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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / reds under the bed baby jacket on: November 02, 2006 06:06:14 PM

i made this as a commission for a friend. she's a wee bit goth *cough*understatement*cough* and loves getting her gothy friends black babywear. except that it doesn't exist. so she gets me to knit it.

jacket was based on the pea pod baby set that's a free download at interweave knits, but uh... it changed a little. if people think it has changed sufficiently i'm happy to post a pattern/ my alterations. but i wasn't sure. well, it's a free pattern, so posting alterations is fine, but i'm still hestitant to call this 'my' pattern.

was my first shot at baby clothes. seems a little big (though it's the correct finished size according to the instructions), but then i don't know kids/ their sizes, so *shrug*

why is it called the reds under the bed jacket? bad sense of humour and a spot of australian history. explanations at the blog.
32  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / australian craft blogs? on: November 01, 2006 06:20:26 PM
i did a search, and couldn't find anything but i'd love to be reading some more australian craft/ knitting blogs.

i figured if people want they could post a link to their blog here.

mine is http://lupinbunny.blogspot.com ; and i'm part of a community (s'n'b) blog at http://craftyaction.blogspot.com
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / how to seam the tops of the shoulders together? on: October 30, 2006 07:00:37 PM
i am sooooo frustrated! how on earth do you seam two piece together along their cast off edges, like the tops of a shoulder seam?
every bloody tutorial on the internet does either
a) mattress stitch down the sides of the work
b) shoulder seams where one piece is at right angles to the other

i can DO both of those. that's fine. i am CROSS CROSS CROSS. i am quite okay at mattress stitch, but i just tried to to do the flat bits across the shoulders of a baby sweater, and when i turned it right side out - ugh! big fat criss-crosses everywhere.
and i can handstitch/ embroider okay too. i just don't understand!

does someone have photo instructions for what kind of stitch i should be using to seam? until then, i'm going to just wing a bloody running seam.
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / (another) butterick 4790 retro whirlaway dress on: October 18, 2006 08:59:31 PM
i had to order my pattern from overseas, because it isn't available in australia yet.

more *hilarious* anecdotes about the trials and tribulations caused by my mediocre sewing skills on the blog: http://lupinbunny.blogspot.com
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / restoring (badly) scratched varnished wood? (and vinyl?) on: October 18, 2006 03:51:55 AM
well, i picked up an AWESOME 60s bedside table for a mere $10 at a garage sale.
It is some kind of wood (not pine - far too heavy), golden coloured, with a honey coloured varnish/ stain (how to i tell the difference?)

And it has some pretty hardcore scratches on.

now, how do i go about making the scratches go away?

do i sand off ALL the old varnish/ stain and redo it? Or.. what? this is my first foray intro fixing furniture...

that's my biggie.

also, it has this mock-leather top (vinyl? it's very thin and textured and a bit plasticky) that's peeling. undecided as to whether to glue it back down or replace it. what would be a suitable replacement? can you buy very thing vinyl at places that sell furniture fabrics?
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / invisible stripe scarf on: October 14, 2006 07:57:52 PM

my 'invisible stripe' scarf, out of mango moon mohair.
more pictures, details and a 'pattern' (it's not exactly complex) on the blog:


it's a nice, quick, dead easy, knit-while-doing-something-else pattern. and the end product looks more complex than it is to knit. perfect for xmas pressies, i think Smiley
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / vogue knitting lacy victorian top on: September 30, 2006 05:27:12 PM

i finished the vogue knitting holiday 05 high neck lace top.
with many a mod (made it longer, made the armholes bigger, made it a wee bit smaller across the bust, changed the ruffle on the armhole).

i love it, but it's a tiny bit big. well, 4 i nches too big in the waist (any ideas to fix that i'd love to hear them).

more info at le blog: http://craftyaction.blogspot.com
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / the most practical length of circulars? on: September 19, 2006 03:20:08 AM
I'm looking at buying one of those ginormous sets of bamboo circulars that get listed on ebay, but i can't decide what length of cable to get...
obviously, ideally the finer needles would have shorter cables, but that isn't really an option.

I'm leaning towards 60cm (24inch) cables on needles 2mm - 12mm (US 0- 17)? Or should I get 40cm (16inch)?
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / and you thought you could knit lace... on: August 22, 2006 05:58:48 AM

check it out!  Shocked i am aghast (and rather adoring the first one, with all the swirling oak leaves).

can anyone here own up to knitting something that large, complex and delicate? I want to see more, more lace!
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / lace stole pattern? on: August 22, 2006 03:54:08 AM
can anyone point me towards one/ some patterns for a rectangular wrap/ shawl/ stole that use laceweight yarn?

i want to knit one for  my mum for xmas, but can't find a really nice pattern that's not triangular or circular.

in particular i'd love a peacock feathers patterned one...
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