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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Perfect, Embellished Softball Scarf: Homemade Fathers Day Gift for Dad on: August 31, 2007 02:05:33 AM
Thought I'd share what I made my Dad this year.  A simple stripey scarf in the colours of his softball team, Brisbane's Redbacks.  I just love that they have a spider for a mascot  Cheesy  

Anyway.  I crocheted it in a stripe pattern that is completely made up along the way.  The only thing I was worried about was getting the ratio of colours as similar to their uniforms as possible.

Admittedly I have not measured it, but I'd say it is at least 5 feet long.  I used Cleckheaton Country 12 ply, that is 100% Aussie wool.  I think I went through about 5 50g balls of white, 3 of red and half a ball of black.  I really dragged my feet turning in the ends, so it took a few weeks  Grin  but then the fun part came last and took me all of about 45 minutes.

I needle felted his name on one end with scrap yarn.  I am proud of this as it is my first attempt at this sort of thing.  Not bad for a first attempt, and by someone with poor handwriting in the first place.

I know he will love it.  Seems odd that a grown man would like to wear stuff with his name on it?  But his pet peeve is people calling him Ron or Ronald.  So fixing 'Ronny' permanently to his scarf is just the sort of embellishment he'd have ordered up himself, if he'd thought of it.

I don't craft for my Dad often, but should more in the future I think.  He may well be a carrier of a crafty gene.  Once he pinched my fabric paints, and in a fit of craftiness (well, I hope it was only craftiness) he put his name on all his work shirts.  Apparently, his supervisor doesn't get his name right  Roll Eyes
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chunky beret and even chunkier scarf *Now with chunky wrist warmers, page3* on: June 17, 2007 11:06:04 PM
I start a lot of projects, but don't finish many.  The other day I was cold (it is winter here in Brisbane) and sick of not having any winter FOs to wear.  So I grabbed all my grey yarn out of my stash, and knit up a scarf from a strand of each (6 in total) on the thickest needles I own (a whopping 25mm  Shocked).  It only took an hour or two, I stopped when one of the yarns ran out.  So I knitted up a beret (only 4 stranded on 8mms this time) to match, with what was left.  Wanna see?  Of course ya do...
  Please excuse the odd look on my face, it is my cold face I think.
Because I used so many different balls at once, I won't list them all out.  But just about all your favourites are in there.   Cheesy  I got compliments all day for this set, and I didn't take them off because the office was too cold.  I just found another ball of grey yarn, I don't know how I missed it the other day.  I have two partial balls left from the scarf and beret still too.  What do you think, should I make wrist warmers to match?  They'd be pretty chunky even with only 3 strands Undecided

There is a few more pictures and a bit more info on my blog.  it is here  http://missvicki.wordpress.com/2007/06/18/picture-obese/  scroll to bottom, but I should warn you that that post is really pic heavy.
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / *FOUND* Wiltons icing gel in black and brown, in Brisbane. on: June 17, 2007 10:44:05 PM
I have been trying to get my hands on Wiltons icing gels, specifically black and brown.  Especially black!  I mostly want it for dyeing yarn.  Most of the time I use Kool-Aid (I swapped for it), tamarillo flavour makes a nice light-mid brown, but if you want a darker brown, or black you need to use Wilton's instead.  Oh, and I would occasionally like to use black for traditional cake decorating purposes too.  I have bought black powdered food colouring here in Australia in the past (at a Robin's Kitchen store that used to be in the Brisbane CBD), but I had to use two or three of the tiny tubes it comes in just to make black icing (I started with a can of Chocolate Betty Crocker, not a pale icing by any stretch) and they cost me about $6 a pop.  Not a great result there (the other colours worked well for icing except the red), I have tried to use that type of colouring for dyeing yarn too, but it didn't dissolve or take up well.  That is why I am after Wilton's.

I finally found Wiltons in the cake decorating section in Spotlight, but every store I go to they don't have black or brown.  (I have tried 3 stores in Brissy - Indro, Mt Gravatt and Logan 'cos it is huge)They have yellow, orange, pink, red and always lots of blue.  That will solve most of my cake decorating problems, but not help me with yarn dyeing.  (I have already solved the problem of Kool-Aid not having a good yellow, green or blue, I bought Easter egg dye at Coles, it is intense!)

Has anyone seen brown or black Wilton's at their local Spotlight?   Huh  I asked the lady at the counter, I bet you can guess how that went!  She had not heard of Wilton's icing gels (to be fair, they may not have been in stock very long for all I know), and was not aware that they stocked food colouring in the cake decorating aisle (she knew they had flavouring tho).

I had hoped to avoid buying Wilton's online, it always seems like a good idea at the time, but then ends up really expensive.  But, if anyone knows a supplier, I'll try it if Spotty's don't come through.  I'm also trying to avoid using Dyelon, Rit and the like.  It is not a convenient way to go for small lots of yarn and it is no good for icing either.   Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tweedy braid cabled steering wheel cover on: May 07, 2007 08:50:36 PM
I finished this a few weeks ago.  I wanted to test drive it a bit before I shared, quite literally.

I knitted myself a steering wheel cover.  I really do need one, it gets quite hot in my home town.  I fell in love with the look of this cheapo tweed yarn.  It is a wool blend from Lincraft (Aussie 'craft' chain store), because it looks great with my car seat covers.  At first I was going to make a Wheelie from Knitty.  But it just wasn't happening with this yarn, it is too thick (and not stretchy enough) to work with that pattern.  So I started playing around with other designs.  I decided a braided cable would look good, as I needed a long skinny panel (and cables are great for that).  What do you all think?

This is what it looked like before I sewed it on, so you can see the braids.
  I love the look of it, but it looks best from the passenger seat.  When I'm driving the cables are really not visible.

There is two more pics on my blog, if ya wanna see.  http://missvicki.wordpress.com/2007/05/01/updates-all-round-with-pics-lots-of-pics/  ...scroll down a little.
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day on: April 20, 2007 12:16:27 AM
The Queensland Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists Ltd are having their annual Craft & Open Day, on Sunday the 27th of May this year.  There will be lots of demos, heaps of stalls and a fashion parade   Cool  It is all at 12 Payne Street, Auchenflower (which is reasonably handy to public transport I think) between 9:30 and 3:00.  Hope to see you all there.  I for one am looking forward to watching a spinning demo, grabbing a devonshire tea and scoring some undyed handspun yarn   Cheesy
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Another baby onesie, this one with stomach tattoo on: April 13, 2007 02:16:33 AM
I made this for my Brother in law's unborn baby girl. 

He has a stomach tattoo in the same style, so it should be appropriate.  Her nickname at the moment is Spot.  It took me the best part of a day to stitch, I really detest satin stitch, I suck at it.  But I like this piece.  The font is called Textura, I got it from the Tackorama website free.  More pics on my blog (in my sig).

Should I do her another onesie featuring a sailor girl pin-up like her Grandfather has, or is that too much?   Grin
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My buttons suck, but I really love them. My 1st poly clay. on: January 22, 2007 11:48:36 PM
OK, I know these babies are about as far from professional as I could have made them, but I love 'em.  I had a lot of leftover pink swirly clay after making some err, stuff (that I can't show yet, it is for a swap).  So, I made these.  I know I could have stored it for later, but I wanted to experiment.

I'll be using these in a decorative capacity only.  But don't worry, I have some of Dianne B's button info bookmarked for future reference. One day I'll make 'proper' buttons.   Grin  But for now, these are fun.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My user name on a polo shirt (5 pics) *plus towels & shoes* on: January 14, 2007 10:28:16 PM
My first posted embroidery project.  I am relatively new to this type of stitchery, but I think these are reasonably good, considering.  I wanted something my BF and I could wear to our first rock 'n' roll dance class (next week), so I chose polo shirts because they are fairly casual, but I also wanted my guy to wear a collar.  I figured that since they are cotton and have a little give, they are a good choice for lessons.  I wanted a bit of a cheese factor but did not want to break out the 50's rock icons until we have learnt a few moves.  Smiley  The results.

Mine.  Name is in chain stitch with back stitch outline.  Yarn and needles in back stitch.  I must confess that the yarn ball is only there to help disguise the tacky stitches I had to employ in order to fix the hole I made, when I unpicked to machine embroidery that was already on the shirt.  Not a good idea to buy a shirt with pre-existing machine stitchwork!  I will never do this again!  As for the needles, I was not convinced that my yarn ball would be identifiable without them.  I suspect I was right.

His.  This really is a patch.  I like that look and I am glad I had decided to go with it.  Especially after I discovered the folly in trying to remove those little machined logos manufacturers seem to deem as essential (I did not find a single embellishment free polo on my shopping trip, but yeah I know they exist).  I worked this up on a scrap of fat quarter cotton (with tear-away stabiliser), in chain stitch, both for the script and the outline.  I then ironed it on to adhesive stabiliser, cut it out and ironed it to the shirt.  The all I had to do was satin stitch it down (so easy when it is already so well secured).  The chain stitch and extra fabric thickness made for the most pleasing satin stitch effect I have ever achieved.  It is my suckiest stitch, I just seem to be neat enough.  I am considering coping out and using outlines for this too in the future.

Bonus wide shot showing tail of yarn ball.  I just couldn't help adding this detail.  It may not survive many washes, but I'm not bothered.  If the tail gets ratty I can snip it off as I secured the thread before I left the tail hanging out front.

Overall, I am pleased with these results.  What is next, a circle skirt with a yarn ball on the hem, of course.   Grin  Hand towels with our names on too, if I ever master stitching onto terry that is.  I figure it would be poor dance hall etiquette to drip on your partner, even in lessons.  So the towels should be a handy addition to our kit.  Man, that terry is not easy though.

***edited to flip last pic so it displays right way up, whoops sorry***
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Batgirl on: November 26, 2006 11:24:04 PM
Nah na nah na nah na...

Say Hi to Amigurumi Batgirl guys.

When last we met, she was kickin' bad guy butt by night and hanging out with my action figures by day.  She has since been sent off to fight crime in Cambridge, MA (as part of the comics swap III, of course).  I hear tell she is currently recruiting members for an all girl super hero team.

This is definitely my best effort to date, and she was only my 2nd ever attempt at Amigurumi.  Now there is no felt here either.  Everything you see except her eyes is yarn.  Crocheting a utility belt takes longer than you might expect  Wink

What do you think?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mystery Yarn in pretty melon sorbet shades. But what IS it??? on: October 19, 2006 05:27:20 PM
I have tried various search engines, to no avail.  Is there any Craftster's out there able to assist or offer advice even?  What the heck is this yarn??? Huh

OK.  From the start.  I have come into possesion of this pretty yarn, but I don't know what the fibre content is.  All I was told was that it is Chinese, but as I don't read Chinese I can't even confirm that much.  I thought of doing a burn test, but I don't think it will help much.  what I can tell from the label is that it is 70% fibre A, and 30% fibre B.  So, chances are one of those is synthetic and the other is not.  So a burn test won't tell me much at all.  Does that sound right.  Here are some close ups showing the rest of the ball band.

If I'm really lucky someone here will be able to read this.  But if anyone can give me any advice on other methods of identification, I'd appreciate it very much.

So far I have tried 'Softto', 'Suofu Te' and 'Suofute' in search engines.  No luck there.  I also tried two different sets of numbers I found on there, no luck.  I think both were references to industry standards.  I also tried translating these in Babel Fish, no luck there either.

Help!   Embarrassed
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