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1  Re: MLP: Friendship is Magic Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Hyper-Piston on: November 11, 2011 10:20:05 AM
Marshmallow Candy?  Nor very me but if I swap them (last name then first name) it is Twirl Lily which at least a bit more interesting.
Do you like peeps? And twirl lily sounds cool, makes me think of a lilypad Cheesy

I don't want to post a zillion times so I'll edit this, haha XD
I had to. She's not great 'cause I was passing time till I could collect my copy of Skyrim (YAY<3), but here she is, wahaha!

Dawn Twirl by hyperpiston, on Flickr
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2  Re: MLP: Friendship is Magic Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Hyper-Piston on: November 11, 2011 09:34:09 AM
Thsoe are wonderful! I love the parasprite, and the bag, and everything! ahhh<3

Randomly, I thought everypony would get a kick outta this. Mine's Dawn Twirl Cheesy I feel the need to draw out this pony now.
In fact, I'd love to draw a group-ponysona picture with all us swappers as our ponies!
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3  Re: MLP: Friendship is Magic Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Hyper-Piston on: October 28, 2011 11:21:10 PM
HOLY CRAP, ROANE, YOU'RE AMAZING. You spoiled me rotten!!
I woke up tonight to take my husband to work and what is there on my chair? MY SWAP BOX. Dude! She just sent that like on Tuesday (on the actual end date, augh, I'm so slow. I'm ready to send tomorrow morning though x_x; ). I have never, ever, gotten any package this fast from the lower 48. The fact that you're in Oregon helps though I think XD But still! <33

I can't squee enough really. Everything has me wicked excited~
I gotta apologize beforehand, there's little light in our Hobbit Hole and we're nocturnal for work so everything's real dark.

Firstly out of the package aaare, AMAZING rubber stamps! So many! SOOO MANY<3! And she did Rarity and Gummy and a whole mess of cutie marks! I have to stamp these on every. single. thing.

And then I continued to find wicked Shrinky Dink stitch markers for my crochet and knitting!! All of the Mane cast can now help me along, and they're so cute! <3 I've never even thought of stitch markers, that's so genius! They're way better than the single earrings I typically end up using haha.

Then there's coloring books and a calendar! How did you know? I haven't seen any up here except for one type waaaay back six months ago, these are so cool! My husband is going to color all the Rarity pictures XD

And then, she's so nice, Roane sent me... two G3 ponies! Two of my VERY FAVOURITES, Skywishes and Rainbow Dash!! I used to have a lot of ponies, but a friend of mine threw them all out on accident with his ex-girlfriend's, and among them I lost those two. She replaced them and they're so awesome! You're too nice to me Roane!

They're hangin' out with Cheerilee and my Walking Dead zombies.

And now, for the piece de resistance, the best part, the part that had me running around with it making Da Magics...
a custom Foto Finish g4 pony!!!!!

DO YOU SEE THAT. DO YOU SEE THE AWESOME, THE MAGICS THERE. Roane, you amaze me, and that is quite honestly (REALLY) the best I have ever seen! I LOVE IT SO.

I put her on the top shelf with my action figures and my Fluttershy and my hubby's Rarity. She's so, so, so cool!

I can't thank you enough Roane, this was one of the best swap packages EVER<3!
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4  Bunka World of Warcraft Raptor Mount Embroidery (phew!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Hyper-Piston on: December 08, 2010 02:26:18 PM
OKAY. This has been sitting atop stuff for a bit now, but my camera had no batteries *shame*.
I'm an avid WoW player (CATACLYSM WOO) and recently had some half-assorted Japanese Bunka embroidery kits given to me.
Bunka embroidery, in case you're wondering, is Japanese punchneedle, except it's more like painting with the floss than making little dots. The stuff you can do is insane with it, and it's been referred to as "oil painting with thread".
Anyway, these kits contained lots of the rayon floss, the tools, and the cloth, but no instructions (except for one). So what do I do? I want to practice and play with it.
But I don't pick something small, no. I pick my first raptor mount from WoW (omg that was years ago...).
For reference, though not exact, http://static.wowhead.com/uploads/screenshots/normal/70894.jpg
So I drew a light sketch on the fabric in an embroidery hoop and embroidered it with the closest matching colours I had in my new stash.
Not all the colours match, there's not much shading because there's not much variant, and the raptor's not perfect (I got carried away and put his horn too far down and altered his head) BUT I rather like it! My stitching's a bit off as well, but it's my first time and I kinda had to teach myself, so.
What do you guys think?

A closer pic of the stitching. There's gaps but I was aiming to get the length right. Stitches are supposed to be anywhere from a quarter inch to an inch, and it's essentially a "colour by spaces" thing.

It's 8.5 inches in diameter, so pretty big I guess. I really like it but I'm not sure what to do with it :/ I don't want to frame it, to me that's a waste of a hoop (for this at least) and I like the feel of the stitches. I'd rather have it be useful in some way. Any ideas?
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5  Re: Legend Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Hyper-Piston on: October 30, 2010 07:33:51 PM
Wheee we received! AWESOME, everything is great, Danni! You and your hubby really did fantastic stuff! Cheesy
They really nailed it with my fiancee! I'll try to translate for him haha.
First up:

I thought it was cute! Cheesy He thinks it's cute too, and says it's okay, he likes the owl!

F really loves Darkness, and his favourite's Blix, so Danni made this awesome, awesome clay Blix doll!

His arms and legs move, how cool is that? He's so great! F made him cast spells with...

His own unicorn horn! He turned me into a herring :< It's so neat, he really likes it!! We have to keep it out of my room though. I have so many unicorns, it wouldn't end well haha.
That's not all though! Danni's hubby made this wicked awesome Darkness pendant out of coconut!

COCONUT. I have no idea how he did that, and made it so smooth and polished! F loves this to death, it's so detailed!

You guys rock! Thank you so much! I know it was a twist to ask for him, but F really liked everything you guys made, you're great!!! Thank you!!
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6  Re: Super Awesome Sailor Moon Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Hyper-Piston on: October 26, 2010 05:29:41 PM
Awww those are awesome! Wall hangings are win.

HUZZAH HURRAH IT HAS ARRIVED!!! <3 This totally made my week. I've been in and out of the emergency room and sick as all get out for a few days, and this made it all better<3! Perfect timing :3

Und nao, I present package fantastico from Krafty_Karasu!

First up, she sent me a Sailor Moon themed Word Search! <3 Not just one, no, PAGES of word searches!! How cool is that? You're such a mind reader, I'm addicted to puzzles, I'm going to be up so late doing these!

And the card there is sparkly, and held....

Wicked Lady earrings and necklace!! SO CUTE!! They match...

WICKED LADY Peyote bead bracelet!!! Isn't this awesome? I cannot wait to wear it out and show peeps!! The colours, everything, it's just so great!
That's not it, though, she also sent me a book thong, just perfect for my manga! (Currently in my volume 3 of Sailor Moon I'm reading :3 Appropriate!)

I may be reading into it a bit (haw haw pun) but I see the colours on the end there match the inner senshi Cheesy <33
She also sent me a cresent moon phone charm!

Which is absolutely cute, and so perfect because I used to have a little shrinky dink one on there that was awesome, but my phone is abused and it broke, so this sturdy cute one will be great! <3 (I ran around posing with my phone like I was Sailor Moon, transforming. Those're the meds, I'm sure >>)
Don't mind the Dragonite sticker, that's been on every phone I've ever owned.

BUT WAIT, Karasu spoiled me, Karasu sent me yet another bit of excellent, she sent me...

Transforming Sailor Moon cross stitch! HER STITCHES ARE SO TINY AND SHE DID SUCH AN AWESOME JOB HOMFG. This has literally got to be one of the coolest things ever, I love it so much!!! It's so beautiful! Clearing off a space on one of my bookshelves immediately for this gorgeous art!

Thank you so so so much Karasu!! You're a fantastic partner!!
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7  Re: WoW(World of Warcraft) Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Hyper-Piston on: March 30, 2010 02:41:41 AM
Okay, so I made these for my partner but she hasn't been on in... many a while. I hope everything's okay. Alice suggested I post them anyways, so here's what she should've received a little while ago.

I didn't make much because this was my first swap and I wanted to stick as close to the guidelines as possible, to make sure I got everything done (in addition to the, of course, things that popped up that month haha. I'm a bad procrastinator and pile-on-the-stuff-inator). Next time I'll definitely throw in some extras Grin

(sorry for the bad pics in advance)
First, and biggest (ish), I made her a hordite symbol pillow with tunisian crochet. The back is fleece and it's rather comfy, honestly. I had to fudge part of the pattern I made but I don't think you can tell. I dropped a stitch and could NOT find it despite searching, not until the whole thing was done. Naturally XD Blocking helped.

Attached are two little crocheted (removable) alliance skulls. PvP action!

She likes necklaces so I made two bubble pendants, one of a Frost Emblem which she was questing for (aren't we all) and one of the hunter symbol (cleverly framed in green, hunter colour! *dork*). They look much clearer and better IRL :<

I'm ashamed to say, there's only one other thing I made. It's not really a craft so I may've made a mistake here. You can see it wrapped here, with the whole package together, but the actual pic is on my Deviantart here: http://hyper-piston.deviantart.com/art/Sookiee-and-Goremaw-157107239
It's of her main with her main pet.

The whole deal.

I think I've written too much XD Hopefully that'll be okay. Anyways, I hope it all looks good and that she enjoys it!
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8  The onigiri purse! Small, delicious, portable! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Hyper-Piston on: March 29, 2010 04:33:48 AM
I don't upload much here, I'm much more a stalker, but I thought this was kinda fun<3

Recently, right before the local anime and manga convention (aka, when I'm going psycho either trying to finish art or costumes), my friend and I were chatting about a bento lunch we were going to work on. I never ended up getting to make mine, but I figure this counts. I make onigiri (rice balls) often enough, but haven't ever crocheted one.
I told her, a fellow crocheter, she should make an onigiri bag. She refused!
So I picked up yarn and whipped this up for her instead XD

The strap turned out longer than I would've liked, but oh well. It's got a little metal ring (the keychain sort) on either side to separate the strap from the onigiri bag itself.
I don't use purses, I don't like them, but I thought this would be a very pursey thing to do, so there you have it XD
The bag was crocheted in one solid piece, with the nori (black seaweed) separate and sewn on, along with the umeboshi (red pickled plum). I personally love the umeboshi; it's cute AND functional, since it serves as a sort of nob for the loop to hold the bag closed. The purse is small already so it didn't seem like that big of a deal, but it helps. I made it have sort of a ledge thing but if I made it again, I would make it more defined to it retains the tension on the loop better. It slips off after much use but the bag still holds closed, so as long as you're not wildly flailing about, you're fine rofl.
The umeboshi is crocheted with DMC thread, by the way.

The inside, lined with fleece.

My dad, "modeling" it. It's not that big, but just right for small objects like your cell phone and wallet and keys etc.

Hope you like Cheesy

(sorry for being so wordy. Most of this is taken from my craftblog, carouselcute.blogspot.com)
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9  Re: WoW(World of Warcraft) Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Hyper-Piston on: March 19, 2010 11:50:00 PM
Time to post me lewts! <33 These are my awesome items I got from hngoodlett today!
 (I was asleep when it came and had to run out, that's why this post is late)
(also also, forgive my crappy camera. every once in a while it takes a good pic but some are particularly fuzzy.)

Firstly, I got some awesome hearthstone earrings! She also sent me some nommy chocolate gold (they were being eaten as I was taking the picture. I wish I'd remembered to send edible goodies..)

They're so cool, way better'n ruby slippers rofl. Action shot! >>

Then, some really cool lightswitch plates of my favourite zones! Oh, they're so cool! The Zangarmarsh one is in use RIGHT AWAY here.

I was afraid that screwing it in would ruin the picture but it turned out okay. actually great because the white screw is right in the middle of the moon there, perfect Cheesy I'm saving the Stranglethorn one for when I have another room to put it in. (forgive the crap in the photo, I'm sewing costumes for a con that's... tomorrow <<;;; )

This next one may be a bit too graphic for some weak stomached alli >>;

A horde shirt, covered in alli blood :3 At least, I'm telling myself it's their blood. I don't suck TOO badly at PVP XD Totally wearing it right now.


WOO yeah! Troll pride! My very own Sen'jin tabard! <33 It's so freaking sweet, I'm dying to find a place to hang it! And it has double buttons on each side (you have my sincere praise for that one, hngoodlett, I can't do buttonholes to save my life). Just in time for reclaiming the Echo Isles huh? <3
(psst: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9niApbadwA *giddy*)

THANK YOU so much! Everything is so great! <3 You're the best!
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10  ScrapCat, the amigurumi kitty made from leftovers! (free pattern) *updated in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Hyper-Piston on: September 06, 2009 08:42:20 PM
**Knot tutorial below the pattern.

Occasionally, I'll get distracted from something I'm working on while doing it. The last time this happened, I wondered "Hey, I save all my yarn scraps. But for what? ... I should make a cat."
So I did.
Three of them, actually. They're all made from random bits of yarn, each about five inches or more long, that I tied together to form one long strand, so there's endless possibilities! Each one I make turns out with a different personality and quirk. I love to make them wahaha.
When making them I actually decided to keep a bit of the messyness instead of trying to make them clean-cut as it were, since the whole point was to reuse scraps leftover. They're even stuffed with scraps!
My first was Pheobe

And after her came Groucho and his ridiculous eyebrows and facial expression. That's how he came out no matter how many times I did it.

I had a bunch of white scraps from various projects, and so decided to make myself a good luck Maneki ScrapCat too.

The Roman aluminum coin isn't a yen, obviously, but it gets the point across XD
He doesn't have a tail but the other two do, and a pipecleaner makes it all bendy and... stuff. Bwahaha.

I don't know how much people will like them, but they're fun and kinda funky to make, and a great way to recycle any leftover scraps or chunks of yarn you may have rather than tossing them, so I wrote up my first pattern! Thought that might be good practice for later patterns I want to write too Grin

I'll post it here, but it's also on my blog at carouselcute.blogspot.com.
Since it's my first, if there's any problems just let me know!
Hope you like it!

Scrap Cat Pattern

A free pattern to make, with love!

This pattern is free for making, giving, sharing, selling the products of, etc. I only ask that you let me know when you sell things from it, and don't claim it as your own.


G hook (H can work, but G is better for tightness)
Worsted weight yarn scraps (A good three handfuls, each scrap 5 inches or more is allright. You can use non-scrap yarn, too.)
Embroidery floss
Needle (and yarn needle, obviously)
Pipecleaner (optional)
2 buttons (for the eyes. Or use your respective eyes. I like buttons for them because it suits the scrappy feel.)

*If you REALLY want to be thrifty, just stuff it with more scraps!

sc-single crochet
inc-increase (2 single crochet in one sitch)
dec-decrease (single crochet 2 stitches together) (invisible decrease is best, and easy to learn with tutorials online. Planet June and Gourmet Amigurumi have good ones.)


There should be a good two to three handfuls of scraps. Anything longer than 5 inches is allright. Note that shorter scraps will only show a few stitches, and longer ones will show much more. To obtain the "scrap yarn", take two strands and place them end to end, and tie a 2-strand overhand knot as close as possible to the ends (leaving a little bit of tail). Pull tight to make sure it won't slip out. Repeat as you go so that your scraps form yarn just enough length to work with. Remember to leave a good amount for sewing the piece to the body! A longer piece there is best.
The knots won't show through your crochet. If, when you make a stitch, they're showing on that side, tighten it or pop it through to the other side. Undoing the stitch and making it again only tighter can solve the problem too.
I realize this might be kind of a weird way to work, so if there's any problems or you have any trouble, just email me and I'll be happy to help!

This is worked as Amigurumi. Do not join rounds, work in a spiral instead. You don't have to do it in this order, but I make notes along the way as to assembly, so it's probably a good idea. It's also easier to do some things before others.
Have fun!


Make a magic ring with 6 stitches. (or CH2, and make 6sc in first ch if you don't know the magic ring technique)

r1: inc in each st (12)
r2: *1 sc in next st, inc in next st. repeat from * around (18)
r3: *1 sc in next 2 st, inc in next st. repeat from * around (24)
r4: sc in each st. (24)
r5-7: repeat r4. (24)
r8: *1 sc in next 2 st, 1 dec. repeat from * around (18)
r9: *1sc in next st, 1 dec. repeat from * around (12)

Fasten off and pull tail inside the head.
Stuff well.


Using embroidery floss, sew an upside down triangular nose and mouth onto the middle of the face. Sew the buttons on for the eyes along the same line as the nose.

EARS (make 2)

Magic ring with 6 st.

r1: 1 sc in each st. (6)
r2: *1 sc in next st, inc. repeat around. (9)
r3: 1 sc in each st. (9)
r4: *1 sc in next 2 st, inc. repeat from * around, (12)

Fasten off and leave long tails for sewing.

If you want, choose a solid colour for both ears (make sure you have enough!) and sew it onto one side of each ear, to make the inner ear colour.
Fold them flat and sew the ears onto the top of the head, bending the sides in slightly to create a concave effect.


Magic ring with 6 st.

r1: inc in each st (12)
r2: *1 sc in next st, inc in next st. repeat from * around (18)
r3: *1 sc in next 2 st, inc in next st. repeat from * around (24)
r4: sc in each st. (24)
r5: repeat r4.
r6: *1 sc in next 2 st, 1 dec. repeat from * around (18)
r7: sc in each st (18)
r8: repeat r7.
r9: *1sc in next st, 1 dec. repeat from * around (12)
r10: sc in each st (12)
r11: repeat r10.

Fasten off with long tail.


Magic ring with 6 st.

r1: sc in each st (6)
r2-4: repeat r1.
r5: dec, sc in remaining 4 st (5)
r6: sc in each st (5)
r7-15: repeat r6.

Fasten off. Fold pipecleaner in half and push the folded end into the tail. There should be some still outside of the tail. Place the tail at the base of the body (where, when sitting, it will be sticking outward) and push the remaining end into the body and fold one end one way and the other end the opposite way, to anchor the pipecleaner in place.
Sew the tail onto the body.

Stuff the body completely, adding a penny or two to the bottom for weight, if desired (not necessary).
Now, sew the body to the head, making sure that you fasten it to where the tail is behind (and when looking down on it, between) the two ears.

ARMS (make 2)

Magic ring with 6 st.

r1: sc in each st. (6)
r2-9: repeat r1.
(this is when a stitch marker really comes in handy. You can use a paperclip or hook earring if you don't have one.)

Sew the opening closed by fastening off with a long tail, and threading the tail through the outer loop of each stitch and pulling closed.

LEGS (make 2)

Magic ring with 6 st.

r1: inc in each st (12)
r2: sc in each st (12)
r3-6: repeat r2

Fasten off and stuff.

Sew to the body, each leg at an angle towards the front (not directly below the ears, but angled inward). Make sure it's at the base, same as the tail, so your ScrapCat can sit without falling over.

Sew the arms onto the body just below the neck.
For a Maneki ScrapCat (the raise-paw good luck cat), Sew the left arm on upwards. You can sew the paw down in a beckoning motion, and tack on a bell or fake coin as well.

That's all! It's finished! I hope you enjoyed this pattern and had fun with it!

If you have any questions, comments, or want to share your ScrapCat, just let me know!

Here's the explanation for the overhand knot:
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