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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / The Return of the Button Sweater! (pic heavy) on: April 02, 2009 12:01:23 PM
When I was in elementary school, my absolute favorite item of clothing was my Button Sweater. What the button sweater was was a white sweatshirt, onto the chest of which my mother had sewn all sorts of purple plastic novelty buttons. I loved it to death, and I remember wearing it, staring down at it, and picking which buttons were my favorite. The button that always won was a big stopwatch with a purple rim.

I don't remember when or why the button sweater went away, but I always remembered it, and I had been thinking more and more about making an updated, adult version of the button sweater. And then this challenge was posted. A message from the crafty powers that be, I felt.  Grin

And now, to stop teasing you, I present:

The Return of the Button Sweater!





(Yes, I know, it's not really technically a sweater, it's kind of a poncho/capelet thing, but the original wasn't a sweater either. I just like the way it sounds better.)

The process of creating the sweater-that's-not-a-sweater was interesting. It's led me to develop a new philosophy: There is no such thing as mistakes - only Unexpected Design Elements.
I started out by using this poncho pattern: http://www.modadea.com/patterns/LM0117.htm And changing the size. And deciding that the ribbing should be at the top and not the bottom (forgetting that stockinette likes to roll...UDE#1). And deciding that I want it to be 9 inches instead of 18. I... don't play well with patterns. Roll Eyes

I also discovered, as this was my first time knitting in the round, that if your cast-on row is twisted, when you join it, your piece will be - surprise! Twisted! UDE#2. By the time I realized it was never going to be able to untwist, I had knit 3 inches. Another thing I'm not good at? Frogging and starting over. "Fine," I thought, "I'll work with it."

And off I went to find my buttons. Another gift from the crafty powers that be there. The thrift store and the fabric store are next door to each other, so I decided, might as well stop in there first and see if they've got buttons. They never have before, but who knows? Sure enough, they had FOUR BAGS. Four sandwich bags full of buttons, $1.99 each, two of which had some nice looking purple buttons. No novelty buttons, though, so I knew I still needed to go to the fabric store. I walked in, and at the counter I noticed a little basket: clearance buttons. Never seen a basket of clearance buttons there before! Most of them were - you guessed it - novelty buttons, which had either been discontinued, or had lost one or more of their mates. Perfect! So I scooped up a bunch of those, and a handful of full-price buttons that were just too good to pass up, and paid probably about $10 for the whole lot! (SCORE!)



And then:

Knitting complete!

And before I started adding the buttons, I decided to do some cleaning in my room. Now, this is the same room I've had since age 3. And it shows - I'm a packrat. I keep a lot of stuff for no discernible reason. But I didn't remember until I found it that I had kept...

The stopwatch.
This, of course, was the final proof. The crafty powers that be wanted this sweater to happen. And the stopwatch was destined to once again have it's place of honor next to my heart.

I worked out how to deal with the UDEs. The twist was place in the center of my back, and given a few stitches to hold it there, and a button to make it fit in with the front.


I learned via YouTube how to pick up stitches, picked up all the stitches along the front at the cast-on row, and added an inch of ribbing - then added some purple blanket-stitched ribbon to keep it from looking bare. I'm really proud of how it came out - and it's comfy!

Here are some up-close button shots:

The right-most group of buttons. A star, one that's spotted with what looks a bit like silver leaf, a purple plaid lady bug (!), a crystal-like one, an oil-spill-rainbow heart, and two "plain" buttons.


The middle group. A trio of purple hippos, who would have been my favorites, had I not found the stopwatch. (I've got a thing for purple hippos.) Two purple stars covered with gold stars, two clear buttons with light purple flowers and green leaves, a pinkish-purple tiny shiny one, another purple plaid ladybug, an oil-spill-rainbow fish, a purple-and-silver sun, a big pale purple button, and other crystal-like one.


And finally, the left-hand buttons. The famed stopwatch, another spotty one, another sun, and another oil-spill heart,and three "plain" buttons. The one on the bottom is really cool up-close. It looks like purple storm clouds inside the button.

Thanks so much for looking! I'd love to hear your feedback!

(If these pictures are too big, lemme know and I'll resize 'em!)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting in the round - accidental mobius strip? on: March 21, 2009 01:00:14 PM
So, I'm knitting in the round for the first time, and something has gone ...strange. I think I must have twisted the cast-on row before I joined it, because now it's twisted in a way I can't untwist. It almost looks like a mobius strip. Has this happened to anyone else? Is there any way to fix it besides frogging back to the join?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bouncing Souls Swap? on: May 21, 2007 02:08:18 PM
Hey all!  Cheesy I'm a HUGE fan of The Bouncing Souls, and I was wondering if anyone else was? And if anyone else would be interested in doing a Souls-themed swap?

http://bouncingsouls.com/
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn suggestions? on: May 01, 2007 03:59:43 PM
Hello, craftsters! Cheesy

I've never knit anything besides scarves before, and my brother has commissioned me to make his girlfriend a "fluffy-kitty" blanket. Here's the "specs":
-All white
-Edged with fun fur/eyelash yarn for an extra fluffy look, but the main body should also be fuzzy and soft
-should have little triangular "ears" at the top, and a curvy "kitty tail" at the bottom

For myself, I don't want to spend $100 and 20 years working on it, so I think a thick yarn would be a very good idea, but I've never worked with anything but worsted weight. Undecided Can anyone suggest yarn (either by name or by fiber/weight/etc)? And to be extra wonderful, doe anyone have any suggestions for shaping the tail? The ears I'm pretty sure I can do.
5  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Body Appreciation Swap - FOUND on: April 08, 2007 06:18:34 PM
Swap Name: Body Appreciation Swap
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=130700.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=136339.0
# of Flakers: 1

I'd really like to find someone who is willing to spoil shiftychica rotten. She's been incredibly patient, both with her partner, and with me for being so slow to get her an angel.  Embarrassed

Unfortunately, I'm on the wrong computer right now, so I can't post her information right away. Will do ASAP!

Craftster username:  Shiftychica    ANGEL: deanna12

Which things do you want to be appreciated? (Please give more than one):  My curves, large thighs...
Do you have any phrases, slogans, mantras, images, etc that you like?:  Nothing comes to mind right now.
What kinds of crafts can you do well?:  Decoupage, stationery-making... if it involves scissors and glue, I can figure it out.  Also dabble a bit in painting.
What kinds of crafts would you particularly like to receive?:  I'm really open to anything, but am especially impressed by things involving knitting, sewing, silkscreening, embroidery... just because I can't do it myself!
Is there anything you would NOT like to receive?:  I don't think so...
If you'd like to receive clothing, please list your sizes here:  Large (misses 12 or 14)
Do you have any allergies/aversions/sensitivities?: No.
Favorite (and flattering) colors?:  All blues and greens, also orange, red, and black, earth tones like brown and grey.
Favorite or least favorite fabrics and materials?:  None.
Anything else you'd like to add?:  Nope.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 17 ENTRIES / Dumbledore's Pocket Watch from Harry Potter on: February 27, 2007 07:35:40 AM
    Dumbledore gave a great sniff as he took a golden watch from his pocket and examined it. It was a very odd watch. It had twelve hands but no numbers; instead, little planets were moving around the edge. It must have made sense to Dumbledore, though, because he put it back in his pocket and said "Hagrid's late."
     -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 1


My revamped thrift store clock is (as you may have guessed from the quote above) based on the description of Dumbledore's golden pocket watch.

The outer part of the clock was given a coat of gold paint, glow-in-the-dark stars, moons, and planets were placed over the numbers and outlined in black, and I made and glued down the extra hands.
I was originally planning to change the clock face entirely, but I really liked how the numbers looked peeking out from under the heavenly bodies - plus, I wanted it to still be readable.


This is the clock, outer cover and movement/hands removed, with the beginnings of its paint job. The beige color on the inside rim near the face is the original color of the clock.

I'll probably do some more work on it - I'm not totally happy with the paint job, and I'd like to see if I can add something to the top to make it look more like a pocket watch. I'll post more pictures if I get it done by tomorrow. Smiley

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / How do you organize your ephemera? on: February 06, 2007 10:47:07 AM
For a long time, I've saved up old magazines to use for art projects, a habit I picked up from my Mom. Problem is, I don't do a lot of art projects that include magazine clippings - or, I didn't. I just discovered ATCs, and a whole new reason for keeping EVERYTHING. I don't want my magazine and stickers and such to take over my room, though (which they've already begun to) and I want to be able to find things I've clipped easily when it comes time to use them.

How do you store and organize your ATC ephemera?
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Birth control pill cases? on: February 01, 2007 04:20:21 PM
I have a bunch of hard plastic cases from my birth control pills. They're shallow rounded rectangles, with lots of holes in the top. Most of them are purple, but I've got a couple of bright green ones, too.
I'm sure there's a use for them, so I haven't thrown out a single one, but, uh, they're starting to pile up.
Literally.
9  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Body Appreciation Swap - FOUND on: January 07, 2007 09:02:07 PM
Swap Name: Body Appreciation Swap
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=130700.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=136339.0
# of Flakers: 1

DharmaLei - Angel: rockmygypsysoul
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Which things do you want to be appreciated? (Please give more than one):  I like to appreciate the body in a holistic way as an awesome functioning machine.  I appreciate how each part does a job, and I appreciate the girly, curvy parts too.  Id like to have more appreciation for my overall shape, which is a little less svelte than it was before I quit smoking a year ago.
Do you have any phrases, slogans, mantras, images, etc that you like?:
What kinds of crafts can you do well?:  Sew purses/messenger bags and other non-clothing items, make small sculpture, decoupage, mixed media/collage, knit, and misc spontaneous crafting of indeterminate skills Smiley
What kinds of crafts would you particularly like to recieve?:  I love sewn things, and I like soaps and lotions, tea related items, girly stuff, knitting related stuff I esp. dig botanical motifs.  Im not fussy about medium.  I have eclectic taste in music.
Is there anything you would NOT like to recieve?: Not really.
If you'd like to receive clothing, please list your sizes here:  Im not sure if I know my exact sizes off hand, but could determine them if needed.
Do you have any allergies/aversions/sensitivities?:  No.
Favorite (and flattering) colors?:  Colors from the Arts and Crafts palette muted greens, rusts, maroons.  I also like toile, and really, most colors except jewel tones.
Favorite or least favorite fabrics and materials?:  I guess I dont like fun fur.  Smiley
Anything else you'd like to add?:  Not at the moment.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I just broke a needle and needed to bitch. on: December 10, 2006 07:54:30 PM
Yeah, so, last night, I was knitting with my size 9, fourteen inch, plastic needles. I hold the end of my right needle under my arm when I'm using 14-inch ones, and I suppose I must've squeezed, or SOMETHING, because my needle SNAPPED.  Angry And then, maybe 20 minutes later, while I had the other one in my right hand, IT SNAPPED, TOO. D<
This has NEVER happened to me before. I didn't even know that knitting needles COULD snap. And I'm still gonna knit with them, because I don't have any other 9's, and I need to get this scarf done by Christmas.
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