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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Sparklepussy cat costume on: April 07, 2014 08:37:32 AM
The idea to dress up as a glittery purple cat hit me like a bolt of lightning, and before I knew it five of us were roving the French Quarter as a herd of cats.

We meowed, and scratched with our claws, and drank a ton of whiskey.

Originally the costume was going to be sleeveless (and therefore a little more roller disco), but I had to make several last-minute concessions to the weather. Fat Tuesday was about 40 and raining! So I added the mesh sleeves, and arm warmers, and had to wear layers underneath my sleek catsuit. Some of those bulges are a wool sweater, and I was wearing a jacket for most of the day. So apparently I didnt need to lay off the french fries.

The mask is puff paint and rhinestones on tulle. I really enjoyed this technique, and will play with it more (word to the wise: this took about 3 days to fully dry).

Can you believe the adorable pet tag?! My friends Maria and Patrick made one for everybody, and mine is being stamped with Sparklepussy.

I really like this costume, but having to bundle up and still try to stay inside made it a challenge to have fun. I did catch a golden coconut at Zulu, and good friends + whiskey will get you pretty far in life.

see more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/sparklepussy-mardi-gras-2014/

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / self-striping socks on: March 24, 2014 09:28:49 AM
Hand-made socks were a major motivator in learning to knit, and I really love making them (which is a relief; I was afraid that it might be too tedious). Its a simple and compact project that I can carry everywhere I go.

Although my first pair of socks took about 3 months to complete, this second pair was finished in 4 weeks. And they are much longer! I did a basic calculation, and estimate that each sock contains about 12,000 stitches. Sock knitters, does that number seem correct? It makes me dizzy.

I used 47″ #3 Addi Turbo Lace needles, and followed Liat Gatts pattern for toe-up socks on magic loop.

This was my first time working with self-striping, and I am definitely a convert. It was exciting to see the colors and stripes emerge, and the pattern helped me track my progress as well as hide any flaws.

This aquamarine yarn is a bamboo-nylon blend. Its definitely thicker than the fingering-weight, and so I did the ribbing on #1 needles. I was concerned about the weight discrepancy, but I think it totally works for the cuff.

I live in LA, but luckily I have icy feet, so handmade wool socks will actually get worn this winter. But future sock yarns may be more of the bamboo persuasion.

more on the blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/self-striping-socks/
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re-covered sewing chair on: March 17, 2014 07:49:36 AM
Ive been using this chair since 2009, and had this fabric in my stash since 2010. In 2013 I decided to put the two together, but I only got around to it in January 2014. It took about 90 minutes.


The fabric is organic cotton canvas, and I used almost all of it for this project. The remaining pieces went to my mom, so this was a very successful stash-busting project.

blogged: http://madebyjulianne.com/recovered-chair/
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Matmos shift dress on: March 11, 2014 10:27:04 AM
Its a simple dress, which means its versatile and comfortable and fun to wear.

Now Im wearing it with a silk charmeuse slip, and I stay pretty warm. Without the slip, its been perfect for warmer days in Los Angeles on the bicycle. The short hem will be fun in the summer!

Its made from a silky, slinky rayon. The print reminds me of the Matmos from one of my favorite movies, Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy.

I finished the seams in the serger. Theres a black invisible zip, which should be 6″ longer, but I had this size in my stash and I can easily get the dress over my shoulders (but the hips are another story).

Im not sure about the neckline. Maybe I want to do something bold, like an appliqu or contrasting collar? Maybe I want it lower? For now, its bound in matching bias tape. Id love any suggestions!

more photos and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/matmos-dress/
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / baby hat knit from fabric strips on: March 10, 2014 06:20:48 PM
My husbands cousins baby is such a sweetheart, and I love making little presents for him (and all my friends kiddos!). His name is Kekoa, hes 2 years old, and tons of fun.

I used a tissue-weight jersey with high lycra content, and serged the pieces into a tube to cut a continuous strip. I stretched the strip while winding it into a ball, so the fabric curled onto itself into tube. The resulting knit fabric has a lot of body, but is also very stretchy.

More pictures and info on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/fabric-yarn-baby-hat/
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / pink market bag on: January 28, 2014 09:43:54 AM
I came across a whole bunch of vintage chunky acrylic yarn at a thrift store, so Ive been making shopping bags with it. Easy, doesnt require attention, and makes a useful non-specific gift.

Because the yarn is so thick and I used 8mm needles, the bag isnt very net-like. I know if I were to use bigger needles this project would be faster with more open space, but I really dont like the feel of big needles in my hand.

See more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/pink-market-bag/

Also, I'm giving away a copy of Twinkle's Town and Country Knits on my blog, so you should enter to win!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Twinkle Knits book giveaway on: January 28, 2014 09:39:21 AM
Howdy Craftsters! I'm giving away a copy of Twinkle's Town and Country Knits by Wenlan Chia on my blog. To enter you can just share a link on Facebook or leave a blog comment. Info about the book and entry here: http://madebyjulianne.com/twinkle-knits-book-giveaway/

Thanks, and good luck!

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / cat puppets on: December 28, 2013 12:47:28 PM
I made a bunch of cat puppets to give as gifts to some of my favorite kiddos.

Another little project to use up neat scraps, and give as charming gifts, and always fun to get drunk and then see what the little kitties have to say about the world.

They are all cats. Ive thought about making other creatures, mostly robots and monsters, but so far Im really enjoying having all these damn cat puppets strewn around my space. Im surrounded by cat puppets.

more pictures and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/cat-puppets/
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / neon fleece raglan sweatshirt on: December 07, 2013 02:45:23 PM
Even with a Disaronno-induced hangover, its impossible to be cranky when Im wearing this. Now where are my damn french fries?

I used a charming vintage pattern from 1972 (mine was bought at Fabulous Fabrics, which sounds like a delightful business model).

Like all recent projects, this was made entirely out of stash fabrics. Isnt it convenient that I have yards and yards of neon fleece just sitting in my closet? Having not bought fabric for the past few months really helped me realize just how much fabric I already had. Ridiculous!

Its sewn with all neon threads. It can be worn with the seams on the inside, but I rather like all those perfect lines of serging.

I keep playing with the idea of puff-paint decoration, with a clear memory of picking at the pointy dots on my moms reindeer sweater in the 90s. With neon or glitter paint, it could be quite hipster-ironic. But what image? Lithium is always a good choice, but maybe I should do something stranger. Suggestions?

more pictures and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/neon-raglan/
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first socks on: November 13, 2013 08:07:38 AM
Last December I finally sat down and taught myself to knit, with one major goal in sight: to make my own socks. And it happened!

I started these socks in May, and finished them in August! But I only worked on them when I was waiting for something else, like at the post office, or on a road trip, or babysitting.

I used a vintage Bernat 50/50 wool/nylon blend, and made them up on my #2 Addi Sock Rockets (which I love, duh). I followed Liat Gatts tutorial for toe-up socks on magic loop, which was very easy to follow. http://knitfreedom.com/free-patterns/fingering-weight-socks

The m1r and m1l increases were certainly a pain in the butt, so next Im exploring other techniques of adding stitches. Ive enjoyed kfb before, but Im also intrigued by this method of working yo without a hole. http://www.socknitters.com/toe-up/prelimassign.htm

The first time I wore these socks was to watch the man burn at Burning Man. It seemed like an appropriate place to realize such a persistent goal, and my toes were toasty!

more words and photos on my website: http://madebyjulianne.com/knavy-knitting/
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