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21  My first FO in forever! (IMG) Now with pattern! :) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Radioactivepenquin on: December 03, 2006 11:17:47 PM
So after a girl in my English 101 class asking me to make her a scarf and being inspired from all the cables I've seen around I decided to make this scarf for her!

It's made with LionsBrand Wool-ease on size 11 needles. I like this yarn since it's washable and I live in Seattle. Lots of rain. And the girl always wears P-coats so I thought the buttonhole scarf would be a good idea. Didn't take long at all! And it's my own pattern. I'll write it up if people want it. Smiley

comments? critique? Smiley

EDIT: Thanks for all of your nice comments! Here's the pattern!

I used 2 balls of Wool-ease from LionsBrand (I only used half of the scond ball) on size 11 needles, but you can use whatever you want and just add a cable and rib more or less as you please so it's the size, gauge and lenght that you want! Smiley

CO 24 with cable cast on.
Row1: p3, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2 and sl 1 st knitwise.
Row2: k3, p2, k4, p2, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2 and sl 1 st purlwise.
Row3: p3, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, and sl 1 st knitwise.
Row4: k3, p2, c2f, p2, k2, p2, c2f, p2, k2 and sl 1 st purlwise.

Continue rows 1-4 until you have reached desired lenght and position for button hole. Then knit first half of stitches and place the other half of stitch holder. repeat rows 1-4 on the half of the scarf on your needles (making sure to only slip a stitch on the actual outside edge of scarf and not on side facing hole)until buttonhole is wide enough to fit scarf snugly but not tightly. break yarn. pick up the stitches on stitch holder and reattach yarn. repeat rows 1-4 until both sides are equal in lenght. Once you have equal lenght, continue across entire row and repeat rows 1-4 until edisired lenght is reached and finally ending on row 3. BO.

It's really simple, and quick. Definitely a weekender and good for cable practice.

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22  My first purse! (Warning: IMGs and ugly fabric inside!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Radioactivepenquin on: December 03, 2006 11:10:49 PM
So in my sewing class we got to make a bag. I was excited. Then my teacher pulled out the fabric. Ugh. It's a cute bag though, so I'm thinking of making another in a better fabric. Although the paisley has grown on me. I may recon it into a wallet or a belt or something. Smiley


Extra credit to who can guess what the applique is. lol. Apparently none of my friends can tell what it is. Am I that bad at applique?  lol. Cheesy

And comments and critique are appreciated!
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23  Fuzzy fleece PJ pants. :) (IMG heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Radioactivepenquin on: December 03, 2006 11:03:01 PM
I just finished these last week. These are for my girlfriend. Smiley I don't have a drawstring in them yet so I'm holding them in the pictures.

I made a REALLY thick waistband on the inside so if she wanted to do the whole waistband folded over look, she'd have a finished edge. Smiley

Close up on the fabric. It's really cute! I thought it's be appropriate seeing how she's Russian. Cheesy

This was my first time using a french seam and a flat-felt seam and they turned out wonderfully! So I'm really proud of myself.

Any comments or critique? All are appreciated!

PS. Where could I buy a drawstring?
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24  Attaching the top band...help? (IMG heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by Radioactivepenquin on: December 03, 2006 01:16:25 AM
I'm making one of the semi-pleated vintage looking bags for my sister for X-mas and I ran into a problem.

Here is my wonderful chair modeling the bag.

I can't figure out how to put the top band on it!  Embarrassed I'm new to bags so I really have no clue how to pull this off.

Here's an example of the micosuede I want as the band.

This is what the top looks like now.

The tutorials I found had a slightly different top than mine so they weren't much help.

Could any of you tell me how I would do this? I'd appreciate it greatly since my sister really wants this type of bag.  Smiley

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25  Skinny Jeans! First official post! :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Radioactivepenquin on: November 19, 2006 10:54:16 PM
So today me and a friend decided to turn a couple of her flare jeans into skinny jeans. After I saw bizooey's skinny jean recon I thought it'd be a cool idea. This is my first suscessful recon since my first one with a shirt ended horribly and I was scared to attempt another.

Link to bizooey's thread:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129855.0

So yeah, before: (You know all the cool kids wear their pants inside out. lol.)

Pins o' doom! It took her forever to get out of them while they were pinned. lol.

And after! *drumroll*

Since she has no sewing skills I did it and she just attempted to pin herself into the next pair of jeans while I worked on one. It was funny.

What we did was pin and then I folded the bottom of the jeans up since she's shorter than the pants and they would've been around her feet and sewed the side seam down to the top of the fabric that I folded up. I cut the hem off, folded the raw edge down inside the fold and topstitched it and then finished the seams and cut the extra fabric off then zigzag stitch the raw edge so it dosen't fray much. She didn't want the hemmed look and it turned out cool since the thread was practically the same color as her jeans you couldn't tell there was a topstitch. It was actually pretty easy. But make sure to try them on before you cut! We almost had a huge problem. One of the legs was a little too small and thankfully I had a little extra fabric on the seam. lol. It was hilarious at the time. Roll Eyes

It was definitely easy enough and fun enough to do even to get a boot cut. And definitely worth saving easily 80$ on new jeans. It only took about 5 hours to do 3 pairs and play a little DDR and goof off... a lot.  Grin
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26  Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! in Clothing Sewalongs by Radioactivepenquin on: November 17, 2006 08:00:40 PM
Hey! I'm so inspired and amazed by all your guys sewing skills!  I'm also making my prom dress. But, I've never been one to finish a pattern as it is dictated, never. So I'm combining Simplicity 5006 and using the white corset on the front and may add hook closure on the front so I am able to get it on myself. lol. And McCall's 3687 skirt on the top (the one that opens) and stealing the yoke off the Simplicity pattern and combining it so it overlaps itself in the front and will open at the knee. I'm planning a deep gold/marigold silk on the corset with a thin brown/bronze lace on top with a strap kinda like on the bodice of the McCalls pattern and the skirt be silk with the yellow and a brown matching silk in two layers with a slight train so it flutters. I'll also have yellow/gold beading on the bodice. Big plans, I know. But I'm so determined to do this.

Here's a horribly drawn attempt at a drawing. lol.

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27  Jordy bag and grommetness. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by Radioactivepenquin on: November 02, 2006 11:49:02 AM
Hey! I making a Jordy bag kinda like my mom's coach patchwork bag that looks something like this...

And I wanted to do the similar HUGE grommets on the side with the buckles and everything. Does anyone have any clue on how to get Grommets that big? My purse fabric is vintage-y polka-dot canvas and a vintage-y cotton on the inside with a microsuede for the bottom and lining the top of the outside.
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