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11  ASIA / Japan / Anyone in Nagano-ken? (Specifically Matsumoto, Ina, or...Tatsuno?!?) on: September 15, 2005 05:02:33 AM
Hi everyone! I'll be in Japan for the rest of the year (teachin' the English) and I was wondering if anyone knows of any good yarn/fabric/craft stores in the Kamiina Valley area. I'm living in Tatsuno Town (very teeny) but I'm often in Ina and Matsumoto is doable. Please, reach out! My stash is running low! Plus meeting some fellow craftsters in Nihon would be sweeeeet!
12  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / My Poster Girl Bag on: March 31, 2005 01:05:53 PM
I'm amending this post because I've FINALLY gotten around to finishing up this bag. Instead of making the two handles dictated by the pattern, I just made one. I lined the bag and the handle with an old shirt that got a sharpie mark on it. I really like the color of the shirt, so I decided to recycle it as the lining. 


It's Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley, my number one, all time, most favorite band/leadsinger ever! (That's her in my avatar)
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / BF knits! on: January 31, 2005 10:59:00 PM
A lifelong dream of mine was realized recently when my boyfriend asked me to teach him how to knit. My first suggestion was a scarf, but he doesn't really wear scarves. So, we whipped up a pattern for a knitted tie based on one of his other ties, and he set to work. You can imagine my delight when he transformed into a knitter just as obsessive as I, although with a prediliction for knitting extremely tightly. I'm so proud! Here he is, sporting his fabulous knitted tie:
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/clintie.jpg

Are there any other knitsters out there who have lured their SO's into picking up sticks?
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Lacecap on: August 28, 2004 09:40:08 AM
This was my first attempt at knitting lace, and I messed up the pattern too many times to count. All in all though, I really am pleased with the way this came out.
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/lacey.jpg
It kind of looks like I'm wearing a jaunty little doily on my head!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pinstripe Skirt from Pinstripe Pants on: August 13, 2004 11:59:01 AM
Made this from a pair of pinstripe pants that sat too low on my hips. The lace was on sale for like $1/yard...so this skirt was really only $3, not counting the pants which I bought like a year ago, so they don't count Wink
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/skirt1.jpg
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/skirt2.jpg
16  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Pippi Knee Stockings on: August 06, 2004 11:30:57 PM
Hooray! I've finally finished my knee socks. I must say, I wish they were a bit longer, but other than that I'm really pleased with the way these turned out.




Made with 100% merino wool, these babies are waaaarm!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yet another recon-tank on: June 20, 2004 07:30:08 PM
Yar! Just finished reconstructing this from a t-shirt I bought at a thrift store ages ago. I used the pattern in the latest Readymade as a starting point. Wearing it makes me feel like a pirate.
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/recontank.jpg
18  UNITED STATES / Virginia / William and Mary Knitters? on: June 03, 2004 09:25:47 PM
Heya! I'm going to be a senior next year at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Any fellow students out there who would like to start a Stitch N'Bitch for W&M? I know there are plenty of knitters on campus (I see 'em in the DG all the time). Most of my close friends graduated last year, and I want to find some fellow crafters on campus!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Karate Tee (hee hee hee) on: June 03, 2004 08:59:38 PM
I rescued this guy from the kids section of a thrift store. Originally a sweatshirt, I chopped off most of the sleeves, sewed the raw edges of them under to form casings, and threaded yellow ribbon through them. I wish I had a picture of me wearing it, because it looks kind of weird on the hanger.
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/karateshirt.jpg
A detail of the front graphic; notice how that one fellow seems to have sliced the other dude in half with only his mighty foot.
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/karateshirt2.jpg
A detail of the sleeve:
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/karatesleeve.jpg
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hat and Armwarmers on: June 03, 2004 08:49:30 PM
I made these a while ago, but since I'm new I thought I'd post them. The hat was very simple:
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/flowerhat.jpg
Using US 8, 16" circular needles, I cast on 78 or so stitches, and then knit in seed stitch until I had about 2 inches, then switched to stockinette. Once I had knit about 3 more inches, I started the decreasing rounds and eventually threaded the remaining stitches on a piece of yarn and pulled them tight to form the top of the hat. To make the weird little flower thing I knit a cone of the light blue yarn on four needles, then pulled the large end of the cone tight on a piece of yarn and threaded the yarn through the bottom of the cone. I made the center of the flower out of some I-cord and sewed the whole business onto the side of the hat.

The armwarmers came from an idea I got while knitting a pair of mittens, and I just adapted the mitten pattern to make the warmers.
http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~smpare/armwarmers.jpg
On four size US 5 needles, I cast on 48 stitches and knit in k2 p2 rib for about and inch and a half, then switched to stockinette. After the warmers were as long as I wanted, I started increasing to make the thumb gore. Once the thumb gore was as long as I wanted it to be, I cast off those stitches an knitted up the top of the warmers. The thing I like most about them is that they remind me of all the cheesy/awesome femme-ninja costumes I've ever seen.
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