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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baltimore Knit Graffiti (semi pic heavy) on: April 23, 2008 02:13:25 PM
I've never been very involved in street art, but when I saw a few websites about knit graffiti, I knew I had to give it a try!!  These pictures are from my second tagging in a wonderful underpass at the local park. 

Here's a wide shot with my friend in the middle of the frame- the little bit of bright pink on the tree to the left is the cozy! 

(I also never noticed the giant white robot/crab/skull thing high up on the wall until I loaded the picture onto my computer...)

And a shot of the patch I added (embroidered on felt):

Made sure to incorporate the environment around the cozy (or vice versa?)- sorry for the kind of crap photo:

And some of the sweet-ass graffiti in the area (Check out the small "Baltimore" written under the pink tag- love it!)

Doing this has made me so much more aware of tagging and the spirit of different abandoned areas around the city.  I can't wait to do more!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yellow cowl to hoodie on: March 22, 2008 12:41:00 PM
So I'm still on my making cowls streak- I just finished this yellow one, which I made large enough to pull up into a hood.  This was my first time knitting bobbles!  Basically I just knit a large rectangular panel, then decreased at the bottom and made ribbing so that part of the cowl stays tighter around the neck.  I used a mattress stitch to sew the panel into a tube, and bang! Done!

Here's the whole thing laid flat (you can see where I got bored with the bobbles and just started doing some kind of random seed stitch):

Here's the cowl:

The hood:

And a bobble close-up:

I think I may try to barter this for some seedlings and compost!!  (anyone in the Baltimore, Md area let me know!)

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / What should I do with this tiny cowl? on: March 16, 2008 03:44:21 PM
Okay, so I really hate the bulkiness of scarves.  By modifying the cabled hat from Stitch N'Bitch Nation, I was able to make a cowl neckwarmer thing that I absolutely love...

It was my first project with cabling, and the color matches with pretty much everything I own, so I wear it seriously every day.  I had all these fancy ideas for making a second one in two tones, with the cabling in this kind of Peruvian red/indigo color mix and the purled spaces between in turquoise.  Kind of an Andean type of scheme.  Here it is in the works:

But alas!!!  I made a few alterations to my previous pattern that turned out to be fatal.  I completely forgot that twisting the two colors together on the back of the panel would cause the whole piece to be much more constricted. Plus, I cast on 12 less stitches originally, since my first cowl ended up stretching out a bit, and I wanted this one to be a little tighter.  AND I forgot that I was using smaller needles.  So in all, the second cowl turned out waayy too teeny:

I couldn't even fit it down over my head!!  What to do??  I'm not a fan of unraveling things, since I know myself and I know I will probably end up with a shredded ball of mess and wasted yarn.  I'm thinking maybe of felting the whole thing, and cutting it up to use for fingerless mittens?  I've never felted before, but thanks to the beauty of Craftster, I'm sure I could learn easily!!  Would I be able to just cut into the whole thing once it is felted together?

Any other ideas would be appreciated!!  No headbands though, they look kind of ridiculous on me, heh.  For a little bit more commentary on the original cowl and Baltimore DIY in general, check out http://baltimorediy.blogspot.com/
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Transformer::Transporter (scion contest entry) on: October 23, 2007 06:13:41 AM
So did anyone else make anything for the Craft Your Ride contest?  I searched around on here to see if other people were doing stuff, but couldn't find anything... 

I was inspired by Scion's marketing idea of tweaking their cars to your own personality and style, so I wanted to make something that was modifiable and sort of uni-sex.  I used a rectangular shape with rounded edges to mimic the shape of the car.  After thinking about car accessories that could double for use outside of the car, this hipslinger/car organizer is what I came up with:

**Recent Edit: My brother suggested I come up with a name for the project- what do you all think of "Transformer::Transporter"? I can't decide if it sounds futuristic or just confusing** 

There are double belt loops on the back, so you can use the top row for hanging the open organizer from your car seat, or you can close the organizer in half and use the bottom row to wear it as a belt.

Here is me wearing the hipslinger, but holding it open to show what it would look like as the hanging organizer (it's about 13" tall and 10.5" wide- sorry for not using centimeters if you don't live in the U.S.  Embarrassed:

And the final product closed, so you can see the little gear embellishments:

You can't see it in the photos, but the upper left pocket closes with velcro, so you can still store things in there when the top part is folded over and they won't fall out.  I used a parachute buckle on the belt (the kind where the buckle is kind of like a prong that you have to squeeze into the clasp, if that makes sense).  And the part that I'm most proud of is the fact that I almost didn't make this project because I don't own a sewing machine, but then decided that I wanted to do it enough to just bite the bullet and hand sew the entire thing!

Sorry for such a massive post, but I'm super proud of this and really wanted to share it with everyone!  I'm very indebted to the Craftster bag tutorials- I kind of "Frankensteined" bits and pieces of a few tutorials to plan this. 

What do you all think?!
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Cornell shadowbox *Scroll down the page for added photos* on: October 09, 2007 07:20:02 AM
I've been wanting to make 3-D collages along the lines of Joseph Cornell for a long time, but I could never come up with something that satisfied me.  One day while cleaning out my old room, I found a few empty jewelry boxes, and realized they were perfect containers for the collages!  The front of the boxes have been cut out and replaced with a glass pane.

The glass pane in this one is about the height of a quarter, more or less (I wish I had taken a picture to show the size).  The words in the background say "Mono No Aware" which is translated from a Japanese saying that means "an awareness of the transience of things and a gentle sadness at their passing" (according to a site I found through wikipedia).  It could also mean "a pathos to things" or "an empathy to things".  The box was given as a gift to the musician Larkin Grimm.

The butterfly wing, feather, twig, and eggshell bits are all real, as is the small bone (it's the vertebrae of a chicken).

I wish I could get that glare off the side of the box, but this was the best I could do! 
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Icarus Shadowbox on: September 14, 2007 06:47:28 AM
I've got a new shadowbox that I just completed, and I would love some of your feedback on it!  I've been trying to get everything I do to look a little more "professional".  I think I came close with this one, but I"m not sure if it's quite there.  Any tips? 

I guess Craftster picture hosting is down, so I put the pictures up on my flickr site.  One pic is of the outside with the frame- I'm thinking of changing the frame from being a mix of greens and pinks to being just one shade of green.  What do you think? Here's the link:


Here's a better picture of the inside, with less of my reflection:



17  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Charm City Art Space? on: June 20, 2007 08:47:13 AM
Hey, I've been thinking about going to check out the Charm City Art Space on Maryland Ave. and was wondering if any of you MD craftsters have been or are members?
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Team Zissou photo holders *img heavy* on: October 27, 2006 09:41:32 AM
I've been sewing these holders for single photographs/notecards that can be interchanged.  The details are all hand-sewn. I wish you all could see all the details!  These are my favorites so far:

And details: found the buttons on the team Zissou page in my mom's old sewing kit- so nice! 

The hat I knitted about a year ago on kitchen skewers.  It was kind of the inspiration for this page:

I used thread that is similar in color to the base paper so that there was more of an impression of texture instead of a very strong decoration:

And for this I used old earrings that were missing their partners:


19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / If you live in or near Bisbee, Arizona, please help!! on: October 22, 2006 08:03:06 PM
Okay, I lived out in Willcox, Arizona this summer and took a few weekend trips to Bisbee (yay!! Electric beer!).  There is an antique store with an AMAZING collection of stamps- if you've been to Bisbee and you craft you'll know what I'm talking about.  Anyway, I was being a cheap-ass and only got about 5 stamps and now I'm really regretting it.  I'll continue to search online but if someone out there could maybe get me some stamps and I will pay for them?  Or if anyone knows anything about "Our Lady of Rubber" and can help...
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / How much do I charge- collage/embroidery? *updated pics!* on: October 22, 2006 07:55:16 PM
I got inspired by some recent scrapbooking I did and wanted to make some higher-end collages for single mounted photos since I haven't seen too many of those around.  This is my first one, and I spent about 4 hours on it today.  Everything is hand-sewn to the base paper.  I'm really trying to find the fine line between making something that looks simple and elegant without being too basic and cheap looking.

My question is, how much do you think I should charge for something like this?  What if I put it in a frame? (I'm thinking particularly of some nice $12 ones that I saw at Target).  If you saw this in a store would you think, "I love this, I must have it!" or would you think, "This is o.k., but I could make a better one." 

I tried to take better pictures today- I hope the details show a bit more.

This one is a little difficult to see because I intentionally made it monochromatic:

Detail of the sewing:

And a different style:

I wish you could see all the stitching, but anyway, I hope these pictures show what I mean a bit more. Thanks!
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