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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bedsheets to Mupptity 60's style on: June 30, 2015 10:59:07 AM
That is just adorkable! The Muppets are awesome, and a Muppet dress is even better!!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 Gallery (SO 2/23/2015) on: May 20, 2015 05:22:01 PM
I'm so glad it finally arrived!!! I'm sad the tentacle broke, though Cry That box must have had a rough ride, and that's so weird that a piece is missing. I hope the 3 balls of Nova are enough for the cardigan. I even bought some to make one for myself, if the baby ever settles down :-P
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 Gallery (SO 2/23/2015) on: April 04, 2015 09:26:18 AM
So I was sadly mistaken to think I could swap properly with a newborn! And just my luck, the poor boy keeps ending up in hospital. The good news is, I FINALLY have pictures!

Glamis really outdid all my expectations with this package!

Look at those cute balls of cotton! And PINK! I love pink!

Holy adorable overload! Sequins, buttons, beads, candy, ribbons and charms, what great assortment of supplies! There's also a beaded bracelet, mule pendant, a tiny yarn bomb booklet with pictures of yarn bombs (hand bound, too!), body glitter for when I'm feeling sparkly, a kit for a cross stitch radish cellphone charm (who thinks up these things???) and two new little friends :-)

The detail on the amigurumi mermaid is incredible, and the hilarious kitty opens up for stashing small goodies :-)

And the pattern is a knitted beaded bag! I've never knitted with beads before.

Thank you so much, Glamis! Not only for an awesome swap package, but also for your patience while I managed my baby. Hopefully you will have a package arrive on your doorstep soon, though now I'm having package anxiety :-P I hope you like it as much as I liked yours :-)

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 (SO 2/23/2015) on: February 21, 2015 01:08:24 PM
Phew! Finally back in my own house! My in-laws put up with us for almost a month! Teddy is doing much better, far less colicy and growing like a weed :-)

I got my package from Glamis! As punishment for not being remotely prepared to send, I'm not opening it until her package is in the mail. I did buy a whole bunch of goodies today while my brother was with the baby. Just need to craft my little brains out this weekend now that I have access to my stash :-)
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 (SO 2/23/2015) on: February 10, 2015 10:36:58 AM
Hi everyone! I haven't even caught up on the thread, but I did just message Glamis. We had a bit of a disaster last week. My son Teddy got very sick and we ended up being flown to the children's hospital in Ottawa. After all the tests and medicine, it looks like he had stomach flu. Poor boy is 2 weeks old and has spent half his life in hospital! I'm down, but not out, and I'll hopefully be back on track with my swap package in a couple days.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 (SO 2/23/2015) on: February 02, 2015 10:34:57 AM
Hi guys! Just checking in. Been in contact with Glamis, have yarn and pattern picked out, just need to make/collect goodies now :-)

Oh, and I've been busy with other stuff, too :-P

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: not so plain T shirt on: January 22, 2015 06:28:56 AM
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/lets-twist-again-%E2%99%AB-1pattern (euro 42 only, but mine fit more like a 38)
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/the-draped-square-pattern-in-the-smaller-sizes (also in larger sizes)
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/my-neon-twister-dress (also in larger sizes)
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 (SO 2/23/2015) on: January 18, 2015 10:17:49 PM
I've wanted to do one of these for sooooooo long!!!! I'm so rarely on here anymore, I almost missed it! I spend almost all my net time over on spinning and knitting forums on Ravelry, but I'm glad I popped in here :-)

Gonna go fill out out my Q right now!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Victorian Geisha Mermaid (PIC HEAVY) on: November 10, 2014 06:52:57 AM

After last year's unicorn costume, I decided that this year I'd be a mermaid. And not just a mermaid, but a Victorian mermaid!

It all started with the underskirt. I used this free trained skirt pattern as my basis, with some help from Yesterday's Thimble, Historical Sewing, and various diagrams and extant garments. It's made from a cotton bedsheet and a voile curtain and cinches closed with a snoopy ribbon. The now-filthy train is detachable.

The skirt itself is almost exactly the skirt with train balayeuse, but the back panel is divided into top and bottom. If I did it again, I'd make the train in two halves because it doesn't drape quite right. It's made from a really nice cotton sateen bedsheet overlaid with real fishing net down the back and interlined with poly-cotton broadcloth. The front is trimmed with a deep ruffle of fishing net covered in dollar store gems. In the second photo, all the trim is on, including custom dyed eyelet lace, metallic braid, metallic ribbon, and metallic net down the sides. You can just see the metallic "grass" around the train that's pretending to be seaweed. It cinches closed with tasseled gold drapery cord.

The overskirt is just a rectangle pleated on the sides with another rectangle gathered in the back. The outer fabric is this amazing drapery fabric lined with a green poly-cotton bedsheet. I added a green organza ruffle around the waistband and the fins are more organza set into polyester satin cones. The tail and fins are secured to the skirt with elastic loops on faux pearl buttons, and there's a lobster suncatcher hitching a ride. You also get a better view of the seaweed around the train. It cinches closed with a green scarf or sash I found at a second hand shop.

My crown was modeled on headdresses worn in central Asia, but I totally get why people said it has a geisha vibe. I started with a round dollar store place mat sewn to a headband and embellished it with shells, gems, pearls, fishing net, fake plant matter of various kinds, metallic grass, pearl trim and five tiny seahorse buttons. The back has clusters of green net sprouting more grass.

Unfortunately, I don't have any good shots of my shawl (Esjan by Stephen West), felted starfish purse (modeled on this one), or bra (inspired by maaany different rave bras on Etsy). I started spinning the yarn for the shawl last winter, felted the starfish purse a month early, and was still gluing things to my boobs while my fiance packed the car for our trip! Aw well, here's some full length shots, which include my crap-ton of necklaces and bracelets. I also dyed my hair pink, wore huge pink feather lashes, and glued teal feather lashes to my eyebrows and ears.

There's more progress pictures on my photobucket and a whole pinboard of inspiring mermaid stuff.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: July 30, 2014 10:13:04 PM
It's called something like "leaving live stitches." I used that technique when I made these. Someone had noted on their Ravelry project page (I'm sure the project that inspired me is several pages in) that they'd left live stitches to pick up for the ribbing, and that seemed much more sensible to me than binding off only to pick up stitches again.
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