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11  Firefly Bag, in progress **warning! geeky!** in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by dntysgrplm on: January 29, 2008 07:54:34 AM
Well, this whole thing started because I saw a girl with a fabric bag and though, hey I could knit something like that.  Well turns out that I *could* knit something like that, I just wouldn't like it very much.  So I took the main piece of the bag and was determined to make something else from it.  I decided to use a duplicate stitch to jazz it up.  I went looking for charts and didn't like any.  Then I went looking for art to turn into charts and found this BLUE SUN design from Firefly.  Which was great since I'd been watching Firefly while knitting.  (I over explain things, it's a curse.) 

So anyway, I love it so much I wanted to post the progress.  I'll finish the english on this side, put the Chinese on the other side, add a ribbed cuff in the contrast color, then line the whole thing with some awesome black and white printed fabric. 

The art:

The progress:

I'd love feedback!
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12  Camo Skull Cap in Crochet: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: December 13, 2007 07:26:00 AM
I can't take the credit for this design, only the pattern and execution.  Its for a friend of mine and he was very very specific about what he wanted.  The cap is made in a beanie style, HDC throughout with three rows of FP/BP DC at the bottom.  Then I made the skull patch in SC, just figured it out as I went along, and sewed the patch onto the hat. 

Here it is, as modeled by my coffee cup......
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13  Scarf with felted bird in Knitting: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: August 13, 2007 10:45:55 AM
I knocked out this scarf in a few evenings with some Crystal Palace yarn that was on 50% off sale. Then I decided it was boring, so I crochet and felted a bird to applique onto one end. I found some yarn in my stash that I used to edge the bird and the entire scarf. And I fucking love it. I just wish that it was 30 degrees not 100 degrees today. Let me know what you think.

(ETA: Now that I look at the pictures, I'm sure the birdie needs feet. I'll do that tonight.)

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14  Felted Fall Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: August 10, 2007 07:59:17 AM
I'm just learning how to knit, this is the forth thing I've made.  I made up the pattern and used Paton's Classic Wool in Regency.  Then machine felted.  I still need to add buttons.  Let me know what you think!

Before felting:

Drying, after felting:

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15  Semi-felted bird in Crochet: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: August 10, 2007 07:47:33 AM
I made this little 2-D bird to embellish and knitted scarf.  I'm going to put the two together once I've blocked the scarf.  I made her out of scraps or Kuryeon, Lamb's Pride (for the beak) and maybe Paton's wool or Cascade (for the wing).  Then I attempted some hand-felting forgetting that Kuryeon takes forever to felt.  I got tired and gave up, but it is semi-felted which is good enough for me.  I going to find a button in my stash for the eye.  Oh, and just in case anyone is interested I stuck it in the French Press for the beginning of the felting process, then used a toothbrush.  I'd love to know what you all think!




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16  Bird's Nest Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: February 23, 2007 07:05:37 PM
When I read the rules for this challenge it took me a while to figure out what I was going to do.  And then I kind of worked backwards.  I decided that I wanted to do a hat that was inspired by those adorable 1950's cocktail hats.  I'd seen some at a vintage store and couldn't stop thinking about them.  Then it took me a while to figure out what animal could provide the necessary sculptural elements for this creation.....and it hit me, and bird's nest. 

The first thing I did was to find an artificial bird, because that set the scale.  Then I crocheted a nest from "yarn" made of raffia, feathers, and some scraps of wool.  Next I procured a stick from my yard, adorned it with flower beads and glass beads, then wrapped it with yarn so the beads would stand out.  I then crocheted the hat portion from some lavendar wool, which I hoped would mimick a sky.  I used some of the same brown yarn I wrapped the branch in to cross-stitch branches on the hat.  Finally I added the veil which is just some irredescent ribbon that I cinched in and sewed on.  And as the final touch, three eggs in the nest.  While there are many non-crocheted elements in this hat, most of the structure is crocheted, so I'm hoping I meet the requirements.  Here are some pictures (it was very difficult to take a picture of my head while wearing a hat that must be at least 6 inches tall.)

Detail of two-layer veil:

Detail of bird and nest:

Action shots:

Let me know what you think!
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17  Skull-Flap Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: February 19, 2007 06:35:49 AM
I made this over the weekend for my favorite bartender who I'm absolutely in love with.  He tried to steal my Jayne Hat, and I wouldn't let him, but I told him I'd make him his very own hat.  He said he wanted ear flaps and skulls.  I used Cascade 220 for the hat.  It's two strands held together, the entire hat is done in SC.  Then I used some Lion Wool, four strands held together, and cross-stitched the skull on.  I wanted a kind of big skull, so I put it on the side over the ear flap so it could be longer.  This results in the right ear being REALLY warm when you wear the hat.  Then at the end I did a SC border of orange around the hat, and I don't know if you can see it in the pics, but I left the strings hanging at the bottom of the ear flaps, rather than do a braid or anything.   I'd love to know what you all think!

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18  Heart tank tops in Stenciling: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: February 13, 2007 07:25:08 AM
I'm not exactly sure what this technique is called, maybe reverse stencilling? I put stickers down on the tank tops, then painted over them.  The brown one is hard to see in the picture, but it shows up better IRL.  The large heart is just free handed. These are for my daughter, who is three and a half and is completely obssessed with tanks tops at the moment.  They were on sale a Target for less than $2 each.  Let me know what you think.

Group Shot



Big Heart

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19  Huge Granny Square Blanket (Looks better than it sounds) in Crochet: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: January 23, 2007 07:33:17 AM
I started making this granny square out of scraps, and before I knew it I'd spent around $100 for yarn, so it was a stash buster and then some.  It's all wool, mostly Cascade 220, Paton's Wool, some Lion Brand Wool, and a bit of Noro Kuryeon.  It's not finished, and won't be until I run out of yarn, but I thought I'd show the progress so far, and maybe that'll motivate me to keep going.....
The whole square (the yellow isn't really that bright)

And a close up where you can see the Noro pretty well

I'd love to hear what you all think!
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20  Crocheted Calorimetry in Crochet: Completed Projects by dntysgrplm on: January 23, 2007 07:27:50 AM
Yay, I figured it out for crochet, and it was SUPER easy.  I used Paton's Soy Wool Stripes in Natural Earth.  Please excuse the pics, it's really hard to take a picture of your own head.

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