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1  three season seafoam lace scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by haykyn on: July 23, 2006 12:35:10 PM
I found the stitch pattern on knitting.about.com -- http://knitting.about.com/library/blseafoam.htm

Its a really easy stitch that looks great!  One of the nice things about lace scarves are that they are great for fall, winter AND spring.  I made this from old reynolds orient express silk on #4.  It looks dressy so I can wear it to work.  Two years of work finished in between hundreds of other projects.   Smiley

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2  my entry for greatest garden contest - anatomically correct tomato! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by haykyn on: July 16, 2006 04:53:19 PM
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So, my garden itself is not very exciting... I battle the squirrels and I try and stay as organic as possible.  We get a drought every year in Delaware, so my vegetables are usually stunted a little.  But not this tomato.  This tomato is the largest tomato I've ever grown and definitely the most anatomically correct thing I have ever seen, so far as vege's go!

The front, with 'his' appendage:

But wait, it gets better!  This tomato, I kid you not, has a butt!

I held on to this tomato as long as I could but about two weeks ago, I knew it would go bad if I didn't eat it - ugh, no pun intended.  Funny thing is, no one wold eat the little penis.  The rest of the tomato was great though!

Here is the actualy garden from the left

and the right

In additon to phallic tomatoes, this year I am growing (from left to right in the two pictures) Basil, sage, green beans, zuchini, red pepper, sweet bananna pepper, tomatoes (with marigolds to keep the slugs away - so far, it works), rosemary, green pepper, coriander, parsley and mini water melon.  The evil squirrels stole the first water melon when it was two inches big and now I spray them with hot pepper oil to keep the buggers at bay. 

Next year I'll be in an apartment and won't be able to have a garden so I'm trying to go all out this year.
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3  Re: Obi belt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by haykyn on: July 16, 2006 03:51:43 PM
Thanks.  I love it.  I'm going to make a ton of these.  they are very figure flattering!  And it takes less than an hour.

carolyn-rawr - carolyn is my name too!  Its destined for you to make one!

tzippurah, the belt is essentially a long tie or scarf.  The construction is just three rectangles sewn together.  All, or at the ver least, the middle rectangle, should be cut on the diagonal of your fabric for stretch.  When you fold you fabric over, inside out, to sew your seam, taper the ends so they are about half the size of the middle.  You can trim the excess off.

You wrap it like a karate belt - start in the front,

wrap it in the back

and tie int he front
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4  Obi belt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by haykyn on: July 16, 2006 03:28:18 PM
another project inspired by threads magazine - I really should subscribe at this point.

It is essentialy three panels.  The first is cut on the bias, to give it some stretch.  The other two, theoretically, should be cut on the bias also, but I didn't have enough fabric to do that and I kinda like the stiffness of the brocade when not cut on the bias, for the ties at least.  You sew ties to the middle, fold in half and sew shut, tapering down to the ends.  I think I did 4 1/2 inches in the middle and tapered down to two or so inches.

I have some peach colored chinese brocade that I want to make another out of, this time, more like the picture in the article. 

You can see a few pictures from the article here:  http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/th_126_029.asp#

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5  bias cut sleevless shirt with pleats at neckline - pic heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by haykyn on: July 08, 2006 07:45:58 PM
I got this kwik sew pattern -- http://www.thesewingplace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2001, which is a nice basic bias top and wrap skirt.  But I'm making four of these shirts and wanted to change them up a little, so I added neck line pleats...

Here are the pleats themselves, that I interfaced, sewed and ironed the hell out of.  I sewed this on to the shirt as a big rectangle on the last step of the bias binding neckline topstitching (for a bias binding neckline tutorial, see this link -- http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_sewing/article/0,2025,DIY_14144_2276785,00.html

here's the inside so you can see how it looks once its trimmed.  I also zigzagged the edges so they don't fray.

The front, though it lays flatter than that in real life - I'm just holding the camera weird.

I added pleats to the back too

the shirt itself was really easy.  The pleats took a little while, but I think it'll be fun to wear!  I stiff thick pleats like these would look nice on a knit shirt too, but I haven't tried it out yet.
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6  felted necklace in Knitting: Completed Projects by haykyn on: April 28, 2006 04:15:57 AM
I made a felted necklace which I'm pretty happy with.  I used mostly Frog Tree alpaca wool, plus a little left overs which were super wash wool, so they didn't felt as nicely.  I like the effect though, so that's okay.  The icord felted up to abou 1/4", so its not too thick. 

The backs of the circles aren't as nice as the front, so I might put some fabric on the back.  And maybe add a few tiny beads to the circles to dress it up a little.  I'm pretty happy for my first attempt at a necklace.  I think I'll do another, but the circles will be double sides and bigger.
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7  Threads Magazine shrug in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by haykyn on: September 26, 2005 05:29:26 PM
I finally remembered to get the Threads magazine from the library so I could remember the measurements of the shrug.  I did the ballet shrug, not the kimono or bat wing.  I like it.  It was worth 20 cents of photo copies.  This was just some fabric I had laying around.  It doesn't take much.  And it only took about a half hour, from cutting to the final seam.  Smiley

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8  purses for planned parenthood auction, img heavy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by haykyn on: September 08, 2005 07:06:07 PM
I made these for a planned parenthood silent auction/fund raiser.  I'm happy with how they came out.  They were made with materials I had laying around the house (except for the planned parenthood t-shirts that planned parenthood donated to me to make the purses).  I hope they get a decent amount of money for the organization.  The one with the black plastic handles is gathered slightly, but you still can see the writing just fine.  Both of these purses are reverseable, because you don't always want to announce your politics to the world!  Smiley

medium sized purse with black plastic handles and handmade flower (which you can't see).  The fabric is a boucle type fabric with browns and purples:

large purse.  Its filled with books for the picture - Its not nearly so stiff, which is good!  This one has hot pink zig zag top stitching on the white side.

A long time ago, I made these for the march in dc, which is why planned parenthood asked me to do the above purses:
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9  Mimosa Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by haykyn on: May 01, 2005 05:42:42 PM
I'm really happy how this came out.  I love the fact that you can wear it in two ways, asymetrical or normal.  You can't see in the picture, but the band is a seperate piece from the top, which looks real nice in person.

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10  kimono/jacket/robe in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by haykyn on: April 24, 2005 05:24:28 PM
I made this Kimono this weekend,

Its a basic styling from my Simplicity's Simply the Best Sewing Book.  I tried to do the tie a little different... I made the under layer from the same fabric as the kimono, large and gathered like a cumberbund, and then I added a contrasting tie (from some fabric I had laying around) with a light color on one side and a dark on the the other.  There is just enough to wrap around twice for a little visual appeal.

Not bad for $7.00.  Smiley
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