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1  Help! Resizing knee-high boots in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by lechaton on: March 04, 2010 01:08:25 AM
Ok first of all:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Faded-Glory-Women-s-Sylvia-Boots/11964356
here are the boots I'm working with. I'm going to post a better picture later but wanted to get this posted before I forgot about it and ran out of time to make changes.

Back story: I'm going to Megacon March 12th as Batgirl. I have numerous Batgirl costumes as I dress up as her almost as often as I do zombies or Triana Orpheus (which is quite often). I was determined to make this year's Batgirl better than any other and still do it 90% handmade. So far my unitard, gloves, and mask have all failed me. I will not give up though!

I'm going to spray paint these boots yellow but here's the issue. I have very muscular calves. Disproportionally so.
I went up 1.5 sizes in the boots and still they're too tight around the widest part of my leg. So in my frustration, I cut open the back
until they would fit and ended up cutting a little less than halfway down.

I'm tempted to just say screw it and leave the gap there but I thought I'd see if any craftster people had a better idea for what to do with the gap. Should I sew a panel of stretchy fabric in there? Really wide elastic maybe? I don't have the right kind of punch to be able to do laces unfortunately but I'm open to any suggestion cuz I'm really stumped.

Thanks in advance! Smiley
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2  Re: Fiber Friday - August 14, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by lechaton on: August 14, 2009 02:21:36 AM
I love that Lado!  Grin
And I'm glad my n00b skeins weren't the first thing to post haha.  Wink
My first Fiber Friday where I actually have something to post!
My first drop spindle was a top whorl made with a chopstick, a car wheel, and an earring hook. Tiny, light, and made for very overspun yarn for some reason. My second is much better, it's a top whorl CD spindle that I think everyone makes, haha, and makes for much easier spinning, much more balanced. I'm hooked! Anyway, onto the pictures.

here's a thumbnail of my ugly batt which is what all this was spun with:


and the batt unrolled:


I ended up splitting the batt lengthwise into layers and spinning from that because I liked the way the colors and fibers divided up better.

My first skeins:

they've since been overdyed with red kool aid and look awesome. They're overspun and underspun in places so I'm going to use them for a mixed media piece rather than knit them.

this thumbnail shows the color best:


showing how small the skein is and how thin:


and here's my first actual skein! I duno how many yards yet, I'm trying to spin a companion for it.
It's spun thick and thin worsted to bulky with a few thinner areas.
this picture shows the color pretty closely:


and two more just for show:



Whew! That's all! Sorry so pic obese!  Grin
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3  very modified r31 laptop case in Knitting: Completed Projects by lechaton on: August 07, 2008 09:25:08 PM
This laptop case was made from a very modified version of this pattern:
http://web.archive.org/web/20070315144058/http://www.magknits.com/Jan07/patterns/r31.htm
and the 600 yards of cherry kool-aid dyed wool from this post:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251173.msg2793094#msg2793094

My laptop is...chunky I guess is the right word, so I had to redo the pattern to fit the awkward wedge-shaped dimensions of my computer and as a result flipped the pocket to open horizontally instead of vertically and I hand-felted rather than machine felt so that I would have more control. ANYwho - onto the pictures - they make more sense than my rambling:

the case itself:


the pocket:


and the lining:


I've only used it a few times so far, and I think before school starts I'm going to had some interfacing and batting for more padding and to help it keep it's shape. Overall, I'm very happy with it.
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4  Re: Summer Reading Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lechaton on: August 07, 2008 09:03:45 PM
I'm so bad at posting!
I received from lukenlarry like...a week or more ago but it took me forever to take pictures *bad partner* but i love everything she sent! it's awesome! onto the pics!

first the books:

Pastwatch: the Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card
and Kiln People by David Brin
Both of these are by authors I love and I can't wait to get started on them!

and now the goodies:
an AMAZING quilted book cover with all my favorite colors - this blows my mind!


and an awesome 2 pocket reversible bag PERFECT for my many many library trips:



thanks again!!
and i'm putting in my vote for a...fall reading swap? i don't know what break comes next, haha.
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5  Re: Anime/Manga Swap Round 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lechaton on: August 07, 2008 08:57:18 PM
Whew, it took me forever to take pics - much less post them!! My partner, gonzo_bebop and I both received so first I'm going to post the pictures of what I sent her:

here's everything together:

a deathnote book cover, a deathnote keychain, a para*kiss keychain, and an amigurumi ed (i'm so proud of this!)

some closeups:



and the lining of the deathnote manga cover:


and then gonzo_bebop sent to me:


and some closeups:



i love it! i can't wait to take the bag with me to my con and there were 4 hairclips but two of them are in my hair right now. :3 thank you!
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6  Little Pic Heavy - Kool-Aid Adventures in Dyeing: Completed Projects by lechaton on: June 11, 2008 09:40:24 PM
well it took me 2 years but i finally got around to my second round of kool-aid dying but here it is!

this was done awhile ago but i never posted it. it's self striping (an arbitrary length). i can't remember the flavors i used, but i think it was pineapple, blue raspberry, lemon lime, and one of those changing strange colors.


here is a small swatch ,knit and felted, of the blue green, i love how the yellow pops out.


here is what the blue/green/yellow started out as


and now for story time.
I had roughly about 1400 yards of this off-white itchy wool (the one in the picture above) that I bought off ebay for playing around with dying and felting. Well, I liked the colors in my dying so much that I wanted to make things out of them, but oh poo! the wool is so itchy! so I soaked the undyed skeins in a big tub of wool wash and let them all dry and they were still itchy! I was so grumpy about it I put them away and never wanted to see them again. skip to 2 years later - I get hungry for a crafty project to help me relax from a difficult summer class and it's raining like crazy, so what do i have on hand? 10 packets of cherry kool-aid left over from the previous attempts (my first go with cherry left me with a blood-colored yarn i didn't care for at the time). so i pull out 3 skeins of ole itchy and soak it in the sink, prepare the dye bath, and voila - enough yarn for exactly the project i want to start tomorrow. what project is that? you'll have to wait and see. Wink

for now, here's a pic of the approx 600 yards in the bath


and here it is hanging to dry


the picture of it in the soup pot is the most accurate picture of the color.

EDIT: I finally finished the project with the red yarn!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262001.msg2937595#msg2937595
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7  Re: The Great Vegan/Vegetarian Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lechaton on: June 07, 2008 01:18:25 PM
I'm a little slow to post, but everybody rejoice! I got a new computer on the super cheap! (The guy who sold it was obviously computer illiterate...I feel almost like I robbed him because this thing is -awesome-) Enough stalling!


amymisha sent me a supercute cross-body market bag which will be SO PERFECT for when I go biking to the farmer's market. I've already used it to pick up ingredients for the vegan chocolate cake (which is in the recipes she sent, can't wait to bake it!!) and an adorable matching zipper pouch all with embroidered veggies and fruit on them yummy! Thank you so much Amy, I love it. Cheesy And I'm glad you liked the stuff I sent!
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8  Re: 24 Hour Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lechaton on: August 18, 2006 11:31:42 AM
i received from matmatigan and couldn't wait to run home and open it!
the perfect thing to get on a rainy day like today Cheesy

all laid out - what could they be? :O


handpainted yarns!!


the picture's a little blurry, but pretty accurate on the colors. i love them Cheesy i'm going to make the muted one into something for my mom, she already decided for me! haha.

and last but certainly not least!

these stitch markers are great! i certainly won't loose these puppies! :}

there's also a set of handmade dowel needles but i couldn't get a good picture of them. Sad my hands are too shakey.

everything is great though, thanks so much! Smiley
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9  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by lechaton on: August 08, 2006 09:55:52 PM
-finally- my batteries finished charging, so here are pictures of my first foray into yarn dying:

what i started with (and what's available for trade) and in the background, there's one skein of the brown alpaca/wool blend that's been overdyed with 2 packs pink lemonade 1/2 pack tropical punch.



the colors in this photo are pretty accurate, except the pink is just a little darker, i'd call it bubblegum pink and a closeup of how that brown took to the overdye. the green is my favorite Smiley :



the pink was dyed with the leftovers from the two overdyed skeins, which for some reason turned out different from each other even though i did the same thing, go figure. the green took 5 packets artic green apple, the alpaca is so great, it sucks up dye like a vacuum.

it took maybe 15 minutes for the alpaca and about 30 or longer for the blend using the stovetop method.
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10  Re: Unconditional Swap July - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lechaton on: August 01, 2006 01:27:13 PM
if this isn't worth stealing wireless for i don't know what is!!

i'm so excited cuz i received from fadeawaydream today! i asked for an artist's journal and couldn't have received a better one.

i love the fabric and the paper and there's so many pages!! plenty of room for me to document my travels.
and i -love- that it fits perfectly inside my new purse, it was meant to be! Smiley
on to the pictures!:

closed:


open:


and for good measure - here it is in my purse:


i didn't take a picture of the front cuz it has nothing to do with this post but it's a Choco Banana Pocky purse. which wins - if i may say so. :3

thank you so much natalie! i'll make sure to put it to good use! Smiley
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