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1  CANADA / British Columbia / New knitting group in Vancouver! on: May 10, 2006 10:50:05 AM
Hey everybody, I started a new knitting group a few weeks back, and of course we're always looking for people who want to meet up, you don't even have to knit, any fabric arts is more than welcomed!  We meet twice a month, you can find more info here:

http://www.devileye.net/vanknits
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm a knitting columnist! on: March 17, 2006 10:06:24 AM
It's true, yay!  And it even pays!

I wanted to post here and ask if anybody had any topic ideas they'd love to see discussed, no idea is a bad idea!  I want to be sure I'm writing on areas that people want to read about in the knitting and crochet world.  The actual area is over here:
http://knittingcrochet.suite101.com

There even discussions and stuff you can have over there (via a simplistic kind of message board), polls and all sorts of fun stuff.  It gets updated twice a week (on article on Tuesdays and a blog entry on Fridays) so I need lots of areas of discussion. 

This isn't just for knitting either, crochet too!  I didn't want to double post though, so I'm just posting it here Smiley.

Thanks everybody!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace for the Lucky Clover SNBN top! on: February 24, 2006 10:25:00 AM
Hey all, I've never knit lace before although I've been knitting for a few years now.  I know how to ssk, k2tog, etc. so I should be able to follow the pattern easily, right?

I decided for my first lace project I wanted to do the lucky clover wrap.  I know there's a few of you who have knit it before on these forums, so I'm hoping for some help because I cannot for the life of me figure out what I'm doing wrong.

So I'm starting myself a little swatch, and I'm horrified to see despite the fact I'm following the pattern correctly (as far as I'm aware?) the clovers are NOT coming out right.

So here's how it's supposed to look:
http://flickr.com/photos/xobscura/103856873/

Here's how mine works:
http://flickr.com/photos/xobscura/103856872/

This is the lacing pattern:
Rows 1 & 7: K

Row 2 and all WS rows: P

Row 3: K2, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, *k5, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo* rep from * to * to end

Row 5: K3, yo, ssk, *k6, yo, ssk* rep from * to * to end

Row 9: K1, *k5, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo*, rep from * to * to end

Row 11: K7, *yo, ssk, k6*, rep from * to * to end

Row 12: P

..... Help?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lavender socks! on: February 23, 2006 10:00:12 AM
Lavender socks made just for a friend of mine because it was her request specifically, for lavender socks.  Of course since I could make them, I had to Wink.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Art Book: Project: Camera Release on: November 01, 2005 10:57:50 AM
Hey guys, I just wanted to show these off a bit because I'm VERY proud of them.

This was the second time I've ever made a zine/art book (I'm not sure which it qualifies as more Wink), and it was in support of a mail art/photography project I've been running for a few years now called Project: Camera Release.

A little about the book: handbound, coptic stitch, heavy cardstock cover, handmade stamps to decorate the front, full-colour, 32 pages, 5.5x8.5 inches, has all photos from the project, as well as additional submissions and biographies of all involved.  Copies are given to each participant.

But now, on with the photos of the book!

Cover:


Inside:




6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Toy/Box Cameras on: November 01, 2005 09:04:35 AM
Anybody else here into toy camera and box camera photography?

I love the use of cheap cameras (although none will ever surpass my love for my good old pentax K-1000).  They're far underrated in my opinion.  Sometimes simplicity is best.

Some of my favourites that I've taken:

Taken with a holga:


Another with my holga:


My windsor (a diana clone):


Another with a windsor (diana clone):


And the box cameras:

Brownie hawkeye flash (lens flipped around inside to get the effect):


Kodak Duaflex II


Brownie Cresta:
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A few photographs - in the darkroom on: October 10, 2005 09:46:46 AM
I love photography, but unfortunately I don't have a darkroom at my disposal anymore.  Here's some of my work when I had the darkroom.  I am a fan of dodging and burning.  I'm hoping to get one set up in my bathroom when I move (into a place with ventilation in the bathroom!).


Sky burned in for effect, hand tinted with sepia toner.


The print was burned in while the rest of the area was left underexposed.


Same effect as the dog print photo above.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed Tie change purse on: February 21, 2005 12:44:41 PM
I made a tie change purse!  Made from an old paisley print tie.  I saw these at a local shop and knew that I could just make one myself, damnit.  I wasn't going to spend $5!

Here it is:


Here it is open:


I think I'll try to get some snaps instead of a regular button, although I prefer the look of a regular button.  I have four or five more old ties to make purses out of, but no snaps, so I may just keep doing it this way.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Canvas Journal on: February 10, 2005 11:48:31 AM
Hey all, it's my first post here even though I've been a member (and lurker) for a while Wink.

I started trying to make journals a little whilte ago, and finally stumbled upon a method that has worked for me.  I used natural canvas, ungessoed so you could see the original colour, matte board, embroidery thread, thread, and regular old computer printer paper.  I also used a coptic stitch and traditional binding (I believe that's what it's called?  I just sewed the pages directly to the spine because I couldn't get any glue at all to hold to my liking).



And this is the detail on the spine:



I sewed the canvas right onto the matte board using an awl to punch holes first.  I gave a few of them for Christmas presents and everybody loved them!

Just felt like showing it off Cheesy.
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