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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Baby Yoda feels the Force on: November 05, 2008 06:27:21 PM
So I saw a costume of Yoda in a store and was totally "I can do that" (when, no I really couldn't). Despite that, this is the first outfit I've sewn myself, so I'm proud of it.

The robe is just broadcloth that I sewed as a robe, then added a hood and made a brown belt. The ears are just a wrap around headband and layers of material sewn together to flop over the little guy's ears. The light saber is store bought.

Unfortunately, my model doesn't stand still. So here are some action shots. The ones where he does not have the light saber, well, he's working up a temper tantrum. He really likes his light saber.

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / advice for a t-shirt quilt on: June 04, 2008 11:00:43 AM
My husband is finally beginning to retire all of his old Pearl Jam t-shirts, but I know they mean a lot to him as most are from concerts. I love the t-shirt quilts I've seen on here and am willing to try, but I don't want to mess it up. So here is what I am thinking and wondering. Comments and advice are wanted!

1) I'm going to use a light interfacing on the shirts before I cut them.

2) I'll cut the shirts into 12x12" squares, or 10x10" due to not buying enough interfacing.

3) What kind of material should I use for sashing?

4) Color of sashing....? I think for this first quilt to just keep it all the same color. Possibly an olive or gray color. It has to go with a bevy of t-shirts that are mostly black, blue, gray or yellow (all faded from age). Also, something that wouldn't show cat fur too badly.

5) Batting - I've never quilted before and have no idea about batting. From the beginner's book I picked up at the library I would use low-loft? Cotton or polyester or a blend?

6) For the back I was thinking of using a flannel that would compliment the front. Thoughts?

There will be lots more questions, but these would really get the ball rolling for me. Thank you!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beer Cozy on: May 01, 2008 08:12:52 AM
I wanted to make my husband something useful and fun for his birthday this month. I found this pattern in Knitting with Balls by Michael del Vecchio.

I liked this pattern because it has a bottom to it and not just sides like in some cozy patterns I've seen. I also liked the yarn I had to use, Cascade Fixation, because it had elastic in it. I made my first trip to a LYS just to get it. I learned to YO and got more practice at knitting in the round with DPN. It was hard to start it, but turned out really well. This is also the first time I've blocked something I've knitted.

Next I'll try another version that has cables on the side. I've never done cables before, so I thought I'd save it till I got the 'simple' version done.
4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Hat loosely based on celtic on: March 31, 2008 11:52:44 AM
I emphasis the loosely. I did not do double knitting and did not do the design, but wanted to give credit where it was due.

So I used a black cashmere/acrylic and a gray acrylic. On the gray stripe I put the letters PJ in seed stitch, but it is a little messed up and hard to see. It was the first time I've tried DPN, so I'm astonished that the end result was so nice!

I made it for my husband but he wasn't available to model it so I stuck it on my son's melon. I think he likes it!

5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / windy city scarf on: March 21, 2008 11:38:34 AM
Here is my windy city scarf.

Question about it: I could not get the second strand around the keyhole to stay tight. I weaved in the ends, should I have knotted them or woven them in differently?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / learning to knit on circ needles on: February 14, 2008 11:18:08 AM
I'd like to learn to make hats and since many require using circular needles, I bought a pair. However, they are 29" long. I didn't realize at the time that they are too big for a hat (it was the only length the store sold).

I've watched video tutorial on regular circular needles and using the magic loop method.

Since this is new to me, what do you think: should I jump in to hats using the 29" circ needles and the magic loop method OR should I invest in some smaller length circular needles to begin?

Thanks  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / go-go garter and wavy gravy on: February 06, 2008 12:03:21 PM
This is my first post, so I hope I'm getting the pictures included correctly!

First, the Go-Go Garter Scarf. The orange isn't really that bright. I had trouble weaving in the ends between all of the color changes. I'll have to be more careful next time to not tie the ends together when I'm changing colors and to leave a longer tail. Any suggestions on that are welcome!


Now the Wavy Gravy Scarf. I used heather grey and heather rose for the colors, the result isn't as nice as I'd hoped. It took me almost a dozen tries to start because I couldn't understand how to increase, but I've got that down now!


Both came out skinnier than planned, and so is the third one I'm working on now. It's still hard for me to judge when I'm casting on how I should adjust it. I hadn't practiced getting the gauge for either though, I just followed the direction. Guess I should start doing that!

(ok, I guess I can only post links to pics, so I hope these work for you!)
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