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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Looking for southwestern-inspired Jersey Knits on: April 01, 2014 10:34:54 PM


HI! I am a newbie sewist so I don't know the best places to look yet, so pardon if this is a stupid question.
I am looking for southwestern-inspired/pendelton-patterned jersey knits.
I have made a few pairs of pants and maxi-skirts for my infant daughter from old clothes of mine and I have been asked to make more for friends, but I don't have any more old skirts and stuff so I figure I will just have to go the "legit" route and get fabric. lol
thanks for any help you can give me. Like I said I am a noob
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone else have a hard time choosing a pattern? on: January 30, 2013 08:33:30 PM
particularly sock patterns.....I have a hard time committing to the next project.
Right now I am on the search for a sock pattern, especially toe up.
Any leads?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Swappy Apartment Decor on: December 31, 2012 01:00:15 PM
Mr. Mouse and I moved from a teesny, terrible apt into a much nice condo-style apartment. It took me about 2 months to get everything up on the walls, but on Christmas Eve I went into a frenzy and put a lot of it up. For how little I thought about everything I am pretty happy with how it looks, and even more happy with being able to display my swap-swag, family items and crafty stuff from over the years in a way that suits our new living arrangements.
I finally feel like I am in a home!

.:Our hall table:.
handmade paper-cut picture that says "home is whereve I'm with you" from one of my dear bridesmaids
wooden head
grandma's gardening hat, wedding photo, and folding ruler from her sewing room
Italian glass drink dispenser from our wedding (strange place for it, but I just really like it!)
kraken rum bottle
letterpressed name monogram
sequined purse
embroidered tablecloth from grandma


.:Our Living Room:.
Grandfather's WWII footlocker and german trunk
Handmade quilt from aunt-in-law (and other hand-me-down quilt)
letterpressed dragonforce poster


Itaglio Zombie Apocalypse print. Made by a friend in college.


Our colorful bookcase covered in swappy arumiguri


Our wedding topper (made by a friend)
Our gold ampersand
My felt rancor
swapped needle rolls and other knitting tools


Photos
My BooksofAdam.com custom drawing
felt stuffies and swappy Arumiguri
My "famous" Katamari Painting

.:Our Bedroom:.


Grandma's gold mirror
Blue mason jar
Terrarium (yet to be planted)
Vintage teal fan
Girl of the Limberlost
Doily Bunting from Shop the Swap


"Lady of perpetual Knitting" painting
Hand-me-down mirrors, frames and birds
wedding pictures, friend pictures, wool bow from grandmother's war-wedding suit (used as my something old and something blue)
Silkscreen "vintage ladies" hanging made by a friend


.:Bathroom:.
Wicker vanity with many swapped necklaces (need more hooks!)


.:Second Bedroom Geek-Nook:.
Felt Starwars Badges (in the back)
Mighty Boosh Howard Painting
Predator mask
R2D2 valentine
Jawa Art
My Neighbor Totoro Puzzle from Ghibli Museum
Firely Etching


My tiny hoopla wall!


my knitting 3D art

Thanks to everyone I have ever swapped with! You have made our little groundfloor apartment feel downright homey, full of love and care and all sorts of crafty good juju!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Hexi-Puffs Mini Skeins *GALLERY* on: March 15, 2012 06:01:50 PM

ORIGINAL THREAD


Sent
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Late WITHOUT communication - Please PM us!
PARTNERS:

Team Corriedale!
imafundork:mini_mum, franknhurter, sarahj2001

mini_mum:imafundork,  frankhurter, sarahj2001

franknhurter:imafundork, mini_mum, sarahj2011

sarahj2001: imafundork, mini_mum, frankhurter


Team Dorset!
loudxmouse: jessiesmudge, pugwash, freeli

Jessiesmudge: loudxmouse, pugwash, freeli

pugwash: loudxmouse, jessismudge, freeli

freeli: loudxmouse, jessiesmudge, pugwash

Team Gotland!

loves2experiment:cursive_queen, freeli, franknhurter

cursive_queen : loves2experiment, freeli, franknhurter

freeli: loves2experiment, cursive_queen, franknhurter

franknhurter : loves2experiment, cursive_queen, freeli


Team Rambouillet!
loudxmouse: loves2experiment, sarahj2001

loves2experiment: loudxmouse, sarahj2001

sarahj2001: loudxmouse, loves2experiment


5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stenciled Skyrim Panties on: February 13, 2012 03:56:22 PM
I am not much of a Valentine's person AT ALL and neither is my husband, but I thought it would be funny to make some "lingerie" featuring his favorite game. I decided on the quest marker icon that shows you where you need to go next.




for how small and silly the project is I am pretty happy with how crisp the stencil came out!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hexi-Puff / Beekeeper's Quilt Swap? on: February 05, 2012 09:46:58 PM


I have never organized anything like this, I imagine it would be an ongoing swap. There is a similar swap going on on ravelry, but I am more comfortable here on craftster. Basically we could swap for 15yd skeins of sock weight yarn OR premade hexi-puffs depending on wants and needs.

interest?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plush Boot Hoots on: May 03, 2011 10:44:24 PM
I have quite a few pairs of boots (read: far too many) and they flop over listlessly in my cupboard. But I have a solution!
Stuffed, weighted and owl-faced boot stays (with peppermint/lavender scented flax seed for weight)

I sewed them from sleeves of an old buttondown using my serger and handstitching. Enjoy!





8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The pointdexter scarf on: March 23, 2011 04:02:53 PM
Just whipped this up. Let me know if it is clear or confusing or if you try to make it!
POINTDEXTER: A pencil-shaped scarf knit on 5 DPNs.

ingredients:
-small amounts of worsted weight pink, silver/grey, tan/brown and black yarn and 250+ yds of main pencil colorin my case yellow.
-waste yarn for cast on
-size 8DPNS or whatever size you want....really. gauge doesn't matter as long as your finished product isn't too stiff or holey.
-darning needle


BEGIN:
CO 40 sts using a provisional cast on and waste yarn(i like a crocheted cast-on myself)

ERASER:
with size 8 DPNS knit in pink yarn,in the round, in st st for 5.

FERULE:
switch to grey/silver yarn.
knit 7 rows, purl 3 rows, knit 7 rows, purl 3 rows.

SHAFT:
NOTE:at this point I switched to 10.5 DPNS to account for the yarn change and also for the introduction of some ribbing. This might not be wholly necessary, but the particular yellow yarn I was using knit up better on the larger needles anyway. Use your judgment on needle size based on your own yarn. Obviously if you are using all one brand/fiber/weight you could probably stick to one size, but my yarns were kind of a grab bag.

switch to MC. k7, p1. Repeat for INFINITY.
I highly suggest hiring someone as your pencil un-twister as this thing gets longer and more unruly.
Knit for desired length in pattern. I wanted my scarf to wrap around my neck once fully, so it's about 5-6'

POINT:
If you want to make you pencil look like it has been sharpened you can do a simple scallop shape using your tan color and the chart included. The chart is knitted between each p row and repeated all the way around the scarf.

(bullets are P stitches, white is yellow, black is tan)

If you hate charted knitting you can basically skip this, it just looks kind of cool.

knit one round plain in tan color.

make sure there are an even number of stitches on each needle when you begin.

dec: knit last stitch from needle 4 and 1st stitch of needle 1 together. knit to last stitch on needle 2, ssk. knit to end of row.
knit three rows plain.
repeat decrease.

repeat until there are 24 st.

switch to black/charcoal color.
continue decreasing and knitting plain rows until there are 10 st left. Kitchener stitch together remaining stitches.
graft the provisional stitches as well.
wash, block and wear!



9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / felt french press cozy on: January 27, 2011 04:32:31 PM
I made this for iron craft and I am pretty pleased with the final result. Turns out a sheet of craft felt, folded long-ways is the same height as the glass in my new french press! I asked for a smaller one (i was brewing in an 8-cup and having to chug coffee to enjoy warm coffee....dire results) but I found, even with the smaller carafe I wasn't having time to ruminate over my brew, thus the cozy was born.
The stitch pattern was really just to try and kick-start my ill-used machine, but i really liked the look and I feel like the quilt-ness keeps it warmer....though i may be wrong.

ingredients:
1 sheet felt
3 buttons
3 hair elastics

tada!



10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knit alien face-hugger **with pattern and too many pictures** on: September 26, 2009 11:41:27 AM


rav link
So I was asked by another craftster to knit an alien face-hugger for her BF. Always up to a challenge I whipped up this baby. The pattern was jotted down while I knit, so if you try to make this and have an issue, do not hesitate to email me or ravelry-message me. I will do the best to decode my pattern!

ingredients:
YARN:I used two different, worsted weight acrylic yarns. The red was red heart and the tan was caron simply soft. You can use any worsted weight yarn you have lying about. This pattern doesn't use much yarn.
NEEDLE: like most stuffed animal patterns gauge doesn't really matter, as long as the fabric you create isn't full of holes. I used a size 6 needle and it make a nice, soft fabric without being too loose or holey.
OTHER STUFF: a tiny amount of fiberfill, yarn needle, basic knowledge of short rows,picking up stitches, knitting in the round, and i-cord. there is not much in the way of seaming, except the legs. wahoo!
I would still say this is a pretty piquant little pattern, especially if you have never knit stuffed animals before.

START!
form carapace:
-CO 4648 onto size 6 dpns (12 on each needle) in tan, place stitch marker to indicated beginning of row
-knit 4 rows 4x4 rib

short rows:
-knit 9, p 6, k8, w&t
-purl 8, k 6, purl 7, w&t
-knit 7, p 6, knit6, w&t
keep on in this fashion, knitting knits, purling purls and wrapping and turning stitches right before the last wrapped stitch until 3 unwrapped stitches flank the 6st reverse garter section
-k3tog, p6, knit till end of row.

start decreasing top carapace:
-knit 3, k2tog, knit to reverse garter section, purl that section, knit to end of row
-knit 6, p3tog, p3tog, knit to end of row
-k2,k2tog,k1, k2tog, ssp, p2tog, *k2, k2tog* rep ** to end of row
-k4, p2, k to end of row
-k1, k2tog, k1, p2tog,k2tog, *k1,k2tog* rep ** to end of row
-k3,p1, k to end of row
-*k2tog* repeat ** to end of row
-graft last 8 st tog using kitchener stitch

bottom carapace:
PU 40 st around bottom edge of carapace in burnt red leaving a 2st border overlapping on the front of the carapace and picking up right along the edge at the back (the back is the area where the short rows are)
-ktbl around
-k3, k2tog around
-p around
-p2, p2tog around
-k around
-k1, k2tog around
-p around
-p2tog around
-k2tog around
lightly stuff before drawing yarn through remaining stitches.

do a bit of sewing:
a few well-placed stitches will aid in the shaping of the carapace. run yarn needle threaded with tan yarn through the center of the back, reverse garter section leaving a longtail as pictured.


tie tail end to needle and and cinch the up to cause a dent to form between the two lobes of the back of the carapace. sew ends into the body of the face hugger and up through the top, as pictured.

using a loose running stitch sew from the top of the shell through to the bottom of the body following the natural curve of the stitches . use a moderate tension so as to not create bug puffs on the back of the body, but rather to just shape the lobes slightly





legs(make Cool:
-CO 3st leaving a long tail to sew legs to body
-i-cord for 2.5"
-kfb 3times (6 stitches)
-i-cord one row
-k2tog 3 times (3 stitches)
-i-cord for 2.5"
-kfb 3times (6 stitches)
-i-cord one row
-k2tog 3 times (3 stitches)
-i-cord for 3 rows
-draw yarn through stitches
sew onto body as shown in the picture


tail:
-CO 12 st onto 2 dpns (6 on each needle)
*-k5 rds
-p1 rnd*
rep **3 times
-k 3 rnds
dec rds:
-knit to last stitch of next row, slip, slip the 1st st of the next rnd, and knit tog
-knit to end of needle, slip, slip the next stitch on the other needle, and knit together. (10 st)
-p a row
keep on in this manner (k5 rows, purl 1 row for 3 repeats, decrease rows) until there are only 2 st on each needle
-k 5 more rows. draw yarn though remaining stitches and turn entire tail inside out
sew tail on as pictured


YAY!




NOTE: make sure to keep him away from your other stuffed animals as he may lay wooly eggs in their bellies.


OH NO!

erratta in red added october 8th, 2009. sorry guys!
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