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1  Phoenix and Dragon Finger Puppets *3 pics* edited with pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by carinbrat on: December 01, 2007 08:55:42 AM
These were a gift for the child of some friends.
Knit in the round with yarn leftover from the Jayne Hat and a failed sweater, these two little beasties took about an hour or two each, including time for figuring out the designs. Painless.

My lame attempt to remember what I did...

CO 12 sts.
Join and work in the round.
Work 3 rows in 1x1 rib.
Work 10 rows in stockinette, changing color as desired.
Row 14: [k2tog, k1] repeat to end.
Row 15: [k2tog] repeat to end.
Row 16: [m1] repeat to end.
Row 17: [m1, k1] repeat to end. (back to 12 sts.)
Work 5 rows in stockinette.
Next row, k2tog around row.
Stuff head with cotton, break yarn and draw close.

Details for Phoenix:

Wings (make two):
CO 5 sts.

Working in stockinette, do a k2tog decrease on ONE SIDE ONLY to create a triangle.
Decrease down to one stitch, then break yarn and tie off.
Tie on little bits of scrap yarn to create flames.
Using a tapestry needle, sew wing to body.
Reverse decreases for second wing.

Tie on longer strands of scrap yarn at base of body.  Leaving them at different lengths helps make it look like shes on fire!

CO 4 sts.
Work an icord, decreasing one stitch every row.
Sew beak to head.

Embroider some eyes.

Tie scraps of yarn down the back of the head to create the comb.
I used a tapestry needle to thread them into the head, then tied them off and trimmed them.

Details for Dragon:

CO 3 sts.
Working in stockinette, increase once every row on one side and AT THE SAME TIME once every OTHER row on the opposite side.
Once youve got 6 sts on the needle, reverse the shaping and decrease down to one stitch.
I was trying to create a diamond shape that wasnt completely symmetrical.
For the second wing, just reverse the increases and decreases.

CO 4 sts.
Work an icord, decreasing one stitch every four rows.
When you get down to one stitch, KFBF (to make three stitches into the one on the needle).  Then decrease one stitch each row to finish off the triangle of the tail.

Snout: (I cant really remember, I THINK this is what I did)
CO 4 sts.
Work 3 rows in stockinette.
Work one row purled on the RS to create a seam.
Work one row knit.
Work one row purled to create a second seam.
Work 3 rows in stockinette.
This should create almost a little book.
Sew snout onto the head, and sew a few stitches up the side to close the mouth a little.

Embroider the eyes and teeth.

Tie scrap bits on the wings for the claws.

Using a tapestry needle, sew a LOOSE whip stitch down the head, back and tail to create the dorsal scales.


Put on a mythological puppet show!

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2  Nothin' But a T-Shirt from MagKnits *pic* in Knitting: Completed Projects by carinbrat on: July 26, 2007 04:00:02 PM

I used "Pakucho," an Organic Peruvian Cotton from Cottage Industry for the main color, and Patons Classic Wool Merino in Russet for the trim.  Knit flat on size 8 bamboos, it was a simple, therapeutic project.

thanks for looking!

(please ignore the laundry, it's mid-sort)
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3  "Quills" Costume Design and MAJOR Recon *pics* in Costumes: Completed Projects by carinbrat on: June 13, 2007 06:56:56 PM
I recently finished costume designing the play Quills with my company, Theatre Pro Rata (www.theatreprorata.org)

I'm really proud, because I did the entire show, which takes place in 1807, on under $100.  And that's including $20 for the Marquis De Sade's wig!!

Anyway, on to the pictures (photos by Charlie Gorrill)...

Renee's dress was one of my more expensive pieces ($15) but her jacket was that piece reconstructed from the 80s pant suit.
There's an earlier post with the before picture here:
I also made a head band and a purse to match (out of the pants part of the suit).

The Doctor's jacket was reconstructed from one we had in stock (like all of the men's suits in the show - made more fitted and cut away), his vest was borrowed, his pants were reconstructed from in stock contemporary pants (I cut away below the knee, then used the material to create the Drop Front, the new waistband and the cuffs at the knee), the men's ties were all from that same sheet that the Dead Madeline Corset came from (picture below). I also added cuffs to the Doctor's shirt from the same sheet. Basically, the only money I spent on his costume was $3 for the tights.

Unfortunately, I don't have a great full body shot of Madeline, this is the best shot of the corset.

I made the corset from scratch, using this pattern generator:

It's made specifically to her measurements, and made out of scrap fabric.

She's also wearing three skirts under the wrap, two of which are distressed, one for volume. During the show you could see the second skirt (it's pale green - I made it out of a sheet from Savers) peeking through the distress of the outer skirt (white with eyelets). I thought it looked awesome.

Notice the distress on the Marquis' costume. His clothes went through about 5 layers of distress (sanded on the pavement, cut and ripped, painted with watered down brown acrylic, rubbed in dirt, sanded again, painted twice more) ... and there's complete second version that is distressed in the same places and covered with writing that he quick changed into later in the show.

One of the pieces covered with writing.
Our lighting designer translated his stories into French for us, and you actually could read them... if you could read French, of course, which I can't.
But I can pretend like I can write in it! 

I love this shot. It's the post-mutilated Madeline look.
There wasn't enough time to do a costume change (what with the corset) so I just created some bloody wraps for her torso and a bloody apron cover the skirt. And this image is only there for a couple of seconds, so hopefully the magic of theater does the work for us.

My absolute favorite scene to costume.

The Abbe is in black and red, our props designer got him a red rosary just for this scene.

Madeline is in a hugely full red satin skirt and white corset, and at the top of the scene she was draped with a sheer black sheet (that's it puddled on the floor).
The skirt was made out of a sheet I got for a buck at Savers. The corset was made out of that leftover sheet and boned with broom bristles. The undershirt was borrowed. total cost? 4 dollars.

Thanks for looking!
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4  seedlings in water bottles *3 pics* (edited with egg shell seeding tute) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by carinbrat on: June 10, 2007 12:52:55 PM
This is sort of recycling, sort of gardening, sort of crafting.
I'm not sure!

At any rate, I did this today:

Left to right:
dill, dill, flat leaf parsley, basil, basil, basil and more basil...

I started them in leftover egg shells (very nutritious, both for me and the little seedlings) and then when they were all grown up I transfered them to leftover water bottles (tops cut off).

The dill and parsley were started a few weeks after the basil, which is why they are so much scrawnier. I've got some more shells with more dill and parsley as well as some tyme that I started today.

Then I just cut out some scrap fabric and ribbon and glued it on!


using eggshells as seed cups is super easy.

1. when cracking an egg for use, make sure to leave 2/3rds or so of the egg intact, with as clean a crack around as possible.

I didn't get this one very well cracked, but it did the job:

2. cook, eat and otherwise enjoy your egg.

3. rinse out shell and let it dry.

4. write on shell whatever the seed is going to be.

5. fill egg shell with dirt, add seeds, sprinkle a little more dirt to cover seeds.

6. place in egg carton.

7. water GENTLY and liberally. I use the smallest drip possible to soak the dirt, but not disturb the seeds.

8. Cover entire egg carton with saran-wrap. This creates a little mini-greenhouse.

9. I never let the dirt get dry while the seeds are sprouting. I check them once a day or so and water as needed. always gently.

note: not all my seeds sprout. The losers get tossed. the winners get water water water! If you're having problems at this stage, you're probably not watering them regularly enough. They are very delicate and will keel over and die if you look at them wrong.

10. Once they are spilling out of the egg shells, I crack away the shell and transfer them gently to a larger pot, in this case it was the water bottles. again, with every transfer, lots of water!

11. I'm not really a gardener, so I can't speak with too much authority on this, but I think once they are at the stage that the basil is in these pictures (about a month?) they are a little hardier and don't need so much water. At this point I wouldn't want to OVER water them, because that would kill them as well. Having good drainage is important. At this point I will continue to give them a good soak about twice a week.

and then I will start making plans for pesto!!

I hope that's helpful!!
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5  Mud Flap Girl Tank Top *1 pic* in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by carinbrat on: May 28, 2007 10:34:05 PM

This was a relatively painless intarsia project, and although I'm not totally digging on the fit of the straps, I'm so pleased with how rocking the rest of the fit turned out, I'll let it go.
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6  Fembot Babydoll Nightie from Naughty Needles *2 pics* in Knitting: Completed Projects by carinbrat on: May 28, 2007 10:29:37 PM
Finally!  A use for that blasted Fun Fur!

This little gem used four different types of yarn:
1. Lion Brand Fun Fur (which, on it's own is straight from the devil)
2. Bernat Boa (which, on it's own is the most loseriest loser of the loser novelty yarns)
....side note: these two knit together created the maribou look....
3. Cascade Fixation (a part cotton/part elastic yarn... very good for creating stretchy things. This yarn was only used in the band around the chest).
4. Kid Merino. (which was by FAR my favorite yarn to work with. Knit on large 11 needles, it is what made that lacy, see-through skirt. It's so delicate and soft, it's like wearing a cloud).

The skirt has a great little flare to it, which you can't really see in the pictures. Trust me, it's adorable.

The next project out of the Naughty Needles book? I'm not sure. I'm thinking the Lace Up Garter Belt.

The best part about these patterns? There's very little to knit *ahem*, so they work up quickly. I did the nightie in a little over a week.
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7  knit1's Human Heart Pillow *1 pic* in Knitting: Completed Projects by carinbrat on: May 28, 2007 10:20:58 PM

The pattern was pretty pathetic and poorly written, and I ended up making up most of it as I went along (and following the suggestions from someone's notes posted here).

And as was the case with the Knitted Digestive System and Knitty's Womb, I now know a lot more about my insides and how they fit together.

I worked on it over the weekend, and there was a marathon of Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal on TV.

That was a good pairing.
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8  reconned T shirt - from shapeless to sexy *pic* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by carinbrat on: March 18, 2007 03:55:50 PM
This was an old T shirt of Joe's.  Crazy old.  Totally stretched out and shapeless.
He had loved it for many years (I think since high school?) and it was starting to seem like it might be time to put the old girl out to pasture.

Then I got my hands on it.

Unfortunately, I neglected to take a before shot.
Think potato sack.

I cut off the cuffs, cut a v-neck and cut a long strip off the bottom.

Then I cut little holes up the mamillary lines and laced the strip through from the bottom up.

Last, I took in the sides to make it even more fitted.

Thanks for checkin' it out!
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9  Re: Stealthy Crafting at work--what do you do? in Discussion and Questions by carinbrat on: March 14, 2007 02:30:49 PM
I did those magazine bowls once... it was fun.

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10  Eiffel from Knitty *3 pics* in Knitting: Completed Projects by carinbrat on: March 13, 2007 01:18:08 PM
I didn't use the suggested hemp yarn, I went with alpaca, and although I think I should have done it a size larger (boy, that ribbon shows off the boobies), but I'm still happy with how it turned out!

If anyone is thinking about doing this pattern, beware of the arm increases.  I had to rip out the first sleeve no less than nine times (I am not kidding) until I figured out how to do increases AND maintain the lace pattern.

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