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1  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by destroyed_sweater on: July 25, 2005 10:34:14 AM
I randomly got a tattoo of a peace sign on the top of my foot a few months ago, and now I'm planning my second tattoo.  I made some mistakes with the first tattoo, it wasn't something that was planned and I did no research on the artist first.  My roommate had a large tattoo by the same artist first, but he didn't do such a good job on my peace sign, since it is uneven and the outline is really thick.  I don't regret the actual tattoo, I am a political science major and I'm a pacifism and nonviolence activist, but the actual execution of the simple tattoo wasn't impressive.


Anyway, for my next tattoo, I'd like something larger and more detailed.  I would really like 3 argyle diamonds going across my lower back.  However, instead of shading them normally, I'd like them to look like they were knitted with little stockinette v's visible.  I'm a knitting instructor, and I wear argyle every day so this is a really fitting "Kate" tattoo.  Since I am a knitter, I'd like the knitting to look correct, I'm going to knit up a sample of what I want, try to draw it out, and bring sample drawings of argyle and of stockinette to the tattoo artist.  I don't want little outlines of v's in black ink, I want the knitting to be shaded with the same color as the argyle diamond so it looks like it was actually knitted onto me. 

However, I am having trouble picking out an artist.  I live in San Diego, and while we have several well known tattoo artists, I can't find someone who is really "right".  Most of their portfolios show very traditional tattoos; Japanese style, skulls, pin ups, flames, or sparrows.  I haven't seen anyone with a tattoo of textured shading like I want, every artist just has the basic fade out shading in all of their work.  Also, while the basic shape of argyle diamonds and stockinette v's is pretty basic, I'm looking for someone who is very precise and can give me an even and lined up tattoo.  I am willing to save up for an artist who really can deliver my dream tattoo.  It would also help if that artist was a knitter and understood the construction of the knitted stitch.  Also, I am willing to travel since I will be graduating from college soon and I'm going on a huge road trip immediately after. 

Does anyone have thoughts or suggestions for my knitted argyle tattoo?  Cool design ideas?  Ways to convey what I want to the tattoo artist?  Or a tattoo artist that you think could do this piece?

Thanks for the help!
-Kate


Stockinette Stitch


Argyle

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2  Knitted Argyle Tattoo (please don't copy my idea though) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by destroyed_sweater on: July 25, 2005 10:28:14 AM
I randomly got a tattoo of a peace sign on the top of my foot a few months ago, and now I'm planning my second tattoo.  I made some mistakes with the first tattoo, it wasn't something that was planned and I did no research on the artist first.  My roommate had a large tattoo by the same artist first, but he didn't do such a good job on my peace sign, since it is uneven and the outline is really thick.  I don't regret the actual tattoo, I am a political science major and I'm a pacifism and nonviolence activist, but the actual execution of the simple tattoo wasn't impressive.


Anyway, for my next tattoo, I'd like something larger and more detailed.  I would really like 3 argyle diamonds going across my lower back.  However, instead of shading them normally, I'd like them to look like they were knitted with little stockinette v's visible.  I'm a knitting instructor, and I wear argyle every day so this is a really fitting "Kate" tattoo.  Since I am a knitter, I'd like the knitting to look correct, I'm going to knit up a sample of what I want, try to draw it out, and bring sample drawings of argyle and of stockinette to the tattoo artist.  I don't want little outlines of v's in black ink, I want the knitting to be shaded with the same color as the argyle diamond so it looks like it was actually knitted onto me. 

However, I am having trouble picking out an artist.  I live in San Diego, and while we have several well known tattoo artists, I can't find someone who is really "right".  Most of their portfolios show very traditional tattoos; Japanese style, skulls, pin ups, flames, or sparrows.  I haven't seen anyone with a tattoo of textured shading like I want, every artist just has the basic fade out shading in all of their work.  Also, while the basic shape of argyle diamonds and stockinette v's is pretty basic, I'm looking for someone who is very precise and can give me an even and lined up tattoo.  I am willing to save up for a tattoo that really can deliver my dream tattoo.  It would also help if that artist was a knitter and understood the construction of the knitted stitch.  Also, I am willing to travel since I will be graduating from college soon and I'm going on a huge road trip immediately after. 

Does anyone have thoughts or suggestions for my knitted argyle tattoo?  Cool design ideas?  Ways to convey what I want to the tattoo artist?  Or a tattoo artist that you think could do this piece?

Thanks for the help!
-Kate
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3  Re: Sophie Knitalong in Knitalongs by destroyed_sweater on: January 25, 2005 11:27:01 PM

This is my Sophie.  It was my first non-scarf project.  All of the yarn was Cascade 220.  The bag looks cute, but I'm still having issues with it.  It ended up being too small to fit my wallet inside, and the strap is really flimsy and stretches a lot whenever I put anything inside of the purse.  Any ideas on how to correct this?  I finished this purse in October, and I still haven't lined it.

-Kate
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4  Re: Hot Head Knitalong? Beginners Welcomed! in Knitalongs by destroyed_sweater on: January 25, 2005 11:21:38 PM


I made a red hot head for my grandpa by double stranding some Plymouth Encore.  It's very Steve Zissou/Jacques Cousteau.

-Kate
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5  Re: Basic Cable from...SNB Nation!!! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by destroyed_sweater on: January 25, 2005 11:14:18 PM


I made the basic cable hat for my grandma's birthday in November.  She lives in northern California, so it gets cold there.  I used some navy Cascade 220 yarn, and I used 9 cables instead of 8 and also added 1 or 2 extra cable repeats.  This made the hat fit and it covered her ears in the end.

-Kate
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6  Re: hot head in purple and kittyville hat in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by destroyed_sweater on: January 25, 2005 11:06:17 PM
We like similar hat patterns.  I like the flower on your hot head.

This is my hot head hat that I made for my grandpa.  I used Plymouth Encore yarn and I held 2 strands together since I didn't have a bulky weight.  After seeing Life Aquatic, I really want to go back and sew a Steve Zissou patch on his hat.


I made the Kittyville hat for myself.  I left out the kitty ears and ear flaps though.  I used a random acrylic yarn called Hayfield Options that is sort of neat because it is self striping.  The bottom band is purple, the middle is red, and the top is pink. 


Those were the first 2 hats I ever made.  Stitch and Bitch has fantastic patterns.

-Kate
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