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1  crazy cashmere baby hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by tilliev on: October 17, 2007 05:08:49 PM
I saw this adult hat on knitty gritty and thought it would be great as a baby hat.

pattern: http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_5261873,00.html

fingering weight thrifted/recycled 100% cashmere, dyed with kool-aid
Double stranded on size 6 needles. 
The top is stuffed with polyfill. 

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2  Re: SWS Entrelac Purse: Now with mini-tute! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tilliev on: September 24, 2007 09:15:58 AM
Thanks, everyone, for your nice feedback!  Smiley
  Queen Gueneviere, to answer your questions, SWS does change colors as you go.  I've never posted a tutorial before, but I'm writing up what I did below.  Feel free to ask me questions if it isn't clear.
This was my first entrelac project, and I found it to be amazing and rewarding.

4 balls SWS in Natural Geranium
Size 8 addi needles

Using the pattern for knitty's Danica, cast on 50 stitches instead of the recommended 20.  Knit until you have a length you like for your bag, plus about 3" for a flat bottom.  Bind off as directed in the Danica pattern.

Seam up both sides of your bag on a sewing machine (I was afraid to do this, but the woman at the fabric store told me it would work), and flatten the bottom by going across this seam for about 3".  Sew a lining to match (I used bright pink silk that I got on sale- see picture) and seam this in the same way, with the 3" of flatness across the bottom.  (so it hangs like a hobo bag- see picture)

I used plastic mesh (cut to 3" wide) to reinforce the bottom, and sewed it in place with 4 big flat buttons on the outside of the bag, to make little "feet"  for the purse.  I installed a zipper in the lining, then sewed a double length of hatmaker's grosgrain to the outside of the lining for the strap. 

I then machine stitched the lining to the knitted portion of the bag, holding the bag open, sewing just below the zipper all around, making sure the knitted fabric reaches just a little over the zipper to hide the lining.  (You can see this seam, but it somehow doesn't bother me too much).  This also catches the strap between the lining and the knitted part, which reinforces it some.

I added a bow from my leftover ribbon and an old rabbit fur hair tie for the zipper adornment.

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3  SWS Entrelac Purse **now with tute!** in Knitting: Completed Projects by tilliev on: September 22, 2007 11:06:00 AM
After looking at the beautiful Danicas in SWS and seeing this amazing purse
I was inspired to give entrelac a try. 
Sorry for the crap-tastic pictures.  something's up with my camera.

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4  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by tilliev on: February 08, 2007 10:49:04 AM
Two christmas gifts made with the thrifted and over-dyed yarn. my mother loves the smell of grape koolaid, so these fetchings are double-graped.

and a scarf, which was about 6 feet long.  I like this cable, but I'm never never never doing it again.
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5  1st embroidery project (be kind!) in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by tilliev on: February 08, 2007 10:40:18 AM
I've wanted to start embroidering for a long time, since my grandma left me a big drawerful of supplies.  These are pillowcases for my friend's birthday.  Her cats are her life, and I tired to reflect their different personalities. Boy, those metallic threads are F*%*%*ing hard to work with.

 Thanks for looking!

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6  fair isle skulls for father and son in Knitting: Completed Projects by tilliev on: December 15, 2006 05:32:47 PM
my nephew is super tough (he's 6), but I figured his dad needed one, too.
if only I could get the dang fair isle to stop puckering. 
I got the skull pattern here:

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7  cold shoulders for a 7 year-old in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by tilliev on: December 15, 2006 05:27:41 PM
My niece loves pink, so I made her this for christmas from a frogged mohair thrift store sweater.  I think it looks like 1940's barbie!

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8  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by tilliev on: November 18, 2006 08:22:27 AM
On thrift-store scouring--- many of the yarns for the party weren't white or light when we started- tan, brown, grey-below are some pics of a dismantled grey sweater we dyed with teal.  This sweater was actually 35% rayon, so I wasn't sure it would take, but it did.

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9  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by tilliev on: November 16, 2006 07:43:14 AM
Inspired by this board, I had a Kool-Aid yarn dyeing party with two friends this weekend!  I scrounged thrift stores for sweaters to unwind, so everyone went home with a big pile of yarn.



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10  Re: Wedding Gowns for the... um.. ample? lol in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by tilliev on: August 27, 2006 12:45:24 PM
Ooooh.  I feel your pain.  After a terrible experience at a bridal salon (um, no I can't see how the dress fits when all you have is a six), I went to a seamstress from a friend's belly dance studio with a pattern that was close to what I wanted. She did a great job, was really affordable, and dug the costume-ey aspects of the dress. She wanted to drape pearls from the dress all over my arms, and now I kind of wish I'd let her.  If you're going to hire a seamstress, this would be my advice: go to another big girl; we know what looks good, and there's no harm in supporting each other, right? Also, get the best fabric you can afford. Somebody local is good, because you might need a few fittings.

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