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1  Re: ribbon scarf - Tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by trufflegirl on: June 17, 2005 05:40:16 PM
I've been saying ever since I first saw this thread that I wanted to make one of these scarves as a wrap to wear with my wedding dress. Yesterday, I finally got organized, and made it! I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

I used tear-away interfacing rather than solvy/sulky paper, because it was much more readily available. (Read: I got the tear-away stuff for about $3/m at Fabricland, down the street from my parents' place.) Here's a shot of the ribbons all pinned along the interfacing --- I don't think I've ever used that many pins for a project before!

Once the ribbons were sewn, and the pins removed, I just had to tear away the backing. Easy peasy! And in the end, I was happy not to have to get my beautiful ribbons wet --- I spent almost $100 on gorgeous ribbon, shopping at Mokuba and other trim boutiques in Toronto, since this is to be the showpiece of my wedding ensemble...

Some of the ribbons are solid, some are sheer, and I love the way the textures play together. (Note that the colours are really inaccurate here --- the shawl is mostly ivory, with accents of soft sage-y green, antique gold, and a little bit of lavender. It's not all peachy-pinky as it seems in these pics!)

I also love that this can be worn as a scarf, so it's really flexible --- it can be very formal, or much more relaxed.

(No pics yet of me modelling it with my wedding dress --- the only one around here to take pics of me is my fianc, and he's NOT allowed to see the dress!)
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2  Re: iPod Cozies in Knitting: Completed Projects by trufflegirl on: May 25, 2005 04:46:13 PM
I whipped up a little cozy for my friend's new iPod this afternoon, using some ribbon yarn left over from another project. It's a super-simple design... I did stockinette stitch, but did a purl row instead of a knit row wherever the fabric was to bend --- it gives it a nice sharp edge. There's a wee eyelet hole in the top, for the earphone cord. The front flap buttons up or down for easy access to the controls. I do so love projects that can be measured in minutes or hours instead of days or weeks!

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3  Re: sideways wrap in Knitting: Completed Projects by trufflegirl on: April 29, 2005 04:31:48 AM
Alrighty then, I took a couple of images of the whole thing for you all:

I couldn't get a decent picture of myself wearing it, so I used the dressform --- but it's hard to make the shawl-thing drape right (either as a wrap or as a scarf) on a form with no arms and no neck!
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4  sideways wrap in Knitting: Completed Projects by trufflegirl on: April 28, 2005 08:08:41 AM
For Mother's Day, I knit my mother a shawl/wrap/scarf/thing. It's knit end-to-end, instead of sideways, out of cheap-but-super-soft Red Heart Symphony in River Blue. Through the drop-stitch stripes, I wove a variegated ribbon yarn, ONline Linie 15 Orlando in Lost Lagoon. (Not only does that add visual interest, it also gives some stability to the long and very stretchy wrap.)

The fringe is so light-weight that it floats in the air as you move.

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5  super-simple capelet, with tutorial/pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by trufflegirl on: February 06, 2005 02:03:40 PM
Yay! I made a capelet!

Bonus features:
- Incredibly soft, and not itchy
- Washable
- Affordable yarn
- Easy enough that a beginner like me can manage it (all you need to know is knit, purl, k2tog, and yo)
- Big needles, so it knits up quickly
- Unlike a poncho, it's not going to drag in my food when I try to eat
- Also unlike a poncho, it doesn't make me look like a tent

I started out trying to make a poncho from a freebie pattern put out by Red Heart, but it was using far more yarn than it called for, and I couldn't get my hands on any more of the same yarn easily, so I decided to change the pattern around. I've never written a pattern out before (this is only my fourth knitting project) so bear with me. I hope this makes sense! If something's unclear, let me know and I'll try to explain it better...

8mm/#11 circular needles
1 1/2 balls of Red Heart Symphony (fuzzy acrylic --- hooray for cheap yarn!)

Cast on 175 stitches.
Knit 5 rows, then purl a row, knit a row, and purl a row. Repeat. This creates a ridged effect, like this:

Knit in pattern for 18", ending with 4 knit rows (i.e., finish the ridges, then stop here before you start knitting the next stockinette/flat section).

Using stitch markers, divide the 175 stitches as follows: 25-50-25-50-25. The 25 stitches on either end will form the front of the capelet, and the 25 in the middle will form the back; the groups of 50 in between will be decreased gradually to form shoulders.

Continue to knit in pattern, but in the shoulder sections, *k1, k2tog* in every RS row. (Just knit normally for the front and back panels.) Continue this way until the shoulder sections are down to only a few stitches apiece.

Begin the next ridged section by knitting one wrong side row, but instead of knitting the next right side row as in pattern, do eyelets all the way across (*k2tog, yo* --- by my count, you should end with a k2tog).

Knit 3 more rows (wrong side, right side, wrong side) to make a little wee collar, then bind off.

Weave the ribbon through the eyelet, and tie in a pretty bow! You've made a capelet!

(I apologize for the not-so-great photos. It's hard to take pics of yourself in a mirror while posing and not using a flash! The colour in the close-up shots is closer to the real colour of the yarn, but it's a little less purple-y.)
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6  "Masala" crazy quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by trufflegirl on: February 02, 2005 01:01:44 PM
I'm just getting one of my wall-hanging quilts ready to enter into a student/staff art show at my university, and I realized that I haven't posted it here. This is a quilt I made for my parents; I made a second quilt with many of the same fabrics for my fianc, and posted it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7659.0

I call this quilt "Masala" because of its spicy colours. One of the main features of the quilt does not, unfortunately, come through in photographs: namely, all the fabrics (and even the ribbons and rick-rack) are highly textured, so it's a very tactile piece that invites touching. There's corduroy, velvet, microfiber, satin, you name it! One tricky aspect of using so many different fabrics is trying to get everything to lie flat where there are joins; it's also sometimes harder to do the embellishments, because some fabrics are woven too tightly to allow embroidery, so the designs have to take that into account.

The individual squares were pieced by hand, to a fabric backing, and then embellished with ribbon, rick-rack, and lots of embroidery. The entire quilt was then sewn together by machine: I don't trust my hand-sewing to follow straight lines over a distance!

Details of the panels:

I'm trying to kick-start my energy to get back to quilting. I have a half-pieced quilt that I'm currently working on, but it hasn't progressed much in months. It's going to be a similar 8-panel design, only instead of just abstract colour and design, it's depicting a view of rock and water and sky --- based roughly on the landscape of the English coastline in West Somerset, where I lived once... The whole thing will be overlaid with lots of beading and embroidery and trim-work, for sparking water, rain, and so on.

(ETA: link to the other quilt.)
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7  Re: wall-hanging crazy quilt, with instructions! in Quilting: Completed Projects by trufflegirl on: January 23, 2005 10:08:04 AM
Only two years after I finished making it, I finally hung this wall-hanging up yesterday! I got a little iron curtain-rod, and those clip-rings, and hung the quilt above our bed. The pillows on the bed (the green hand-embroidered plaid and the brown button one) were made of gorgeous raw silk by my sister, and I think they compliment the quilt nicely!

(The reason for the delay hanging the quilt: until last weekend, our room was a mish-mash, with burgundy walls and a pink-and-blue duvet. Now that we're selling the house, we had more motivation to redecorate!)
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8  Re: New to knitting...what's a super-easy hat pattern? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by trufflegirl on: January 23, 2005 10:01:41 AM
I just shot a couple of quick pics of the hat, for reference... This is only my second-ever project, so I'm excited that it turned out so well! (The colour is a rather vibrant royal blue, because it was hand-me-down yarn and that's what I had. Now that I know it works, I'll go out and get new yarn in a colour I actually like!)

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9  Proud mama: baby blanket (and first-ever project) in Knitting: Completed Projects by trufflegirl on: January 23, 2005 09:56:39 AM
I learned to knit just after Christmas, and decided that for my first project I'd make a baby blanket for a friend who's expecting this spring... (Flat, no shaping required, basic stitches only.) It took exactly three weeks to knit up (though I haven't yet dealt with the loose ends or blocked it out). I basically made up my own pattern, which was 121 stiches wide, with a seed stitch border (10 rows, top and bottom, and 8 stitches on either side) and stockinette in the centre. I'm so thrilled with the result! It's not quite perfect (there are a couple of little holes, I'm not entirely sure how they got there but I think I can mend them invisibly enough) but hey, for a first project, I'm happy!

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10  Re: Run Dos Run! [my geeky stencil shirt] in Stenciling: Completed Projects by trufflegirl on: December 22, 2004 03:57:58 PM
I did end up making a version of this shirt for our computer-geek friend, and gave it to him last night. He loved it!

I made mine using a printer transfer, and I tried to capture the feeliig of the old green-screen monitors. It ended up looking like this:

I have a much larger version, at high resolution, and properly reversed for printing the transfer. (The transfer prints out about the size of those hello-my-name-is stickers, which I placed on the left breast of the shirt.) If anyone's interested, I can e-mail it to you! (PM me...)
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