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1  Re: Call me crazy... I want to make a beekeeper's outfit in Halloween Costumes by m*babylon on: October 09, 2006 06:23:59 PM
i would think you could also take a safari-style hat (or a straw hat of similar shape) and a strip of gauzy netting from the fabric store and make your own.  stitch or glue the netting to the brim of the hat, then run a seam along the other edge (that would go around your neck) and put a cord in so you can cinch it up a bit.

like this:

or you could add a bit of wire or thin plasic tubing to make it a bit firmer like this:

i know that technically the firmer screen is safer in *actual* beekeeping since it keeps the screen (and therefore any aggressive bees) from bumping against your face, but for a costume, you could easily get away with it. =]

such a cute idea!!
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2  looking for a dress pattern w/ a specific style of strap in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by m*babylon on: October 07, 2006 10:32:26 AM
i'm looking for a simple dress pattern a fitted waist and flaring out into a tea length skirt.  very simple, except i want a certain style of straps...the kind that come out to the edges of your shoulders instead of over the top...here's the best drawing i can manage: 

i need a pattern i can go buy at the store very soon, and i don't have the time to learn how to modify a pattern for this particular project.  does anyone know of a pattern like this?  i've searched through mccalls, butterick, simplicity & vogue, but sometimes after you've been through them all you miss things.
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3  Re: Yarnholic Seeking to Start a Support Group in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by m*babylon on: July 18, 2006 09:08:28 PM
alrighty, here it is:

total damage is approximately 149 average-length skeins of various weights.  meh!

more at the blog!  did i seriously just say that? how metro ;P
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4  Re: Prairie Tunic, IK in Knitalongs by m*babylon on: May 20, 2006 10:13:55 PM
so far, 2 6-row repeats.  i'm making the 36.5" size.  love the yarn i'm using...filatura di crosa dolce amore in a khaki tan color...it's very soft & silky.  would probably be very splitty if not for my inox needles.  i'm digging the straps in the pattern, so i'm going to do those.

progress shot:

close-up of lace stitch pattern:

can't wait to be finished so i can wear it this summer!
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5  Interweave Spring 2006 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by m*babylon on: February 14, 2006 12:44:41 PM
I searched, but it looks like I'm the first one to spot this, just in at my LYS!!  Normally, Interweave has maybe 1 or 2 patterns MAYBE that I want to make, but this issue?  At LEAST 6!  At the very top of my list, in this order, are the Caftan Pullover, Prarie Tunic, Pullover Flair, the Trellis Scarf, the Streakers Shrug and the Pom-Pom Fingerless Mitts!  Not to mention countless cute ads for other spring patterns!  Interweave really did a great job for the simply-styled knitters this issue.  Anyone else care to gush?!


The Caftan Pullover is becoming the post-Knitting Olympics must have.  Yay!

Added bonus is the interview with Robin Melanson, designer of the Corset Pullover sweater so many of us have drooled over. 

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6  Name this cable pattern please! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by m*babylon on: August 30, 2005 12:21:46 PM
That's all I have is questions, questions, questions. ;]  But that's what happens when you're trying to power through a massive stash addiction!

Okay, I have two skeins (100g) of beautiful raspberry pink Noro Kabuto.  I found the Noro 13 pattern book online, but to be brutally honest, I wouldn't wear anything in that book....EXCEPT!

I want to make one of the scarves from the very last pattern in the book.  See the pattern on the top left of the photo?  It's also repeated in two of the scarves at the top of the page.  I'm sure it's an easy cable pattern, but I want to make sure I get it right, and let's face it, I don't want to spend $10 plus shipping on a whole book for one easy cable pattern.  Can you help a girl out?

as always, your wonderful guidance and expertise is much appreciated! =]
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7  Re: Vogue Knitting Fall 2005 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by m*babylon on: August 15, 2005 12:33:33 PM
i want to make the deep v vest, the grey vest, and for the first time in my life, i want to do fair isle with the FI block vest.  actually, i want to make all of the vests to varying degrees. i'm more excited by some than others, but they're all lovely.  i love sweater vests.  i also love that beautiful green cashmere shawl, the cropped green cabled cardigan and the pink hoodie.  the anna sui suit actually looked a little too frumpy on the model for me.  bulky-knit skirts don't flatter my figure whatsoever.

the cover coat is gorgeous, but it looks like it would take me 4 years to make, and then i'd never ever wear it.  the ridiculously time-consuming item that i want to make is that skirt with all the hexagon panels.  and yes, i would actually wear it. =]  i would especially wear it with that stunning velvet coat with the ribbon trim it's featured with, but wouldn't you know it's nowhere to be found in the guide in the back where they list the non-knitted items featured with the projects.  has anyone seen this coat or something similar?  i have a right leg for sale to cover it. (c'mon, as a knitter would i *really give up an arm? ;])

overall, i was disappointed with this fall's magazine offerings until i saw VK and Rowan.  i had no desire to pick up IK or FCEK.  Can't wait to see the new Rebecca, whenever it shows up.
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8  Re: what projects are the bane of your existence? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by m*babylon on: July 18, 2005 05:19:21 PM
this project...the neverending poncho from hell from fcek fall 2004:

cast on.  knit, increasing rarely, until 30-some odd inches from start or until you die from sheer boredom.

when i saw the pattern, i thought of my mom, and when i saw the colorway i thought of her again...reminded me of the ocean...so i got all the necessary supplies something over a year or so ago, for her birthday in november, as in november 2004.  i'm bound and determined to finish this by the trip to see her at the end of this week, so that she has it for her first trip overseas to scotland.  every time i look at it it makes me want to vomit. 

there's a lotta love going into this one.  Cheesy
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