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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Strawberry Shortcake on: November 01, 2008 08:53:00 AM
This year I was Strawberry Shortcake! And not the icky new one with sailor jeans, but the classic Strawberry Shortcake we know and love. The Strawberry Shortcake who bravely goes to the Big Apple and learns about the fickleness of ovens.

     - The red and white polka dot dress was floor-length and skinny. I shortened it and used the extra fabric to add fullness to the skirt.
     - The apron is Butterick See & Sew pattern B5125 (http://www.butterick.com/item/B5125.htm). I added darts, the waist band and the diamonds.
     - The hat is New Look 6522 (http://www.habithat.co.uk/images/New6522.jpg). I made the upper pieces fatter to give it more of a muffin shape.





Sorry for the kissy shot, but it's the only other photo that really shows the costume. Also, it's a great way to avoid red eye. Wink


Bonus points if anyone knows what character the boyfriend is.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Strawberry Shortcake on: November 01, 2008 08:38:01 AM
This year I was Strawberry Shortcake! And not the icky new one with sailor jeans, but the classic Strawberry Shortcake we know and love. The Strawberry Shortcake who bravely goes to the Big Apple and learns about the fickleness of ovens.

     - The red and white polka dot dress was floor-length and skinny. I shortened it and used the extra fabric to add fullness to the skirt.
     - The apron is Butterick See & Sew pattern B5125 (http://www.butterick.com/item/B5125.htm). I added darts, the waist band and the diamonds.
     - The hat is New Look 6522 (http://www.habithat.co.uk/images/New6522.jpg). I made the upper pieces fatter to give it more of a muffin shape.





Sorry for the kissy shot, but it's the only other photo that really shows the costume. Also, it's a great way to avoid red eye. Wink


Bonus points if anyone knows what character the boyfriend is.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Turtle, Sweater & Hat for Baby on: May 04, 2007 06:32:49 PM
My friend Heidi's having a baby, and I made these for her baby shower.

1.  Terrence
     Pattern: Sheldon by Ruth Homrighaus from the Winter 06 edition of knitty
     Yarn: Rowan ClassicYarns Cashsoft DK
     Modifications: I didn't want the head to be so large in proportion to the body, so I only increased to 44 stitches.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable knit.  I can't imagine how much time Ruth must have put into writing this pattern.  Her method of making the hexagons on the shell is genius.  The only challenging part was joining the upper shell with the tummy panel with an attached I-cord.  It felt like turtle surgery, possibly because I was watching Grey's Anatomy at the time.


2.  Peapod Sweater & Hat
    Pattern: Peapod Baby Set by Kate Gilbert from Interweave Knits
    Yarn: Rowan ClassicYarns Cashsoft DK
    Modifications: none.

I have been patiently waiting for one of my friends to get preggers ever since I saw this pattern, and finally one of them obliged.  It was a little tricky at first.  I strongly recommend reading the whole pattern before starting, since there were a few instructions that I was supposed to do "At the same time" but didn't read until afterwards.  Once I got the hang of things, it was a rewarding and quick knit.  I finished it in less than a week.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Icarus Shawl on: December 21, 2006 02:56:55 PM
Here's the shawl I knit for my friend and coworker, Victoria, for Christmas.

Pattern: Icarus Shawl from Interweave Knits, Summer 2006
Yarn: Spider weight merino in black






As I was finishing the knitting, I was panicking for a number of reasons: (1) it looked yucky pre-blocking, and I wasn't sure if all of the effort would pay off; (2) I'd never blocked lace before; (3) Christmas was fast approaching, and I had several things to knit for other people.  It all worked out, though.  Luckily Eunny Jang posted a helpful guide to blocking just in time, and after blocking the lace decided to behave.

I'll try to remember to post more pictures tonight.
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