Archive for October, 2004

* Crafters Coast to Coast

Posted on October 11th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review.

Oh boy, a new craft show: HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast. The one episode I’ve seen so far was promising. Kind of corny production values, but some decent projects. There was one part with a knitter/felter named Betsy McCall (after the paper doll? what a great name) that was pretty cool. She compared needle felting to tattooing. I fully expect to see some of the bloggers I read pop up on TV.

[edit: Here’s Betsy McCall’s webpage. I should’ve thought to look at the HGTV website.]


* embroidered treelet

Posted on October 10th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

I’m practising my embroidery and trying out colors before I add anything to my apron. I like the way my test treelet (design from the Jill Bliss and Shinpei book of the same name, see previous post) turned out, but I think I may go for something simpler for the apron. Lots of little threads to be pulled out in this one. There are some nice simple tree shapes in the book, so maybe I’ll try those next. What to do with this little scrap? Make a patch or something?



* Manos scarf start

Posted on October 9th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

Now that it’s looking like fall, I’m in the mood to knit again. I started a scarf with a hank of Manos del Uruguay that I’ve been hoarding. It’s in really pretty fall colors (“prairie,” I think, the tag’s around somewhere), 22 stitches across in k1 p1 ribbing. Kind of narrow, but I plan to loop it around my neck a couple of times. I’m thinking of putting fringe on the ends, maybe. I got about a foot of it done tonight as an alternative to clutching my fists in anger at the debate.



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* uncool LYS

Posted on October 8th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

I went to the LYS today to look at Amy Singer’s Knit Wit book. It’s gotten some lackluster reviews on Craftster (see this thread), and I wanted to look through it to see if there’s anything redeeming (besides Erica Mulherin‘s illustrations, of course). The yarn store ladies had no idea what I was talking about. They had never even heard of Knitty before. I had to spell it for them. How out of touch can you be? One of them said that she “doesn’t do that whole web thing.” You would think some other person coming in the store besides me would’ve mentioned Knitty. It just seems so bizarre, like I inhabit a parallel knitting universe.


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* Apron

Posted on October 7th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

I made this apron from, um, another apron I got at Ikea. I bought it because I really liked the fabric (a cotton that looks like linen), but I’ve been wanting a little craft apron instead of the big apron that it was. The ties are from the neckstrap/ties; the main big pockets are from the bottom rectangle part of the apron, folded in half; the extra pockets are from the excess material in the bib section (after I ripped out all the seams for the neckstrap/ties channels). The pockets don’t show up real well in the picture, but there’s a main deep pocket spanning the whole apron, a big slanted pocket to one side, and a long small pocket along the front. The piece of the bib that I used for the slanty pocket already had a hanging loop in the hem, which is now cleverly in the pocket to hook things on. The main big pocket is divided up into 4 smaller pockets of various sizes. I might add more divisions later, but I want to test drive it first. I also might add a lining to one of the narrower pockets as a “scissors holster,” so the points don’t poke through. I was so pleased with myself when I found the perfect color of thread for it. I’m a convert to the shiny rayon sewing thread. It’s pretty. I have surprisingly few cloth scraps left, which I think I might use for embroidery experiments before trying to embellish the actual apron. My idea right now is to embroider some Treelets in greens and browns along the bottom little pocket, but we’ll see.


Speaking of Jill Bliss, the uncut apron had been languishing in my closet for several months now, but after seeing her new Farm Friends Utility Apron, I picked the project up again.


I’ve also had my eye on the Foxy and Crafty Apron from Crackers and Honey.


The apron-lust originally started last year with the Japanese department stores, which all had lots of very nice aprons kind of like mine. I wish I’d bought one (story of my life). I tried navigating the major Japanese department store webpages in search of a picture, but with no luck.


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* Horsey

Posted on October 6th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts, Toys (cat and kid).

I made this guy out of felt and ultrasuede. I think he’ll pass as a gift for a 4 year old, but I’m not 100% happy with him. He’s the first thing I made from a doll pattern book I got in Japan last year. Considering the instructions are all in Japanese, I think I did ok. I wonder why my embroidery always looks so bad?



* Blythe Envy

Posted on October 3rd, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.

I knew I should’ve bought a Blythe doll when I had the chance. I’ve been coveting one since, oh 2001 or so, when I saw This Is Blythe in a bookstore. When I was in Japan, I almost got one, but they were expensive so I thought I’d just buy one in the US. Turns out that Japan is Blythe mecca, which I hadn’t realized until too late. I have such doll envy looking at everybody else’s blogs. Helen of just got a mini-Blythe. Monkeyroom got a couple of couture Barbies that aren’t nearly as cool, but strike the same chord. She also has a nice defense of buying dolls for yourself even as a grown woman. Loobylu makes the most wonderful things for her Blythes, like the world’s cutest little doggie. Also from Loobylu: another post and another and a picture.

It’s not just the doll that appeals to me, it’s the whole idea of making the clothes, and posing her for pictures. xoxo, Blythe makes all sorts of great things, and she has a nice list of yet more Blythe links. Here’s one of her homemade outfits:




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