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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Discworld swap on: March 22, 2008 05:50:46 AM
So, I love the Discworld and it’s characters. Who is with me?! Grin Grin
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / 3D corner trouble on: January 28, 2008 02:52:15 AM
Eep! Corner trouble!

Background-info: Im using the sophia carry-all pattern which where you have to sew together all four sides and then put on the bottom, no easy buttom-is-included-in-the-sides pattern.

Troubble: So, youve assembled the whole bag except the bottom. All the four sides is sew together, and you have a zipper installed and is itt generally good and near the end. Then its bottom-sewing time! You pin everything together and start along one side, that works fine. Then you hit a corner. Ooops, you have a very three-dimension corner! How do you do that? I tried in four different ways (four corners on a bag) and all four looks like crap. Anyone that can give me any advices?
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie sweater help on: December 11, 2007 03:31:41 PM
Okay, so instead of examen-studying Im planning my first sweater which will be knit this christmas  Grin Ive decided to do a top-down because of the try-on-as-you-go opportunity.

Im a big girl and I have a big bust. Were talking F size here. Busty. So I want something that gives room for my girls while at the same time gives me a waist. Clothes without shaping makes me look like a bag of potatoes. For my first sweater? Not gonna happen, then Ill never make one again. Id rater be frustrated and have a wearable-in-public result.

I realize Im gonna have to design it myself and thats cool, Im good at that, I just need to know a few things (as Ive never done this before). So, Ive fund the donna pattern (http://www.magknits.com/chilly04/patterns/donna.htm ) and want to do the short-row shaping for my bust. But where do I place it? She says "at the lowest portion of your bust" which would be where my bra stops? But isnt that too low? I imagine itll be better right below the widest point which is about 2 inches above where she says.

Also, the sweater is going to be empire-shaped with ribbing from the bust and down. How do you do decreases/increases in the round when you do ribbing? Like where do you place them? In the sides? Does the best result come from de/incresing 2 stitches in a row or 4?

And do you even think itll be flattering? My plan is to have it to decrease quite a bit after the bust, and then flair towards the bottom. All in ribbs. Ill be working with aran yarn on 15 mm needles so itll be a loose material, but I hope ribbing will give it some extra shaping anyway.

Any opinions on any of the subjects?

14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet Emmeline, the christmas presant! on: December 08, 2007 07:12:37 AM
I made Emmeline for christmas for a dear friend:

And Im attaching a card saying:

Dear [friend], meet Emmeline.
Her birthday is the 28th of june and every year she gets her mother to make her new hairbows and a big cake in the shape of a penguin (because penguins are the coolest of all animals claims the Cool Girls at School). And every year no one ever shows up and she is given no presents. So Emmeline has to eat her penguin-cake all by her self. But if you points this out to her shell tell you that at least she has her pretty, pink hairbow.

Since the two of you share birthday I give her to you, I know youll give her lots of love.
Love Syrlig
(sorry if the tenses are a bit off, Im translating)

And a pic of the back while she was still a WIP without arms:

Oh and for scale, her head is a little bigger than my fist.

I saw someone creating dolls and attaching a sad history to them a while ago and I loved the idea. I cant remember who or where but all credit goes to them for the little story!

Im quite proud of her. What do you think?
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What not to do when felting aka a plee for help on: November 29, 2007 11:37:31 AM
Do -NOT- substitute yarn with something that dosnt remotely match in gauge because "Im going to felt it, itll all even out"
Do -NOT- not pay attention when knitting while watching pushing daisies so one of the mittens turns out 2 inch bigger than the other and then dont unravel it because "Im going to felt it, itll all even out"
Do -NOT- amateurisly embroid something and expect it to be okay because  "Im going to felt it, itll all even out"
Do -NOT- let the colors of aforesaid embroidery be yellow on a black mitten and expect it not to felt into eachother causing a dirty yellow
DO swatch and felt the swatch even if "Im going to felt it, so I can streach it how i want"

What caused this realization?

Yes, the colors are acurate. And the mitt is to short, and too wide at the same time. Yes, I am that good. And the thumb is so many kinds of wrong I wont even start.

Now ignoring the horrible batman-image, does anyone have any knitting patterns for felted mittens for a grown man, worked with sock-weight yarn? This is a christmas gift for a friend and I really wanted to give him this, but I cant even find a decent felted glove pattern Sad
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / embroidery on mittens on: November 29, 2007 11:20:37 AM
Okay, I need a bit of help.

I want to make felted mittens with the batman image for a christmas present for a friend. I have never done embroidery before but I figured it would be easy. Id just sew it on before I felted it and afterwards  everything would be fuzzy and all my mistakes would disappear. Right? Wrong!

This is how my mittens came out of the washer:

And the colors is accurate, the black has totally messed up the yellow.  *sight* The mitten was also all kinds of wrong but thats another story. Anyway, Ill try again, but obviously I have to I have to embroide (sp?) on it after the felting and I dont even know where to start. How does one cover a big area with color without the stitches being seen? How do I transfer the pattern to the mitten? Can I use normal yarn? Should I double it?

And most importantly: Is it possible for me to pull this off? Im not afraid of work, but I have never ever done this before and there is no way for me to master even intermediate techniques. If its really hard Ill just give him the black mittens and he wont know anyway.  I just thought it would be sweet.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Have you ever chosen yarn over food? on: November 22, 2007 06:39:54 AM
Im in collage and for various reasons (other than the obvious students-are-poor) I have very little money. If I spend all the money I have after paying rent on food and is price-conscious I have enough for having what I want for dinner and else-wise. Unfortunately the world dosnt work like that, theres always extra bills - a friend is trowing a party, the phone-bill, doctors, winterclothes and always always always YARN.

I admit I have often chosen yarn over food if I have other expenses. Now Im not starving, I not that crazy, it just means that ill eat carrots and bread the whole week ( bonus; its quite healthy, I cant remember lat time I ate candy. I mean, one chocolate = one skein  Wink ). Im a bit yarn obsessed and knitting is my meditation so I really need knitting to unwind.

Am I crazy or have other done this?  Cheesy
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas gifties! on: November 19, 2007 08:28:01 AM
So, I started the christmas knitting a month ago and feel like Im doing well *proud*

Sorry for the upside-downness of several of the pic, I cant get the computer to cooperate Sad

Coolest hat in existence for a friend:

Green-striped socks for one of my roomies. She wears way to much black

Action shot! Totaly upside-down XD

Super-comfy mittens for another friend

Side-knit socks to my brother, in same yarn as the mittens.

The famus Anthropologie caplet in the softest yarn possible. The color in this pic isnt too great, its a dark gray-purple with shimmer. No action shot as it is for a way skinnier friend.

Pink sock for my other roomie. I did a provincial CO and haven't gotten around to do a fancy-pancy BO yet

A WIP scarf for my grandma. It curls a awful lot and its cotton so I dont think I can block it but its pretty anyway

More socks. Stripes are nice.

Legwarmes. They refused to be taken picture of, and any actionshot was blurry and dark.

Gloves for myself! I call them my un-stealable psychedelic gloves cause theyre to ugly for anyone to want or take by mistake*grin* The pink one obviously doesn't want its picture taken.

Green in action!

And a beautiful beautiful scarf made out of wool that turned out to be itchy Sad I was going to give this away but I wont give away anything I wouldnt wear myself. Ive tried conditioning it and all that happened is that now it smells nicer *sigh*

What do you think? Cheesy

Edit: I took down some of the photos
19  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Im here to fulfill your every stereotype! on: November 14, 2007 05:56:27 PM
Picture the kind of black-clad Tim Burton-loving kid that wear big boots even to a tulle-skirt and keep knocking the milk-glass off the table because shes explaining how awesome something was. And then study the mental picture you get. Thats me.

Yep, I like scary stuffies. Yep, I own at least five striped pieces of clothes. Yep, I listen to placebo. Yep, I love modifying my clothes so theyre  unique. Yep, I have to buy a new (black) eyeliner every 3. month. Yep, I do know and love a lot of bands youve never heard of. Yep, I make out with girls (and boys). Yep, I pose if someone wants to take a pic of me.

I (to my own great annoyance) manage to fulfill the stereotype perfectly. But that dosnt stop me from having fun. I do a lot of crafts, the ones Im fairly good at is knitting, crocheting, making toys and paper crafts. Knitting is my main craft because I dosnt knit to make stuff, I do meditasjon-knitting. You can say I am a compulsive knitter Tongue

What more? Well, boring-fact wise Im a 21 year old norwegian girl. Im at collage, currently studying culture, next year starting on graphic design. Im a bit of a wanderer, since I moved away from home Ive never lived in the same city for more than 4 months, my current location is my record. I hope to stay till the summer.
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