So, I started a practice Clapotis with some cheapo yarn in anticipation of my ususal newbie confusion. Wanted to get the whole kfb/pfb thing straight, you know? Well, so far so good, I guess. BUT, I too, have a couple of ugly holes that just popped up after the last round (row 2 of section 2). Observe:
Well, I've finally gotten around to making another coinpurse to replace the one that I gave away. It's a bit kitschy I know, but I still love it (no pun intended).
More pictures and commentary in the photo album of my blog: Link
A quick comment that I got from my friend, the recipient of the edible vulva: "Jen took the coin purse to work one day to show it off AND she found out that many of her female co-workers did not recognize nor know the anatomy of female genitalia. How sad! So your gift is not just a purse...it is an educational tool!" Yeah! That's what I like to hear!
I made this to carry around all of my knitting junk. I am really happy with how well it turned out!
You can't tell in this photo, but there is a zipper pocket also, for stashing my various notions. Alterations to the original Jordy bag include: putting on 2 handles, adding zipper pocket, adding slash pocket, and sewing up the sides to give the bag some shape. I used interfacing on both the lining and the outside fabrics. The finished dimensions are 12" x 12" x 6". Whoo!
Well, I'm one ball in and stuck waiting for the rest of my yarn order (dang JoAnn's!). So here's the updated WIP: It's about 14" so far. I'm still loving it! I put another picture on my blog (if you want to see my cat giving me a heart attack - he snuck right in there!).
Anyone want to knit along with me on the "My So Called Scarf" and matching hat, "Cross-Hat-ch?" Links to pictures & patterns (free!) of these are: Scarf Hat *no longer available* (04/05)
I am going to use Lion Brand Landscapes yarn in Rose Garden - it is gorgeous (if you like pink)!
The MSCS pattern calls for Manos del Uruguay, but Lion's Brand Landscapes will make a fine substitution if you want to save a few bucks (I do). I got 6 balls, at 55yds each, and hopefully that will be enough.
Anyhow, let me know if you want to knit along.
*edit* The hat pattern is now being published, so it's no longer available until it comes out in Creative Knitting in Jan.'06. Poo.
YAY! I'm done! My first knitted FO - the Pixie Hat! I realized, too late, that it the choice of red yarn was a poor one - I look like Little Red Riding Hood! Oh well, I love it anyway and I can't wait to wear it out in public.
Here it is in all it's glory. My BF is really excited that it's done, natch!
This is all really good advice so far. I am in middle of making my t-shirt quilt, and it's really fun.
I also strongly advise that you iron on interfacing before you cut your squares - it makes it a lot easier.
I used a plastic 12.5-inch quilting square as my template, but you could just as easily use cardboard. I liked using the clear plastic though, because you can see through it, to the pattern on the shirt that you are cutting out. It makes it easier to get the picture centered.
I used 12 different shirts, and I cut out the big logo on the back, as well as the small logo that was on the front of the shirt. I am going to work the smaller logos into the border. I also put a 2-inch border around each t-shirt square, matching the fabric to the shirt, with no regard to how it would look with the other squares - it's crazy but it turned out pretty well! I usually have to match everything! This is a quilt to use, not to hang on your wall, so I wanted it to be fun and colorful. Plus, it was really fun to search for sailboat fabric to go with my oceanography shirt, and fish to go with my whale shirt, etc.
I am going to put binding and a flannel back on mine, but some girlfriends of mine skipped the whole step by using fleece for the back. They just sewed it around the edges of the quilt top (wrong sides together, and leaving a hole so that you can turn it right side out), and then stiched in the ditch around each t-shirt square. The fleece added loft and warmth in one step.
Here are a couple of pictures so you get the idea of what my quilt is looking like:
The quilt top. I haven't made the border with the smaller t-shirt squares yet, but you can see them ready to go.
A close-up of the squares. Even though the fabric is crazy and mixed up, the quilt top as a whole actually looks good, and will really come together when I add a border.
I thought that this was a good time to figure out how to do screenshots, since I made a mock-up of this quilt in Excel before I started (more proof of my openly anal nature) and that seemed like the best way to get a picture from a spreadsheet. (Hint: hitting Alt+Print Screen will copy your current window to your clipboard, and you can paste directly into a picture editing program or into Word, etc.).
That's the back on the left, front on the right.
Sorry for all of the pictures - I'm excited about my project!
I was so inspired by these quilts from dyabolica that I immediately raided my closet and cut up 8 pairs of jeans! It was painful (I loves me my jeans!) but very cathartic - they were all jeans from college that I can't get into any more, and they were mocking me every time I went to my closet! So, here are some pictures of the work in progress!
The first two rows of the top. You can't tell yet, but it will be a diamond (or, "Around the World") pattern, 13x13 blocks.
The back side will be diagonal rows of four alternating flannels. My quality inspector (Johnny) is on the case to ensure even seam allowances. Good dog!
A close-up of the flannel - an outdoor theme for this camping/picnic quilt (of course!).
The rest of the rows, all stacked up and ready to sew. Yes, I am, in fact, that anal.
I made a practice version of the vulva coinpurse in preparation for making a luxurious silk version for a friend's birthday. I wanted fabrics with contrasting colors so that I could take pictures and make detailed, step-by-step instructions for myself. (Okay, so, the truth is that I actually made another coinpurse before this one and blew it completely, so more detailed instructions were in order...) Anyhow, I ended up buying a prepared set of fat quarters with a vegetable theme. The result is, of course, the edible vulva! Tee hee!
The inside of the purse is, for better or for worse, garlic. The back side is zucchini. My cell phone fits perfectly inside, and I use it every day. It is definitely a conversation starter, and always brings a lot of laughs from the girls.