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21  Re: ANOTHER BOOBHOLDER! in Knitting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: April 03, 2005 07:25:52 PM
The button is abalone. I'm not sure how strong it will be, so I'll have to try to avoid slamming my torso into walls.

Thanks everyone for your nice comments!  The boobholder is a really ingenious pattern.  I really recommend giving it a try.  It doesn't use much yarn so it doesn't cost much, and doesn't take long to knit.
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22  Re: Slip-Stitch Color-Work Vee-Neck Hyphen-Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: April 03, 2005 11:46:41 AM
Almost finished with the second sweater!

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23  Five forty-five foot tall silk draperies? Yeah, we stencilled 'em! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: March 28, 2005 01:01:20 PM
This was a project we did for an opera last summer.  Cutting the stencils and making the frames took a few days, but we did the actual stencilling in two days.  We used fabric paint and an automotive spray gun for this project.  The idea was to make the fabric look like some kind of crazed patchwork of brocade-style patterns.

This image is a bit blurry, but it does show the scale we were working in...

Here we are lining up the pattern.  We built frames around our stencils to avoid over spray, and to help us line up the images.

Here, you can see the scope of this project.  We had four different designs, and very particular rules about how they were all supposed to fit together.  We made two stencils for each image, so that one could be drying while we were spraying the other one.

We used the brown kraft paper as a sort of stencil's stencil, and weighed the paper down with wooden chairs.  The room we were working in was screened in, but didn't have any walls.  So our paper tended to blow away if we didn't hold it down.  You can see n the lower right part of the picture that we have sprayed only half of the image on the silk, and used the kraft paper as a masking.
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24  Re: Another Demented Scrappy Quilt -- work-in-progress in Quilting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: March 27, 2005 07:57:41 PM
I finished putting it all together!!!!  The color in this photo is a bit dark, but I'm so jazzed at how it turned out.  I'm giving this to some unrepentant hippies, so I'm really pleased with the tie-dye look.

Crabby -- What's ocean optics?  What is your area of study?  Roy G. Biv is my main man!  (I have serious type-a tendencies, as well.)
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25  Slip-Stitch Color-Work Vee-Neck Hyphen-Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: March 27, 2005 11:28:02 AM
I made this for some friends who just had a baby.  I haven't blocked it yet, so it is a bit lumpy.  I'm making another in reversed colors.  (Green body with blue sleeves.)

a detail of the body...

...and of the sleeve

For information on the technique:

I used Cascade 220 superwash wool and adapted a Sirdar pattern.
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26  Another Demented Scrappy Quilt -- work-in-progress in Quilting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: March 27, 2005 10:49:43 AM
This quilt is a wedding gift for a friend.  My goal was to combine a flickering random-ness with a strong sense of structure.  We work in theater, and I asked the costume shop to give me scraps of fabric for the quilt.  As an homage to scrappy quilts of the past, I wanted to have chance and availability of fabric play a large role on the composition and color choices in the quilt.

I used a strip-quilting technique, and let chance/accident determine a lot of the placement of colors. 

Here are the previous strips, put together.  Each square measures an inch across.

A few details....
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27  yet another pair of fingerless gloves in Knitting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: March 12, 2005 03:59:10 PM
Here's a quickie project I made for my sweetie.  I was inspired by the thumb gussets in the Winter 2003 issue of Interweave Knits, but made up my own pattern. (That is, if you call knit one, purl one ribbing a pattern!)

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28  Re: Slightly Demented Slip-Stitch Cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: March 12, 2005 12:11:02 PM
So, I'm working on another slip stitch colorwork project, and thought I would share the process with you.

Here's the front and back of the project.  As you can see, this technique wouldn't be good for scarves.


Here are the same sides, stretched out, so you can see the structure of the stitches better.


On this project, the main color (dark) is just knit in plain stockinette.  I'm not bringing any of the contrasting color (light) into these rows, although you certainly can.  (See my avatar for an example of slip stitch colorwork where you're bringing both colors into each row.)  I knit two rows of the main color, and then drop that yarn, pick up the contrasting yarn and knit the next two rows (working in the pattern).

To get the contrasting light color to show up, I just knit this color normally.  For the areas of dark contrast color, I hold my contrasting color out of the way on the backside of my project, and insert my needle into the next dark stitch as if I was about to purl it.  I slide that loop over onto your needle -- and voila! -- I've slipped a stitch! 

Now, I've finished one row of the contrasting color, and I'm working on the back side of my project.  Since I'm knitting the contrasting light color in garter stitch,  I have to treat this project slightly differently than I would if I were kntting in plain stockinette.  I knit the light contrasting color stitches, and then I bring my yarn towards me, and if I were going to purl.  I then slip the dark color stitches, purlwise, just like I did on the front of the project.  Once I've done that, I bring my yarn back to the front of the project (away from me). 


If I were doing plain stockinette, I would always have my yarn towards me, because I would be purling, and I wouldn't have to do all this yarn-moving-around.

Does this make sense to anyone?  I didn't want to write out an actual pattern, because this one is copyrighted.  But hopefully, this gives a good idea of how this technique works. 
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29  Re: Animal friendly fake taxidermy *tutorial* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lisascenic on: March 07, 2005 06:09:29 PM
Oh I love it!  My friend Ashley is a master of faux fur taxedermy.  She and I work at the same theater, and she builds props.  I've seen her build a bloody/dead werewolf, a pair of Siberian tigerskin rugs, and a howling baboon wearing a turban and "riding" a skateboard.

I got the blow-dry the werewolf's butt, when she needed help heat-setting the dye.  For those unable to decipher this image, I'm holding one of the wolf's back paws, and blow-drying the dye on his rear end. (He needs to be dry for rehearsal.) The wolf's creator is wearing the purple t shirt.

The tigers caused several theater goers to complain about our use of the pelts of endangered species in our shows.  They were, of course, made of fun fur, but Ashley is that good!

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30  Re: 650 yards of pink linen-any ideas? (knitting) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lisascenic on: March 03, 2005 08:33:59 AM
What about a stole?  I made this one with two hanks of Louett Linen, and it came out nine feet long!  I don't have the ball band here to check the yardage, but they were average sized hanks.

For the sake of my pride, can we all pretend that this is not my ass in the photo?

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