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1  Single signature notebook (with "tutorial") in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Kaby on: October 18, 2007 07:12:39 AM
So, I was stuck for a pretty notebook, and my camera was to hand, so here is a little step-by-step photostory...
I'm going to start by giving away the ending:

The new handmade notebook got it on with the mass produced duo.But how did the handmade notebook get there, hmmm? Flashback!

Trimming some out of date letterhead paper...

Lining one sheet up on some wrapping paper I saved...

Taping the pretty sheet to the plain sheet...

Stacking the rest of the trimmed paper neatly on top...

Folding down the middle...

Sewing from the inside...

Along the spine...

Done! That's how!
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2  Sew U shirt in retro floral in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kaby on: September 26, 2007 09:02:29 AM

Well, here's my take on the shirt in Built By Wendy's Sew U book.
I got pretty annoyed with the instructions (spread through the book, unclear on the seam allowances...) but I made it in the end!

I cut a size larger than I usually would (having read it runs small), which was a bit of a mistake. I ended up taking it in a load at the waist to stop it drowning me, which left the bust fitting a bit weirdly.

Overall I'm a bit "meh" about the whole thing, which is a bit unreasonable- I have actually worn the shirt quite a bit, and I was only really hoping for a wearable muslin, and a practice run at shirt making!

Meh or not, here's a few more pics:


(That last one's my fave- it shows off the buttons- from my Grandmother's button box- and the fabric- from the sale shelf in my fave shop, where it had been waiting for me for 25-30 years!!)
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3  Skirt froma tablecloth and a seventies pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kaby on: September 07, 2007 03:01:10 PM
I made this! (well, I made it a while ago, but I just recently got around to photographing and blogging it...)

Back view:

Closer in (to admire the fabric)

And the pattern (which was a charity shop find, hurrah!)

I made it using a tablecloth I bought from a market stall. I didn't have quite enough fabric, so the side seams have a slight tulip shape to them. Also, I decided I couldn't be doing with making a nice curved hem which somehow worked with the straight lines on that band of the print, so I went for a handkerchief hem and left it at that (you can hardly even see that it is one, so I think I made the right decision there...)

I hope you like it!
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4  *UPDATE* Wonder Woman Jumper- *Now with tute* in Knitting: Completed Projects by Kaby on: August 31, 2007 01:31:24 PM
I am so proud of making this:

Back detail:

Everyday action:

And superhero action!

It took me 14 months to make, using 4ply wool, 3mm needles, a plain jumper pattern from the seventies, a ton of graph paper and pictures of Wonder Woman, and about a million bobbins for the intarsia.

I hit a few obstacles along the way, involving running out of yarn and creative problem solving (again, more detail on the blog, or if you're interested I'll repost it here)
I love it! And wear it at every opportunity.

Let me know if you want any more info- thanks for looking!

ETA TUTE! And charts

Ok, here we go, the Wonder Woman Jumper Tutorial (WWJT?)!

I've scanned in images of the charts I used for the front, back and sleeves, but I'm not sure how useful they might be to you, and they're huge.  My image hosting doesn't like them, but if you would like them, please do e-mail me (it's practicalpolly at gmail.com)

Here is how I did it (this is not a pattern, so much as I report...)

Step 1
I found a basic pattern for a jumper I knew fit me reasonably well, having made it before (I used a slim fitting men's pattern from the seventies, knit flat, with set in sleeves and lightly shaped shoulders), and gathered a load of pictures of Wonder Woman from the net. I picked out my favorites, noting particularly the design on the front of her bodice. I discarded the early bodices with the eagle on, as there is no way that would work in intarsia, and besides, it's a bit too patriotic USA for my Brit tastes.

Step 2
I knit a load of swatches with my wool (which my Mum had given to me), on various needle sizes. Fortunately the one which came out nicest also matched my sweater pattern gauge. Hurrah! Otherwise I would have had to re-gauge it, which, having already done so once, I wasn't keen on.

Step 3
Very carefully, I drew out the jumper pattern onto knitting graph paper, following the pattern line by line and stitch by stitch. I ended up with a to-scale outline of my "canvas", the fabric I would have available for the WW design.

Step 4
I figured out where my bust point (the fullest area of the bust- usually where your nipples are...) fell on the pattern (on me, an inch or two below my underarm), and drew on the sweetheart curve of the bodice accordingly. With hindsight, I would probably have made it a bit steeper, and deeper in the plunge.

Step 5
I drew the WW logo I liked best on the front, and the yellow belt detail on the waist.  I probably should have done something flattering with waist decreases round about this point, but instead I put the pointy belt bit right where it was most likely to make me look like I have a bit of a belly. Oh well.
I only really drew out one side of these, as the front of the jumper was planned to be symmetrical.

Step 6
I drew a lot of stars in various shapes and sizes over the back and arms. I did this irregularly, since I thought it looked better. This is one of the crucial things which made it so slow to knit. I had to read every single row from my chart, as every single row was different.
I also drew a pointy bracelet of power detail over the sleeve cuffs.

Step 7
I went over all the stars etc which I had drawn, changing the sketched lines into straight little lines which matched up with the graph paper. This meant I could tell when to change colour in my knitting.

Step 8
I knit it. (this is the part that took 14 months). I actually photocopied my charts at 300% size, and coloured in each line as I knit it, to keep track. I used intarsia almost exclusively, lapsing very occasionally into a kind of fair isle if colour changes where very close together. I had a _lot_ of bobbins on the go.
The two tone cables on the sides where an afterthought, due to running out of yarn. They were knit on the back piece of the jumper, in the red part, using a twisted cable four stitches wide (C2F on one side and C2B on the other) two stitches in from the edge.

Step 9
I seamed it and hoped it would fit...

Step 10
I blogged it and posted it on Craftster!

I hope this is at least a little bit helpful- I'm afraid it's more of a recipe than a pattern...

All questions welcome, and thank you all so much for commenting! It makes me very happy indeed!

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5  Whirl away in blue with flowers (another B4790) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kaby on: August 27, 2007 05:35:00 AM

Here is my first stab at the delectable Butterick reissue of their Whirl Away dress.
So much fun to wear and to make- and pretty quick!
I was glad I made it on my Mum's old Singer, which goes much faster than my newish Elna, as it has a lot of long, long seams and hems...
I cut the waist one size larger than the bust, having read quite a few reports of the waist being very narrow, but I probably could have got away with making it all one size.
More info and pics on my blog.
It makes me happy!
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6  Ferocious Finger Puppers in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Kaby on: August 23, 2007 03:29:43 PM
I made these out of odds and ends of yarn, using the Puppers pattern from Knitty- they're so quick!!!

The only variation on the pattern was the crocodile's jaws, which I did with intarsia and short rows.

I made them for a five year old boy, who was very pleased to have fierce fingertips...

(Please excuse the fuzzy cameraphone pics!)

Blogged (with more pics) at http://practicalpolly.blogspot.com/2007/08/lions-and-tigers-and-elephants-oh-my.html
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7  Bettie Page KYORockstar in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by Kaby on: August 21, 2007 12:21:00 PM

I've just joined the happy world of blogging, and started working my way posting through the things I have been making over the past few years. Anyhow, to celebrate, I thought I'd show off this Bettie Page doll I made for my cousin, adapting the Knit Your Own Rockstar pattern in SNB Nation.
I did post it in the toys board before remembering there is a special, dedicated SNB board which it belongs in, so apologies to those who visit both!
A wee bit more info (and another pic) is on the aforementioned blog:
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8  Bettie Page KYORockstar in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Kaby on: August 21, 2007 11:13:44 AM

I've just joined the happy world of blogging, and started working my way through the things I have been making over the past few years. Anyhow, to celebrate, I thought I'd show off this Bettie Page doll I made for my cousin, adapting the Knit Your Own Rockstar pattern in Debbie Stoller's SNB Nation.
A wee bit more info (and another pic) is on the aforementioned blog:

Whoops- just twigged that this ought to have gone into the SNB section of the knitting board... I'm crossposting it to there- Please lovely moderator, do delete this if you think it should be gone!
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