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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dobby Dress! Image heavy! 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...

2  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!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / BEST PILLOW EVER. 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!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Noro Apron for the mobile knitter... on: February 12, 2006 06:33:47 PM

I have not taken it off since I finished. Details at my blog.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Squarey relaxes... 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!)

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Noro Pismo 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 =)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / PERFECT JOB AVAILABLE! on: January 24, 2006 02:18:14 PM
So Webs is looking for a few more night stockers. This entails stocking yarn after the store closes at 5:30 until 8 or so. It's flexible and I think they prefer Monday night. Very part time, but it means a few bucks and a SWEET yarn discount.

If you live in Western Massachusetts, come to Webs (find info at www.yarn.com) and fill out an application.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: January 17, 2006 09:07:35 PM
Hey all. Haven't posted a finished object in a long time, so I really wanted to show this. I can't share a pattern yet because I'm sending it off for consideration in a new book! I can tell you that the yarn is Valley Yarn Stirling Mohair Loop http://www.yarn.com/yarns/stirling.html and I love the finished look.

If the book doesn't want it, I will post a pattern here later. Cheers all!


Pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=74644.msg899354#msg899354
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn and books for sale! on: January 09, 2006 08:29:11 PM
Hi all...I read the terms of Craftster and I don't know if this counts as an advertisement, but I'm selling off some of my stash (yarn, books and a really sweet bag). You can view the items on my blog, I'm selling them on eBay.

If this is out of line at all, please let me know and I will remove the post. Just wanted to give my fellow Craftsters first crack!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Some Bjork inspired knits... on: May 16, 2005 01:20:11 PM
So this is the third FO I've posted in a couple of days...I'm not a fast knitter, I just waited a long time to have a photoshoot...like Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, I have to rely on the kindness of strangers for digital pictures!

This is Simply Marilyn from Interweave, they've made the pattern free on their website since it was so popular. It was supposed to be in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky...softest yarn on Earth. I did it in a Norweigan wool from elann.com, Gjestal Naturgarn. It's light but kind of scratchy...I think this will be a house sweater, because a large bulky sweater worn off the shoulder just looks kind of funny outside the pages of artfully styled knitting magazine. I should've listened to Maggie Rhigetti and Elizabeth Zimmerman, they both tell us to not be swayed by stuff like lilacs, puppies and soft focus lenses!

With the collar up I can impersonate my favorite artist, Bjork!



This isn't the first time she has influenced my knitting--this was last year's Halloween costume, the swan is just a Fun Fur scarf with a head attached!


Cheers kiddies,

Cirilia  Kiss
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