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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Button down polyester Shirt, to sexy skirt... My first Recon ever! on: May 17, 2007 12:57:05 PM
I am in the middle of my own personal "Buy Nothing Year."  The things I'm not buying are new clothes or gifts.  I'm also trying to cut down on buying other unnecessary crap.    Everything has to be made, gifted, traded, etc.  No cash.  The reason is not just to save money, but to be more creative with what I got and reduce what I consume.

So I made this skirt last night.  Unfortunately my sewing machine only sews in reverse, so I was not able to do very clean stitching.

From Shirt to Skirt-- Welcome to Kristina's World of Procrastination!

First I started with this old polyester shirt, that was too big.  My friend Nadia gave it to me because she couldn't sell it at her yard sale.  It's still cute as a shirt, but not form fitting and just cut weird for my body.

Then, I removed the sleeves.

Then, I cut off the collar.

I sewed in a waist and sewed the sides in for my hips.  Turned the buttons so they faced the back of the skirt.

Viola!  a skirt!

I reused the button hole and button from the shirt sleeve to make this tab to keep the waist tight.

Yay!  new skirt!

I'm going to wear this after my show this weekend!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bath Mat Crocheted from ex boyfriend boxers, ex boyfriend gifts and old chonies on: May 12, 2007 01:24:46 AM
call it unnecessary, call it taking conservation too far.  but I was cleaning out my underwear drawers and found two pairs of boxers from two ex-bfs.  And then I had a t-shirt that was a gift from another ex.  And a bunch of underwear that I was never going to wear again.

All of it was clean, of course.

I decided to make something useful and that I needed and was inspired by posts of women taking ex-items and turning them into something else.

So I made a bathmat! 

I cut up strips and crocheted in a square round.  I should have worked with a bigger hook.

The symbolism of what was used to make this mat is amazing.

The funniest thing is that when you look upclose, you really notice it's made of underwear from the little elastics!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gigantor stashbusting blanket for my friends' wedding! on: November 06, 2006 02:39:13 AM
i put this on another thread but thought I'd start up a new thread so I could get praises and feedback.

Here's my present for the bride and groom...

Screw gift registries. From now on, I'm making stuff.  Well, maybe I won't make blankets for everyone getting married, but it feels so nice to actually craft someone a gift.

It took 30+ skeins of new and partial skeins.  yay!  That helped cut down my stash a lot and makes up for the fact that 300+ skeins of yarn are coming in the mail for me.  It was easy to make, just took a lot of episodes of LOST to watch.   I basically just did a color gradiation and did a continuous shell stitch. Was going to make it bigger but threw the towel in last night.  It looks pretty.  What do you think?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Knifty Knitter Hats with a crochet twist!!! on: August 09, 2006 07:51:21 PM
Because I absolutely suck at increasing and decreasing, and yet am still too lazy to move beyond the knifty knitter, I decided to get daring and just start crocheting pieces and fringes along the edge. 

Basically I start and make the top of the hat in the knifty knitter and then play all around with earflaps, shell stitches.  Etc.  It's so easy.

I have been in NY for the last week and a half and have made like 7 hats already.  what a great stashbuster project!  It also makes me feel somewhat talented to make these while watching project runway.

My favorite is the green and grey one.  That one was made with TWO skeins of Lion Kool Wool.  The rest was made with that hairy Bernat stuff on sale at Michaels.

Here is a simple one made with a knifty knitter tube with a shell edging at the bottom.

this one fits snug and looks the best i think.

this one i did a shell stitch in three different colors.  but it looks like argyle.

this one was made with one strand of whisper.  it got really loose!  i should have doubled up.  i just crocheted a shell stitch around the bottom and started added on flaps and stuff.  and i foolled around and got this.  it looks like moss!

Here's a color combo that I thought looked bad but is ok.

Let me know what you think.  I know it's really simple, but I am proud at how fast I am churning this out and how I got some creativity going on the knifty knitter.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Graduation Scarf and an Adam and Eve Jungle scarf-- fast projects! on: June 12, 2006 07:43:34 PM
My friend is graduating this week from UCLA and rather than buy him the same expensive purple leis that everyone else will be wearing, I decided to get crafty and whipped this up for him!!!

basically the scarf is a long foundation chain and i went from slip stitch, single crochet stitch, double, triple, double, single, and slip-- so they look like leaves.  I have total ADD when it comes to following a pattern from start to finish, so this was my best attempt to make a leaf design.  Then I started fooling around with flowers, most of them look so unprofessional, some of the flowers are made from scraps of unfinished projects that i sewed up into petals.

I like the colors and think he'll dig it.

It should look great on his gown!  I think I will make more of these for my graduating friends.

And then I took the same idea with the leafy scarf and made this scarf

I was trying to do a line of vines like what Adam and Eve probably wore to cover themselves.  The rose is separate is like a napkin holder and can be pulled through any part of the scarf.  This was the best way I could figure out to make it work-- all loose and stuff.

another blurry pic..

I used two strands of acrylic at once with a big hook which is why it went by so fast. The rose  was made with three strands of acrylic and took less than 15 minutes to make.

I'll probably play around with this motif some more, since it's so fast to make these.  I made both of these in less than 24 hours with plenty breaks inbetween.  The second scarf took less than half a day.

If anyone has ideas on how to improve this scarf or this leafy idea, let me know, I've seen a lot of great flower leaf designs on this board!  It's inspiring!

Thanks for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Quicky Knifty Knitter Hats! Just in time for... summer? on: June 12, 2006 07:27:47 PM
I love this Knifty Knitter, It's great idle time knitting.  I don't have to think or count,  I just go round and round and round and round.

Too bad I live in Los Angeles and will only get a day or two to wear these.  I guess this gives me an excuse to travel!

I'm planning to give these out mostly as gifts.

Most of these only took a couple of hours to make.  I did most of them while talking to friends or while riding as a passenger.

this one is with some funky textured yarn. I didn't bother to cut the pompom, just left it all tied up at the top, because i didn't like how it get's "thready" when you cut it.

I got the idea for this from something i saw on the pluckyfluff site.  http://pluckyfluff.com/rosehip.html-- her's is WAY nicer, but I liked the idea of a tube that isn't sealed on the top.  So basically i wove a long foundation chain to make a drawstring and did a row of single crochet stitch around the brim.  I'm hoping to get more and more daring with my next hats...

one skein of this elastic-ish ladder yarn.  it fits pretty snug.

here is some fuzzy yarn that's on sale at michaels.  I made one for my grandmother with two strands and it ended up being too tight.  It's better just to use one strand with this kind of yarn.

same idea, different color....

hopefully my next hats will be more exciting, thanks for looking!  please pass on more daring ideas for knifty knitter stuff.  You know it's limiting when the booklet you can buy with the loom has all over 5 patterns which you're an idiot if you didn't already think of!  (no offense if you actually found the knifty knitter booklet to be super exciting.)
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cheap yarn stashbusting blankets in less than a few days! Ask me how! on: June 12, 2006 07:14:11 PM
Yes, they aren't much to look at but they do make me feel like less of a yarnaholic and they'll impress those who receive it since they aren't as crafty as us and have no fine appreciation for small stitches.

This is a great beginner project for someone who needs to whip up something that seems like it may have taken a long time.  Basically, it's a P hook in a triple crochet stitch, using three stands at once.  Easy Easy Easy!

If you know my obscene yarn stash (partially pictured at http://www.kristinawong.com/4706.html) you know that large hook destash interventions like this one are NECESSARY!!!!

This is a baby blanket for my boyfriend's best friend.  I think I used up about 12+ skeins on this.


Here's a big blanket for my bf's father.  It helped me shed about 18 skeins of yucky yarn.  It's not that nice looking, but it will keep him warm.

And detail..  It was really ugly yarn to start with... so I figured this blanket was the best way to put it out of its misery.

After finishing these I had a huge relapse.  the 99 cents store has chunky usa!  so I bought 5 skeins.  I guess I'll be making more blankets like these!

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Huskystar E10/ E 20 Lovers or haters? Future Sewing Machine Owner needs advice on: June 09, 2006 05:21:20 PM
I just posted about this Brother Computer Sewing Machine I was considering for purchase and got some great feedback. 

I decided to see if anyone had an opinon about Huskystar sewing machines. I just got back from my local sewing store.  My local sewing shop HATES Brothers and Singers.  Well, in the owner's words he said, "I don't like crap in my store!  And I don't want to fix crap.  We haven't had a problem with the Huskystars.  Nobody brings them in to get fixed."  Also according to him, Singer filed for bankruptcy and hasn't been in business in 25 years .  I don't know who to believe!

Anyway, so the cheapest machines they have are the Huskystar E10 and E20 which are about ($150 and $200) respectively.  I tested the E10 out and it seems ok.  I mean I was just sewing a little piece of cloth so I'd really find out after using it for a while.  Seems like the motor is strong and it feels fine.  But I haven't gotten to test a lot of machines out.   There's only about 15 stitches to pick from in the E10, but that's fine.  I'm not much of a stitch whore. 

What's cool is unlike buying a Brother machine for $140 online, is that I get a free sewing class, can take it to them for fix ups, and a 10 year warranty.

The only reviews I could find online were for the really expensive Huskystars-- the $400 kind. 

I'd love any feedback from people who love or hate their Huskystars.  Especially if you have the E10 or E20. 

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine recommendations: Do you love or hate your Brother? (CS6000T) on: June 09, 2006 03:03:39 PM
My boyfriend is such a babe and said he would buy me a sewing machine for my birthday!  I've been doing all sorts of research for a good machine under $200.  I found a Brother CS6000T for under $140 (refurbished though, but with a warranty) at overstock.com. 

The reviews seem to be generally good, except for a few folks that said theirs arrived broken or missing parts. 

Some folks complain that in a few months the Brothers begin to age and deteriorate!  ARGH!!  Is this true?

A lot of people say that it's only a good "starter machine"--- hello!  If I'm going to buy a $140 sewing machine (that supposedly retails for $400), I want it to freaking last!!!!

If you've had a newer computerized Brother sewing machine for a while, can you tell me how it's doing?  I'm trying to get a machine with some longevity.

Also, I just wanted to hear what people think of the new Singers vs. Brothers.  It seems that anything built before 1975 is actually in ways more reliable than the sewing machines they sell now.   Huh  There's a lot of great deals on craiglist, I'm just hesitant to buy something with no warranty.

So, have at it!  Tell me what you think of the new Brother (or Singer) sewing machines.  My budget is like $200 (because I am going to kick in some cash for a machine that lasts). 

Thanks for your help!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The stashbusting neckwarmer! Almost three skeins of cheap acrylic down! on: April 24, 2006 05:48:08 PM

Ok, so it looks a little like a neckbrace. But when I pulled it down, it didn't look so bad.  My first attempt at a flower too!  I was originally trying to do a quicky scarf, using a big hook and three strands of acrylic at once, but ran out of the thick white yarn I was using.   I had won a bunch of small balls of yarn in estate lots on ebay.   

Rather than change colors, I started to go around with some pinks. Then did the flower and attached with a safety pin!  Viola!  The neckwarmer!

It took total, less than 3 hours!  And it gave me hope at decreasing my totally pornographic cheap yarn stash-- http://www.kristinawong.com/4706.html

If I can knock down my cheap yarn stash by half, I will be able to start anew with some nicer yarns! And be a yarn snob, not a yarn whore.

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