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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / My little little pony on: September 05, 2013 07:01:33 AM
I know this would have made much more sense with Applejack (Appletini from the Bridle Gossip ep) but 1) I found this challenge late and didn't have time to split the worsted weight yarn that is her color and 2) Rarity is best pony. She's a crafter like us!

I made this pattern up a year ago for my goddaughter who wanted a Pinkie Pie for her birthday. It's been tweaked a couple times, but I was getting bored with it. Mini-fying the pattern was just the right challenge to make me pick it up again!

Here she is - coming in at just barely under the 4" limit - Mini Rarity!

And my cat, trying to decide if she'd be as fun to play with as the sparkle ball

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Best lining for a leather vest? on: August 25, 2013 06:49:06 AM
I've taken a commission from a friend to turn a military style heavy leather vest into this:


We're both semi-active members in the SCA.

I plan to take out the lining currently in the vest (a kind of scratchy wool material) to make punching the holes and sewing the coins on easier. My question is, is there a recommended material for the lining that would help keep him cool while wearing it? He won't be using it for any actual fighting - it's just a period costume. Also, I imagine that the leather will make it difficult, if not impossible, for him to wash. Is making the lining removable via zipper recommended?

Thank you for any advice!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: help on: April 10, 2012 10:29:06 PM
The beginning notes do sound complicated, but after looking over the pattern, they make a bit more sense. You're working two shapes at once - one in one color at one gauge, and knitting it to another shape in another color at another gauge. Because of the gauge difference, you occasionally skip lines in the larger shape. I think if you want the pattern change (where it changes color) without actually changing color, the easiest way would be to use two skeins. Then you wouldn't have to worry about skipping anything.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic ringlets for dolls' hair on: March 27, 2012 07:20:15 AM
I am trying to customize dolls' hair and would like to figure out how to make ringlets. Crocheted or knitted ringlets will be too bulky, as the dolls are fairly small, so I need ideas on how to curl single strands of the yarn (standard 4-ply acrylic). Can I use a regular curling iron? Or would wrapping the yarn around a pencil and steaming it be more lasting? Has anyone tried this before? Thanks in advance!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A d20, probably not balanced. on: March 10, 2011 02:20:37 PM
"Probably not balanced."  Just put a small bag of poly pellets conveniently directly opposite the 20 so it can be "deifnitely not balanced."  That'd be awesome.
This is epic.  I want one.  Smiley

More "probably not balanced" in that there's nothing in there to stiffen the sides (I may have tried plastic canvas if I'd had more time). When you 'roll' it, it's just as likely to land on an 'edge' as it is one of the numbers. The guy who bought it was playing Pathfinder at the time of the show and the DM let him use it on one roll. It edged between 6 and 9.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A d20, probably not balanced. on: March 10, 2011 08:20:30 AM
The rogue trader shop my husband plays warhammer and infinity at had an art show last month. This was my contribution. I got 'Fan Favorite'!

EDIT: I used 2 strands simply soft black, size 10 needles, and an entire 32 oz bag of polyfil.

Start with 35 sts, then k2tog on one edge and ssk on the other on the knit side. I used a provisional cast on to make the triangles easier to knit together.

The hardest part was the graphs for the numbers (and the paint file I had them in has gone missing), which I used duplicate stitch to add afterward in aunt lydia's gold crochet thread, 4 strands held together. Most of the numbers were 13 pixels high and 7 wide, except "4" which was 9 wide and "1" which was only 5 wide.

After that, grab a real d20 to get the facings right and have at it!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mittens felted on the inside on: September 07, 2010 07:29:41 PM
I have finished them, and I just went back and 'latch hooked' the wool where I wanted it. It seemed to work. Now I just have to wait for it to be cold enough to justify wearing them. ^_^
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions? Too little yarn, too much sweater. on: August 30, 2010 06:15:53 AM
I have her Stitch'n'bitch Nation book and the whole first bit is about how to change a sweater and make it your own. I highly recommend you buy/borrow a copy and read it before starting/continuing. Especially since the yarn you want to use sounds like it's a different weight than the one called for, which will further skew the sizing.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: intarsia help? I know it's out there somewhere... on: August 30, 2010 06:10:52 AM
I just use the paint program on my windows machine. But I imagine any imaging software that will let you create a grid will do the same thing.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mittens felted on the inside on: August 30, 2010 06:07:18 AM
Hmmm. . . I have some bulky spun wool cut into lengths. If I fray the edges enough, it should still work, right? This is one of my first forays into wool, so I don't know how it behaves. I'll try it and see. Thanks for the links!
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