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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: koi fish tote - not sure i like it yet :? on: June 17, 2007 03:52:42 PM
I LOVE IT! I love the way you made the koi a little wonky. It's got an edge to it. I would prefer a wonky button-eyed koi to a "correct" one any day.
12  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Ruffled Surplice - IK Spring '07 on: May 28, 2007 03:30:21 PM
That looks great chevykaylor! I can't get anywhere near gauge in the  bamboo I bought for the project, so you have convinced me to try it in Sugar n' Cream. How does the Sugar n' Cream feel knitted up as a garment?

Thanks! The Sugar'n Cream yarn is ... well, it's $7-a-pound yarn!  But it's 100% cotton, you can bleach it, and it's great stuff.  I knitted up a Debbie Bliss sweater in it and it looks as good today as it did two years ago when it came off the needles.  The El Cheapo yarn doesn't have the lovely soft hand of a luxury yarn, but the $73 savings seems to be a good trade-off.  Try it! Buy a small ball first.  If you hate it, frog it and make a couple of washcloths. Wal-Mart (no LYS here) has the 1-lb. cones in White and Ecru only (for $7 a hit).  If you go to marymaxim.com, you can get the cones in some good colors like Navy (which I am thinking about buying, because the sweater would look great in it, and it's my sister's favorite color! Why make one when you can make two at twice the price? Wink). Of course, they cost more like $13 or $14.

Also, my knitting tends to be loose, so just because I couldn't get exact gauge doesn't mean you won't be able to! Please let me know how you do! Good luck!
13  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Ruffled Surplice - IK Spring '07 on: May 27, 2007 10:39:46 AM
I just finished mine!

I used Sugar'n Cream yarn on a cone, because I can't afford to spend $80 on yarn. I couldn't get it to knit exactly to gauge (a size 9 needle was too tight, size 10 too big). I went with the smaller size because the picture in the magazine seemed to have kind of a shapeless fit.  It came out great, and looks great on my sister. I added a row of single crochet around the neckline (also around the hole for the surplice wrap), which made a huge difference in how "finished" it looked.  Anyway, I made this sweater for only $12! (Please note that it hasn't been washed or blocked yet--right off the needles--so I'm sure the neck & ruffle trim will lie a little flatter.)
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Ghost Portraits on: May 18, 2007 11:47:54 AM
Okay, here are my suggestions:

(1) Make sure you are scanning in full color, not grayscale, and certainly not bitmap. Your scanner should have software you scan through--set it to "expert" mode or the equivalent and you should be able to get control over this stuff.

(2) Set the resolution HIGH.  Generally, for print quality, your baseline is 300dpi.  If you are currently scanning at 300dpi, try doubling it.  Be warned, you will also double the size of your file.

If you are planning to really get into digitized art, you might want to think about getting yourself a copy of Adobe Illustrator and a decent graphics tablet.  On the better ones, the stylus is pressure sensitive so you can vary the width or intensity of your stroke by varying your pressure, just like you're drawing with a pencil & paper.  Then you end up with a scalable vector graphic.  Be warned, though: Illustrator has a long learning curve and I don't find it to be very intuitive.

Your drawings are awesome!  Keep up the great work.
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Ferrets! on: May 12, 2007 06:22:33 PM
Those are the cutest things I have ever seen.  I have never before had a desire to own a crocheted ferret.  How your world can change in an instant ....
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Post your photography in here :D on: May 04, 2007 03:54:58 AM
My beautiful daughter, asleep in her carseat:

A few images from a little book I am working on, "Things In My Backyard." Hopefully, I will come up with a more creative title (suggestions welcome).  By the way, if you ever REALLY LOOK AROUND in your backyard, you will be surprised at how much you can find there.

17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Cute Girl Illustrations on: May 04, 2007 03:54:42 AM
I like how they seem to form a family, yet retain individuality.
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Ariel's Wish on: May 04, 2007 03:53:48 AM
Awesome job. 
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: New digital work on: May 04, 2007 03:52:58 AM
Holy shit.  That's amazing.  I don't even want to KNOW how much time it took.  I am going to reevaluate the Corel platform...
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My first two paintings! on: May 04, 2007 03:51:50 AM
Amazingly cute!
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