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41  Re: What's for supper? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by sparrowowl on: March 08, 2008 12:45:42 PM

Spam, pineapple, and Wonderbread sandwich.  Oh, man.  So good.
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42  Short row knit peppermint- with pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by sparrowowl on: March 07, 2008 10:26:00 PM
I submitted this for Knitty's Christmas issue a year or two ago, and it was rejected- I'm ok with that, it's pretty simple!  The peppermint can be anything: trivet, placemat, dishrag, top of a hat, whatever.  You can add/subtract stitches based on the size you need very easily.


Finished measurements:  8 inches


1 ball Lily Sugar & Cream Cotton (Length: 120 yd) #00001 White

1 ball Lily Sugar & Cream Cotton (Length: 120 yd) #00095 Red

Size 6 straight knitting needles

Size G crochet hook

Joining needle

For potholder:

Warm & Natural Craft Size 34" x 45" 100 % Cotton quilt batting

Gauge: 10 garter ridges per inch


With # 6 needles, co 20 of red yarn

Row 1: K

Row 2: K to the last 2 stitches, slip next stitch purlwise, move yarn to front, return slipped stitch to left needle, move yarn to back.  Turn and K to end.

Row 3: K to the last 4 stitches, slip next stitch purlwise, move yarn to front, return slipped stitch to left needle, move yarn to back.  Turn and K to end.

Continue in this way until all stitches are knit.  Attach white yarn.

K 2 rows

Continue with short row pattern as with red stripe.

Continue in this way until you have 6 red and 6 white stripes, ending with a white stripe.  K over all stitches and BO.


With red yarn and needle, weave in and out the inner edge of the peppermint, drawing it together to close the center gap.  Tie.  Join red and white edge together with mattress stitch.  Weave all ends.  Block.

For potholder:

M 2 peppermints.  Cut 8 inch circle of craft batting and sandwich between both peppermints, joined edges on the inside.  Do not align joined edges.  With size G crochet hook and white yarn, sc around edge to join.

For trivet:

M1.  With size G crochet hook, sc around edge.

CO 8 and make a tree ornament or a coaster.  
CO 36 and make placemats.  
Use green yarn and make spearmints!
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43  Tank top into embroidered owl skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sparrowowl on: March 07, 2008 05:35:01 PM

I bought this white cotton top to use for layering, but the armpits were too big- does that ever happen to you? Isn't that weird?- so I stuck it in the goodwill bag until the other day I thought of turning it into a a skirt.

The skirt is just the shirt cut under the pits, and the actual armpits, rounded, are the pockets.  I embroidered the pockets with a blanket stitch.  The neckline was cut off to form the waistband.

I didn't know how to embroider a knit so I cut a piece of muslin and pinned it to the back, then embroidered over both pieces and cut it away when I was done.  I like how it turned out. 

Also, I seriously love Aunt Martha patterns.  I bought like, 5 of them the other day.  This owl is the 'pattern test' from the Hooty Owl pattern.  I don't care if they are old skool and not hip n' trendy, they are freaking adorable.
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44  Long skirt into cocktail dress: with tutorial! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sparrowowl on: March 01, 2008 01:13:37 PM


I wore this skirt pretty much every Sunday from 2003-2006.  I love the swishy silk charmeuse and the print, but after a while I got tired of it, and it's pretty dated at this point.  So, I came up with this dress.

Long skirt into dress: tutorial!

Take a floor lenght skirt that fits your waist made out of some kind of drapey material, with a side zipper.

cut off about 11 inches off the bottom and the lining.  (Mine is a little uneven.) Cut in half, down the side seams.

Sew the lining to the side opposite of the hemmed side, right sides together.  Flip and under stitch the lining.  Repeat with other strip.  On one strip, with right sides together, sew 7 inches up he side, and stop.  The opening is your sleeve.  On the other strip, do the same, only leave a 4 inch opening at the bottom as well.  This will be the placket that goes over the zipper.


This shows what the bodice should look like on both front and back, with lines for stitching and for the placket.

Put both sides of the bodice on yourself or your dressform,  and figure out a good fit.  Pin the bodice front and back as well as the bottom.  Now put on your skirt and see how it fits together.  Baste bodice bottom together when you get the right fit.

Cut off waistband, sew bodice to skirt, taking care to line up zipper with placket, and tack lining to bodice fabric.  Add a few stitches to keep the bottom and back up (it falls off far too easily without it!)  

Add some snaps, hooks and eyes, or whatever to close up your placket.  Hem your dress.


If you don't have any 90's long skirts lying around, check the thrift store: they usually have a bunch, some really nice!  And let me know if you make this and any improvements you can thinking of: this project took a lot of fiddling around, so I am sure it can be improved.  For example, the next time I do this I am going to try to make the bodice all as one piece sewn together at the 'wrap' sides, but I couldn't figure out how to do that with this one without messing up the ribbon edge.  

this is my first ever tutorial so let me know what you think!
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45  Chocolate brown velour dress from outdated 90's dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by sparrowowl on: February 29, 2008 11:27:29 PM
I got this dress thrifting liking the fabric, color and fit- I'm sure it would have looked great in 1994, but no matter what I did, I just couldn't get it to look up to date:

Luckily, velour is always in style for kids!

I cut the dress in half, made the bodice smaller, gathered the bodice bottom and top of skirt, recut the sleeves and added a slight gather to the top.  I cut off the collar and nicked the fabric, so I added a crocheted border ( single crochet, then an open shell pattern with a strand of pink yarn thru it) to cover it.  The sash is the long sleeves, and I used the same yarn from the collar pulled apart like embroidery floss for the asterisks.  I also used this same method to do the blanket stitch on the sleeves.  The fabric is chocolate brown polyester velour, the yarn was some kind of egyptian cotton and the pink yarn for contrast in Berocco Smart Cotton.  I'm guessing this made about a size 8?

It was very easy and I'm pleased with the result!  You could do this with any simple tunic/straight dress.
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46  Is it sewing or crochet? My mixed media dress NOW WITH TUTORIAL! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sparrowowl on: February 26, 2008 08:32:11 PM
I saw this dress in the Urban Outfitters catalog and thought I needed one for myself.  It was the best of both worlds- easy crochet and simple sewing.  The yarn is Cotton Ease, the fabric's from Joann's, one yard and one skein.  
The one strap is twisted here.
Deets...the ribbon is just that cheap by the spool stuff.  I might add it to the trimming at the bottom, which is just double crochet.

If anyone wants, I'll be writing a tutorial and making another tonal white dress.  Now it just needs to be summer!!


The bodice is based off of this pattern, but pretty highly modifyed, still, credit where credit is due.

S-M-L  (I'm a 34C and made 'M')

Bodice (make 2): Ch 9-11-13. Crochet dc up along one side of chain (first st replaces 2 ch sts) = 7-9-11 dc. In the last ch work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, the continue with dc down the other side of chain. Turn the work, crochet back and forth on each side of center chain - 1 dc in each dc from the previous row and in the ch from previous row at the top, work 2 dc, ch 1 and 2 dc every row. Crochet 6-7-8 rows back and forth. Crochet the next 2 rows as follows: ch 2 + 2 dc in the first dc from previous row, * ch 1, skip over 2 dc, 3 dc in the next dc *, repeat from * - * up to the top, in ch from previous row at the top work 3 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Repeat from * - * down other side.

Top: Place the 2 bodice halves together. Sew/crochet them together at the middle, about 2 or three inches.  Then, starting at the bottom side, crochet around the bottom of the top and then chain all the way around, trying it on to get a nice fit.  When you're happy with it, slip stitch the chains so you now have a nice round bodice.  Crochet two rows of dc at the bottom of the bodice.  Now, for as man rows as you like, starting at the side of the bodice slip stitch twice up the side, then make 2 or so rows of the bolded pattern above.  

Straps: Sc 3 in the top of one of the bodice halves, sc until you get the right lenght for you.  You can cross these over or do what I did and place them in the center of the back.  This keeps them from falling down.  Do the same for the other half.

Now, skirt and assemble.  Start with a yard of fabric, or more/less depending on your size.  

Voila, you're done!  If this needs any clarification please let me know!  Once you start making it you'll see it isn't too hard and you can make all sorts of modifications as you go.  
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