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1  what hat? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by O_R_they on: May 28, 2007 06:27:41 PM
everybody, meet jesse lacey. he's the lead singer of brand new. as you can see, he has an awesome fashion sense:

after seeing this lovely hat, i became determined to have my own. random google searches gave me nothing. "no problem" i said "i can make it!" so i set out to joann fabrics with a 40% off coupon. they had absolutely horrific faux fur. i couldn't find any grey! the closest was this white haired stuff on an olive green background. ugly! so i settled for some nice brown fur. then, as i was walking out of the parking, i realized there aren't any brown wolves, as far as i know. whatever, i decided to make a bear hat instead! (plus, after one last google search, i managed to find the wolf one online).


it's lined on the inside with some lovely flannel, because i plan on using this in winter:

anywho, if anyone can direct me to some grey faux fur, i can make the wolf hat rather than pay 10 bucks for it.  this hat, by the way, was really easy. i looked at a couple of hats made on here and modified their ideas. about.com also has a nice section on working with faux fur that helped immensley. it took about 2 and a half hours. the ears actually took the longest.

and, if you're bored, you can find out why i named it "what hat" in the first minute of this video:
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2  I am Warm(hat) and Powerful(self-designed) in Knitting: Completed Projects by O_R_they on: November 05, 2006 07:24:57 PM
so here's my first self-made pattern and also first double knitting piece. inspired by lovely bomber hats and the cold weather of central NY:

details on the blog.
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3  Dino-mite! 2 sweaters in Knitting: Completed Projects by O_R_they on: October 04, 2006 05:18:22 PM
yay! using SNB's "peppermint twist" I decided to declare to the world that I wish I was 5 again, with bright colors and an obsession with "The Land Before Time."

yeah, size two needles are no fun. also, if your stitches ever get twisted, put them back! don't just keep going. I have a line of about 20 stitches that are twisted and you can tell when you look (cotton is not forgiving, i can see all the weaved in ends sticking out already).

second swearter:

this was my first! using as many AC Moore 40% off coupons I purchased over a few weeks a bunch of Moda Dea "Metro" and made this last November. The yarn is very warm and I knit super tight so it almost looks felted.

There's more information in my newly created blog. I'm way too lazy to repeat it, so read there!
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4  Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! in Clothing Sewalongs by O_R_they on: February 10, 2006 08:14:56 PM
hey guys. i'm a longtime lurker here at craftster. this post has inspired me to design/make my prom dress. after designing it, i realized i was going to need all the help i could get. my sister did this sketch after my messy ones made no sense:

ok, i found that simplicity number 4269 for the top part. but as you can see, i'm a little more complicated. I want it to be ruched, i guess. i'm not really sure how to do that on a bodice, nor what material to use.
the skirt is the big problem, i want it layered. the back will be the same as the front, my sis just didn't draw it in. as you can see, the top layer is going to be scrunched up in places to reveal the bottom parts. i have no idea how to do that properly either. i plan on experimenting over vacation, but any input would be fabulous.

seriously, any suggestions on fabric, patterns, technique, etc would be helpful. I figure I have like 3 months to pull this off, and two vacations in between.
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