WISH 1: Something along the lines of "bookmaking in a box" for my sweetie. He is just getting interested in journal-making and it's something that I really really want to encourage, but since it's not one of 'my' crafts, I don't even know where to begin! So far he has a couple of tapestry needles, and a whole lot of desire, and that's about it. Please include stuff like instructions, websites, recommended thread types, substitutions, written useful info, etc... Like I said, he doesn't have any clue what he's doing yet, either.
WISH 2: Yarn! I am noob knitter, and I am obsessed -- but I have no stash, and it makes me sad. I have no local yarn store, and can only get squeaky acrylics from MallWart. I am -sick- of squeaky, plasticy acrylics already! I lust after all the luscious cottons and wools and silks and mohairs that I see in the online yarn shops, but I am desperately broke, and all I can do is imagine how nice they must be to work with. So de-stash on me! I'm not turning my back on acrylics (surely there must be -some- nice ones out there) but I would really, really prefer natural fibers.Thank you so much, secret swapper!
WISH 3: I didn't think far enough ahead for the third wish, so suprise me!
Oh, and I know my post is getting a bit long...but I just have to share this....in hopes perhaps that some kindly crafter can offer me some sort of guidance...She's been hanging out in the bathroom (specifically the tub) a lot lately. The other day, after a shower I caught her hunkering down over the top of the tub drain and taking a pee! I didn't have the heart to be mad at her, since she'd saved me the trouble of cleaning that out of her box, but I'm baffled by it. Should I encourage or discourage this? Is she trying to be like me and use the toilet...and just kind of messed up the concept? The Bad Cat has never had an accident outside her box (not even when we first got her!) so I know she understands where the proper place to "go" is.
One of my cats (I have six!) will pee in the tub when she thinks the litter box is dirty -- of course, she's quite the fastidious one, so anything more than one or two clumps means (to her) that it's filthy. Unfortunately, she has also taken to peeing ON THE PILLOW of the guest bed (in my craft room), and frequently on the mats in front of the litter box, so she spends most of her time outdoors as a result. I guess we're lucky that she prefers it outside, where there are lots of lizards and baby snakes to kill
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....
I really wouldn't do a zip-up hoodie because, as tamagotchi said, you'd be ruining Archie's sexy mug.
But here's what I WOULD do: Cut that nasty ribbing off the bottom (I hate that stuff! So unflattering!), and definitely take in the sides. Then I'd hack the neckline into a boatneck, and cut off the sleeves to 3/4 length, just a few inches below the elbow.
If you're super ambitious, or relatively confident of your sewing skills, I would take the whole thing apart at the seams (along the sides, shoulder seams and the arm seam -- but don't cut the sleeves in half, just open them up). That way you can take in the arms so they're not so baggy, and reposition the shoulder seams a bit so they're not all wonky. Take a tee shirt that you really love the fit of, and use it as a template. Just remember to leave seam allowances!!!
A huge bennie of that sweatshirt material is that it doesn't fray badly at all, so you wouldn't have to really worry about reinforcing the seams (although a short zigzag stitch would really help with strength). And you could leave the neck/bottom/sleeve edges raw, so they would just curl a bit.
Whatever you do, make sure you take pictures to show us the finished product!
I have a Canon Powershot SD300 (it's an ELPH) and I lovelovelove it. It has a 3x optical zoom, which could be better but it works for me, and the macro-focus is fantastic - that's what I really bought it for. It can focus at 1.5 inches away (!), and it's still clear as day.
Something I would really, REALLY recommend is getting it from Best Buy, becasue they offer insurance. My camera cost me about $300, with another $60 for four years of insurance. BUT the insurance will take care of anything other than "obvious abuse," as it was stated to me. Basically, as long as I don't take a hammer to it, they'll replace it for free. Another big bonus of the insurance is that is includes one free (rechargeable) battery every year. With batteries going for $15-20 a pop, it pays for itself right there.
And if you want to see examples of what kind of pictures it takes, primarily with the macro focus, then just check out the links in my signature. I get TONS of compliments on how professional my photos look, and I really don't have a clue what I'm doing beyond point-and-shoot.
Hope that's some help.
EDIT: A lot of product pics are really enhanced by using a light-box. However, all my pics were taken without anything fancy at all, except a nice clear day. If you're interested in making a light-box, there is a tutorial here.--> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51642.0