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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Alot of Fur on: April 24, 2010 12:15:49 AM
Now, before you twitch out from a bad-grammar sighting, and before this post will make any sense at all, I suggest you view  this blog post by Allie Brosh: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html

Having read the post, I was immediately inspired to create one of these adorable creatures. Luckily for me, I had a chunk of white fun fur gathering dust in my fabric stash which was just begging to become an Alot!

Here is the Alot: I think he's adorable for the same reasons that Eeyore is, you can't help but want to hug him to make him feel better!

Upon seeing the Alot, my roommate asked me to make one for her, too. I only had a strange shaped chunk of fun fur left, so Alot's baby brother is shaped differently. Perhaps a different breed of Alot? This one has a tail, too, and he is more disgruntled than sad.

I love this Alot, and hope you do, too!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / spiderman messenger bag + others (pic heavy) on: June 07, 2009 01:17:54 PM
In celebration of summer, my roommate and I have turned our living room into the Creation Station! Here are a few of my projects so far....

The spiderman bag is my favourite! The applique took forever to do! I suck at making my machine go slowly, and always end up sewing really quickly. Doesn't go over so well when you're doing something fiddly.. so I ended up spinning the needle by hand... ugh. Good thing it turned out nicely! I found the lining in the red tag clearance section at JoAnn's and bought the rest! I still have a whole bunch left, but I haven't figured out what to do with it yet.... any ideas?

Monokuru boo bag, with a cute heart applique on the outside, and a couple handy pockets on the inside, with spots for pens and pencils!

Mini messenger bag, with a ninepatch flap.  I really like this one because it's lined with the same fabric as the exterior, which is a heavy cotton or canvas type fabric.. it holds its shape really nicely.

Bonus shot of my awesome living room full of crafting supplies!!!

Thanks for looking!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Jeans and a T-Shirt" Tied Quilt on: June 06, 2008 11:19:13 AM
I was cleaning out my room, and found that I had TONS of old t-shirts from various high school events and activities. They all have lots of sentimental value, but weren't anything I'd ever wear again.  There was no way I could toss them or give them to Goodwill! So I cut them all up and turned them into a quilt top. I pieced the backing together out of a bunch of pairs of old jeans that didn't fit anymore.
Overall, it was a fairly quick project-- I think it took me longer to do the backing than the top!! It's a fairly heavy quilt that'll be perfect for the winter.

Thanks for looking!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro challenge: Upside down thistles on: May 06, 2008 06:44:02 PM
Here's a picture I took while stranded on the side of the road outside of Heathrow airport. At least something good came out of a flat tire!!

I didn't do any editing on this... just your basic macro camera setting and a healthy dose of boredom!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Toy Story top on: October 15, 2007 02:45:40 PM
I made this shirt out of a kid's Toy Story sheet that I got from a thrift store. The inspiration was definitely that amazing Waldo hoodie floating around here, even though they don't look like each other at all. It's all hand-sewn, since I don't have a sewing machine here at school. This is my first piece of clothing I've ever sewn (I'm more of a bag lady.. )

And the gratuitous boob shot:

Thanks for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Prom Dress.... on: April 15, 2007 05:00:15 PM
I love having creative and one-of-a-kind dresses for dances, and since I looove knitting, I decided to knit my prom dress this year!

I found the Elann Flickering Flames skirt pattern, and decided to use that for the skirt. I used knitpick's shine sport in River, which is this gorgeous royal blue color, and since it's a cotton blend, it's not hot at all. My mom agreed to help me knit the dress, so we made a deal that she'd follow the pattern and make the skirt, and I would design the top part. Here's a picture of the skirt, pre- and post-blocking.

It took about 2 hours to pin out the skirt, because we pinned out each little point of the picot edging. My fingers were sore!

What a difference!! I was amazed and how much the skirt grew and how much the lace popped out. The skirt was started in late November, but was put away for a few months in between.

While my mom was busy knitting the skirt, I started figuring out what I wanted the top to look like. Stealing the shape of a tank top I have, I knit the top part of the shirt first, using size 4 needles to prevent anything from showing. The straps were made out of icord. Then I knit a tube of the same lace as the pattern, and sewed everything together.

I wanted to really show off the lace pattern, so I borrowed a square-dancing crinoline to wear under the skirt, and I wore a white tank top under the top so I wouldn't be showing off my belly!

Here's the whole dress. My friend made me some beautiful earrings with matching necklace, and some decorated bobby pins to hide in my hair. My handsome boyfriend had this fabulous tie and cummerbund set with silver stars all over to match my shoes. He was a hit.

Here's a cute boutonniere picture.. Man! Those things are tough to pin.

I had been a bit worried about having dress malfunctions throughout the night since it was homemade, but the worst part about it was going to the bathroom with all that fluff around me!!! The best part was definitely twirling, haha... I felt like a very fancy girl. Thanks for reading!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / *knit* converse shoes (pattern added) on: September 12, 2006 05:34:32 PM
I knit a pair of converse shoes. I'd had this idea for aaages, but just recently conned someone into giving me an old pair. I cut off all the fabric, save for about a 1/4 inch along all the edges, and knit pieces to sew in place. They didn't take a very long time to make- the hardest part was sewing everything together. Ugh! I think the effort was worth it, and they're actually really strong. I played a game of baseball in them the other day, and they've held up just fine!! Here are some pictures:

 I cut the all-star patches off the original shoes and sewed them back on. I love how they turned out!

The front of the shoes

My dog really likes them, too!!

Thanks for looking!

Okay, here's the pattern. It'll make a ladies size 8.

gauge: 2"= 7 sts (unstretched)
needles: US 6
yarn: any worsted weight yarn, double stranded

to make these shoes, you knit three separate pieces, and then sew them onto the shoe.

first piece (make two, one for each shoe..)
cast on 28 sts
1) K
2) P
3) K12, YO, K2tog, K1, YO, K2tog,K
4) P2tog, P
5) K23, YO, K2tog, K2tog
6) P
7) K20, YO, K2tog, K2, K2tog
Cool P
9) K17, YO, K2tog, K2, cast off 4 (this is the end of the row, so cut the yarn and rejoin it to purl back across the next row.)
10) P
11) K15, YO, K2tog, cast off 4 (same process as row 9)
12)  P
13) K
14) P
15) K13, YO, K2tog, K2
16) P2tog
17) K14, K2tog
18) P
19) K11, YO, K2tog, K2
20) P2tog, P
21) K
cast off all sts.

2nd piece (make two, too). this is pretty much just the mirror image of the first piece.
1) K
2) P
3) K
4) P to last two sts, P2tog
5) K2tog, K2tog, YO, K
6) P
7) K2tog, K2, K2tog, YO, K
Cool P
9) cast off 4, K2, K2tog, YO, K
10) P
11) cast off 4, K2tog, YO, K
12) P
13) K
14) P
15) K2, K2tog, YO, K
16) P to last 2 sts, P2tog
17) K2tog, K
18) P
19) K2, K2tog, YO, K
20) P to last two sts, P2tog
21) K
22) P
cast off all sts.

Tongue piece (make two)
Cast on 9 sts
K 5 rows in stockingette
Row 6) increase one st on each side of the tongue (11 sts).
K approx 23 rows in stockingette. I made a one st garter border along the edges to stop it from curling. it still curled a bit, but you can't tell when you're actually wearing the shoes.

Now, the assembly!!!!
take your converse, and look at the back of it. there's a thicker fabric strip that goes right up the back of the shoe. this is going to stay on- don't cut it off!! it'll help keep the construction of the shoe  strong. Here's a picture of it-

so except for that piece, cut off every other bit of fabric, leaving approximately a quater inch border of fabric left to the shoe. This is what you'll sew the knitted pieces to.

The side pieces will seem too small for the shoe, but they'll stretch- I didnt' want them to be too baggy.

When I sewed everything together, I used regular thread, but I double stranded it for strength. I would also strongly reccomend a thimble, because some parts of the shoe (in the heel and near the toe) are thicker and you'll want to protect your fingers as you have to push the needle in with a lot of force.

Next, cut the patches off the shoe, punch holes ( I used a needle) in the patch around the edges. You'll want to punch the holes before you sew them on, otherwise they're hard to sew on. Then attach them to the sides of the shoes, relace them, and you're good to go!

I was thinking about sizing, and I'm pretty sure it'd be really easy. One of my friends wants me to make him a pair of these, and so I measured his shoes (a size 9 ladies) and they're a half inch longer than the size 8s. When I make them, I'm going to cast on 2 more stitches, and do the shaping the exact same way, since all the shaping is done on one side, and the other side (which gets sewn to the heel) is completely straight. So theoretically, if each size up adds a half inch in length, you should be able to calculate how many sts to add.

Whoo! That's a lot of typing. I hope everything makes sense- if not, I'll do my best to answer questions!  If you make a pair, post them here, I'd love to see them.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / SNAKES ON A PLANE!! on: July 26, 2006 10:49:29 PM
**Samuel L Jackson finger puppet on pg 3!**
My fabulous boyfriend is completely obsessed with the upcoming film. He has a t-shirt, bumper stickers, and talks about it whenever either snakes or planes are mentioned. Naturally, I couldn't think of anything better to make him for part of his birthday present than some cute knitted snakes with an airplane to perch on!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / South Park Characters- Mr Hat, Mr Twiggy, and Mr Hankey the Christmas Poo! on: May 28, 2006 06:49:52 PM
(Mr Twig and Christmas Poo on page two)

I made this puppet for my friend's birthday. I hope he likes it!

He took 2-3 hours to knit. I didn't have a pattern, but based it off of this picture: http://www.csps.minx.co.uk/epiimgs/407/sp407_garrison.jpg

And here he is! (complete with my mom and dog..)

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