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21  Re: Secret Craftsters!~ yr-long swap(started 7/18/04) in The Swap Gallery by kabili on: August 30, 2004 04:47:26 PM
my kitties are sooooooooooooo happy!!! my secret craftster sent a care package for my kitties, including some nifty toys she made (filled with catnip) and little kitty bed (with kitty print fleece) and "herbal enhancement" for kitties (aka catnip and cat grass).

i should have known something was up when i walked in the front door after work today and one of them was sitting on the end table, next to the (still wrapped) package. hmm...

well, here are some results after opening it:

nova's favorite is the mouse/hamster toy (doesn't she look fierce?!)

but she also likes the paper bag everything was wrapped in

yoshi, on the other hand, seemed to think she was a bit to "mature" for playing with toys

but she is quite enamoured with the bed

you're awesome, secret craftster! i had so much fun giving these to my cats and taking pictures of them! (there are way more than i posted here! i know, i'm a nerd, but i don't have kids yet so it's just the cats for obsessive photo taking!)
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22  Re: Knitty's Grace in Knitting: Completed Projects by kabili on: August 15, 2004 09:43:09 AM
HOORAY! i finished it! *pops open a bottle of martini & rossi*

it's not perfect, but it's my first completed project that's more involved than a scarf or a cozy, and i am quite proud of myself. i made it a bit longer than the pattern called for, so i could wear it to work without baring my tummy. and hee-eere it is!....

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23  Re: Knitty's Grace in Knitting: Completed Projects by kabili on: August 10, 2004 10:51:09 AM
i finished all the pieces for this! YAY! but now that means i have to join them. EEK! i started out with the shoulder seams, using the technique described in SnB. but the seams are kinda bulky and noticeable. am i doing something wrong? or maybe it is just behaving this way because i used cotton yarn? is there another method i should use?

here's some pics, if that helps:

and a close-up of the seam:

any ideas, anyone?
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24  new twist on a pillowcase skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kabili on: August 10, 2004 10:39:04 AM
hey everbody,

i had what i thought was a cool idea while attempting a pillowcase skirt: make it reversible! this came about because i had a fabric remnant that was pretty thin and a pillowcase that was white. either one by itself was probably going to be seethrough. so i put them both together, added a drawstring and some decorative trim, and came up with my new reversible skirt!

one side is gray:

and the other is white:

so what do you think?
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25  Re: Secret Craftsters!~ yr-long swap(started 7/18/04) in The Swap Gallery by kabili on: August 09, 2004 03:25:57 PM
hooray! i got my first package from my secret craftster today! i got a "jordy" style bag that is multi-colored stripey with cute felt flower appliques. i'll post pics soon. thank you, secret craftster!

(and now i'd better get my person's gift finished and send it out, or i'll end up with bad karma! eek!)

***edited to add some pics:

my favorite is the way the flowers are stitched on. so cute!

and the inside, with a pocket:
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26  Re: pattern for knitted poncho in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by kabili on: August 08, 2004 06:05:07 PM

Okay, so I drew this crappy picture on paint. I think this is how it goes.

*smacks forehead* okay, that was so easy that i feel a little embarrassed that i needed the drawing. hehe. sometimes you just need a visual. thanks!
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27  Re: yay for summer! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kabili on: May 10, 2004 03:46:22 PM
There are 6 pieces to this shirt (or 4 if you decide to make it sleeveless). I used a pattern to get some of my pieces; it was New Look 6160. I used it because it has a simple, fitted t-shirt that I knew fit me. You can use a shirt that you already have that fits you well. The back of the shirt looks like this:

the bottom of the front looks like this:

make sure this is long enough to go from just below your bust, to wherever you want the waist of the shirt to be, plus seam/hem allowances.

For the top of the front, you need two pieces shaped like this:

(the dotted line shows where you should cut. After I had cut mine, I realized I wanted them to come to a point and had to revise the pieces. I just forgot to take pictures after doing that, so youll have to imagine that I cut them correctly the first time. Wink ) These should be tall enough to go from just below the bust to the top of your shoulders, plus seam allowances.

The sleeves are shaped like this:

*If youre not working from a pattern and/or youve never done sleeves this way, my tutorial might be insufficient for you to get them right. Proceed at your own risk. Lol.

Heres a step-by-step for constructing:

1)   sew the top-front pieces to the back piece along the shoulder seams.
2)   Hem both sides of the V and the back of the neck.
3)   Baste the bottom edge of the top-front pieces together. (you might want to slip it over your head to make sure the V isnt going to be too daring for you before the next step.)
4)   Attached the bottom-front piece to the top-front pieces.
5)   Now for the sides. Depending on the stretch of the fabric you choose, you might want some ease-stitches around the bust line. (See the detail below. On the pattern I used, there was about a 3 inch section that gets eased to be about 3 inches. Not a huge difference, I know, but it helps to not look like youve got a bunch of extra fabric under your arms. here's what mine looked like:

At any rate, regardless of whether you decide to do the ease stitching or not, attach the front to the back at the sides.
6)   Hem the waist.
7)   If you want a sleeveless top, hem around the armholes. If you want sleeves, skip this step and go on to the next. (Or just use whatever pattern you may have that you like.)
8.   Ease-stitch around the top (bell-shaped) part of the sleeve.
9)   Sew the sides of the sleeves pieces to form a tube. Looks like this:

10)   Turn the sleeves right side out. Put it in to the inside-out body that youve already constructed. This makes the right sides touch to you can pin it together. Match the underarm seam in the sleeve to the side seam of the body. And match the center of the top (bell) of the sleeve to the shoulder seam of the body. Now pull up the ease stitches on either side so that size of the sleeve matches the size of the armhole. Sew all the way around. Here's a pic to help:

11)   Hem the sleeves.
12)   This is optional, but I found that I wanted the top front pieces sewn to each other along the neck line, because I was self-conscious about them gapping open. (I guess that means Im not busty enough. Wink )

i hope this is enough explanation to help you ladies! let me know if you have questions.
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28  Re: yay for summer! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kabili on: May 10, 2004 08:49:00 AM
thank for the compliments everyone! so here's my newest completed summer clothing project. i've been seeing these criss-cross type shirts around, so i thought i'd take a stab at creating one. kind of looks like a wrap, but only at the top. hopefully it doesn't look like maternity wear! (it doesn't in person, but the pic is not all that great.) what do you think?

p.s. don't mind the fact that i'm still in my pajama pants! oh, and i can try to do a tutorial if people are interested. (i took some "in progress" pics this time.)
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29  Re: square bottomed lined bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kabili on: May 06, 2004 08:39:24 PM
so i decided to make a jordy bag for my mom for mother's day. and it turned out great! i have to agree with everyone who has complimented jordy on such a great tutorial! thanks, jordy! i made a few bags from a mccalls pattern before, but yours was easier, and resulted in a nicer bag! so here's my sacrifice to the jordy altar:

p.s. credit goes to jinxy for the pretty flower applique that i put on this bag. i received it from her in the recent $5 swap and thought it would be the perfect addition to a mother's day bag.
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30  Re: FIVE DOLLAR SWAP (SIGN UP CLOSED send by 4/30) in The Swap Gallery by kabili on: May 05, 2004 08:02:24 PM
i got my gifts from jinxy today and they are so cool! i got some coasters made of felt, some felt magnets, a very clever and pretty felt applique of a flower, a record bowl (the partridge family, no less!), and an awesome etched glass candleholder. it says "create" on it. how perfect is that?! i'll post pics soon - my husband comandeered the dig cam for work purposes today. thank you so much, jinxy!


edited to add the pictures i promised:

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