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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Naalbinded hat on: September 29, 2008 09:51:52 AM
There is still no board for naalbinding, and being a knitter I post here. I learned naalbinding about six months ago, and this is my first hat. A gift for my friend, the medieval geek. There are several ways to naalbind, and I don't really know exactly which stitch this is. The yarn is Trollgarn from www.ull.no

As worn by my window.

An attempt show the difference between the inside and the outside (there isn't really any given inside or outside, whichever you wear out is a matter of taste).

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Whirl Away - Butterick 4790 (x2) on: June 19, 2008 12:35:39 PM
When I first saw this pattern, I knew I had to make it. A quick search on Craftster told me that I wasn't the only one who felt that way about it. I'm going to a wedding in July, so I even had good reason to make a nice dress (and buy new shoes, whee!).

The combination SLR, small appartment and small mirror makes it hard to take good self portraits, but hopefully you can get an impression of my dresses.

For the first one I made the bust darts almost twice as large as the pattern to keep it from gaping by the arm pit. I also replaced the snaps and fake buttons suggested in the pattern with a bow. Right now a safety pin is holding it in place underneath the bow, but I plan to add a hook and eye closure. The polka dot fabric is Robert Kaufman, the other is just plain cotton. Satin bias tape all around.

It fits nicely in the bodice, but me holding my arm up to take the picture makes it look a bit wonky.

Although I was really happy with the first one, I felt inspired to make another one with a few alterations. And since I'd made a mess of the living room anyway, I might as well sew some more.

For the second one I cut a more square neckline, in both front and back, and I also reduced the skirt to half circle and shortened it slightly. I think this one is my favourite, I just love the fabric! It's from Michael Miller and there was just enough left to make this dress. The buttons are pale pink mother of pearl and they have bias tape loops.

The front came out a bit larger on this one for some reason, so I might take it in a bit.

The dresses took me a couple of days each to make, but that included breaks and time spent with the horse, so in reality actual sewing time was more like four or five hours each.

Comments appreciated!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need some yarn suggestions. on: November 18, 2007 02:46:10 PM
A friend of mine lost his favourite hat and wants me to make him a new one. I don't know what kind of yarn his old one was made from (and I don't know my way around us yarn weight terms and whatnot), but judging from the picture I'm looking for something not too thin.

He wants the same colours, so probably something variegated with lots of red and some yellow/orange. Preferably wool of some kind. Price is no object yet, so feel free to suggest whatever you think might be suitable.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting needle roll on: November 02, 2007 05:47:49 AM
I made this a while ago out of some scrap fabric I had lying around. It's my first, so it isn't perfect but I like it anyway.

I still have a ton of circulars in need of a safe place to live, so I guess I should make a matching one for them. If I can find the time between knitting and the rest of my life that is.
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