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21  Re: cake decorating - come share!! in Dessert by melidomi on: November 12, 2004 06:04:01 PM
Your cakes and cookies are cool - I especially love the butterfly.  Here's testament to my personal insanity:

A friend of mine got married in india, so we had a little party for the couple when they got back.  I, being crazy, decided to make a wedding cake.  I think it turned out pretty well.  Pay no attention to the messy (and broken) tray.
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22  Re: I Heart This Forum (and about my new book) in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by melidomi on: October 30, 2004 08:43:32 PM
I did the kitty, too!

It's on a felted, knit laptop case I made for my cousin.
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23  Felted laptop case with initial and sublime stitching! in Knitting: Completed Projects by melidomi on: October 30, 2004 08:38:05 PM

I basically used the Knit Wit pattern - I cast on the number of stitches for the larger case, and then knit plain (but with the intarsia C, and I knit it flat) stockinette, I did the flap in garter stitch.  I also made a pocket for the power supply.  Then I felted both pieces down.  I embroidered the kitty from Jenny Hart's Stitch-It Kit on the pocket, then sewed that pocket on.
It came out the right size for my cousin's iBook - which is not inside in this pic.  The felting makes it nice and cushy.

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24  Re: Movie Knits in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by melidomi on: October 30, 2004 08:33:24 PM
Sadly, the answer is, 'very slowly'.  I've done some swatching, that's about it.
I have 30 balls of Adriafil Charme, I'm using the second pattern from this page as a guide (for shaping, etc)
Here's the back of the sweater:

Here's my swatch (I don't like bobbles) for the back (this is the Charme yarn).  I've got two versions of the little squiggles, (with different length repeats).  

Here's a swatch of just the big cable (this is Patons Upcountry wool):


This whole project has kinda taken the back burner, though, because I'm frantically doing Christmas present knitting.
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25  2 color shaker rib tutorial -it's reversible! in Knitting: Completed Projects by melidomi on: October 24, 2004 10:19:44 AM
Ok, here's something I just 'unvented'.  i know it already existed somewhere, but I couldn't find instructions for it. 
here's how it looks:

Notice the two sides are both two colors of verticle stripes, but the two sides look slightly different.  It's shaker rib, but with nifty striping.

it can be done in the round or flat, either way requires a circular needle.

In the round:
Color A: Cast on even number of stitches.  Join round, knit one round.  Attach color B
Round 1: With Color B, *K1, K1 in row below. Repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2: With Color A, * P1 in row below, P1.  Repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 forever.

Flat is a little more complicated.  (and I haven't road tested it, so let me know if it doesn't work)
With color A, cast on even number of stitches on a circular needle. Do NOT join round.  Knit one row.  Attach color B
Row 1: With Color B, *K1, K1 in row below. Repeat from * to end of row.  Slide work back to other end of circ.  Pick up color A.  (A is at the opposite end of the row from B, which is why you did the slidey thing)
Row 2: With Color A,  * P1 in row below, P1.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Pick up color B. (A & B are on same end)
Row 3:  With Color B,  * P1 in row below, P1.  Repeat from * to end of row. Slide work back to other end of circ.  Pick up color A.  (A is at the opposite end of the row from B, which is why you did the slidey thing)
Row 4: With Color A, *K1, K1 in row below. Repeat from * to end of row.  Pick up color B. (A & B are on same end)
Repeat rows 1-4 forever.


Helpful hints:
once you've got the rib established (after a few rows/rounds) it gets really easy to keep track.  You always do the 'in the row below' stitch in a column whose color matches your working yarn.

When you're working into the stitch in the row below, you'll bemoving 2 loops of 2 different colors over your needle when you pull them off after working the stitch. 

If one of your colors is black, don't cast on with the black.  It's way too hard to see what you're doing on that first row of the other color. 

Knit into the row below:Purl into the row below:
Insert right needle into stitch below the next stitch on the left needle (which will be the color of your working yarn) and knit.  Notice that the column of stitches below this stitch are green, the color of the working yarnInsert right needle into stitch below the next stitch on the left needle (which will be the color of your working yarn) and purl.  Notice that the column of stitches below this stitch are black, the color of the working yarn.
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26  Re: Nautilus Hat Pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by melidomi on: September 30, 2004 03:29:43 PM
I made your woman's hat in a cool tweedy purple cascade 220 on #7's (total stitches =90)
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27  Re: Scarf Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by melidomi on: September 12, 2004 06:41:28 AM
Here's my scarf from slasm:

It's a cool red and black marled yarn (2 ply of red and 1 of black twisted together) and she knit it in a checkerboard pattern.  Very cool.  I love it!
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28  Re: thrice cursed lace scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by melidomi on: September 12, 2004 06:38:53 AM
Well, I did it again!  This time I cast on 66 sts for a more shawly version, I did it in a different mohair (because of the color) I basically used the equivalent of 2 balls of Kidsilk Haze - so like 400 yds.  Here it is posing on my swift (I love my swift!) 

It's about a foot to 18" wide, and more than 4 feet long - this yarn knitted up a bit thicker (and so made it shorter) than the Kidsilk Haze - so if you actually did it with 2 balls of that you'd have a bigger shawl.
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29  tip: iron on transfers to dark fabric in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by melidomi on: August 23, 2004 08:20:17 AM
Hello ladies and gentlemen,
Let's say you want to embroider a design on some dark colored fabric.  You have an iron on transfer of the design.  But it won't show up.  What to do?  You could try the wax free transfer sheets, or you could do what I did for this purse.
1)Iron on interfacing (it's white) to the back of your dark fabric. 
2) Iron your design onto the interfacing side. 

Now this makes the embroidery process a little bit slower, because your guidelines are on the back rather than the front of your fabric.  And it won't work for anything with words (they'll be mirror image) or anything else that has to point the right direction.  But it sure is easier than tracing and then having the tracy stuff fall off!
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30  Re: Cool Angel Material Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by melidomi on: July 22, 2004 07:28:31 AM
I was lucky enough to visit the Uffizzi museum in Florence where that painting and several other Botticelli's are.  They were just soooo beautiful and luminous.  But I think my favorite thing was noticing that he used the same models over and over.  Venus there also appears as the Virgin Mary, and maybe as one of the 3 graces.  I think he liked her Smiley

For your pictures, the stuff you use here isn't exactly html, but it's similar.  the tags are all in square brackets like this [] you put a tag before your thing, and a tag with a / before the word, inside the square brackets after your thing.  So for img the tags are [img ] and [/img ] (but without the spaces, I put them in so that they would show up)
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