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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knittin' for the kitten on: October 02, 2007 09:20:44 AM
...or the cat, as it may be.

The problem is, we've got fruitflies in the house.  We don't know where they come from or what they're eating, but they're breeding in a way that's taught me a lot about exponential growth.  The freaking things are everywhere.  And while there are worse insects to have wandering around than fruitflies, the fact remains that they are extremely annoying, especially if you're trying to eat fruit.

But there is hope! Simply wait until the weather is cold and let your house cool down to 55 degrees Farenheit.  That'll teach the little buggers!  It won't be so bad for us humans - we've all got sweaters - but the cat is not so gifted.  All he's got is a fur coat, and while his fur is decently thick, he's still adjusted to it being 65 degrees or warmer.  We're thinking that a drop of ten degrees is going to upset him a wee bit.

He needs a sweater.

Here's a picture of the cat, because cats are cool.  Especially this one.

He's only got one eye, and yes, he's wearing an eyepatch.  He's going to be a pirate for Halloween!  No, I don't know what happened to the missing eye; we adopted him as an adult.  That whole side of his face is a bit off, though; his whiskers constantly quiver, and he can't quite close his mouth there.  There are dark suspicions he was hit.  But now he is fine, if piercingly loud and vocal.  I've met children who speak less than this cat.

I've never really made anything clothing-like for a cat, so I need help.  Will wool be okay, or will that risk overheating him?  I'd like to avoid pulling something over his head - is it possible to make a cardi for a kitty, possibly buttoning along one side?  I was going to make some measurements and knit the main pieces, then crochet them together as needed, to make up for any shortfalls.  Will that work, or are there common pitfalls to avoid?

Does anyone know of a decent free pattern for a cat sweater?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: My worst sewing catastrophe on: September 13, 2007 09:33:52 AM
Failing that, get an airhorn.  That'll keep *everything* away while you're sewing.  Pets, kids, visitors...
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Craft-Fright!!! on: September 13, 2007 09:32:25 AM
I think you guys need to start buying shirts and things that you *don't* like to practice deconstruction on.  And to take lots and lots of photos of the process so you'll have them to refer to when you actually deconstruct something you do like.

And maybe buy cheaper versions of the actual fabrics you're working with to sew.  Or some extra, so you can sit down and practice it to death with seaming and tucking and whatever other techniques you'll be using on your garment.

And muslin.  Muslin is your friend.  Muslins and some Ritt dye are even better friends, especially for at-home clothing.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Probably the worst Craft experience thus far... on: September 13, 2007 09:22:28 AM
Somewhere on these boards is the story of how I glued my hand to my crotch.  To wit:

I had this great shirt with tiny rhinestones on it.  One morning, while I was getting dressed, one fell off.  I immediatly opened the medicine cabinet and pulled out my tube of superglue (this is where I keep these things) and glued it back on.  Problem solved.  Then I looked down and realized my jeans were unzipped.

So I zipped them.

With superglue on my fingers.

My only pair of jeans.

It took me a while, but I eventually ripped my fingers off of my zipper flap-thingies without leaving any skin on the jeans.  My fingers, however, were adorned with fuzzy blue fibers for a while.

Admittedly, your's hurt a lot more.  Hot glue is evil!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Red Velvet Cupcakes end up as liquid pink evil on: September 13, 2007 09:18:28 AM
While I can't comment on this, I can tell you one thing...

...if you should have the premade cake-powder-in-boxes in England as we do in America, don't even bother with the Red Velvet cake ones.  They look beautiful, but always have this really funky, nasty aftertaste.  Something about Red Velvet doesn't translate into powder.  At all.  No matter the brand.

As for the color...you could always add more cocoa.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Book Purse Mistake = Design Element on: June 11, 2007 08:49:19 AM
Ah! I was looking under reconstructed/recycled crafts! No wonder I couldn't find it!

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Book Purse Mistake = Design Element on: June 08, 2007 12:17:24 PM
Oh, how cool!  I love your fix and I love your purses.  Is there, perchance, a tutorial anywhere?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: It all started when I walked into the yarn shop . . . on: May 10, 2007 09:36:19 AM
Wow!  You're really cool!  That's so impressive!  I think I'm going to start doing that - it's a great idea

If you're getting bored with the garter stitch, you could start practicing special stitches - just so long as they aren't lacy, of course.

And I actually had a teacher tell me he prefered it when I was crafting in class.  It meant I wasn't fidgeting like a gopher on speed.

Those weren't his actual words.  But I could tell he was thinking them.

9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Studded heels on: May 10, 2007 09:29:51 AM
So, I've got this really cute pair of black kitten heeled pumps from a resale shop.  They're nice, but...eh.  They could be nicer.

What I'm thinking about doing is getting some studs (you know, like for gothy belts) and putting one in the heel and a a few down the top of the toe section, right down the middle.  Before I do this, though, are there any known issues with this sort of thing?  I don't want to install studs and then discover I can't wear the shoes anymore.

Er...and also...any advice on installing studs?  Do you need special tools?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Errata!? How about publishing it CORRECTLY in the first place!? on: May 10, 2007 09:25:05 AM
Pumpkin, I'll admit there was some dancing and gloating.  Then I realized I couldn't wear the darned thing because it'd look like I was trying to hide in it.


So then...then I got this really bright idea.  The yarn was a really delicate cotton that I couldn't just frog because it'd sort of shred apart, but...it cut really well, and I realized that the important thing with a sweater was how it looked on the outside, not the inside....

Not my brightest moment, that.
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