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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Oh what a feeling! The steampunk corduroy girl strikes again! Pic heavy on: May 09, 2009 04:38:57 AM

Let's get this off to a good start!

I used ManiacalMickey's tute for the vest, great and thanks Cheesy (I can't be bothered to track down the original link to the tute hahahhaa) I did a few changes, like..I did a flat seam for the outer seam..because I didn't like the way the raw edges were left exposed inside the original vest in the tute. And I made it double breasted, well..not PROPER double breasted but it looks good anyway.


The buttons are SCOTTISH HIGHLAND buttons with little thistles and stuff on them! I got them from the second hand store for $3 for 10 or something, I don't know but GOD metal buttons are SO expensive new, if I'd gotten them new they would have been $1.50 each or something.

The corduroy is this incredible corduroy I got for like...$22 a metre or something awful like that..gah..it's beautiful fabric though..it's got a pattern of roses on it. I only got a metre, that's all I could afford, so I could only make something small like a vest.


I'm also wearing a basic brown petticoat style skirt with an elastic waist that I made ages ago, and a tulle petticoat under that. You can probably imagine what it looks like, they're more "staples" rather than "interesting feature pieces" to my wardrobe.
I hope you like this all!
42  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted pictures - knitted self portrait and distorted cow skull on: May 07, 2009 02:58:19 PM
I can draw over thee skull..but at the moment I can't be bothered..so basically..well..at the top..those are horns, moving down the first large dark area is the eye socket, the funny squarish sticking out bit at the bottom is the teeth, the dark area near there is the nasal cavity..
Since I made the background the same as the lightest tone (big mistake!) then it's a bit..sketchy. Oh well, it was only a practice.
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted pictures - knitted self portrait and distorted cow skull on: May 06, 2009 10:53:32 PM
Yeah..so I've recently learned Fair Isle, and being me (far more of a visual artist than a textile one) I wanted to knit more than just patterns. I realise intarsia is far better for knitting pictures than Fair Isle but I can't do it yet so....

The first picture I did was a cow skull but it's kind of hard to see..oh well.

It's about 10.5cm by 13cm, it just took me a couple of hours (including drawing and gridding the image), I was practicing because I intended to do....

A KNITTED SELF PORTRAIT!
In my figure and life class at uni we had to do self portraits. naturally everyone chose to draw theirs..but I decided to knit it...I food colouring dyed heaps of rainbow colours of wool and sorted them into values.
Now I had to do a small one because I only had about 3 hrs and 45 minutes, from drawing my face from a mirror and gridding it (took 15 mins) to the final casting off.

Just in case you can't make it out, the picture is me leaning over a mirror, my scarf is covering my mouth. I knitted from the top down, turning the chart upside down (cause I wasn't sure if I'd have time to do the scarf too)
The image is blue = darkest value, red = dark mid, yellow = light mid, white = lightest tone. I sorted my wool into those values too.

Yes!  It's knitted using fairisle, but I did the fair isle pretty badly so the gods of Fair Isle would be down on me like a ton of bricks.. (hence the general warpingness of the image..)

The colour variations are because I'd pick a light tone, a dark tone, mid and light mid, and I'd change colours whenever I ran out of that colour/OR I got bored of it. I had heaps of that pale apple green but I got sick of it after a while. I also couldn't be bothered knitting the scarf hence the brown and blue bands at the bottom.
My art teacher actually liked the combobulatedness of it, the way it was "breaking away from the original regimented grid" (or something, who knows what art teachers mean, I mean as an art student I know that they just make it up. We all do.)

(Recycled food colouring dyed yarn..not sure what ply..um..8 ply? 4mm needles, it distorts a bit but roughly it's about 11.5cm wide by 18.5cm)

So yes, hopefully you like. When I have more time I'll probably do a bigger picture. This was really quite theraputic though, and it takes much less time than embroidering an image (which is what someone suggested I do instead.)
44  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Twinkle-Turmeric Toes! Image Fluffy. on: May 06, 2009 10:43:51 PM
Great work! They look brill and I have NO idea how you got a natural dye to stick to turmeric..and you didn't even use a MORDANT?

Heads up on turmeric though..I've dyed with it using alum as a mordant, on wool...and it is NOT lightfast. It faded from bright bright bright yellow gold to pale buff after only an hour or two in the sun. Beautiful colour but for anything that is exposed to the sun..it's not worth it Sad there are other natural dyes you can use that make yellow that won't fade, but they're not as readily accessable as turmeric
45  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P on: April 16, 2009 06:58:10 PM
The yarn is Jo Sharp double knit (if I recall...8 ply 50g balls)
And the discontinued colour was Teal, and Orient
But there were no more in the yarn shop, I got the last (5 balls of teal, 6 of orient)
46  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P on: April 14, 2009 05:21:00 AM
at the moment I'm knitting a fair isle vest. It seems to be working out really well Cheesy there was this cable jumper that I wanted to knit but a) it was "experienced with cables" and I'm only a little experienced..I worked out it was probably just time consuming and when you got the hang of the pattern it wouldn't be too hard....so I was going to do that BUT..the really nice coloured yarn was discontinued and they didn't have enough in stock for it..so I went with the fair isle to use the lovely blues.
cables will be next! The pattern of the one I was considering was a bit daunting though..do you have any good designs for a cabled sweater or cardy? Thanks everyone
47  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P on: April 10, 2009 08:37:38 PM
Thanks so much guys Smiley what exactly are stitch counters/stitch markers?
48  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P on: April 09, 2009 09:45:26 PM
Like the alliterative title?

Ok...I'm not a brilliant knitter, I won't lie. But I have knitted socks..I know perl and plain, I know how to knit cables, how to decrease, slip and pick up stitches...I'm also reasonably patient. However, I am not super brilliant at knitting patterns so I need to get better at that..

And since it's beginning to become rather chilly here in Australia, I am seeking advice from the knitting crowd for...

Is there a pattern for a jumper (sweater) or a cardigan that isn't really hard..OR totally hokey? Is there anything you can recommend?

PS I'm female and 17 and fairly slight. 

Any advice you can give will be a great help Cheesy
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Over The Top pseudo Victorian iron grey dress on: March 31, 2009 03:40:03 AM
Ok..well..I had this dress in my head for two years or something.
[iimg]http://fc23.deviantart.com/fs29/f/2008/154/2/f/Iron_Grey_by_ludicrouslouisa.jpg[/img]
That was a drawing I did.
Um..so I got some drill on sale (5 m of it at something like..$2.50 a metre?) sweetness! I procrastinated about making it cause I wasn't sure I could, but when it got down to it the construction was really basic.
Ok..well..I don't have any super good proper photos of it. So I'll just show you a bunch so you get a general impression of the dress.



Yes I realise the shoes don't suit..I can't actually wear a lot of shoes without my feet being chewed up like a rawhide bone being fed to a dog. Even these ones hurt.
The stats: um..it has a pintucked yoke with piping and a lace collar piece, and it's a panel dress with a back zipper, princess seams and a full skirt of around 3 metres. I'm wearing 4 petticoats. It's got a pleated trim, ridiculously huge puff sleeves..and.erm..I didn't iron it.

I made up the pattern myself if you couldn't tell Tongue and it's longer than I originally intended cause I used the whole width of the bolt of fabric..which was about 1 metre.
More photos..yay!



If you're wondering about the weird pictures of me with all the assorted detritus/mini piano etc..well..it's because my friend and I decided that we were going to take strange looking objects from my house and I would pose with them and photos would be taken. Then I decided to play the tiny piano..then I decided to busk cause we wanted money for an icecream..um..well..OK..the piano is half-broken and I haven't played for four years so my playing was hilariously terrible..but I think the weird weird combo of my green hair, archaic dress and tiny piano drew the crowds and motivated them to give us $13.95..not bad for a little more than half an hour!

I do have a video which will give you a general impression of the terrible music I was playing, and the whole "atmosphere"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zdT67KRgqI

I hope you enjoy this Tongue
50  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm that scary yellow clown (bubble skirt and harlequin shirt alert!) on: March 18, 2009 10:27:51 PM
^ ah mine's a mere 7/8%..so that might be why. Hope it doesn't get worse.
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