So over winter break, I found an insane amount of embroidery floss for sale at the bargain barn. I bought it b/c I always wanted to learn to embroider. My friend tried to convince me not to, because I never would learn how and I would just have a bunch of thread sitting around. To prove her wrong, I bought a stitch-it kit and started work.
Here's my tea towel:
The design is a bit busy but I waned to do alot to really get the hang of it before moving on to my next project. Plus, I like it. The spots on the bottom are (what else?) tea.
Closeup on the teacup. It doesn't look so good here, but the steam (done in stem stitch getting smaller and further apart as it went up) is pretty much my pride and joy.
And the cake, strawberry, and pineapple:
And then, I decided to decorate my backpack with some embroidery. I did the pencil, was quite proud of it, and decided to have the pencil write my name. I could have just written my name and embroidered over it, but I decided to find a cool font and transfer on the pattern to embroider over. I'm not sure what my bag's made of... I think it's nylon... but whatever it is, it's a no-no to iron on transfer on it. Which I didn't know. Nothing happened when I tried to transfer it, but it's a dark blue, so I decided to test it out on the inside of the flap thingy first. The inside is straight-up plastic, so it meltted as soon as I touched the iron to it. Cue me spending 2 hours frantically trying to clean my roomate's iron, knowing she could walk in the door at any moment. Anyway, i eventually finished the embroidery (writing my name on with a colored pencil for the pattern), and then embroidered a palm tree on a scrap of fabric I had and put i over the giant hole i'd burnt into my backpack on the inside. After that looooong explanation, here it is:
I'd love your comments, all you awesome embroiderers.
A terrible pic of it on me... you can see how long it is from the fact that neither end is visible, and you can see how it falls with some of each color showing.
I'm not a huge fan of the way the edge looked, but since the pattern involves so many slipped stitches, there was nothing I could think of to fix it. And it's not that bad.
And now for the hat... In a gorgeous yarn that I'd never heard of, Nashua handknits in ocean, 2 skeins. I lopped off 14 inches of hair just before Christmas (and love it), and my hair looks better than ever in beanies and especially in cloches (which were designed to go with bob haircuts...) so I made this to go with my hair. It flairs out a tiny bit at the bottom, though that's not as noticable on as I'd hoped.
And, bonus, another hat I made for a friend. It's not quite finished because the yarn I need to do the tassels is in my dorm room across the country, and I don't go back till next week. But the hat itself is done, and here it is:
So I finished my Mariah about a month ago, took a couple of horrible pictures, and went off to college. I was going to post the pics I took, but they were just too terrible and I wanted to show off all the work I did. Well, in California if you put on a sweater for 10 minutes in the dead of summer to take pictures, it's ok. In New York City, especially in a dorm room with no air conditioning, not so ok. But finally it's fall, today is the first day cold enough for me to put on this sweater, so I took some better pictures. Here they are:
Me in the sweater
Close up on the cable pattern
It's made of knitpicks wool of the andes in blueberry, and I absolutely love the color and I am so excited about actually wearing the sweater. It was great fun to knit, as well. The only thing I'm worried about is the zipper, which looks very unprofessional and handsewn (both of which it is, of course). Other than that, I love it. Tell me what you think.
I am fascinated with short rows, and this hat in knitty (i'd give you the link, but you all read knitty already, right? If you don't you should. Anyway, it's in the man issue) was really cool looking. I knit it up with thrift store salvaged, kool-aid-dyed yarn, and it took about a week. Her's my friend wearing it (it was her bday present!)
OK guys, so I'm pretty good at the whole blocking thing, but in my experience it's always been used to stretch things/make them longer. But the sleeves on my knitty mariah sweater (which is gorgeous and DONE) are a bit too long, they go almost to my knuckles. And the weight of the wet sweater while blocking probably stretched them a bit more... so, is there any way to block sleeves shorter? Just a tiny bit, I hate when my sleeves are too short. If I stretch the sleeve wider, will it make it shorter, or will it just be long and baggy? And if there's no way too do this without sacrificing the amazing look of the sweater (the sleeves fit awesomely, aside from the length), can somebody give me a link/explain to me how to do steeks? And tell me whether they would work to make thumbholes in an already finished sleeve? That might be cute.
Cutting up the first few shirts was time-consuming, until I got a system down. I cut off the bottom hem, and cut across all but the last few inches of the t-shirt, resulting in several 1/2-1 1/2 inch wide loops from the bottom up untill the beginning of the sleeves. Then I cut across the remaining uncut fabric so that I had one big spiral of yarn. The sleeves I did similarly, if they were big enough to be worth anything, and what was left was a rectangle with a neck hole in the middle, which I cut in a simple spiral. This is really confusing when just written, so if anyone wants it I can cut up another shirt and post a tute with pics.
The t-shirts were either old ones of mine or my brothers, or bought for $1.00 a pound at the bargain barn. I tried to just do a random color scheme, but I didn't want 2 squares of the same color touching, and since I only had 4 colors it ended up in a rather nice pattern. Here's the rug:
I didn't know what forum to post this in, but here goes...
I bought this sweater for like a dollar at the goodwill. It was ginormous and hideous, but this awesome cotton/cashmere blend.
So I unravelled it:
I wrapped it around 2 nails in a board half a yard apart. (Later I read that it should be a yard, and it's true that the skeins were shorter and bulkier than the ones you buy with the nails only half a yard apart). Here it is:
This sweater was a great one to unravel: all knit in the round except for the sleeves, and huge, so that there were parts I couldn't unravel but I was still left with lots of yarn... look!
here's a close-up
And then... I decided to dye it. I tried out the kool-aid method (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4268.0) with green food coloring. I didn't think it would work, because it's only supposed to work with animal fibers and this yarn is a mix of animal (cashmere) and plant (cotton). But I figured that maybe it would just dye the cashmere part, and not the cotton, or something... and it worked! It was a very intense green when wet, and dried to a much, much lighter color, but it still worked. Here it is:
I haven't dyed any more of it, yet, but I'm planning to make some lovely fair isle things.
So I play the Celtic fiddle, and since I am a visual learner and cannot for the life of me learn music by ear, I have accumulated a ton of sheet music, which I keep in a binder somewhere on the floor. This binder gets smashed when I step on it, and I have to buy a new one at least every year. This time, I wouldn't let that happen, and I thought I would reinforce the spine with a piece of wood, shown here: http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/30903PICT0076.JPG While I was in the shed looking for wood, I found a giant bolt of astroturf, and thought, "wow. I can cover this binder, now ugly with wood both glued and duct taped to it, with astroturf." So I did. I glued it with epoxy and reinforced it with duct tape, and now it looks like it's been rained on for centuries.
As you can see, I need to touch up some of the duct tape work.
All filled with lovely sheet music. Tell me what you think.
So several months ago, my friend gave me this shirt because she was moving and didn't wear it anymore. I took it because it looked great on her, but, of course, it looked awful on small-chested me. It was red, long-sleeved, with little boob-triangles that somehow covered way more than normal boob-triangles, not even showing my lame attempt at cleavage. And it had a collar. An ugly one. I'm horrible at explaining, so here's an even horribler picture. http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/30903shirt_made_into_shrug.JPG
anyway, flash forward to a few weeks ago. I found this shirt in my drawer and said "aha! a shrug!" I then proceeded to cut off a lot of fabric and sewed on some purple ribbon that I had lying around. I hand sewed it since I was too lazy to get the sewing machine out and I'm a total klutz with a sewing machine anyway, and would probably horrible botch something this delicate. Anyway, here it is! Excuse the crappiness of my photos, the fact that I have no bra on and the general crappiness of my digicam (seriously guys... it's held together by two hair elastics).
OK, so I just had the awesome idea that I should decorate a set of plain towels with various snl quotes, each towel themed on a sketch or chararcter or even cast member (this is inspired, of course, by this gorgeous bag: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36814.0. But how would this be done? Is there any possible way to paint a design this specific on a towel and still have it be all nice and soft and towelly? I was thinking iron on transfers, but those don't work on fabric that rough. Could I stencil it, perhaps with something that is more dye than paint and will turn out softer? Or is this just a crazy cool idea that will forever live in my imagination?