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141  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:cardigan hoodie on: January 12, 2004 04:54:27 PM
Great sweater!!

I bought the Bucket-O-Chic from that site.  Haven't tried it yet.  Have you made one of the hats??

Thanks, creatingme!  I haven't made one of their hats, but that pattern looks really cute.  You'll have to post it when you're done.  I think they have cute patterns, for sure.  Mine was a little vague on some details for a beginner, but I definitely like the pattern.  
142  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cardigan hoodie on: January 12, 2004 04:25:35 PM
I've been seeing all these great cardigan hoodie sweaters in the stores, but not in a style/color I liked, so I made my own in orange 80% cotton, 20% wool cascade yarn!  I like this better than all wool because the kind of wool I could afford was too itchy!

This was my second go at knitting a sweater (the first time was a disaster--made that one into a felted bag!), and it went pretty well.  I knitted pretty obsessively for about two weeks.  I'd be happy to help anyone out with it if they want to try it out.  Next time, I'd make it smaller, but otherwise, I'm happy with it.  Here it is on me:

And the whole thing on the floor:

And the pattern:
143  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:how to do designs on felted bags on: January 04, 2004 12:59:35 PM
please post more details, how do you finish off the back of what hangin in the foam?  (ive never felted anything before, so i dont even know the process) what type of yarn do you use?

Hi bee and VaguelyVogue,
Here are some directions I came up with.  I didn't have a new project I was working on, but I took photos of my felted tote as if I was going to put a heart design on it, and I'll include a different picture of my latest kitty design on a felted bag.  There shouldn't be anything hanging in the foam because you are just using it as a backing.  The yarn all goes directly on top of your item, in this case, bag.

1.  First, you must have a bag or other item that you have ALREADY felted.  You can find directions on how to felt on http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/FEATfelthis.html

2.  Then, you put foam under whatever you want to put your design on.  In the case of a bag, you put it inside the bag.  

3.  Lay down a piece of yarn to create a line of a design you want to make (in this case, half of a heart design)

4. Stab piece of yarn with a felting needle to get it to stick to object.  You poke just hard enough to go through the bag and into the foam. First, just poke in key places to make it stick.  Then poke all over to make it really stick.  You must experience this to believe it.  It doesn't seem like it would work, but it does!!  

5.  If you like it, keep going, and add more yarn to create a design, and keep stabbing.  If you need to rearrange yarn, it's easy to pull out at this point.  But do so with tweezers, not the felting needle because they are fragile and might break.  Just use them for stabbing.

6.  Since this was just a demo, here is my latest and most favorite kitty design that I put on a felted bag:

Let me know if you have more questions, and I'll try to answer them!  Good luck and let me know how it goes! Best, Slick

144  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch n' bitch felted marsupial tote on: December 22, 2003 08:33:30 AM
Hi Reenie,
Thanks for the idea of mutating it! I only used three stitches on the I-cord, and it's thin, but sturdy.  

I also felted mine for a long time--it really helps to use someone's washer where you can control the agitation cycle--that way you can keep checking it, and then setting the agitation for longer.  I made a pretty small bag--used size 11 needles, and it has gotten smaller, but I like it just big enough to carry a book!  

Slick Wink
145  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch n' bitch felted marsupial tote on: December 20, 2003 03:58:32 PM
Thanks for inspiration to Reenie, I did a mutated version of my own.  More bag, less tote like.  I also added eyelash thread near the top, and i-cord straps!
Here is before:

And after felting:

146  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch n' bitch felted marsupial tote on: December 16, 2003 05:57:28 PM
Wow, both of those projects look GREAT!  I discovered this cool thing you can do with felting needles.  Basically, you have a tote or whatever that you've already felted, and you have to have some yarn scraps and felting needles--these are super sharp--and you can get them at any knitting store or online as well at www.fiberfanatics.com   and some foam.  Then:
  • place the foam under your project (under one side of a felted tote, for example)
  • place yarn where you want it to go--you just cut your pieces and then lay them down on top.
  • stab your yarn so that it goes just through the yarn and the felted piece, but not too far down under the foam
  • keep stabbing until you feel like the pattern is on securely
  • apply a little water with non-rinse detergent in it to smooth out the design.

Here are my samples:

If you order felting needles, they come with instructions, and I can post more details if anyone is interested...next time, I promise to take pics as I do it...
147  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'n Bitch Projects on: December 16, 2003 05:43:42 PM
I LOVE seeing all these cool projects that people have done.  I'm too lazy to do the big projects (but that Skully sweater looks awesome!!).  Here's my cat hat (done without ear flaps!)

And my cuffs and cell phone holders.  I found for some reason it worked best to use cotton with these:
148  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Microbeadz Comic Magnet on: December 16, 2003 03:13:07 PM
I combined the admin's technique of gluing a picure onto one of those metal squares, added jumprings, and then added glue and microbeadz.  It's not perfect yet, but I think it has potential!  
149  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / box with rusted bottlecaps on top on: December 11, 2003 04:58:44 PM
    [*]First I searched for lots of rusted bottlecaps and other cool stuff in the gutter!  It rains a lot in Seattle, so things rust fast!  People looked at me strange, but hey, I'm recycling.  
    [*]Then, I glued all the caps and some old beads, beach glass, and other rusted things on top of a cigar box from the thrift store.  
    [*]Then I used some grout from the hardware store and added acrylic paint and water to color the grout and make it a good consistency.  
    [*]Then I grouted the box.  Just smear the grout all over it.  Wait 30 minutes, and  Wipe the extra off with a sponge.  Voila--box with rusted stuff on top.  Here is a picture of it:


    Here is an image of a box with no grout and fewer beads (it looks pretty good too, I think!)
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