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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Fretted" mosaic stitch wristwarmers/fingerless gloves on: November 19, 2007 09:17:11 PM


I'm never sure if I'm supposed to call these wristwarmers or fingerless gloves, but I like how they keep my hands nice and warm without keeping me from getting bus fare out of my pockets! Either way, they were also super easy to knit yet look really complicated. I finished one in just a couple hours while watching a movie. The pattern is fretted mosaic from Barbara Walker's 2nd Treasury of patterns. Each one is more or less a square, six repeats wide and six repeats long of the mosaic stitch pattern. It's a great stash-buster, I probably used only half a skein of each color. The yarn weights don't even match: the green is light worsted and the navy blue is sport weight. Mosaic stitch is so forgiving in that regard. Plus it's nice and stiff, which is perfect for gloves. I just stitched up the sides and left about 1.5 inches for a thumb hole. Easy peasy!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's monkey socks on: November 19, 2007 09:11:25 PM


These Monkey socks were a lot of fun. I couldn't seem to put them down! The lace was easy enough to memorize but interesting enough to keep me from getting bored. No second sock syndrome here: after finishing the first sock I immediately cast on for the second one. I used Knit Picks bare yarn in merino/nylon that I dyed with some Jacquard acid dyes. The white bits are places where the string tied around the yarn in the dye bath was a wee bit too tight. I was kicking myself when I pulled it out of the dye, but I actually like how it looks knitted up. I love the soft, subtle variation in color you get from kettle dyeing yarn.
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Lots of fun dyeing silk with jacquard acid dyes on: October 30, 2007 09:57:03 PM





Over the weekend, I made my apartment (and halfway down the hallway of my building) smell like vinegar. I had a lot of fun dyeing all the great stuff I bought from Dharma Trading Company. I tie dyed a couple silk satin pillowcases and a square silk scarf (which is very wrinkled because I wore it in my hair yesterday). I'm really happy with how they turned out. It makes me wonder why more people don't use tie dye for more subtle designs. Come on, hippies, reel it in a little!  Wink I also dyed a large silk/wool pashmina-size scarf in a really pretty blue-green. The slight color variation throughout it reminds me of the ocean. I think I'll be wearing this a LOT this winter.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Elann's petal shawl on: October 30, 2007 09:54:20 PM
Last week I finished up my petal shawl. I realized I was going to run out of yarn before finished the last repeat of the lace pattern, so I left it off and modified the fishtail border as needed. I also added two extra repeats of the lace pattern when casting on: so it's shorter and wider/fuller than the original pattern. It's more like a capelet than a shawl. I like it a lot, though I need to add a couple ties to keep it from slipping off my shoulders. I used a fingering weight alpaca that I had dyed with Jacquard acid dyes.
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / TINY anatomically correct heart, sushi, and felted purse with embroidery on: July 27, 2007 09:00:25 PM
I recently took part in the geek pride swap. (See the gallery here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178195.0) I thought I'd post a few more details about how I made my felted projects here.


A super tiny anatomically correct heart pendant. I needle felted this out of several different shades of red that I hand dyed. The arteries were wet felted into "logs" and then attached by jabbing the ends repeatedly with needles to get them attached deep into the structure of the heart. Then I used a small dab of glue on the ends so that I could achieve a blunt end. I stabbed it with a bead pin so it could be used as a pendant. I'm particularly proud of this (see the quarter for scale?).


I needle felted the sushi pincushion with corriedale and merino roving. I even added some stripes of fat to the fish with a different color of roving this time around.



This purse is pretty small but was by far the most difficult thing for me. I hand dyed some corriedale roving with Jacquard acid dyes. It was my first time making fabric with wet felting techniques. In the end, I used a combination of wet and needle felting to firm everything up nicely. The strap is a forest green velvet ribbon. I designed the embroidered fern motif myself. The square bottom was created by sewing straight across the bottom and then folding the corners inside and sewing perpendicular to the bottom seam.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rebecca bolero, mosaic armwarmers and Knitty womb on: July 27, 2007 08:51:54 PM
I recently took part in the geek pride swap, so I thought I'd share a few more details about some of the projects I made. The gallery for the swap is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178195.0

Here are the knitted projects I made (I also made some felted projects).


A surprisingly simple set of armwarmers. The only shaping is from switching needles about halfway down. I used a mosaic stitch pattern for that complicated looking color work. It was very simple to do and gave the fabric a nubby texture and firmness that worked well for armwarmers. I used less than one ball of each color for the set--just some merino blends that I had lying around in my stash. I want to make some for myself now!

Of course the famous Knitty womb in hot pink! A very quick knit.

Even though this looks like a bra, it's actually a bolero. The pattern is in Rebecca #31. The pattern calls for 200g of cotton yarn, but I managed to knit it with 150g of wool yarn. The yardage per skein was slightly more for the wool than the cotton, but with only three balls available in my stash, I was worried about running out of yarn. It was close, but I had enough. The pattern is quite easy and only took me a few days to finish. The construction is really interesting to knit and wear. I'm not generally a fan of shrugs but I might make one for myself.
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / My first crochet wearable/time following a pattern (corset belt) on: June 12, 2007 11:30:16 AM
I'm an avid knitter who just started picking up the hooks. This is my first time following a crochet pattern (they are kind of intimidating). I'm glad I took the plunge though, I love how this turned out. It only took me two days and one skein of Malabrigo which, by the way, is totally gorgeous and lovely to work with. I actually finished it last week but have been struggling unsuccessfully to find something in my closet that it actually looks good with. Sigh. So I may not get as much use out of it as I like. But I think it's really beautiful. Now I'm all amped up to start on some of the other patterns in that book!

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / papier mache display head on: May 30, 2007 06:04:14 PM
I just set my etsy shop up last week...I'm planning on selling a lot of fiber stuff (knit/crochet/felted)--especially felted dread falls. I've looked at what is currently available on etsy and know I can do better. (As an aside, if any of you have a suggestion for what colors, lengths etc would sell best, I'd love to hear it.) I made my first pair a few days ago and couldn't find anything to model them on..I didn't want to put them in my own hair because-ew!--I wouldn't want to buy anything for the hair that had been previously worn. So I ended up taping them onto my boyfriend's TIE-fighter helmet. I was totally amused by the incongruous pairing, but the helmet is BIG. And it makes my falls look tiny.

So today I made a papier mache head to use for etsy photos. I used a big jelly tub and a blown up condom as the armature. I had a few spare condoms around the house and didn't want to buy balloons. My boyfriend was very confused when he saw the wrapper in the trash. Wink I'm pretty happy with it--but was wondering if you think it should be painted. I like it as is (once it dries of course) since it looks plain and should provide a more or less neutral background to display my wares. My boyfriend thinks I should paint it one solid color so potential buyers can see the colors of the falls on a solid background. I think painting it is just going to draw attention to the rough surface of the head--and away from the falls. Plus I would need to choose a realistic skin color (but which race?) or an unrealistic one (nobody can relate to purple skin).... What do you think?

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Little Medusa (modified my little pony) on: May 07, 2007 08:07:23 PM
I finished this last weekend, but I still haven't painted on butt and hoof symbols. I can't think of anything--a snake or skull both seem overdone. I almost think she looks good as is, but it seems vaguely heretical not to have symbols on a MLP. Any suggestions?

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Big lebowski T shirt--my first big project! (now my BF has to take me bowling) on: April 09, 2007 10:42:04 AM
I made a Big Lebowski T shirt for my boyfriend--it looks like the Andre the Giant "Obey" posters. I found a thumbnail of the poster online and then freehanded the design to get the right size (with a bit of embellishment).

I used freezer paper for this (so nice) and used bridges for the outside border so I could keep it even. The rest I just ironed in place because I didn't want to deal with painting in bridges. I'm really happy with it!

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