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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Craftster downtime? on: April 01, 2009 11:34:32 PM
About half an hour ago I couldn't reach the craftster page and got an error message instead(something about the server having an internal error, sorry forgot to copy the text).
I have gotten these a couple of times lately, always around the same time. Is this normal?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Skull potholders - why double? on: August 13, 2007 05:01:48 AM
Ok, I know this might be a stupid question and I should just go with my gut feeling...
Anyway, I'm making the skull potholder from the "Happy Hooker" and have just finished one square. It's pretty thick as it is and I've made a potholder before where I only made a simple square. Is there any reason for doubling it here and using two squares for one potholder that is just escaping me at the moment?
Or am I just beeing cheap, because potholder yarn is not the cheapest over here... Cool
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Are you an "Angsthase"? on: May 03, 2007 11:00:03 AM
I really like the subversive cross stitch designs, so inspired by them I came up with some myself. This is the first one I completed, there are more, but I'm such a slow stitcher it might take awhile to complete them all.
Angsthase is german and means coward, but the literal translation would be fear-bunny  Cheesy
I used an alphabet from a book I have and combined it with two bunnies from a magazine(considering I'm still a beginner stitcher I have way too many books and mags already Cool).
I thought about framing it, but decided against it(would have been the first time) and am now offering it in Shop the swap, so join us if you want it  Wink

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cotton candy with flair on: February 27, 2007 04:31:09 AM
I love vintage clothes and vintage inspired things. Though I do have a number of vintage patterns I have never knit any of them due to lack of time etc. So this challenge was just the right excuse to dig through them...
...but I ended up not using any of them for my entry  Roll Eyes
Instead I used a modern pattern from knitandtonic, but let's start at the beginning.
I found these buttons recently and just had to buy them:

They are 32mm big and screamed coat/jacket to me. I searched through my stash and found some soft mohair yarn in matching pink; "Soft hair" from Gedifra in #4957.
I had seen some floaty coat/jacket on the cover of a vintage knitting magazine on ebay, but unfortunately too many people bid on that one. I was about to make up my own pattern when I came across Flair. Exactly what I had in mind! There was no need to reinvent the wheel, so I used that pattern to knit my coat.
Here it is hanger blocking sans buttons:

Trying it on for the first time and looking into the mirror I though that something was still missing(apart from the buttons). So I knit a fun fur collar to go with it(GGH "Apart" in black and pink)!



P.S.: I hope the pics show up as the craftster picture hosting is down at the moment.
P.P.S.: Self-timer pics suck, had to take over 20 to get these  Sad
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Bermuda bag handle? on: January 27, 2007 10:09:43 AM
I hope someone can help me with this one!
Sometime ago, I brought a whole lot of really cool handles from tallpoppycraft. Since I wouldn't be ordering any time soon again, a lot of stuff found it's way into my shopping cart, among them this handle. It's for a Bermuda bag and I found the idea really cool, but how do you attach fabric to it  Huh
Probably should have thought about that before ordering, I guess I need some tools to attach anything, right?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The HSLS(aka HelloSunshineLaceSweater) +pattern! on: May 23, 2006 11:04:36 AM
Some time ago I got some Hipknits silk yarn from a SP, but such beautifull yarn deserves some thinking about the project! Finally a bit over a month ago I had an idea: an easy sweater with a lace pattern!
Only I was afraid to design my own sweater with the silk yarn as you shouldn't frog it too much.
Therefore I did a test sweater in cotton:

 

Now, that it did work out. It was time for the real deal:

And a close up of the lace(the colors are more like in this pic)


The pattern can be found on my blog here or better here it is:

Cotton version
 
Size: XS-S with finished chest circumference of approx. 80cm
This pattern can be easily adapted for larger sizes!
Just cast on more stitches and work the yoke untill if fits you.
You might have to work in bust darts.

Gauge: 16sts X 28rows=10cm X 10cm

Materials:
3 hanks of Line 14 "Clip" from Online(166m/100g),
circular needles size 4mm in 60cm, 80cm length and DPNS for sleeves,
tapestry needle,
stitch marker

Lace pattern(for chart see below):
multiple of 8sts
1.Row: YO, K2, sl1, K2tog, psso, K2, YO, K1
2. Row and all even: K
3.Row: K1, YO, K1, sl1, K2tog, psso, K1, YO, K2
5.Row: K2, YO, sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, K3

Directions:
Yoke:
CO 112 sts = 70 cm neck circumference
Work 3 rows in 2x2-ribbing
Place markers after 17sts/39sts/17sts/39sts
Continue in stockinette(knit) while increasing every second row like this:
Kf&b before and after every marker
Continue untill its long enough(you can try it on by placing the stitches on waste yarn) and place sleeve stitches on waste yarn.

Body:
Join body stitches on circular needles and knit in stockinette untill just under bust.
Next row(eyelet row): *YO, K2tog*
Next row: K
Begin knitting in lace pattern, you might have to increase/decrease before starting(remember the pattern is a 8 stitch repeat, so you need a multiple of 8 stitches on the needle!).
Knit in pattern till desired length, then knit next three rows in garter beginning with a knit row.
BO all stitches.

left sleeve:
Transfer sleeve stitches from waste yarn unto needles.
Start knitting sleeves in stockinette untill desired length is reached.
Knit three rows in 2x2-ribbing
BO all stitches

right sleeve:
repeat as for left sleeve.

Silk version:
 
Size: XS-S with finished chest circumference of approx. 80cm
This pattern can be easily adapted for larger sizes!
Just cast on more stitches and work the yoke untill if fits you.
You might have to work in bust darts.

Gauge: 14sts X 25sts=10cmX10cm
Materials: 250-300g silk from Hipknits.com in two coordinate colors(I used one more solid color and one variegated),
needles size 4.5mm in 60cm, 80cm length and DPNS for sleeves,
tapestry needle,
stitch markers

Lace pattern(for chart see below):
multiple of 8sts
1.Row: YO, K2, sl1, K2tog, psso, K2, YO, K1
2. Row and all even: K
3.Row: K1, YO, K1, sl1, K2tog, psso, K1, YO, K2
5.Row: K2, YO, sl1, K2tog, psso, YO, K3

Directions:
Yoke:
CO 88 sts = 60 cm with solid color
Work 3 rows in 2x2-ribbing
Place markers after 14sts/30sts/14sts/30sts
Change color every three rounds.
Continue in stockinette(knit) while increasing every second row like this:
Kf&b before and after every marker
Continue untill its long enough(you can try it on by placing the stitches on waste yarn) and place sleeve stitches on waste yarn.

Body:
Join body stitches on circular needles and knit in stockinette untill just under bust.
Next row(eyelet row): *YO, K2tog*
next row: K
Begin knitting in lace pattern, you might have to increase/decrease before starting(remember
the pattern is a 8 stitch repeat, so you need a multiple of 8 stitches on the needle!).
Knit in pattern till desired length, then knit next three rows in garter beginning with a knit row.
BO all stitches.

left sleeve:
Transfer sleeve stitches from waste yarn unto needles.
Start knitting sleeves in stockinette untill desired length is reached.
Knit three rows in 2x2-ribbing
BO all stitches

right sleeve:
repeat as for left sleeve.


 
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Have no wrapping paper? Use ribbon!!! on: August 20, 2005 01:46:52 PM
I knew I had to take part in this challenge from the beginning. I wanted to try out using different kind of things to crochet and knit for sometime, but only had a miserable attempt at knitting with fabric.

Now, what to use  Huh
What about...
...rubber-insulated cable? Unfortunately eventhough I used the thinnest cable in my dads assortment, it refused to be crocheted! I gave up after two chains as it just was impossible to bend easily.

...spaghetti? Well, probably would work, but my mum taught me not to play with food  Tongue

...twine? I actually found some nice multi-colored twine, but it was too expensive and I was only able to buy one "ball".(not enough)


Well, what else could I use?

RIBBON!!!
Yes, why not? I searched the apartment and found three "balls" of ribbon.
Because you normally would use it to wrap around a gift, I thought I'll make a gift box out of it.
It's a basic shape, started with a rectangle for the bottom and the sides done in rounds. On the top is another rectangle attached to work as a lid.
It was indeed easier to work with than the rubber-insulated cable(sorry, but I somehow I find the word funny  Grin), but it still took me looooong to finish it. I had to make a break every other row, cause my wrist started to seriously hurt.




I also found a good use for it. It holds my mum's birthday gift, a knitted shawl.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Reggae bag on: July 21, 2005 11:32:42 PM
Last year I sewed my mum a big messenger bag for birthday in red, yellow and green(see here).
The bag she had gotten from a friend to take with her to concerts, has tragically died. I don't know how, but there's a big hole in it  Shocked
Now with my new ability, crocheting, I felt obliged to crochet her a lil' bag.
Of course this one is also in red, yellow, green  Grin



P.S.: I really have to get another idea for her birthday next year, bags are becoming a bit lame  Roll Eyes
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / unanswered posts? on: July 19, 2005 05:12:30 AM
I recently read a discussion(sorry, can't seem to find it right now), where people were dissapointed that nobody responded to their posts on craftster. I then relized that there's no feature here which shows you the unanswered posts  Shocked
I think that feature is quite handy most of the times.
I know you could look at the different bords and sort them by replies, but you then have to go through every board to find all unanswered posts.

Thanks  Smiley
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / tropical flower explosion Edit:pics work now! on: June 28, 2005 07:30:38 AM
When I first read about this challenge I just had to participate!
In absence of good thrift stores nearby I had to rely on my favorit sunday activity: fleamarkets!
My first find is this Kimono thing that's labeled as small! Fortunately it's all but small:



"How much is this thing?"
"hmm... 4?"
"What about 2,50?"
"OK"
That was the fastest and easiest buy I ever made. The woman didn't even think very long before she said ok.
I guess that was an omen  Wink

So I took the Kimono apart, every seam of it! There was no zickzack-stitch used only straights! So it was easy to take apart.
Then I started to look at it, stare at it, asking it what it wants to become and it wispered: "...skirt...tropical ...cocktail..."
This reminded me of a skirt I had seen a few weeks ago, unfortunately out of my budget, but hey, that's why I learned to sew!
I used the back and one of the front parts to turn it into this (my first try at frills):



Yes, the back was big enough to make 4 panels out of it! I sewed them together, added an "invisible"(well, almost Roll Eyes) zipper and the frill.



But I wasn't able to find a matching top part! Two sundays in a row I went to fleamarkets, but nothing whispered to me!
Then on the verge of giving up on this challenge I found this last sunday:


Also for 2,50!(almost same dialog as before!). I unseamed the upperpart, made the lower part much more narrow and took away the crocheted border thing.
Than I cut the upper part out of the other front side of the dismantled kimono, attched it et voila:






Here's a photo of them together. I'm wearing the collar border part of the Kimono as a scarf and out of one of the sleeves I made a bag(perfect for towel and swimwear!):





Thanks to my mum, who convinced me that I don't look fat at all in this ensemble(or do I???!!!)



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