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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lil' Christmas Knittings (Corazon mittens and a hat) on: December 30, 2007 08:32:08 AM
I'm normally not one to knit Christmas gifts, but this year, I decided I could take on 2 little ones. They ended up being finished in time, so I'm pretty pleased, and the recipients liked them (and even let me take pictures!)

This is the hat. It's basically just a long ribbed tube descreased at the end, with a pom-pom. My brothers specifications had been "I want it to be really long," so I just knit until I was almost out of yarn, and then we were set.

The only problem was that it sort of ended up looking like a giant red penis (and it sort of stood up without anything to weigh it down on top... EEP!). Thankfully I had enough yarn to make a pom-pom for the top, and fix that problem.

For my sister, I made Knitty's Corazon, but with a few modifications.

I kept the back more or less the same, but I made a new chart for the front... with SKULLS.

This was my first colourwork project, and I'm pretty happy with it (she is, too). I still have some ways to go, though, before I start on the Argyle Vest (but practice makes perfect, right?)

There are more pics and information on my blog, if you're especially interested.

Let me know what you guys think!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help identifying stitch pattern? on: December 06, 2007 08:27:24 PM
Hi everyone! I need a little bit of help identifying a stitch pattern for a friend. A while back, her roommate's mom made her these mittens, but she's since had a falling out with her, and can't ask her how she did them. We've figured out that they're made with two different yarns (durr), and as far as I can tell, there's no cabling, just some popping out sections in garter stitch (orange), and little craters in stockinette stitch (rainbow!) Has anyone seen a similar pattern before, and if so, do you know where we can find it?

You guys are usually pretty on the ball, so any advice you can give would really help!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Knit installation art? on: November 18, 2007 05:15:43 PM
Well, it happens. One of my favourite knitting-based artists is Janet Morton and there are a large chunk of others. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at doing some knitting for a drawing project, and this is what I came up with:

Balloons! Unfortunately, I don't have a shot of them installed (I hung them from the ceiling and curled some extra wool at the bottom to look like ribbons). I designed some lace patterns, and those are what I used to cover them. The idea is that the lace determines the form of the balloon on the inside, rather than the other way around. And of course, when the balloons deflate, the knitting (thanks to sugar water!) stays in the same shape. Creepy?

Of course, taking a look inside the balloon is pretty interesting, too.

I set them up with a series of drawings mounted on the walls. Here's a progress shot of one of the drawings.

The planning phase.

Tell me what you think!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Favourite way to bind off k2 p2 rib? on: October 09, 2007 08:50:07 PM
Okay, so I promise I'm not a total n00b, but I need a little help from my fellow knitters! When binding off the ribbing of a sweater, I find that I usually bind of WAYYY too tightly. I'm just using the knit bind-off, and I've tried alternating knit bind off with purl bind off (knit the knits, purl the purls and then slip one stitch over the other)... but I'm still finding the bottom hems of my sweaters are just not stretching, which is AWKWARD for wearing.

Is there a simple solution that I'm overlooking? Is it "just bind off more loosely"? I've checked knittinghelp.com, but the only one that looks like it might work is for k1p1 ribbing.... Tongue

So please: share your techniques and secrets!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Crisis! on: September 04, 2007 02:02:42 PM
Okay, so I bought a bunch of this beautiful Mission Falls "1824 Wool" on sale while I was on vacation in Huntsville, Ontario. It's colour number 8 (see it here). I definitely bought every last skein in the store in Huntsville (7 in total), thinking that when I got home, I could just drop by my LYS and pick up the extra skeins I would need (okay, probably like, 7 more) to be able to knit this beautiful hoodie I've been thinking about forever. I figured, okay, I'll just alternate rows from each ball and so what if the dye lot is different?

Here's the problem: I got to the LYS today and the dye lots are RIDICULOUSLY different. The sweater will actually look STRIPED if I use the same dyelot and alternate rows.

My options seem to be this:

1. Abandon the yarn for this project and find something else wonderful to knit my hoodie from.

2. Grab a totally different colour for the hood/sleeves/pocket of the hoodie and knit the body in my current colour.

3. Scour the internet for this particular dyelot. I am able to contact Mission Falls, but would that be utterly crazy? Do you think they could point me to retailers with the same dyelot and then I could order online?

Okay, so this just sounds like a rant, but I honestly need some advice from my fellow Craftsters. And please, if you have any other ideas about what might work (and be relatively inexpensive), definitely share! 
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A little bit of lace on: August 09, 2007 11:04:44 AM
I've just recently (well, okay, it's been a while...) finished not one, but two lace projects. The first is the circular lace bolero, after tragicheroine's, here. I modified the back to add a new lace pattern (picked out and plugged in from my stitchtionary), but otherwise followed her instructions right to the letter.

It's proven to be the perfect thing to wear over a strappy dress to keep it work-appropriate. I imagine I'll make another (with a different lace pattern, of course) again. It was definitely a really quick knit.

The second lace object was by no means quick. It kind of took ages (I believe I started it in December). Nevertheless, I'm extremely happy with it, and not at all adverse to having something complex and lacey in my wardrobe.

It's Ene's Scarf from Scarf Style, knit with some mystery brand of locally-produced Alpaca (I can't seem to figure out why, but it always seems that my LYS carries none of the usual brands/names).

I think this will be the way I'll end up wearing it... lovely as the shawl is, it's difficult to find an everyday kind of way to wear it. But I do love the scarf look.

A little more info and some bonus pictures on the blog.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mmmmm... Brocade Bag on: May 16, 2007 08:24:52 PM
I think I'll be doing a lot more sewing this summer (even though I am not a very skilled seamstress!) because I've discovered the joy of being able to picture EXACTLY what you want in your head, then making it to your own specifications. I never feel like I'm getting quite what I want from a store.

I needed a new bag: something smaller than the messenger bag I usually lug around and larger than a regular purse. I'm also kind of in love with bags that look like they're make of someone's old carpet and/or drapes... so I hopped over to fabricland and found some sale fabric I ADORED, then came home and puzzled over it for a while, before finding this great tutorial (incredibly detailed!)

And here is the finished product:

(The fabric is reversible so the yoke and strap are the "bad side", and so is the lining.)

A closeup of the fabric:

I'm pretty pleased and planning to maybe move on to making myself some shirts!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Tacky gift? on: January 11, 2007 12:20:46 PM
For Christmas, my Grandmother sent me some gorgeous handspun wool/mohair from this shop that she's absolutely in love with in her hometown. She can't knit anymore because she has joint problems, but she loves this shop, and is always talking about how beautiful their yarn is. I happened to peak at the price (which she had scribbled out, but it was definitely still discernable), and each skein was between 24-30$.... and she sent me four! That's over 100$ worth!

Now, the wool is absolutely beautiful, but I can't see myself wearing the colour (varigated pink/blue) a whole lot-- maybe one scarf, but that definitely won't take up 4 skeins... I don't want to dye it because I'm worried it wouldn't turn out and that would be a huge waste.

My question is this: is it acceptable to make my Grandmother a scarf/wrap from this wool? I know she loves the colour and the fibre, and I would intend it as a gracious "thank you" kind of gesture, but I'm worried she might interpret it as ungrateful (really, I do love the wool!) If I do this, it means 2 skeins go to making her something, and I make something for myself with the other 2. Does this seem okay, or is it tacky to make a gift for someone out of the gift yarn they sent you? I don't want to break some unspoken knitters code of honour.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lemon, Star, and Clown books on: July 29, 2006 03:11:18 PM
These are more or less the first books I bound successfully... I'm still looking for new techniques, because I can see myself getting bored with coptic binding quicky!

I made this one from a box that had tea in it. I bought the tea from a Dollar Store because I liked the box (I have a thing for lemons), and it was 1$. I drilled holes, coptic'd it up, and voila!

Here's the spine.

A Japanese Stab-bound book made from some handmade paper (alas, not handmade by me!)

The paper on the inside is just computer paper, because I'm cheap. Tongue

The most recent one I made, I put a little more effort into. I got some FIMO at Michael's when it was really cheap a while ago, and made myself some covers. Here's the front:

And the back:

The spine:

Anyone else have trouble with really floppy coptic bindings? After I was all done on the FIMO/clown one, I went back and pulled all the stitches extra tight, but it's still quite loose. Is this just the way coptic binding is?

Thanks for looking, and I'd love any comments/help you have to offer!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Gargoyles shirt! on: June 14, 2006 08:58:44 PM
Anyone else here watch the 90s TV show Gargoyles? I totally loved it when I was younger, and just bought the 1st season on DVD. Now... let's just say I'm reliving my obsession. Yes, I'm a geek.

I'd done some stenciling before (grade 9 art... Tongue) but this is my first try at something that I actually want to wear. I cut the design out of mat-tack (contact paper, I guess) because I wanted to get some detail, but I ended up freehanding a bunch of it, and botched some parts. Still, I think I'm happy enough with it to wear it.

Here it is in all its new-painted glory.

And here's the action shot. I didn't make it crooked! Yay!

I have a question though. I used textile medium and acrylic paint, heatset it, will wash it inside out, etc, etc. but once it starts fading (everything does eventually, right?) can I go back over it and touch it up? And then just heatset it again?

This is the first project I've posted here so... don't scar me for life or anything!
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