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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / the ballad of my grandmother and the alkaline trio sweater on: September 13, 2008 05:44:57 AM
Gather round, and hear my mournful tale about the importance of gauge swatches. I knitted one for this sweater, of course, what do you take me for, a simpleton? I just... ignored it. And assumed that the sweater would look good if it was oversized. I was wrong, it looked terrible on me. Luckily, my 92 year old grandmother was happy to take it off my hands, despite the, um, Alkaline Trio logos I stuck on the arms.

The pattern I used was actually Peppermint Twist from the Stitch & Bitch book, but it came out so utterly unlike anything you would expect to come from that pattern that I figured there was no point in my posting in that area. Although feel free to correct me if I was wrong.

Anyway, pictures:

IT'S SO BIG. How did I not see how huge it was getting while I was knitting it? I don't even know. Like I said. Swatches. Not to be ignored. It suits her a lot better than it did me, though, somehow.

My grandmother is kind of a huge poser.

This is one of the Alkaline Trio logos. I am so happy with how they turned out, it kind of pisses me off that the sweater looks so awful on me. Oh well. And the chart was so tough to work out, I used an internet program, (that microrevolt one. You know the one I mean.) but it hard as anything to find a useable logo to make the chart from.

Here is the rather awkward part that makes me uncomfortable about my grandmother's ownership of this particular sweater:

Um... yeah. If you're not familiar with the band in question, they are pretty gothy. The album "Good Mourning" has some of my favourite album art ever, and it features lots of coffins and crucifixes and stuff. I think it's a bit weird, but she likes the sweater because it's so warm and she feels the cold a lot, being old and all. Hmm.

So now, every time I'm knitting anything in the vicinity of my grandma she gets VERY INTERESTED and has this look in her eyes like she's deciding whether or not she fancies my latest hat or what have you and how she's going to get it off me. Haha.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: BAMF doll... aka Nightcrawler on: July 20, 2008 12:49:07 PM
That's adorable! I wouldn't worry about his tail, it looks great. I love the pointiness of it! The simplified face also works really well. You can totally tell who it is.

... and now I really want to make an X-man but I don't know which one... haha.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Another Pointy Kitty! on: July 19, 2008 10:53:31 AM
Love it! I love the oversized head, and I love the race against the clock you had naming it, and the fear of the boyfriend condemning her to perpetual Claricehood!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Old Greg, Paramore and Bill Bailey birthday present dolls! on: July 17, 2008 08:52:20 AM
Yeah, the bit where he spies on him through the hole in the wall is one of my favourite bits of that tv show! Smiley

On the 3 disc boxset there's an extra feature called Black Dolls with them too. They do a little episode in doll form Cheesy

No way! That's so cool! There's another reason for me to get some DVDs and stop being reliant on my mother's...
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Old Greg, Paramore and Bill Bailey birthday present dolls! on: July 16, 2008 11:07:00 PM
aww, thank you, People of Craftster!

I love Bill Bailey and Old Greg! They're brilliant!
The doll part in Black Books is funny, and you did them proud! Grin

That was the part that gave me the idea! I was watching it with my mum and I kind of leapt up and said "THAT'S what I can do for Liz Isaac's birthday!"

lilylola: it's the one where Bernard and Manny have an argument and Manny works at that other bookshop where Simon Pegg is his boss? Also, your story outshines mine by miles! Haha. That's terrific.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sufjan Stevens doll (Come on! Feel the Illinoise!) on: July 16, 2008 01:36:43 PM
Wow! I realise that this was posted a while ago, but its just astonishingly cool! I just got this album, actually Smiley

I love him! That's fantastic!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Old Greg, Paramore and Bill Bailey birthday present dolls! on: July 16, 2008 01:31:38 PM
So, as you may have gathered from that subject line, my friends have a pretty wide variety of tastes. And most of them seem to have summer birthdays. (Which is kind of weird. My birthday is in the summer too, so I'm not an exception or anything. Haha)

Anyway, I used the same pattern (and my mother's sewing machine, doing the whole lot by hand would have KILLED ME) and rattled off these babies:

The first oen I finished was Bill Bailey, for my friend Liz, who loves Black Books and Spaced and also saw him live one time. I actually got the idea to even make dolls in the first place from Black Books, so... yeah. Here's a close up with less of myselfbeingashowoff:

The hair is some cheap acrylic yarn I had lying around, the jacket is held together with poppers... um... yeah. Next is Oooold Greeeeeg from The Mighty Boosh:

He (She? It) looks way shinier here than he does in real life! But, yeah, I had some shiny American-Apparel-Leggins type fabric lying around that I bought initially for another project. Um... what else to say. The face is drawn on, the lips are felt and the hair is made of scraps. Here s/he is again, with his/her future owner:

Sophie is actually way better at sewing than me. She said she might try to make me The Hitcher from the same tv show for my own birthday. Haha.

And here is my attempt at Hayley Williams from Paramore:

Hooray! Something to interest people who do not/can not watch British television! Um... yeah. So, this was supposed to be her outfit from the video for Misery Business, (because my knowledge of Paramore is limited, because the outfit in that video is fun) but I didn't have any yellow paint, so her legs are the same colour. The hair is more yarn. That was fun to do, but difficult because in real life she actually has reallysuperstraight hair, so I ironed it many times, but it still came out a little wavy. Still, I am so happy with her make up. My attempt at drawing her face went pretty well, I think, but the eyes are too big and her head is too wide, so.... yeah. Here's a close up:

And... thanks for looking! Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Button Cardigan on: June 17, 2008 01:51:34 PM
I love the button idea! At first I just thought it was a clever use for buttons. But its even cleverer when you think about how successfully it must keep stockinette stitch from rolling in... nice work!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: X-stitched Mario Bros 3 map on: June 17, 2008 01:07:16 PM
That is pretty astonishing! And possibly the single most appropriate project from someone who calls themselves cross stitch ninja?

Um, but yeah, this is so rocking! Wow! It looks fantastic! I don't crosstitch myself, but I do knit, so I'm still fascinated by the relationship between pixels and stitches. Hence this is a feast for the eyes. Well done!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Who's That Pokemon? on: June 13, 2008 02:52:05 PM
How insanely cool! Did you write the pattern yourself or find it somewhere?
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