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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / we like driving on a saturday night, and other stuff what i done made. [picspam] on: March 06, 2010 06:21:36 AM
I've been a knitter for quite a while, and decided to try something new for 2010. My mum bought me the Sublime Stitching kit for Xmas, but when it hadn't arrived in time she bought me a cross-stitch kit to keep me occupied until it turned up. It was one of those paint-by-numbers kits featuring Winnie the Pooh, which is really not my kinda style - but Mum did recently admit she only chose that one because it had 'Classic Pooh' written in massive letters across it, and she thought that was hilarious. She's nuts, but I love her.

Anyway, I quickly threw away the Winnie the Pooh chart and went to town with all the materials that came with it. There's a whole bunch of stuff here, and I'm very very sorry to admit that a lot of ideas were stolen shamelessly from Miso Funky, who are wonderful and lovely and much much more original than me.

So, stuff. Sorry for all of the crappy photos, Scotland is not good for natural lighting. Or, lighting at all, actually. This is from one of my favourite Pulp songs, and I made it for my friend and fellow Pulp fan Ella, who has been super-ill with the mumps lately. Found a gorgeously battered frame in a charity shop for 90p! Thanks Dundee. That would've been a fiver in Glasgow.

And a close-up..

This one was made for my Dad, who is a true Swiss army knife of a man. Anything that needs doing, Dad's the man to call.

I still need to finish up on the shading, and I'm trying to work out a way to put a bit of knife in at the top, but I have lots of essays that I need to finish. And should actually be doing right now. Whoops.

This is a small sampler that I did for a very good friend of mine. (Boring emo backstory - we dated for a while last year, but called it off when I moved back to the other end of the country. I'm still in love. Le sigh.) Anyway, for a long as I can remember we've had an injoke about how much of a dick he is, so I thought this would be a nice little thing to stitch up.

This was the first thing I stitched up, and I love it. My flat mate and I are in our early 20s, but both love nothing more than sitting in our PJs on the sofa, drinking cocoa and watching Little Women. Her middle name is Martha, and mine is Maud. We are the oldest 20s on Argyle Street. The 'frame' for it was a cigarette box our friend had in freshers week last year, when we first met. He brought a ton of duty-free cigarettes over, and I just knew I had to do something with the boxes. This one is just covered in a shed-load of decoupage paper, and you can't see it here but the 'front' has a little string heart in one corner.

....and a close up of this one.

And here is where the horrible idea-stealing starts. All of these are designs nabbed from Miso Funky, but none of them will be sold. The 'tea' sampler and the 'ROYGBIV' sampler are both going to my Mum for mother's day, and the 'ships' one is going up on my bedroom wall.

(doesn't have an 'in' yet because I haven't found the right shade, but I'm impatient so I wanted to post it!)

(The anchor is actually a really nice gold shade of thread. My phone is awful for photos.)

C+C welcome, sorry for the pic-spam!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / illustration etiquette and tips. on: January 19, 2010 12:51:37 PM
'lo. i'm pretty new to this embroidery business, but absolutely loving what i've been able to get my hands on so far. i'd really really love to embroider one of irana douer's (www.keepinmind.com.ar) pieces, but i'm not sure the best way to go about it. should i email her and ask permission? or is that unnecessary? and then for the actual embroidery.. would i be better off printing the image onto transfer paper and just winging it, or attempting to draw a pattern version from scratch?

i have absolutely no image making software available to me at the moment (except good ol' paint) so using that to remove some of the block colours is not an option.

gosh, this is rambly. basically, i want to embroider this image, and don't know what to do first. any suggestions? has anyone done anything like this before?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / GORGEOUS knitwear design from London Fashion Week on: November 10, 2009 06:37:19 AM
Ok, so it's a bit wacky, and I am slightly biased at the designer is my boyfriend's brother.. but I am TOTALLY loving Craig Lawrence's AW09 collection. Check out the lovely shots by Kenzie Burchell over here.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / coffee and tv on: August 11, 2009 01:39:15 AM
So, the first album I ever owned was 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' by Blur. I was 7, and I begged and begged my Mum to buy it for me. 15 years later and they are still one of my favourite bands, so you can imagine how jealous I was when a friend of mine saw them at Glastonbury this year, and I couldn't go! She's also a massive fan, and has just split up with her boyfriend of 8 years, so to cheer her up I decided to knit her the little milk cartons from the video for 'Coffee and TV' {you can see it here}

This gorgeous pattern is by Raynor Gellatly, whose patterns are always fantastic to knit up! I'm so so so pleased with these that I've made a banana-milk carton for my little brother too!

Sorry for the crappy cellphone photos, but I wanted to show these off ASAP!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spring Swingers! [cam-ho alert] on: April 29, 2009 07:30:27 AM
I'm not very good at knitting useful items. I tend to gravitate to sillier projects like gnomes, or knitted versions of my favourite bands, but when I saw this pattern 3 years ago, I knew I had to have it. Sadly, I'd just started knitting and was far to impatient to bother with things like gauge, needle size or seaming, and my first attempt at this was so disgusting I left it under my bed for 3 years in the hope it would disappear and save me from the shame of frogging it and starting again. Nope. It didn't.

I recently found the pattern again and the same lusty feeling crept into me. Before I knew it, I'd bought 3 skeins of Rowan Big Wool, knit a swatch (see how I've grown?!) and had cast on for the first tie.

I frigging *love* this hat. Never mind that it's now getting to the start of summer in Suffolk, and that I actually got a little bit sunburnt whilst knitting this in the park - not to mention some very strange looks - I don't think you can ever have too much knitwear. Sun be damned!

Just to let you know, I am actually dressed in these photos.. it's just a strapless dress, so I look nuddy. Sorry!

The tails, knotted and tossed jauntily over one shoulder...

And just because I loved it so so much, I made another in a kinda off-cream/green (called 'Souffl', which made me giggle!)

C+C very welcome!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / pirates need warm hands too! (semi pic-heavy) on: May 11, 2008 02:29:47 PM
This pattern (or rather, my abuse of the internet coupled with printing off 5 copies  Roll Eyes) cost me my job in call-centre hell about 2 years ago, giving me the spring board to get off my butt, enroll at college and apply to university. Im now planning to move to Glasgow in September to study Psychology and Linguistics, and thought it would be quite fitting if I actually got round to making them for the start of my time in chilly Scotland.

The first time I saw this pattern it went straight on my list of stuff Ill never have the time/patience/skill to knit but gosh I wish I could, so its a real satisfaction to have them on. ;DThe pattern itself was very nice to knit; Fair Isle (or whatever you want to call it) is not nearly as hard as I thought it would be to knit, and it was a delight to watch the pattern come through in front of my eyes. The worst part of the whole thing was the cuffs in 2 colour ribbing. Urgh. Not hard, just boring but necessary, as most boring things are! This is also the first time Ive used circular needles, and Im really pleased with them. Down with purl stitch!*

I decided to go for red and white rather than black and white for two reasons. 1) I had a stupid amount of red yarn Id never used lying around, and 2) Im not a fan of the monochrome look since my job entails me wearing black all weekend. Plus, I figured red is still relatively pirate-y!

The finished mittens. Myspazz pose 1

Day one. Managed to squeeze in enough time to cast on before I started work. Ooh, pretty colours! I looked quite tanned. That's a lie.

The first skull starts to appear. This is where I get stupidly excited and nearly crash my phone taking pictures. Geek.

Le palm.

Myspazz pose number 1.

The first mitten is completed! You can't see the clock, but I finished this at 3am after work, having stayed behind to watch some boxing match. Note to self; never attempt to knit whilst drinking beer again. Even if it's alcohol free beer. I suck.

Sorry for all the pics. I am just very, very happy.  Grin

(*Im sorry. I didnt mean it. I love your bumpiness really)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Festival Knitting! on: April 18, 2008 07:15:35 AM
Well, summer's almost here in the UK (that is... it might be sunny for 3 whole days in a row at some point soon) and I'm preparing for Latitude Festival already. OK, it might not be until July, but hey. I need something to make the time pass nice and quickly, and I've decided that thing shall be knitting.

Problem is, I can't think of anything to knit for Latitude. I want something that I can use in 3 years time and be all 'aww... remember that summer I saw Sigor Ros?' but aside from HelloYarn's pirate mittens, I can't think of anything! Any ideas for camp-related knitted items?

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Beautiful pattern, gorgeous yarn, now what?! on: April 12, 2008 05:10:42 AM
I found this 1978 pattern for a hoodie in a charity shop for 2p - bargain! I get easily distracted from knitting projects by shinier yarn and fun stuffies, so I knew making the sweater would be a stupid idea, but I really wanted to see if I could do the lace-y leaf panel down the middle. So I did. Now what the heck do I do with it?!

My mum really likes it, and I was thinking of making it into a cushion or something for her, but I'm not really sure how to go about it. Because the 'background' is reverse stocking stich, it curls inwards quite a lot and I don't want this to ruin the leaf panel. Also, part of the leaf pattern is little 'holes' and I don't really want to have the cushion poking through. I thought of maybe casting it off, sewing the panel onto  some nice fabric and then using the whole thing as a cushion cover. But I'm rubbish at sewing and I don't really want to ask my mum to help me make her present!

Any ideas? Should I throw away the idea of making it a cushion entirely, maybe make it a bag? Would blocking it with starch stop it curling? Argh!

Here's what I have so far. It's much more of a spring green than this shows, but it's pretty dark in here. Stupid Suffolk.

Not very clear, but here's a shot of the original pattern. I bet she had a bike with a wire basket and a best friend called Jonty.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / ugly box of hell into beautiful record holder of my dreams! on: July 08, 2007 08:41:18 AM
Well, that's generally the plan. Having just broken up with my (now ex-)boyfriend and stolen this record box from him, I want to transform it into something I don't hate. However, the ugly-box-of-hell is covered in a delightful green covering; I'm not sure what you'd call it but it reminds me of a folder I had for school work when I was 9. It's already quite battered, hence the duct tape and looking at it makes me shudder...

picture one

picture two

The colour is actually much more like mould than the picture shows. I want to cover it with beautiful pictures and magazine cutouts, but everything I've tried peels off. To be fair, I'm incredibly impatient and have only tried wallpaper paste, that spray-on adheseive stuff and your regular prit-stick. Plus, everything that's stuck on has the horrid bumpy texture of the box covering.

I was thinking of maybe covering it first with a cardboard 'frame' of somekind, and then decorating that, but i'm not sure how to go about it. I'm also incredibly impractical when it comes to stuff like this. Any ideas would be much appreciated!

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