November 2, 2008

yay, you voted! high five!! here’s a pdf for you!

update: this offer is over now, but see this post for info about the hat pattern!

are excited to vote?  i think most of you do stuff! blog readers probably already are, but, if not so much, i want to get you more excited!

pdf cover dandelion and hat

to everyone and anyone – if you comment here or email me (leethalkoala at yahoo dot com) with some kind of proof that you voted (link to a photo of yourself with “i voted!” sticker, for example) i will send you this pdf!  (see bottom of post for more details.)

the pdf includes: pattern for this knit flared hat!

flared hat

the dandelion stencil design up top, and this alpaca applique design:

yellow alpaca applique zebra print alpaca applique

and for non-crafters, this thank you card to print out on cardstock paper:

thank you card

and, contributed by pete, a page about mac and cheese with some fun “recipes”

mac and cheese

some extra info and linkage to go along with the pdf……

my flared hat example is made with 2 strands of malabrigo merino worsted held together.  the hat is very fitted, to the point of maybe being a bit too small, but i haven’t blocked it yet.  if you want a bigger, floppy hat, this pattern will work great for that style by using fatter yarn (or 3 or 4 strands of worsted).  the hat pattern uses size us 11 double pointed needles.

the appliqué page has minimal instructions, recommending steam-a-seam just because that’s what i used.  i didn’t elaborate further because full instructions are on the fusible web packaging. there is a fantastic detailed appliqué tutorial here, which includes machine sewing around the edges too (which would be pretty tricky with my alpaca, but i’d love to see pictures if anyone does it).  there are more how-to’s around the web, including videos (just do some quick googling).

for my appliqué examples, i did one at 100% print size, with the nose/mouth piece, the same way it prints out.  the zebra print one is flipped (mirror image) of the way it prints, at 50% size, with no nose/mouth piece.  yay alpacas!

the dandelion stencil was made by taking a photo of the print i did from the original hand-drawn stencil, and adjusting to get a black+white image.  so, the lines are a little textured (wavy), but it’s meant to trace/cut onto freezer paper, so that shouldn’t matter.  (you can find a fabulous f-p stencil tutorial over at neither hip nor funky!)  you can print the stencil out any size you want and use it for something besides freezer paper printing if you want – i’d love to see what you do with it!

the thank you card is a drawing i did by tracing this photo and parts of this photo.  it’s designed on the pdf to print out on cardstock, fit to 8.5’x11′ paper size, for a card that folds in half to measure about 6.25’x4.25′.  you can color it if you want to!

pete’s mac and cheese page is full of meal ideas and fun facts.  i didn’t want this pdf to appeal only to crafty voters!

i am happy to give this pdf to absolutely anyone who voted and wants it, regardless of who/what you choose to vote for, but i won’t hide the fact that i really hope you don’t vote for mccain.  just sayin’…

for oregon voters (and any others states that are weird like us and do mail-in only) – i can’t figure out any kind of proof you can give if you’ve already mailed it in.  if you haven’t already dropped it in the mailbox, you can send me a picture of the filled/sealed envelope or something like that, but if you’ve mailed it, i’ll have to take your word for it.  i am very trusting and won’t doubt anyone who claims to have voted without photographic proof, but seriously, that would be way lame of anyone to lie about it.  seriously.

and this is completely free of charge, i did it just out of inspiration (hey, speaking of inspiration, check out the event my brother ben put together down in so-cal!) but if you are overcome with the need to contribute a little something for the time i put into this, i’m throwing a donate button down there.

and hey, one more thing if you got this far – i wasn’t able to get this done and posted until super last-minute as you can see, so if you have a blog i would reeeeally appreciate it if you mentioned this!  feel free to use any of my images, copy/paste text, whatever, as long as you link to this post.  thanks!!

update: to everyone who linked over to this post and hasn’t seen the rest of the blog – there is a more info post after this one, with details about what you can do if you’re not in the US, or under 18, and more.

Filed under: general crafts,hats,printing,random stuff,recipes — leethal @ 7:54 pm
  • Beth

    I voted in Pittsburgh, PA. I found your link thru Cosymakes’ blog.

  • http://www.kitteekake.blogspot.com/ kittee

    hey lethal!
    i am giving you my word that i voted on tuesday. i don’t have photographic proof, but i can tell you all about it. i rounded 7th street and got my friend janine and her daughter penelope together to walk to our poll which is at a fire station down the street. the three of us sucked on blowpops (halloween leftovers) as we headed to the station. there was a big line for the 11th district, but no line for the fifth at all. we were able to walk right up to the table, sign in and vote. it was great, as a few of other neighbors showed up behind us as we got there.

    xo
    kittee

  • http://www.kitteekake.blogspot.com kittee

    hey lethal!
    i am giving you my word that i voted on tuesday. i don’t have photographic proof, but i can tell you all about it. i rounded 7th street and got my friend janine and her daughter penelope together to walk to our poll which is at a fire station down the street. the three of us sucked on blowpops (halloween leftovers) as we headed to the station. there was a big line for the 11th district, but no line for the fifth at all. we were able to walk right up to the table, sign in and vote. it was great, as a few of other neighbors showed up behind us as we got there.

    xo
    kittee

  • http://lindseyrose.wordpress.com/ lindseyrose

    I voted!! I don’t have any proof, but I do have a photo of what we used to keep track as states were called. And Senate races (Yay Jeff Merkley!! – #57!)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagelit/3003711507/

  • http://lindseyrose.wordpress.com lindseyrose

    I voted!! I don’t have any proof, but I do have a photo of what we used to keep track as states were called. And Senate races (Yay Jeff Merkley!! – #57!)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagelit/3003711507/

  • Ali

    Hey, I am 17. Born sixteen days too late to vote :( can I still get the hook up?
    Yay for Obama Day.

    Ali

  • Ali

    Hey, I am 17. Born sixteen days too late to vote :( can I still get the hook up?
    Yay for Obama Day.

    Ali

  • Rachel

    I voted, although I too don’t have proof. After waiting in line for over an hour, I rushed out w/o grabbing an I voted sticker. Here, however, is a picture of me from a random facebooker among the crowd of people rushing out of the MSU Obama rally last month. (I’m the one in the diamond pattern hand knit hat) After waiting for 3.5 hours, and then standing on my tippy-toes for 45min just to catch a glimpse of our president, I’d have to be a fool not to vote.

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2301285&ref=nf#/photo.php?pid=4349479&op=1&view=global&subj=2301285&id=805635219&ref=mf

  • Rachel

    I voted, although I too don’t have proof. After waiting in line for over an hour, I rushed out w/o grabbing an I voted sticker. Here, however, is a picture of me from a random facebooker among the crowd of people rushing out of the MSU Obama rally last month. (I’m the one in the diamond pattern hand knit hat) After waiting for 3.5 hours, and then standing on my tippy-toes for 45min just to catch a glimpse of our president, I’d have to be a fool not to vote.

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2301285&ref=nf#/photo.php?pid=4349479&op=1&view=global&subj=2301285&id=805635219&ref=mf

  • Kari

    I voted — how could I not? I don’t have proof though :-( I live in Delaware and did not have to wait in line. After work — I was not able to take off — I went to the Kennett Square Obama office to assist in calling voters and assist with anything that I could.

  • Kari

    I voted — how could I not? I don’t have proof though :-( I live in Delaware and did not have to wait in line. After work — I was not able to take off — I went to the Kennett Square Obama office to assist in calling voters and assist with anything that I could.

  • jessica

    i voted.. mail in in Oregon

    can have hat plz?

  • jessica

    i voted.. mail in in Oregon

    can have hat plz?

  • Debi

    I voted. Yeaaaaaa.

  • Debi

    I voted. Yeaaaaaa.

  • http://www.yarntherapy.typepad.com/ laurel

    I voted – and I took a picture!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurelann/3004869972/

    Hope that counts as proof – we don’t get those awesome “I voted” stickers here in NYC.

  • http://www.yarntherapy.typepad.com laurel

    I voted – and I took a picture!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurelann/3004869972/

    Hope that counts as proof – we don’t get those awesome “I voted” stickers here in NYC.

  • Ali

    Well, since I am 17 and cannot vote, I can prove that I deeply cared about the results. I watched every debate in my dorm, frequently jammed for Obama and told others who weren’t registered to do so.

    Ali

  • Ali

    Well, since I am 17 and cannot vote, I can prove that I deeply cared about the results. I watched every debate in my dorm, frequently jammed for Obama and told others who weren’t registered to do so.

    Ali

  • Jen

    I voted 2 weeks early, but alas have no picture. What can I do?

  • Jen

    I voted 2 weeks early, but alas have no picture. What can I do?

  • sarah
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  • Maria

    I voted (seems like forever ago!) I promise. Your hat looks cool, I can’t wait to get a crack at it.
    PS I won :)

  • Maria

    I voted (seems like forever ago!) I promise. Your hat looks cool, I can’t wait to get a crack at it.
    PS I won :)

  • emilie

    i voted! a long time ago! it was the first time i was old enough!

    and i don’t think i have proof, booo. what can i do?

  • emilie

    i voted! a long time ago! it was the first time i was old enough!

    and i don’t think i have proof, booo. what can i do?

  • Megan

    I voted a long time ago! Unfortunately, I was not given a sticker, but I was there! I voted at “The School for the Physical City” on 25th near Madison. Interesting, no?

  • Megan

    I voted a long time ago! Unfortunately, I was not given a sticker, but I was there! I voted at “The School for the Physical City” on 25th near Madison. Interesting, no?

  • http://polliwogscakewalk.blogspot.com/ Sally McEntire

    I voted! Poof over at Polliwog's Cakewalk. Thanks for making it fun Lee!

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