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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Entrelac hat on: February 26, 2007 12:40:27 PM
This is the first hat that I've knit that is close to fitting (still a little loose) and it was "kind of" my own pattern!  I used other patterns to help do the entrelac; the shaping is my own weird idea.

it was made using debbie bliss cashmerino aran and #6 needles.

in this one from the top you can see how I decreased sections by sewing active ones together.
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Chill Pillow - need help on: December 18, 2006 05:34:44 PM
I don't understand the loop instructions.  When I get to the part that says 'k the same st again, this time slipping to the right needle' it also says i'm supposed to have 2 sts on the right needle, but I only have one.

The way I'm doing it: I go to knit the 1st st on the left needle.  I do not take that st off the left needle but do pull the new knit loop through and put it around my left thumb.  Then I move my thumb with the loop to the front (it is not on either needle, just around my thumb, and it crosses over my working yarn).  Then I knit the original st again, 'over' the top of my big loop.

i'm confused.   Huh  any help would be great.
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Headline News: Cabled Newsboy Cap on: September 01, 2006 11:06:51 PM
omigosh, i love this pattern!  it was so fast (took me about 8 hours) and it's super cute.
i used a wool yarn from my LYS (Araucania Nature Wool) and you can see it has a little bit of color variation in it.  i think it's actually a little more gray than in the picture.
also, i think i'm going to leave out the plastic that is supposed to support the brim, 'cause i like it like this and i read in another post that it can show through.

4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Cupcake on: August 31, 2006 11:03:10 PM
hmm... it fits a little funny, but i expected that since i had gauge problems.  i think the stitch gauge was ok, but the rows were off.  also, for some reason (and i followed the pattern all the way through) the measurement for the lower torso (below arm shaping) was fine and then the parts above where the arm shaping started stretched more or something.  i dunno, but now it sits a little low in the chest.

maybe i'll like it more when i add some ribbon...

i might try it again some other time and i would make sure to get the gauge right first!   Smiley

[2.5 balls(218 yd ea) of Sinfonia mercerized cotton]
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / baggy dress >>> summer dress on: August 05, 2006 01:54:25 AM
Yowza it's late here, but I'm gonna post anyway.

Here's my before pic of the cheap, large second hand dress I found.  I love the fabric and fun piping.

And after a bit of ripping, cutting, sewing, and some extra fabric I had laying around (from a duro dress that did nothing for my figure  Wink) here is my end result.

I basically ripped the seam at the waist (you can't really see it in the before picture but it's there) and turned it around.  Cut the back bodice pieces from the top front of the original (so it included the piping/buttons part) and the front pieces from the back of the original.  (haha, I'm wearing a backwards dress!)  Added straps and ruffle.  I also added 2 button holes/buttons (second and fourth buttons in final were the ones added) because they were spaced too far apart originally.

hmm... I don't know how much of that made sense.  Please feel free to laugh at my ridiculous posing in front of the camera.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Vincent, the tiny circus clown! on: August 03, 2006 10:05:16 AM
here is my craft challenge entry... Vincent and his Amazing Explode-in-Your-Face Pies!

here's a picture from another angle including his friends Celeste the seal doing her balancing act and Otto the strong man!   Cheesy

hehe, they're so tiny and fun!  now i want to make a little circus themed chess set... and then i would have to learn to play chess.  Roll Eyes

Vincent is made from polymer clay, wire, some yarn and some acrylic paint.  Hope you like it; they were fun to make.   Smiley

not official entries, but if you would like to see close ups of Celeste or Otto, here are links to them on Flickr:
Celeste : http://www.flickr.com/photos/46619998@N00/205785290/in/photostream/
Otto : http://www.flickr.com/photos/46619998@N00/205785291/in/photostream/
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cute Shrinky Dink Hairpins on: July 09, 2006 04:15:28 PM
haha, these were so fun and funny to make!  the images I used are either clipart or a dingbat font I have on my computer.  I printed them out big on paper and then put the shrinky plastic on top so I could trace the image with permanent marker.  I tried to find the brand of shrinky dink that you can just shoot through the printer (that would have been SO much easier), but alas I don't think they sell it in my area.

hehe, can you tell I really liked the mustachioed man in his undies?  I made so many!   Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow dress! on: July 09, 2006 03:34:48 PM
This is the first dress I've made without following a pattern.  I needed to use a couple of old patterns (modified) for the basic shapes to cut out.  I'm so proud of myself, because usually I follow the pattern exactly.  It definitely helped that I had made several dresses for myself before this using patterns...   Grin

the front.  hah!  I look silly!  I think I was flipping my hair...

...like the use of the superman method of disguise?  also useful for hiding puffy eyes from working the night before.

the back.

close up of the button detail.
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Going Out With a Bag on: July 06, 2006 03:36:56 PM
so... I was trying to make this as a little gift for a friend I hadn't seen in awhile, and it knit up so quick, but then I got to the zipper and lining...

not fun.

I don't know what I was doing wrong, but I couldn't figure out a good way to assemble it easily.  I finally stopped wrestling with it and decided to just sew it up and see what happened.  it doesn't look too bad in the pictures, but it puckers a little in the back and the mouth is barely wide enough for me to get my hand into it.  bad when looking for lip gloss/credit card.   Tongue

outside top (only the top has the beading)

inside (you can see the zipper difficulties in the top right a little, like each side is overlapping)

first I couldn't figure out how long to cut the zipper; I ended up cutting it the same width of the bag I think.  then I sewed the lining to the zipper.  after that I sewed up the sides of the lining.  and finally I hand sewed the lining/zipper inside the bag.  maybe the order of my steps was wrong...

if anyone can tell me what they think i was doing wrong, I would be very thankful.   Grin
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / sculpey stitch markers on: July 02, 2006 07:10:43 PM
hi!  i only recently joined craftster, so this is my first try at making a new thread.  i hope i'm doing everything right... *crosses fingers*

anyway...  Wink i pulled out my sculpey that had been sitting in my closet for awhile (since all the amazingness here was inspiring me) and i made these little stitch markers for when i start knitting again.  i think the gloss made it hard to see any detail, but hope you like 'em!



no theme 'cause i got bored!

oh, and they are on a size 3 needle...
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