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541  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The second shawl: a gift for my sister on: February 16, 2006 06:10:25 PM
See, now something like this makes me want to just throw down my knitting needles and forget about the whole thing.  It is so beautiful, I can't imagine the amount of concentration and time it took to make it.  I have only knit one thing with a (very simple) lace pattern and I must have frogged it 4 times before I finally finished it.  What's your secret?  How do you keep track of the pattern?  You must be so proud to have made this, it just blows me away.

Oh no!  Pick those needles back up!

Two words:  Stitch markers.  And lots of them!  When you do a certain part of a pattern so many times, you get a feeling as to what stitch you should be doing next.  This shawl is by no means errorless.  When I've known that I've messed something up because I have too few/too many stitches in a certain repeat, I usually just end up doing an extra yarn over or knit two together to rectify it.  I'm terrible at figuring out where I am if I try and rip things out that are as involved as this.  And I don't know how long you've been knitting, but I learned as a child (and then forgot - which seems to be a theme in my life!  Lol!) and then relearned in a textile design class in college - so I've been back at it for a good five years now.  And I've only recently started with the complicated patterns.

And thank you all for the compliments Smiley  You've made my day!
542  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Beadness: hell in dress form on: February 16, 2006 06:02:55 PM
So I'm fairly new to craftster, but thought you all would enjoy seeing this project I made for one of my textile design classes in college.  The gist of the class was thinking outside of the box when it comes to techniques usually applied to textiles, such as embroidery, sequining (sequins make me drool!!! Ever check out www.ccartwright.com ?  If not, and you love sequins, you should!), beading, fabric texturing techniques, and the like.  For my final project, I made a dress of sorts made out of seed and bugle beads.  I made the straps too long but am generally pleased with the way it came out.  I was going to have it go down the runway in our year end show but it's very delicate and something seemed to break everytime I handled it, so it never had a chance to be photographed.  Excuse my bad photography and the weird nude colored getup I wore so you could see it.  Without further adieu:  Thar she blows!:

The hem

The back

Thanks for lookin', folks!
543  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The second shawl: a gift for my sister on: February 16, 2006 05:46:14 PM
Hey guys!  As I said in my first completed project (the lt purple shawl) I made a shawl for my sister that I'm going to give to her when my boyfriend and I go to see her and my bro-in-law in London.  She's there as a social worker doing a sort of working abroad sort of thing, but she's never lived more than 20 miles from our hometown, so she's more than a bit homesick.  Hopefully this shawl will brighten her day!

It's made with Knit Pick's "Shadow" in sunset (I just LOVE them for lace yarns!  Cheap and pretty!) with the pattern "Shetland Tea Shawl" from Meg Swanson's book A Gathering of Lace.  It took a little more than 2-50g hanks and measures 4'4"in diameter.  It was supposed to be 5', but I think I knit too tightly, which never happens so I'm never concerned about it.  This took me only about four weeks of fairly steady work.  Yay for lace!  Everyone should try it!

Here's a pic of the overall shawl:

And then, the very center:

The second ring out:

The largest ring:

And finally, the edging:

It looks a little funky and not quite perfectly circular, but that's a function of the carpet I was laying it on...it was like sticking to it!  Lol.  When I blocked it, it was very circular.  I swear!
544  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cabled Headband on: February 16, 2006 05:33:07 PM
What a beautiful purple color!  I also love the reversibility of it. Smiley

Good job!
545  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cabled Poo Bag on: February 16, 2006 05:21:51 PM
What a pretty little bag!  You did a wonderful job!  What are you going to use it for?
546  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mosaic Stitch Celtic Scarf on: February 16, 2006 05:19:21 PM

That's beautiful!  I haven't quite gotten into the knitting with multiple colors thing, but I've gotten some books from the library so I can figure it out.  This piece is great looking!
547  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first lace shawl! And my first post! Semi image heavy on: February 16, 2006 04:27:20 PM
Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous! Bet it looked tons better than the wraps the other bride'smaids had to wear. How long did it take to do and where is the pattern from?

Whoops!  Forgot to mention those things Smiley.  I can't tell you exactly how long it took to make, but it was a good 6-8 weeks of knitting almost every day for a couple of hours.  Lol that was specific.  Anyway, the pattern is from A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swanson and it has a lot of great projects in it from shawls to a pretty baby sweater in a variety of difficulties.  I made another shawl from it for my sister, who has been living in London.  I get to leave to go see her tomorrow and made it as a "thanks for letting me stay with you" and, of course, "I love you and wanted to make you something pretty" gift.  I'll post picks of that as well soon.

Man I'm verbose.

btw, the name of the project is "Feather and Fan shawl" and it starts on page 56 of the book
548  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first lace shawl! And my first post! Semi image heavy on: February 16, 2006 04:18:51 PM
Hey all!  So, I was a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's wedding this New Year's Eve.  The dress was a strapless deep purple and I decided, being winter and all, that I should make a shawl - and decided on a lace one!  It's my first attempt at lace and I didn't finish the edge as directed in the book because I ran out of yarn (bad girl - didn't check my gauge), so it looks a little funky.  I used Knit Pick's Alpaca Cloud in Iris.  Turned out there should've been a wrap included with my dress that the bridal shop neglected to send to me.  D'oh!  But I wore my shawl with pride anywho!

Here's a pick of the overall shawl and some closeups on the work:

And here's a pic of me wearing said shawl!  Sorry my posture is crap.  It's a bad habit.  I blame it on being hunched over to knit.   Tongue

Let me know what you all think!
549  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: She Ra Costume on: February 06, 2006 03:20:51 PM
You are my hero!

I loved She Ra as a kid.  I ended up having two of the action figures because I broke one and loved it so much that my mom bought me a new one!  I think I may still have She Ra the 2nd, but she's prolly half naked in a box somewhere as many of my dolls tended to become...lol.
550  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Chloe Cape (as seen on Nicole Richie) on: February 06, 2006 03:16:46 PM
Man, I wish I could see this in more detail!  Does anyone know where to find a bigger picture of this cape?  My rabid internet searching has returned no results...
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