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1  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / american apparel knockoff skirt (image plesantly plump) on: April 06, 2008 07:29:34 PM
So I wear a v-neck t-shirt (usually the cheapie men's Hanes) almost every day. I love wearing high-waisted skirts with them, so I was quite excited when I saw this skirt on the American Apparel website: http://store.americanapparel.net/rsa7300.html#i. Alas, $34 is an awful lot of money for five pieces of fabric sewed together (whether by well-paid US workers or otherwise), so I set out to make my own out of $1/yard Walmart fabric, keeping in mind that my sole sewing skills are those picked up in 7th grade fabrics.

Results (sorry about the picture quality, my wavy Ikea mirror is pretty much useless, and the timer on my camera doesn't work):




I'll probably end up wearing this with those black heels and this black shrug:


I'm going to find some solid knit fabric soon, and next time I'll actually cut in straight lines and do proper seam allowances--I'm a lot more willing to spend $2 on fabric and an hour of my time than $34!!!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / jiffy muffin box to pencil caddy/box/thing! on: January 07, 2008 02:42:15 PM
It looks like an ordinary muffin box...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10215747@N03/2176474388/

But hidden inside...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10215747@N03/2175682581/
All my writing utensils for school! (and some Playdoh, because senior year can be a little boring)

I didn't do an especially neat job with the taping (I used tons of clear packing tape and a strip of purple duct tape on the inside), and the size of the box isn't perfect (a little too small, so most pens only fit in diagonally), but I still think it's kind of cute!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / someone's been making too many hats... on: December 25, 2007 05:40:19 PM
Since Thanksgiving or so I've knit and crocheted about a dozen hats. I have no explanation. Here are a few:

Salt and Pepper beret
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10215747@N03/2125204143/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10215747@N03/2098869003/in/photostream/
My best friend I were salt and pepper shakers for halloween. I crocheted us both hats for the occasion.

Green/pink shiny beret
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10215747@N03/2096861232/
The aforementioned best friend picked out the yarn for Christmas and I whipped this up in an hour or so.

Blue/grey beret
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10215747@N03/2101634641/
Turned out kind of homely, but it's a good grocery run sort of hat.

Orange puff beret
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10215747@N03/2121181121/
from a free pattern online--can't remember the exact name. I kept this for myself and knit up a pair of matching mittens with the extra yarn.

Blue cap
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10215747@N03/2096295950/in/set-72157603232356709/
another free pattern--Claire something. This turned out super cute, though a little small on me. It was for a friend anyway.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Which sock pattern? on: June 20, 2007 03:54:48 PM
I'm leaving for DC tomorrow to look at schools and bringing some new Knitpicks sock yarn and wooden DPNs along (because hopefully I'll be able to bring wooden needles on the plane). This is my very first sock, though I've cast on probably ten of them before, and I'm pretty sure I've got the process down fine (I'm printing out Silver's Sock Class anyway, just in case).

Which pattern is your favorite--
Knitty's Hedera or Monkey?
Which one would be a bit more suitable for a first time sock knitter?

I've also been looking at Magknit's Tropicana, but people on craftster seem to have good results with the knitty patterns.

Thanks!

edit--what about jaywalkers? are those any easier?
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