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1  Re: Knittin' for the kitten in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by vickilicious on: October 02, 2007 02:20:09 PM
You could always go with two of the most hilarious options I've ever seen...

I'm totally kidding about those, but you could actually try a Kitty Pi felted bed - cats love snuggling in things when they're cold, and the felted wool would keep him warm and block drafts.
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2  Re: Summertime Tunic, IK Summer 07 in Knitalongs by vickilicious on: September 17, 2007 07:26:12 PM
Mine has  been finished for about 2 months... and yet I have no ribbon. I tried braiding some leftover of the yarn, but it was too short. I really need to get that ribbon.

Heheh, I actually have the opposite problem, Candice - I have three ribbons and can't decide among them!

Which do you all think?

I have a few more photos on the blog.

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3  Re: Summertime Tunic, IK Summer 07 in Knitalongs by vickilicious on: September 15, 2007 10:09:57 PM
So I wonder if anyone out there is still working on their tunics?

I'd let mine languish for a while, but I finally got going on it again. Last night I finished knitting the back and winged the whipstitching with some help from the internet. I have no idea if I did it correctly, but I put photos of the process on my blog.

It looks okay, I think, and my cat approves, so now I'm on to the front!
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4  Re: Reading and knitting? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by vickilicious on: August 23, 2007 11:49:48 PM
Oooh I do love Ysolda's book weights, and I've been wanting to try making some.

A few years ago, I bought a little wire book holder at Barnes & Noble for about $8. It folds flat like this (click photos to enlarge):

I usually set it up on my lap desk then either put that to one side or knit lounging back.

It works for paperbacks and small novels, as well as big text books and art monographs, holding both pages open with minimal visual interference.

Though I got it so I could take notes more easily while I read, it has proved infinitely helpful while knitting - it also holds the book up at an adjustable angle so I don't have to lean forward to read the pages.

I genuinely love this thing.
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5  My first wearable: Cropped Raglan Shrug in Knitting: Completed Projects by vickilicious on: June 01, 2007 11:46:26 PM
I'm very excited to have finished my first wearable FO, just in time for a summer semester in Italy.

(click photos to enlarge)

It is from a Lion Brand free pattern, and I used Pound of Love yarn in Antique White.

This pattern was really quick and easy to knit, and I think I'll get a lot of wear out of it.

I have a few more photos and details on my blog. Thanks for looking, and I'd love to know what you think!
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6  Summertime Tunic, IK Summer 07 in Knitalongs by vickilicious on: May 10, 2007 02:27:22 PM
I just love the Summertime Tunic in this summer's Interweave Knits and wondered if anyone is interested in a KAL?

It is available as a free pattern on the website - direct link to the PDF is here.

If you're interested, there is also a KAL blog which starts June 1st.

I should be getting my yarn today, and I can't wait to get started! Who's with me?
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7  Re: Garter Lace Tote Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by vickilicious on: February 02, 2007 01:51:02 PM
Thank you for your lovely comments!

The yarn is Caron Perfect Match in Cape Cod blue - I reasoned that I'd want something machine-washable if I would be toting this all around the city.

As for lining it, I actually tried doing it with my sewing machine first, and my machine was really unhappy about that.

The bag looked like this before assembly:

I ended up cutting pieces of the white fabric, which I marked with blue chalk in the shapes I wanted the bag pieces to end up since the knit fabric was rather elastic and prone to getting out of shape. I sewed the first lining to all the knit pieces before I sewed the bag itself together. I was careful about placing the sewing thread so it would sink under the knit stitches, but as it turned out the way I sewed the outer seams of the bag covered all the sewing thread anyway.

For the inner lining (the blue floral fabric), I folded the two fabric edges over toward each other to look like a finished seam then sewed tiny top stitching at the very edges where it would be hidden by the knitting. (I think I may have photos of this part still on my camera - if so, I'll post them.)

I'm not sure if this is actually the way to line things. I basically looked at a blouse and checked out the way the lining was sewn into a cuff then mimicked it. It made a neat result, so I was pretty happy.
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8  Garter Lace Tote Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by vickilicious on: February 01, 2007 01:57:31 AM
I really enjoyed this challenge, and I hope it's okay to post this (it's still the 31st in Hawaii, right?).

As a grad student, I have to lug lots of things to and from campus. I designed this bag to be large enough to accommodate my notebook and several heavy texts while fitting comfortably over my shoulder so I can take it on the subway and around New York.

I lined it with white fabric to help the lace pattern stand out, then lined the inside with another sturdy cotton and reinforced the bottom with cardboard so it would hold its shape. 

This bag was a lot of firsts for me - the first bag I've ever made, the first thing I've ever lined, and actually, the first non-scarf finished object I've ever produced.

It works really well for holding knitting projects too - even my 14 inch straight needles!

Thanks for looking!
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9  Dachshund Note Cards for my Mom in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by vickilicious on: December 23, 2006 08:14:18 PM
My mom has a very sweet miniature dachshund named Otto. Whenever someone shows her note cards or cute dachshund themed gifts, her response is usually "Yes, it's cute, but it's not Otto."

So, as a stocking stuffer this year, I decided to make her a set of note cards that ARE Otto. (Click images to enlarge)

I used photographs I've taken of Otto in the past few years and picked complementing colors for borders in Photoshop. I printed them out on card stock then cut and folded, which was simple yet time-consuming.

I decided I would try to make my own envelopes, based vaguely on this template. After I cut and glued them all, I affixed double stick tape under the flaps so they would work as peel and stick envelopes, which my mother prefers. I banded them together with a piece of scrap paper.

I packaged the cards and envelopes all up with a red ribbon and affixed a tag across the front. I hope she likes them!

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10  Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) in Halloween Costumes by vickilicious on: October 01, 2006 08:01:44 PM
I agree with the tediousness of "a slutty _____" type costumes, so last year I made a monarch butterfly costume. At the time it was over 6 ft wide on a wire armature which made it immensely difficult to maneuver.

I've altered it since then, taking out the wire and painting the fabric with reflective pigments. I wore it to a zoo-themed party at a club in Chelsea this past summer.

These are the wings on the floor post-painting:

And you can't really see my antennae here, but luckily my boyfriend was fond of wearing them as well:

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