Oh, for the love of Ernst Haeckel. He was a German biologist/pschycologist/astronomist/anthropologist of the 1860's, and his biological plates are just fantastic. I think the incredible beauty and order inherent in every thing, even the most miniscule and (seemling) insignificant, is just overwhelming. It reminds me of the beauty in myself, too, and especially the parts of my being that can't be seen (generosity, honesty, craftness , etc). Even though I've never subscribed to any concrete notion of what could be called God/Higher Power (let alone organized religions), I suppose it does have a lot to do with faith, both personal and cosmic.
I'm thinking about the one I've got circled, but the hardest part for me is making up my mind. There are several plates that I am particularly drawn to, so I'm considering getting a "plate" done on my back, with a few radiolaria / diatom / etc. My only problem with that is thinking of some way to connect them all together - I'm generally not very pleased with tattooed "water," especially since these would probably have to be done in pretty detailed grayscale.
I didn't forget about you! I just kept forgetting to take pictures. I ended up doing it US#10's (Thank you, DBF!) and dropping a stitch every ten.... so, k9, drop, k9, etc.
Here it is about three rows into the second skein. With one skein making about five inches, it'll probably take about ten or fifteen skeins to get it the size I want -- but at $1 a skein, that's still WAY less than what it would have been with the recommended yarn.
I really have no clue how wide it will end up being! I think it will be a little more than four feet wide... it really looks comical when it's all bunched up on one needle. It looks like a window valence, lol.
Purled side, with about three inches or so of the drop-stitch "ladder."
Knit side, with the purple "funky fringe" that I plan on using for the CS. Since the CS yarn is so thin, I'll probably use three strands (as pictured) and knot them together every so often so they stay put.
I'm not -terribly- pleased with either color, but I'm a cheapie, so it'll do. BUT for this being my third project ever, I'm very happy. The only (slight) issue is that I think I've dropped a couple of stitches that I wasn't supposed to (boucle is an absolute bastard), but since I can't even find the dropped stitches to pick them up again, I'm debating how much I really care.
What about everyone else? Has anyone else started yet? How far along are you? What yarn/needles do you plan on using? Tell meeeeeee....
Thans so much, everybody! ...And thank you Target, for your $1 bins. I now have bamboo needles in sizes 4, 11 & 13, and steel needles in 7, 8 & 13. And eight skeins of boucle and four tiny skeins of weirdo novelty yarns that I really have no idea what I'll do with. Yarn stash, here I come! (Seriously, thoough - what is the deal with nasty pastels?!?)
And I also have almost a foot of scarf! I started on Naked_ninja's armwarmers - but first I coudn't count (I cast on an odd number, over and over again, and wondering why 1x1 rib wasn't working) and then I got frustrated with the size 8's (mostly because of not counting) and had the brilliant idea to make them on size 13's, so they'd be more open (since I do live in Florida). And, well, 1x1 rib on size 13 needles stretches. A lot. Waaaay more than is practical for armwarmers. So I have a scarf. I think it's already designated as an xmas gift.
Yay scarf! Apologies for the big pictures - much smaller, and it just looked like a weird rainbowy square.
Streeeeeeetchy ribbing! (Obviously, I'm still working on keeping steady tension.)
Does the edge look wonky here, or am I just being a paranoid newbie? Is there a way to finish this properly, or is it already?
And... I seem to have already developed a weird technique. I'm learning continental style, so it may just be because of the big needles - my small hands have problems managing both needles and the yarn and moving the piece from one needle to the other all at the same time. So I stick the left needle in my armpit, and let my left hand just take care of manuevering the yarn and moving the piece along, while the right hand manages the right needle and gathers the stitches. When I really get workin', I can finish a row in five or ten minutes; not all too bad for a newb, I think. I've heard of Dutch pit-knitting, but supposedly, that technique puts the right stick in your armpit, not the left... So how bizarre is this?
Heehee... and I keep wanting to say "thread" instead of "yarn."
I haven't heard from _androidette since the first send-out date, but the USPS says tha it was delivered over a week ago. So, Pink_Hula suggested I go ahead and post what I sent - and since I'm a show-off, I can't resist!
Here's everything in one shot. Heehee... I sort of had that first-time swap anxienty, so I trhew in a few extras, too. The bundle on the upper left is a trio of embroidered felt coasters - I'm kinda mad at myself for not getting them all individually. Her name is Cinthya, which was an epithet of the place (mountain, really) on which the goddess Artemis was born. So I followed the Artemis theme, and embroidered on each an image of a mountain, moon & stars, and a bow & arrow (respectively),a nd bordered them with blanket stitching. Her middle name is Maria, which means "bitter," and also has connections with "the sea" (with 'mar'/'mer'). She said that "bitter" always reminds her of green apples - so of course I saw green apples floating in the night sea, and that inspired the top bracelet. For the second bracelet, she said she was newly in love with ruby red and aqua blue, so there was a simple wire bracelet with glass beads. And I just couldn't resist throwing in some tasty japanese candies, and a pair of felt flowers for her hair in her favorite colors.
A closeup of the Maria bracelet. I'm really poud of this, because I haven't made a non-macrame'd bracelet in over ten years. I love the little apple-colored fishie! (that of course is all fuzzed out in the back)
Fake kanzashi! I love kanzashi, and I'm too impatient to learn the folding just yet, and I have a huge bag of felt from eBay - so ta-daaa! I had a pair in some of her favorite colors, red and black, so of course! It was her first swap, too, so I wanted to make it a doozy.
I really hope that _androidette's recent absence from Craftster isn't because of something terrible. But I suppose all I can do is wait, and hope for the best.
(This is my first real post where I've shown stuff I've crafted! Hooray!)
I can finally post pictures of what Lasandri sent me! Sorry it took me nearly a week - my computer had a nasty virus, so I was stuck using the DBF's laptop, which hates my camera with a passion. *le sigh* I'm so happy my computer is all better!
Anyway, on to the goodies!
My name neans "night" and "the joyful, playful will of God," --NOT the easiest meanings to craft!-- but she did so wonderfully! She sent me some lovely stationery (which is so perfect! I've been getting into letterwriting lately), a bamboo necklace with a lovely amethyst centerpiece, a nifty decorated tin, and a beautiful purple-marooney scarf in eyelash yarn. And it's nice and long, just how I like them!
A closeup of the little tin. I love it! I'm already using it to stow all my pointy crafting bits (needles, pins, the all-purpose razorblades) next to my computer, so the DBF can't fuss at me for leaving boobytraps for him, heeheehee. (Seriously, am I the only one? I never step on needles, but my BF's feet/fingers/whatever will find every loose one in about 5 minutes (the painful way)!) This also gives me a ton of ideas for sprucing up all my little watchmaker tins, too. Aren't those things great?
THANK YOU, LASANDRI! You helped make my first swap be just awesome. Oh! And a big thankie to Pink_Hula, too! You've been great!
Lately, I've been obsessed with wearing flowers in my hair - and so, naturally, I started crafting them. I've given several to friends (to rave reviews), and they always seem to attract compliments, so of course I want to sell them. The problem is, I haven't a clue what to ask for them - or if the general public is really interested at all? (I'm forever measuring my talents against the perceived charity of friends)
They are made of wool felt, with copper wires and Swarovski crystals for the stamens, and are entirely hand-sewn (with just a tiny bit of glue to secure the knots). I've made brooches and hairpins, and with both I secure the flower onto the base first with wrapping the stamen wires, then by sewing (a lot), and then with a generous spot of superglue. They -won't- come off the base (unless you really, REALLY want them to), and I've not had one snag my tangle-prone hair yet. They range from 1.5 - 4 inches across. Each takes a little over an hour to make.
Of course, the pictures don't do justice to the sparkle of the crystal stamens, or the intensity of the colors.
The Sharpie is there for size reference.
Help me, please.
> What do you think? -- I adore them, but I'm prone to liking silly things. Are they too ridiculous? I'm in dire need of opinions, here.
> How much would you pay for a brooch? a hairpin? a set (brooch and 2 pins, etc)? -- Would $7 - $10 per brooch/pin be too high? too low?
> Where would you expect to see these for sale? How much would you expect to see them for? -- I think I could market these to just about every subset of fashion-conscious women. And... well, the flowers here (http://www.supermaggie.com/thingstobuy/?merchandise/Felt_Flowers_to_Wear) aren't felt, but felted - and WOW. The tag on those beautiful brooches made me gasp!
Even the shortest comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you all, and keep on with the craftiness!
I have the desperate urge to repaint my entire house - it's a lovely 1927 wood-frame Craftsman-style house with gorgeous wood floors and almost every room is a horribly sanitary white. The living room and one back bedroom are the only ones to escape (being deep forest-green and cobalt blue, respectively), and I love them. The issue is that I adore bright, saturated colors and want every room a different color, but I'm a bit concerned about... well, other people. I don't want it to end up making their eyeballs peel (I'm already having a time convincing my fiance).
I think I want GREEN. Tonal, from the living room to the laundry room, and INTENSE. None of that watered-down neutral pastel hogwash. From the slightly bluish green I already have, to kelly green (west wall of living room), to apple green (dining room), to acid lime (kitchen, possibly two shades), to canary yellow (laundry room). The ceilings, trim, and doors would stay white.
It would look very vaguely like this.
Thank you MSPaint.
Except that there is NO WAY you could see all four rooms at once, in real life. At the most, you can look into three rooms (living room, dining room, kitchen OR dining room, kitchen, laundry room). Another option I'm very reluctantly considering is to leave the walls that awful white, and paint the ceilings those bright colors.
What do you think? Would my dream house make my guests run screaming into the streets?