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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 / 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!
4  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!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mittens felted on the inside on: August 28, 2010 09:54:41 AM
A long time ago, in a Wal-mart far, far away, I was browsing a knitting magazine and came across an interesting technique. The author knit some mittens and then took short wads of un-spun wool and traced one stitch at a time to make a pretty pattern outside. She left the ends of the wool on the inside loose so that eventually wearing them often would cause the wool to felt inside and make the mittens very warm and snuggly.

I did not buy the mag because I wasn't impressed enough with the other patterns. ::kicks self:: Has anyone else heard of this trick? I want to try it, but I don't remember if there is some other special step. I know normal felting requires heat, agitation, and moisture, and I just don't see how you'll get all 3 inside the mitten unless you wear them in summer. I also tend to think it will cause the mittens to shrink? What do you guys think?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fun Fur Technique on: July 16, 2010 02:13:56 PM
I am knitting a sock monkey and am trying to make it fuzzy with fun fur. Not having any issues with dropped stitches, but is there a special way to get the majority of the fur on the outside? I am knitting in the round on DPNs.

I have tried using a crochet hook to pull the fur out, but it takes forever and I can't get it even. I also tried pulling each stitch way out and then tightening it again, but minimal success there as well.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anyone else have problems finding shorts patterns? on: August 24, 2007 10:41:33 AM
Specifically for hot pants. It seems every link I come across is broken. Or for toddlers. Or in knit. And I've tried converting the pattern, but end up with funky sizing issues, or giant gaps in the fabric (no good as I don't want the lining seen).

I used to have a magazine, Crochet Fantasy, that had the exact pattern I want (it was a swimsuit issue from 2004 I think) and the dratted thing's walked. I try to go to the Crochet Fantasy website, and it's gone. Has the company gone under? I haven't seen new issues from them in a while.

Does anyone have an idea of where I can look next? I've looked for long pants patterns too and turned up with nothing.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Elf shoes on: July 21, 2007 05:05:28 PM
I am crocheting myself a jester costume for Halloween and I am having trouble with the shoes. I want the toes to curl up on the end and blend in nicely to the rest of the shoe. The only pattern I can find is this one http://www.gourmetcrochet.com/index_files/Page5325.htm and I don't like the bulge at the base of the curl. I also don't like how long they are. The look I'm more going for is this one http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa120799a.htm?once=true& but crocheted. I've tried free-styling starting from the top of the curl and also from the mid-foot area forward and am unimpressed by the results. Is there any way to get around that sudden bulge without having my foot be two feet long?

Also I really would like to work in the round as opposed to a sewn flat piece as it would stay true to the style of the rest of the costume.
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