. choose an increase pattern based on how full you want the skirt. I did an increase every 3rd stitch alternate rows, 3 times, but you could increase more often.
bo all
In white, pick up and single-crochet about 20 sts around top of skirt. The crochet chain should dip slightly to a V in the front centre.

In blue, on straight needle, co 9 sts.
St st for 2cm.
k3, bo3, k3
knit 2nd 3 sts for 1.5cm, second-to-last row dec 1, last row k and thread yarn tail through last 2 sts.

Repeat for remaining 3 sts.
Use yarn tail to sew to body. Stitch back of collar down with white yarn.

In red, co 9 sts. Garter st for about 1.5 cm. bo all
Use yarn tails to gather cenrte and stitch to body. Make 2 - 1 for front and one for back.

With gold thread, embroider a moon at the centre of the front bow.

Use gold thread to embroider tiara.
Using yellow, embroider (sort of satin stitch I guess!) hair from a line down centre of head to each top corner of head.
Wrap yellow yarn about 10 times round your stretched hand (use a book or CD case for longer hair). Thread a length of yellow yarn through the loop and tie tightly. Use this yarn tail to sew to corner of head. Make a fold in the 'pigtail' and tie/sew tightly with the same yarn. Trim ends. Repeat for other side.

Sew head to body. Tie a short piece of red yarn around neck.
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15  Re: What to knit with just one ball of Noro Silk Garden in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by HyakuYenKnitter on: February 01, 2007 04:20:19 AM
I've just made a calorimetry with Noro. Sadly, I'm not 100% sure what type of Noro yarn it was as I received it in the latest round of the Magic Yarn Ball swap and the label is playing hide and seek at the moment! Here's a photo:

Hope you find something you like!

That looks like Impression, which is kid mohair and silk - I just made a scarf for my bf with it and its like knitting with a cloud!

(I just found out today I live in the town where Noro yarns are made!!)
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16  Made-up-as-I-went-along hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: January 22, 2007 03:28:36 AM
Was bored over the weekend, had an unused skein of 100-yen wool going begging, and thought I'd try my hand at cables - but didn't have a pattern, so I just cast on and did some random stuff... this is what I ended up with...

I'm rather pleased with it - and it only cost 100Y/a dollar/50p to make!
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17  Binary scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: January 16, 2007 02:35:41 AM
It's finished! My first attempt at fairisle, based on this pattern - http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTbinary.html
but I decided to make the centre section plain as the fabric is so thick in the patterned parts.
Oh, and the pattern is my name in Unicode Smiley
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