I recieved from Astormorray today, and it could not have come at a better time. I've been sick with an ear infection and very grumpy since the fourth of July. Today was fabulous, though! I had Senior Pictures (went great), found out that I've made it to 'round two' of the applications at the store I applied to work at, and as the icing on the cake, I got the most beauuutimous package! And the icing is my favorite part!
All the yarn is so beautiful! And the colors are perfectly 'me'! It's mystifying! I was so very excited when I was opening the box. My mom didn't seem so excited, but she thought I ordered this yarn from an online store, which I think is a pretty good compliment.
The whole shebang (Most Accurate Colors of all my photos, but still not that great.) :
Self-Striping Sock Yarn (Much brighter in real life. Some of my favorite color combos!) 440 yards of Merino/Silk:
Apple Green & Magenta Yarn (Again, Brighter IRL-- a fabulous color of green!) 50 yards of Viscose, Silk, and Cotswold (? Sorry, kind of hard to read on the tag.) /Nylon:
2 Skeins of "Red Queen" Yarn (a BEAUTIFUL dark red! Totally classy and totally beautiful!) 107 yards total of 100% Merino:
She also sent some lovely pink and orange stitch markers and some size four needles.
I love everything so, so, so much! I can't stop petting my yarn! Everything is perfect and lovely. I really need to make your package better, Astormorray! It feels so flimsy in comparison.
I'm starting my first real garment project, and I've been knitting on it for a few hours, then I notice that my rows don't line up! I took a picture. The blue line is to try and show how the row of purls doesn't match up.
This has happened to me before, and I thought I was just doing it backward or something, and on those projects, it didn't really matter. I didn't notice it on this until I changed stitches, then it was horribly obvious.
I'm sure I'll have to start over, but can someone tell me how to avoid this in the future?
Errr....Half of the 12 Dancing Princesses, I guess. I didn't know what I was going to do with these when I started, so I feel like they look unplanned. The Princesses are all holding hands and following the eldest through the forest with the golden fruit. (When you put the shoes flush next to each other, it looks like the brunette in blue and the brunette in yellow reach across to hold hands, too.) The backs of the shoes say "In Powder and Crinoline" with some little flowers and golden apples.
I'm really not very happy with them. But then again, I liked them enough to wear them thoughout San Diego and blister my feet up when I could have just worn FlipFlops and been much more comfortable.
When trying to decide what to paint, I thought of my favorite illustration for one of my favorite fairytales, pictured below. The words on the back come from the title of the book in which this illustration was pictured. I thought it was cute. ; D
It's obviously not a copy, but I drew my inspiration from it. But I didn't plan (like I said), so I couldn't fit 12 princesses on my canvas, so I settled with half.
Oh, and I didn't put enough textile meduim in the paint, so it's already cracking. C'est la vie!
Okay, guys. So, my dear mother picked out some really gorgeous felting wool and told me to make a purse out of it. No problem, right?
So, I knit up this purse without a pattern, and I'm like, "Dang this purse is bomb! It'll be so fab when it comes out of the washer!"
Yeah... It wasn't. It got all curly and weird, and I showed it to my mom (all sniffly. ALL THAT WORK!) and she was like, "What is that, a pupa?"
So, then I figured, I could cut the pupa into pieces and sew that together. Well. Unfortunately, the peices won't even match up for me to do that.
So now I have six peices of of former pupa. Two rounded...sorta rainbow-shaped pieces:
and four flat pieces that are about half the size of the curvies:
This is how thick they are, compared to a Razr:
and here they are all together, demonstrating my current use for one of the flat ones (a coaster):
Anyway, the point of me even posting this mess is, I was wondering if any of you SuperCraftsters have any ideas of what to do with this mess? It doesn't have to be a purse, I just don't want 6 peices of felt sitting around my desk.
Okay. I know, 'iWhatever' titles are way overdone, but I can't resist a good pun.
I made this for my super-close, Mrs. Lovett-Lovin' cousin for her birthday to hold her ipod/earphones. I was wayyyyyyy late starting, though, so I had to finish it on the way to her house in the car. That's why it looks like....butt. The painting part (Mrs. Lovett) came out really well, though, I think. The stitches are messy as part of its design, but my 'neat' hand-stitches aren't much better. ; D
The back/flap underside are old jeans that were bleached white, with lyrics to "The Worst Pies in London" iron-oned to them. Disaster. They flaked soooo bad. I was able to distress the underside enough to make it look like it was on purpose, the back though...I don't know. Still looks like a mistake to me.
I'm really displeased with the outcome (aside from the image itself), but Dear Cousin lovvvves it, so, I guess-- Success! I was ruthlessly criticizing it (as per usual), and she said "Katie, if you can't stop being mean to your work, I'm going to hide it."
There are three rhinestones on the guillotine side, one on the sparkle, one on her barette, and one on the exlcamation point. The purse was darkdarkdark denim, but I bleached it white/natural-y. Acrylic craft paint and textile medium!
PS: The words are the general slogan of the French Revolution, just incase not everyone is a 1700s nerd.
Kitty Vane, your pumpkin made me like, do this ridiculous giggle of joy.
Just so you know.
I started carving my Snow White pumpkin from a Disney Princess pattern book, and only got her face-shape carved before I gave up. I hate how the patterns always turn and stuff. So I free-handed the rest. Sorry the pictures aren't too fab.
Everyone's costumes are so fabulous! And, how_german, I'm so sorry your bearded lady costume didn't come out! That would have been bomb. If it was a time issue, I think you should make it post-halloween anyway, and just keep it around in case you ever need to dress up like a carnie. (;
My Little Bo Peep costume was cancelled until three-o-clock yesterday. I had to make Marie Antoinette (It came out deplorably, but the hat came out really well.) and Velma Kelly costumes for two seperate events before I had time to do my Ms. Peep. My Velma Kelly came out really well, I think. I sewed a pre-made black tanktop to a straight skirt and put fringe all over it. I have this really gaudy, orientalism-style coat thing which I added a fur collar to. Mary Janes, Fishnets, and tons of rouge, and tah-dah!! Unfortunately, I can't find the pictures!
Fortunately, I suddenly got the urge to finish. I didn't make a bodice, however, so I'll just be wearing a beige canvas corset with it. I had my mom take a few pictures at the halloween party we went to.
Here are a few pics of Bo Peep, I'll take more tomorrow.
Out of pure coincidence, me, my little brother, and stepdad all ended up having a theme. They were going as Buzz and Woody (my mom made their costumes) and not until we were all half-way dressed did we realize that Bo Peep was in Toy Story.
(My skirt is TOO LONG! I'm trimming it tonight.)
As unfinished and mediocre my costume is, I got SO many compliments. It made me feel much better about it.
And here's my Marie Tricorn. It was a White Witch hat in its previous life. (as a note, the blue band & Cameo across the wig are not part of the hat.)
This is a shot of the flowers, feathers, and playing card on the back of the hat:
Okay, so it's not MUCH, but I figured I'd post my progress anyway. My super-easy bonnet is done! It's just a regular straw crafting hat, so it's flat when it's not on my head. But the way the scarf is, when I tie it, it gets the recognizable 'Bonnet' shape. Basically, I wanted it to be flowery and gaudy. : >
I'm getting ready to start my little bodice right now. : >