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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / fun painted poster project on: June 27, 2004 04:12:27 PM
Today I decided to try to make a nice colorful poster to hang in my boring bathroom. Here's the result:

(I made a small one as a test, then a larger one)

Here's the original image:

A drawing out of "The Saturdays" by Elizabeth Enright.

Here's what I did:

I scanned the original drawing at 2400 dpi -- the highest dpi my scanner would do.  This was not necessary -- the resulting image file was so huge that my computer had trouble handling it.  I eventually scaled it down in photoshop to 600 pixels/inch (in the "image size" window), so do yourself and your computer a favor, if you try this, and scan at a reasonable dpi Smiley

Then, in photoshop, I resized the image to 18" x 27",  and set the image mode to "duotone", and then did image > adjustments > posterize (levels either 2 or 4, can't remember) to make it true black lines on a white background. Fiddle around 'til it looks good Smiley

Then, to print it, I had to do something kind of lame and I'll bet a PS guru out there can tell me a better way to go about it but I did this:

Select a section of the image -- since mine was 18 x 27 I chose to do sections of about 6 x 9, and print on 9 separate pieces of paper.  So select the upper left corner (for instance), copy the selection, do "new document", paste the selection into the new document, and then print the new document.  Then close the new document (no neeed to save it) and repeat for the next section. Make sure your selections overlap each other a bit, so you can align the sections later for gluing.  When I was about halfway through, I thought of using ruler guides to mark out my areas for selection -- to do this make photoshop show you the rulers, then click and drag from the ruler into your image to make nice guidelines.

So then eventually I had nine pieces of paper, each with a different chunk of my poster on it.  Then I layed them all out and decided which pieces would overlap which other pieces --- sounds confusing but just try it and you'll see what I mean.  Then I trimmed the edges of the topmost overlapping pieces and used a glue stick (ooo high tech) to glue the whole puzzley thing together.

Whew, a big black-and-white poster!

But I wanted colorful, so I got out my watercolors and painted the whole thing as if it were a giant coloring book.  I don't know when I've had so much fun!


2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I finished my BPT sweater! on: April 15, 2004 05:38:50 PM
Wooohooo!  I made knitty.com's bpt sweater!!

I used lamb's pride worsted instead of whatever the pattern called for, and I made a few minor changes to the pattern.  My gauge was different, of course, so that presented a challenge.  I figured it all out, though, and I'm mighty pleased!  On to the photos:

(gotta re-block the tip of the hood)

Oh, I used the two-circular-needle magic loop method for the sleeves, since I didn't have dps in the right size.  I think I got that idea from someone here -- it worked like a charm!

Have fun,

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Happy springtime gingham purse on: April 10, 2004 12:52:16 PM
Hi y'all,
I spent the last two days designing and making a super-cute little bag and I've got to show it off!  The shape was inspired by a bag I saw at Target, and the fabric is some 1970s gingham that my Grandma wanted to get rid of.    The bag has an exterior fitted cell-phone pocket, two interior pockets, and a key-strap. I stiffened the whole thing with two layers of interfacing, and the bottom is stiffened extra-much with a rectangle of plastic needlepoint canvas.  The bag sagged a bit with I filled it with my stuff, so I cut a dowel to fit inside the blue casings at the top.  No more sag.  Ok, on to the pictures! The thumbnails are clickable if you want to see bigger pics.

I got the flower buttons at Value Craft -- the only ones they had, and they just happened to match perfectly!

You can see the cellphone pocket here.

Key strap!

edit: tutorial is here: http://kayray.org/crafts/red_tutorial/

Have fun,

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / guitar case? on: March 29, 2004 08:15:07 PM
I want to sew a case for my son's little acoustic guitar.  I'm thinking padded, lined, with a zipper up one long side and a shoulder/back strap. I was just wondering if any else has ever sewn one and if you have any tips?


5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / hot-water bottle cover on: January 24, 2004 11:58:42 PM
Hey all,

Here's my knitted hot-water bottle cover!

It's knitted of Lion Brand Wool Ease (haven't been to  _good_ yarn store in far too long) in the round, on 66 stitches at a gauge of 4 stiches to the inch.

I started at the bottom, leaving it open for a drawstring, and knitted up to where the shoulders begin to curve.  Then I did K2tog, K2, SSK on each side, switching to dp needles when things began to get unmanageable. My largest dps were about 4 sizes too small so I knitted ridiculously loosely.

When I had 30 stitches remaining, I switched to k2, p2 ribbing for the neck.  I knitted up past the top of the bottle and bound off, then made a twisted cord and threaded it through the bottom every inch or so (wish I'd thought to leave eyelets but oh well).

Easy-peasy!  Oh, I got the chart from "The Complete Book of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting" by Sheila McGregor.

Have fun!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hobbit Feet Socks on: January 21, 2004 09:49:19 AM
I just finished my son's Hobbit Feet Socks!  I used Lion Brand "Wool Ease" for the main sock (only 20% wool, ick, but it was cheap and will wear forever) and Lion Brand "Fun Fur" for the fuzzy hobbit foot fur.  Pretty cute, eh?  He loves them.

I knit back-and-forth across the top of the foot, adding in the Fun Fur,  and then knit back-and-forth on the bottom of the foot, joining with the side edges of the top as I went.  And then made a regular toe.

The images are clickable, if you want a slightly larger view :)
You can read about the project in more detail at http://kayray.org/crafts/!
Have fun,
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with Eyelash Yarn on: January 14, 2004 12:04:30 PM
Hi all,

I'm an experienced knitter working with eyelash yarn for the first time and I'm having some trouble.  I'm perplexed! Hope someone can help me. :)

I'm inventing some "Hobbit Feet" socks for my son.  My plan is to make regular socks down past the heel, then knit back-and-forth on the top-foot stitches while holding a strand of eyelash yarn in with the wool, for Hobbit Foot Fur.  Then I'll knit the bottom-foot stitches, joining them with the top-foot side stitches as I go, then unite everything and make the toe.

Ok so everything went well until I started using that eyelash yarn!  In stockinette, the "hairy" part of the fabric ends up in back, on the purl side -- INSIDE the sock!  Ripped it back, tried again conciously trying to get the "hairs" onto the outside of the sock.  No dice.  I can't find any advice anywhere about how to work with eyelash yarn.  I guess I could knit the foot in reverse stockingette... but maybe one of you crafty people has some advice for me.  What's the trick? :)

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