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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felt Cocoon Necklaces on: March 31, 2009 04:02:41 PM
Thought I'd post some of my latest felt jewellery creations. These are called felt cocoons. Each cocoon has an object inside. The first, a little owl inhabitant! The second, a felt ball in contrasting vibrant teal. Enjoy!

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My Felted Yarn Ball Necklace on: February 20, 2009 01:31:42 AM
This was inspired by sublokes "felted rug" project/thread here... Smiley I got very excited by the idea of felted yarn balls, so I tried making some myself from various types of leftover yarn (wool, alpaca, mohair and blends of these)... it was hard work, but I ended up with some balls I was happy with and made this necklace. I hope you like it. It's asymmetrical, meaning I've strung the beads from smallest to biggest, and the closure is on the side.

3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / my green felt cuff on: February 01, 2009 04:40:06 PM
Hi all - long time no post... seems I've been too busy making lots of things (music, felting, knitting, food!) to post, and my computer has suffering from major issues of late... anyway, I'm getting back into the internet crafting community and wanted to share this item with you all. I think it's pretty original and cool in a kooky kind of way.

I hope you like it. I also make brooches and necklaces out of the same kind of sushi felt pieces, called felt clouds.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / technical question - joining cardigan pieces into a "yoke" with no loose joins!! on: February 21, 2007 02:56:51 PM
I'm hoping someone here will be able to help - I am making
Bianca's Jacket from Interweave Knits (Fall 06 I think) and am
having trouble. I'm a fairly experienced knitter, but I'm no whizz
with circular/d.p.n. knitting and the like. While this is neither, I
think the problem I'm having is similar to a problem that knitters
often have when they join a piece to knit in the round and end up with a ladder or gap where they join the work or switch dpn.

So - I have five completed pieces, all knit separately (two fronts,
a back, two sleeves) that I have now transferred to a long circular
needle (to knit back and forth on). I now need to knit across (join)
all the pieces to make the yoke of the cardigan. Problem is, there
is a loose stitch on one end of each piece where I stopped knitting,
with a yarn end (no cast off, of course). First try, I knitted
across these end stitches and pulling really really tight, but there
was still a loose, holey, gappy bit, no matter how tight I pulled.
Second try, after frogging back, I wove these ends into the knitting
and tried to knit across them again - with even more disastrous,
loose results. I have pulled the stitches at these joins very very
tight each time, but am having no luck getting the knitting neat and
even. It looks like a mess and I don't think I will be able to cover
it up in the final sewing/blocking.

Also, I don't think that the loose stich is the only part of the problem - again, comparing this to circular knitting, there seems to be a real slackness in the stitches either side of the join.

So... I know I've read about certain tricks people have when they
are joining pieces like this, but can't remember what they were: can you please share? I know that a similar loose bit, or "ladder" can also be formed in d.p.n. knitting, so I'm hoping there will be some solutions out there.

Many thanks in advance - I look forward to your suggestions! Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bar increase - weirdly asymmetrical - please help?!?! on: January 10, 2007 05:11:30 PM
Hi everyone. I'm knitting Bianca's Jacket from a recent Interweave and have run into a problem with increases. These run along the curved lower front edges of the two front pieces of the cardigan. It took me ages to work out an increase that wouldn't look holey or sloppy and where to place it. I had no problems using the bar increase, 3 stitches in from the edge, on the right front. Problem is, when I'm trying it on the left front, the increase makes the stockinette row next to it look WEIRD, not nice and normal and smooth as it is on the other side. So, on the right side, where it works fine, the increases are at the ends of the RS rows. On the left side, where they look bad, they are at the starts of the RS rows. I think this is what is causing the problem, but I cannot figure out how to fix it. If I can't I might just put up with it as it's not a glaring horror, but I am getting very fussy about my knitting the longer I knit!! Any ideas on how to make a bar increase look identical when on opposite sides of an edging? Any help most greatly appreciated...
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Doll face purses/ handbags/ lamps? Who makes/made these? on: June 05, 2006 06:09:37 PM
I'm hoping someone here will remember what I'm talking about. A few years back I had a link saved from a website/crafter that sold handbags/purses and lampshades with rubber doll faces (and sometimes Barbie heads) embedded in them. They were retro, kitschy looking things, and the bags themselves were usually black, stiff structured bags. I think sometimes they were made of patent leather and had marabou trim. Anyway, I've scoured the web and all I've come up with is an ebay link: http://cgi.ebay.com/Kitschy-Retro-DOLL-FACE-PURSE-BLK-PINK-psychobilly-goth_W0QQitemZ6853492599QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I'm pretty sure this is one of the bags made by this person.

I seem to recall that the person also sold a few on Ebay, but I'm not sure if this one is just from someone else's collection and they're selling it second hand.

Any help/thoughts/names/links greatly appreciated. I would LOVE to buy one of the purses if they're still out there somewhere.... Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Twiggy Bobble Hat - help please?! on: April 10, 2006 06:18:22 PM
I'm trying to knit the bobble hat from Spunmag, http://www.spunmag.com/article/051229bobblehat. Have emailed the designer about this too, but am hoping some of you may be able to help also. In the pic on the website and here: http://www.fable.hitechemall.com/patterns.htm the bobbles all look very evenly spaced along each row, and interlock evenly with those on other rows. Mine do not, and I don't get it! If I follow the pattern correctly (p6, MB, p13, MB etc.) the bobbles should be spaced at different intervals, no?! As it is, some of mine line up with those on the next bobble row, and some interlock. Am I missing something breathtakingly obvious here? At the end of making each bobble, I am left with a stitch at the top of the bobble that I just purl into. After purling this stitch, then I start counting/purling my 6 or 13 stitches, then I make the next bobble. Does this make sense? The pattern fits into the 112 stitches per row this way, but the bobbles are NOT lining up neatly as per the photo! Actually, the second bobble row does not fit into the 112 stitches, I have to end it with two p6 MB. Am I going mad here?! I'd appreciate any help!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Clapotis/Cup-o-tea on: December 22, 2005 05:26:30 AM
Just kidding around. My boyfriend has renamed this project the "cup-o-tea". I'm just glad to have finished it. Knitted in handpaintedyarns.com merino worsted in "dusty", oh what a beautiful colour! About 3 1/3 skeins used. I have 4 skeins of "sealing wax" to make another. It was lovely and simple to knit, but took a little long for my liking... BUT, it feels utterly divine to wear...

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Eyelet skirt from Knitty on: October 21, 2005 06:24:38 PM
Well, this was finished about 6 months ago, but I haven't had the chance to get any pics taken before now. I'm really happy with this skirt and I wear it a lot. I knitted it out of Katia Jeans Idea in the red colourway.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can anyone identify the stitch here? on: September 22, 2005 10:54:38 PM
http://www.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0316654/DF-06861R.jpg?path=gallery&path_key=0316654 and here too: http://www.littleturtleknits.com/pithyhat.htm

In the free pattern it's called purse stitch, but I've tried it and the yo's don't line up, as they do in the picture. I really prefer the way they look in the pictures, so if anyone has any ideas, I'd be grateful. I'm knitting this on flat needles too... I've searched the web, but no luck so far...

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