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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Common Knitting Problems? on: October 26, 2013 04:11:03 PM
Hey Craftster Knitting!

It's been a long time since I've posted anywhere in Craftster..... just checked my last post. It's from '09. Yikes!

Anyways, I'm a product design student now and have been assigned a project with the goal of resolving a simple problem task.
For now, I just need to do research and one of the categories of things (we get to narrow it down to 3 categories) is knitting problems!
Not so much knitting techniques, but... the other stuff.

For example a problem I was thinking about was unifying yarn storage and use. I tend to store all of my yarn in a box together. I also tend to knit without using anything to hold my yarn at all (perhaps that's its own problem)..... As a result, my yarn skeins are frequently tangled with each other, and later, as I'm knitting, sometimes my yarn will roll off the couch and across the room or some other annoying location. To solve both problems, I've thought about creating little yarn 'houses' that are stackable and portable. One skein/ball per yarn house. There's a little opening to thread the working strand through. You can pick up each house of yarn and carry it to another room in your house to work on it, then bring it back and place it in back on your tower of yarn houses!

That's just a little idea I have. Not sure if it's a necessary solution, as I don't know how other knitters normally store their yarn.

To cut to the chase, I'd love some feedback on that idea (which is in it's baby stages... actually more like fetal stages), and also let me know anything else about your knitting storage and processes that you'd like me to hear.

How do you store your yarn?
Do you carry it around to different rooms/ public places?
Any other simple problems you'd like to gripe about? (I'd love to hear them!)

And lastly, this doesn't have to be reserved for knitting. If you hate something about a task in your morning routine, or wish some product existed.... let me know!

Thanks for giving this post some time!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Viscera- Neck Accessories on: August 14, 2009 03:54:50 PM
So I just started my etsy and decided to make some new items to put up! These are some neck accessories that I've been making for a long time now, inspired by a craftster post I saw a long loooong time ago. They kind of remind me of intestines (as grotesque as that sounds) which is why i dub them Viscera! They are all made out of old shirts or dresses.

Here are le pics:

Thanks for reading! Comments and feedback much appreciated!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / High waisted floral shorts? on: March 04, 2009 07:39:07 PM
I've been really scared to make shorts, but I wanted to challenge myself, so when my mom wanted to throw out the living room curtains I salvaged them for myself! The crotch was the scariest thing I have ever sewed so far, but I'm soo proud of myself. I think I would consider this is my first real garment! On to the pictures! ...or the one picture...

Sorry for the crappy webcam pics. My camera broke :/

And also, I need some style advice. I have no idea what to wear these shorts with! Is the blue tank top from the first picture ok, or maybe a brown one? But I think the brown kind of clashed with the leggings but I don't wanna wear the shorts without them, especially if I want to make them school appropriate.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Houndstooth Pidge on: December 23, 2008 09:56:36 PM
I periodically rummage through my mom's closet looking for things she never wears that I can chop up and the other day I found this nice houndstooth '80s blouse (shoulder pads and all) and I've been trying to think of something simple to do with it. I'm not yet ready to take on a full fledged garment so I made a pidge scarf! I also used some teal knit fabric I bought for reasons I can't remember. It feels a little loose when I wear it, but I love it lots and it's a nice addition to many of my outfits. I'm thinking to make more in other patterned fabrics from crazy pants I also found in her closet.

My measurements were 8"x20" but one side still ended up wider than the other. Don't know if you can tell that from the picture though. Pardon the incense smoke stains and ladder. Wink

What do you guys think?

P.S. I wasn't sure where this goes so if it must be moved, please do!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Out with the legs and in with the body on: July 21, 2008 01:52:18 PM
I've had bags of clothes I've been collecting from friends and family members and decided it was time to downsize that pile a little bit. So I made a dress!

The top is made from the top part of these pants and the bottom as a skirt that I sewed to the top pants thing. I also added a little bow I made myself! The first two pictures have the most accurate color.



Whole Thing (kind of):

Thanks for looking~

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hobo bag from ten year old curtains!! on: July 02, 2008 05:04:16 PM
Sometime last year, my mom decided to throw away the living room curtains and get new ones, but that happened to be around the time I was very into sewing, so I salvaged them and I've been meaning to make a pair of shorts out of them, but decided first to make a purse!

It only took me a few hours and I think this is my first successful time making a bag with the sewing machine.

Here's an action shot:

An in-the-sink shot:

My extremely messy hand-sewn snap closure:

(^I don't even know how I managed to do this)

And the messy inside, with a comb and tweezers to show the pockets:

The straps I stole off another bag that was the kind you get free with a subscription to a magazine, and no one was using it so I cut them off.

Thanks for looking!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone know a good pattern for this? (sweater vest) on: June 30, 2008 11:26:07 AM
It's a sweater vest from Urban Outfitters that I really like, but won't pay fifty dollars for! Does anyone know of a similar pattern? I tried looking but I couldn't find a good one.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My beginner-licious pillowcase shirt! (extremely slightly picture gluttoned) on: May 11, 2008 12:20:54 AM
Well, actually I used half of the pillowcase to make the front of the shirt. It's a Barney one from when I was a wee girl and obsessed with Barney xD. The back of the shirt is made from the matching sheets to the pillowcase. Sorry, I forgot to rotate all the pics, so they're sideways haha.




The floopy thing you see in the back is just the bow tied from the belty thing just bellow my boobs. It's actually not attached to the shirt, just tied around me. Ignore the wrinkles, the iron and ironing board are in my sleeping momma's room. Gosh, parents and their early sleeping habits!

Here's The Zipper:

The right side of the photo is the top of the shirt. This was my first time using a sewing machine, and my first time installing a zipper, so it ended up a little crooked but meh, it still works right? :]

I'm really proud of it, even though it's a little bit suffocating, and I pricked myself quite a bit when I was pinning fabrics together, but it was all worth it. And sewing isn't as hard as I thought it would be, I'm definitely going to sew some more things... oh, and even though there's only four pics, I just wanted to say gluttoned in the title.  Grin

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