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1  Amelia Earhart hat :) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Radioactivepenquin on: November 21, 2009 08:42:52 AM
Hi there,

Ever since moving to Japan I've either not had my needles or money for yarn and recently re-picked up knitting. My first project was the Amelia Earhart hat. I've been debating whether or not to add dangling pom-poms, what do you think?

Also, catch me on my Ravelry account now that I've been back and using it. Tongue
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2  Re: Awesome fabric, and no clue what to do with it. in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Radioactivepenquin on: June 20, 2008 11:07:47 PM
Thanks for that link! It's ironic though, seeing how I'm studying abroad in Tokyo this fall. haha!

The fabric was a little too small to make a decent sized bag, but I got the idea to tie one of my sarongs I never use, but love the print, into one of these and it worked wonderfully! It's going to be my new summer tote!

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3  Awesome fabric, and no clue what to do with it. in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Radioactivepenquin on: June 17, 2008 09:14:11 PM
So i have this awesome fabric:

It's actually a scarf or something. I got it at an awesome second hand store for $3. I put a copy of the economist in front to give you guys an idea of the size.

I LOVE this fabric, so I'm being quite hesitant with what to do with it. Any ideas?
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4  Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks in Knitting: Completed Projects by Radioactivepenquin on: December 26, 2007 03:31:25 PM
Scarf for one of my 4 sisters for X-mas. Nice simple quick pattern that looks really nice. My sister LOVES it. It's also nice and toasty for Washington State weather.

Yarn: Manos Del Uruguay, 100% wool. Lady at the LYS said it'd knit nice... she lied. It split a lot and the gauge goes between sock to super chunky, so every so often a thin stitch would hide behind a thick one so I'd knit/purl 2tog acidentally.
Pattern: http://atimetoknit.blogspot.com/2007/10/holding-hands-feeding-ducks-pattern.html
Nice pattern, good for beginners, instant gratification, or last minute gifting (*cough*).
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5  Checkered Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Radioactivepenquin on: December 26, 2007 03:21:31 PM
For my lil' sister for X-mas. The pattern was quite nice. I got it from Craftster's own Spirals420! LINK: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204533.0

Modeled my my mom's sugar jar. Haha. Therefore, really pointy.

It's Tahki Cotton Classic. The yarn was AMAZING and made a really cool texture and very soft for a pure cotton.  Machine washable and pretty much perfect yarn for a 13 yo. haha. Stretches enough for her head but not an adult since I used the fair-isle method and didn't leave much yarn to stretch since she has a teeny head.
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6  My sister's X-mas bag. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Radioactivepenquin on: December 26, 2007 03:12:13 PM
I made this bag for my sister for X-mas. I drafted the pattern for her bag last year and was running out of time this year and didn't have the time to fiddle with a self-made pattern this year. So, it's McCalls M5198. The pattern pieces were nice, but the pattern instructions weren't that great. They were quite confusing and ambiguous. I ended up using the pattern instructions for only for the straps.

My lil' sister is modeling it for me.

It was this really cool crushed velvet with a silky dress lining as the lining with a zipper and danglies on the flap and zipper.  It's not stuffed in the pic so it's a bit droopy and I admit it looks cooler in real life.
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7  Persephone Scarf. in Knitting: Completed Projects by Radioactivepenquin on: December 26, 2007 02:51:26 PM
I made this scarf for my sister for X-mas. TOOK FOREVER. But I'm soo proud!

The colors are a little off, it's actually a really pretty baby pink.

It's Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, and was knit on my Denises.

Pattern: http://smariek.blogspot.com/2006/12/persephone.html
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8  A beret of hugeness. in Knitting: Completed Projects by Radioactivepenquin on: June 22, 2007 07:43:56 PM
My best friend is one of the few people I know that can pull off a beret and make it look GOOD. Well, she's going to Europe for the summer so of course I had to make her one.  Smiley 2 balls of the most expensive yarn that I have ever bought later...

Kinda looks like a slouchy hat on me. haha. Thankfully my friend has a TON of semi-curly hair that I think it'll compliment very well.

Sitting on my floor.

It's really BIG. I hope it isn't too big for her liking.

The pattern was 'beret' (ooo, clever name) from the book, 'Greetings from Knit Cafe. I used size 4 dpn needles. (I dislike circs...) I suggest this book. Very nice patterns, there was a typo in this pattern though...
The yarn is Misti Alpaca, 80% Baby Suri Alpaca and 20% Silk in color #100.  Shocked Feels AWESOME. Really slippery though.

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9  My tutorial for a slouchy bag! (Just for you sewluv! :]) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Radioactivepenquin on: June 03, 2007 11:51:33 PM
Alrighty, since I was bored enough (hurrah for procrastinating on finals) and since sewluv asked, here's a tute for my bag in this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=141631.0

Alrighty, to the tute!

step 1: cut out two of these shapes in your lining and outside fabric. The bottom with stay about the same (don't forget seam allowance) but keep in mind how scrunched you want the top, it'll get slimmer really quick. the depth gets a bit shallower, so add a little but to how deep you'd like it ideally.

Step 2: scrunch the top. You can do this with a baste stitch, or pleat it. I pleated it personally. But this takes FOREVER to pin.

step 3: stitch the top so that the pleats, scrunching stay put. You'll be very happy you did this later.

Step 4:Take the pieces of fabric and right sides together, sew around the edge. (orange is liner and the lines represent the wrong side.)

Step 5: place the liner inside the outside fabric. And sew around the tops so the two bag pieces are connected. raw edges should be facing out. Don't worry, you'll cover them up.

Step 6: Take the fabric you want as the band on the top and cut a strip that is long enough to go around the top of the bag where the seam is and wide enough that when it is folded over it's as wide as you'd like the band to show as. Add a half inch or so so you can hem the long ends. Cut two skinnier strips. These will be your handles. So make them as wide as you'd like. Remember these are going to be sewn folded in half.

Step 7: Hem the long edges (thin black lines) sew the short edges together to create a band and fold over. Place on bag to make sure that the band fits as close to the fabric as possible.

Step 8: Sew along the lines you sewed for the hem, attaching the band to that the raw edge is as close to the fold as possible.

Step 9: Remember the strap strips? hem the long edges and sew together so the raw edges and wrong sides are on the inside. Hem the short edges before doing this. Sew on using a box with an X inside of it to make it study.

TADA! Awesome slouchy bag. You can use interfacing too, but my fabrics weren't too bag on the stiffness. 

Comments? Questions?

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10  Costume for my sister! (Sakura-con 2007) in Costumes: Completed Projects by Radioactivepenquin on: April 07, 2007 11:41:02 PM
Here's my litter sister's Sumomo from Chobits costume that I made her for Sakura-con 2007. I'm way proud of it. I made it in 2 days. That way not fun. I remade the dark pink body twice and refit it who knows how many times. No patterns at all.




We found the PERFECT trim for the sash and the shoes and everything worked PERFECTLY. Except that we didn't get the wig till the last second so it doesn't have a ponytail. :\ But everyone though she was adorable so it was all good.

Nerding it up Seattle Style, G.
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