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1  Go on, laugh at me, please in Stitch And BOTCH by QOTSA on: April 28, 2007 11:48:47 AM
Well today I stumbled upon a lovely wool shop here in Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen and got lots of nice Filati stuff in the sale, namely 3 huge balls of laceweight for 70 kr (6.40) each. Great! Until of course I try and find an end to start winding it into balls, and after about 10 seconds of not being able to find it, I take the ball band off. One of life's lessons that I seem incabable of learning is to NEVER TAKE THE BALL BAND OFF REALY FINE WOOL BEFORE YOU FIND THE END. I have done this countless times before and made a tangled mess of things, only this time it errupted into a huge mound of wooly vermicelli noodles!!! The consequence of this is having wound 4 miniscule balls (about 3cm in diamenter) in about as many hours. Only 1200 odd meters to go!!! Roll Eyes

I only hope that my recurring stupidity makes someone else feel better............. Smiley
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2  I'm a little teapot... in Crochet: Completed Projects by QOTSA on: February 11, 2007 05:46:13 AM
...or at least my hat looks like a teacosy Cheesy I don't usually wear hats, but I was going to Copenhagen and needed a hat pretty quickly, and had some black mohair from a scarf set I had for xmas (I am never going to wear a big black fuzzy scarf lol) and some green mohair I got in a vintage shop for like 20p. I was thinking of stripy bobbly 70's teacosy's at the time, it makes me happy Smiley
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3  Filtning er godt!!! (many pics!) wet felted mittens & hat in Felting: Completed Projects by QOTSA on: February 11, 2007 04:55:43 AM
Sorry for all the pics but i had a 2 day workshop on Filtning (felting) in Danmarks Designskole (im on exchange) and i was so pleased with the results i had to share. Smiley We were shown different wet felting techniques, then how to make a rounded object such as mittens or slippers by using a resist. My first pair of mittens were plain black and had some weak spots, so when we got to do what we wanted at the end of the second day I made an improved pair and a matching hat. I wore them yesterday and they really are suited for this climate! It was awesome making things without seams, im thinking of some felted boots next lol!

My first coloured samples:

More open ones, I love how delicate and soft they are!

The begginings of my second pair of mittens

mittens and hat!

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4  Re: These mittens, they also be kittens!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by QOTSA on: February 11, 2007 02:19:00 AM
Thanks for all the comments guys, you've made my bf very happy Cheesy. Shewolf you are exactly right, they are just plain mittens with crochet ears, circles of felt for the eyes and embroidery. I just drew round my bf's hand, then re-drew around this maybe 1cm from the edge and making it a nice mitteny shape, then used the gauge as given by my swatch to work out how many stitches should go across, and roughly when to decrease/increase.

So you can see the embroidery.
I used the magic loop cast on, increased for the top of the hand, worked straight round till I needed to leave a hole for the thumb, worked back and forth in knit and purl rows til the end of the thumb hole, started decreasing on the thumb side only as the hand got narrower towards the wrist then did k2 p2 ribbing.

For the thumb I drew loops through maybe 4 st at the base of the hole in the middle then made 2 loops at the start of every other row (picking up stitches at the edge of the thumbhole, working upwards) then k/p 2tog at the end of every other row (I think) till it joined the top of the thumb hole so that it increased nicley along the way. Then I knit round straight then decreased again at the top of the tumb. For the ears I did ch 3 then did maybe 10/12 tr into the 1st ch. It helped to get my bf to try them on occasionaly to check they weren't too floppy or too tight, that is the way to a comfy mitten! Oh and I used 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky in colour no. 5, very soft and VERY warm!

Sorry for the wordy descriptions, I did write it down as I went along but I left those behind and wont see them for another 2 months. I am such a knitting noob, I'm sure if I can make these then anyone can, and if you really need a pattern just find one thats out there that you like and make it kitteny! I had difficulties in finding a free plain mans mitten pattern. If someone else makes these please post, other animals would be cute too! Cheesy
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5  These mittens, they also be kittens!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by QOTSA on: February 09, 2007 03:56:51 PM
My boyfriend who every winter refuses to wear gloves and thus freezes, decided that he wanted me to make him mittens for his birthday. They had to be shocking pink. And kittens. To which I replied "I love you!"

Having too much fun...

Having made toe-up socks with figure 8 cast on before, I thought it would be simple enough to do the same with mittens, and it was. They look more like Hamtoro things with those rounded ears (i just couldnt get nice pointed ones) but being an anime freak, he loves them. The best thing is his slightly homophobic father is embarassed to be seen in shops with him while he wears them Smiley
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6  Blackberry bobbles bag *tut added* in Crochet: Completed Projects by QOTSA on: September 22, 2006 04:26:44 AM
I made this last Autumn from 3 balls of Jaeger Matchmaker I think, It was one of my first completed crocheted things. Apart from having to replace a few pom-poms it has lasted much better than I thought a bag made from wool would.  Smiley


Stitch pattern
Blackberry Salad Stitch (The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches, Volume one, p42)

I worked the following stitch pattern making a rectangle 52 tr across and 50 rows long, which using 3 balls of Jaeger Matchmaker and a 3mm hook (I think) made a bag 28 cm across (widest) and 18 ch high.

I worked two rows in each colour:

Ch multiple of 4 st + 3
1st row (right side): Miss 3ch (count as 1tr), 1tr into each ch to end, turn.
2nd row: 1ch, 1dc into each of the first 2 sts, *work tr5tog into next st, 1dc into each of next 3 sts; rep from * to last 3 sts, work tr5tog into next st, 1dc into each of last 2 sts (including top of tch), turn.
3rd row: 3ch (count as 1tr), miss first st, 1tr into each st to end, miss tch, turn.
4th row: 1ch, 1dc into each of first 4 sts, *work tr5tog into next st, 1dc into each of next 3 sts; rep from * ending 1dc into top of tch, turn.
5th row: As 3rd row.
Rep 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th rows.

My craptacular diagram to show how to shape and assemble this into a bag:

Oh, and I cut the excess crochet fabric that was pleated to make it less bulky (obviously shaping it would make more sense but I wasn't sure how big i wanted it to be). If anyone attempts this please post pictures, I would love to see what it looks like done in other wool + colours  Grin
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7  Converted tea-set (back to art-school) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by QOTSA on: September 20, 2006 05:51:28 AM
I was in a toy shop yesterday and saw a tea set that came in the cutest basket, which I thought would be perfect for carrying my stuff to uni. The messily sewn gingham lining gave it a real "made in China" look, so I took that out and replaced it with some nice plaid, made pockets and put some vintage ribbon on the front. I also stuck a circle of origami paper over a naff teddy bear on one of the saucers and varnished it, so I can use it to mix paint in. This is a pretty simple recon and not the best pics but I just had to share cause it's sooo cute! Cheesy

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8  Re: Faggoting anyone? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by QOTSA on: September 19, 2006 01:27:58 PM
Thankyou everyone Smiley. I've found that faggoting works best on fabrics with some thickness like felt and velvet 'cause it makes the crisscross effect much neater, tho I did a sample with semi-transparent silk and that looked beautiful. I found it a bit confusing seeing which dots I was meant to sew together, seems as the back gets puffy and i couldn't always tell what row I was on, so I drew lines between the ones meant to go together like this:

To make it I basically did a long rectangular block of the stitching, folded it in half inside out and sewed curved side seams to give it shape. It's not that difficult just very time consuming, oh and it eats fabric too!!!
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9  3D cards (Bauhaus, barnacle and graffiti inspired) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by QOTSA on: September 18, 2006 03:52:12 AM
Some 3D cards i made for a project last term, 1st one was inspired by graffiti in Brick Lane, 2nd was based on these tiny strange things i found growing on rocks in Southerndown, S.Wales, and the last came about after seeing the Albers and Moholy-Nagy exhibition at Tate Modern, which I thought was amazing.

Sorry for so many pics of that last one, but I love it Smiley. I used this 3D card making software to design it http://www.page.sannet.ne.jp/jun_m/card3d/index-eng.html. Oh and the shapes were again inspired by the cliffs in Southerndown beach.
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10  Faggoting anyone? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by QOTSA on: September 18, 2006 03:37:20 AM
I'm being serious, that's the name of the technique I used to make this:

and close up:

I got my nan to teach me how to do it for a project last term, I think it's more commonly called "English latice-work" but I like "faggoting" better Grin. The light in these pics doesn't really do the velvet justice, but I've just realised that my b/f has pinched the batteries from my camera  Cry. Anyway, everyone really likes it and it was my first handbag besides a few ones made out of paper.

And here's a beaded one done for the same project, but it's more of a design sample than a useable bag, given that I was tired when I had to make the handle and so just stuck some masking tape to the back of the velvet. The inspiration for the pattern came from lichen:

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