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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pop tab wallet on: July 12, 2011 06:16:45 PM
I used these instructions to join the tabs, then made the lining from the last remnants of a cheap fabric I got a long time ago (actually the second attempt at a lining, since the first one I made was too big! That's what I get for not taking the FOLDED wallet measurements  Tongue Too bad, since the first lining had card slots and an ID window. Oh well. Guess I'll just have to make another wallet...)

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / First dress-- fitting bust area on: July 09, 2011 10:05:41 PM
I've only done skirts before, so this is a little daunting...

I'm using a New Look pattern (this one). Problem is, it's sized for a B cup and I'm a DD...

I know that if your measurements don't match up exactly, you're just supposed use the larger size where you're larger (i.e. my 40" bust) and the smaller size where you're smaller (my 29" waist). Since I'm a little leery of cutting out the fabric right away, I'm using muslin to make a mockup of the bodice and I've gotten this:

However, if you look at the bottom edge, it's still sort of big...

Should I do darts? Gather the bottom when I attach the skirt? Do nothing?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Preventing the edge of hats from rolling up? on: January 11, 2011 07:01:05 PM
I know that the most common way is to knit the edge in rib. But for this hat, I didn't...

It's not a big deal, but it is kinda annoying... Should I just unravel and re-knit the edge?

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Writing a syllabus for a knitting class on: December 14, 2010 11:31:17 PM
I would probably teach this class as if I were teaching raw beginners.

My college allows students to run 1-unit P/NP classes and next fall I want to start a knitting class!

I'm beginning a syllabus, but I have no idea what order to teach things in or how fast to go. I'd probably try to get use of a document camera so that I can show my hands up close during class. This class would go for an entire semester-- about 16 ish weeks. Final project would be designing their own patterns and making them.

My question to you guys is: what would you include?

so far I have:

1) The basics-- yarn and needles, gauge
2) casting on, knitting and purling, binding off
3) color switching/ following patterns
4) increases/ decreases
5) Knitting in the round with cables/ dpn
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Pipe cleaner tree. Woot. (link to tutorial) on: December 12, 2010 09:49:04 PM

I have the tutorial in pdf form but don't have it in a form I can post here as of yet. and now a link to it here and here

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first successful brim hat on: November 17, 2010 10:52:56 AM

I needed something for the morning commute that would keep my ears covered. I've seen lots of cute brim hats but I'm on a budget and really didn't want to spend money that could be spent on coffee instead when I could make my own!

After pulling the first three attempts apart, I'm really happy with this one.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / zipper + lining: which order? on: September 06, 2010 03:38:39 PM
I have knit and felted the pieces for a hobo-style bag that will have a zipper across the top, a pocket on the side and will be lined as well.

I know that obviously I should be installing the zipper across the top before I sew the bag together. However, do I sew the zipper to the lining, or sew it to the purse and then attach the lining afterwards? Same goes for the pocket.

(I actually already basted the side zipper in place, but I can easily remove it)

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first non-pattern amigurumi ETA: now with pattern (ish) on: July 21, 2010 01:09:31 AM
And, being a newly converted Trekkie, it is only logical that I made... Spock.



[This will not be perfect, since I'm trying to recreate it from memory, so you might have to do some fudging.]

-Hook size G
-Worsted weight yarn
*unfortunately, the only one that I can give you the name of is the blue one, which was Red Heart 4-ply acrylic, Robin Blue. You also need black and tan-ish yarn.
-Black and gold embroidery thread, needle with a large eye
-thread to match the color of Spock's skin so that it won't be noticeable

R1) Black yarn: start off with 6 sc in a ring. (Useful knowledge: Magic ring video here)
R2) 2 sc in each crochet (12)
R3) *2 sc in 1 sc, 1 sc in next* and repeat * all the way around (18)
R4) *2 sc in 1 sc, 1 sc in next, 1 sc in next* and repeat * all the way around (24)
R5) *2 sc in 1 sc, 1 sc in next 3* (30)
R6) *2 sc in 1 sc, 1 sc in next 4* (36)
R7) *2 sc in 1 sc, 1 sc in next 5* (42)
R8-10) Work even (42)
R11) You will start utilizing your tan colored yarn at this point, so have it at hand. sc 15 black, switch to tan, sc 12, switch to black, sc 15 (42)
R12) sc 14 black, sc 14 tan, sc 14 black (42)
R13) sc 13 black, sc 16 tan, sc 13 black (42)
R14) sc 12 black, 18 tan, 12 black (42)
R15) You will begin the decreases in this row.Basically, you *sc 5 and dec 1* to make your decrease. Some of these decreases will be with black yarn, some with tan. I didn't count how many black vs tan there were, so you're on your own there in terms of knowing when to switch...
**IMPORTANT NOTE: You know how on previous rows, you were making a diagonal hairline by switching yarn at an earlier point than the previous row? You won't be doing that any longer. You will switch to tan at the same point as the row beneath it, if that makes any sense (i.e. if you weren't decreasing this row, the line caused by the switch would be "straight" rather than diagonal... but, of course, since you're decreasing, it will slant a little bit, which is what we want)...**
ANYWAYS. You should have 36 stitches at the end of this row.
R16) More decreases! *sc 4 and dec 1*. Again, you will be switching colors at the same point as the previous row. 30 stitches at the end.
R17) *sc 3 and dec 1*, switching yarn at the appropriate time (24)
R18) *sc 2 and dec 1*, switching yarn at the appropriate time (18). Bind off.

LEGS (make 2 and do not bind off the second one, but continue on to row 9)
R1) Starting with black, 6 sc in ring
R2) *2 sc in 1, 3 sc in next* (15)
R3) Working in back loops only, work even (15)
R4-8) Work even (15)
R9) Once you have made both legs, crochet 12 on one leg, skip the last 3, and continue the row by crocheting 12 around the top of the other leg, joining to complete the round (24)
R10-11) Work even (24)
R12-17) Switch to blue and work even (24)
R18) *sc 2, dec 1* (18)
R19) Switch to black. *sc 1, dec 1* (12). Bind off.

ARMS (Make 2):
R1) Starting with tan, sc 6 in ring
R2) *sc 2 in 1, sc 1* (9)
R3-9) Switch to blue and work even.
R10) This is only a partial row. Sc 4, then bind off. (This is so that his arms won't stick straight out)

FEET (Make 2):
R1) Using black, sc 6 in ring
R2) sc 1, sc 2 in 1, [1 hdc and 1 dc in next stitch], [1 dc and 1 hdc in next stitch], sc 2 in 1, sc 1 (10) (This makes a weird elliptical shape. Yes, it's supposed to be that way.)
R3) sc 1, sc 1, 2 sc in 1, 1 sc, 2 hdc in 1, 2 hdc in 1, 1 sc, 2 sc in 1, sc 1, sc 1 (14)
R4-5) sc all (14)
R6) 3 sc, dec 4 times, 3 sc (10)
R7) 3 sc, dec 2 times, 3 sc (8 ) Bind off.

EARS (Make 2):
Ch 5 and turn. hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sl stitch in next ch, bind off. Tie the ends of the yarn together and sew the tails behind the ears and you should get a pointy-eared Vulcan!

Sew the ears on. Give Spock a face. The eyes should approximately line up with the middle of the ears.

Stuff the head and body and sew together. The head hole is bigger than the neck hole, so they won't match up exactly. Stuff the feet and sew them onto the legs.
**I waited until the end, after everything was sewn onto the body, to try embroidering the insignia on, but it didn't work out well... you might actually want to do this at an earlier point. Up to you.

Stuff arms. Give Spock his Commander's stripes in gold thread. Sew arms to body.

Add any additional touches you would like.

And please, if you use this pattern, post pictures!! Tell your friends!! Spread the Spock love!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy fingerless gloves for daring knitters (pattern now available) on: February 14, 2010 01:43:26 PM
I've wanted to make lacy fingerless gloves forever! I fell in love with them after a marathon of Victorian-period movies and decided, naturally, that I was going to create my own. From scratch.

Eh heh.

It probably didn't help that I was using size 4 needles rather than size 1 or 2 (which had mysteriously vanished), or that the yarn that I used was leftovers from my grandmother's baby sweater days, or that the use of multiple needles makes lace patterns extremely complicated. But lo and behold, I hath succeeded!

ETA: Pattern now up! Hopefully it's not too too confusing...
ETA#2: There is actually a boo-boo on the glove in the picture, caused by a mistake I made in the lace pattern. The solid blocks should be in nice straight rows throughout, and, well, they're not... I'm actually in the process of knitting the second one right now... which means that I'll have to knit a third one so that they're identical. Ah well. Practice makes perfect.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / two-hour (or less) fingerless gloves on: January 12, 2010 04:57:24 PM
These are incredibly easy to make and so easy to customize! I think I might sew some buttons onto mine.

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