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1  2 hats, a sad story, and a question in Knitting: Completed Projects by CinnamonCrane on: December 26, 2008 06:27:33 PM
Hello all!

I'll start out with the sad story/hat, then cheer you up with something else and some fun linkage. My boyfriend's mom was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August, and has been undergoing some very aggressive chemotherapy and then more recently a surgery. The good news is that she's got a GREAT prognosis, is in good spirits, and doing great. The bad news is... well, she's got cancer.  Undecided Plus, all of her beautiful red hair is gone now. For some reason, her bald head makes me sadder than anything. So for Christmas, I've made her a little beret. (She wears wigs usually, so this would go over a wig.) BUT my question is--if anyone knows cute and comfortable caps that can go on a bald head, can you set me up? I've found a few, but they all look too clinical and patient-y. This woman has a lot of flair and a wonderful creative heart. I don't want to make her just any cap.


So there's the downer part of this post. I also have a cloche hat that I made out of some Blonde Chicken yarn. If you don't know blonde chicken, it's an etsy store run by this lovely woman Tara who hand-spins all sorts of lovely yarns in brilliant colors. She does a lot of work with local wool and recycled mill-ends and so forth. Basically, she's my hero. (And no, she didn't tell me to do this.) Check her out at www.blondechicken.etsy.com

So, the hat!

And, just for giggles, here's my craft table in my bedroom. This is where a lot of my crafting gets done.

That's all for now. Any comments/critiques are VERY welcome, as are any links/info about stylish chemo hats!
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2  Re: Recommend me an EASY dress pattern, please in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by CinnamonCrane on: July 25, 2008 07:23:53 PM
Simplicity 4072 is pretty easy. I just made it a few weeks ago... It's nice because it HAS sleeves, but you don't have to worry about matching up the bits at the shoulders and so forth. (It's kind of like a kimono, so you cut the piece for the sleeve and the body as one piece. Very nice.) The directions about the collar are a little bit confusing, but once you sort of visualize it correctly it makes a lot of sense. (just try repinning it a bunch of times and it should make sense.)

Looks like this...

Ignore my face.  Tongue

Good luck!
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3  Dresses and skirts and weird faces, oh my! (IMG supersized) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by CinnamonCrane on: July 25, 2008 04:28:08 PM
First new topic here... little nervous. If I talk too much, just whack me.

Random things I've made this summer...

1. Teal dress! I copied this from a brown target dress... not entirely successfully. It was the first time I'd ever tried to mock up a pattern using newspapers, though, so it was relatively successful, I guess? Anyways. Pardon bad lighting, faces, etc. It's not hemmed yet because I was so sick of the stupid thing.

Closeup of the neckine detail.

2. Batik-print dress! This took me about a week to do (mostly because the directions were really confusing for the collar.) It's Simplicity 4072, in 2 coordinating batik prints and some plain cotton.

Shot of the back. You can see how there's a lot of gathered fabric underneath the tie... without all that, it doesn't fit over my head! Silly nonstretch fabrics.

Fabric closeup. Viva macro settings.

3. Branch-print skirt. This started its life as a bedspread from I-don't-know-where. Chopped it up into a basic circle skirt. (It's actually 2 half-circles. The side seams gave it a little more structure, which I liked. The fabric was really heavy also, so the structure made it a little less unwieldly.) I don't like elastic, so it has a drawstring waist.

And a closeup of the fabric. (It has a really nice texture to it!)

4. Another basic circle skirt... just short! Not very exciting. Drawstring waist, etc.

And a closeup of the "hem" that isn't.  Tongue I hate hemming circle skirts, and I thought it'd be fun to try a little more of a raw look. Thoughts?

I love feedback! Anything that you think--especially ways that I can improve. I'm quite new to sewing (that skirt with the branches was the first thing I ever sewed, and that was less than a month ago!) and love getting tips from the "been there, done that" crowd.


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4  Re: No Knit Scarf! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by CinnamonCrane on: July 23, 2008 07:53:28 AM
Thanks for passing this idea on!!! I love your version of it, and the Martha link is quite helpful. I've been wondering what to do with all that yarn in my stash...  Cheesy I'll post a pic when I'm finished!!

UPDATED: Didn't quite turn out as I expected!! I didn't have any super-bulky yarn in my stash, so I doubled up each strand using less-bulky stuff. Still, though, when I tried to make the scarf, it ended up just being flimsy and weird. Bummer!! I ended up tying my knots a little bit tighter and making a narrow band of ... something?  Tongue If I'd been more patient, I might have made it into a belt. I'm not, though, so I have a ... bracelet. Kind of.

Knot that holds it on

Macro closeup

Not nearly as good as yours... but I guess the moral of the story is that this only works with REALLY bulky yarns!!!

Also, how did you keep the long strands from tangling as you worked it? I ended up rolling the middle 2 up around my hands to make it more manageable, but it didn't work very well.
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