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This year's Winter Bash got us great hat challenges, but it also gave us a very nice tool for knitting on the main Winter Bash site.

Is there a challenge related to this knitting tool?

Here is my knitting and it would be amazing if you could share yours too.

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    Thanks for creating this question. It gave me more incentive for fun. :-) – S Jade Dec 12 '18 at 6:22
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    Looks like they intended this to become the annual rep fest. – Shadow Wizard Dec 12 '18 at 7:24
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    @ShadowWizard Well, it could be a great way to unlock some hats that require putting a bit of effort into writing (or, well, knitting in this case) an answer. Opportunities don't always present themselves throughout the network, so .... I kinda like this question :) – Tim Post Dec 12 '18 at 14:39
  • @TimPost that is true. Guess no chance for actual swag for top answers? :) – Shadow Wizard Dec 12 '18 at 14:42
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    @ShadowWizard There ... might be something in the works. I can not confirm nor deny any things for any things. But there might be things, or other things. But the thing is, the things are the way they are because of other things, so we'll just have to thing positively and see. – Tim Post Dec 12 '18 at 14:48
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    Clear as mud, Mr Post. Clear as Mud ;p – Journeyman Geek Dec 12 '18 at 14:52
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    What's with the shape of the knitting canvas? – j08691 Dec 12 '18 at 15:10
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    @j08691 good question! ;-) – Shadow Wizard Dec 13 '18 at 10:01
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    damn, people are good with a mouse... I was happy with my motorcycle helmet but now it just feels inadequate imgur.com/a/6qZmBUi – treyBake Dec 14 '18 at 16:03
  • Thank you for this. My exemplary knitting ability has earned me a privilege. – pushkin Dec 14 '18 at 18:08
  • Lol, through this, I designed a StackOverflow Character lololololol the ideas people get – Eleeza Dec 14 '18 at 21:17
  • @Rob You're welcome. Continue to post such answers as a part of other contests too. Please try to stay active on meta after WB also. – Nog Shine Dec 18 '18 at 5:16
  • @NogShine - I've put up a couple more animated knitting answers, what we really need for next time is some more colors and vertical resolution. The ability to upload .gifs to the knitting machine would sure save a lot of effort, my last entry is 70 frames. I lurk in The Tavern and am quite active in CHQ. – Rob Dec 18 '18 at 6:56
  • This is a fun question! – Eran Dec 18 '18 at 8:46
  • @rob someone actually did an userscript for adding more colors to the ui, but I think that still has the issue that the underlying logic doesn't really take those color in consideration. I expect that importing a picture with more colors than the original ones wouldn't produce the expected result. – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 9:27

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Knitting the logos! Can you guess them all??? :D

Stack Exchange site logos in the Sweater Builder with the text I heart the Stack Exchange Network

Older versions are saved in the image links list (edit to see them).

  • Since you forgot Movies & TV, I knitted it for ya. ;-P – A J Dec 12 '18 at 15:02
  • @AJ Just had to think about how to implement it. :D – Catija Dec 12 '18 at 15:51
  • Wow! You knitted 37 sites! I see a little more space there. :D – A J Dec 12 '18 at 15:54
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    rpg.se has some questions.... – goodguy5 Dec 12 '18 at 18:25
  • @goodguy5: Glad I wasn't the only one to immediately look for it... :) – V2Blast Dec 13 '18 at 3:13
  • @goodguy5 If you can get the RPG logo in a 9x9 square, I'll be happy to add it. :D It was beyond my sad abilities of digital knitting. – Catija Dec 13 '18 at 6:10
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    @Catija Welp, I spent about 30 minutes of work's time trying to figure it out. I think you're right. can't be done. I even tried zooming in to cut off the "border". I tried just the "twenty" side. – goodguy5 Dec 13 '18 at 14:17
  • @goodguy5: My condolences. ;) – gnostradamus Dec 13 '18 at 18:43
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    Just...whoa. How do people make these?? – Eleeza Dec 13 '18 at 21:33
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    @Eleeza time, patience, and freehand skills developed in MS Paint – D. Ben Knoble Dec 14 '18 at 1:21
  • ... in my case, I think it mostly comes from a childhood doing cross stitch and crochet. I'm not actually a knitter. – Catija Dec 14 '18 at 1:34
  • @D.BenKnoble I use Paint too because my drawing tablet is broken – Eleeza Dec 14 '18 at 7:54
  • Great effort with all the sites! – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:00
  • That's impressive!. – Eran Dec 18 '18 at 10:05
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    @MonicaCellio Found room for SF and SA and some text. – Catija Dec 21 '18 at 5:34
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What better to draw in the winter bash header then a scene from a winter bash header!

my drawing the 2015 winter bash header art

Here is the header from 2015 for reference: the real 2015 winter bash header

  • I like the realism. :-) – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:01
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    Very nice, but you skipped the trees :) – Eran Dec 18 '18 at 8:17
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    If they hadn't ~you would not be able to see the wood for the trees~ oh dear, the trees were removed to build the houses, not a particular good thing so I'd suggest supporting Sustainable-Living SE ...! – SlySven Dec 23 '18 at 2:12
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Winter Bash Invaders

Winter Bash Invaders

OK, you guys wanted one with hats...

Winter Bash Invaders Redux

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    Now do one where the invaders are hats! – Dennis Williamson Dec 13 '18 at 23:12
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    On no!! Protect the hats at all cost!! – Olivia Dec 14 '18 at 12:03
  • Maybe the shooter could be a hat. – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:01
  • I loved that game – Eran Dec 18 '18 at 10:06
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    @DennisWilliamson - Done. – Brian Rogers Dec 19 '18 at 6:36
  • Beautiful! <tears /> – Dennis Williamson Dec 19 '18 at 7:13
  • Don't shoot at Brunhilde! Do you want a charging horde of warriors on your doorstep? – Monica Cellio Dec 20 '18 at 1:50
  • How often does the mystery roast turkey fly across the top of the screen? – SlySven Dec 23 '18 at 2:14
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No-one has knitted an ugly christmas sweater yet?

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Someone mentioned unicorns. Full credit for the idea of using unicorns instead of deer goes to Catija

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    That is proper ugly – Journeyman Geek Dec 14 '18 at 9:45
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    I think it's lovely, I would wear that design. Is there something wrong with me??? – Mari-Lou A Dec 14 '18 at 12:31
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    This is so good! – Haney Dec 14 '18 at 20:47
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    This looks great. Also reminds me of a similar sweater I had during my childhood. – Nog Shine Dec 18 '18 at 5:20
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    Ridiculously ugly sweater! – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:06
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    That's very pretty! – Eran Dec 18 '18 at 8:21
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    For some reason, these patterns remind me of some Animal Crossing shirts. – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 8:25
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    @Eran (and others leaving comments saying this is good/ great)... it's supposed to be ugly... Care to explain where I went wrong? ;) – Tinkeringbell Dec 18 '18 at 22:01
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    Unicorns, excellent! – Monica Cellio Dec 19 '18 at 1:52
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A knitted beach scene with the title "Summer Bash 2018"

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    Could be awesome if Konami caused this to appear instead of the current logo, but guess it's too late to add now. :) – Shadow Wizard Dec 12 '18 at 15:53
  • -1 For not including Olaf – Machavity Dec 14 '18 at 13:45
  • @ShadowWizard can be an idea for next year at least. Also, missing chickens. – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 9:17
  • @SPArchaeologist I guess chicken was a one time thing. But on the other hand, balpha told us to stop guessing so there's still hope! ;) – Shadow Wizard Dec 18 '18 at 9:22
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Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na

Bat symbol

BATMAN!

  • As usual... your submissions to contests are always superb. This is kinda a contest... ish... – X-27 Dec 12 '18 at 6:53
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    Don't you mean Hatman? – Mureinik Dec 12 '18 at 6:54
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    How about Knitman? – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:02
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Help I can't get mine to run!

Winter Bash Knitting

EDIT: I just couldn't unpick the Wool Reference Exception I was getting, so on schohe001's excellent suggestion, here is winterba.sh too :)

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    Missed the opportunity to write "Winter" in the language Bash :P Still love the idea though! – scohe001 Dec 12 '18 at 20:28
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    Ha! That would have been much better, I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader ;) – Parrybird Dec 12 '18 at 22:00
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    We could call it Code Bash! – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:05
  • Looks like Winter is not coming but is already here! – SlySven Dec 23 '18 at 2:17
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I know it's not perfect. A perfect rendition would have more white space on either side of the content :P

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    A realistic knitting. :-) – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:05
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+100

Bugs Bunny - Hillbilly Hare

Hillbilly Hare

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    Knitting is a “manual” thing, you people are taking this to the next level – eLRuLL Dec 14 '18 at 1:03
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    +1 for being animated – Pikachu the Purple Wizard Dec 14 '18 at 3:41
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    Thanks. I did this on my phone without webhacks or custom scripts. It's 24 FPS and only 1MB. I suspect that we might see something better in the near future. – Rob Dec 14 '18 at 3:51
  • Aww, beat me to an animation. I'll have to post mine later. – gnostradamus Dec 14 '18 at 14:20
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    +1 for sheer effort. – hat Dec 18 '18 at 8:10
  • @hat - Thanks, my newest answer is 70 frames - they look better if you stand back a bit - meta.stackexchange.com/a/320375/282094 – Rob Dec 18 '18 at 8:14
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    Very impressive – Eran Dec 18 '18 at 10:07
  • I've posted tutorial, see the link in a comment to the question. – Rob Dec 25 '18 at 4:10
  • This answer received honorable mention on the Stack Overflow Blog: "Adios to Winter Bash 2018 , by Juan M (Jan 4 2019)" in the section: "fabulous sweater designs". Thank you Juan and voters for your support. – Rob Jan 5 at 14:27
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    DV because scary. – WELZ Dec 13 '18 at 4:11
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    @WELZ Liar! No you didn't! (Though it is scary.) – wizzwizz4 Dec 13 '18 at 16:46
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    My nightmare before Christmas – RhinoWalrus Dec 13 '18 at 17:24
  • To that I say..... :) – Eleeza Dec 14 '18 at 8:01
  • Help me unsee this! – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:07
  • My PC is the problem... – hat Dec 18 '18 at 8:09
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    Is this from the Windows 10 Christmas Update? – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 8:51
  • That's kinda sad – Eran Dec 18 '18 at 10:07
  • @SPA Don't get me started on Windows 10. I'm a Linux user, but have to work on Win 10. I just want to throw some rocks through the windows. – hat Dec 18 '18 at 18:10
  • I want to react with the :joy: emoji.... XD – James Dunn Dec 21 '18 at 20:14
  • @JamesDunn here you go: 😂 – David Dec 23 '18 at 2:32
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Christmas python

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    hello, ''.join(reversed("nohtyp")) :) – Meta Bug Wizard Dec 14 '18 at 11:05
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    That's a wonderful knitting! – Ver Nick Dec 17 '18 at 8:20
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    A perfect Python :-) – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:08
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    print("Merry christmas to all, and to all a good night!") – Pikachu the Purple Wizard Dec 23 '18 at 0:09
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Do you remember Quack Overflow? He's back!

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Some of us MATLAB dorks decided to try and figure out how to automatically format a picture to upload to the knitting tool. After balpha gave us a hint, we realized that much of what we were doing was pointless. It turns out that you can upload any picture as long as it is a given size: 442 pixels high by 1190 pixels wide. The knitting tool will do all of the resampling and color quantizing for you.

Regardless, I threw together what I had been working on and put it up on GitHub for anyone interested. knitwit can pretty closely recreate the results of the knitting tool, with a couple extra options. Given an image like this:

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It will automatically resize, pad, and recolor the image, adding the knit pattern:

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But you can also turn on a background filling option to get rid of all that white:

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Works on me too:

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And here's balpha:

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Hmmm... I wonder what someone could do with a utility that can quickly and easily generate a whole bunch of knitted images...

Never gonna give you up Stack Overflow!

You've been knit-rolled!

If only sweaters could be animated.

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    psst... hey, come closer... let me tell you a secret ... all that the editor checks is the dimensions of the uploaded image 🤫 – balpha Dec 12 '18 at 21:55
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    @balpha: Veeeery interesting... – gnostradamus Dec 12 '18 at 22:23
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    @balpha: Buh! All that effort for nothing!!! :) – Cris Luengo Dec 12 '18 at 22:25
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    How do people even GET these ideas? Wow, everyone here is so knowledgeable and talented... – Eleeza Dec 13 '18 at 20:31
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    @balpha Bah, I wish one could upload an image to a real needle... – EKons Dec 14 '18 at 17:04
  • balpha with b in lower case :P – Nog Shine Dec 18 '18 at 5:50
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    IIIIIIIII just want to tell you how I'm knitting... – Brian Rogers Dec 19 '18 at 18:42
  • I'm really more partial to Taylor Swift over Rick Astley. I thought you were working on a Santa animation. – Rob Dec 20 '18 at 12:42
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Santa is having a bad day :/

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  • Has he started already, or is he renewing his license? – hat Dec 18 '18 at 8:08
  • @hat I'd guess that he was testing and calibrating the new upgrades to his slegh. based on the results though, he might just have to go back to last year's model. – X-27 Dec 18 '18 at 16:40
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    That makes sense; poor Santa's new rocket-assisted scheme did not work as expected. Some reindeer herders told me that the reindeer were threatening to strike. The world population is getting too big, and they are always asking for a hay raise. – hat Dec 18 '18 at 18:05
  • Santa needs AAA. – S Jade Dec 30 '18 at 4:05
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My masterpiece is titled "Unicorn at Night."

Unicorn at Night

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    ...The night begins to shine... – SPArchaeologist Dec 12 '18 at 9:13
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Wallpaper - blue (1920x1080)

Wallpaper - black (1920x1080)

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    at-least somebody heard I need rainbows – Ankit Sharma Dec 12 '18 at 8:46
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    Well we already had unicorns so it was only a matter of time... – Machavity Dec 14 '18 at 13:47
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    Gotta love it! :-) – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:10
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First, a proclamation was made:

From our internal chat:

chat transcript saying that using our knitting tool is a perfectly good excuse for not accomplishing anything

Because compiling is now knitting until the end of the year (reference XKCD). Disclaimer: I stink at knitting in any form, pixelated or otherwise.

Horribly drawn take on XKCD 'compiling' cartoon where 'knitting' is the reason the employees are recreating

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    Knighting ... – rene Dec 13 '18 at 12:29
  • No, you definitely do not stink at knitting. – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:10
  • We don't give poor Tim Post enough time to knit! Thankfully he now has a valid excuse. – hat Dec 18 '18 at 8:04
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From RPG.Stackexchange, with love.

D&D_logo

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    And in case you're interested, over on RPG meta people are making their avatars: rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/q/8617/23970 – nitsua60 Dec 12 '18 at 17:22
  • Looks great! :) – V2Blast Dec 13 '18 at 3:15
  • Woe that I have but one upvote to give for this knitting. – James Dec 17 '18 at 22:41
  • Now you only have to knit the rest of the manual too.... – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 9:19
  • @SPArchaeologist Close enough? – goodguy5 Dec 18 '18 at 14:58
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knit selfie

(or knitted selfie?)

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Updated, not sure if the finished version works as well, but what the heck...

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with the logos of my favourite sites.

RETRO FAN

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à la mode van Gogh?

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  • Great knit selfie! – S Jade Dec 18 '18 at 7:11
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FACE SHOG'S WRATH

  • You should have used brown for the shadow man's nose. Looks good :-) – K.Dᴀᴠɪs Dec 14 '18 at 6:59
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    @Cthulhu Shadows aren't brown... ;-) – EKons Dec 14 '18 at 12:32
  • @EKons depends on the light – Olivia Dec 16 '18 at 9:58
  • @PrincessLuna The type of light for shadowmen is, well, plain white. There are no secondary light sources or anything like that. – EKons Dec 16 '18 at 11:04
  • @EKons Theoretically speaking, shadows could be brown. Doesn't necessarily apply here, but it could be applied somewhere – Olivia Dec 16 '18 at 11:05
  • @Cthulhu Are you sure you want to describe Shog like that? He might see your every comment, you know... – EKons Dec 17 '18 at 12:36
  • Is it just me who has trouble seeing the face? – hat Dec 18 '18 at 8:06
  • @hat nope, you aren't the only one. – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 9:02
  • @SPA I'm glad I'm not the odd one out – hat Dec 18 '18 at 9:14
  • @hat maybe if we saw the original picture Ekons copied... – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 9:23
  • @SPArchaeologist Actually, I just pixelated Shog's avatar on SO and tried to knit it afterwards. – EKons Dec 18 '18 at 12:02
  • Kinda get it now. I guess I am more used at the floating head one. – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 12:10
  • That image is scary enough at small-gravatar size; I'm not sure we can handle it at hat size! – Monica Cellio Dec 20 '18 at 1:53
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Tinkeringbell avatar, originally posted in the chat. Tinker requested I also post that one here, so...

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One Does Not Simply ... Knit A Meme

Ms. Pac-Man

Mario, Samus Aran, and Simon Belmont

Monoceros, the Unicorn, is an actual (faint) constellation visible this time of year.

Monoceros, the Unicorn

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Kind of tried to picture a Targaryen Christmas. The big red thing is supposed to be a three-headed dragon.

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    “I am Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons”. BEND THE KNEE! She tried to say the same to me (Tyrion). I avoided that through my talk. – Nog Shine Dec 18 '18 at 5:41
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    Should try to knit Y Ddraig Goch when I get some time. – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 9:04
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Last year I proposed the Top(bar) Hat:

And they implemented it!

In honor of the occasion, I present my knitted hat. I'm better with painting than I am with low-res knitting needles, alas.

knitted hat

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    You proposed that hat. But the employee who designed the hat put the icons in wrong order. Review icon should be right to achievement. Probably a bug? ;-D – Nog Shine Dec 12 '18 at 7:20
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    @NogShine Might be some sort of symbolism? Ask, help, earn. This is Stack Exchange. – EKons Dec 12 '18 at 15:26
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Well this could have turned out much worse than it did.

I found it!

knitted chicken

For reference

  • Maybe the chicken event is triggered by a specific knitting pattern? :o – Olivia Dec 14 '18 at 12:57
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    @PrincessLuna right now, I think our best hope is to manually add the chicken to the original logo picture. – SPArchaeologist Dec 18 '18 at 9:21
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Raise the Union Jack! *God Save the Queen plays*

Union Jack

Never have I wished for a ruler tool more in my life.

(This took far too long, curse my darned British patriotism)

These two were done by my younger sisters :)

Fireworks

Flag of the USA

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    Bonus points if you can get the saltire to rake correctly :) – ArtOfCode Dec 12 '18 at 3:34
  • @Davidtoo Not too familiar with flag terminology, what does that mean? – Davіd Dec 12 '18 at 3:35
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    The saltire is the diagonal cross part. On the official flag, it rakes out to the corners of the flag, rather than at 45 degrees. – ArtOfCode Dec 12 '18 at 3:46
  • @Davidtoo Ah, so it does. Blast. Maybe another day :) – Davіd Dec 12 '18 at 3:49
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Remember (a better version of) this?

Something like Unikong

Tribute to Sir Jon Skeet and Unikong - April 2016

This is available for playing again on Github

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