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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Here Be Dragons (New Pic!) on: February 08, 2009 02:56:52 PM
I would love a pattern too... if you put it up for sale on Etsy, you'd make a mint, judging by this thread Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rogue-along, anyone? on: November 07, 2008 07:54:42 AM
I knit the whole body and hood in May, but it was just too hot to knit anymore, so I didn't get around to the sleeves until just this week! I've just finished the chart on the second sleeve, so now I'm starting to fret about seaming... this is my first sweater and I haven't really seamed anything before.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: black and plaid dress with bustle skirt~ NOW WITH TUTE [img heavy] on: November 01, 2008 04:27:59 PM
Thanks for the tutorial! Following it where appropriate and adlibbing where necessary, I made a version of this skirt for my Halloween costume. I present: the dreaded Dustruffle Bee:



Face blanked because I look ridiculous in this pic. Basically, the front is black and I omitted the ruffle, and the back is alternating black and yellow, with two extra sections that decrease in width to sort of look like a bee's abdomen. It took me about four hours and probably two and a half meters of cotton broadcloth, and worked brilliantly. I'll probably make a non-costume skirt too now that I've seen how awesome it looks even when I'm flying by the seat of my pants Smiley
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: August 16, 2008 08:15:33 PM
I have kind of a big problem and I'm hoping there is an easy solution that dye-savvy craftsters can supply...

So, three months ago I went to a very expensive salon as a birthday present to me and got my waist-length brown hair chopped off to my shoulders and highlighted in brilliant green and blue (fudge paintbox colours). Very exciting, but way way too much money.
A month ago, the dye was badly faded and I bought a couple of tubes of fudge paintbox blue velvet to dye it again. My wonderful fiancee put it over the faded stuff without bleaching it again, and we were very disappointed when I rinsed it - the dye all slid right off! Didn't take at all! You couldn't tell we had done anything.
So two days ago we tried again and bleached it out:



And tonight my sister helped me with the fudge paintbox again, and...



Now I have baby blue hair. This stuff was almost navy when the salon did it with the exact same product. Has anyone else had this happen? Maybe I should try different dye? The problem is that I've basically rinsed $40 of dye right down the drain and I can't afford to mess up much more. Help!

edit: by the way, I left it in for a half hour, the upper limit suggested on the tube.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spring Knitty 08 on: March 12, 2008 04:25:35 AM
Not being particularly into children's knits or vests, I found this one a little light one my favourite things, but Spirogryra has a date with a skein of Fleece Artist Italian Silk I'm hoarding, and I suspect Posey will be less eyebending and rather fun in solids (I'm a black and white girl myself). Also, Talia is a vest that tempts me to wear vests, but I'd rather just put arms on it and have a cardigan - Canada is cold!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Big Bowl My Kid Made Me on: January 13, 2008 08:44:09 AM
I showed the pictures to my fiancee - his mom is a professional potter, and he grew up at craft fairs - and he was completely blown away with how professional it looks, waving his hands and exclaiming about the foot of the bowl and the trimming. I hope he keeps working with clay, he definitely has a lot of talent!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Who do you knit for? on: January 12, 2008 07:57:02 AM
Every Christmas I get all excited about knitting gifts for my family, but honestly I'm pretty sure they would appreciate non-handknits more (I remember being a kid and opening handknit things in that technicolour 80's acrylic and being less appreciative than I should have been). That having been said, I've been knitting socks mostly for about a year and a half now, and they're kind of great because even if you aren't all about flaunting them for whatever reason, you can still wear them in shoes, so no knitting goes to waste. And I've gifted a few pairs of newly finished socks that I knit for me, but found that someone else would fit or appreciate more.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sore fingertips. ow ow. on: December 23, 2007 07:58:44 PM
My hands have gotten really used to the little needles for socks, especially since I bought some of the wood circs from Knitpicks (rainbow goodness!) but my Christmas knitting has hurt in new and worrying ways. The worst is that my left thumb has started going nerve-pinchy pins and needles when I work on a bulky cotton sweater for my boyfriend. I'm going to hunt down some bamboo needles tomorrow and see if it helps at all, but I've been giving it a rest for a week or so and maybe that will put it right.
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rogue-along? on: December 07, 2007 09:09:39 AM
Men.
I was trying to knit a sweater for my boyfriend for Christmas as a first sweater, because I still haven't gotten the gauge swatch stuff done for Rogue, and I was having all kinds of issues trying to decide what he wanted in a sweater and knitting it when he wasn't home (we live together). So earlier this week I broke down and just explained to him, and asked him what he wanted in a sweater, keeping in mind that I had all this black, bulky-weight cotton earmarked for a manly sweater for him.
He said he wanted a Rogue.

So I've actually started on it, which is probably the mark of a crazy person, because the yarn is not exactly right for it. It's going to be baggier (he likes his hoodies loose) and I've more or less left out the parts of the side cables that make it fitted to the female form, and I'm using the smallest size directions which, according to my not-very-precise calculations, ought to come out to a medium-ish hoodie. I'll post pictures if/when I can.

Hopefully this will be good practice for my own "real" Rogue!
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rogue-along? on: September 28, 2007 06:35:32 PM
I've just received my 15 skeins of olive green andean silk in the mail for this! I'm going to try the extra repeat at the bottom, as soon as I can find the notes about it (probably in the other kal?).
So excited. I've done a lot of cable things before but this will be my first sweater.
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