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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First sweater! (okay, that might be reaching a bit) on: January 10, 2008 01:46:28 PM
I had a ball of Knitpicks Andean Silk leftover after knitting an Argosy scarf (maybe I'll post that someday too) so I decided to make a sweater for my puppy!  She's actually almost a year old but she's very small, even for her breed, so one ball is PLENTY of yarn... I even had some left over!

Here's a shot of Miyo with her sweater (she really likes it)!  I had to take the picture when she was sleeping because that's only time she holds still, so that's why she looks a little out of it.  You can see big sis Chi snoozing in the background:

Here's a better shot of the cable detail on the back.  I had a hard time getting her to not be wiggly... she knows exactly what the camera is:

And here it is next to a tape measure so you can see how tiny:

This is my first non-scarf, circular and dpn project.  It's just so darn funny to see the wee sweater on the wee puppy that I had to share.

I got the pattern here.... it was the only sweater pattern I could find for circs that I could easily make smaller for miss Miyo.  I did it in stockingette instead of rib and added the cable with the help of this tutorial on cabling without a cable needle.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / weatherproof cushions for outdoor furniture on: June 15, 2007 11:12:23 AM
I've got some weatherproof Waverly Sun and Shade fabric picked out to make some cushions for my new (fake) wicker sofa.

What I need to know is whether I can use regular ol' foam or if there is some kind of special outdoor-type foam that I should use for cushions and pillows.

I'm fab at making cushions, have done plenty for indoors but never any for outdoors.  I have high hopes of bringing them in for bad weather, but I live in Portland, Oregon, so I know there will be times when they get left outside in the rain.  Because it, seriously, like, rains every day, I swear.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / winter skirt w/ embroidery and applique on: December 18, 2006 05:02:00 PM
I made this Saturday!



4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a whole bunch of summer skirts! pic heavy! on: November 16, 2006 05:02:37 PM
Two to take on vacation:


Vintage fabric I bought at Three Monkeys in Portland.  I used pintucks to made the waist.
Here's a closeup of the pintucks.
Velvet ribbon 'round the bottom.
On the bias; silk ribbon detail.
'k, this one needs ironed.  Those gathers were a pain in the butt!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Finally! The summer dresses I made on: November 16, 2006 04:38:23 PM
All-over embroidery (not done by me!). I haven't worn it because, although the bodice is lined, I think it needs lined everywhere.  So I'll get around to fixing that one of these days!

I made this one first.  These are all from the same pattern.  I wore it to my graduation from... well, let's just say from the school where I was awarded an advanced degree.  Wink  No one saw it because it was under a silly robe.

I made this one to wear in the Caribbean last spring.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New winter clothes! on: November 16, 2006 04:32:22 PM
Italian wool flannel skirt.  This is the back, where there are a couple of snazzy box pleats.  It is fully lined.


Tweed sheath dress. Fully lined with interesting topstitching that you can't see in the photo.


Tweed waistcoat.  I saw one like it at Loft.  It looks really nice with a Victorian-style blouse and jeans.  I had extra fabric from the dress.


All are basically from patterns, with details added by me.  Let me know what you think!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Using heavy topstitching thread in a machine on: November 09, 2006 08:29:34 AM
I want to hem a pair of jeans and I want to match the thread that is there already, which is a heavy thread.

In the past when I have purchased Gutermann topstitching thread, which is heavier than regular thread, and tried to use it in my machine it goes very badly.

This is what happens.  After two or three stitches the thread gets all bunched up on the underside and the machine won't go any farther.

I have tried all I can think of, including every combination of the following (and I am using a nice big topstitching needle):

1) handwinding bobbin thread loosely and tightly as well as winding it with the machine.
2) adjusting the bobbin tension
3) adjusting the needle tension
4) using longer stitches

I don't have any trouble sewing through 6 layers of denim with ordinary thread when using long stitches and making sure tension is adjusted properly.  So I know it's not that.  It is definitely the thread.  At the store where I bought the machine, they couldn't offer anything good, just said to use the triple stitch because it looks like a heavy thread.  NOT HELPFUL!

The machine is a Pfaff 2040 and is about 6 years old.

Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / stitch chart symbol question on: October 14, 2006 05:17:16 PM
Hi all,

I am experimenting with some patterns in The Knitting Stitch Bible, but some of the symbol definitions seem to be missing!  I was wondering if anyone could tell me what it means when the chart just has a number in the square.  It's alone, not in a circle, just plain.

Example is on page 144 if you have book.  The pattern is an embossed leaf.  It almost looks like an increase, but there is no instruction in the next row as to what to do with the extra stitches so I don't think it can be that.   Huh Help!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / "sweater stitch?" on: April 24, 2006 03:55:01 PM
I saw, somewhere, a reference to using something called a "sweater stitch" because it is "much lighter weight than normal sc."  I've never heard of this; I searched the forum and didn't find anything. Anyone know what it is?

thanks so much,

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / hmm... drafting a pattern vs using a commercial pattern? on: April 14, 2006 03:11:42 PM
I rarely draft my own pattern, preferring instead to at least start with something that's already been done (a commercial pattern) and then, at a minimum, adjusting it for fit.  Often I just get the basic idea with a commerical pattern and then mess about with the details on my own.  And I don't generally bother with consulting the pattern guide that comes with the pattern.  And sometimes I frankenstein two or even three patterns together.

I've noticed around here though that a lot of people are drafting their own patterns, and even for things that I know one could find a commericial pattern for.  It's like a badge of honor or something.  So what do you think the advantage is of starting completely from scratch?  Cost?  Instructions?  Uniqueness?  I'd like to know.  Please share!   Smiley

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