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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Phoenix and Dragon Finger Puppets *3 pics* on: December 01, 2007 04:28:17 PM
Thanks everyone!
I'll try and remember what I did and write up some sort of pattern.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Phoenix and Dragon Finger Puppets *3 pics* edited with pattern on: December 01, 2007 08:55:42 AM
These were a gift for the child of some friends.
Knit in the round with yarn leftover from the Jayne Hat and a failed sweater, these two little beasties took about an hour or two each, including time for figuring out the designs. Painless.







My lame attempt to remember what I did...

Body:
CO 12 sts.
Join and work in the round.
Work 3 rows in 1x1 rib.
Work 10 rows in stockinette, changing color as desired.
Row 14: [k2tog, k1] repeat to end.
Row 15: [k2tog] repeat to end.
Row 16: [m1] repeat to end.
Row 17: [m1, k1] repeat to end. (back to 12 sts.)
Work 5 rows in stockinette.
Next row, k2tog around row.
Stuff head with cotton, break yarn and draw close.

Details for Phoenix:

Wings (make two):
CO 5 sts.

Working in stockinette, do a k2tog decrease on ONE SIDE ONLY to create a triangle.
Decrease down to one stitch, then break yarn and tie off.
Tie on little bits of scrap yarn to create flames.
Using a tapestry needle, sew wing to body.
Reverse decreases for second wing.

Tail:
Tie on longer strands of scrap yarn at base of body.  Leaving them at different lengths helps make it look like shes on fire!

Beak:
CO 4 sts.
Work an icord, decreasing one stitch every row.
Sew beak to head.

Embroider some eyes.

Tie scraps of yarn down the back of the head to create the comb.
I used a tapestry needle to thread them into the head, then tied them off and trimmed them.

Details for Dragon:

Wings:
CO 3 sts.
Working in stockinette, increase once every row on one side and AT THE SAME TIME once every OTHER row on the opposite side.
Once youve got 6 sts on the needle, reverse the shaping and decrease down to one stitch.
I was trying to create a diamond shape that wasnt completely symmetrical.
For the second wing, just reverse the increases and decreases.

Tail:
CO 4 sts.
Work an icord, decreasing one stitch every four rows.
When you get down to one stitch, KFBF (to make three stitches into the one on the needle).  Then decrease one stitch each row to finish off the triangle of the tail.

Snout: (I cant really remember, I THINK this is what I did)
CO 4 sts.
Work 3 rows in stockinette.
Work one row purled on the RS to create a seam.
Work one row knit.
Work one row purled to create a second seam.
Work 3 rows in stockinette.
This should create almost a little book.
Sew snout onto the head, and sew a few stitches up the side to close the mouth a little.

Embroider the eyes and teeth.

Tie scrap bits on the wings for the claws.

Using a tapestry needle, sew a LOOSE whip stitch down the head, back and tail to create the dorsal scales.

 

Put on a mythological puppet show!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knit1's Human Heart Pillow *1 pic* on: September 26, 2007 12:55:11 PM
This is real cool and i just love the set up of the photo..well done!!
question....what did you use as referance?? (mmm??)

Haha!  You've found me out!

Knitting therapy spilled over into photo therapy that day, I think...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty's Lizard Ridge - finished! on: August 08, 2007 11:25:06 AM
Holey MOLEY!
That's awesome.  Well done.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Nothin' But a T-Shirt from MagKnits *pic* on: July 29, 2007 04:26:41 PM
Oh oh oh, I really like this. I've been debating making that shirt for awhile, but I think you may have sold me.

Great job!

Thanks!

I highly recommend it if you're looking for a simple project and relatively quick sweater knit.  I guess it does claim to be "intermediate,"  but I'd put it at the beginner end of the scale.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Florence scarf on: July 27, 2007 07:18:35 AM
Yummy!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Nothin' But a T-Shirt from MagKnits *pic* on: July 27, 2007 07:05:06 AM
Thanks everyone!  It was an easy knit, and I'm glad I finished something seasonally appropriate (for once, haha).

great job!  Isn't the pattern written for circs though?

It's not, although any pattern can be pretty easily converted from straight to circ and back.  There's a great tute in the SnB Nation book...

Nice!  I don't often see people knit that pattern - it turned out really well!  Mind if I ask where you got the pakucho?  Was it stash or did you buy it recently?  I bought some in '04 or '05 but haven't been able to find it since. 

I found it about a year ago on Craig's list (and just waited until the right pattern came along), the woman who runs Cottage Industry was going out of business, and she was selling it (and some delicious organic alpaca that I made this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157902.0 out of) for a STEAL. 

I tried to search for it again, and it doesn't seem to be listed anymore.

But, lucky me (here I go, making everyone jealous)  I have enough of the alpaca for two more sweaters and Clapotis (which I just started) and probably two more sweaters with the cotton.  This makes me supremely happy.


8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nothin' But a T-Shirt from MagKnits *pic* on: July 26, 2007 04:00:02 PM



I used "Pakucho," an Organic Peruvian Cotton from Cottage Industry for the main color, and Patons Classic Wool Merino in Russet for the trim.  Knit flat on size 8 bamboos, it was a simple, therapeutic project.

thanks for looking!

(please ignore the laundry, it's mid-sort)
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: "Quills" Costume Design and MAJOR Recon *pics* on: July 15, 2007 08:11:00 PM
can i worship you?

i'm a theatre costuming student and am looking to do what you do.

it's really just two things... honoring the silhouette of the time period and being resourceful.

Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: "Quills" Costume Design and MAJOR Recon *pics* on: June 14, 2007 08:00:58 PM
*blushes*
Thanks everyone!
yeah, I worked pretty hard on it, and tried to be resourceful and creative.

I think the most important things to remember in costume design is silhouette  and color.  If you're thinking about how all the colors work together, and you're paying attention to the silhouette of the garment (and making it period appropriate) a little can go a long way.


This is astonishing given the budget.  Such wonderful and authentic looking costumes.  I especially love the Regency style jacket (I can't remember what they were called then--redingote?)--I can totally see how you could do something similar with your average current-era blazer.

It's called a Spencer Jacket.  Well, a Spencer Jacket would have more of a downward curve of the lapels into the bottom hem, and long sleeves, but I was working with what I had.



Sexy. Tres tres sexy. And a play I would have loved to have seen. (As a side note, you might recommend your group put the city/state on your main webpage... I had to go to the bowling alley site before I could figure out where the heck you guys are!)

Thanks, that's a great point about the website!  I'll make sure to pass it along to our web designer.
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