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1  One Billy Goat Gruff. in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by girlypirate on: April 21, 2009 01:29:58 PM
Just before Mardi Gras in Mobile, Al I was a guest at the Buccaneer Yacht Club's Billy Goat Regatta 2009.  Not much sailing was accomplished, but it was a hell of a party.  I made this pendant to thank my hostess for the wonderful time I had, and to commemorate the great Goat!

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2  Re: Couture Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by girlypirate on: April 10, 2009 05:19:57 PM
Well, I'm the last to send but I hope it will all be worth the wait.  Here are the teasers for Elizabethn's package!

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3  American Apparel ripoff in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by girlypirate on: March 12, 2009 07:46:33 PM
When I first saw the Le Sac dress on the AA website I thought, "I could make that.  I really want that!"  So finally I delved into my collection of vintage dresses to reconstruct a huge shirt-dress with a great print.  I just hacked it off at the armpits, bound the raw edges and added a channel for the ribbon to go through. 

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4  Little handspun bunny. in Knitting: Completed Projects by girlypirate on: January 17, 2009 10:43:01 AM
I'm always amazed when I see the little amigurumi critters over on the crochet board, and while I have delved into the land of the hook, knitting will always be my first love. Here's my interpretation of a round, stuffed and cuddly bunny.

He's two knitted balls, one larger than the other by about and inch, two smaller spheres ended after one round of decrease, a pom pom tail and short-rowed garter stitch ears.   I also discovered that I really love shredded foam as a stuffing medium- it's so much more pliable than fiberfill, albeit a bit more difficult to get into tight spaces.

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5  Thrifty Striped Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by girlypirate on: January 16, 2009 07:54:15 AM
I got some great pastel tweeds in 80% wool at Jo Ann Fabrics for $1.50 a skein and immediately knew that I needed a big cushy striped sweater.  I knit from the bottom up on 8mm needles and made a severe v neck, used applied Icord to bind the neck opening and make the button loop, and used single crochet around the rest of the neck edge and bottom.    The sleeve are suuuuper long and wonderful for tucking into gloves.

This picture is true to color.

And this one's just creepy.   Tongue

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6  Ribbed Fingerless Mitts With Thumbs That Grow As From a Vine in Knitting: Completed Projects by girlypirate on: December 29, 2008 11:25:48 AM
Well, I don't quite have that sweater written up yet, but I think it's best to start simple.  I invented these gloves last night while noting exactly what I was doing and when I was doing it, and typed her up this morning.  This would be the intended product:

And you can find the pattern here http://biddypunk.blogspot.com/2008/12/krackens-and-handwear.html

Happy knitting!
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7  Organic Cabled Sweater- My First Finished Sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by girlypirate on: December 20, 2008 04:18:31 PM
I've been knitting very complicated things for a very long time, but there's just something about reading a pattern I can only take so much of.  So I picked up the sketchbook and the calculator and came up with this short-sleeved improvisation and knitted with a concept.  I'm so happy I did! 

Constructive criticism is appreciated.  And compliments too, of course.  Tongue
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8  Hooded shirt and fur collared jacket in funky 70s colors in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by girlypirate on: November 25, 2008 09:00:14 AM
Wow, it's been a really long time.  I missed these shenanigans!

First up- my already adored hooded long-sleeved shirt!  Made of two of my brother's favorite but worn out tshirts and bits and pieces from my gargantuan stash of knits.  The hood is lined with some lovely cream crushed velvet.

And next- a super warm pull-over style jacket made of an old sweatshirt, two organic bamboo tshirts, vintage polyester paisley knit and some wild pink tipped orange faux fur.

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9  Re: sweet elephant in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by girlypirate on: November 05, 2007 12:36:34 AM
This is my version (without ears) that I did with craft felt.  I used the pattern I threw up exactly and it came out like so:

Before blocking he looked like this:

Essentially all i did was add seam allowance, cut out pattern pieces, trace pattern lines on felt, hand backstitch on pattern lines, turn inside out and stuff.  Be careful sewing the sharp angles that come together on the trunk and derriere.  Use a stiletto or some other tool to aid in stuffing if you make a little one like I did, it's also useful for turning.  Once stuffed, whip closed and dip in water.  It doesn't matter if it's hot or cold since craft felt is acrylic, but the water makes the material workable, and if you used a marking pen like I did, it gets that out too.  Massage the form until it's in a pleasing shape and let it dry.  I did add some ears this guy after taking these pictures- they're just circles with a slice cut off the side and a small dart.
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10  Re: sweet elephant in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by girlypirate on: October 21, 2007 01:01:57 PM

these are the shapes that make up the animal- adapted from a pattern I made for a deer.  I haven't tested this to scale, but it's a good starting point.

The piece for the underside of the animal is shown by the dotted line.  Place the fold of the fabric on the dotted line and cut out the leg shape.  the long, tapered triangle is sewn to the top, beginning with the trunk and back to the butt.  Hope this helps if the pattern doesn't show up.

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