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11  Coat Hanger = DIY Needles (Tutorial) in Knitting: Completed Projects by lemonadelemonade on: April 21, 2006 11:12:16 PM
I've always wanted teeny double-pointed needles to knit socks with, but they're so pointlessly expensive!  Then one day, I was playing in my room and totally not thinking about it, but somehow my needle gauge checker got raped by a cheap metal coat hanger.  Lo and behold, the coat hanger was exactly the size of a size #1 needle!   Shocked
And now I have these.


I feel so DIY.
I'd be happy to make a tutorial if anyone's interested, only the project involves hardcore tools that not everyone has, like a grindstone.  (man, am I lucky to have a crafty dad...)

Tutorial

You need a wire coat hanger, such as this one:

I can't guarantee that every coat hanger will be size #1, so if you are making these for a particular pattern that calls for a needles size, I'd check.
Use a wire cutter to cut four equal pieces out of the straight parts.
You will end up with this

I advise you not to stop here and knit with them like this, as they will snag and be torturous on your fingers.  Wink

To sharpen the points, use an electric bench grinder (a grindstone that spins at warp speed and cuts into metal).  Caution: you must use goggles or glasses when you do this!  Metal shavings are sharp, and expect to see a few sparks.

Rotate the needle so that all angles get sharpened as evenly as possible.  Finally, point the needle down onto the stone to dull the tip.  You don't want your needles to be too sharp, because that hurts.  Wink

After they are perfectly pointed, use 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper on the tips to soften them a bit.  They will still be slightly rough, but not too rough to use.  If they're bothering you, you could try rubbing them on wax paper or something.

Finally, wash your needles to get rid of any dirt before you use them.

Proof that they work:


Yay!!!

If anyone uses this, good luck and have fun making needles!
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12  Sunrise Shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by lemonadelemonade on: April 20, 2006 08:50:18 PM
I found the only shoes Payless had in something remotely close to my size that were good for school, not made of leather, and also not a cheap knock-off of Chucks.
But... they were plain white.
I thought it.  My family thought it.  My friends thought it.  Those shoes will not stay white for long.
And not because I get them dirty, either.  Just because I sloppily attack them with paint:


Unfortunately, our school dress code states that all shoes must be predominantely boring.  I thought the shockingly bright toe was pretty clever, though.  I looove them!
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13  Funny Little Blue Pullover (UPDATED) in Knitting: Completed Projects by lemonadelemonade on: March 31, 2006 05:29:36 PM
I previously posted my dissatisfaction with this sweater, but now I rather like it.  I never dreamed that buttons could do so much to murder or revive a garment.
It reminds me of styles from the 40s or the 80s or one of those decades with the broad shoulders and tiny waistlines.  By the way, I gave it the name Rose of Sharon.

After


More pictures on my blog.  Pictures of the "before," too, but I just deleted them from the post because they made my eyes hurt.
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14  Are You a Knit-Nut? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lemonadelemonade on: February 20, 2006 09:29:23 AM
I thought this might amuse some.

I have a great-grandmother who saved everything.  Newspaper clippings, pieces of broken costume jewelry, craft supplies half a century old--she died three years ago and we're still in the process of going through all her stuff.  So check out what my grandma came across in some box of hers:

The caption reads:  "Ribbing goes fancy in an exciting midi."
Enclosed in the next two pages is part of an actual pattern for the monster.
Anyway, isn't that hilarious?
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15  Hat That Is Also Ice Cream *Update for Hat #2!* in Knitting: Completed Projects by lemonadelemonade on: January 23, 2006 05:16:26 PM
So I clicked on a thread on this board entitled "Ice Cream Hat", hoping that it would be a hat in the shape of an ice cream cone.  I was sadly disappointed (no offense to the maker of the other ice cream hat, of course... I promise that your hat was beautiful; I just got my hopes up while the page was loading.)
So I said, "I should make a hat shaped like an ice cream cone."
After this was finished, I admit, I moped around for at least a week contemplating whether to keep it as it is or rip it out completely and start over.  I wasn't sure if I got the shape right.  I'm still convinced I could have done better.  But today this girl at school told me that she'd pay me $20 if I made her one just like it, so I thought if it's worth $20 to her, it must be worth a new topic on Craftster!
Behold, the ice cream cone hat... imperfect in shape, but still apparently worth $20:



*UPDATE*  2/05

I have made a second model, this time hopefully a little closer to the semblance of soft serve ice cream.  It is taller and less filled out than the original, and I really like the height of it this time.  I'm hoping to make a third and final hat, which will be a combination of the two styles.
And yes, I have added a cherry (pattern here! http://thymefuller.blogspot.com/2005/12/strawcherry.html). 
Here is hat #2:

Sorry for the creepy expression--I never quite know what to do with my face for these pictures so "blue steel" seemed to work.
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16  Foot Broken Off a Statue in What the heck can I do with THIS? by lemonadelemonade on: January 22, 2006 07:36:31 PM
My mom and I found this in the grass around Christmastime... Can you believe that she almost didn't let me keep it?!  There must be so many creative uses for this thing... only I can't think of any.

Here's what it looks like:


Any thoughts?
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17  Dinosaur Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by lemonadelemonade on: December 21, 2005 02:39:38 PM
My friend is getting to the end of her current journal, so I decided to make her a new one for Christmas.
This is the first journal I've ever made so it's very sloppy, but I think she'll appreciate it anyway.  She likes dinosaurs.
Front cover:

Back inside cover:

It says, "you just think we're dead!" to go along with the dinosaur theme.
Back outside cover:

I decorated the back with the pictures from the inside of my Snow Patrol CD.
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18  Re: Functional male anatomy (inspired by female anatomy thread) *Now with pattern!* in Crochet: Completed Projects by lemonadelemonade on: December 19, 2005 09:42:55 PM
Brilliant!  I'm so glad you posted these!  You see, I've gotten on a crochet kick lately and have been making my friends phallic FINGER PUPPETS!  Also functional, in a different way  Cheesy
I've been wanting to post them somewhere, but I'm too shy to start my own thread.  D'ya mind if I share these?



all-girls' school fun...
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19  Re: The Art of Makeup in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by lemonadelemonade on: December 19, 2005 03:56:00 PM
I was bored the other day, so before going out I decided to play in makeup!
(This post is kind of picture heavy, sorry)
I love these colors...

one eye

both eyes
Unfortunately, since I rarely wear any makeup at all, my mom and boyfriend both told me that I looked like a porn star.   Cry   I'm just not understood!  haha


And here's what I did to my friend's eyes on the night of the Bright Eyes concert:


man oh man, she is hot!  Grin

Here was my makeup for that night:

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20  Blue and Brown Stripey Sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by lemonadelemonade on: December 06, 2005 02:21:39 PM
My goodness, am I excited!  It was six months ago that I was working on this sweater and realized, three inches from the end, that I had run out of brown yarn.  The slacker that I am, it's taken me this long to get to the store for another skein!
It's completely been worth the wait, though, because this is my new favorite sweater in the world!!!


Please excuse my entirely overdramatized poses.
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