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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Child Costume: Little Red Riding Hood: a fairy tale on: October 27, 2007 09:41:09 PM
There once was a little girl whose mother had lovingly made her a red riding hood.  It suited the girl so well that every one called her Little Red Riding Hood...

One day her mother sent Little Red Riding Hood to visit her grand mother with a basket of goodies.

As she was going through the wood she met with a wolf.

I made every stitch of this costume (except shoes, tights and basket)  without a pattern and from my own design.  I am very proud.  There is a skirt, apron with embroidery,  a dirndl and an undershirt.  There is also a cloak with detachable hood.  The Wolf is not part of my costume entry but I did make that for my son.

Here is a detail of the apron hand embroidery

I made the dirndl our of navy cotton twill.  Edged with red bias tape and made the eyelets by hand with red thread.

The cloak is made of red wool and red satin lining.  The construction of the hood was a little tricky - since I didn't have a pattern for any of this.  I LOVED the effect.
22  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Portland area children's costume contest?? on: October 27, 2007 08:17:31 PM
I am really, really proud of my daughter's Little Red Riding Hood costume.  I want to show it off!  Does anyone know of a kids costume contest in the Portland area.  I know there are costume contests but they are usually in clubs and adult themed.  Not for my one year old.  I live on the Westside more in the Beaverton area but I will travel.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitty's Calorimetry help Please on: October 20, 2007 06:19:19 PM
what size needles did you use and what weight yarn?

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty's Calorimetry help Please on: October 20, 2007 05:50:50 PM
Ok so I made myself a lovely calorimetry but the trouble is it is too big. 
First time I made it I didn't do a gauge test (because really who needs one- apparently me)  I used size 8 needles like the pattern said and worsted yarn (I didn't know what weight yarn they used) and it was way to wide and long - like a hat really or a calorimetry for a giant.

So I frogged it and remade it on much smaller needles doing a gauge test first.  I used the recommended 120 co stitches.

IT ended up 20" long as in the picture -but it stretches a LOT.  And it really is a few inches too long.

also it is Much too wide

you can see that it covers a LOT of my head -too much for a calorimetry

and you can see in the Knitty http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTcalorimetry.html
Photos it is not so big.

The pattern says to just lessen the number of co stitches but how does that affect the width and the whole beautiful math of this pattern.  It is so logical but I can't figure out how many stitches to decrease by.

I would like the final width to be about 4 1/2".

Thanks for your help
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Spooky witch silhouette decoration on: October 17, 2007 01:59:24 PM
I was visiting my aunt and she had this metal witch decoration.  SO I traced it, took the tracing  home and cut my own out of mounting board.  Before I found a place to put it my son ripped it in half Angry
So I made a new one.  The parts that look like feet are actually the paper easel I made to hold it up.  She still needs a lantern and a broom.

26  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Kermit the Frog on: October 16, 2007 09:53:57 AM
Wow,  he's aces!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: lacy baby sweater from vintage pattern on: October 07, 2007 02:01:48 PM
Oh that is SO cute - I am lusting after the pattern. What sizes did the pattern have? I think your color choice is great too.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / corset quandry on: October 05, 2007 08:20:37 PM
OK so I have decided to quit fighting with bras and start wearing corsets.

1) bras don't fit me (yes I have been properly measured many many times)
2) I am fine with going braless but I hang low so my clothes don't look right/ fit properly when I do that. same thing when I use a cami or a sports bra - things don't look right
3) I made sensible stays from past patterns and find them quite comfy.

I am not looking to make myself skinier - I just think that it makes more sense to push up than suspend from the shoulders.

So I am wondering where the good corset patterns are.  I am not particularly interested in boning because I am not looking to squeeze into another shape.  I am looking for a nice normal 2 round breasts shape.

29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Square Quilt on: September 20, 2007 11:31:08 AM
Your quilt is lovely not a "monstrosity" any one who calls it that should be shot.  It is georgeous.  I feel your pain I have a quilt that I hand designed, appliqued and quilted - took me 4 years and 2 pregnancies to finish it.  I am waiting for the energy to post it.  And then even more energy to hang it on the wall.
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: When I grow up I want to be a dragon on: September 15, 2007 10:39:24 AM
kjlutz!  I love your icon.  I love the Paper Bag Princess.  "Ronald...You look like a real prince, but you are a bum."
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