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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / new suits for summer on: May 29, 2009 07:07:10 AM
The girls needed new swimsuits again this year.  I adapted the top from Simplicity 7619--I added a midrif to make it a tank.  And the bottoms are adapted from the leggings in Butterick 6297--I made them smaller and shorty-short.  I already had the fabrics, and just had to buy swimsuit lining and elastic.  They both complained about the gathering at the front of the bust, but I think they look really cute.  The first trial at the pool last night went well.

This is the second year I've made their suits.  Last year I tried to use their old suits for a pattern.  They were usable, but not as good as I'd hoped.  These were the smallest size included in the patterns, so I can use them for several more years.  After a few times making their suits, I'll be confident enough to attempt one for me.  (I'm not as rough on mine, so the one I have is still good, anyway.)  The only problem is that I only sew swimsuits once a year, so it's almost like learning all over again each time.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / wristwarmers for Grandma on: May 28, 2009 06:37:45 PM
My husband's Grandmother had some surgery on her hand/wrist.  We visited her, and on her hand she was wearing what looked like an old sock with the toe and heel cut out.  So for Christmas I knit a pair of wristwarmers for her.  I guess I chose pink because my own Grandma loved pink.         

They are adapted from a pattern on DIY network.  I knit them flat because I don't even have dpn's yet.  I put a horseshoe cable down the backs. 
Then Grandma left these in her DIL car right before DIL left for an out-of-state trip, and she was going to have another operation.  She asked for a second pair of wristwarmers.  I guess she really liked them.  These are just 2x2 ribbing, in Lion wool ease.

23  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / King Duncan and Ross on: May 28, 2009 06:28:41 PM
So what happens when your son tells you, "I need that costume for our MacBeth play tomarrow?"  This is what I whipped out in about five hours.  He's playing two characters, so he can remove the cape and turn the reversible jerkin inside-out to the navy side.  Of course, it wasn't quite right for the intended time period, but a decent job in one day.

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / teddybear to shammy on: April 23, 2009 02:09:30 PM
So my FIL came to fix up and take the dead Jeep that's been just sitting at our house.  He came into the house yesterday after running some errands with a teddybear under his arm.  My 4-yo asked, "what's that?"  FIL said, "a washcloth."  I chuckled, thinking it was a joke.

Well after lunch, FIL says to me, "I know you're such a great seamstress, and I have a project for you if you have time."  Blatant flattery, but I had time.  He wanted me to rip open the teddy and turn it into a shammy mitt to wash the Jeep.  Apparently he's had his wife do this before, and it costs less to buy a bear at the thrift store, than to buy the mitts.

I must admit, the opportunity to eviscerate a teddy without incurring my children's wrath was stimulating.  (4-yo was satisfied when I told him that I'd leave the head intact.)  So I got started right away....

I ripped open the neck and arm seams, and pulled the stuffing out.

When I had it empty of guts, I pulled the body inside-out and stuffed one leg inside the other.

I cut out a kinda' egg shape, trying to guess how much bigger FIL's hand is than mine.  Then I alienated my serger by using it to close up the shape, leaving the narrow end open and finishing that edge.

I pulled it right-side-out, and there's a shammy.

FIL said, "oh, it's beautiful!  Just right!"  Again, blatant flattery, but what can you do?  I was able to get a second mitt out of the legs and stuff, but it was a little trickier, and turned out looking vaguely like a hand puppet.  I have to say, FIL had a good idea with this one.  And my honey said that I could hang the leftover head from a tree in the front yard next Halloween....

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / KNIT?-Cro-Sheen? on: March 04, 2009 05:51:52 PM
So I've crocheted for several years, and learned how to knit last year.  I'm really enjoying it.  But a couple of nights ago I lay in bed and the thought struck me (ouch) that the large (maybe size 10 or bedspread weight) Coats&Clark crochet thread is called Knit-Cro-Sheen.  So you should be able to knit with it, right? 
Has anyone tried this?  Is it within the scope of normal?  (Sure it's probably on the crazy side.)  Did they just use it for knitting back in the day...?  And what size needle do you use?  (All my balls are ones I've either inherited or picked up at thrift stores, so no ball bands.)
I did pull out my (thrifted that I thought I might need some day) size 1 knitting needles and tried a little swatch.  Horrible tension, but not too bad.  But I still want more information.  Please, craftster gurus, enlighten me!
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