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knitting, knitting, and more knitting! [Aug. 14th, 2005|11:52 pm]
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Just came back from a little work-related trip out to Palm Desert. Well, okay, it wasn't completely work related. ^_^ We also hiked on Mount San Jacinto yesterday. I carpooled with some co-workers, so I was able to knit during the ride there. ^_^

So, I finished knitting Rikku's scarf. Still needs some work on the fringe & gradient dyeing, of course. I will be knitting a little sample swatch to test the dye on.
There are 12 tassels per end, 6 on each side, for a total of 24 tassels on the scarf. Each tassel is made of 3 strands of yarn, cut into 28" sections and folded in half. I made them on my niddy-noddy and used a crochet hook to attach them. The part closest to the scarf is braided, followed by a knot, a short unbraided section, and another knot. The ends were unraveled for a frizzy appearance. Whew!
Click on the thumbnail for an enlarged view (large pic warning!)

Yarn: Elmore-Pisgah's Peaches & Creme
Fiber: 100% cotton
Color: "10 Yellow" (slightly different dye lots, oh well, it's hard to tell).
Weight: 4 ply worsted weight yarn
Amount of yarn used: 4 balls
Gauge: 5 stitches/inch on size 7 DPNs (knit in the round - all stockinette stitch).
Finished size: 3 1/4" x 8' 8" not including the 7" tassels!
Weight: 9 ounces
It wraps around my neck & hangs just a little below my knees (not including the tassels). It's a tiny bit stiff & dense, since cotton yarn doesn't have much "spring" to it. 100% wool would have been another option, but harder to dye. More pics when it's completed.

And here's a simple project that I've contemplated for a while: Fuzzy flip flops! Here is a link to the instructions on Lion Brand Yarn's website. It's a quick and easy crochet project that uses only one skein of Fun Fur. I got the flip flops from Target's $1 section. It only took 30 minutes to make these...and everyone I encountered over the weekend commented on them! ^_^

That's it for now...I'll be working on my pony projects this upcoming week. ^_^

[User Picture]From: yodallama
2005-08-15 09:06 am (UTC)
I desperately need a pair of those flip-flops... I was packing today (I'm moving Wednsday) and realised I have 13 pairs of flip-flops..yet no fuzzy ones. I must definitely look into this crocheting thing immediately.

And the scarf is awesome ^_^
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-08-17 06:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^_^
The fuzzy flip flops are really easy to make. If you don't know how to crochet, you can still make them by knotting the yarn on the straps.
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[User Picture]From: beaniesue
2005-08-15 10:44 am (UTC)
My sister made me a pair of fuzzy flip flops like that - they are nice and comfy - I call them my Muppet Feets. Don't they look kind of like muppet fur?
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-08-17 06:07 am (UTC)
Yes, they do! I made a small pouch (for my Palm Pilot) with the eyelash yarn and people think it's a small animal. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: sailorangei
2005-08-15 04:00 pm (UTC)
Hey chick! Out of curiosity, when do you think you'd open up commissions again? I have two ideas I'd love to see made. And since yer the best... *flatterflatterflatter*
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-08-17 06:09 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comment, but it might be a few more weeks. Darn weddings. Also, my boss keeps asking me to take on more work. Argh.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-16 12:44 am (UTC)


my step mom made a pair of flip flops just like that for me when we drove to rapid city. but mine are orange, cus thats my favorite color, and the fliper part is tye dye.
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-08-17 06:09 am (UTC)

Re: flippers

Sounds awesome! There are so many different colors of fuzzy yarn...the possibilities are endless.
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[User Picture]From: icy_phoenix
2005-08-17 03:48 pm (UTC)
I made a pair of those months ago when I found the free instructions in Hobby Lobby. I made them in a two hour car ride. A couple weeks later another craft store was charging $15 plus supplies to show people how to make them! I still get comments on mine too. Although the rainbow fun fur I used has brought up some questions about whether the easter bunny had been involved... -.-
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-08-31 06:19 am (UTC)
Mmmm...rainbow fun fur sounds very nice! ^_^
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-30 05:55 pm (UTC)

Borg pony

Hi, I was ust on your web site and I think that a bory pony would be really cool. How much does it cost to customise a pony? just because some of the prices seem a bit steep, but then I've only just stumbled onto the whole thing so I was hoping you could explain the whole thing.
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2005-08-31 06:23 am (UTC)

Re: Borg pony

Not sure what you're asking...the cost of a Borg pony? I don't have any of these for sale at the moment. Also, I'm not taking commissions at this time. Prices vary depending on the complexity of your piece.

What did you need explained? Customizing in general? I have quite an extensive FAQ and tutorials on my website. If you can't find the answer, after looking at the FAQ, please e-mail me.
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