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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Taylor: A pair of 18th century inspired mitts on: November 12, 2007 11:51:51 AM
I made these for a friend of mine, Taylor, who is an American Revolutionary War reenactor.  She wanted some mitts to keep her warm at fall reenactments.  I tried to make these reasonably accurate, but I had to cut some corners (the most obvious being that I used sport weight yarn, when most 1700s yarn was much finer).  I posted a pattern here: http://longrunknitter.blogspot.com/2007/09/taylors-mitts-finished.html.   

Taylor wearing the mitts, also showing off the lovely wool cloak she made for herself:


Taylor wearing the mitts while carrying firewood:


Close-up on my hand:
http://
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I finished my Nantucket Jacket! on: June 03, 2007 01:06:32 PM
That's right! I finished the Nantucket Jacket. I really enjoyed knitting this sweater. The cable/twisted stitch pattern is fun, and the gusset shaping is unique. I was dubious about making a wool sweater with elbow-length sleeves, but after wearing it around for a bit, I've decided I like that feature. Overall, it was an enjoyable project that produced an end result I am happy with. However, I am still unsure about the yarn, Berroco Pure Merino. It's very soft, but it stretches a lot. I will have to be very careful when I wash this sweater.

Pattern: Nantucket Jacket from the Winter 2006 Interweave Knits by Nora Gaughan
Needles: US 9 Denise Interchangeables
Yarn: 13 balls of Berroco Pure Merino
Notions: 6 5/8" buttons
Size: 34" chest

Modifications to the pattern: After knitting the waist decreases as written, I knit for 2 extra inches before I did the bust increases. For the sleeves, I knit the sleeves for the next size up, because some people had complained about the sleeves being too tight (however, I don't think this mod was necessary, since the yarn I used is so stretchy). When I crocheted the scallops on the sleeves, I did it with the RS facing and worked in rounds, instead of starting with the WS facing and turning after the first row. For the crochet on the button bands, I did the sc row in one hook size, then I went up two hook sizes for the scallop row. I also did the scallops as *sc, skip 1 st, dc/ch 1/dc/ch1/dc all in next st, skip 1 st* instead of *sc, skip 2 sts, dc/ch 1/dc/ch1/dc all in next st, skip 2 sts*. I found that this made the scallops stand out a bit better. Finally, I worked six buttonholes instead of five.



3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Jane Austen Swap Round 3 Gallery on: April 08, 2007 06:52:35 AM
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157297.0

Sent
Received
In good communication but will be late
Contact me ASAP!


Irish_Belle-->Saor feedback left
Saor-->Torrance feedback left
Torrance-->Irish_Belle feedback left
Canarysanctuary-->Gatorwrangler feedback left
Gatorwrangler-->janeausten feedback left
janeausten-->Canarysanctuary feedback left
pjmclnj-->uradelight feedback left
uradelight-->pjmclnj feedback left
ScotSkipper402-->miyoko79 feedback left
miyoko79-->ScotSkipper402 feedback left
taerowyn-->ambraqi feedback left
ambraqi-->taerowyn feedback left
cjsachiko-->Dragonflyducky feedback left
Dragonflyducky-->cjsachiko feedback left
knit_core-->quincy134 feedback left
quincy134-->knit_core feedback left

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Jane Austen Swap Round 3! Sign-ups CLOSED, send 25 April on: March 10, 2007 07:28:36 AM
Swap name: Jane Austen Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: quincy134
Sign-up date range: March 10 2007-March 25 2007
Date to send items by: April 25 2007

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? not applicable

All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
Calling all Jane Austen fans!  I'm sure there are tons of craftsters dying to express their love for all things Austen.  Just imagine the preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'possiblities...Regency') inspired jewelry, knick-knacks with images of our favorite Darcy on them, t-shirts proclaiming our Austen fandom....  For inspiration, check out these sites:
http://www.pemberley.com/
http://www.prideandprejudicemovie.net/splash.html
http://www.austen.com/
http://www.songsmyth.com/costumerscompanion.html
http://www.regencylady.net/repository/
http://emmaknightley.tripod.com/
http://www.geocities.com/senseandsensibility13/
http://www.candicehern.com/collections/index.htm
These books are also good:
Jane Austen: In Style by Susan Watkins (1996)
Jane Austen's World by Maggie Lane (1997)
Costume in Detail: 1730-1930 by Nancy Bradfield (1999 reprint)
The Round 1 gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=74360.0
The Round 2 gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=91980.0

Be prepared to send about 3 or 4 items, one of which should be "big" (requiring more time/effort)

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
Name of swap: Jane Austen Swap Round 3
Craftster username
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
What is your t-shirt size?
Wrist measurement?
Do you have pierced ears?
Are you alergic to anything your partner should know about (metal, etc.)?
Do you prefer not to get something made from animal products?
Anything you would not like to receive?
Anything you would love to receive?
What is your favorite Austen novel?
What is your favorite movie adaptation?  Adaptations (list in decreasing order)? 
Who are your favorite characters?  Do you have a particular actor/actress from the screen adaptations that you associate with them (that is, Colin Firth with Mr. Darcy, etc.)?
Are you a fan of the regency period in general? 
Would you like to receive crafts based on some non-Austen aspect of the period?  If so, what aspect are you interested in (like regency art, fashion, etc.)? 

And just for fun:
Colin Firth or Matthew MacFadyen?
Jennifer Ehle or Keira Knightley?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE:
quincy134
dragonflyducky
canarysanctuary
Irish_Belle
torrance
Saor
GatorWrangler
ScotSkipper402
pjmclnj
uradelight
CjSachiko
ambraqi
Knit_core
taerowyn 
janeausten
miyoko79 


AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
Irish_Belle-->Saor-->Torrance-->Irish_Belle
Canarysanctuary-->Gatorwrangler-->janeausten-->Canarysanctuary
pjmclnj<-->uradelight
ScotSkipper402<-->miyoko79
taerowyn<-->ambraqi
cjsachiko<-->Dragonflyducky
knit_core<-->quincy134

*********
Current round 3 gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=162783.0
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Regency Gowns (pic heavy) *Updated 6 Feb 2007 with Wedding Gown Ideas* on: January 09, 2007 04:32:58 PM
Hi all!  I'm normally a knitter, but I started sewing last fall.  I am practicing before I tackle making my own wedding gown for the summer of 2008.  I want my gown to be regency-esque (think Pride and Prejudice).  So I made a couple regency gowns recently:

1) A green one with pink flowers.  I used the "Elegant Ladies' Closet Pattern" by Sense and Sensibility patterns. 





2) A navy blue one.  I used 464 by Period Impressions patterns. 



I haven't finished sewing in the lining, so that's why it's sticking out of the back neckline. 

Feedback is welcome!


**Feb 6th 2007**
So I've been collecting photos of wedding gown possibilities. 

1) This is a gown from 1803 (from http://www.meg-andrews.com/showitem.php?item=6314)


2) This is a gown from 1805 (from http://www.vintagetextile.com/gallery_early.htm)


3) This is a gown from the V&A.


4) This was worn by Rosamund Pike in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie (the photo is from the Propstore, who was selling the costume). 


Opinions?
6  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Comic Book Swap Round 3--Angel Found! Thank you! on: November 09, 2006 12:07:58 PM
Update: craftsbian has graciously volunteered!  Thank you!



I need an angel for eenodol.  She is located in the US.  She was supposed to receive one big item and 2-3 small items. 

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=121916.0
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=116023.0

Some info on eenodol:
What are your favorite comic books (these can be anything from DC/Marvel superhero fare to Vertigo to webcomics)?  Archie Comics!

Who are your favorite comic book characters?  JUGHEAD!  Dilton Doiley, Archie.

What is your favorite publisher (DC, Marvel, etc)?  Archie Comics

Do you have any favorite arcs?  Archie1, Archie 3000, Dilton's Strange Science, Jughead's Time Police


Please PM me if interested!
7  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Comic Book Swap Round 3: Angel Found! on: November 02, 2006 11:18:09 AM
Edited to add: jackmo has volunteered!  Thank you!




I need an angel for the Comic Book Swap Round 3.  Vood got flaked on!  She is located in Canada.  Just PM me if you are interested! 

The package was supposed to be at least three things, 2 small and 1 big. 

Some info on Vood:
Who are your favorite comic book characters? She-Hulk, Batgirl (old school purple bat girl), Super girl, Wonder woman. I like female super heroes more than the guys.

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=121916.0
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Comic Book Swap Round 3 Gallery on: September 20, 2006 04:02:05 PM
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=116023.0

One person has sent, so let's see some goodies!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Red Blazer ***Now with Pattern*** on: September 13, 2006 04:10:22 PM
I finally finished this, after much frogging and experimentation.  I did it without a pattern, so I was just winging it.  It's a top down raglan, but I gave it a notched collar.  





Yarn: 10.5 balls of Knitpicks Mainline
Needles: US 8
Time to knit: about a month

This was originally supposed to be the Something Red Sweater from Knit and Tonic, but I didn't like how that was turning out.  I'm reasonably happy with this.  You can see the many stops and starts of this project on my blog, in the August and September 2006 entries.  

****Edited to add an informal pattern.  This isn't particularly exact, but hopefully you will get the idea of what I was doing.  

Red Blazer
Size
33" Bust

Materials:
11 balls of Knitpicks Mainline (82 yards/50 grams, 75% pima cotton, 25% merino wool)
1 29 US 8 circular needle
1 set of US 8 dpns (for the sleeves, you could also magic loop these)
6 0.75 buttons

Gauge;
4 stitches/6 rows per 1 in st st

The Collar:
Using the circular needles, CO 57 stitches.  Work in seed stitch for 2.  

At the beginning of the next row, ktog.  Work the rest of the row in seed stitch until you get to the last two stitches.  Ktog.  

Work the next row in seed stitch.  

Repeat these two rows four more times, so that you have decreased a total of 10 stitches, 5 at each end.  

Break the yarn.  

The Neck:
Using the same needle you were knitting on before, CO 8 stitches.  Then pick up 7 stitches along the slanted edge of the collar.  

Purl across the live collar stitches.  

Pick up 7 stitches along the other slanted edge of the collar, then CO 8 more stitches using a cable cast on.  

Start the raglan:
Seed stitch across the first 15 stitches.  Knit 2.  M1, K1, M1, knit 7, M1, K1, M1, knit 25, M1, K1, M1, knit 7, M1, K1, M1, knit 2.  Seed stitch across the last 15 stitches.  

On the next row, seed stitch the first 15 stitches, purl until the last 15 stitches, seed stitch these last 15 stitches.  

Repeat these two rows until the raglan armholes fit around your arm.  

Divide out the sleeves:
Work in pattern until your first raglan increase, knit across the three raglan increase stitches (where you were doing your M1, K1, M1s before), transfer the sleeve stitches to a holder or waste yarn, knit across the next three raglan increase stitches (where you were doing your M1, K1, M1s before).  Knit across the back until the next raglan, knit across the three raglan increase stitches (where you were doing your M1, K1, M1s before), transfer the sleeve stitches to a holder or waste yarn, knit across the next three raglan increase stitches (where you were doing your M1, K1, M1s before).  Finish the row in the established pattern.  

Work the body:
On the next RS row, begin the bust decreases.  Seed stitch the first 15 stitches, then knit the next 13.  Then perform a double vertical decrease: Insert the right needle into the next two stitches as if to ktog, and slip them to the right needle.  Knit the next stitch on the left needle.  With the left needle, pull both slipped stitches over the stitch (Vogue Knitting Quick Reference pg 21).  Knit through the back, and do this decrease again on the other front.  Work the WS in pattern (without any decreases).  

Repeat these two rows once more.  Then repeat the vertical decrease every four rows 5 more times.  

AT THE SAME TIME work underarm decreases: one inch after dividing for the armholes, ktog 9 stitches before the armhole join, and ktog in the same manner after the armhole join.  Repeat this under the other armhole.  8 rows later, ktog 7 stitches before the first armhole join, and ktog in the same manner after the armhole join.  Repeat this under the other armhole.  8 rows later, ktog 5 stitches before the armhole join, and ktog in the same manner after the armhole join.  Repeat this under the other armhole.  8 rows later, ktog 3 stitches before the armhole join, and ktog in the same manner after the armhole join.  Repeat this under the other armhole.  

AT THE SAME TIME, work three 2 stitch button holes starting 10 inches after the start of the body (measured from the neckline).  These should be spaced 2 inches apart.  

Work even until the body is 4.5 shorter than your intended length.  

Hip increases: Work 15 stitches in seed stitch and 16 in st stitch.  M1, K3, M1, knit until there are 34 stitches left, M1, K3, M1, finish the row in pattern.  4 rows later, work 31 stitches, M1, K5, M1, and then work the back and the hip increase similarly on the other front.  Continue to increase in this manner two more times, every 4 rows.  

End border: Work in seed stitch for 2 inches.  BO.  

Sleeves: Transfer the sleeve stitches to dpns.  Knit in the round for 1.5.  On the next round, ktog 3 stitches before the underarm join, and 3 stitches after the underarm join.  Repeat this decrease round 2 rounds later, then 4 rounds later, then 7 rounds later, then every 10th round.  Continue in this manner until the sleeve is 1.5 inches shorter than intended.  Work in seed stitch for 1.5 inches, then BO.  Repeat for the other sleeve.  

Block as desired, and sew on the buttons.  Three are used as decoration, to give a double-breasted effect.  

Enjoy!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Comic Book Swap Round 3 Sign-ups Closed, Send by Oct. 6th on: August 21, 2006 03:03:38 PM
Swap name: Comic Book Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: quincy134
Sign-up date range: August 21st 2006-September 5th 2006
Date to send item by: October 6th 2006

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed at least one swap successfully before signing up for more: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
That's right, folks!  It's the return of the COMIC BOOK SWAP!!!  *Wild cheering*  If you are a fan of the sequential art, this is is the swap for you!  We are hoping to have a diverse group, including superhero fans and alternative comics fans.  For inspiration, check out previous galleries of related swaps:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=106109.0 X-Men Swap
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=95656.0 Comic Book Round 2
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=52517.0 Comic Book Round 1

Each person should plan on making at least one big project (requiring more time) and two to three small projects. 


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Comic Book Swap Round 3
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US, if youre from the US?
What are your favorite comic books (these can be anything from DC/Marvel superhero fare to Vertigo to webcomics)?
Who are your favorite comic book characters?
What is your favorite publisher (DC, Marvel, etc)?
Who are your favorite authors?
Do you have any favorite arcs?
Who are your favorite artists?
Are you a fan of any other comic book related stuff (Movies?  Cartoons?  Action figures?)? 
If so, anything you'd like to tell your partner about that (ie favorite characters, etc)?
What are your favorite colors?
What is your t-shirt size?
What is your wrist size?
Do you wear jewelry?  If so, what types?
Do you need another trinket box?
Do you want another purse?  If so, what type (clutch, messenger, etc)?
Are you allergic or sensitive to anything (ie cat hair, smoke)?
Do you have a problem with crafts made from animal products (please specify which, if so)?
What crafts do you do?
What crafts do you especially admire?
Anything else you want to tell your partner?



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

Approved Swappers:
quincy134
kittenbonanza
sporkchick
BeeSting
Avril222
Vood
evildeadgirl
DragonsMuse
lilliputt
Shannon
Miss_Vicki
abbynormal
eenodol
DahliaFerrari 
margeetaik

Partners:
I had to do some acrobatics to get in the international people, so please bear with me. 
margeetaik <-> DragonsMuse
Shannon <-> eenodol
kittenbonanza <-> DahliaFerrari
Avril222 <-> abbynormal
lilliputt <-> Sporkchick
quincy134 -> evildeadgirl -> Vood -> beesting -> Miss_Vicki -> quincy134
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