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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Creating a 'Verse on: September 29, 2012 11:50:25 PM
Beautiful galaxy, and love the Firefly reference!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first fiber friday! (new spinner) Nov. 25 2011 on: November 25, 2011 01:09:24 PM
I have always lurked and admired the beautiful yarns spun here. This term I took a spinning class and got to learn how to do it myself! I finally got them all off the spools so I could show you...my first four skeins!

They are aranged from left to right, starting with my first spinning and ending with the one I just finished. I think I've improved!

The first and second yarns are two ply made with white wool rovingreally funky because I was still learning.

The third yarn is a navajo three ply using brown wool roving I was still spinning quite thick, so I could barely get the plied yarn through the orifice! I loved the color, too bad we didn't have more of it to work with.

The fourth yarn is also a navajo three ply, this time using white rolags that I carded myself, about 80 percent wool and 20% alpaca. I finally learned how to spin finer stuff! I've got more of this on the spool too. I have never dyed yarn before, but I would really like to dye this one. I'll test a little bit first though, to make sure I like it.

I'm not sure I've described everything with the right terms here since I'm so new to this, but thanks for looking!
3  California / California: North / Re: Vacaville Crafter Roll Call on: August 24, 2011 01:25:50 AM
I live in Davis Smiley

No craft stores here to speak of Sad 

[there is a bead place but I don't bead]
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: A Song of Ice and Fire/ George R. R. Martin Swap Round 2 (SO April 18) on: June 30, 2011 12:19:07 PM
this looked like a great swap...hope there will be a round 3!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: How I feel while browsing Craftster on: June 30, 2011 11:35:00 AM
this is great!

as a fellow redditor, I beg you to also post this on r/crafts for people to enjoy!

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Gadget, the mouse from Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers! on: November 11, 2010 10:44:38 AM
That's right: this year for Halloween I was determined to be Gadget Hackwrench, the fast talking fix-it girl mouse from
Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers!

not a bad resemblance:

If you don't remember this awesome early 90s cartoon, check out the intro:

This was a fun challenge for my beginning/intermediate sewing skills. I found an awesome 70s jumpsuit pattern and a purple bedsheet at a thrift store (total cost: around $5.50), but it had huge wide legs and no sleeves or collar:

wip (I'm wearing it inside out here)

So I added sleeves and a collar form a different pattern and took in the legs. This of course resulted in a mismatched pairing of sleeves and made it impossible to raise my arms over my head, but hey it's a costume, not something I need to wear every day:

As for the rest of the costume, the belt was scrap material with a lot of stretch, the wig was an ebay find ($10!), the goggles were from the after summer clearance aisle (yes I start scouring for materials early!), and the ears and tail were part of a monkey set I got at the last minute from a Halloween store:

 Apparently all mouse ears are grey and cat ones are black, and I was determined to get this tan color. thought about making them but ran out of time. I also painted my nose pink with lipstick but that rubbed off immediately.

thanks for looking!

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Ash Ketchum fingerless gloves (Pokemon!) on: November 04, 2010 12:25:05 AM
well guys, in the end I did spend part of Halloween Eve matching Ash as Misty! His costume turned out well:

my Misty outfit was a total last minute thing for going out on the town, I realized I already had all the elements, just needed to crop the yellow top. we were at a party before that, I was dressed in my regular costume Gadget from Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers:

you can't really see from the photos but there is yellow edging I sewed on that blue vestIt was not exactly easy to sew quilting bias to that slippery vest material but somehow it worked. And yes that is squirtle peaking out of the pocket!(couldn't find pikachu at the thrift store:( )

I'm gonna start a new thread for my Gadget costume Smiley
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Ash Ketchum fingerless gloves (Pokemon!) on: October 28, 2010 01:06:10 AM
thanks guys. not going to match per se, but with any luck I will also be going as a 90s cartoon character Gadget from Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern Request? Forest Folk Slouch on: October 25, 2010 12:26:52 AM
Well I know its not the same but this pattern has some similar elements that might help you figure it out:


Look at the start of the thread for pics:


I was able to make it without too many modifications (looked up how to make the picot edging) and its one of my favoritesI get lots of compliments on it.  I can see why you want to make the forest one though!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ash Ketchum fingerless gloves (EDIT: Now with Ash and Misty Pokemon costumes!) on: October 24, 2010 09:07:01 PM
EDIT: see reply down below for both costumes.

Gotta catch 'em allwith trademark green fingerless gloves!

So I'm actually not proud of the craftsmanship on these But my boyfriend is going to be Ash Ketchum (read: the Pokemon boy) for Halloween and I offered to make these. Usually I knit  (I probably would have tried these http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=13850.0) but he wanted these sewn with materials he picked. I'm going to do some fixing probably, evening out the finger length and taking in the loose parts when I have his hand around to work with.

Anyway, here's what I learned:

1. Don't try to wing it without a pattern! Especially if your material is less than fully stretchy!
2. felt and velcro can cover a multitude of sins.

So the fit, as you can see, is meh. Good enough for a costume but less than ideal:

I made darts beause I didn't think to have a separate thumb piece, but at least the tops of the hands turned out ok:

I'm most happy I figured out a way to make the cuff piece with the felt he had. Since it was non-stretchy, I hand sewed it onto part of the glove, then let industrial strength velcro take care of the rest. I don't even necessarily need to attach the corresponding velcro piece, since it sticks to the felt just fine (remember: these are one-night-only gloves so I don't need to worry about it wrecking the felt over time):

So there you have it. Hat was ordered on ebay a month ago since that's the one thing I said I couldn't easily replicate...

Now on to working on my own costume!

EDIT: The final product...

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