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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tri-beetle hat on: September 28, 2009 03:35:10 PM
It's almost hat weather here in Iowa. I found this Knitty pattern through Ravelry http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTcrosscountry.html

I didnt think cotton was probably a good choice for fair-isle, but of course I went ahead and used it anyway. All in the name of being cheap. This is my first fair-isle project.

The hat was quite roomy, but after lining with fleece the fit has drastically improved. Check out http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2008/06/fully-lining-hat... for some good tips on lining hats.

The only chart I used from this pattern was the snowflake chart. I was pretty intent on having a dinosaur hat, and found a chart http://www.yarn-visions.blogspot.com/2009/01/brontosaurus... for a triceratops. It looked more appropriate for intarsia, so I added some more squares here and there to make it more fair-isle friendly and avoid huge long floats. I also decided beetles would be a good addition and made up my own chart for those. The beetle legs looked pretty awful - the individual green stitches got lost in the background. So, I duplicate stitched them after the hat was complete.

Needles: size 2
Yarn: recycled cotton from thrift store sweaters

Thanks for looking
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Isaac on: September 26, 2009 01:13:50 AM
Purchased this pattern on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/isaac. It's intended to be a dude pattern, but, whatever. I was going to add some side shaping, but spaced it off. The fabric drapes pretty well, though, so it doesn't bother me.

I recently made a baby sweater with saddle shoulders and decided I really needed a saddle-shoulder something all for myself. So, here it is.

Yarn: unravelled from a thrift store sweater, 100% cotton 4-ply
Needle: size 4
Plackets: leftover scraps from this purse https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318103.0
The buttons are thrifted, also.




thanks for looking
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old pants purse, take two on: September 23, 2009 04:38:42 PM
My friend Sarah (recently reacquainted) liked my purse https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318103.0, so she got one too. It's weird; we're both 31, but it feels like high school all over again. Anyway...

Material is, again, two pairs of thrifted pants, lining is an old shirt, hardware/zippers were harvested off a thrift store purse. I had different stuff to work with than the first one, so I changed the strap attachment, and decided to use one of the existing welt pockets (from the pants) for one side of the front. I actually purchased a small amount of green for the piping to get the right color. I was hoping to take it easy and find some pre-packaged piping to save myself some time, but just couldn't find what I wanted. I can't decide if I like hers or mine better!

Thanks for looking,
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Recycled cabled cardigan on: August 21, 2009 04:04:16 PM
Normally I log my knitted fo's on Ravelry. I'm rather proud of this one, though, so I thought I'd share here as well. I've crocheted for years but am pretty new to knitting. Yarn was recycled from an old gap vest I don't think I ever wore. Geesh, frogging 2-ply cotton is no walk in the park, let me tell you. This is based on a cabled cardigan from vogue spring/summer '07. I changed the shaping and cables up a little bit.

I should have just doubled up the 2-ply, but didn't think I'd have enough yarn to complete it if I did that. I knitted the 2 strands with some nylon thread for a little extra strength on size 2 needles. This was tedious as hell, but I dig that sort of thing.

Thanks for looking,
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I like making stuff from old pants. on: August 21, 2009 03:53:52 PM
 This is my own pattern. I get tired of making clothes sometimes and worrying about whether or not they're going to fit, so I decided to detour and make a one-size-fits-all something. The material is two pairs of thrifted pants, lining is lining from one of those pairs, zippers were thrifted. The piping is just some random cotton fabric I had lying around with some narrow cotton twine. The inside has one zippered pocket.

I thought I interfaced the heck out of this thing, but it seems one can never use enough for a sturdy bag. These photos are taken after several days of bag use on a trip to Vegas with my mom. So, it's been fairly abused, and hasn't held its shape as much as I'd like.

Oh, and the buttons were leftovers from a jacket I made https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302145.msg3451983#msg3451983

The sort of kidney shaped pieces that are also the straps are also pockets, in case that's not apparent from the photos. The construction was a little tedious and I had to kind of make it up as I went.

Thanks for looking
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Simpsons mosaic table on: July 16, 2009 04:04:02 PM
I went through a ceramic tile-mosaic phase a few years back. I go through a lot of phases. It was fun; I would randomly break up tiles with a hammer and then rearrange the bits into pictures. Most of these tiles were freebies-leftovers from the local home improvement store. To get the proper yellowish skin tone, though, I had to go with some plates found at Target in the clearance section. The table I used cost something like 3 dollars at a secondhand store. It's not the greatest table because it has these little cubby things underneath, so it's not especially comfortable to sit at. But it makes a good surface to throw my keys, groceries, and other random stuff on in the kitchen.

I freehanded the characters while referencing a book.

I thought it would be appropriate for Milhouse to have the wine, and Lisa the Duff beer.



Thanks for looking,
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hand smocked yoke shirt (try saying that one 10 times fast!) on: July 08, 2009 04:14:26 PM
Pattern from Burda Magazine 5/2009, fabric from the thrift store. Looks like I should've ironed it. Oh, and I used a great smocking tutorial on tumblingblocks.net

Thanks for looking,

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / randomly pintucked-yoke skirt on: May 15, 2009 06:48:16 PM
Found this awesome 80's McCall's pattern at the thrift store. The pattern was for a long, high-ish waisted skirt. I redrafted the yoke sections to make it sit at the hips, made it shorter, and added side-seam pockets. Fabric is just a thrifted cotton sheet dyed with a mix of brown and black Rit dye. Side zip.

I started sewing some little flowers and embroidery, but quickly became bored. Probably a good thing; coulda been too much.

Thanks for looking,
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / knickers on: April 29, 2009 03:56:20 PM
Made from thrifted cranberry corduroy, part of a thrifted polo shirt, thrifted buttons, and a pink zipper from my mom's old pants. Pattern is McCall's 5142, a jeans pattern. I cropped them and added ties at the bottom. Also added the cargo pockets on the rear and at the sides. Sewed the pinstriping on the green accent bits.

Thanks for looking, Amy
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 pinafores on: April 22, 2009 06:06:18 PM
First is from 2 thrift store pillowcases.

This skirt of this one is from some round tablecloth thing I've had sitting around forever. It has some cool trains on it. Waist part is from a button-down mens shirt, and the orange piping is from a thrifted pillow case

LOLOL gotta love the dog peeing in the background.
Thanks for looking, Amy
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