Archive for March, 2005

* Book Off

Posted on March 18th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.


Thank you Mary I, who commented on my Japan in New York post about the Japanese used book store Book Off. I made it up there today and it was fantastic. It’s at 14 E 41st between Madison and 5th Ave, and the deals are truly amazing. I got a couple of craft books for $4 each, way less than the ~$15-$20 I’d pay for them new. Plus, they had several of the elusive Dayan/Wachifield books, also for cheap. Book Off is apparently a chain, but I unfortunately can’t find a (English) list of their other locations.

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* Ikea “preframed art” fix

Posted on March 16th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Projects with Instructions.


Our apartment is like an Ikea showroom. It got even worse once we realized that the nice Stenbrohult frame we bought was really “preframed art” with the pictures glued on. We’ve had it up for like a year before finally fixing it last night. Measured the holes, printed out the pictures sized to fit (which are pieces of a panorama pic my husband took), cut them out, then glued them on top of the offending ones. You can’t even tell.

Ikea pics

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redone, then horribly photographed

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* spiderweb capelet

Posted on March 15th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.


Lace knitting takes too much concentration. Shockingly, I actually did it mostly right. Pattern from Stitch ‘N Bitch Nation. The main deviation from the pattern is the yarn, Patons Divine in chantilly rose. Using size 13 needles, the width gauge matched the pattern, but not the row gauge, so I had to do an extra 3 of the spiderweb repeats (the pattern should only need 4). I probably should’ve done another one, even. This yarn is also fuzzier than the called for yarn, which really obscures the lace pattern. It still looks pretty good, though. Where in the world am I going to wear it?

Practical things I figured out, which other newish knitters may find helpful:

  • First, fix the mistake. This helps a LOT.
  • YO just means loop the yarn over the right needle like when you are knitting a stitch, but you don’t actually knit it. Like, normally you would insert the right needle into the stitch on the left needle, make a loop, pull it through, then drop the stitch off the left needle. YO is just the make a loop part and nothing else. All the other complicated ways I read seem to lead to the same result. Unlike the totally misleading stitch instruction page in the book, YO does not include a knit stitch.
  • In the purl drop rows (3/7), you drop all the YOs. The knits have little loops around the base where they attach to the stitch below, and the YOs seem unattached.
  • After the purl drop rows (3/7), the all purl rows (5/9), and the complicated rows (4/8), you should have 92 stitches on the needle.
  • When you sl2 pwise, keep the yarn in the back. If you bring it forward (like you normally would when you purl), you get a little extra loop that makes it harder to do the slipping bit.
  • Pass slipped stitches over means use your left needle to take the two slipped stitches (stitches 2 and 3 from the point of the right needle) and pull them over the k2tog stitch and off the needle, as though you were binding them off. You can do them one at a time or both together.

Hope this helps someone out there strugging with this pattern. Would’ve saved me an evening of watching knitting movies on the web while repeatedly frogging fuzzy yarn. Once I got it, it went pretty well, though.

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* panty hose speaker fix

Posted on March 13th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Projects with Instructions.


The Bad Kitties scratched up our speakers. Mark tried gluing the fabric back on, but it looked pretty bad. So we came up with this fix. Buy some regular black Queen-size nylons (not control top). Snap off the cover of the speakers, as well as any logos that are on top of the existing fabric. Remove the existing fabric. Cut a leg off the hose, then cut the foot off that. Stretch over the cover. Fold the extra hose around to the back and hot glue in place. If you’re lucky, the hot glue will also melt off the extra fabric, but if it doesn’t, cut off the excess. We added another layer of hose for extra opacity. (We thought about using black tights instead of 2 layers of nylons, but I think tights are not stretchy enough. I was worried they would bend the flimsy plastic frame.) Snap the logo back on through the hose, then replace the cover on the speaker. Our cover has little prongs on the back that we had to poke through the hose to snap it back together. You can’t even tell that we did anything. It looks really good.

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* deer

Posted on March 11th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Toys (cat and kid).


The other big find at the Japanese bookstore the other day was the Mascot Album book with this deer pattern in it. You may recognize this deer from around and about on the web. Oriettacat makes very similar ones, for instance. I know I just saw someone else post a picture from the book, too, but now, of course, I can’t find it. The book has just all sorts of cuteness going on. I’m sure I’ll do more from it. This guy is made of corduroy and felt, with embroidered features. Hey, he matches Blythe’s new outfit!

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* Martha Stewart Baby

Posted on March 8th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Martha.


I entered the 3 issues I have of MS Baby into the Marthadex. I only have Spring 2001, Fall 2002, and Spring 2003. If anybody out there has some of the other ones, I would love to have them. :)

The extra magazine makes the advanced search formatting all wonky now, though. I’m going to have to fiddle with it.

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* Pinafore dress for Blythe

Posted on March 4th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.


Home sick today, so I made a new dress for Blythe to make me feel better. Rare chance to take advantage of the natural light, too. I used the pinafore dress pattern from Orriettacat. The pockets are my addition. I’m definitely getting better at these things. The fabric is from an almost identical (down to the pockets!) dress that I no longer wear.

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* linkies

Posted on March 3rd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.


I updated the links page with a ton of new finds. The craft sites just keep coming and coming. Hard to keep up. The new ones are in the Newer Discoveries section. I rendered verdicts on the previous set of New Discoveries, so most of them got scattered around in the other categories. I’m working on an Inspirational Shops page now that my laptop’s back (and more importantly, my bookmarks with it). Should be up soon.

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* Seamripper backgrounds

Posted on March 2nd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.


Check out the supercute desktop backgrounds at Seamripper. She also sells a bunch of really cute bags and jewelry and whatnot. Her blog is always great fun to read, peppered with her illos. And she just got a Gocco!

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* tiny felt dog

Posted on March 1st, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.


One of my bookstore finds the other day was the Mame Wanko tiny dog pattern book (first seen on Loobylu, also on Craftster somewhere I currently cannot locate and occasionally in Kitty’s Oriental Craft Shop). I gave it a shot today with some craft felt I had around. He’s kind of wonky, but I’m sure Blythe will still like him. The main problem, as with all my small felt things, is the visibility of all the seams. I think some furrier fabric would remedy this. I have the feeling that the book gives lots of good tips, but I am illiterate. Anybody with the book know if you need to add seam allowances or anything?

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