When my hubby went for his second trip to Iraq earlier this year, Sublime Stitching helped me make a little momento of him:
It's on the sleeve of a shirt, like a little old school tattoo of love. Here I have the shirt on. Got any idea how hard it is to take a picture of the side of your upper arm? Only slightly easier than embroidering on a stretchy little shirt sleeve.
His name I did freehand (and ended up horrifyingly close to how my terrible handwriting actually looks). I sent him the picture after I finished it. Thanks, Jenny, for helping me craft a little tribute to the hubby I love so much while he was so far away.
Despite the fact that I am in the middle (well, more toward the beginning) of the Kyoto sweater, I decided on a whim today to start a 20 in long, 12 in high filet crochet piece of a dragon (size 10 thread) for a gift. The initial chain was supposed to be 271 long. I counted out loud. Guess I should not have had the TV on as well, because I noticed, three rows into this monstrosity, that I had chained an EXTRA, oh, HUNDRED. Who chains an EXTRA HUNDRED?? Okay, maybe it was EIGHTY. Whatever it was, it was an additional seven or eight inches long. How brain dead. I'm utterly disgusted that I wasted something like three hours on this. I am hereby petitioning for an early end to this week.
I just started on the Kyoto sweater, after a few painful swatchings. I found that with the needle size called for, 5, my swatch was way too small. On a 7, it more or less came up to the swatch spec. I've done several rows on the 7, and it looks too diaphonous (I've probably misspelled that). I freely admit that the only other time a project has come up too small, I gave up. I really want to do this one, though, and I don't think it looks quite right. My question is this--should I continue on the 7 and hope for the best, even if the sweater turns out a bit, uh, breezy, or should I try it on a 5 and make the large size? I'm holding off on frogging until I get some opinions from my honored fellows here. I don't relish the idea of another 180 cast on, as I don't seem to be able to count that high in any consistent fashion, but...whatever it takes. Thanks for the help.
I just finished a seed stitch beret, as found in the Sept issue of "Woman's Day" magazine. I was terribly proud at how I hadn't screwed up the pattern, but of course when I started the decreases, I apparently read the beginning and the end of the instructional sentence. Turns out the middle of the sentence had some key info in it. Anyway, I tried to recover, then messed up a bit more in various other locations...the picture in the magazine shows a lovely, smooth beret. Mine was all bulgey, like a muffin top. Yeah, attractive. Sorry I don't have a picture--I ran it upstairs to try to correct my multitude of sins with blocking before it occured to me that others may want to laugh at it. No amount of blocking will hide the wonky stitches on the top, but it may save the shape, and so I promise I'll try to figure out that picture thing once it dries.
Does anyone have any patterns based on "Star Wars"? I found a few fairisle ones (stormtrooper helmet, R2-D2, ATST, ATAT--I'm sure a few of you have found the same ones), but nothing along the lines of an Imperial insignia. I'm not cool enough to design it myself at the moment. The Imperial insignia is really what I'm after, although I'd like to see more, if anyone had come up with any.