I FINALLY found some freezer paper and excitedly ran into a host of problems My printer has had a "hardware malfunction," meaning I get to throw it out because fixing it will cost more than a new printer, so I had to trace my stencil from the computer screen. I simplified a few parts of the design, too. Then I couldn't find my swiss army knife, which has a small sharp blade perfect for tiny cut-work in lieu of an Xacto knife, so I labored away with my much larger pocket knife. Finally I had it cut out and applied to an old sweatshirt:
After laying it all out on the porch with newspaper taped around it, I sprayed on some slightly watered-down bleach. This is where things began to go horrifically wrong! I SHOULD have let that one application sit until it dried, but nooooooo, I was impatient and sprayed on some more! Then, without stopping to think about what I was doing, I began spraying copious amounts of vinegar on to neutralize the bleach, then fled inside to wait out the toxic fumes. After peeling away the stencil and newspaper, I was quite disappointed. Regardless, I applied more vinegar then ran in to the house with the shirt, dumping it in the tub and furiously rinsing it. Then I washed it by it's lonesome in the washer, and gave it a spin the dryer.
The result? Why, a mess of course!
I know what went wrong and what I should do next time, so it was valuable as a learning experience. But frankly, I LIKE the result! My boyfriend thought that I meant to do this and said what I'd been thinking: "It looks like it's on fire!" Our WoWing friend saw it when we met him at Tim Horton's and he was like "OMG you MADE that!?!?!" So if three WoWers like it, I musta done ok
So, my mistakes and how to remedy... What happened was the vinegar I sprayed on had saturated the fabric, causing the bleach to run under the stencil, and only the part of the pattern that had been exposed got neutralized right away. The bleach under the stencil got neutralized much slower, which is why it is brighter than the exposed part. All very logical, once one takes the time to think about it *facepalm* Now I know for next time that I should make one light application of bleach, allow it to dry, THEN remove the stencil and spray the vinegar onto the design very nice and evenly before fleeing from the fumes. I'm also considering trying hydrogen peroxide as a neutralizing agent because it doesn't produce toxic fumes, but the grocery store was sold out when I was there.
My boyfriend's family's dog, Jinx, is 13 or 14 and the old man is slowing down. He loves to go camping with us, though Last year, we spent 3 very cold and wet days trying to catch fish (we failed), and the poor dog did a lot of shivering and moaning, sitting on us in front of the fire and trying to climb into my sleeping bag (he had his OWN darn sleeping bag ). So, now that fishing season is upon us again, I knew the pup would need some sort of sweater in case of inclement weather (instead of wearing one of my shirts).
Off to the dollar store I went, where I found a 46x36 inch fleece plaid blankie. I already knew which tute I would use:
It took a lot of math, because this is just a guideline, not a pattern, but I did it! The one thing I wish I'd done differently: cut the armholes SMALLER than what I thought they should be (for the top piece; I needed to cut MORE out of the chest piece). I had not originally intended to put sleeves on, but the armholes were HUUUUUGE!
Here is Mr. Jinxy-Poo in his fabulous new camping sweater!
In conclusion, I would recommend this tutorial if your math skills are decent and if you remember to cut the armholes a bit small to try out first.
I'm sooooo bad for WIPs I just put the finishing touches on THREE scarves. All consist of plain ol' single crochet. I'll present them in reverse order of start-date (you'll see why!).
I started this one only about 5 weeks ago and finished it two days ago. It's made from leftover felting-wool yarn from my BF's mom (she makes mittens and slippers with this stuff). Out of 5 colours, I have three colours left, but they are TEENY TINY little balls that I'll probably make flowers out of.
This scarflette was started in March and finished in May. All it needed was buttons, which were put on last night It's made from black acrylic yarn carrying black and pink polester eyelash.
This is the LOOOOOONGEST WIP I've EVER had! I started this scarf for my mother THREE YEARS AGO! I got sick of it because the tension has to be maintained PERFECTLY so that the nubbles are evenly spaced. I FINALLY finished it this evening. The yarn is even more gorgeous in person, made from a really soft and fluffy wool/mohair blend. It took 4 balls, 2 each from different lots, which is why each half of the scarf is slightly different. Finished length is about EIGHT FEET and Mumsie is shorter than I am.
*I hope this is in an appropriate sub-forum; I couldn't think of a better place for it*
Hello knitters! I had the good fortune of finding some vintage patterns at VV, and after some research into US copyright law, I've decided to share one of them with you It's a Marriner pattern from the late 40s or early 50s, leaflet #156, and from my researches, it is very unlikely that it is still under copyright. For more about the copyright implications, please see this post:
I'll take this opportunity to encourage you all to refrain from using this pattern for any sort of commercial purposes, in the event that someone still owns the rights to this pattern. If anyone associated with the Marriner estate happens to come across this and would like me to remove the pattern, I'll do so.
Soooooo, what I'd really like to see is how this pattern looks, made up into the real deal! I don't knit (yet), but I'm sure at least a few people on this board would like to give it a try It includes instructions for bust 32 up to bust 42. Click the thumbnails to be taken to my photobucket, where you can expand the images to 100%.
The third page has some gunk on it. The instructions for the 15th row should read "(K1, P1) twice, K1, * P2 tog, wrn, P5, P2 tog, wrn, P4, repeat from * to last 9 sts, P2 tog, wrn, P2, K1, (P1, K1) twice."
This is one of those things that really makes me want to take up yet another craft
I was wondering what copyright limitations apply to patterns from companies that no longer exist. I have a Marriner's knitting pattern, looks like from the late 40s or early 50s (no date, but it is leaflet #156). It's GAWJUS, but I don't knit (YET!) and would love to see someone make it! So is it totally legit to post the instructions on here?
I've also got a booklet of nifty crochet sweater patterns from 1963 from Coats & Clark's.
I'm hoping to screw up the courage to make this sweater:
Not bad for a buck a piece, eh?
*EDIT TO ADD*
Well, I read all of the relevant copyright stuff and as far as I can tell, a copyright before 1978 would have been only for 28 years, unless extended at the end of those 28 years for a maximum of another 28 years. The last reference to Marriner's existence I could find without buying the book about the spinning industry in Keighley was from 1972, so assuming the pattern is from 1945, they wouldn't have been able to renew the copyright (27 years) assuming they went out of business in 1972 (I think both dates are slightly later than those). What clinched this for me, however, is a person on eBay who is selling compilation DVDs of vintage knitting patterns including many from Marriner. If they're SELLING Marriner patterns without any reference to copyright in the listing, there's no reason I can't SHARE a pattern for NON-COMMERCIAL PURPOSES ONLY with my fellow craftsters.
Tomorrow I'll take pictures of the instructions and create a new post in the knitting thread, linking back to this one (and this one linking to the new one).
I've posted the instructions in the knitalongs sub-forum. I'd like to say once more that this pattern is being shared for your personal enjoyment, NOT for any sort of commercial purposes. If anyone associated with the Marriner estate comes across this and would like me to remove the pattern, I'll do so.
My BF's brother is an anime nut. More importantly, he is a Gundam nut. If you're not familiar with Gundam, it's from the Japanese genre that spawned our own pale version of giant robot drama known as Transformers. And when I say nut, I mean total and complete BANANA BREAD. With extra walnuts. I think he's spent over 2 gees on his action figures, and they take up wall-length shelves in his living room. O.o
So anywho, I wanted to make something special for him for giftmas, but I only just now matted and framed his very own embroidered FA-010-S (Full Armor ZZ Gundam):
I have a pair of jeans that are much patched in the knee and slightly silly looking as they are, so WHY NOT a ruffle butt?!?!
I really really wish I had a better (read: more flattering!) photo of my butt, but you'll have to bear with me The BF is tired of taking photos for me as of late.
This did leave me with the top part of the brother-jeans (and a pant leg). So what else to make except ye olde BUTT APRON!!!!
I used missgabbielynn's method http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278889.0, modified to leave alot of the jeans intact. The zipper was removed and the bottom of the fly opened, and it does up with the original button. I still have to put on the bib part as I can be a messy cook sometimes. Here's the fabric:
It sat in my bin for YEARS AND YEARS. It was gifted to me due to my appreciation of Native art and culture. It's just embarrassingly stereotypical (the artifacts on it are from one of the Sioux cultures). So, I have finally found a use for it that hopefully will not result in any sort of indignation from the local Ojibwe and Cree population.
That inspiration skirt is gorgeous! It looks like a plain linen skirt with a bazillion lace appliques, some embroidery, and the bottoms of two vintage slips/nightgowns added to the bottom.
That wedding gown is certainly unusual! It looks like it was built onto a bustier with built-in garter. The whole thing looks like it was made with a very organic process.
This is what I envision for your outfit: turn it into a dress! Cut off the top just a smidge above your natural waist, tailor it to fit. Take the skirt and hike it up til it's slightly shorter than you want it (cuz assume you're adding onto the bottom, k? My personal taste would be to just above knee length, with about 4 inches below that being for the trimmings). Mark the line for the new waist so it's two inches below where you cut off the top. What you can do is make a waist band two inches wide (plus seam allowances), cover it in a complimentary cream lace and attach that to the top. Then gather or taper the top of the skirt into the bottom of the waist band. Find a slip/nightgown or two at the thrift store that have pretty bottom hems in a complimentary colour and attach them either to the bottom, or as a lining when you attach the skirt (depending on how you want to deal with it).
Sorry for cutting most of you out Your limbs were interfering with my photoshopping LOL
A friend of mine regularly goes to the St. Vincent de Paul Society's monthly bag-sales. You get a garbage bag worth of clothes for ten bucks. Which is why I don't go Anywho, she offered me a jacket that turned out to be too small for her:
As you can see, it is very stylish from the front! But what's with those weird shoulder pleats?!? My shoulders don't slope AT ALL! This jacket is LYING!
So I took out my trusty stitch-ripper and had at those evil lying little shoulder pleats:
AH! Much better! Now I have nicely exagerated square shoulders without an interuption in the line of my bone structure Still have to toss it in the wash, as you can see the marks from where the stitches used to be. All in all, not bad for free!
I'm pretty new at this whole embroidery thing, but when I saw the Geisha stitch-along, I had to join in! It took over 2 months of off-and-on work to make the letter K from dafont.com's Geisha font (yay free fonts!). She consists mainly of backstitch, but the stamens of the hibiscus flowers are lazy-daisy (but I think of them as modified fly-stitch). Direct link to the font: http://www.dafont.com/geisha.font. I signed her "A-na/Wood/Rat" which is my name in Japanese syllabic, and the year I was born (1984 was the last wood-rat).