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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Geek Chic - striped slipover on: September 19, 2007 12:22:47 PM
I'm still too stubborn and lazy to use patterns. But I'm pretty happy - except for the fact that it cleverly disguises both the waist and boobs that I'm pretty sure are under there, and generally makes me look wider than I am. I might take in the side seams a bit, and take with me the fact that I need to work more with with the shaping.

The back neckline - higher and, I swear, not wonky.

12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / More pottery; mugs, crafty trash can, moo jug, big pot - lots of pics on: September 11, 2007 11:13:57 AM
Second round of pottery class (day six and seven total, in case anyone is wondering...)

A little trash can for craft debris.

This little mug had a sort of free-hanging open handle, which sadly broke off during glazing, since I held it by the handle while splattering and didn't stop to think that the glaze would temporarily weaken the clay. I'll glue it back on, but then try to duplicate both shape and glaze.

A pink-and-black mug for my best friend. Ribbed for her pleasure.

I was going for a cow pattern, but this is kind of nice too. And vaguely cow-reminiscent.

This isn't that spectacular, but it was initially the highest cylinder I've achieved, maybe two feet high or something. And I really like the shape. The color is glaze, this is all stoneware.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Slippers by Annann on: September 08, 2007 10:23:36 AM
Craftster Annann made some slippers that were too big for her, but just right for my sizeable feet. The pictures she took didn't come out, so she asked me to post for her.

They're really comfy. (As can be inferred by my velour comfy-pants. Incidentally stolen from Annann.)
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Pottery - cherry blossom mugs, bowls, cup and saucer, pitcher on: September 03, 2007 10:30:24 AM
Last Thursday, I glazed the results from my first week of pottery class. This is the stuff that came out the best.

I'm going to be drinking a lot of tea out of this mug. The saucer wasn't originally made to go with it, but they work really well together shape and size wise, so I glazed them to sort-of match.

These mugs were slip painted black, the cherry blossoms free-hand etched out, and then the whole thing glazed red. I'm going to try it again now that I'm more confident with my shapes (this was pretty early on in the class) but I like the general idea. (Which happened to be my own. Smiley )

A really simple glaze on a really simple, but nice, shaped bowl. My mom wants to steal it for ikebana (Japanese flower arranging).

The blue glaze hadn't been stirred up properly, so there's a really significant difference in texture and coverage. I like it, even though it wasn't intentional.

I didn't really like the shape of this, so I used it for a glaze experiment. Which I really liked and will try again.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plaid 50's-ish dress (tutorial on page 2) on: August 31, 2007 03:47:17 AM
This is my first entirely from-scratch piece of clothing, unless you count some decidedly wonky and hastily sewn boxer-type things many years ago. Maybe I should have used a pattern, and saved getting cocky for later, but I'm still quite happy. And very glad that my sewing machine came complete with a zipper foot...

It looks really nice with a belt, but now I'm thinking about getting lots of tulle or some sort of hoop skirt thing to make it stand out more.

I found the fabric on a scrap rack, and some zippers on sale, so this entire dress cost me less than (the equivalent of) 15 USD.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ninja clock on: August 27, 2007 12:24:45 PM
I got really sick of my kitchen clock. It was just a silver IKEA clock, but it felt really boring.



It doesn't look quite that blotchy in real life, at least I didn't notice it while hanging, but I did notice that the masking tape slipped a bit around the edge. I'll probably do some touch-up with a q-tip and some remover, or something.

The ninja is Fimo and glued on.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Red crocheted purse on: August 24, 2007 05:01:33 AM
I made a purse for a friend - the lining is hand-sewn because I didn't know what mood my sewing machine was in. The lining is an old T-shirt. The front pocket is a lined granny square.

The pictures are lightened because the originals showed no stitch details. It's pretty bright red.

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple pottery apron on: August 24, 2007 03:28:24 AM
I'm posting this for one main reason - I got all the way through it without my sewing machine going chugchugkrtf. I think it may be happy again. (Touch wood.) Another yay note is the bag of cool fabrics I'd forgotten I inherited from my grandmother, which will now be made into dresses and stuff.

I'm taking another pottery class this weekend, before the night classes later in the semester. Last time I used a big apron I had, and folded it down, but now I wanted one specifically made for this purpose.

You may notice that it's HUGE. This is so I can sit down and spread my legs comfortably and still have my thighs covered. It's also handy for wiping your hands on.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gigantic lined tote on: August 23, 2007 05:35:07 AM
You know how they say "measure twice, cut once"? I would like to amend that one of those times should be not at two in the morning. I made a great tote bag, but it came out way huger than I intended, and I didn't realize it until I was halfway through. In hindsight, I could have cut off part of the top and made it a wide and not-as-deep bag, but there were already pocketses attached.

It's kind of sad that it's a bit too huge to use, because I love bags with lots of pockets, and these all turned out pretty well. I still have a lot of the polkadotted fabric, though, so I may just make another one in a more user-friendly size. This one was practice, I guess - and may make a great beach bag for next summer.
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Crocheted skinhead and 50's girl dolls on: August 20, 2007 02:51:49 PM
I had this sudden random urge to crochet a skinhead doll. I'm not sure why.

I tried to give him folded-up pants, but it wasn't really visible so I scrapped it. I may try again.

Then I had this idea to make a whole set of subculture dolls in the same vein, and started with a 50's girl. I don't know how clear her subculture is - I might shorten her bangs some, and maybe embroider on some tattoos? Or make a tiny fimo cherry necklace. =)

I have ideas for more dolls, but that's a lot of small tight fiddly crocheting and my hands need a rest.

(Maybe tomorrow...)
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