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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Knitty's Versatility for Crochet? on: September 18, 2008 07:03:37 AM
I don't knit very well, I can handle a scarf or a hat but that's about it.  I'm thinking of converting Knitty's Versatility to a crochet pattern.  Does anyone else want to jump on this with me?   http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTversatility.html

There is a chart up, so I'm thinking that I can use that chart and just write the crochet stitches on top. I already know that i'd take the bobbles out, because I just don't like bobbles, but I might do a cluster stitch or rolled stitch there.  I'll make a lot of swatches and hopefully still end up with a FO before spring!

Who's with me?!?!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Can I paint vinyl? on: June 21, 2008 09:04:43 AM
I'm making fanny packs for some friends that are headed out on a camping trip.  The outside is vinyl, so they'll be waterproof and the inside is lined with patterned fabric.....the question is can I paint on the vinyl with acrylic paints?  I've got a little strip of left overs and I'm doing some tests, but I'm pretty sure that my test won't really mimic real world conditions.   

I'm thinking that it might work out ok if I seal it, but it also may work ok without the sealer.  Any ideas?  TIA!
13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Ace of Spades Bag on: March 14, 2008 05:32:59 AM
I think this is the first time I'm posted a felted project!  I'm excited. 

I entered into a barter with my favorite hippie. She's making me an wire wrapped amber pendant and I made her an ace of spades bag. What she asked for was "something with a spade on it". I decided to make a bag that looked like a playing card. I picked the colors to have a washed out vintage feel. So instead of using white, black and red, I used cream, brown, and dark red. It was a labor of love, it took for-freakin'-ever. But it looks awesome and she loves it, so thats all that matters.

Let me tell you a little about the construction........The cream colored base is a wool/cashmere blend sweater I pick up at the thrift store. Then I machine felted it and cut out pieces for the front, back and sides. I needle felted the spade on in chocolate merino wool, it's oh so soft. And then I spun a little bit of the brown wool and worked around the edge of the spade in the spun wool because I wanted it to have a crisp edge. I used some more of the spun brown for the circles. The dark red anarchy symbols and the red around the edge is some handspun I got from a swap on another board, it works perfectly here. I used the rest of the dark red yarn to knit the strap in seed stitch. The bag is lined with brown and cream tie-dyed corduroy.

Let me know what you think! (BTW: Check out the pirate shirt on my favorite hippie!)

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Three strand Pearl and Gemstone Necklace on: March 11, 2008 05:33:20 AM
I made this necklace yesterday while waiting for the plumber.  Things go incredibly fast when you want the "random" look.  This is the first piece of jewelry I've made in years.  I tucked all my beads away after my daughter was born thinking "Ack, choking hazard, small pieces!"  But I just had an urge to bead yesterday.  That and I needed a necklace to wear to my best friend's wedding this weekend. 

I used four varieties of freshwater pearls, garnet, citrine, and peridot.  It's strung on silk thread and all the findings are sterling.  Let me know what you think!

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Firefly Bag, in progress **warning! geeky!** 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!
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Camo Skull Cap 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......
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Yarn Question on: October 04, 2007 05:45:48 AM
 I went to a craft swap a few weeks ago. It was freaking AWESOME. I took in a bag of stuff I wasn't using, gave them $5, and they gave me a bag to fill up with stuff other people weren't using. I stuffed my bag to the brink, and got lots of stuff, mostly yarn. I scored about 8 hanks of a beautiful vintage golden yellow wool yarn. I was planning on using it for felted houseware projects because it isn't a shade that looks good on me, even though it is beautiful.

Last night I got out the first hank to wind a ball and I read the tag. Each 100g hank was originally $1.17. It also says 100% pure virgin wool, shrink resistant. I'm wondering what "shrink resistant" means. Is that the same thing as today's "super wash" wool? That was my original thought at least, but in that case could you still call it "virgin wool". Anyone know? I'm going to knit a few swatches anyway, and I guess I could try felting one, but if someone knows for sure, I won't waste my time and hot water trying to do something that's impossible.

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Scarf with felted bird 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.)

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Fall Bag 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:

20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Semi-felted bird 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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