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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Sparklepussy cat costume on: April 07, 2014 08:37:32 AM
The idea to dress up as a glittery purple cat hit me like a bolt of lightning, and before I knew it five of us were roving the French Quarter as a herd of cats.

We meowed, and scratched with our claws, and drank a ton of whiskey.

Originally the costume was going to be sleeveless (and therefore a little more roller disco), but I had to make several last-minute concessions to the weather. Fat Tuesday was about 40 and raining! So I added the mesh sleeves, and arm warmers, and had to wear layers underneath my sleek catsuit. Some of those bulges are a wool sweater, and I was wearing a jacket for most of the day. So apparently I didnt need to lay off the french fries.

The mask is puff paint and rhinestones on tulle. I really enjoyed this technique, and will play with it more (word to the wise: this took about 3 days to fully dry).

Can you believe the adorable pet tag?! My friends Maria and Patrick made one for everybody, and mine is being stamped with Sparklepussy.

I really like this costume, but having to bundle up and still try to stay inside made it a challenge to have fun. I did catch a golden coconut at Zulu, and good friends + whiskey will get you pretty far in life.

see more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/sparklepussy-mardi-gras-2014/

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: self-striping socks on: March 26, 2014 08:15:49 AM
These are really fun - I love your color choice on the ribbed band. It's a great touch.

I love knitting socks too but I don't always have patience to work with the teeny tiny sock yarns. There are some beautiful sock yarn choices though.

I'm working on my first worsted-weight socks now (two at a time!). I love how fast they are, but I'm not sure how I feel about those big 5/inch stitches... Sport-weight yarn might be the next sock project. The self-striping really does eliminate most of the monotony!

I absolutely love knitting with the fingering yarn though. It's so tiny and the needles are so small! It gets me excited in a way that chunky yarn never will.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: self-striping socks on: March 25, 2014 10:21:08 AM
Thanks everybody! I looooove knitting socks!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / self-striping socks on: March 24, 2014 09:28:49 AM
Hand-made socks were a major motivator in learning to knit, and I really love making them (which is a relief; I was afraid that it might be too tedious). Its a simple and compact project that I can carry everywhere I go.

Although my first pair of socks took about 3 months to complete, this second pair was finished in 4 weeks. And they are much longer! I did a basic calculation, and estimate that each sock contains about 12,000 stitches. Sock knitters, does that number seem correct? It makes me dizzy.

I used 47″ #3 Addi Turbo Lace needles, and followed Liat Gatts pattern for toe-up socks on magic loop.

This was my first time working with self-striping, and I am definitely a convert. It was exciting to see the colors and stripes emerge, and the pattern helped me track my progress as well as hide any flaws.

This aquamarine yarn is a bamboo-nylon blend. Its definitely thicker than the fingering-weight, and so I did the ribbing on #1 needles. I was concerned about the weight discrepancy, but I think it totally works for the cuff.

I live in LA, but luckily I have icy feet, so handmade wool socks will actually get worn this winter. But future sock yarns may be more of the bamboo persuasion.

more on the blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/self-striping-socks/
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Re-covered sewing chair on: March 18, 2014 09:39:13 AM
Such an improvement! It seems to fit a lot better in your bright office. That fabric is great. About how much yardage did this take?

2 yards total, 60" wide bolt, with enough left over for a pillow or tote bag or whatever my mom makes.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re-covered sewing chair on: March 17, 2014 07:49:36 AM
Ive been using this chair since 2009, and had this fabric in my stash since 2010. In 2013 I decided to put the two together, but I only got around to it in January 2014. It took about 90 minutes.


The fabric is organic cotton canvas, and I used almost all of it for this project. The remaining pieces went to my mom, so this was a very successful stash-busting project.

blogged: http://madebyjulianne.com/recovered-chair/
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Matmos shift dress on: March 11, 2014 10:27:04 AM
Its a simple dress, which means its versatile and comfortable and fun to wear.

Now Im wearing it with a silk charmeuse slip, and I stay pretty warm. Without the slip, its been perfect for warmer days in Los Angeles on the bicycle. The short hem will be fun in the summer!

Its made from a silky, slinky rayon. The print reminds me of the Matmos from one of my favorite movies, Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy.

I finished the seams in the serger. Theres a black invisible zip, which should be 6″ longer, but I had this size in my stash and I can easily get the dress over my shoulders (but the hips are another story).

Im not sure about the neckline. Maybe I want to do something bold, like an appliqu or contrasting collar? Maybe I want it lower? For now, its bound in matching bias tape. Id love any suggestions!

more photos and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/matmos-dress/
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / baby hat knit from fabric strips on: March 10, 2014 06:20:48 PM
My husbands cousins baby is such a sweetheart, and I love making little presents for him (and all my friends kiddos!). His name is Kekoa, hes 2 years old, and tons of fun.

I used a tissue-weight jersey with high lycra content, and serged the pieces into a tube to cut a continuous strip. I stretched the strip while winding it into a ball, so the fabric curled onto itself into tube. The resulting knit fabric has a lot of body, but is also very stretchy.

More pictures and info on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/fabric-yarn-baby-hat/
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: painted rainbow chandelier on: January 31, 2014 11:01:43 PM

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20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / pink market bag on: January 28, 2014 09:43:54 AM
I came across a whole bunch of vintage chunky acrylic yarn at a thrift store, so Ive been making shopping bags with it. Easy, doesnt require attention, and makes a useful non-specific gift.

Because the yarn is so thick and I used 8mm needles, the bag isnt very net-like. I know if I were to use bigger needles this project would be faster with more open space, but I really dont like the feel of big needles in my hand.

See more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/pink-market-bag/

Also, I'm giving away a copy of Twinkle's Town and Country Knits on my blog, so you should enter to win!
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