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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about yarn weight on: July 10, 2007 10:32:40 AM
I've read all the FAQs and searched and can't find anything about this topic.  If I missed it, I apologize. 

Does anyone know if there are some guidelines about yarn weight and substitutions.  Like, for instance, if I have a fingering weight yarn and I double it, does that roughly equal worsted weight?  Or if I double WW, is that the same as bulky? 

If I had the yarn in my stash I could easily knit up a swatch to see if it would work, but if I'm shopping and a pattern calls for bulky, but there is no bulky that I like it would be good to know if I could double something.  I hope this makes sense. Maybe I just need more experience working with yarn? 
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Swim Diaper on: June 14, 2007 11:55:41 AM
I'm thinking about making a swim diaper for my son.  I've made AOI style cloth diapers before, and I don't think a swim diaper could be that difficult.  I don't have a pattern, but I'm pretty sure I could modify the diaper pattern to be a pull-on style rather than a tab style and just do a layer of flannel or terry cloth on the inside and a layer of PLU on the ouside.

Does that sound right?  Has anyone ever made a swim diaper before? I guess it has to be pretty tight around the legs and waist to keep any possible poo on the inside, but there is no reason to put a soaker in because it would just absorb the pool water before the urine.
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bird's Nest Hat on: February 23, 2007 07:05:37 PM
When I read the rules for this challenge it took me a while to figure out what I was going to do.  And then I kind of worked backwards.  I decided that I wanted to do a hat that was inspired by those adorable 1950's cocktail hats.  I'd seen some at a vintage store and couldn't stop thinking about them.  Then it took me a while to figure out what animal could provide the necessary sculptural elements for this creation.....and it hit me, and bird's nest. 

The first thing I did was to find an artificial bird, because that set the scale.  Then I crocheted a nest from "yarn" made of raffia, feathers, and some scraps of wool.  Next I procured a stick from my yard, adorned it with flower beads and glass beads, then wrapped it with yarn so the beads would stand out.  I then crocheted the hat portion from some lavendar wool, which I hoped would mimick a sky.  I used some of the same brown yarn I wrapped the branch in to cross-stitch branches on the hat.  Finally I added the veil which is just some irredescent ribbon that I cinched in and sewed on.  And as the final touch, three eggs in the nest.  While there are many non-crocheted elements in this hat, most of the structure is crocheted, so I'm hoping I meet the requirements.  Here are some pictures (it was very difficult to take a picture of my head while wearing a hat that must be at least 6 inches tall.)



Detail of two-layer veil:


Detail of bird and nest:


Action shots:






Let me know what you think!
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Skull-Flap Hat on: February 19, 2007 06:35:49 AM
I made this over the weekend for my favorite bartender who I'm absolutely in love with.  He tried to steal my Jayne Hat, and I wouldn't let him, but I told him I'd make him his very own hat.  He said he wanted ear flaps and skulls.  I used Cascade 220 for the hat.  It's two strands held together, the entire hat is done in SC.  Then I used some Lion Wool, four strands held together, and cross-stitched the skull on.  I wanted a kind of big skull, so I put it on the side over the ear flap so it could be longer.  This results in the right ear being REALLY warm when you wear the hat.  Then at the end I did a SC border of orange around the hat, and I don't know if you can see it in the pics, but I left the strings hanging at the bottom of the ear flaps, rather than do a braid or anything.   I'd love to know what you all think!


25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Heart tank tops on: February 13, 2007 07:25:08 AM
I'm not exactly sure what this technique is called, maybe reverse stencilling? I put stickers down on the tank tops, then painted over them.  The brown one is hard to see in the picture, but it shows up better IRL.  The large heart is just free handed. These are for my daughter, who is three and a half and is completely obssessed with tanks tops at the moment.  They were on sale a Target for less than $2 each.  Let me know what you think.

Group Shot


Love


Hearts


Big Heart


26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Huge Granny Square Blanket (Looks better than it sounds) on: January 23, 2007 07:33:17 AM
I started making this granny square out of scraps, and before I knew it I'd spent around $100 for yarn, so it was a stash buster and then some.  It's all wool, mostly Cascade 220, Paton's Wool, some Lion Brand Wool, and a bit of Noro Kuryeon.  It's not finished, and won't be until I run out of yarn, but I thought I'd show the progress so far, and maybe that'll motivate me to keep going.....
The whole square (the yellow isn't really that bright)

And a close up where you can see the Noro pretty well


I'd love to hear what you all think!
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Calorimetry on: January 23, 2007 07:27:50 AM
Yay, I figured it out for crochet, and it was SUPER easy.  I used Paton's Soy Wool Stripes in Natural Earth.  Please excuse the pics, it's really hard to take a picture of your own head.



28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / New Scarf -- Warning contains drunk bar pics on: November 08, 2006 06:41:14 AM
I just finished a scarf that I'm keeping for myself.  As in mine, all mine.  The last three or four I've made have been presents.  I'd been wanted to use pink and brown for a long time, but hadn't been able to find the right shades so that it wouldn't look garish.  I finally decided to mix two different brands to get the combo I wanted.  The brown is Patons and the pink is Cascade 220.  It's a really simple design, the most time comsuming part was weaving in all the ends. 

I took some pics at home last night, but when I tried to load them my camera battery died, so what I got is some pics from a bar Monday night.  I'm wearing the scarf, but you can't see too much detail.  I just really wanted to post this today, and soon I'll put the close up shots in here. 

29  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Jolly Roger modified for Danzig skull on: November 01, 2006 09:35:27 AM
I taught my friend Robert how to crochet about a month ago.  He made a scarf, then a hat, then modified the Jolly Roger pattern for a Danzig skull.  He's a quick learner.  It was his Halloween costume. I've got to say that I was blown away by the results.  After making the sleeves he decided to leave it as a vest because he thought the sleeves were too bulky.  I absolutely LOVE how it came out.  By the by, he used Red Heart Super Saver.  Here's a pic of him singing "Mother" at Halloween karaoke. 

30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Pirate and a Fish on: November 01, 2006 09:22:12 AM
I love Halloween.  I went as a pirate.  I made a peasantish top and an a-line skirt, then wore a corset over top.  The shirt has 4" cuffs that lace up with leather cording.  I also put eyelets in the front placard of the blouse, but toook out the lacing because I decided that I wanted the collar to hang open. I wore mid-calf boots.  Accessories included a leather arm cuff, silver bracelet, and big earrings.


My daughter was Ariel and my mom bought her a costume without asking me, which stunk since I'd already bought the fabric to make it.  I tried to pursuade my daughter to wear the one I'd make, but sometimes there is no use arguing with a three year old.  But she did insist that her brother go as Flounder, Ariel's most trusted friend.  I made his costume.  The main part is a romper that I made from a large adult size yellow t-shirt.  The t-shirt was cheaper than buying fabric.  I made the stripes, hood, dorsal fin, and pectoral fins out of fleece.  There were also some blue fleece booties, but I couldn't get him to keep them on. 


Here's a pic of all three of us, you can see the stripes and the fins on his costume better in this pic.


My husband went as Morpheus from the Sandman books.  His costume was a t-shirt, jeans, and trench.  All I did was help him dye his hair and apply eyeshadow.

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