Wow, I adore the patterns on the top triangle pieces. Did you put the grommets in yourself? Which tool did you use? I always have problems putting in grommets cos they come out ugly on one side. I've tried the tool that looks like a hole punch as well as the caveman-looking set requiring a hammer. Yours came out looking great! --susan.
Thanks! The yarn I used was Schoeller Stahl Cecil. The tag on the ball said "5-6" so I used size 6 needles. I didn't find out until the whole thing was knitted up that those were milimeter measurements, meaning size 8-10 needles! So the fabric of the sweater is very dense and heavy, which is pretty interesting. It weighs a ton.
For the ribbing, I did 3x3 ribbing on the sides of both the front and the back pieces. I did an extra pair on each side on the back, so that the stockinette panel in the back was narrower. I think I ended up doing about 4 pairs of ribs on each side of the front, and 5 on the back. I just tried to do the math, and see what looked good.
I used the smallest size of the pattern, and I ended up doing the sleeves exactly to the pattern. Except that I knit them in the round up to the skull motif intarsia (which I tried in the round 3 times, but, um, it's impossible), knit the intarsia flat, and then went back to round. I hate sewing up more than anything.
Let me know if there's any other details you're interested in! I'd love to see pics of other people's Skully customizations. --susan.
The last one shows how I made the sides of the body in a wide rib, so the overall effect is fitted. I sewed the skirt from a pattern I made, and appliqued the flowers. Whew, and now the images are up! --susan.
The recipes are challenging and beautiful and everyone will marvel at the outcome. One of them took me 3 hours, which I enjoyed spending in the kitchen making the 5 separate parts of the main dish. Whew!
curry roasted potatoes! Cut potatoes into chunks, toss in a bowl with a mixture of 1 part curry powder 1 part garam masala powder 1 part salt 2 parts olive oil (yes, that's pretty approximate. I usually start with 1 part = 1 tablespoon, and add on if the potatoes aren't adequately covered). Spread in single layer on baking sheets. Turn after about 10 minutes at 375 degrees F, and roast/bake for another 10 minutes. That'll vary widely depending upon the size of your chunks, so keep an eye on it.
For the xmas lights, what I meant was to use the blue bottle/tube part as a cover, so the light shines out blue. You could make a hole in the bottle lid, push the xmas light bulb through, then put the bottle lid on the bottle. It's a variation on, say, the flower lights already posted on this site. --susan.