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1  Dobby Dress! Image heavy! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skrillaknits on: March 20, 2007 01:58:36 PM
So I took a break from my new-sewer loves Ms. Wendy Mullin and Ms. Hello Kitty (I have the tiny but great Hello Kitty machine from Target.com) to test out my big girl machine (a Janome L-344) on this Craftster creation:


Have to say, I was not impressed with the new machine. It could just be some normal growing pains but it was stiff and cranky. Anyhow, I'll get over it. Using a stretch (lightening?) stitch I whipped up a dress that I affectionately call my Dobby Sack, then had a little 'Going Grey' photoshoot since I've been finding silver strands lately and it's bumming me out!

The raw boatneck was a little too Flashdance for me so I used scraps to wrap up some straps. I love how it turned out! Before I did that I folded the raw armhole edges in and they're staying put.

It really is just a rectangle!

The rest of the fabric tube turned into scarves. I slapped my label on that but only because the giftee insisted. All I did was cut it!

Okay, that's quite enough out of me for now. Crafting is trumping my schoolwork a little too easily now that I know the instant gratification joys of easy sewing...

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2  Re: Built by Wendy #3835 Home Ec Top!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skrillaknits on: March 13, 2007 08:11:51 AM
Uhhh...I think I'm just going to make a zillion of these, as my schedule allows. This is still too small, but I bought a new pattern and will recut my REAL size before making another, I promise.

The back is a little blousy...

Coolest part--my own label! Got it at Namemaker.com:

Hope all you master sewers are at least slightly amused by how thrilled I am by this bread-and-butter sort of garment! Cheers =)
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3  Built by Wendy #3835 ETA: 2nd on pg. 3! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skrillaknits on: February 20, 2007 09:13:27 PM
Okay, this is highly irresponsible--I have a van coming to take me to the airport for a crack of dawn flight in about 4 hours but I couldn't help but post this, I'm too excited about it. I am mostly a knitter but I vowed that this would be the year I kicked my sewing fears to the curb. With the help of the fabulous Wendy Mullins and my adorable Janome Hello Kitty sewing machine I whipped up my very first garment:

The biggest surprise for me what the sizing--I couldn't really believe that I was in the double digits for the first time in my life so I sorta low-balled it and decided to cut a size 10. This was a rookie/knitter's mistake because I was going by ease measurements and with knitting I always like to either match my bust measurement or go negative. I didn't do that (I had studied my copy of Sew U too hard to make that kind of error) but I did quickly realize that the 4+ inches of ease was built in for a reason. I'd heard people remark that these patterns run large, but I think the look requires it. Hey, whatevs, more room for my miniature beer belly!

This photo captures the glee that followed when I put it on and found that it fit and was reasonably cute:

Not very flattering, but it was an honest reaction! I've decided--sewing kicks arse!

The fabric is Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy and it has a ridiculous amount of stretch for a cotton, I was shocked. It did make things easier when I had to cheat a bit sewing in the sleeves. BTW, I call it my Home Ec top because it looks so very basic and retro. I love it!
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4  Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! in Knitting: Completed Projects by skrillaknits on: May 18, 2006 04:15:28 PM
ok...um, I tried to make the cloche, and something is seriously wrong with it...it's way too short!

This is before felting, but I'm assuming it would shrink even more! I followed your pattern exactly, and the guage is spot on, so what did I do wrong?

Yikes! Well--the first comment I have is that it isn't exactly my pattern since you substituted yarn. That's totally fine, I support yarn substitution wholeheartedly. When you did the final decreases, did you do them every other round or every round? The way I wrote it (in the interest of saving space) the instructions look like you should decrease every round, but it's actually happening every other round.

When I look at it and imagine the bottom unrolled, it does look like the length that I intended, just barely over the eyebrows...

I also call for a light felting, which shouldn't cause too much shrinkage. This thing isn't meant to be tossed in the washing machine like a tote bag would be, just a little handwash with hot water to make the whole thing a little more solid.

If none of these things make sense, I'd say rip out the crown decreases to the part in the pattern where it says "knit even until it measures 5.5" from cast-on edge" and knit until you feel comfortable with it's length before starting the final decreases. Hope this helps =)
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5  Re: BEST PILLOW EVER. in Knitting: Completed Projects by skrillaknits on: March 12, 2006 12:07:52 PM
Thanks everyone! I have to stress how easy and quick this was--I'm the slowest crafter on the planet and from idea to finish I was done in under a week and that includes many chart-reading screw-ups. It measures about 12"X12" and the sewing was so laidback. It didn't hurt that alpaca is so luscious I never want to put it down.

Me: (sniff) I wish I could quit you...

P.S. My "extremely talented" (read: loser-y) boyfriend just whipped up this creepy little number. I was clumsily trying to illustrate my alpaca lust in MS Paint.
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6  BEST PILLOW EVER. in Knitting: Completed Projects by skrillaknits on: March 11, 2006 04:31:26 PM
Alright, so I'm a little biased, but I'm so pleased with this:

The green yarn is Misti Baby Alpaca Chunky, #7238 and the yellow trim is Alchemy Lonestar in Gold and Grace (on sale at Webs right now!). The backing fabric is a Kaffe Fassett print, I think. The pattern is Twin Trees from Barbara Walker's Charted Knitting Designs (page 101). I bordered it with seed stitch and the yellow is just a few rounds of single crochet.

I'm most proud of the fact that I made my own pillow form! I found the ones at JoAnn's too large and too pricey so I whipped one up with some muslin and polyfiberfil!

This is my traditional gift for Ben Lee, who I am lucky enough see in concert every few months. The last knitted thing I made for him was slightly less functional, it was a wombat (he's an Aussie). He has a great song called "We're All in This Together" http://www.ben-lee.com/full_page.php?d=lyrics/wereallinthistogether.htm and the trees reminded me of it. I'm sad to see it go, so I'll probably knit a twin pillow!
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7  Noro Apron for the mobile knitter... in Knitting: Completed Projects by skrillaknits on: February 12, 2006 06:33:47 PM

I have not taken it off since I finished. Details at my blog.
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8  Squarey relaxes... in Knitting: Completed Projects by skrillaknits on: January 30, 2006 06:17:35 AM
You can read about the rest of his day on my blog.

Thank you Jess Hutch for letting him come over for a visit! He is delightful (literally, Cork, color #40 http://yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=113!)

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9  Noro Pismo in Knitting: Completed Projects by skrillaknits on: January 28, 2006 04:35:40 PM
Hey all. I finished a sweater, didn't think I'd do that before winter ended!

The pattern is from a Berroco book, #241, and the yarn is Noro Kureyon in color #115. The button is handblown glass, and it finally found a home on this sweaterlette. Sweater knitting is so nice when the sleeves are barely there.

Ta-ta =)
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10  Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche in Knitting: Completed Projects by skrillaknits on: January 18, 2006 05:05:29 PM
I agree with all of you, the book is a great idea and it's being put together by Gwen Steege who does good work. There is one already out there with a one skein theme, Oddball Knitting but it's a little bit of a letdown. Myself and my co-workers at Webs sort of feel like we're cheating because we're all using Valley Yarns which happen to come packaged REALLY generously.

Pharasaila, the color is Bright Taupe and there are actually some really good new colors (periwinkle, wine, sage, lilac, pink and others) that aren't up on the website yet. They are in the catalog if anyone gets that.

Here is another picture with less color distortion. I encourage all of you to give it a go on your own, it's really simple to figure out...the urge to post a pattern is REALLY bad, but I'd ruin the book chances if I did.

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