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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace Camisole from Vintage Knits (Sarah Dallas) on: June 26, 2007 06:23:01 AM
I'm having trouble finishing this, and even though I'm almost done, I'm close to frogging it.

I finished the right side of the front, where it goes up to a triangle to cover the bust. Following the pattern for the left side, the triangle ends up much bigger and wider than the right side. I'm not lopsided (well, not noticably), and I don't want my camisole to be!!!

I heard a rumor that this book (it's the Sarah Dallas one) is full of errors, and there is no errata anywhere. I'm thinking of scrapping the pattern instructions and just going with my own instincts to work up the left side so it will match. I've already tinked back twice. I think I did the right side correctly, because it looks right.

So, has anyone made this and did you find errors in the pattern?  What was your fix?

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / First Time at Melt n Pour Soaps. . . Turtles Frogs and Roses! on: December 10, 2006 04:21:22 PM
Here's my first attempt:

I made the Victorian Rose soaps and my husband made the frog and turtle soaps.  I did layered colors on mine (lilac and peach) and he used lime green on his.

I think I'm going to like doing this!  Grin
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two New Outfits for Summer! on: July 07, 2006 07:35:48 AM
I made two new outfits for summer in the past month.

Here's my latest creation -- a green cotton pique summer dress!

I got the fabric a couple of years ago at a local fabric shop for about $1.99/yard (I bought about 5 yards!). I used a McCall's pattern M4829 (view D) that I won on eBay some time ago.

This was my first time successfully making spaghetti straps! I bought a Dritz "Loop Turner" at JoAnn Fabrics, and even though it took a couple of tries (and shredded the easily-shredible fabric), I was able to make them. This was also my first time making pleats.

A few weeks ago, I finished this top and skirt:

I made the shirt from New Look Pattern # 6176, View A, from some 70s pink, brown and black roller skating fabric that I got off eBay.  I didn't have my loop turner yet, and became increasingly frustrated with trying to turn the spaghetti straps, so I used satin ribbon and the hardware needed to make bra straps (i.e., the straps are adjustable!).  I also used the ribbon for the mock-corseting in the back -- there are loops on either side, and I just put a ribbon through them and tie a nice bow. 

I refashioned the skirt from a dress I had made years ago that was too big for me.  It's still a little big; I may take apart the waistband and put darts in it.

I think I'm all set for summer now!   Grin

More pics of the top & skirt combo at this blog post:  http://zantimissknit.blogspot.com/2006/06/im-not-dead.html

4  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / NH Sheep and Wool on: May 11, 2006 06:23:49 AM
I'm coming up to Contoocook this weekend for the NH Sheep and Wool festival!  Anyone else going?

www.yankeeshepard.com -- I think this is the url for it.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Pair of Socks! on: April 30, 2006 09:08:45 AM
I have been knitting a year and a half and FINALLY got a pair of socks done!

Details on my blog.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tokay Tote Bag! (Image Heavy) on: April 24, 2006 04:33:22 PM
I made one of these Tokay tote bags for Mommabear1963 in the Reptile Lovers Swap, but I had to make one for myself too.

It's at a weird angle in this pic.  I'd take a pic of my wearing it but I'm in my nightgown already (just showered).  It's really big, though.

The purse opens by lifting up his mouth, revealing the super-sharp gecko teeth inside:

Tokay geckos eat a lot of bugs, so what better to line the inside of his head with but -- bug fabric!!!!

Here's a side view of the purse, with a small pocket and my Zanti MissKnit label strategically placed where everyone can see:

I'm thinking of making more for my future Etsy shop.  Do you think they would sell?

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Beaded Mom Purse on: April 24, 2006 04:27:37 PM
I made this purse about 6 years ago, when I took a class as MassArt called "Imaging on Fabric". 

The purse is made of a crushed velvet upholstery fabric.  I think I may have used a basic pattern for it but I'm not sure.  The picture is of my Mom; it's a photo my Dad took in the late 50s when they were dating.  He has it on a slide; I used a Polaroid printer to print it and then transfered the image onto white cotton fabric.   

I hand-beaded the border.  It took roughly 10 hours.  I had no idea at the time what an embroidery hoop was for.

Off the top of my head, I can't give any details on how to do the Polaroid transfer, but there is probably a tute on here somewhere.  I'll probably get my equipment from my folks' house one of these days and give it another shot.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Turtle Jordy on: April 23, 2006 03:11:57 PM
Using the Jordy's fabulous tutorial, I made this purse today:

The fabric is from an old "hospital johnny" I found at a thrift store (and washed, of course!).  It's pretty small, but big enough for a wallet, cell phone, make up and keys!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Reptile Lovers Swap Gallery on: April 13, 2006 03:59:55 AM
Please post your cold-blooded cuteness here!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone made anything from the 2006 Knitting Pattern A Day Calendar? on: March 28, 2006 07:09:01 PM
I just cast on for "Opening Night".  It's on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 -- yes, I look ahead!!
I'm not 100% sure I "get" the pattern.  I emailed the author to ask her about the beads, which are visible in the picture but not mentioned in the pattern!

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