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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Courthouse Wedding Dress on: January 07, 2012 07:56:16 PM
Hi Craftsters!

It's been years since I posted a major sewing project because it's been years since I undertook one, but my only real dream for our tiny little courthouse wedding, aesthetically speaking, was to make myself a white, lacy dress. The final stages of putting it together turned into a little bit of a nightmare because I'm awful with deadlines (let's just say there was some blubbering at 5 a.m. the morning of the wedding and I ended up hemming the lining with a stapler), but it was good to sew again and I'm happy it ended up wearable. Just please don't look too closely. Tongue

I used Burda 7316 but ended the skirt around the point where it said "lengthen or shorten here." For my size (the smallest one offered), 2 yards of the main fabric was plenty (thank goodness I guessed correctly). I got a really pretty little 50-percent-off lace remnant at Fabric Depot here in Portland and then let myself splurge on silk charmeuse. I probably should have used a more opaque lining, but live and learn. The silk made me a little nervous, and many hours went into carefully cutting it, basting and sewing French seams. (I think I ended up with some puckering in the long seams for a combination of reasons, but I didn't let it bother me much.) My wisest decision was probably to make a rough draft out of an old bed sheet so I knew to take in the back seam of the top and waistband an inch and a half and make the back waist darts nearly twice as wide and long.

Now that the wedding is over, I'm considering seeing how the lace and silk would take dye, refining the hem and neckline, and turning it into a party dress.

Anyway, pictures! (Many thanks to K. Miller Photographs.)

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / jaguarwoman on: March 30, 2008 10:04:29 PM
I just got a chance to scan this, but it's a couple years old.  I haven't really drawn since then, for some reason.  The head is gouache, the body graphite.  It's about 5x5 inches in real life.

I'm really fond of it.  I think it disturbs my mom.  I'd love to hear other opinions.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Are you sick of space invaders yet? Because I have a hat for you... on: October 01, 2007 11:22:37 PM

Hi.  I made this for a good friend who is giddy with excitement about it.  I guess I must have been subconsciously inspired by the bmp socks on knitty, but I drew up my own 1 stitch/pixel chart.  It's Karabella Aurora 4 on size 0 (2mm) needles.  Considering that I made it up as I went along, I'm reasonably happy with it, but it's pretty lumpy.  I guess I should probably try wet-blocking it...

Anyway, thanks for taking a look!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Um, boots? on: July 23, 2007 09:37:37 AM
Does anyone else totally want to try making the brocade boots from Teva Durham's new book?  I've revealed this desire to a couple people and they've looked at me like I'm a little nuts, but then, they're not crafty types...
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / turtle scarf! on: June 20, 2007 05:33:52 PM

I made this for a childhood friend who is writing her dissertation on desert tortoises.  The turtle is from Barbara Walker's Charted Knitting Designs (thank you, interlibrary loan).  The yarn, which I really enjoyed working with, is Plymouth Royal Bamboo.  I think it turned out pretty cute.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / herringbone cloche on: January 07, 2007 01:52:18 PM
Well, it's almost completed.

So I've been working on this hat--the "herringbone cloche" in the little Vogue Knitting ("on the go!") Caps & Hats Two book--for the past few weeks.  It's probably the trickiest thing I've knit...I'd managed to avoid seaming until this project, plus the pattern gets a little vague.  At first I knit the brim as directed, but it turned out ridiculously wide and floppy, so in the end I only did three sets of increase rows instead of ten, I omitted the last two rows (20 & 21) and I did p1, [p2tog] twice all the way around as I bound off.

Anyway, I had almost given up hope that it would turn out wearable, but I pinned up the back seam last night and it looks okay, doesn't it?  

I still want to put something around the pick-up line for the brim (I'm holding some black bias tape around it in the picture).  The pattern would have me weave a leather cord through the knitting and tie it in a knot on the side.  That's not quite the look I'm going for.  Do you think grosgrain ribbon would work?  Do you have any suggestions for attaching it?  Should I make a little bow out of it?  (On the side or in the back?)  Or would you just wrap a short length of ribbon around the spot where the ends of the ribbon meet?

Thank you, as always, for your help.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone else had their knitting murdered? on: November 21, 2006 11:44:55 AM
Yeah, so, has a recipient of your knitting ever gotten so angry with you that they tore out every last stitch of their beloved accessory?  (And showed up on your doorstep to hand the resulting mess of yarn back to you in a paper bag?  At midnight?  I'm afraid I'm not making this up...)

Even if it's just me, do you all have any suggestions for the surviving yarn?  I couldn't throw it away, but I'm not sure the bad vibes will wash out.


Edit: It turns out that scissors were involved...

And Another Edit: Unless anyone knows why I shouldn't, I think I'll cut all the yarn into short lengths and put it outside for nesting birds...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Should I finish this hat? on: November 15, 2006 08:06:16 PM
My lovely comrades in crafting,

Inspired by burstandbloom, I started this hat from headhuggers a couple weeks ago.  My yarn (Frog Tree alpaca) was thin, so I modified the pattern accordingly.  After conquering the lace, I tried it on and decided it looked a little too...quaint on me.

I finally found the strength to rip apart tonight, but tried it on first and liked it better than I remembered. 

What do you think?  Should I keep going, or make mittens and a panta instead?  This yarn is a little scratchy, but I adore the color, so I'd like to adore whatever it ends up as...

Thank you for your help.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / once a kitty hat on: October 07, 2006 11:07:55 PM
Surely this has been done before, but I wanted to share one of my most successful crafty projects.  I made the kitty hat (from Stitch 'N Bitch/here: http://www.kittyville.com/knit/kitty_hat.html), but after a couple months I decided the ears I had made so carefully were a little too cute for me.  So I replaced them with a big old pom pom.

Now I wear the thing several times a week, and seem to get a couple compliments on it each day.  I used Karabella Aurora 8, which makes it extra soft and bouncy.  I'd be a little nervous to wear it around cats, but it is probably the most comfortable, cozy, fun hat I've ever had.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first fair isle! on: October 07, 2006 02:34:30 AM
My very generous next-door neighbor asked me to make him a hat "with different colors" to keep his ears warm and even accompanied me to the yarn store to pick out the materials (alpaca and donegal tweed).  This is what I came up with for him.  The design is a little odd, but it's mine (with some inspiration from Vogue Knitting's little Caps & Hats Two book).  I'm so happy to have learned that fair isle isn't really scary after all.


On me!  (It looks better on him.)


I'm just so proud.

(edit: see?)

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