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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone used Crystal Palace Panda Cotton yarn to make socks? on: March 24, 2008 09:59:53 AM
Here's my thing.  First of all, I'm hating this yarn.  It splits like crazy and one of the plies is stretching more than the others and it's causing bunching along my working yarn.  Aside from that, I'm making these socks (my first attempt at socks):


So far, so good, besides the 2 hours of my life I'll never get back when I was trying to figure out the figure eight cast on.  Anyway, I'm getting gauge.  I'm doing the small size.  But, these socks look huge!!!!  I'm making them for my husband and I've tried them on his foot and they go on without having to stretch at all.  They slip on like a freaking baseball hat or something.  So, my question is, will these shrink at all after washing?  They need to shrink a bit or else they'll just be falling off.  And it will seriously piss me off to spend a buttload of time on these things only to finish one and have it be too big and not shrink.  I'd rather just start a different pattern if that's the case.  So, any experience with this yarn?
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Shirts I've Made Lately on: February 17, 2008 08:13:25 AM
So, these are all the shirts I've made lately.  Some with bleach, some with paint, all using the freezer paper method.  They're all original designs, except the zombie.  He was made by a friend of mine.  Here goes:

The Non-Conformist in bleach



To Die For in paint

Your Mom is Lame in paint

Dirty Hippie in paint

Ethereal in bleach  (for a really sweet little girl)



Anti-Ethereal in paint (for a little girl that only *looks* sweet, like my mean little niece Sophia)
ignis fatuus is Latin and it's pronounced ig-nus fatch-oo-us



23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Beer Gloves!!! AAARRRRGHHH!!! Help!! Please!! on: January 23, 2008 11:52:30 AM
Sound a bit desperate?  I am.  Ok, I'm knitting trying to knit the beer gloves from Son of Stitch n' Bitch.  I'm still on the first row because I've read ahead a bit and feel fairly confident in saying that I don't know what the hell is going on.

The main issue is that the pattern calls for you to use 2 circular needles instead of dpn's.  Well, I'll grow balls before I'm gonna spend $60 on 4 circular needles to make 1 pair of gloves.  So, I'm mentally adjusting all the numbers and stuff, but there's still an issue with one part of the pattern.  Basically, you do the ribbing and then work the cable pattern till the glove is x inches from beginning.  Well, then comes the thumb and it says this:

Thumb Opening

Next rnd: Work to last 7 sts of Needle 1, with wy p7, slip these 7 sts to LH needle and p7 with working yarn; work to end of rnd.

Continue working in patt as est until piece meas 7 1/2" from beginning.  Place all sts on holders.


Carefully remove wy from thumb opening, placing lower 7 sts on Needle 1 and upper 8 sts on Needle 2.  Pm, PU 2 sts in gap between needles, p7, PU 2 sts in gap, p8--19 sts; 9 on Needle 1, 10 on Needle 2.

Next rnd: Needle 1, p6, p2tog, p1.  Needle 2, p7, p2tog, p1--17 sts.

Cont even in Rev St st for 1".

Next rnd: Needle 1, (k1, p1) 4 times.  Needle 2, (k1, p1) 3 5im3w, k1, p2tog--16 sts.

Next rnd: *K1, p1; rep from * around.

Using invisible BO method, BO.

So.  Uhhhh.  I don't know if I've just got some kind of mental block or what, but every time I even TRY to read that part, I feel like I'm morphing into Pauly Shore or something.  Someone.  Anyone.  HELP ME!!!  Does anyone have even a clue as to how to adapt the above to DPNs?

24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Daaaang......Zelda's a B*tch (Warning: Mild Profanity Inside!) on: January 13, 2008 07:26:49 PM
Ok, so I made this for my brother-in-law.  He's totally a kid at heart and is waaay into video games (of all eras).  So, here's my perspective.

Typical damsel in distress on old school video game:

Oh, but wait!!  Link's tired of her helpless attitude.  He's thinking "Aw, hellllll naw!!!  I've been going through all KINDS of stuff trying to rescue you!!!  I've been trying to talk to old ladies and find boomerangs and recorders and locate hidden entrances and get all the pieces of the Triforce and and and............ Ughhhhhhh!!!  You could help, you know!!!"

So, Link sets Zelda straight:

Aaaand the whole shirt:

I don't know why I even thought of this, but once I did, the idea struck me as hilarious.  Anyhoo, the technical side of things.  I could not find even ONE good image of old school Link or Zelda so I made these dudes in Paint, one square at a time.  I then used some of the auto shapes in Paint to make the speech bubbles and pixelated the speech bubble border one square at a time also.  Very time consuming, but not super hard.  If anyone wants the stencil, I'll be happy to oblige.  I used the usual-freezer paper and acrylic w/textile medium.  Thanks for looking!!!

25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / *I* know!!! Let's make fun of your dad!!! on: January 07, 2008 06:53:08 AM
What is "best present for a soon-to-be big brother" for $500, Alex? (hmmm, I love Jeopardy).  I'll have to use names in this one because it'll get way confusing if I don't.  So, my cousin Esther is having a new baby at the end of this month.  She already has an older son that's 2.  I was making onesies for the new baby and I didn't want to leave almost big brother out, so I decided to make him a shirt.  Well, Penny (also my cousin, Esther's younger sister) told me that Chad (Esther's husband) really likes Miley Cyrus' music, but is horribly embarrassed about it.  So, we came up with this idea as a joke.  If you made it through this convoluted story, kudos!!  Here's the shirt!!

aaaand a little closer up:

Hand-dyed shirt, stencil done with freezer paper, and acrylic w/fabric medium.  I made the stencil myself because stencilry didn't have one, so if anyone wants, I can post it.
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Rock N Roll Angel on: January 04, 2008 04:19:57 PM
This one is also for my 2 yr old niece, Emma.  White shirt, dyed pink, then bleach stenciled.  I got the line "Rock n Roll Casualty" off of a supafly hoodie that my husband owns.  My SIL and I kind of collaborated.  She came up with the wings (which are from stencilry) and I told her about what the hoodie said so we put it together.  Hope you guys like!

Front (the darker pink spots are just because of the notebook that's inside the shirt):

Close up of front (that distortion is something weird that the camera's doing):


Close up of back:

27  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / What an incredible smell...UPDATED with pics of onesie#2 on: January 03, 2008 07:53:43 AM
Ok, I made this for my cousin's soon-to-be-born baby.  She and her husband are big Star Wars fans and apparently this is her favorite line from the movie (according to her sister).  Stencilry didn't have a Han Solo stencil (can you believe that?) so I made this one from a picture I found online.  If anyone wants, I can post the stencil.  Anyway, done with the usual suspects-freezer paper and acrylic w/textile medium. 

I have more to come for this same cousin so rather than start new threads, I'll just add the new pics to this thread when they're done.  Comments and criticisms welcome, as always!
28  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Knitting Scarves for the Homeless on: January 02, 2008 10:03:10 PM
I hope it's ok to post this since this isn't my charity, just one that I am contributing to a bit.  I stumbled across this on an etsy forum and I signed up to knit a scarf!  Here's a link to the forum thread so you can see the info!  I hope some Craftsters will show their charitable spirit and knit with me!!


29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Kurt Cobain!! On your keys!! on: January 01, 2008 11:31:59 AM
So, I recently bleach stenciled Kurt Cobain on a shirt for my 2 yr old niece.  Her mom totally spazzed over it and said how she had just watched Nirvana Unplugged and was reminiscing and everything.  I really think Kurt Cobain was a musical genius and I still get sad when I think about all the awesome music we're missing out on since he died so young.  Anyway, my SIL got so excited about the shirt for her daughter that I made her this key chain using the same image.  It's done with shrinky dinks, traced off of the image and then I colored it in with Prismacolors.  I used clear shrinky paper and roughed it up with sandpaper before doing anything.  Hope you like!

Close up

Even closer

And in this one, you can see his blue eye really good
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Needle Roll for Mom!!! Now with my friend's tutorial added on page 2!!! on: December 29, 2007 06:42:49 PM
This is my mom's Christmas present!  It's late, I suck.  But, at least it's done now!!  So, on to pics.

All rolled up and tied like a pretty little package:

Opened with the flap still down:

Close up on the pockets:

Annnnnd, all the way open to reveal my little message:

Close up on the words:

In case you can't tell, there are 3 levels of pockets.  Some are big enough for scissors, some for DPNs, some for straight needles, stitch holders, blah, you get the point.  I filled it with some of my knitting stuff so you can make the pockets out better.  Those needles on the top level are the 14" long kind.  Oh, and if anyone's interested, I did the wording by stenciling onto some of the leftover grosgrain ribbon and then just sewed it down (after burning the ends to prevent fraying).  All of this made possible because an awesome friend of mine made one for me and then made me a tutorial so that I could make this one for my mom!!

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