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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Impact on: December 15, 2007 10:13:03 AM

This was my final project in drawing class it was sopposed to be a collage- however everything had to be drawn, painted, cut-out or a hand made stencil by you. 

So my original idea was to create something that represented our impact on the environment...but it kinda morphed into it's own entity.  The bottom stenciled area is supposed to be a meadow with a large tree that I made out of recycle paper.  The area with the jelly fish is underwater.  I don't know how visable it is in the picture, but the curvy cut out is textured with netting.  I soaked the paper and then put the paper and the netting between two pieces of plywood and ran it over with my car.  The "bubbles" in the ocean were made using wax as a resistance and then running the ink over the background.  Finally the top or sky area is an ode to VanGough with the circles representing stars.  Some stars are covered by tracing paper to represent air pollution. 

Comments welcome ;o)
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / modification question about berets on: November 13, 2007 04:20:44 AM
So I really like the slouchy beret style that is in the free people catelogs:

I've never actually worn a beret, but the beret patterns i've found look like the typical flat, off to the side style beret. 

So my question is:  Will a beret look like the ones in the pictures if you don't block it flat and slouch it to the back or is there mods that you must do to it?  I was thinking maybe less increases in the middle or something...Let me know what you guys think....
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about a pattern count...Please Help!! on: August 25, 2007 04:38:34 PM
I'm just starting my second sweater ""eyelet cardigan" by Blue Sky Alpacas in size MEDIUM and I'm stuck on row 3 of the eyelet pattern.  It states:

for sizes medium & x-large: P0 (1), k2tog, yo, k1, yo, SKO, p2, *k2, p2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, SKO, p2, rep from * to last 9 (10) sts, k2, p2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, SKO, p0 (1)

When I repeat this pattern I wind up with 8 stitches at the end.  And the last segment is 11 stitches by my count. 

From what I understand, you repeat the entire repeated segment over in it's entirety and you cannot split it up.  Is that true?

For the SKO they describe it as slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over.  To me , this looks like the SKP stitch and it involves making 2 stitches to become 1.

From what I understand, the k2tog also makes 2 stitches into 1 and the YO makes 1 stitch into 2.

What am I doing wrong?  Please help!!
14  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / my first sweater- pin up queen on: August 23, 2007 05:20:10 AM
You may remember me from posting about a zillion questions about it...hehe...
-the front-

-the back-

It didn't come out perfect or anything, but I'm pleased with it.  One sleeve was knit a bit too loosely in the middle and the bust pooches a bit at the sides.  The was an extra 1/2 inch written for the front of the pattern and I wasn't sure where to put it.  So, when I sewed it up I kind of gathered the piece by the short rows.

I tried to fix the problems during the blocking process that SnB suggests in the front of the book.  But it may have been to humid, because after 2 days, it still wasn't completely dry.  And by then it had kind of an old basement smell :op so fabreezed it and put it in the dryer for 7 minutes set between air fluff and low.  I know the dryer is a big no no, but it worked ;o)  before i did that it looked like this:
-front before-

-back before-

15  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Granny no square, fat bottom bag and birdie pin on: August 20, 2007 07:10:19 PM
I made these a while ago but I haven't gotten around to taking pics and posting until now:

Here is the Granny no square bag.  It is my second crocheted piece.  I used the same yarns mentioned with only slightly different colours than pictured.  I usually like to get creative with my colour choices, but I think the colours were part of what attracted me to this bag.

Here is a close up of one square.  I used the little feet thingies that you put at the bottom of purses instead of rivets.  I'm pretty please with the bag overall.  It has become my main purse ;o)  I probably will end up lining it eventually because my keys tend to stick out of it.  Also, if I had to redo something, i wouldn't use solid brass rings because they are heavy and loud when they bang into chairs and such.

Here is a fat bottom bag with a little birdie pin that I made for my mom for mother's day.  The yarn was just some acrylic from the rag shop in here favorite colour.  Mom would get mad if i used expensive yarn for her ;o) Although, the contrasting yarn is some bulky hand spun from woolarina that I've been dying to knit with.  I am not too fond of the birdie pin, but luckily it is detachable.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / gauge in general on: August 04, 2007 07:08:11 AM
So i am having a problem with gauge.  When ever i make a swatch, the gauge is right, but as i knit on, i knit faster and the stitches get too big!  Does any one know how to fix this problem??
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Any recomondations for knitting books, magazines or pattern sites? on: July 28, 2007 07:48:02 AM
I am just finishing up my first sweater and I am looking to make another, but I am not sure where to go next.  I've been hunting around for sweater patterns and some things have caught my eye, but nothing that has made me jump and buy the pattern.

I like things that are fitted, i prefer longer bell sleeves and i would like to try something intricate, maybe lace knitting, but i am a beginner.  I like vintage inspired things (such as Victorian/Renaissance or 40's 50's or 60's styles) with a modern twist.  Any one want to point me in the right direction?
18  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Does anyone out there like veggie sushi? on: July 08, 2007 04:30:15 PM
Personally, I've been addicted for a very long time.  When I go out my favorite fillings are avacado, ume, squash and mushroom. 

I make it at home too and have used such interesting combinations as "avacado and bannana," "smoked tofu" and "tempe, veganaise and scallion." 

Does anyone have other suggetions?  Also, if anyone knows how to make the cooked squash roll, that would be awsome (the squash I am talking about is sweet and kind of chewy...not battered and potato like)...
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Well, this is probably my 100th question about this one sweater... on: July 08, 2007 04:07:21 PM
...but it is my first...so i guess that is a good excuse ;o)

When you look at the measurements of the pattern itself, it says that the front should be half an inch longer than the back.  But now that I measure it, the front is a full inch longer than the back.  Both sides were knit bottom up and they are mostly done with ribbing.

Should i stretch the back a bit when I sew it up/block it?  Or should I unravel a bit of the bottom front and bind off again?  Or do I have yet another option?  Please help!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about the wrap and turn method and short rows on: July 01, 2007 07:42:32 AM
Okay, the pattern I am using is from the original stitch and bitch book ("Pin up queen" sweater), but I figured that anyone can answer this question, book or not.

The pattern was ribbed and then short rows were made in the wrap and turn method.  The directions said:

"Next row (RS): work to end of row, k all sts, taking care to knit wrap and turn tog with st."

However, for this row I was on the wrong side.  I ribbed to the end of the row (picking up the wrap and turns for that half) then turned and knit back, eventually picking up the other half of the wrap and turns.

What I ended up with was wrap and turns that were visable on the tops of the ribs on half of one side and when you turned to the wrong side, the other half of the sweater had visable wrap and turn stitches on the "valleys" of the ribs.

I realize now that I probably should have knit until the end of that row and not ribbed.  But would that have made a difference?  Is there something else that I did wrong?  Will the problem be solved after blocking?  Or is that just normal (the wrap and turns are less visable when the ribbing is stretched)?

Please help!!!
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