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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How best to combine handknits with machine sewing? on: June 05, 2008 01:02:55 PM
I have this idea for a series of purses that are sewn from canvas or something similarly sturdy that each have a panel of handknit fabric inset on the side. I'm not one who finds handsewing fun or durable, so is there a way to combine these two materials without destroying them or my machine?

Also, I have access to industrial lockstitch machines and sergers, if that helps.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Best Purse Pattern for Knitters? on: May 17, 2007 12:28:11 AM
I'm trying to design a pattern for a new purse. I need something fairly large (I was thinking about 18" x 11" x 6") with plenty of pockets, including an interior one for my knitting. Are there any patterns floating around out there that are like this? At this moment in my life I'd rather just follow a pattern than have to devote a ton of thought to making one.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to make with Joann Sensations Angel Hair? on: April 25, 2006 03:09:23 PM
In my effort to destash I've reencountered a bag of Joann Angel Hair yarn that I bought on a whim because it was ridiculously soft and on sale. The problem is that now I still have no idea what to make with it. It's too thick and furry to reasonably be any sort of flattering sweater for me, plus I only have 720 yards of it. I'd like to make something with it, preferably now (I have no idea why) and am calling out to all of you for ideas.

I have 4 skeins (480 yds) of a variegated grey and 2 skeins (240 yards) of a variegated purple.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Third Butterfly - check! on: April 24, 2006 12:56:09 AM
I have yarn for a minimum of 6 Butterfly camisoles and love the crap out of the pattern, so I've been finding excuses to make more of them.

The first, of course, was for me.

And then my friend's birthday was looming and she loved my Butterfly, so next was one for her.

Realizing that I could crank one of these out in a couple of weeks, I decided that my mother, my own personal butterfly, needed one of these for Her birthday, and so the third Butterfly was born.

My mother is one of those classic redheads that actually looks fabulous in oranges and browns and greens. She already owns plenty of green and brown, so a sunset sort of colour was the obvious choice. I was kind of bored with single colours, however, so I threw some vivid pumpkin in there as well. That turned out to be a bit Too vivid, which led to the idea of the double-stranded frill and picot edging. I also like that double-stranding the straps made them a bit sturdier.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Alternative to a photomural? on: March 27, 2006 02:53:02 PM
I have this enormous, blank, white wall in my apartment that in an ideal financial situation would be covered with a panoramic forest photomural. However, after having looked into it a bit I have concluded that there is no way I'm spending $1500 on a wall that I'll leave behind in the next couple of years. What I'm looking for now is a more cost-effective, most likely DIY alternative to a photomural. Something that still produces the same sort of feeling and covers my whole wall; something I could ideally take down and with me next time I move.

The wall is 19'x8' and is currently sporting a coat of flat (yes, flat. My landlord is sort of cheap.) white paint.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Interweave Knits Fall '04 Corset Pullover - done! on: December 16, 2005 04:28:53 PM
It's about bloody time I finished this thing!

Sorry about the less-than-great picture.

Anyway, I made this in Lion Brand Cotton (black, obviously) and decided that I loved the straps too much to omit them. I'm fairly certain I made the third size and added a few extra decreases/increases to make it closer to my shape.

It's like Lip Service knitwear!  Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I can't stay away from lacing! on: November 24, 2005 04:51:44 PM
I'm posting this a couple of months late due to laziness, but I made this back in September for my sister's 15th birthday.

I also made a mauve/rose TLC Amor version of knitty's W to go with it. I'm sort of sad that I didn't have time to make any jewelry to complete the outfit, but oh well.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Problems sewing microfleece on: November 23, 2005 11:09:45 PM


Every time I try to sew this microfleece with my sewing machine the stitches won't "stick" in place. The only way I can get a line of them to stay in place is to go back&forth&back&forth&back&forth and then it looks horrible. This doesn't work at All for the zigzag embroidery I want to do and means I'll have to handsew this stuff. I don't have enough time, patience, or skill to handsew this thing in time to mail it out on Friday. Please help me!!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Aubergine off-the-shoulder sweater - delayed but done! on: October 16, 2005 02:16:26 AM
This thing took me something like 4 months to make, not because it was a particularly difficult or tedious project, but because I ran out of yarn an inch and a half before finishing[/b]. It took something like a month for the new yarn to arrive, thanks to it being backordered, but when it did I busted out the needles like whoa and finished this baby just in time for sweater weather to hit.

It's more or less based on this pattern, but I added quite a bit of shaping, faux princess seams, a fair amount of length, and knit the entire thing in the round (even the sleeves! yay for magic loop technique!). It is ridiculously cozy, and really is a rich aubergine (bernat satin Sultana), despite the lighting.

I need to knit more purple things, Stat.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loop-d-Loop hooded capelet - done! on: October 05, 2005 08:31:45 PM
I love Loop-d-Loop so very much. I am slowly but steadily working my way through it, stopping after every project to whore out pictures of the FO, of course. ^_^

This thing is so ridiculously warm. Oh, I knit it up using Jiffy Thick&Quick, by the way. My only complaint was that the ENORMOUS needles aggravated the hell out of my right wrist, but I whipped through this quickly enough that I was fine.
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