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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help finding pattern - 2 vests/tops edit with links to two patterns on: September 10, 2006 10:03:49 AM
I'm trying to find a pattern similiar two these two vests:

http://www.morehousefarm.com/KnittingKits/Sweaters_for_Adults/CowlTop/
The moorehousefarm top you seem to only be able to buy as a kit, and I just want the pattern right now.  What I love about this pattern is the dropped shoulder.  And the cowl neck, of course.  But its the two together that I love.

http://yscmama.typepad.com/photos/fo2003/diagonalcables.html
this one I love, love, love the diagonal pattern. There's a link to the magazine, but its in japanese.  It says its charted (which I've yet to knit from a chart, they scare me!) but I don't even know how to order from amazon in japan, nor do I know how much it costs.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

edit:  I did see this on berrocco with dropped shoulders, in case anyone esle is interested, with cable,
http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/prudence/prudence.html
w/out cable -
http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/prudence/prudence_easy.html
But I would still love to find one with a cowl neck!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / three season seafoam lace scarf on: July 23, 2006 12:35:10 PM
I found the stitch pattern on knitting.about.com -- http://knitting.about.com/library/blseafoam.htm

Its a really easy stitch that looks great!  One of the nice things about lace scarves are that they are great for fall, winter AND spring.  I made this from old reynolds orient express silk on #4.  It looks dressy so I can wear it to work.  Two years of work finished in between hundreds of other projects.   Smiley



3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / my entry for greatest garden contest - anatomically correct tomato! on: July 16, 2006 04:53:19 PM
 Roll Eyes
So, my garden itself is not very exciting... I battle the squirrels and I try and stay as organic as possible.  We get a drought every year in Delaware, so my vegetables are usually stunted a little.  But not this tomato.  This tomato is the largest tomato I've ever grown and definitely the most anatomically correct thing I have ever seen, so far as vege's go!

The front, with 'his' appendage:

But wait, it gets better!  This tomato, I kid you not, has a butt!


I held on to this tomato as long as I could but about two weeks ago, I knew it would go bad if I didn't eat it - ugh, no pun intended.  Funny thing is, no one wold eat the little penis.  The rest of the tomato was great though!

Here is the actualy garden from the left

and the right


In additon to phallic tomatoes, this year I am growing (from left to right in the two pictures) Basil, sage, green beans, zuchini, red pepper, sweet bananna pepper, tomatoes (with marigolds to keep the slugs away - so far, it works), rosemary, green pepper, coriander, parsley and mini water melon.  The evil squirrels stole the first water melon when it was two inches big and now I spray them with hot pepper oil to keep the buggers at bay. 

Next year I'll be in an apartment and won't be able to have a garden so I'm trying to go all out this year.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Obi belt on: July 16, 2006 03:28:18 PM
another project inspired by threads magazine - I really should subscribe at this point.

It is essentialy three panels.  The first is cut on the bias, to give it some stretch.  The other two, theoretically, should be cut on the bias also, but I didn't have enough fabric to do that and I kinda like the stiffness of the brocade when not cut on the bias, for the ties at least.  You sew ties to the middle, fold in half and sew shut, tapering down to the ends.  I think I did 4 1/2 inches in the middle and tapered down to two or so inches.

I have some peach colored chinese brocade that I want to make another out of, this time, more like the picture in the article. 

You can see a few pictures from the article here:  http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/th_126_029.asp#



5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / bias cut sleevless shirt with pleats at neckline - pic heavy on: July 08, 2006 07:45:58 PM
I got this kwik sew pattern -- http://www.thesewingplace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2001, which is a nice basic bias top and wrap skirt.  But I'm making four of these shirts and wanted to change them up a little, so I added neck line pleats...

Here are the pleats themselves, that I interfaced, sewed and ironed the hell out of.  I sewed this on to the shirt as a big rectangle on the last step of the bias binding neckline topstitching (for a bias binding neckline tutorial, see this link -- http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_sewing/article/0,2025,DIY_14144_2276785,00.html


here's the inside so you can see how it looks once its trimmed.  I also zigzagged the edges so they don't fray.


The front, though it lays flatter than that in real life - I'm just holding the camera weird.


I added pleats to the back too



the shirt itself was really easy.  The pleats took a little while, but I think it'll be fun to wear!  I stiff thick pleats like these would look nice on a knit shirt too, but I haven't tried it out yet.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / felted necklace on: April 28, 2006 04:15:57 AM
I made a felted necklace which I'm pretty happy with.  I used mostly Frog Tree alpaca wool, plus a little left overs which were super wash wool, so they didn't felt as nicely.  I like the effect though, so that's okay.  The icord felted up to abou 1/4", so its not too thick. 





The backs of the circles aren't as nice as the front, so I might put some fabric on the back.  And maybe add a few tiny beads to the circles to dress it up a little.  I'm pretty happy for my first attempt at a necklace.  I think I'll do another, but the circles will be double sides and bigger.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / cutting edge on: November 27, 2005 08:33:05 AM
I was at Border's this weekend and saw a new magazine... cutting edge.  Its pretty neat.  Sewing, knitting, crafts, etc, kinda geared to a more trendy set.  Almost like a mix of threads magazine and knit1.  I can't find anything online about this magazine, or much about the publisher, soho publications co. 
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / help - slovak embroidery on: October 28, 2005 01:49:17 PM
Does anyone have any sources for slovak embroidery?  I've been all over google, amazon and the chezch/slovak museum website (in idho?) and haven't found much.  My grandma was slovakian and I'm just trying to get a little more information on this.  Thank you.  Smiley
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / machine needle mix up - help plz on: October 10, 2005 05:55:27 PM
I posted this in misc. craft discussion and didn't get any replies.  I'm hoping you can help!

I mixed up the covers of my schmetz needles size 80/12 regular and size 80/12 jersey ball point.  They look EXACTLY the same to me.  Can anyone explain some slight differences to me so I can get the right cover with the right needle?  Thank you!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / sewing needle help on: October 02, 2005 10:22:58 AM
I mixed up the covers of my schmetz needles size 80/12 regular and size 80/12 jersey ball point.  They look EXACTLY the same to me.  Can anyone explain some slight differences to me so I can get the right cover with the right needle?  Thank you!
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