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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Sweet Judy Blue Eyes on: March 03, 2009 11:33:12 AM
My favorite song of all time is Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. So when I saw this challenge, I decided to work with the song title to make this yarn:

Sweet Judy
Handspun and dyed
108 yards

I think it's going to become a hat for my favorite blue-eyed person.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ruby Red Cardigan on: January 24, 2009 08:55:04 PM
This cardigan has been an odyssey. I decided in early 2007 that I had to have a U-neck, raglan, 3/4 sleeve cardigan, and promptly cast on in pea green. A year and much perseverance later, I had the world's ugliest sweater. I definitely learned from my mistakes! Though this is far from perfect (the neckline won't lay flat and I forgot to take my boobs into account), it's far better than my first attempt, and it was dirt cheap.

Here you can see what I'm talking about: the front barely closes. If I leave the top two buttons undone, it's much better.

You can see how the neckline tends to curl under in back.

I knit this in Caron Simply Soft from the top down on size 8 circulars. My favorite part is the buttons. You can't tell, but they're square, translucent, and glittery! They were a little expensive, but the woman running the checkout counter gave them to me for half off. :-)

If I could do it again, I'd shorten the sleeves a bit (or lengthen them) since they're a little awkward, place the raglans better, and be more careful picking up stitches for the neckline/button band.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / International knitting blog? on: September 27, 2008 03:49:10 PM
Hello everyone! I'm working on a class project where we have to discuss some aspect of globalization, and I'd like to write about the effects of globalization on the knitting community, especially the knit blogging community. I'm looking for a knitting (or crafting) blog either based in a non-English speaking country (but hopefully with English translations :-P) or one with a very large and diverse international readership. Does anybody have any recommendations? I'd really appreciate it! Thanks in advance!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn purchasing habits? on: September 16, 2008 05:21:12 PM
So, I spin yarn and knit (both with handspun and store-bought yarn) and I was wondering what other people thought about yarn. I tend to buy less expensive yarn at the store, but anything goes with handspun. I guess when it comes to nice yarn, I'm willing to spend a ton, but for mediocre yarn, I won't spend nearly as much, which is weird, now that I think about it.

How much do you tend to spend on yarn? Where do you go shopping for it? What kind of yarn do you prefer best?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yellow and Gray Summer Outfit on: May 03, 2008 05:22:58 PM
Hello, all! I wasn't really sure if this fit in here or in reconstructed, but since I made the skirt from scratch and I'm proud of it, I figured I'd post it in here.

This is the shirt. I resized a huge yellow t-shirt and cut off the sleeves, then added the ruffles down the front. I'm not quite sure if I like it or not. I think I may take the sleeves in some more and make them more like a tank top. I also might put a row of buttons/lace down the center. Thoughts?

This is the whole outfit. The skirt closes with a bow on the side and is made of the same fabric as the center ruffle on the shirt. I think the skirt would be cute with a plain white button-down, too.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Happy Glitter Sparkle Yarn! on: May 03, 2008 05:14:24 PM
Okay, so that isn't really its name.

As I was spinning this yarn, I thought of about fifty different names.

My top favorites:
-Merlin's Beard (fluffy, white, and full of MAGIC!)
-Smoke and Mirrors
-Disco Dancing in Heaven
-Android Sheep

Chime in and NAME THAT YARN!

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Yarn Smorgasbord--Seriously Pic Fat. on: April 06, 2008 12:28:13 PM
Helloooo, Craftsters! This is a substantial portion of all the yarn I've spun since late January this year. I haven't had a chance to take pictures before this because it's been absolutely miserable outside. It finally warmed up and got sunny, so I took the opportunity to snap some pics!

Blue Moon, 229 yds. total, overdyed blue superwash

Blue Moon--plied, 83 yds., overdyed blue superwash

Blue Moon--plied, 146 yds., overdyed blue superwash

Heartache in Disguise, 125 yds., mohair, merino, mill ends, lace, ribbon, acrylic, plastic, a little bit of everything

Heartache in Disguise--detail

Party Princess, 150 yds., hand-dyed mill ends

Blueberry Bubblegum, 148 yds., merino

Queen Anne's Lace, 140 yds., hand-dyed mill ends

Queen Anne's Lace--detail

Wonderful World, 115yds., hand-dyed mill ends

Wonderful World--detail

Captain Peachfuzz, 250 yds., fulled hand-dyed pink and peach mill ends

Welcome to the Jungle, 144 yds., fulled hand-dyed green, gray, and fuschia mill ends

Welcome to the Jungle--detail

Sunshiney Day, 78 yds., mill ends and superwash, tinsel, coils and knots

Sunshiney Day--detail

The Whole Gang

Thanks for looking! Comments are, as always, much appreciated.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "If I Only Had a Name" Fingerless Mitts on: February 08, 2008 03:01:18 PM

I'm just going to go ahead and say it--I'm in *love* with them! Unfortunately, I can't come up with a name I love quite as much. Any suggestions? But these are perfect: my arms stay warm and I have full use of my fingers! They also plug up that awful gap between my coat sleeve and my arm.

I started knitting them in November, just before a Thanksgiving trip to visit my boyfriend's dad in upstate New York. I spent the whole trip working on them, and I wound up frogging the first one three times (the second one involved a car crash!). I finished in the car ride back, and cast on for the second one, which remained unfinished until about a week ago.

I knit them using Wool Ease on size 7 circs from my own sketches. I wanted to experiement with cables and play around with faux "seams". If anybody's interested, I'll post the pattern. But be warned, purling in the round is *not* fun.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Striped Summer Dress--It's a Circus Tent! on: August 04, 2007 03:36:00 PM
I'm home for two weeks this summer, and I finally got some crafting time! I got some fabric from Joann, and spent the last couple days handsewing this dress.

Reminds me of a circus tent! The straps are gathered with green shell buttons, and there are pockets in the side seams of the skirt. I think I may go back and replace the horozontal band with a solid color.

The back has a zipper, and I'm going to buy a hook and eye for the top. The skirt is pleated pretty imprecisely, but it's nice and full and twirly!

I'm in love with the finished product. It passes my "sit down test" for comfort: if it gaps in the front or back when I sit down, I won't wear it.
10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Tiny Crafts Swap--Found! on: July 28, 2007 09:00:42 PM
Edit: I found an angel! Thanks so much to all the volunteers!

Hi! I need one angel for the Tiny Craft Swap (also known as the Envelope Swap). Octopusincclothing's partner has disappeared off the face of the earth. If you're interested, you should be prepared to send an 8 by 11 envelope full of little crafts and small supplies sometime in the next two weeks. PM me if you're interested!
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