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Remember several months ago, when I posted about this sniveling thief bythelightofthemoon (toknittowoo on Etsy), who stole patterns from me, Bex and a number of other free pattern sites to sell on Ebay? Remember how I put up the stupid watermark so this wouldn’t happen again? Well, it turns out just because you have no morality doesn’t mean you can’t figure out Photoshop. Behold, a pattern put up AFTER the watermarking:


Here’s the link to the original FREE pattern, which I will again clarify is for personal use only, NOT FOR RIPPING OFF AND BADLY PHOTOSHOPPING INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BACKGROUND. Also, for the briefest lesson in pattern copyright – the pattern is not just for the image, IT IS FOR THE PATTERN INSTRUCTION, so guess what sister, you’re still stealing even if you did make some collages. And you also just blatantly stole a bunch of my patterns and stuck your stupid name over the top.

What’s even worse, this louse has set up her own website full of stolen patterns, presumably as a hedge against the inevitable shutdown of her completely stolen Ebay store. If you’d like to contact her through her new shop, as the email she lists for the ebay store,, doesn’t seem to work (or perhaps she’s just blocked my email, possibly the only intelligent thing she’s done), please feel free to click here and write away.

I am absolutely crushed by this. This is the second time, after personally contacting them to stop no less, patterns have been stolen from my site. Until I can figure out a better way to share these images with good honest folk without getting burned again, I won’t be posting any more free patterns. Sorry guys. If anyone out there slightly better at watermarking or protecting images has any suggestions, please do let me know.

Also, be sure to tell as many people as you can, internet or in person, that thanks to the generosity of a large group of vintage pattern lovers, so many wonderful patterns are available absolutely free on a variety of sites. In fact, there are several sites out there that exist just to aggregate free patterns. Some have ads and probably derive revenue from clicks, but they at least link people back to the original and don’t try and sell them hogwash. It just boils my potatoes to think not only is someone making a profit off of stolen goods, but someone on the other end of the transaction is getting bilked out of their hard-earned money. Or if they’re a kept man or woman, someone else’s hard-earned money. And this person has already had over 14,000 sales. Times the ridiculous $5.00 for a PDF, that’s quite the stolen income, and until I can figure out a better way, I’m not helping them make another dime.

Again, that thief’s name is:

Mariella Shearer
24A Silver Street
GL11 4ND

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A few weeks ago I posted about the dire need for you and all your friends to wear pom-poms lest you look like backwater rubes (Backwater Rubes is next winter’s look).

As with blocking knit work, a bit of care makes a world of difference in finished appearance. When first cutting a pom-pom apart, it looks like an adorable shaggy dog, which may be your cup of tea. Super! Trim any major stragglers and attach it merrily. But for a neat and compact little feller, it’s just a matter of snipping around and around until you have a spherical orb of delightful fluff. This may take a while.

Pom-pom before:

Pom-pom after:

Lap during:

I also found the Eye of Sauron while digging through my buttons!

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Did you know every time the temperature hits over 100° the radio station CBS FM (101.7) plays a Christmas song? Do you know how irritating hearing ‘Winter Wonderland’ 3 times in a row with commentary from a DJ still struggling to keep up with the 1970s is?

What’s worst is how close they are to the right idea. Thinking cool is an excellent way to beat the heat. For example, Japanese summer moviegoers look forward to a slew of summer horror films, because the ‘chills’ experienced are believed to be as cooling as the air conditioning.

So, think icy cold. And what’s cooler than the ice planet Hoth? Very little, save the arctic voids of deep space, but that’s not as easy to make a plush toy of. Behold, just in time for the first heat wave- the Wampa!

This was sewn up a while ago, partly inspired by a comic showing why the Wampa attacked Luke, and mostly because Wampas are awesome. Of course, the Wookiepedia goes into detail about Wampas denser than we have for most real biological species.

Here’s the assembly:


The Wampa comes complete with detachable arm. Check out that embroidered blood detail. Yeaaaaah.

It’s attached with a little piece of velcro.


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A few weeks ago I was given a friendship bracelet by the folks in Total Slacker. Like Proust’s madeline nibble, looking at it one day triggered hours and hours of camp memories spent knotting ridiculously intricate bracelets far beyond the simple stripes and chevrons adorning the wrist of every camper.

Friendship bracelets and lanyard fobs; most made these during Arts & Crafts to pass time; I took them as personal Mandelbrot sets revealing infinite variety and complexity within set parameters (yes, I was absolutely an indoor kid. I also spent the summer learning LOGO!)

I soon set about making a relatively complex friendship bracelet on the normal scale with ease. Still got it! However, the challenge wasn’t great enough. Knotting was fun, but where to take it next? Scale! I’d make it large. Big. Huuuuuge. Why? I’m still unsure. It seemed a lark at the time, not so much so when I had to lug 25 lbs. worth of material home and spend 2 nights hand-dyeing the various colors in my bathtub. Particularly after dyeing the red, with loops of what now looked like large intestine festooning the curtain rod and hands out-spotting Lady Macbeth’s, I questioned the logic of making a giant friendship bracelet. Still, I persevered, and for whatever reason, here it is. A Giant Friendship Bracelet. I guess it could be utilized as a throw rug or something, or a personal ‘thank you’ to the delightfully exploitative ‘feminism’ of ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’.

Getting started:

Looks like a knotty situation! I was at the end of my rope! Fit to be tied! Additional bad pun!

Ooh. Closeup.

Things were going well until I ran out of yellow. So, here it is, the mostly-finished Giant Friendship Bracelet. The ends will be braided up, as will the top. Ta-daaa!

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I whipped up two computer backgrounds and thought I’d share them. They’re not sized for any particular screen, but instead are meant to be tiled. They came out gother than expected, probably due to the black and white and crosses…huh. No skulls though! Feel free to right-click and download.



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