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1  Re: venus from knitscene in Knitalongs by katbaggins on: May 12, 2008 07:03:37 PM
I did it!



From my blog (woolinsunshine.blogspot.com):

I started knitting the Venus Pullover in February after finding the yarn at 50% off. Trust me, for Rowan yarn, 50% is as rare as as me leaving work before 7pm. There's a story here, actually - the issue of Knitscene this pattern premiered in was the first knitting magazine I ever bought, when I first experienced that "holy crap - other people knit too?" moment. I fell in love with this pattern immediately but the yarn (Rowan Holiday) is both extremely hard to find and uniquely constructed (it looks like a lopsided ladder). I didn't want to risk substituting another yarn and have the project fall apart, so I sidelined it. Then two years later I'm at Unwind's annual Superbowl yarn sale and voila - Rowan Holiday! So I bought a bunch and started knitting!

The cold hard facts:

This was a fast knit, and because of the one-piece construction I really felt like I was making progress. I had a few hiccups involving stitch count, but that was it. Seaming was a breeze (I don't think I've ever typed that sentence before) and I've worn it three or so times to work. I both love it and feel iffy about it. It's not quite what I expected, and from up close the stitch pattern looks rudimentary and silly. If I were to knit it again I would probably make up my own stitch, just to punch it up a bit. I shortened the pullover because I'm short (and with the four extra inches suggested by the pattern this thing would have hit me above the knee - eek) but I shortened it a bit too much. I think it needs another inch but I'm far too lazy to un-bindoff and fix it. I also increased the slope under the arms - the idea is for this to be loose and comfortable, but I might have taken that a bit too far Smiley

The first time I wore this I had an, um, interesting problem. The boat neck, which I love, stretched to an unreasonable length. I was walking down the street trying to keep my sweater from slipping off my shoulders. Not cool. So I found some cotton in corresponding colors and crocheted a line all the way around the neckline. Works like a charm! It's loose enough to convey the drapey Venus goddess nature of the design, but tight enough to actually stay on my shoulders.

The yarn itself is incredibly splitty and frequently annoyed me, but it's a great yarn for California - not too hot, not too cold. I won't be wearing it this weekend when it's forecasted to hit 95, but I'd say you could wear this baby anywhere from 65 to 85 degrees and not get annoyed at either end of the spectrum.

Well that's it! Not quite the stunning creation I thought it would be, but I have to say I love it.
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2  2007 - Wood Nymph in Halloween Costumes by katbaggins on: October 29, 2007 03:30:26 PM
Forgive the bad pictures...I forgot to bring my camera to the party I went to. And I look like an idiot standing alone in my apartment Smiley





More: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204799.msg2185573#msg2185573
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3  Completed - Wood Nymph Costume in Halloween Costumes by katbaggins on: October 29, 2007 03:28:22 PM
Forgive the bad pictures...I forgot to bring my camera to the party I went to. And I look like an idiot standing alone in my apartment Smiley






I bought the dress at Forever 21 for $17, and I bought the shoes and purse at JC Pennys.







I added the flower to the purse and I cut holes in the backs of the shoes so I could run some ribbon yarn through them to make them ballerina shoes.





The handwarmers are actually an old pair of tights I had lying around - I cut the feet off and trimmed them to size, then ran the same ribbon yarn from my shoes in a zigzag pattern along the edge, to give the illusion that I had laced the gloves to my arms. The cape was a lot of fun - I bought the fabric at Jo-Anns and the assorted flowers, leaves, and garland at Michaels. I decided to use the garland to support the cape, so I sewed the fabric strips to it (not an easy thing, when you're dealing with tangled thread and a deranged kitty cat obsessed with chewing the thing to death!). Then I sewed the flowers and leaves to the cape. I didn't actually tie the cape together in the front - I just twisted the wire part of the garland around my dress straps.

You can't really see my face (I actually took pictures but they're too hideous to show the world) but I did some green makeup and glitter around my eyes. I also bought those cute little crystal barrettes from a kiosk in the mall and that's what's holding my hair back.

I conceived of and created this costume in about 11 hours. Three hours for shopping, one hour for lunch, and the rest was spent sewing and messing around with ribbon. Go me! Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN) in Knitting: Completed Projects by katbaggins on: March 14, 2007 01:10:27 PM
I finished my Lelah a few weeks ago but I've been utterly lazy in posting!



I used Blue Sky Organic Cotton in the color Fern. Check out my blog : http://woolinsunshine.blogspot.com/2007/02/lelah-venus-of-our-times.html for more information regarding the issues I had, mainly with the special bindoff (which definitely didn't work for me) and the yarn itself, which is pilling something awful! Also, there are much better pictures on there - ones that don't make my arms look huge! Smiley

I've worn my Lelah twice and both times have been heavily complimented - it's such an incredible pattern!
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5  Ren Faire Gypsy in Halloween Costumes by katbaggins on: November 04, 2006 11:23:23 AM
I love gypsies - the "authentic" Ren Faire vareity, not the store bought sexy ones. My goal for this costume was to be able to wear it at Ren Faire next year, and I think I suceeded! Oh, and I probably should mention that the actual construction of this costume only happened over two days.



I purchased the bodice, cream underskirt, cream short sleeved shirt, and headscarf at various thrift stores in Los Angeles. I made a trip down to the overwhelming fabric district with the goal of picking up some purple and an orangey color for the skirts. Of course, I couldn't find the exact shade of purple, and the stores were closing, so I picked up the deep purple linen that forms the bottom-most color. (which you can barely see because my cat decided to join the picture!) The red, green, and turquise (which you can barely see because it's only in my braided belt) are all the same kind of cotton.



Then came the hardest part - sewing. I have no machine, and was planning on using that iron-on stuff until I realized it wouldn't bunch up the way I wanted it to using that stuff. So I sewed the purple linen to some elastic and built the red/green parts of the skirt on that "frame" if you will. Through a highly scientific process of holding the fabric up to me, safety pinning it, and cutting it while looking in a mirror (about as difficult as it sounds!) I made the rest of the skirt. I sewed it into place using little darts (right word?) every few inches or sew, so I could make it bunch more and so I'd have less sewing.

Oops, I lied earlier. I also purchased the bells on my hip and the little leather leaf pouch (at last yr's Faire). I made the other two pouches. The big greenish one held my camera and was made of felted (technically fulled) Noro Blossom in "green multi" and I laced a suede strip through the drawstring. The second pouch (for my girly makeup) was made of a golden mohair blend from ebay (love it!) and a button I got at Jo-Anns. It's held to the belt with two i-cord belt loops on the back.



Hope you enjoyed! Sorry I didn't get any "making of" or close up pics. After the awesome Halloween party I went to I was hard pressed to remember to take these!
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6  Many FO's: Bags, Wrist Warmer, Cuff Bracelets in Knitting: Completed Projects by katbaggins on: October 20, 2006 12:13:02 PM
I finally got around to posting a bunch of FO's from the last few months! I still consider myself a newbie, but I really enjoy coming up with my own designs.

*Excuse my large pictures....I couldn't figure out how to make them smaller!

I love this bag - I used a pattern in a book I have, and substituted some yarn I bought off ebay for the much brighter colors in the book. It was supposed to be a yarn tote, but I love it so much it's now my purse and I take it everywhere Smiley



My lovely purple cotton bag was started because I wanted to make a Turkish String Bag (http://tiajudy.com/stringbag.htm) but I kept screwing up the YO's so I just garter stitched the whole thing and now it's my yarn tote. Smiley



Next, the wrist warmers. I chose to go the simple route, where you make a rectangle and sew up the sides. I used a broken rib and color pattern of my own design, and the yarn is various shades of Noro. Excuse my dorktastic picture Smiley






Finally, the three cuff bracelets I made my younger brother for his b-day back in August. I was going for the manly Abercrombie and Fitch look, and I think I succeeded. I experimented with three different closures but I wasn't really 100% happy with any of them. I realized that, even when felted, the resulting fabric was too weak for the snap-closures I intended. I then messed around with some suede I had, and tried looping it around a big bead and just making a tie-closure, but I think they all ended up being clunky.





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