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1  Re: black and plaid dress with bustle skirt~ NOW WITH TUTE [img heavy] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Pippienna on: November 01, 2008 04:27:59 PM
Thanks for the tutorial! Following it where appropriate and adlibbing where necessary, I made a version of this skirt for my Halloween costume. I present: the dreaded Dustruffle Bee:

Face blanked because I look ridiculous in this pic. Basically, the front is black and I omitted the ruffle, and the back is alternating black and yellow, with two extra sections that decrease in width to sort of look like a bee's abdomen. It took me about four hours and probably two and a half meters of cotton broadcloth, and worked brilliantly. I'll probably make a non-costume skirt too now that I've seen how awesome it looks even when I'm flying by the seat of my pants Smiley
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2  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Pippienna on: August 16, 2008 08:15:33 PM
I have kind of a big problem and I'm hoping there is an easy solution that dye-savvy craftsters can supply...

So, three months ago I went to a very expensive salon as a birthday present to me and got my waist-length brown hair chopped off to my shoulders and highlighted in brilliant green and blue (fudge paintbox colours). Very exciting, but way way too much money.
A month ago, the dye was badly faded and I bought a couple of tubes of fudge paintbox blue velvet to dye it again. My wonderful fiancee put it over the faded stuff without bleaching it again, and we were very disappointed when I rinsed it - the dye all slid right off! Didn't take at all! You couldn't tell we had done anything.
So two days ago we tried again and bleached it out:

And tonight my sister helped me with the fudge paintbox again, and...

Now I have baby blue hair. This stuff was almost navy when the salon did it with the exact same product. Has anyone else had this happen? Maybe I should try different dye? The problem is that I've basically rinsed $40 of dye right down the drain and I can't afford to mess up much more. Help!

edit: by the way, I left it in for a half hour, the upper limit suggested on the tube.
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3  Re: knitty's Quill Lace-spring 2007 in Knitalongs by Pippienna on: March 19, 2007 02:24:26 PM

Just cast on last night Smiley

It's in Regia Bamboo. Let's hear it for knitting socks on 3.25mm's... these are so much faster than on the usual 2.5mm's.
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4  Re: Baudelaire socks! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Pippienna on: March 03, 2007 11:56:53 AM
I'm almost finished with mine, I used some striping sock wool I picked up at my LYS but seeing yours in one color makes me wish I used somehting different.

I'm in the middle of my first of a pair, and because of suffering from the winter blues and going a bit squirrelly I decided to knit them in Regia Bamboo:

I am also having second thoughts about my colourway, but I figure I'll make all my mistakes when you can hardly see it and then knit some that you can, you know, actually see.
Speaking of mistakes... did anyone else have difficulty getting the foot the right length? mine are a bit looser than I would have liked owing to the length of the gusset, which I underestimated. I don't really want to redo the whole gusset and heel, though.
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5  Re: Corset and tute! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Pippienna on: September 24, 2006 01:11:57 PM
So take this as encouragement: if I can do it, anyone can do it. I have no paper large enough for the whole pattern,

no craft room or table (that's what living room floors are for),

no fabric (hello, pants that don't fit),

and no black thread. Just white. And a black sharpie, which turned out to be dried out, so the stitching remains white.

But in the end it worked out pretty well. I haven't sewn in any boning because, unsurprisingly, I also don't have any juice jugs, so it  iisn't much more than an exercise in seeing how good my pattern drafting skills are and a fairly entertaining way to spend a Saturday afternoon when I ought to be doing Latin homework.

Apologies for the less-than-stellar photos, my camera is dying of jungle rot or something.

I would suggest that, when drafting the pattern, you make the back centre piece the one with the 90 degree angle to the bottom of the rectangle. Also, mark the placement and angle of the waistline so that you can at least line all that up (maybe people who are less hack and slash about cutting pieces out won't have this problem).
Props to my music through the endeavour, a four-album playlist of nerdcore available for free at http://www.rhymetorrents.com/.
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6  very, very antique whorl (pics) in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Pippienna on: July 03, 2006 04:19:21 PM
Though I don't spin myself (lack of money for another new hobby more than anything) I do drift through here on a regular basis and I thought you might like to see something from an archaeological dig I was on earlier this summer. It's a stone spindle whorl, probably about 1500 years old (very ballpark, we don't have any dates at all yet) from a Maya site in Belize. It's in perfect condition and is obviously well made - the hole is dead centre, and they didn't even have metal tools. It's not what you'd call valuable, but it is pretty exciting to find.

And though the professional archaeologists knew that's what a spindle whorl looks like, thanks to you cool cats I was the only one who knew how they actually work.
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