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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I'm a Knight in Shiny Pants! on: November 02, 2008 07:01:34 AM
I decided to be a knight somewhat randomly this year.  I believe I was inspired by some knit chain mail I'd seen here and there on the internet.  I wanted it to be girly, but not like a "sexy knight" costume you'd find on a costume web site.  It turned out just like I envisioned.



I bought the shiny material at Joann's for half off ($12) and the spray paint for my boots at a hardware store ($8).  The chain mail cowl is knit with grey acrylic I had lying around held together with shiny silver embroidery thread ($6).  It looked great in the sunlight, but I don't think the shiny really came through indoors.  Almost everything else was stuff I had lying around.  The blue tunic is made from material from last year's Alice in Wonderland costume.  The zipper I had wasn't really long enough so it's challenging to take on and off.  My boyfriend got really excited to make my sword.  It's made of a dowel (less than a dollar), cardboard and duct tape with bicycle grip tape for the handle.  It's incredibly sturdy and good for hitting things.



The shiny pant were made from a tutorial I found here (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251506.0) on Craftster.  They're pretty comfy and I may just start wearing them around.  I don't have a great photo of them, but they're leggings made of the shiny material.



Last but not least, the boots.  I had planned to make boot covers, but I couldn't get them to look right, so I decided to spray paint my old Docs.  They look great, but the paint is still a little tacky and I'm not sure it will every really dry correctly.  I suspect that won't stop me though.  I love them silver!



I loved being so shiny all day.  Most people got it right away, but I did get a couple people guessing spacegirl.  A couple mods and next year I could be Major Tom.  We'll see!


2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Basketweave stich pattern help please! on: November 09, 2006 10:25:05 AM
Hello all!  I am having a problem.  I am trying to knit a basketweave pattern with a bamboo yarn.  The transitions between the knitting and purling stitches are very loose.  The transitions between purling and knitting are fine.  How can I tighten up these loose stiches?  I'm sure this is a very common problem, but I'm not sure where to find the solution.  I've used this same stitch pattern before in wool and did not experience the same looseness.  Any help pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!
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