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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / twinkletoes! on: March 01, 2007 04:07:12 PM

with little red flowers on, too.

i found that the heels came up quite high on these, above the ankle/ to the top of my achilles tendon, but then i have quite a flat foot (as in, the distance between the ground and my ankle is not as great as for most people).

they were for a swap for an awesome, amazing sewing bag (http://lupinbunny.blogspot.com/2007/02/squee-doesnt-even-begin-to-describe-it.html).

there's more detail about the flowers and the mods i made, and why these photos are really not the most interesting composition on my blog. can't be bothered to retype.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Barkcloth - heavy enough for upholstery? on: February 27, 2007 09:21:10 PM
I (okay 'we' - my boyfriend too) just got given a dining table and chairs that was in a house his mum and her partner bought fully furnished (to add confusion, the house was the partner's parent's holiday home).
Anyway, point is that the set is very cute and fifties. the chairs are the best, very typical for the era and quite nice wood. They are upholstered, however, in fairly unattractive olive green vinyl.

Now, I'd like to reupholster them, and barkcloth would suitable are-wise, but I'm wondering if it's heavy-duty enough to cover some dining table chairs? The reason I'm extra cautious is that while the vinyl is ugly, it is in mint condition (since it was hardly used) and i'd hate to rip it all off, and replace it with something that'll wear out in a year or two.

Advice anyone? Or alternatives? Links to online stores with suitable upholstery fabric would be appreciated too Wink
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / the needle roll to end all needle rolls - with link to tute on: February 25, 2007 03:33:46 PM
mah boyfriend got me a set of fat quarters for christmas (from moda's building blocks range. he's colourblind, but he knew i loved the tape measure fabric, and the store conveniently sold fat quarters in coordinating sets), and i decided they were destined for a needle roll.

i know there's a pattern in s'n'b, but i don't have a copy. i looked at someone else's, and got kind of confused. so i ended up drafting my own, based on a seriously fugly needle roll i already had.
only this one has three layers of pockets and is twice as wide. it fits all my needles plus some other bits and pieces.
it weighs a TON, even before i put stuff in it.

additional close up of the pretty pretty fabric on my blog, and i intend to post a tutorial sometime too, if anyone's interested. here's a tutorial.


14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / a seriously luxe knitting gift? on: February 17, 2007 01:15:54 AM
i actually get to buy yarn for another knitter, and i want something a bit special. so much a bit special that you know - rowan is too common.

so. if you were going to give (or receive) a really nice (but not too grand dollars-wise) knitting-related (non-book) gift, what would you give/ want?
give me some ideas here.

i'm thinking *maybe* some cherry tree hill sock yarn, or some of the fiber company's terra yarn.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sew u's shirt on: February 11, 2007 01:23:04 AM

i made the cowboy shirt variation. am tres pleased with it, though idon't think i'll make another shirt for a while. this was a weeny bit beyond my skill range, so became a little more scary and stressful than fun.

i made it out cotton aimed at quilters that i bought as a remnant when my closest spotlight closed down. so the fabric cost me about $1. pity the 'pattern' (book) cost about $30 Wink

oh, and for reference for her weird-assed sizing system, this is a medium, with the side seams taken in a few inches (but the armhole not altered because i don't have those Skillz), and the back made a little narrower, because i have a narrow back. oh, and made about an inch longer at the bottom too.

for pics of the super-secret embroidery and the thumb-ouchie i gave myself while putting the studs on, check out the blog.
16  California / California: Central / restaurant guide to san francisco? on: February 10, 2007 12:37:00 AM
hello. i normally hang out on the antipodean craftster boards, but i've ventured here in search of help. a friend is moving to SF (because her partner got a job at google!) and i thought for her birthday i'd get her a restaurant guide for her soon-to-be new home.

any recommendations for a good guide? she and her partner are major, major foodies, though she is vegetarian (she's put it aside for some chronically expensive degustations before, though).

or failing that, does anyone know of slightly cooler, quirkier city guide than lonely planet? said friend is a bit gothy and very into the fetish scene, so the regular guides can be a bit vanilla Wink
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help me get my hands on a pattern? on: February 02, 2007 11:25:10 PM
see, patterns often aren't released in australia for a year or two after they're released in the USA. and i'm simply dying for one of the newest built by wendy patterns - simplicity 3835.

i haven't been able to find it on ebay, and buying online makes it atrociously expensive.

so i was wondering if any lovely craftster would like to do a swap? you can see the little plea in my profile, but i'm too impatient to wait for someone to notice it. i can swap for australian indie fashion mags (frankie, yen); australian yarn; a bit of fabric (not particularly australian, probably); food/ lollies... or if there's something else you'd like, just ask Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to do invisible hems? on: January 27, 2007 04:27:54 PM
did a search, and no joy (that i could see).

in Sew U the author mentions invisible hems, that are used in RTW clothes (and yup, lots of my shorts/ dresses have 'em, now i look). she says they're too hard for a beginner, but i want to know how you make them?

can they be done on a home machine?
if they can't is there another way of making invisible hems aside from the commercial method she mentions (where the needle apparently only pricks the front side of the outer layer of fabric every 4 to 5 stitches)?
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / edwardian-style (?) built by wendy top on: January 18, 2007 05:13:45 AM
i'm learning to sew Smiley three dresses made already, and this is my first top. i'm going to make another from the pattern. it's not super duper flattering, but i feel like an artiste when i wear it.

for my comments on fit, etc see the blog please.

also, the whole thing is a bit gapey around the neckline. does that mean it's a size too big? i can't work out what is wrong witht he fit to make the neckline gape?
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / your favourite theory books? on: January 04, 2007 04:40:57 PM
i'm up for a nice book of knitting theory, to improve myself all round Smiley
Anything from increases and decreases to garment design (hell, perferably all in one book! but i guess that's asking a bit much).
Am leaning towards Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears, but that is by no means definite.

So tell me, what has a reputation as being an excellent theory book? What is your favourite?
What do you wish you had?
What can't you live without?
And why?
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