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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Built by Wendy #3835 ETA: 2nd on pg. 3! 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!
22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Re: A Bite to Eat! on: January 03, 2007 05:41:00 PM
Yes!! I saw the commercial and got REALLY excited because I instantly recognized it as a Craftster original--but I guess it wasn't...sigh.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: November 15, 2006 04:26:44 PM
Just wanted to let everyone know that the book is  is now out. The pattern is still available for free here, on page 6 of this thread, but I know a lot of you were excited about the idea of a one-skein book. I've flipped through it, it's definitely a decent collection!

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: July 31, 2006 11:25:03 AM
I love that color.  I used the same color skrilla did, but it's much more bland than I thought it would be.  Her pic looked like the yarn had a lot more color variation in it.  I may need to try to felt it again cause it's still a little big.  I haven't even put anything on it yet...  I was SO excited to make it and it's now faded a bit.

Sorry to hear that the color was a letdown...the Stirling comes in tons of lovely colors but I chose a neutral so it'd be versitile. Also, I posted two pictures and one was heavily Photoshopped...

I bet you could overdye it pretty easily with Kool-Aid or an acid dye =)
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: July 31, 2006 11:22:31 AM
this might be a superdumb question, but how would i go about attaching a ribbon to the hat, sort of like how skrilla's original hat has? i can't figure out how to sew it on.... Huh

Not superdumb at all--I basically tacked it down in several spots around the hat making sure that I didn't pull it too tightly: I put the hat on and then put the ribbon where I wanted it to be, stuck a few pins in it and then tacked it down the same way that I would sew on a two-hole button. To save work I did a running stitch to the next point where I wanted to tack (several inches over) as it didn't show at all.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: July 31, 2006 11:19:24 AM
yay!!! thanks so much, skrillaknits! i'm totally going to get that book as soon as it's published. Cheesy

It looks great!! And the birdie pin sounds like the perfect touch. If you liked my pattern be sure to check out the latest Valley Yarns/Webs catalog, a lot of the patterns that will be in the one skein book are also available through us. It's good stuff!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: June 10, 2006 04:35:27 PM
I have to say the Stirling yarn is awesome, I think it definetly adds to this pattern.  AND, although I don't have a scale to check for sure, I am pretty sure I have atleast half of the huge skein left that I ordered from Webs-- So money wise, it's not very expensive for what all you get.

The yarn was a little difficult for me to work with, since I haven't worked with many different types of yarn yet, but seeing the fabric it produced was definetly worth it.

Phew, I'm really glad to hear this! I really don't want to discourage subbing because I almost always do it but the Stirling is so unique, it's really worth the cost, especially because you get SO much. It looks nice held with other stuff too...actually, I saw your adorable hedgehog--I think Stirling would be great animal yarn.

It was difficult for me too, my needle kept catching the little loops, but it was over quickly and it was worth it (in my opinion).

Can't wait to see it!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Brea Bag from Norah Gaughan and Berrocco on: June 10, 2006 04:29:44 PM
The button is a wooden one that I got at Joann and burned to give it a darker color and less regular shape.

Never would've thought to set flame to buttons to give them a more interesting look, good idea. Your bag came out really well, all your efforts show. I work at Webs and got to chat with Norah the other day, she's extremely cool and I'm in awe of her work.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Twisty Vest on: June 10, 2006 04:24:13 PM
So so nice =0
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: June 09, 2006 08:32:12 AM
i just started this using cream coloured 8ply wool. But I only just found out that "white" wool doesn't felt or doesn't felt as well as other colours because of the way its bleached. Has anyone had any success in felting white coloured wools and since this hat is only lightly felted is it likely to matter all that much? I've never felted before so any help or pointers you can give me would be appreciated. thanks

Hello, I'm sorry, I haven't been onto Craftster as much as I'd like lately! I would advise (if you haven't already) making a little swatch and hand felting it, just to see what happens. I've had good luck felting things that people say won't felt (silk/wool blends, light colors, etc.) As long as it firms up a little and looks a little fuzzy, I think the pattern will work out okay. Before I felted mine it looked like a normal hat, whereas things that are meant to be firmly felted usually look huge and misshapen before they are felted.

Hope this helps =)
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