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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 hats, a sad story, and a question 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!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old fur collars, random scraps, and pelts--now what? on: November 20, 2008 04:00:07 PM
I recently got a steal of a deal on some old fur from a Goodwill. Some of the pelts are in great shape and wearable as of now--such as some of the minks. However, there are a lot of old fur collars, as well as some random old scraps, that I have no idea what to do with. I don't really have anything worthy of attaching a fur collar to, so I'm kind of stuck on what to do with them. Any ideas?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dresses and skirts and weird faces, oh my! (IMG supersized) 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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