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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-shirt > triangle scarf (short tutorial!) on: July 19, 2010 12:13:37 PM
So, I was inspired by Miss American Pie's lovely Fringe Scarf, but while I love the look of hers, it's not very "me." And so this was born:

Apologies about being headless trust me you're better off in this case.

While I love the outcome, I think I've created a bit of a monster. All of my shirts are no longer safe. And since I was going to repeat this process, I figured I'd snap some pics along the way in case anyone is interested.

I started with this lovely shirt which I rescued aka stole from my sisters donate pile:

Cut off as big a rectangle/square as you can. In this case it was under the cinched waist. Depending on the neckline it would likely normally be closer to under the sleeves.

Cut across diagonally.

I neglected to take a picture at this point, and I have extremely limited graphics skills, so hopefully this crude paint drawing makes some sense. Since the pieces are too big to just sew together as is, you'll need to make some right triangles from what you have. I used one side on each to form a straight line on the top and cut away excess from the other side to form the point. Like so:

Cut away the excess

You can see where the seam needs to go:

Once I had that done I decided that the top part wasn't straight enough so I evened it up a bit


For the record, I just left all the edges as it. I figure it shouldn't get too worn and even if its edges start to fray I don't think I'll mind much
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Spring/Summer Hats: Do they exist? on: March 04, 2010 01:12:03 PM
I've knit about a million hats this winter after having only made one previous to that and now I'm just a touch obsessed. While I'm thrilled that it will be warm fairly soon (hopefully at least, NY weather is so temperamental), putting the winter accessories away is a sad process.

I've been going crazy trying to find a hat pattern appropriate for warmer weather, with no luck. Any suggestions?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hats! And Glittens! And Socks! Oh My! [IMG heavy] on: March 01, 2010 06:04:12 PM
It's probably about time that I share what I've done over the last three or so months! I'm only sort of working at the moment which means lots of spare time to destash and make an excessive amount of winter accessories that (hopefully!) won't be needed a few weeks from now.

I've been knitting for years, and somehow this was only the second hat I've made:

I learned my lesson about using smaller needles for the ribbing. I won't make that mistake again.
(Knitty's Fernglade)

Lotus Hat

Tassled Lace Bookmark turned headband

These socks are my first! I found them fairly simple to do and would make more if I ever saw a need.. these were supposed to be a birthday gift for a friend and I kind of just forget to give them to her and acquired them for myself. Excuse the super strange angle that makes my leg look giant.

Knitty's Monkey

These were the glittens from hell! I had so many problems with them. I'm mostly satisfied with the way they came out in the end though. Pretending I even know how to embroider a little bit was more difficult than I thought. (The idea to do so was obviously stolen from Knitty's Knucks. I'm just happy that they're finally done (as of a few weeks ago) and they're quite warm! I followed Knitty's Broad Street Mittens, cept I opted for an afterthought thumb instead and used these instructions for the flip top.

Inspiration for using Sink/Swim came from The Gaslight Anthem, who have an album entitled "Sink or Swim" (which is wonderful and everyone should check out!)

And of course  I need a matching hat! Which is missing an action shot since its a little small and I haven't worn it and I either need to stop avoiding blocking or add some more height to it.

Parrotfish / Pomatomus hat

Knitty's Knucks for mi madre

Spring Beret

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret

And last but not least

Opus Spicatum for my sister.. I LOVE this pattern and definitely want to make one for myself! This was my first real time doing color-work (I've done some double knitting, but I feel like that doesn't count for some reason). I'm so happy with how it came out

So very much love to Ravelry for making it ridiculously easy to find wonderful free patterns from all sorts of generous designers
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I went a little kanzashi crazy on: January 22, 2010 02:38:22 PM
My first kanzashi flowers that I made over the last few days. Such a great way to use up small pieces of fabric!

I've definitely created a monster. I want one for every outfit now. So addicting.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Brain Slug on: October 23, 2009 02:48:35 PM
I'm not big into halloween or dressing up for it. Until this morning I had no idea what I was going to do. Then I saw Craftzine link to this knit version of a brain slug from Futurama. Originally I was going to do that but I decided it would look better in felt, and to be honest I was a little too lazy to go out and buy the yarn for it. Thankfully I had everything I needed in my house, so after two prototypes and a few hours it was done!

And for reference:
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Polka dot dress to shirt on: August 28, 2009 09:05:23 PM
I bought this dress two summers ago for about $4.00 with every intention of reconstructing it to fit differently, and of course it's sat in a drawer untouched ever since. Today I had an empty house which of course means sewing time! This totally wasn't what I originally was going to do when I bought it, but inspiration struck.



I also made a really quick (/sloppy) headband with some of the left overs. I think I'm going to make a wristlet with some more of it.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Argosy on: January 05, 2007 03:45:11 PM
As soon as I saw this pattern I knew I had to use it. It was really fun and quick to knit up. It also eased me into getting over my fear of charts. [For some reason I kept messing up the first couple rows when using the written directions.

I wanted it to be pretty long because Ill probably wear it with my black pea coat, and thats longer than hip length.

And another way to wrap it. Excuse my looking so frazzled.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Magnet + watch band = pin cushion! on: August 11, 2006 06:05:58 PM
Both the magnet and the watch band have been sitting around my house for way too long. It was fine time to make good use out of them. Smiley



Me playing with how strong the magnet is:
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plain t-shirt to ringer tee on: August 08, 2006 09:28:25 PM
I always forget to take before pictures. Basically I just resized it so it fit better, adjusted the neckline and added the red to the collar and sleeves.

The neckline looks messed up in this picture but it isn't, as you can see in the first one it looks fine.

It's a simple reconstruction but I love the little pops of color.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Lightbulb ceiling decoration on: July 10, 2006 11:58:30 PM
My room is a work in progress at the moment. I decided this afternoon that I needed something blue in the back left corner of my room. My walls are a mess right now so please try to imagine them a lovely shade of light blue.

Although the reflections of the other light bulbs looks cool, I wish it hadn't done that. This is more what the colors are actually like. They're filled with water with food coloring.

From the side.

It's hard to tell in the pictures, but the middle one is a lighter color than the bottom one. Also you can't actually see the fishing line at all. They look like they are just floating in mid-air. It's pretty cool, at least I think so.
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