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11  Coraline Sweater Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by pocketwatch on: December 02, 2012 01:38:15 AM
Coraline might not be a movie about craftsmanship, but that is all I can think about when I rewatch it, and I love it. The faces and bodies and clothes and sets are beautifully handmade. I think the long gorgeous intro that shows mechanical hands sewing a doll is a nod to that labor. I was thinking about those precious everyday objects when I was in Michael's picking out a squishy, glittery ball of Vanna's Glamour. I thought this would look kind of like her hair + raincoat. I was knitting the first toe before I realized the yarn is quite similar to Coraline's sweater, and since the socks were working up so plain I embraced the similarity and added some felt stars. 

I knit these with my default sock recipe, which works perfectly in my default sock yarn so it didn't occur to me that it might not work in this yarn. These socks are loose around the ankle and don't stay up, but I will share what I did:
needles: US 3 dpns
yarn: Vanna's Glamour Sapphire, Palette Safflower
Cast on 60 stitches (72 for a man)
2" k2p2 ribbing
k3p1 ribbing to heel
half stitches to waste yarn holder, fake provisional cast on same number
k3p1 ribbing to toe, except decrease 4 stitches on each side after the heel and again before the toe.
heel: replace waste yarn with 3 dpns.
knit in round with increasingly frequent decreases until 12 stitches remain
graft horizontally
toe: similar to heel, but graft when 26 stitches remain
stars: The easiest way to freehand them is to cut felt pentagons and cut those into decagons. Then baste in place with sewing thread.
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12  Re: Harry Potter Ornaments Swap in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: February 11, 2012 02:02:00 PM
This is super late, but might be helpful if there is another round. Here is what I sent to hapiehina:

A snitch with lacy cut paper wings.

A simple wand in a box.

A little paper owl. This was hard to photograph, and finicky to put together, but I was very proud of him. After I took the picture, I added a little Merry Christmas banner to his leg.
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13  Re: Harry Potter Ornaments Swap in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: December 23, 2011 02:49:43 PM
I've received from happiehina! Everything is just perfect.
Here is a group shot:

The snitch:

The grumpy sorting hat and wand (made from paper and hot glue!):

The ornaments are all super light- I don't know what they're made from. They are really cleanly made, and shimmery. Love them!
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14  Free Graduation Announcements (Tutorial) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pocketwatch on: April 15, 2011 06:48:50 PM

I almost panicked at the Grad Fair my school had- I expected high prices but I hoped to get 10 invitations with photos for not more than $70. The closest package to what I wanted added up to  $92.57. Also, up close the announcements didn't look fancy like I expected- the school seal was a sticker, the font was curly instead of classic, and the free edge of the cards was frayed to show the thick paper. (I think this effect looks good on artistic stuff, just not something that should be classic) So I decided to make invitations from the fliers I got at the Grad Fair.

Scavenged Materials: Price Sheet for Graduation Announcements, Commencement Brochure, and a Campus Map

I circled the relevant info on the brochure. Most of the brochure was important info for guests, or gave a cool atmosphere by showing what I have to do to get ready, but part of it was cluttered with things I "should" buy, so I papered over it with my handwritten graduation announcement.

(I copied the sample text from the Price Sheet.)

Put the announcement on the flier diagonally, so that all the corners are within the edges of the flier, and fold all the edges over crisply, leaving the top flap for last.

I folded some envelopes to take advantage of the color printing in my school colors, and some envelopes to show the package prices as an implied explanation for my handmade invites.
If you have glue, a pen, and stamps on hand these are free and the info on the found materials makes this a very quick project. I wouldn't really recommend this if you have more than a few invites to send, except now that I think about it I came at the last hour of the last day of the fair, so these were probably going to get tossed.
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15  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by pocketwatch on: February 16, 2011 11:07:36 AM
I'm loving reading this thread! Y'all are so good with techniques. I have started a destroyed/salvaged dress made from hand me downs from my family. It's for art class, and due next week. I have a bit more done on it than the picture shows, but it is at school, so here is the first progress picture:

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16  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 11 (send out 11/04) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: December 17, 2010 12:35:01 AM

this is the little yeti I sent. I'm at my parents' house so I don't have my notes and I can't tell who I sent it to, but I did find the pic while looking for something else. december is so *busy*.
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17  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 11 (send out 11/04) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: November 21, 2010 11:00:24 PM
I received this beautiful dinosaur from fosca. I love his little eyes and he feels very sturdy. Thanks so so much!
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18  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 11 (send out 11/04) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: October 30, 2010 04:15:53 AM
This is what CKLNH made for me. She's kind of a classic dotee, very sweet and textured. She has a lace skirt with a great button. Her face is the best- it has pink and black freckles over blushing cheeks : ). I love all the colors and the face is soooo seamless with the body. Is it painted on the fabric of the body or is it just really well joined? You are good with details, I noticed you even matched up the stripes PERFECTLY.

thanks loads, what a lovely package to open on a rainy day.

she also sent me this great fabric:

which is beautiful but so pristine. (almost all of the fabric I use I repurpose)
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19  Re: Dotees - Mini Art Dolls - Round 11 (send out 11/04) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pocketwatch on: October 30, 2010 04:08:40 AM
this is what greeted me when I unwrapped my package from greenlemurkids:
an explosion of pink and at its heart, the planet Saturn. <3

It's beautifully embellished with HUNDREDS of gold and orange seed beads, has a sweet, calm face and is topped off with a copper star. it has a nice weight to it, too. The rest of my dotees are hung on the wall (because the loops at the "neck" make them hang forward instead of upright) but I think I need to find some fishing line to hang this one from the ceiling because it is beautifully balanced when I hold it up. The backing is even space fabric! Thank you so much Smiley I love him!

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20  Let me send you a postcard! +9 finished ATCs in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by pocketwatch on: September 12, 2010 06:31:37 PM
If anyone in the US would like a hand illustrated/painted postcard I would love to send you one! Just pm me! I planned to send out 100 postcards in the next month or two so that instead of my art being seen by me and my handful of blog readers it would be seen by me, at least two postmen, and a recipient.

The problem is, I asked loads of my friends and my whole facebook friends list and I only have about 45 addresses. Those will keep me going for a bit but I'd like to do the full hundred. (as I didn't ask people if I could send them two each I don't want to bombard them, so there are only around 10 people I would want to send a second one to) I love this project so far; it's encouraging me to make my ideas into more fleshed out images rather than rough sketches. I feel there is sooooo much interesting stuff about the USPS and mail art and I am just at the beginning of exploring it all.

These are basically just like ATCs but they will not be protected by an envelope because I want them to be visible in transport as well. I also like that because there is no return address no one has to feel even the tiniest bit obligated to send back, although if anyone would like to exchange postcards that would be great too.

Here is the call for addresses I did as a youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9gJYToKoMo though I think I covered everything essential already in this post.
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