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1  To help make up for all the air conditioning I'm using..... in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by DRivero on: June 11, 2008 07:57:16 AM
.....I made this from plastic grocery bags (plarn, as it has been called). This is my first time working with it and, aside from cutting the bags up, I really enjoyed using it:

My lovely niece Nancy, modeling for me

Close up

This idea popped into my head as soon as I read the challenge theme, I don't know why, as I have only seen bags and coasters made from plastic bags.  I thought it would resemble a straw hat, and I think it does.  It's kind of bumpy, but I sort of wanted it that way.  I was going for a worn out, hat-belonging-to-a-Key-West-local feel.

One thing I wanted but couldn't quite get was a very wide, flat brim, for kayaking.  It either curled inwards or went swoopy, if you know what I mean, so I decided to just let it do its thing and not fight it.  I sort of designed this on the fly; I guess 'll look for a crochet pattern for a wide brim had and try to adjust it for plarn to get my kayaking hat.  Actually, there a few different hat styles I want to try.

PS- I know this one hat doesn't make up for the AC, but everyone I know wants one, so I'm having to take bags from the bag-recycling-bin in front of my grocery store.  I emptied it out!
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2  Haaalp! (terrible drawing added) in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by DRivero on: May 13, 2008 10:16:12 PM
<EDIT: I have added a drawing at the bottom of this post, since I can't get a picture>

Okay, I have taken up crochet again, which I learned as a child.  Currently, I am attempting to crochet a baby sweater, one of the free patterns on the Bernat web site.  This will be my first "shaped", patterned crochet project; until now it's been all hats and doilies (okay, maybe not doilies).  Anyway, I have gotten through, correctly I think, this pattern up to the "BACK" section, where I am firmly stuck.  I've included the instructions below, up through the section in question; maybe someone can get a general idea of what it looks like so far and give me a hand?

BODY: Ch 60 (68-76).
Foundation row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from
hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1.
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in each sc to end of row.
Ch 3. Turn.
2nd row: (eyelet row). Miss first 2 sts. *1
hdc in next st. Ch 1. Miss next st. Rep from
* to last st. 1 hdc in last st. Ch 1. Turn.
3rd row: 1 sc in each st or ch to end of
row. Ch 1. Turn. 59 (67-75) sc.
4th row: 1 sc in each sc to end of row.
Ch 1. Turn. Rep last row until work from
beg measures 6 (7-8) ins [15 (19-20.5)
cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

RIGHT FRONT: Next row: (RS). Work
across 14 (16-18) sts. Ch 1. Turn. Leave
rem sts unworked. Cont even until work from
divide measures 2 (2-3) ins [6 (6-7.5)
cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

Neck shaping: 1st row: (RS). Sl st in first
5 (6-6) sts. Ch 1. 1 sc in same st as last sl st.
1 sc in each st to end of row. Ch 1. Turn.
10 (11-13) sts.
2nd row: Work to last 2 sts. Sc2tog over
last 2 sts.
3rd row: Sc2tog over first 2 sts. Work to
end of row. Ch 1. Turn. 8 (9-11) sts. Cont
even until armhole measures 4 (5-5) ins
[11.5 (12.5-14) cm], ending with RS facing
for next row and omitting turning ch at end
of last row. Fasten off.

Okay, I think I've gotten all that right; here's where I'm stuck (underlined):

BACK: With RS of work facing, miss next
Join yarn with sl st to next st. Ch 1. 1 sc
in same sp. Work across 28 (32-36) sts.
Ch 1. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked. Cont
even across 29 (33-37) sts of Back until
armhole measures same length as Right
Front to shoulder, ending with RS facing for
next row and omitting turning ch at end of
last row. Fasten off

I know this is stupid, but where it says "miss next stitch", what stitch are they talking about?  The section before that had me fasten off, so I'm not sure what the next stitch is.  The next part of the pattern starts the same way, "miss next stitch".  I am stuck like Chuck, and I would SO appreciate it if someone out there can help, so thanks in advance.

I had to take a photo with my phone and send it to my computer, but it hasn't arrived yet.  I'll post the pic when I can; maybe it'll help.

Edited to add: Well, I've emailed myself the photo from my cell phone, but I'm not getting it.  I probably did something wrong, so here is a (crude) drawing of the project so far:

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3  Re: Lucha/Wrestling mask pattern? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by DRivero on: April 21, 2008 01:03:08 PM
Well, I gave it a shot, but it isn't pretty.  I'll post pics as soon as I figure out who took my camera.  I used some VERY bright yellow cotton interlock, and made the applique pieces out of vinyl.  As far as fitting on the head, it's great, but the details are more complicated, as the pieces need to be contoured to fit the face and I pretty much suck at stuff like that.

However, my sister had a great idea: use my embroidery machine to make the mask details (now why didn't I think of that?)!!  I can't wait to try it, but I'd do the embroidery on the fabric before I cut out the pattern.  Here is the design:

I'll likely split the design in half and embroider it in two pieces, then cut the pattern out around it.  Hopefully, if I sew it together correctly, it will be somewhat cohesive.

I will be so stoked if this works!
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4  Re: make a dog outfit in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by DRivero on: July 19, 2007 11:06:19 AM
She is three months old.  Here she is, taken just now while she was laying on my 22yo son's back:

And another one, just because she's so darn cute:

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5  Lucha/Wrestling mask pattern? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by DRivero on: July 16, 2007 10:47:44 PM
I know this has been asked before (for example, here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=179477.0), but I have searched and SEARCHED and can't find a pattern or tutorial for making a basic wrestling/luchador mask.  Here is a pic of one:

When I Google, all I find is other people asking for a pattern or tute!  Anyone out there know of one?
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6  Need help with a gored skirt in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by DRivero on: June 18, 2007 05:08:17 PM
Recently, I bought this awesome fabric.  I can't take a pic right now, due to camera problems, but here's a pic of the same fabric someone's selling on Ebay:

Anyway, this fabric screams "SKIRT" to me, and I want to make a 6 panel (gore) one with a zip in the back and bias binding along the hem and waistline.  However, I'm stuck on the math, as per usual. 

Does anyone have a "formula" for figuring out the dimensions of each panel? 

Also, since it's a one-way fabric, I'm having trouble imagining the pattern layout.  Any advice?

Oh, and in case anyone's interested, here's the link to the Ebay auction.  Only 1/2 a yard though Sad Hey, it's the least I can do for pinching the pic, right?

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7  ? for you pattern drafters in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by DRivero on: April 26, 2007 01:30:27 PM
I have this gorgeous knit fabric and I want to make a dress out of it.  I have a picture in my head of exactly how I want it to look; I just need to get there.  Here is my (truly horrific) MS Paint sketch:

Basically, the top part is overlapped, but only slightly, and comes down to just under the bust (yes, those are supposed to be my boobs, and yes, I do want it to be a bit on the revealing side.  Hey, I'm old (44) and chunky; I gotta flaunt what I got ^_^).  The sleeves are not really sleeves; they actually just a horizontal extension of the bodice, which will be slightly gathered (or maybe darted) to fit the ruched-thingy at the waist (so it's high-waisted).  The skirt will either be a half-circle if I have enough fabric, or an A-line if i don't.

Here's where I'm having trouble: I'm thinking I'll make a three piece bodice, all rectangles, slightly wider than I need, sew the shoulder seams, then sew the side seams, leaving the top open as armholes.  In my mind, this works; I end up with a slightly-more-than-sleeveless look. 

Does this make sense to anyone but me?  I'm wondering if I should make the outer edges of the bodice more sleeve-shaped.  I bought the fabric on Ebay and I LOVE it; if I ruin it I'll cry.  Plus, it's white, so it'll show every screw-up.  I checked my WallyWorld for $1/yard knit fabric to make a muslin, but no go (for some reason they rarely have knits-grrr Undecided). 

Behold my beautiful fabric, as modeled by my also beautiful daughter:

And a close-up:

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8  Re: A different kind of quikie dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by DRivero on: April 11, 2007 02:54:12 PM
Pardon my truly horrible MS Paint skills, but I tried to draw what I think it would look like.  How close am I?

Sorry the writing is so small!
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