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1  Summer Twirl Headband Pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: July 08, 2015 08:54:16 PM
I started making one of these for my Etsy shop and I loved it so much that I made the pattern so I could make more. Yeah, a bunch of people are getting these for Christmas this year. This pattern is available in PDF form on my blog in case you want to save it or print it, plus additional yarn notes and stuff in case you need clarification. http://fanofstuff.com/summer-twirl-headband-with-i-cord-ties-free-knitting-pattern/

It's also on Ravelry, so if you make one I'd love to see! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-twirl-headband-with-i-cord-ties

Otherwise, here's the headband and pattern.

And a little more on how it looks.

And some crappy ones on a model. Trust me, the ones I modeled were worse because you could never see the headband. Photographer I ain't.

Summer Twirl Headband with I-cord Ties

2 size 10.5 double pointed needles
1 pair size 11 needles
Cable Needle
30 yards of Diva Sequin in Istanbul, or another worsted weight yarn*
15 yards of Patons Metallic in Gold, or another worsted weight yarn*
Darning needle

*Note on yarn on blog*

Stitch Legend
M1 make one, increase
C2F cable two forward, slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work, knit 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches from cable needle
P2tog purl 2 together, decrease
K2tog knit 2 together, decrease

1st I-cord Tie
Cast on 4 stitches using one strand of Diva Sequin onto one 10.5 double pointed needle.
Knit a 4 stitch i-cord until your cord measures 8 inches long.

Band Increase
Knitting flat on size 11 needles
R1: K2, M1, K2
R2: K2, P1, K2
R3: K2, M1, K1, M1, K2
R4: K2, P3, K2
R5: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K2
R6: K2, P7, K2
R7: K5, M1, K6

Pattern Body (Cable Repeat)

Join both yarns and continue knitting flat on size 11s
R1 (RS): K2, P2, K4, P2, K2
R2: K4, P4, K4
R3: K2, P2, K4, P2, K2
Row 4: K4, P4, K4
R5: K2, P2, C2F, P2, K2
R6: K4, P4, K4
Repeat rows 1-6 until piece measures 15 inches from i-cord tail (8 inches of i-cord plus 7 inches band), end on row 4.

Band Decrease
Drop the metallic yarn, leaving a tail long enough to weave in. Knit the rest of the decrease section only with the sequin yarn.
R1: K2, K2tog (4x), K2
R2: K2, purl to last two sts, k2
R3: K2, K2tog (2x), K2
R4: K2, purl to last two sts, k2
R5: K2, K2tog, K2
R6: P2, P2tog, P1

2nd I-cord Tie
Take the four remaining stitches and slip onto a 10.5 double pointed needle.
Knit the four stitch i-cord until it measures 8 inches and bind off end.

Weave in all ends and block if you prefer.
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2  5 Minute Bobby Pin Case in Completed Projects by Zylo on: July 04, 2015 12:17:11 PM
I couldn't figure out where to post this, but I wanted to get it on the boards because I just love it so much!

I've fallen into this rut lately where I have to justify things I want to make and I'm not having as much fun crafting because of it. However, I saw a picture on Instagram for a bobby pin case out of a Tic-Tac container and new I needed to make something for my large bobby pins right away!

This project is so easy that you don't even need instructions. If you really want them, or you want to read about what I used, you can visit my blog here: http://fanofstuff.com/5-minute-bobby-pin-case

But I think you can figure it out with these pictures.

You can use any kind of inexpensive, decorative tape so this is great for washi tape fiends. Plus, depending on what you want to store, you can use any size or shape container you have on hand. I used an empty bay leaf spice container.

I almost exclusively use the large sized bobby pins so this was the perfect size and now I don't have the pins all over my vanity. Plus, I got to use my fancy tape and finally made a craft without a huge internal conversation. Yay crafting!
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3  Beige Bubble Top to Pink Lace Blouse in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Zylo on: June 03, 2015 08:37:15 AM
Okay, I want to preface this by saying that this is not the most extensive reconstruction ever. It's barely even a redo. BUT! It's the first actual time I've done all the things I said I would do to something cute I bought at a thrift store and I'm thrilled. So instead of letting it collect dust until I eventually redonated it, here's what I brought home.

If you want to read all the details of this shirt, why I wouldn't wear it as is, and the nitty gritty of what I did, you can read the whole shebang on my blog: http://fanofstuff.com/lace-shirt-redux-thrift-store-refashion

However, for the pretty pictures, just scroll. I started with snipping out all the elastic at the waist and opening up the arms. I sewed new seams with cotton yarn (which was a terrible choice but all I had). Then I attempted to dye fabric that I knew would barely take color. I used a deep purple and ended up with this.

And you know what? I'll take it! I still laugh at the seams though because look at this dye contrast.

Hoo boy. I'm calling it designer stitching and will swear that it's original and meant to be like that to anyone that asks. I trust you'll keep my secret as well. I'm going to wear this bad boy today and enjoy my first real attempt at repurposing clothes!
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4  Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer - Free Pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: January 20, 2015 01:54:34 PM
I don't know about you guys, but the weather is crazy here. We need coats one day and not the next. I wear my hair up every day, so I can't wear hats either. Enter ear warmers.

I created a little pattern for a braided cable ear warmer that also keeps my crazy Winter flyaway hair out of my face. It's based off of the simple braided cable stitch right next to each other for a really fluid design. It's super simple too. Most knitters can whip one up in less than an hour, unless you're me and the slowest knitter in the world so it might take 2 hours or a good movie - whichever lets me concentrate more.

If you want to do the pattern, you can find it written on my website with suggestions for yarn. http://fanofstuff.com/braided-cable-headband-ear-warmer-free-knitting-pattern/

I think I'm going to try another one in a bulky or super bulky for one to keep in the car too! The picture below is just for a reference on how large it is.

Aside from the Calorimetry, does anyone else have suggestions on good headband/ear warmer combos for those of us with updos?
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5  Recycled Plastic Bottle Cable Knit Bracelet in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: May 12, 2014 12:53:02 AM
My mom drinks everything out of single serving plastic bottles and doesn't recycle. It drives me nuts, so I've taken to saving them all but my closet is only so big! I had to find something to do with them.

I used the plastic to create a solid curved base for cable knit bracelets. I love that I can use my scrap yarn and recycle bottles into one giant recycling/destashing project. This would be really easy to customize as well. I've got the free tutorial up on my website (below) and on Ravelry, but I've been wearing my prototypes nonstop. I love big cuff bracelets, but I hate the noise of bangles and don't like anything cold on my skin when it's cool outside. Bingo.

Tutorial: http://fanofstuff.com/recycled-plastic-bottle-knit-bracelet/
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6  Fleece and Brocade Cowl with Brocade Question in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by Zylo on: April 22, 2014 11:14:30 PM
I'm slowly learning how to sew (after years of having a sewing machine) and have been adding to my ridiculously huge collection of scarves. I found this tutorial a while ago and have been itching to try it out. It worked like a charm! I only cut one piece of each fabric as opposed to the two pieces they recommended, but I had the yardage to do so. Otherwise, it came out really well and I love wearing it.

For more of my warbling and the tutorial link, check out the original post: http://fanofstuff.com/brocade-and-fleece-cowl/

Otherwise, do anyone have more tips for sewing brocade? It unravels like crazy and I used a zig-zag stitch to prevent that, but I'm not sure what else I could do. Also, my mom said what I used wasn't actually brocade. Any idea what it is then? It was in that section so I just assumed. I'd love to make more with this type of fabric, but I'm having trouble finding any advice other than to interface the whole thing, but I thought that would end up too stiff.
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7  Buffalo Chicken Stromboli in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Zylo on: April 13, 2014 07:19:11 PM
I had a late night craving for buffalo chicken and decided to pull out one of my old recipes. I made it one winter when I didn't want to leave the house and it works here when nothing is open! I usually have all the ingredients in my pantry for the dough and I happen to have leftover chicken fingers that I needed to use. I always have buffalo sauce, FYI. Last time, I used chicken and banana peppers. This time, I used the chicken and threw in some olives and a few pieces of broccoli I had on hand. I'm wondering if a potato version would go well...

The recipe is flexible and would work with a lot of different ingredients or your favorite buffalo chicken side tossed in. For the full recipe, click here http://fanofstuff.com/buffalo-chicken-stromboli/.
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8  Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf (with link to free pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: June 14, 2013 06:35:07 AM

I created a diagonal drop stitch scarf pattern back in 2008, but was waiting to post until I could get the full pattern together. I didn't realize then that it would take FIVE YEARS! Still, I created this pattern to show off variegated yarn that didn't result in horizontal blocks. It's also a good way for advanced beginners to start playing and using new skills.

I used size nine straight needles and Lion Brand Suede yarn to make a two-colored (Cruella De Ville) scarf. It still had good drape, but will be nice and warm once the weather cools down again.

I created a free download of the pattern, but it's very simple and you can use any yarn you like. I hope this helps some people expand their skills! If you decide to knit it, please drop me a line if you see any mistakes and let me know how it turned out! http://fanofstuff.com/diagonal-drop-stitch-scarf-pattern-3
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9  Glam Shells Shawl in Knitting: Completed Projects by Zylo on: April 06, 2013 11:03:49 AM
I'm so happy to have this finally done! I used the Glam Shells pattern from Ravelry as an excuse to finally use my Zauberball yarn. The pattern was well written and I even got the hang of the lace edging. My only problem is that I had a hard time blocking it, especially around the edges, so that they didn't curl. Any tips?

I managed to sucker a friend into modeling for my at Easter. I also suckered her pillow into the same thing.

I have more nitty-gritty details on my blog, but in summary - the pattern and yarn were both great to work with. Easy project for an intermediate knitter.
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10  Molded Mosaic Crayons in Completed Projects by Zylo on: March 01, 2013 06:11:29 PM
I have fallen in love with melting crayons! I made these for goodie bags for pre-schoolers, but these would be a fun rainy day project for kids and adults alike.

I added a tutorial on how to make molded crayons with two methods on my blog (in my signature) in case anyone would like directions. This is a cheap and fun way to spend an afternoon.
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