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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted iPod cozy on: January 28, 2009 11:13:44 PM
My little sister got an iPod from her boyfriend for x-mas and asked me to make a case for it. Here's what I came up with.

I knit the bag first, then felted this bad boy by hand. There are a few areas that didn't "felt" as evenly as the others (my hands couldn't handle the hot water, soap, and wool any longer), but it's more obvious in the picture than in real life. I've never really embroidered before and the owl turned out looking a bit cranky, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.


2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Twilight corset t-shirt on: April 27, 2008 11:36:05 PM
This is my first shirt recon!

I'm a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga and wanted to make something to wear to her book signing that I'm going to in May. My sewing skills are poor at best, so this crafty endeavor went the way most of my sewing projects go- lots of swearing and me getting slightly hysterical halfway through. But, it turned out okay in the end.

This started out as a plain black medium men's tee shirt. The front is iron on transfers and the back is a corset style lace up I did using the tutorial found here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38788.0. The picture links are dead, but you can get the idea of how to put it together.

The front: Bite Me...Please!

The back

I ran out of ribbon, so the botton laces aren't done. I might get a thinner ribbon to use for the lacings so they will lay flat.

Also, does anyone know if fabric glue will stick to the iron on transfers? I wanted to embellish the text with little red rhinestones, but I don't know if it will work.

Any other Twilighters (or Twi-hards, Fanpires, or TwilightMOMS) out there?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Banana Republic Hat Knockoff *big pics* **Now with PATTERN!** on: September 21, 2007 08:53:57 PM
I saw this hat at Banana Republic last year and fell in love with it. But, like most things at BR it was ridiculously overpriced ($50, I think). Since it goes against every moral fiber in my body to pay that much for a hat, I whipped up my own pattern.


The Original:

I changed a few things, like using seed stitch for the band instead of garter stitch and making it a little bit longer to cover my ears all the way. And it only cost $5 to make! Take that, Banana Republic!


Yarn: Lion's Brand Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick
Needles: US 8 29" circulars and US 10.5 dpns
Notions: One big ol' funky button, needle and thread

The band of the hat is knit flat:
Using circular needles to accommodate the number of sts, CO 75 sts, leaving a fairly long tail (don't join). Knit seed stitch *P1, K1* for 9 rows.

Row 10: Bind off 13 sts (this is the button flap) - 62 sts remain.
Change to dpns: K10, place marker (pm), K11, pm, K10, pm, K10, pm, K10, pm, K10, pm, k2tog to join round.

Knit 13 more rounds (Several people have mentioned that their hats have turned out a little short. I would recommend trying on your hat at this point and seeing if it is your desired length. If not, knit an extra round or two (or three) and then continue with the remaining pattern)

Begin decreasing: k2tog before each marker. Continue to do so until only 7 sts remain.

Break yarn leaving a fairly long tail. Pull tail through remaining sts, pull tight, and knot.

Now, try on the hat. Pull the button flap until the hat band is to desired fit. Remove hat, holding button flap in place (I used a dpn to keep it in place). Using the tail from the CO sts, stitch the bottom edge of the band and button flap together. Using a needle and thread, attach your button to the button flap.

This is the first pattern I've ever written. Hopefully I explained it okay. If you have any questions please pm me and I'll try to help you out. If anyone makes this hat, please post pictures! I would love to see how they turn out!

P.S.: I added it to Ravelry, too. I'm still learning how to use the site, but it seems pretty awesome so far.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing yarn with henna? on: September 19, 2006 06:35:01 PM
Has anyone tried it?
I saw instructions here -->http://www.earthguild.com/products/riff/rnatdye.htm and wondered if anyone has achieved good results.
I have some handspun yarn that I've been wanting to dye brown. I tried the Kool-Aid method mixing cherry and lemon-lime, but it came out kind of a gross pink color instead of the rich brown that I was hoping for. I wonder if henna would do the trick?
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