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1  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!
2  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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e5q6ubDlZE


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!


3  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...



4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what the heck can I do with this strange Italian yarn? on: September 08, 2010 02:05:43 PM
I was just given three balls of this stuff and I'm baffled as to how to use it:





It's Schewe Opalino, and there are no projects on ravelry that use it and nothing on the internets about it. I assume its long discontinued. It is a blend of 70% polyester and 30% mercerized Egyptian cotton, a blend that does not seem that common. I'm not good at judging the weight of yarns by sight but it seems to take size 3-4 needles (I assume 3 to 4 mm since it is from Italy). Each ball is 50 grams and 110 meters.

As you can kinda tell from the pick it is a lovely blue color (mostly medium blue with a few strands of light blue mixed in) and has a sheen to it. I am tired of starting projects only to realize partway thought that the yarn I substituted is just not going to work. I want to make something good with this!


Any suggestions for what I might knit with this? Patterns I might use? Similar types of yarn that might give me some idea of how to knit with it!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first socks! toe-up with diamond pattern on: August 30, 2010 03:08:28 PM
every summer I try to build my knitting skills by learning something new. This summer, I successfully tackled socks:









Sorry for the poor quality photos. I used Simple Toe-Up Socks in Four Sizes by Kim Salazar, a free pattern (http://www.wiseneedle.com/patternpage.asp?pattern=knitpatksox). I had to adjust it for the yarn I was using because I knit loosely but it wasn't too hard.(details on my ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/bethanyjh)

I was really happy I could try them on as I went to make adjustments. I used lest than one ball (210 yds) for my size 8 feet. I do think the heel/ankle section could be described more clearly, but even though I did it better on one sock than the other they both look and fit about the same.

I added the diamond pattern that I found in an old paperback knitting dictionary I got for 25 cents. I like it up close but it looks nubby from far away. Maybe its not the best for small projects, or would show up better on a lighter color yarn.





The yarn is an angora blend that is super soft and warm. My feet are going to be happy this winter!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / one pattern, two very different hats [pic heavy] on: February 28, 2010 08:42:10 PM
I've now made two hats based on the cabled newsboy pattern (from Stitch n' Bitch Nation) and neither of them have brims which is the whole reason I learned this pattern in the first place! (semi-frustrating  Undecided)


hat version 2.0 (the most recent):



found one skein of this lovely wool/mohair blend yarn at a thrift store for 75 cents! the golden yellow color is so great:



and this time I made it fit well too:



I had to go down a needle size and decrease the stitch count (by about 36 i think) to use this yarn, but it actually turned out to be a good use of the yarn. Sadly, I did not have enough left over to make a brim.


hat version 1.0 (the first attempt):



I like having a really slouchy hat, and the color is better in person:







however, I realized after I finished the purple version over Christmas break that I wouldn't want a brim on a hat that slouchy, even though I have the yarn for it.


And there you have itone day I will make another version with a brim!!


7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / wave hat from knitty with ear flaps [link to pattern, now with action shot] on: February 05, 2010 10:40:00 AM
So I've knitted many a hat and done some small scale charting (beer cozies mostly), but I decided to take it to the next level by making this hat for my boyfriend.

Here's the knitty pattern for it:

 http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTswell.html


I haven't gotten any pics of him wearing it yet, but trust me it fits him MUCH better than me! I had a hard time taking a pic because my hair is so poofy under the earflaps. I'll try to get a pic of it on him sometime.

EDIT: Now I have an action shot!






I didn't do the ear flap chart like the pattern said, not sure if you can tell here:




Here you can see the whole thing with tassels:




And here's what it looks like when you wear it the other way.





I used Cascade 220 as the pattern suggested, but I ended up getting superwash because the green was so much nicer. Also, I made one adjustment to the pattern: when you connect the earflaps to make the hat part it says to purl all the way around, but I thought that would make the earflaps look too sewn on so I knitted at those parts.



thanks for looking!


EDIT: forgot to mention that I actually photocopied and flip the chart BACKWARDS since I knit left handed and it made life easier. You can't tell from these pics those because they are Photoboth images and so they're like looking in a mirror.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / quickie red scarf, (aka what would YOU do with this yarn?) on: January 29, 2010 11:08:56 AM
So this is the simplest thing I've knit in a while, but not for lack of trying:




I could not figure out much else besides a scarf to make with this sort of yarn. But in the future I would really like to try something else (I still have two balls of it left!) So, what would YOU make from this yarn?



p.s. artwork is not crooked, camera is.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / green stripes and polka dots apron on: January 28, 2010 10:47:31 PM
First of all, thank you so much to lenalove for her uber-helpful apron tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94779.20. I made full use of it, although my apron is somewhat smaller and less full due to my limited fabric supply.

 I whipped this up a week ago to give to my friend at her steampunk tea party birthday (just as fun as it sounds  Smiley). It's a good thing she likes green, as that's mostly what I had.



You may not be able to tell here but the striped fabric is dark green and white, the ties are green and white polka dot ribbon, and the pockets are black. Yes the ties are long. I used up all the ribbon I had, that way she can tie it in front like this.




pockets actually took me the longest of anything, it's the one thing the tutorial doesn't really tell you much about. I just kind of pinned and ironed them a lot to curve them right. Mine ended up a bit narrower than I intended.






the back is also black.


One last note: I had no newspaper-type material to cut a pattern from, but I did have a large roll of freezer paper that I use to make one-time use stencils. It worked well as pattern material: a quick iron-over and it lightly adheres to fabric, so there was no need to pin it to the fabric before I cut it. Gotta love shortcuts.

I highly recommend this tute for a quick gift that you can make from fabric and ribbon in your stash!
thanks for looking.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / black and white beanie with a bill on: January 14, 2010 07:42:07 PM
On Christmas morning, my mom had a horrible migraine. By the time she was feeling better, my brother was off to work. So this year we didn't open gifts until about 11 p.m. on Christmas.

I didn't have much in the way of craft stuff with me, but I needed something to do during the day to keep me occupied until everyone was well/home. I found some black and white yarn and a crochet hook in my old room and I used this pattern  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88721.0. I'm usually more of a knitter but it turned out alright.









Fittingly, I ended up giving the hat to my mom. I added the flower at her request.



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