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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pants on: February 07, 2008 07:41:31 PM
I needed some pants to wear other than jeans, however I'm a bit leery of zippers so their not installed yet. It's currently being held up by my shrek pin.


and the part I'm most proud of: the pockets. They actually work!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / onepiece on: February 07, 2008 06:12:02 PM

I have to do my thesis this semester, which is turning out to be a long and tedious process. In anticipation of this I also registered for swimming. It's the class to take my mind of off the writing process. However, the downside is my lack of swim wear attire. Unlike most girls my first swimsuit was a bikini. This probably has to do with the fact that I never needed one until the summer of my graduation year in high school.

Now picture a class of students wearing floating belts plodding along in the shallow end of the pool spitting up water every now and again. Keep in mind these are 20 somethings. Yea... =) We never learned to swim. So anyways the floating belts are to be worn nice and snug under the boobs in the case of female learning to swimmers. The tiny little top I have, although I have a small chest, make my boobs huge. Well not huge... more like... uncomfortably big for me. As in there's more jiggle than I'm used to.

I've gone shopping for swimsuits, but there's not much for a girl who weights 82 lbs and is under 4'10". My husband led me to the girls section and pointed out a one piece suit splashed with hearts. "Dude this will totally fit you," says he. Yeah, it would at that. My other options were unicorns with frills at the waist, or the "my little pony" centerpeice one.

This is why I only wear bikinis.

Here is my attempt at a one piece suit. I'm not sure how I want to finish it. There's a bit of a gap at the chest because I forgot to factor in seam allowances. Gonna have to put some darts or elastic or something for that gap there.

So there's way 1: Just finish of the straps and tie at the neck.

or way 2: Add side panels and make straps go down to the back waist like in conventional swimsuits.

I had some left over material so I made a tube top with it. Here's me modeling it with my clapotis.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / knitting needle case on: January 10, 2008 08:35:40 PM
Here's a needle case I made after getting tired of stepping and breaking several needles. The closure is sticky velcro.

back of case

velcro closing


front view

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / tubing circulars on: June 22, 2007 02:21:50 PM
has anyone used those plastic tubing circular knitting needles sold on ebay to knit a sweater? i'm wondering if they are built sturdily enough to withstand the weight so as not to break when i push the stitches to the wire. they're made a little differently than the ones discussed on the make your own needle forums on crafster. here's a link to what the ebay needles look like. http://cgi.ebay.com/bamboo-knitting-needles-circular-32-US-5-15-U-nitt_W0QQitemZ120132883382QQihZ002QQcategoryZ71216QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
it just looks like the plastic is shoved onto the needle.
they look like a fantastic price, but i don't want to get them if they'll instantly break on me.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / meiji era on: March 18, 2007 08:16:03 PM
sadly my next knitting project isn't a knit article. -sigh.
'm doing a research paper on knitting in japan, specifically the ramifications on knitting in the economy during the Meiji period. i am in desparate need of primary sources. the miniscule amount of secondary sources i've found have led me to shape my thesis into something along these lines: the introduction of knitting into Japan changed the textiles industry to the extent that.... (here i'm not sure what to say because i dont' have any hard numbers) NEED SOURCES !! i wish i didnt' have to be so specific in the area of study, but my history teacher wants us to write something "new! different! exciting! and backed up with authentic proof." knitting/textiles is not his forte and sadly there doesnt' seem to be any faculty here who is, so i'm resorting to the plethora of knowledge held in the craftster community.
so if anyone know of any reputable primary sources, i would be INSANELY grateful.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / itchy wool on: March 10, 2007 10:33:50 AM
i've looked on the board for how to make wool bearable against the skin. i remember something in a clapotis thread once about using fabric softener, but can't seem to find it again. does anyone know how to make wool not so itchy?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / clear elastics on: July 31, 2006 03:49:48 PM
does anyone know where i can buy clear elastic. the kind that go around the band of pantyhoses (they look like they're glued almost.) which make it stick to your skin and not slide down.
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