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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 / 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
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking Woe on: May 29, 2008 01:51:08 PM
Just a mini-query, but I've heard conflicting reports on whether or not you're supposed to block cotton items. I've heard

a) that you can block anything made of natural fibres and
b) that blocking cotton will destrooooooyyyyy the garment forever.

The garment in question is a jumper, if that helps, and it's made of bright blue Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton. I'm just asking because it's a little funny-shaped and blocking might help... but it might make things a hundred times worse.

Any help will be received with eternal gratitude and feelings of warmth!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / circles are for squares! on: January 17, 2008 07:40:44 AM
Well, not really. But I wanted to start with a bad pun. I mean, that's not really a pun, but... look, never mind.

So I have this pattern, and it is for a tank top, (from a book called "Fabulous Flirty Knits" that my flatmate got me for Christmas, if anyone reading this is a Detail Queen or King) and all is well and good except for the part where it's knitted up on a circular needle. Now, this is an American size seven circular needle. I have a pair of size seven STRAIGHT needles, but only a completely massive and a tiny, delicate little circular needles. And a set of double ended ones. Now, I'm really not a big fan of circular needles, but I won't go into that right now because it is perhaps the singularly most trivial and silly thing to rant about. So what I'm asking is, how does one translate a pattern from circulars to straight needles? Is there a trick to it, or do you just knit a big unfolded version of the tube and then sew up a side seam? Also, what about issues of decreasing and increasing, waist-wise? Any advice would be much appreciated, of course!

Oh, and in the past I've participated in internet forums that LOATHED the resurrection of old threads from Times Gone By and also ones that REVILED the practice of starting a new thread for a topic that already had a thread to call its own. So if I'm doing anything wrong, I'm very sorry because this is my first topic here, so if you'd specify which sort of community this is, that would also be rad! Smiley
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