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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / New to sewing: How to use fabric for sides of placemat purse? on: February 05, 2009 04:19:54 PM
I'm a knitter, not a sewer, so I apologize for any stupid questions in this post!

I recently received a few sewing magazine (cannot for the life of me remember the name of it!) that had an idea in for making a purse out of a wooden (slat) placemat, with a cloth napkin as the liner. I bought my materials, and plan on turning it into a triangle-style purse (not sure of terminology here - I want to fold the placemat in half length-wise but give it a flat bottom, meaning from the side it will look like a triangular tube).  Then my problem becomes how to do the sides - I want to sew the napkin/liner into place in such a way that .... I can't explain it Smiley See the pink fabric here?: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_6&listing_id=19518581&ga_search_query=placemat+purse&ga_search_type=tag_title I want to do that, but I don't know how to do it. Should I just sew it into place and hope for the best, or is there a proper way to fold it so that it hangs right, etc?

Does anyone have any advice, or know of a tutorial I should read? I know I should totally just take a sewing class, but I really want to make this purse now. Thanks guys!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Purse/Bag Pattern for Cascade Magnum - Super Bulky on: January 17, 2008 03:39:08 PM
I've refrained from asking this for a while, because I kept thinking "Oh, I can find one on my own! Surely all I need is a little help from google..." Well, that didn't work!

So I appeal to you guys - I have two skeins of Cascade Magnum, which is super bulky. The gauge is 1.5 sts/inch and the recommended needle size is 15. What I really want to make with it is some kind of over-the-shoulder purse (which I would line with fabric), but if I can't find a pattern for that I could try a messenger-style bag. Do you guys know of any for a yarn this thick?

I have a really specific idea in mind, but I'm not sure I'm good enough to write my own pattern. Oh, and while you're at it, do any of you know any good stitch patterns for a yarn this thick? I've tried swatching a few different stitches and none of the details come out, because the yarn obscures everything.

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Completed - Wood Nymph Costume on: October 29, 2007 03:28:22 PM
Forgive the bad pictures...I forgot to bring my camera to the party I went to. And I look like an idiot standing alone in my apartment Smiley

I bought the dress at Forever 21 for $17, and I bought the shoes and purse at JC Pennys.

I added the flower to the purse and I cut holes in the backs of the shoes so I could run some ribbon yarn through them to make them ballerina shoes.

The handwarmers are actually an old pair of tights I had lying around - I cut the feet off and trimmed them to size, then ran the same ribbon yarn from my shoes in a zigzag pattern along the edge, to give the illusion that I had laced the gloves to my arms. The cape was a lot of fun - I bought the fabric at Jo-Anns and the assorted flowers, leaves, and garland at Michaels. I decided to use the garland to support the cape, so I sewed the fabric strips to it (not an easy thing, when you're dealing with tangled thread and a deranged kitty cat obsessed with chewing the thing to death!). Then I sewed the flowers and leaves to the cape. I didn't actually tie the cape together in the front - I just twisted the wire part of the garland around my dress straps.

You can't really see my face (I actually took pictures but they're too hideous to show the world) but I did some green makeup and glitter around my eyes. I also bought those cute little crystal barrettes from a kiosk in the mall and that's what's holding my hair back.

I conceived of and created this costume in about 11 hours. Three hours for shopping, one hour for lunch, and the rest was spent sewing and messing around with ribbon. Go me! Smiley

Thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cotton Cardi - Good Idea? EDITED to add Pic on: April 03, 2007 05:10:26 PM
I'm thinking about making a cardigan out of some Tahki Stacy Charles Cotton Classic (100% Mercerised Cotton) that my mom bought me. (I want to make a light, summer cardigan suitable for air conditioned offices in Southern California)

The one I want to do is a lace pattern (but it's a thick lace, so to speak - very few holes. More of a decorative motif?) with 3/4 inch sleeves. Will cotton keep the shape of the cardi, or will it sag and stretch over time? I don't want to have the 3/4 inch sleeves flapping around my elbows because the ribbing has stretched.

In case you can't tell, I've never done anything too complicated with cotton. Thanks in advance for all your help!


Here's the cardi I want to make: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v637/katbaggins/Crafts/1006.jpg

It's from the Tahki Spring/Summer Collection for '07 and they want you to use a thin merino for it.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cascade Eco Wool & Yardage/Sweater Question on: February 08, 2007 03:02:47 PM
I've been thinking about buying some Cascade Eco-Wool for either a sweater or a cardigan. Nothing too complicated (no cables, etc). Each skien is 478 yards, and the ball band says it knits up at 3.5 sts per inch. I've checked a few yarn yardage calculators, and asked a bunch of people, and everyone's saying either 2 or 3 skeins. Since they're expensive I'd rather not buy too much, so I'm curious if any of you have experience with this yarn, and how much I'd need for a simple sweater or cardigan. I don't have a pattern yet, but I have a basic idea. Thanks so much guys!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Swaps? on: January 25, 2007 05:13:12 PM
I hope this is ok to post, as it does deal specifically with knitting and the wide world of the internet (not just craftster). If it is inappropriate please feel free to delete/move.

I'm really interested in participating in a knitting swap, preferably international. I've checked craftster already and while there are some neat swap ideas, none of them seem to be knit-specific. Venturing into the wide world of the internet, I've found a few great knit swaps, but they're all already closed (I missed this great international one by a day!), not starting up for a while (International Scarf Exchange) or closed to new participants. Oh, or they're for socks, which I have no need for and have never made. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated greatly! Thanks!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ren Faire Gypsy on: November 04, 2006 11:23:23 AM
I love gypsies - the "authentic" Ren Faire vareity, not the store bought sexy ones. My goal for this costume was to be able to wear it at Ren Faire next year, and I think I suceeded! Oh, and I probably should mention that the actual construction of this costume only happened over two days.

I purchased the bodice, cream underskirt, cream short sleeved shirt, and headscarf at various thrift stores in Los Angeles. I made a trip down to the overwhelming fabric district with the goal of picking up some purple and an orangey color for the skirts. Of course, I couldn't find the exact shade of purple, and the stores were closing, so I picked up the deep purple linen that forms the bottom-most color. (which you can barely see because my cat decided to join the picture!) The red, green, and turquise (which you can barely see because it's only in my braided belt) are all the same kind of cotton.

Then came the hardest part - sewing. I have no machine, and was planning on using that iron-on stuff until I realized it wouldn't bunch up the way I wanted it to using that stuff. So I sewed the purple linen to some elastic and built the red/green parts of the skirt on that "frame" if you will. Through a highly scientific process of holding the fabric up to me, safety pinning it, and cutting it while looking in a mirror (about as difficult as it sounds!) I made the rest of the skirt. I sewed it into place using little darts (right word?) every few inches or sew, so I could make it bunch more and so I'd have less sewing.

Oops, I lied earlier. I also purchased the bells on my hip and the little leather leaf pouch (at last yr's Faire). I made the other two pouches. The big greenish one held my camera and was made of felted (technically fulled) Noro Blossom in "green multi" and I laced a suede strip through the drawstring. The second pouch (for my girly makeup) was made of a golden mohair blend from ebay (love it!) and a button I got at Jo-Anns. It's held to the belt with two i-cord belt loops on the back.

Hope you enjoyed! Sorry I didn't get any "making of" or close up pics. After the awesome Halloween party I went to I was hard pressed to remember to take these!
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Has anyone here done Razor's Edge before? SnB: Nation on: October 23, 2006 04:26:30 PM
I'm at my wit's end! I've posted this online and asked someone at my lys and no one can help!

I just rejoined after the neck and I'm at the part in the (corrected) pattern below that's in bold:

"Rejoin neck as follows: With first skein of yarn, p across all stitches. Break yarn from second skein, leaving a 6" tail. Next row: Work 36 sts in pattern, sl1, k3tog, psso, continue in pattern to end of row. Continue with pattern as written from line that begins "Work in main lace patt until..."

Here's the problem, though: the second I do that bolded portion, my whole lace pattern is off for the rest of the row. It's fine before that, but afterwards everything is off by a few stitches.

I'm so annoyed right now I'm considering just doing the row anyway, mistakes and all, and knitting whatever is left over and hoping no one notices that one whole row is wrong.

Is there a mistake in the corrected pattern too? Help! Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Many FO's: Bags, Wrist Warmer, Cuff Bracelets on: October 20, 2006 12:13:02 PM
I finally got around to posting a bunch of FO's from the last few months! I still consider myself a newbie, but I really enjoy coming up with my own designs.

*Excuse my large pictures....I couldn't figure out how to make them smaller!

I love this bag - I used a pattern in a book I have, and substituted some yarn I bought off ebay for the much brighter colors in the book. It was supposed to be a yarn tote, but I love it so much it's now my purse and I take it everywhere Smiley

My lovely purple cotton bag was started because I wanted to make a Turkish String Bag (http://tiajudy.com/stringbag.htm) but I kept screwing up the YO's so I just garter stitched the whole thing and now it's my yarn tote. Smiley

Next, the wrist warmers. I chose to go the simple route, where you make a rectangle and sew up the sides. I used a broken rib and color pattern of my own design, and the yarn is various shades of Noro. Excuse my dorktastic picture Smiley

Finally, the three cuff bracelets I made my younger brother for his b-day back in August. I was going for the manly Abercrombie and Fitch look, and I think I succeeded. I experimented with three different closures but I wasn't really 100% happy with any of them. I realized that, even when felted, the resulting fabric was too weak for the snap-closures I intended. I then messed around with some suede I had, and tried looping it around a big bead and just making a tie-closure, but I think they all ended up being clunky.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mohair Projects? on: October 03, 2006 04:19:16 PM
I've been searching all the major pattern websites for projects using mohair, and so far I haven't found too many I like.

Here's my "problem" (if having too much yarn can be called a problem!): I recently bought three different colors of a mohair mix and I really want to utilize them all. It's not fingering weight, but since I'm still kinda a newbie I'm not quite sure how to classify it. I used a size 9 needle for a swatch last night and it looked great.

Do you guys have recommendations (that aren't lace patterns or sweaters) that would take advantage of the inherent qualities of mohair? Could I use it for a hat or would it look funny? I'd hate to knit up the whole thing only to find it's too "light" looking. Thanks in advance!!
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