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21  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / skully pillow on: March 21, 2004 10:35:35 PM
i love the skully sweater, and i'm planning on doing it for my next big project, but i'm new to intarsia, so i practiced with the wrist band and it was really pretty easy!:


i was filled with confidence, but i don't have the yarn for a proper sweater project, nor do i have the money for yarn right now (or even gas for the trip to the yarn store), so i took some old yarn i'd picked up at a thirft store and made a skully pillow.  instead of doing proper intarsia, i followed the pattern and did a seed stitch wherever the pattern said to use a contrasting color, and when i was knitting in the pattern, i held a thinner pink yarn together with the blue yarn to make it stand out a little more.  then i sewed the knitted square to some old t-shirt fabric (one piece of fabric on either side of the knitted square, sewed around the edge, leaving a small hole, and turned it inside out so that on one side was the knitted square backed by a t-shirt sqaure--so no stuff would come out between the knit--and the back of the pillow was just the other piece of t-shirt fabric) the result:


it was so easy and cute, i'm going to make a ton of these with different pictures.  right now i'm working on a smaller pillow with a little bird on it (i drew the bird on graph paper).  i'm hooked!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / resized, cutified on: March 21, 2004 10:20:12 PM
i had this great old t-shirt i'd been wearing for a while.  i loved it because the fabric is that great really thin, soft cotton/poly blend and it has this cute graphic on the front.  but as you can see, it was a little baggy:
http://www.onomatopoetic.org/images/shirtbig.jpg
so i took in the sides, cut off the sleeves completely, cut off the neckband and hemmed with with a zigzag stitch, and i cut off the bottom, folded over the leftover fabric, and sewed it back onto the bottom as a waistband because i LOVE waistbands on t-shirts!  the final product:

and details of the neck and waist (there a really old stain near the waist, but i decided i don't care):

i've been in a crafty mood and felt like sharing!
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