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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me make a day dress! on: June 10, 2009 08:40:45 PM
Lovely crafters,

my attempts to copy this dress myself have been disastrous and wasted some of my favorite fabric. I've searched the pattern books and haven't found anything just right.


Can any of you tell what the pattern pieces might look like and sketch me a Paint picture? or recommend a similar pattern you've seen? I don't think I can survive the summer without this dress.

Thanks so much!

12  UNITED STATES / Colorado / 6th Annual Globeville Days Festival-Denver on: February 26, 2009 04:39:48 PM
The Orthodox Food Festival and Old Globeville days is an annual celebration put on by the Globeville neighborhood in Denver and Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church. The event will be July 18 and 19, 2009.  The festival has multiple parts.  There are booths selling ethnic foods (primarily Eastern European and African), games for kids, ethnic entertainment including dancing and music groups from Greece, Western Africa, Romania, and Spain.  More importantly and relevant to you is the vendor area which includes crafters, importers, booksellers, and artists.  Several thousand people attend each year, and a number of our vendors make it a priority to attend because they find it so enjoyable. Feel free to share a booth with a friend and split the cost: $40 for one day, $75.00 for two.

Erin Schwartz is the vendor contact for the festival.  Please contact with any questions at offvendors@gmail.com or at (303) 456-5526.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Doctor and the Girl (PIC HEAVY and MATURE THEMES) on: January 03, 2009 08:23:45 AM
My husband and I collaborated on this and took pictures and made notes from beginning to end. I am focusing on my knitting here but I don't know if this would fit better in another board..please let me know!

October 5, 2008: Cuyler is taking a Sci Fi Lit class, and came up with an amazing idea for a final project based on the story of Dr. Carl von Cosel. If you have not heard this story, would like to, are over 18 and have a strong stomach, Google this: A Demented Love: The Story of Carl von Cosels Obsession

We wanted to tell the story of what might have happened had the doctor's plan to bring Elena's body into space worked. We decided to do a photographic story in silent film style, using knitted dolls and a polymer clay spaceship. I designed and knitted the dolls and he painstakingly made the ship, we both helped with the paper backgrounds and photography (neither of us is any good at photography). If anyone is interested in the pattern for the dolls I could probably come up with something.

Basic idea: Doctor wants to bring a dead girl back to life. He is convinced that space radiation will cure her, so he builds a ship to bring her into space. It works, but in his excitement he opens the tank she is in, releasing the radiation and killing him. The ship crashes on Mars and she is left to wander the planet alone. The full project is 20 photos or so and we are working on posting it as a slideshow on Youtube or something...I will add that link when we get there.

Here are the preliminary sketches my husband did:

Here is my work started:

Here are some of the finished pictures:

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Kim Hat with Tutorial on: January 01, 2009 08:13:16 AM
This beret is not so different from many other fine berets on this fine site, but you never know who might really like it and whoever said no to a free pattern, right?

There is a reason these pictures are all sepia'd up. They are unquestionably party pictures: you may rest assured there is somebody holding champagne, strawberry margaritas, and/or something my husband calls a "beer-garita" and I call "incredibly ill-advised" cropped out of every one of these. And party pictures always come out sickeningly dark or overexposed, which bugs me more than it used to.

Pictures now. This one here is of the one I made for myself first. I used Brown Sheep Bulky and Size 13 straights.

Now here is Kim's version: She likes her hats slouchy and more loosely knit than I do, so I used double-stranded Red Heart Worsted in Tan and size 17 straights.

The Kim Hat


    * I use straight needles, but you could do this in the round with a nice 16" circular and some double points in the same size, which should complement a bulky yarn. I recommend anything in the 13-17 US size range.
    * Bulky yarn or double-stranded worsted.
    * Yarn needle or crochet hook for seaming
    * pompom maker or your fingers for the making of pompom if desired.

How To Make It:
1.Figure out your gauge. Most heads are 21" around, and it's important with berets to have a good tight band fit so they don't fall off. I figured on a 20" band for Kim's hat, and my gauge with the double-stranded worsted and the 17 needles was 2 st/inch, so I cast on 40 stitches.

2. Knit in 1x1 rib (k1, p1) for about 5 rows or however long you like your hatbands to be.

3. (right side) Increase row: Increase every other stitch using your preferred method. I did this row: *K1, Kf&b* to end, turn.

4. Purl.

5. Knit.

6. Now, for me that would be slouchy enough, but Kim likes hers really poofy so I used my little ridge row I stuck in there to do another increase. You're going to knit a row here even though you're on a purl row. This creates the ridge on the other side. I did this as an increase: *K2, kf&b* to end, turn. If you don't want yours any more slouchy, just knit this row.

6. Knit.

7. Purl.
Continue in this manner, knitting a purl row every three rows for that little ridge, until your total knitted length measures 6 or 7 inches.

8. Start decreasing.I fudge this big time. Starting on the right side, *k3, k2tog*, then a purl row, then a row of *k2, k2tog*, then a purl row,then a row of *k2tog*, then a purl row.

9. Break your yarn with a looooong tail and thread that through a yarn needle. Use your yarn needle to gather up all the stitches you have left on your needle and pull them into a tight ring. Tie off and sew up your seam. Add pompom. You are done, and odds are it took you less than three hours. Hooray!
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cryptozoology pillowcase on: September 07, 2008 05:19:01 PM
I've been having a lot of bad dreams lately, so I embroidered some of my favorite elusive creatures on a thrift store pillowcase in hopes that I'll dream about them instead!

Do you think it needs some doodly curlicue stuff in between the critters, or does it look okay as is? I can't decide.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hedwig and the Angry Inch/Phantom of the Paradise/Cult Movie swap? on: September 06, 2008 04:16:54 PM
I know we've had many movie swaps...would there be enough interest for a Hedwig swap or a Phantom of the Paradise (the Paul Williams movie) swap? or could we just do another cult movie swap? Eh? Eh?



Cheesy vintage sci-fi like Invasion of the Body Snatchers would be great fun too.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monster Laptop Cover on: August 24, 2008 04:09:35 PM
Got my first laptop, and made a fake fur monster cover for it:

I was inspired by these:

18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Anyone ever seen any coffee mug onlays? on: June 28, 2008 02:37:32 PM
I've been poking around etsy and here and google and coming up with nothing, but it seems like such an obvious awesome thing to do! You know, wrapping vines around coffee mug handles and so on--would a ceramic coffee mug not bake well, or is it the microwaving issue? I read the Covering articles at Glass Attic, but didn't see the answer I was looking for exactly.

I guess I'm wondering if anyone has ever seen any, or if there's some dangerous thing about it so it isn't done. Any info would be mucho helpful! Thanks so much!
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Stuffing a 2-d toy on: June 26, 2008 03:48:31 PM
So here's my problem. Observe the picture:

I've never tried stuffing 2-d toys before, and I've discovered that stuffing it too tightly causes the stenciling to be curved toward the back, and not stuffing enough causes these wrinkled edges. I'm thinking maybe more fabric between the stencil and the sewn edge? I dunno. I'm working on this line of the Adventures of Edwin toys for my etsy so I want them to look professional, but I've never run into this problem before. Any ideas?
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Ocean Wall Mural (Pic Waterlogged) on: June 18, 2008 06:52:07 PM
I just got married and have my own house after years of renting. I brought up the idea of murals and my husband was all over it, so I did THIS to our stairs!

All freehanded with pencil and then painted with black acrylic.

Probably not biologically correct in number of tentacles and so on.

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