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Open-Source shoes

  • Aug. 24th, 2005 at 1:57 PM
John Fluevog has a contest going on where you can submit a sketch of your fantasy shoe design, it gets voted on by visitors to the site, and the winner will have their design manufactured and named after them. There are some pretty inventive designs already up.

Open-Source shoe design contest.

Craft Room Shuffle

  • Aug. 21st, 2005 at 1:38 PM
Well, last night my husband moved a bunch of boxes, and a lot of them ended up in my craft room for me to sort.

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I found a lot of junk, like a box that contained moisturizers, and other bathroom stuff (packed a couple of years ago), and I found stuff I have been looking for, or didn't know I was missing, like the completed pieces of a sweater I'm knitting.

Anyway, I realized that have a lot of stuff.

Can't resist shiny things

  • Aug. 18th, 2005 at 10:15 PM
The last couple of days I have been playing with beads. I decided to bead a pair of hair combs. First I got out all the beads in the color I wanted to use (black).

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new equipment purchase!

  • Aug. 15th, 2005 at 12:57 PM
I just ordered my spinning wheel from The Woolery! It's a Lendrum folding wheel. I'm so excited, I can hardly wait for it to arrive! Also, last week, my mother-in-law went to a yard sale and came home with a metal skein winder/swift for me, and she only paid $3.00 for it.

I put the buttons on the shirt I posted last week, so it's now officially finished.

I cast on for a sweater for my husband, and it's coming along quickly since it's in a bulky weight on size 9 needles. This will be the first thing I ever knit for him (he's picky and "doesn't like wool"). When I asked him what kind of sweater he wanted me to make, he said he wanted one like Prof. Lupin in the movie "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." I finally found a scene that shows the sweater well, and got a good look at it. The character's supposed to be very poor, and the sweater is an old, ratty, stretched-out grayish-brown wool cardigan. So, that's not what I'm making him now, because I had some cotton/acrylic blend yarn set aside to make as sweater for him, because all his sweaters are cotton. I'm making the sweater on the cover of Interweave Knits Summer 2002 issue. It's pictured on female models, but I decided it's a unisex pattern because there is no shaping, and the design isn't effeminate. And if he doesn't like it, I'll just wear it.

Just to be clear, I'm still making him the ratty-looking sweater he wants, I just don't have the materials right now, and I've never designed a sweater from scratch (that I've actually finished, I have three in the works), so it might take some time.

And I remade a part of a costume for my friend (I didn't originally make the part I was replacing), which I just ranted about in my new community, seam_stress.

Aug. 9th, 2005

  • 3:27 PM
Well, I'm almost finished with a top I've been working on, it looks finished from the front, but I still need to hand-stitch the inside of the neckline, and add buttons & buttonholes:

I've also made some handspindles & done a tiny bit more spinning, and started knitting a sock out of some of the Border Leicester I processed from raw wool (some of it is the brown stuff on the spindle below).

For our first anniversary, my husband's putting up the rest of what I need to buy a spinning wheel! I'm probably going to get a Lendrum, but I haven't really decided for sure, I want to try a few more wheels first. I'm kind of torn between getting a really good deal online, or supporting to a local shop where I can try before I buy and where they hold classes, etc. and I can probably bring my wheel there if I ever have a problem with it. This is over about $50 of additional merchandise, and the online retailer is also a brick-and-mortar store, which a good friend of mine has purchased from in person and online with good results. However, the store is a long distance away from me. Maybe I'll call the local store to ask if there is a class discount with a wheel purchase or something like that.

I've also been teaching myself how to draw using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I'll post my "before" pictures later. I dabbled with drawing on and off throughout adolescence and just a little bit as an adult, so I'm not as bad as the "before" pictures she shows as examples in the book, but about on par with some of the decent ones on the website.

This morning I went on a little jaunt around Boston before work, went to a fabric store, but didn't buy anything, and kept thinking about the Rubbermaid bins full of fabric at home. Then I went to a sewing notion/yarn/etc. store and bought some bamboo knitting needles, which I've never used before and thought I'd try, then I went to a bookstore, where I bought Ornament magazine. I bought the last issue since they still had it out, but the current issue looks interesting.

I've created a new community

  • Aug. 5th, 2005 at 6:21 PM
I started the community seam_stress for people to vent about their sewing mistakes. Join if you're interested.


Last night I picked up Fashion Victim by Michelle Lee, a book I began reading at the old house, and set aside after reading about 3/4 of the book (I do that a lot). Anyway, it touches on a lot of the sort of thing I would like to discuss on my blog, and ultimately learn more about.

Unfortunately, the book brings up a lot of different aspects of the fashion industry, describes them briefly, and moves on. It keeps making you want to know more. Last night I read an interesting section about the Mafia control of the New York Garment District from the 1920's all the way up through the present day, although I had a difficult time finding further information online.

That just led me to think about one of my favorite black and white movies, The Fashions of 1934.

Comments on the blog of a Quaker on personality and clothing.

For some reason, when I'm surfing links, I'll find the most interesting articles and/or information, then find out it's on the site of a fashion design school. Maybe that's where I should think about heading.
Since the last update:
I moved everything into my craft room. Now I can start working on the rest of the house (I'm only kind of kidding).

I got a dress form for my birthday.

I was given a tahkli spindle and taught myself to spin cotton.

I planted a small herb garden.

My parents came from Texas for a weeklong visit.

My home computer is now in some semblance of working order, so I should be able to post pictures soon.

Anyway, here's a picture of something I made about a year ago for my wedding: