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151  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sue the wombat on: April 13, 2004 08:25:02 PM
Here is Sue, the knitted wombat from Kath Dalmeny's book, World of Knitted Toys.  (The book, by the way, is incredibly fun and all the animals in it are incredibly cute and there are tons of interesting animals in it.)  This is my first animal from the book, a wombat.  She wasn't very hard to do and this is the first time I've ever done a mattress stitch seam appropriately and I love it!


This is also the first time I've ever stuffed anything and I was far too timid about stuffing her.  I think if I had been more aggressive about really stuffing her, she'd be more stout like a wombat - wombats really aren't made to be long and thin.

152  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re:Wedding crafts on: April 11, 2004 07:30:49 PM
Here are photos of our wedding announcements and the reception invitations.  (we had a very, very small family wedding and we're having the big party six months later). Technically, they're supposed to be in separate envelopes, but we liked this design too much to pass it up.  We actually did everything ourselves except make the paper or the outer envelope!  It was a *ton* of work and took longer than expected, but everyone really liked them and it was cool to have made them together.  Sorry the photos didn't work out so well, we were just learning how to use our new camera.

The outer evelope was vellum and we wrote the addresses with one of those japanese jelly pens with just a little bit of glitter in it.  This part was cheap, since we used a standard sized envelope and worked pretty well except when the eyelets on the invitation caught the vellum.

The inner part is cut from posterboard.  This part was relatively cheap, but a pain to cut out.  There are also a few problems with posterboard - when it gets folded, it can start to fray along the fold and when it is in bright light, it starts to fade.

We used velcro to close the inner part - these were pre-cut circles from a fabric store and worked fantasticly.  And we love that there was velcro on our announcements, it just amuses us a lot.

So, the actual announcement was printed on a thinly lined white vellum paper.  We cut this announcement out over a patterned paper (so each one was a little different) and used eyelets to secure it to the envelope.  This looks really cool, but takes forever to do.  I think we ended up doing 80 invitations over 2 months and it just got tedious.  Cool, but tedious.  On the left side is a little pocket made from folding over the envelope and using eyelets to secure it.  In the pocket had the reception information and a response postcard in it.

In the end, it was a lot cheaper that paying someone else to make announcements and we did get exactly what we wanted.  And our marriage survived the frustration of making all of them, so it looks like we're good to go from here!
153  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re:Butterick #3768 Arianna - converted formal dress into a sundress on: March 23, 2004 06:17:32 PM
Thanks!  Lucky for me, the fabric was on sale!

kategirl - yes, i think you could get away without the boning if you added straps.  i find the dress fits really comfortably and it seems like it would still hang nicely with straps and without boning.
154  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Butterick #3768 Arianna - converted formal dress into a sundress on: March 22, 2004 04:22:48 PM
I really wanted a good sundress for my trip to Florida - one that would expose my shoulders to the sun!  I found this pattern, but it is for a far more formal dress (heavy materials, multiple layers, full length), so I modified it in many ways and I am very happy with the result!

The pattern was fairly easy to work with, but here are some comments about the changes and difficulties I did have:

1. I used a cotton fabric.

2. I shortened the skirt to knee length.

3. I entirely took out the underlining and lining except on the bodice where I had one layer to hold the boning.

4. I ended up making the bodice smaller - the original size would have wrapped around itself!  Be sure to check it on yourself before sewing the bodice together!  So I took off about an inch on each side of the back ties.  I should have then modified the skirt so it didn't bunch as much, but I didn't realize it at the time.

5. For the skirt, I would attach the front and back halves to the bodice seperately, then sew the halves together so there isn't any bunching.

But for all the small errors, I still love it!  It was perfect for the fabulous weather!

155  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:pocket sumo on: March 22, 2004 03:59:20 PM
That is awesome!  I wish I had that much talent when I was 13.
156  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:Knitted 40oz cozy on: March 22, 2004 03:51:56 PM
Thanks, everyone!

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, I've been travelling.

I made up the pattern on my own. I used double pointed needles, which any good sock book can teach you how to use.  I used US size 5 needles and crappy acrylic worsted weight yarn.  This made the stitches tight, but there aren't any gaps between the stitches.  I believe it is 44 stitches around and it is a little loose, so you might try decreasing the stitches to 40.

The pattern is as follows (top down):
Cast on 44 stitches, divide onto 3 dpn
Rows 1-9) *k2, p2*
Rows 10-42) knit
Row 43) *k3 k2tog*
Row 44)knit
Row 45) *k2 k2tog*
Row 46) knit
Row 47) *k1 k2tog*

break off the yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.  Place on the cozy on the fourty and pull the end of the yarn until it looks the the cozy fits right (I had a hole on the bottom about as big as a quarter).  Weave in the yarn.

Happy knitting,
157  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted 40oz cozy on: March 08, 2004 05:51:13 PM
Hey all!

I knitted this cozy for my husband for the holidays.  He's a huge Galaga fan (which is an old video game).  Since the game is so old, it was really easy to convert the pixelated image of the ship into a knitting pattern.  He was expecting and exited about a sweater, but I think he likes the cozy much better!  He certainly wasn't expecting it.

I [heart] craftster,

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