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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I have no stash on: September 12, 2005 02:49:34 PM
Well, we see plenty of posts about enormous stashes, but I was wondering if anyone else had a small/non-existant stash.

I'll admit it - my stash is tiny.  I only buy yarn that I'm going to use immediately and generally I only work on a maximum of 2 projects at a time (a in-front-of-the-tv project, and a more interesting project).  The result?  my "stash" consists entirely of odd balls.

I don't go to or partake in yarn sales unless I need yarn for a project immediately.  I might not get great yarn deals, but I figure I save money anyway from all the yarn I didn't buy that I wouldn't have used anyway.

Anyone else like this?  Or am I a lone voice of sanity in a sea of yarn-addicts? Wink
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / me and my FO's - tube top, sweater, scarf on: August 19, 2005 11:38:52 AM
Here are some things I've knitted in the past month.  I've been very productive - go me!

http://photos25.flickr.com/35398516_14b78b801d.jpg
This is flapperjakk's Jiffy tube top (tute on here somewhere....)  I did it in a mystery acrylic yarn, treated with tons and tons of fabric softener.

http://photos31.flickr.com/35398515_44a30c8c0f.jpg
I knitted a sweater!  This is my first sweater evar - I modified "tempting" from knitty to make my own pattern.

http://photos21.flickr.com/35397530_3484835c6e.jpg
Here is my branching out.  First go ever with lace - and I managed it with very few mistakes - go me  Cheesy
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Grecian Plait from Knitty on: August 08, 2005 10:29:54 AM
I have been lusting over this sweater for far too long now, and I finally went out and got yarn for it.

Here's the pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTgrecian.html

I'm using Suri Dream from knitpicks in "strawberry" since it is quite a bit cheaper than the Berrocco Mohair Classic that the pattern calls for.

I want to stay motivated though - no more unfinished projects for me!  Anyone want to knit along?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Wedges on: July 14, 2005 02:41:45 PM
Alright, you know those fabulous espadrille's/wedges with crochete'd soles?  Who wants to know how to make them?  I do.

I'm trying to think - if I made my stitches tight enough, could I manage to crochet the entire sole, or would I have to crochet around something, and glue everything to that (and what?  It would have to be fairly easy to cut into a curvy shape...)

I don't own any shoes like the aforementioned ones (if I did, I wouldn't want to make them...), so I was wondering if anyone who does have wedges with crocheted soles, or if anyone who wants to make them cares to enlighten me.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plaid Skirt on: June 23, 2005 02:56:03 PM
My grandmother started this skirt ages ago - I think it was intended for my mom.  I found it when rummaging in the attic (one of my favourite activities), and I finished it up.  When I found it, it was unhemmed, unlined, and unzippered, and I finished it up by hand.

http://photos16.flickr.com/21167164_e6d2a39fc0.jpg?v=0
http://flickr.com/photos/francey/21167164/
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / easy peasy floral wrap shirt - TUTORIAL on: June 09, 2005 01:26:01 PM
Yesterday I counted the number of bags I have vs. the number of shirts I have that I actually wear (I have tons I don't wear anymore), and I realized that I have more bags than shirts!

So, I made this easy peasy floral wrap shirt to help correct the problem.  Originally, I had envisioned sleeves, but sleeves are HARD, and I gave up after, oh about 3 hours trying to make the sleeves look right.

'tis from my own pattern, and relatively easy to make - the hardest part is the armholes (I hate armholes!)

http://photos14.flickr.com/18401046_65060ae183.jpg?v=0

The shirt is a v-neck and wraps in the back.  I used a $2.00/yard fabric from wal-mart - and used about a yard.   Cheesy

Haven't worn it in public yet, but plan to on my hot date tomorrow.

TUTORIAL
brief sketchy tutorial:

First - I didn't use a stretchy fabric for this shirt - I used a fairly lightweight 100% cotton fabric - which means we have to measure carefully.

We need three pieces to make this - they look like this:



The slant on the two front pieces should go from the shoulder to just underneath your boobs.  I found it helpful to cut rectangles out of newspaper, and draw everything, then trace onto fabric later.  If you're not using a stretchy fabric, (I didn't), err on the side of making everything larger rather than too small - you can always make it smaller later.

Also, non-stretchy fabric is less forgiving on little mistakes, like measurements being not quite right, so be extra careful with measurements, and make sure all three pieces match.

sew all three pieces of fabric together so that it looks like this when opened up (we'll adjust shoulder stuff later).



Leave a small hole in one of the seams in the just-under-the-boob area.  This will allow for the tie to come through.  If you want, you may reinforce this hole with a button-hole stitch (what's the technical name for that?)

Attach ribbon, cord, whatever to the corners of the two front pieces like so:



That is what will hold your wrap-shirt closed.  One of the ties go through the hole you've already made in the seam of your shirt.

I made my own matching tie from the fabric I had - however, you can use any ribbon or string that you like.

Sew the shoulders together so it fits.

Now all you have to do is hem!

Note!:  Curvy girls may want to add darts in the back.
Also, if you can't tell from the picture, I don't have big boobs, so I don't know how well this pattern would work with those who do - it may require a little modification, it may require none.  I would love to hear how well this works for the more well-endowed.

So, that's it.  It's my first tute, so I wouldn't be surprised if it didnt make sense at all, so if you have questions, please ask!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First two reconstructions (complete outfit!) on: April 05, 2005 04:31:43 PM
http://www.francey.org/images/31.png

The shirt was made out of a M t-shirt from a 5K I ran. It's black, so it was useless as work-out wear, so I figured I wouldn't be mad if I completely ruined the surgery. However, it turned out quite nicely, I think.

The second one was cut out of an XL army t-shirt which my boyfriend refused to wear. For one, it's far too big for him. Also, I think his mom would kill him if he wore it. I cut it up, and made it into a flicky, asymmetrical skirt.

Feedback is appreciated - especially since these are my first two reconstructions ever (I don't think I've ever sewed anything past mending a sheet before).
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