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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What in the world is going on here? on: December 16, 2008 09:10:08 PM
Hi Craftster Knit Squad! I'm trying to teach myself to knit, but right off the bat I'm coming into some problems.

What is happening here?  Huh

I was doing a knit swatch just for practice, and found that the space between the needles kept getting bigger....and bigger...and bigger...

I don't know if it's the cast on being too loose or the knit being too tight or what, but I suspect this just ain't right.

Also, what do you do with the loose end of your cast on when you're ready to start knitting? Do you weave it in or knot it and then cut it off or what? I'm using the long tail cast on from www.knittinghelp.com.

Thanks in advance!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Blossom Zippered Tote on: January 06, 2008 12:37:19 PM
So for my speech class, our final exam is a 5-10 minute speech on 'How to make/do _______.' Now, not wanting to be yet another explanation of how to make PB&J or chocolate chip cookies, I decided to make this here tote, with the accompanying powerpoint to show all the steps.

There's the bag. I'm not terribly happy with the kanji embroidered in the bottom left...quite frankly, it looks like crap, IMO. I'm considering ripping it out and trying again with a satin stitch instead of the backstitching, or just painting it on with some acrylic. Still haven't decided yet. But still, I had to have it done for tomorrow, so there you have it.

The original tute can be found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=76577.0

I just added the 'applique and crappy embroidery' step in between the 'sew on handles' and 'baste lining to outside' steps.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Royal blue infinity dress! on: September 16, 2007 11:19:25 AM
thanks to Rostitchery's very helpful blog (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/06/one_seam_conver.html), I was able to make my very own infinity dress!

Strapless action

Better shows the color...it's a lovely royal blue, and I'm considering getting some silver ballet flats to wear with it. Any ideas, craftster fashionistas?

Back view of the above shot.

It was indeed one of the easiest dresses to make, technical difficulties aside (my machine wasn't catching the bobbin thread through the five layers, and I had to switch needles before it decided to cooperate). My one warning: if you are a larger girl on top, be sure to cut the straps about two inches wider than you measure. I can't really do all the cool halter styles because my straps are not wide enough to provide the girls with proper coverage. Also invest in a good strapless bra, it will help a LOT when wearing.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purple/blue t-shirt recon dress, first-ever project on: September 03, 2007 07:51:18 AM
Hey guys....so after perusing the craftster boards, I discovered a pattern for a dress made of those huge t-shirts you buy at Michaels for $3.99 (You can find it here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177288.0).  My mother, being the crafty sort, just so happened to have roughly a million of these lying around. I'm a bit bustier than most girls, so with a few alterations to the plan...here we have it!

Front top

Seams are a bit rough and the hems uneven, but it's not bad for my first time ever with a sewing machine (I usually do my work by hand).
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