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yay ribby slippers! [Jan. 1st, 2009|04:47 pm]
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so easy, i wish i had designed them. i found this awesome pattern: Ribby Slipper Socks by Cathy Carron in the holiday 2008 issue of interweave knits, which also has an article on the talented kimberlychapman and her awesome DNA toy and other knits. i discovered her back in the summer of 2007 while looking for knitting patterns and was blown away.

ANYWAY.. these slippers. they rock. they call for yarn that's more or less WAY out of my price range, but i managed to knit them from lamb's pride bulky, and they fit well enough. and i still have half the skein left!

also, instead of knitting the sockish part of the pattern, i picked up the stitches and crocheted two post stitch rows to give it a nice, clean border. it also gave the appearance of two extra stockinette stitches along the edge. rock!

i reaaaaaaallly wanted to add little pom poms to these, because the cuteness would be overwhelming, but perhaps too overwhelming. and when i think of my mom, i don't think of pom poms. i think of.. well, not pom poms. i'll just have to make some for myself with the pom poms. my toes are freezing in this place, anyway.

mom's booties
yay for toes!
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STARWARS MANIA (wip) [Jan. 1st, 2009|03:12 pm]
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[mood |determined]

i've been obsessing over making my nephew the perfect starwars hat for christmas. i'm on my way over to my mother's for the tail end of the holidays, and i'll be seeing him. i've started on the second hat (the first one was too small) and i think it's a little too big. i originally had inteded to make it in the russian bomber style of hat, but something's not coming together.

in progress

also, as this is a WIP, things are subject to change. although i frogged the fur lining last night (it hurt!) i may re-knit it tonight.

to line or not to line?

so anyway, back to the starwars theme.. he's really into the darkside. BIG TIME. as i was perusing the internet and mustering up the courage to knit another one of these, i couldn't seem to a chart for darth vader himself. the lovely sarah bradberry was so kind as to share her very own star wars pattern charts with everyone on the internet- for free!- but i needed vader. the hat just wasn't complete without him.

so i made this yesterday morning:

darth vader chart double

minus the lining
so once the hat looked like this, i decided not to line it..

but when i finally made the vader for the front flap of the hat...


i realized that it wouldn't be a bomber and the front flap would look foreign without the fur. i am really struggling with this decision! it shouldn't be difficult!!

and since i have a significant amount of space and it doesn't look TOO busy, i decided that i wanted to add two red light sabers on either side of vader's head:


but i'll have to fake isle that, yo.

lordy, this has turned into an ORDEAL!
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the owl hat "hoolio" [Jun. 23rd, 2008|10:48 pm]
hoolio close-up

more at my flickr account..
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they're finished!!! [Jun. 22nd, 2008|07:26 pm]
kitty bo biddy booties

kitty bo biddy booties

here they are. done deal. they're entered into the pool and there's no turning back now. i had so much fun making them, they're going to be a permanent part of angryolive. now onto the rest of them (as if i didn't already have a big enough to-do list.)



here's hoping for a new sewing machine!
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ok, i've finally done it [Jun. 20th, 2008|10:33 pm]
i done did decided to finally ACTUALLY make baby booties. i've always wanted to, but never got around to it.

so, the other day, i did and this is what happened:

kitty time

so ther eyou have it. i'm hooked. they're really fun to make, i managed to keep the design simple, and i have sketched out a ton more animals and such to add to the site. basically, they're all going to be bootie versions of the hats.

foxes and pandas are next on long loonnnnng list. oh joy!
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busy busy [Jun. 18th, 2008|03:42 pm]
ok, so i didn't get to post later on the same night like i had planned, but there really wasn't much more to tell, anyway.

oh yeah.. i have an etsy shop.

i've also been at work on sewing fleece hats. i've been wanting to knit the car hat, but it's still way down close to the end of the bottom of the knitting to-do list, but i managed to put it up close to the top of the sewing to do list.


i've also been distracted by a contest on craftzine/flickr to design the cutest booties to win a sewing machine. i'm up against some really talented people, but as a first time bootie maker, why not go for the glory?? i'm not expecting anything out of it but a good time. i made baby blue kitty cats, but i think i want to turn them into orange little foxes for the contest. they're so much fun to make and so cute, i think i want to sell them on my site and/or etsy shop. weeeeeee'll see.
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how i've neglected you so.. [Jun. 13th, 2008|03:44 pm]
when i stopped updating my journal, it was a most pivotal time in my life. i don't imagine it would be too appropriate to go into the details of it all, but let's just say.. i went on a creative hiatus for a while.

so here's a quick update on everything pertaining to angryolive.

i started crocheting with acrylic yarn for all the angryolive hats, but at some point after i moved to houston a dear friend of mine introduced me to natural fibers, or better yet "luxury" yarn, and i have become quite the snob since then. it is much easier to work with, not to mention the feeling of merino and alpaca is like butter or water slipping through your fingers. it's amazing. i quickly swithched, and along with the move i realized something very important: my hats needed to have more elasticity, not only for comfort, but for longevity.

and that was something that crocheting acrylic did not offer.

so i wrote patterns out for each size for every hat. i fell in love with knitting and converting and seeing the final product of every hat was like creating something new all over again.

art star 2008

and then i started having acute pain in my left wrist over the holidays, but ignored it.

that is, until the pain became quite difficult to ignore.

i went to the doctor to figure out what was going on, and he diagnosed me with tendinitis. he basically said that if i didn't stop completely or at least for a few months at a time, that i would do irreparable damage. this was a HUGE blow to my endeavors.

this was around the time i started to work on pieces for the art star craft bazaar, and luckily it was mostly sewing.. but when it came to knitting and crocheting the claws and wings for the owls, by the end of the night, my wrist was throbbing and i had it in a brace (upon doctor's orders).

while at the craft bazaar, i talked it over with my mother and she suggested that i sew the hats. fleece, of course. not only does fleece feel like heaven to touch, it keeps heads all over the world nice and warm. had she suggested this a month or two ago, i would have shot the idea down while wallowing in self pity, but since this was after i attempted to sew bomber hats and bonnets from woven cotton fabric, i felt like i had a chance to keep it alive.

(it's so wrong to put my son in a bonnet.. but i rationalize it with his irresistibly cute face.. and the fact that i can use it to blackmail him later on in his teenage years.)

so as soon as i came home, i went straight to the fabric outlet to purchase fleece (a yard of each color they had available) and set to work on measurements, patterns, etc. i've just now gathered the pattern pieces to fit every size, infant to adult, and this week i have been able to sew six new hats (old designs) from the fleece. i'm feeling very good about this.

panda in progress
panda in progress photo..

i also want to explore plush making, and while i'm very, very new at it, i feel that it can be a rewarding and amazing creative outlet.


so what of the knitting? is it gone with the wind? noway. i'll keep knitting, but mostly for the joy of it and i'm tackling a new project: a book.

it may take me years, it may take getting rejected time and time again, and i may even explore the self-publishing route, but i've been working on my proposal and an outline, and i hope and pray that i can and WILL find a publisher to publish a book of my designs.

so, that's that. everyone is all up to date. i'll post more tonight. must go have coffee with ball and chain.
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be sure to check out this great site [Jun. 9th, 2006|03:51 pm]

it's like a hip baby bible site! add it to your favorites! NOW!
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loose as a moose [Dec. 27th, 2005|12:18 am]
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blue tubby two-ton! [Dec. 27th, 2005|12:11 am]
[mood |accomplished]

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