Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Lately I've been working up a few items from free patterns I've found online. Though all of my items in my shop are created using my own designs, I think that sometimes it's good to make things from other's patterns. This helps me learn new techniques, shapes, and challenges me to work outside of my comfort zone (plus I've been wanting to branch out into making baby items but know nothing about baby sizing - this is a great way to learn) - though I must admit - I usually end up modifying them all in varying degrees to suit my tastes! This tutorial is really a modification and is based off of this pattern (you may have to be registered to view) found on the Lion yarn site. Since I had a lot of this bulky yarn on hand, I modified it to work with what I had, plus bulky yarn items are so popular these days. I also wanted mine to be a headwrap style instead of sewing ribbons to tie, so I modified it to add the band. Simple changes, but thought I'd share my process with you guys.
1 skein Lion Brand Hometown USA in your color choice (I'm using Dallas Grey here)
Size-P crochet hook
To begin, ch 24.
In 4th chain from hook, work dc. Dc in each chain across.
Repeat this process to make three strips of equal size.
Once you have your three strips made, stack them all on top of each other.
Push your hook through all three strips and join them together with three slip stitches.
Once your three strips are joined. Clip your yarn and finish off. Now you're ready to braid.
Braid your strips as loose or as tight as you like
Once you've finished your braid, stack the three strips at the end of your braid to join with three slip stitches - just as you did on the other end.
Once you've joined your strips, do not finish off this time. Instead, ch 1 and work 3 sc across.
Continue working *ch 1, sc in next 3 sts* for 12 more rows (13 rows total) to create the band.
Once your band is finished, join with sl sts to opposite side of braid to form a circle.
Using your yarn needle weave in your ends.
Wear and enjoy!
I think I might try another version using a smaller hook and tighter stitches since I think this might make the braid stand out even more. If I do I'll be sure to update you all and let it know how it turns out. Feel free to share the items you've made - I'd love to see!
P.S. Did you know that Lion has granted permission to sell items made from their patterns (though, of course, you can't sell the patterns themselves or use their photos as they're copyrighted)? I just discovered this via Ravelry, and once I looked through their patterns I was surprised at how many patterns I recognized listed in other folks shops! Not that there's anything wrong with that since the permission has been granted - but it does bug a little that some of these folks are parading around as knitwear designers in blog interviews and such when they're really just making things from the patterns of others. Oh well, to each their own. I may list some of the things I make from these patterns for sale in my shop (as long as permission to sell has been given), but feel like I want to make it clear which designs are from my own patterns and which arent or are modified derivatives. Just not sure how to quite word it yet. Any advice? What are your thoughts? As a buyer would you want to know? Does it matter or should I not worry with it? I feel since I do present myself as a crochet designer that it would be important to discern which was 100% mine and which was a derivative work.
Friday, January 27, 2012
tiger tee - cititrends// highwaist pinstripe trousers and shoes - f21 // bangles - after xmas sale shopping with mom
this morning i cut the sleeves off this tee. it had some sort of dolman effect going that i wasn't crazy about but really the sleeve opening was far too tight for my chubby arms. i think my arms are like the next size up from the rest of my body. they used to really bother me but i don't care much anymore. is it getting older that helps you fall into your body more easily? or all the body positive acceptance reading i've surrounded myself with over the past year? either way i don't seem to wrestle with myself when i look in the mirror quite as much. a little weight gain hasn't sent me spiralling the way it would've a year ago. yes, i'm working out more to control it and sure there are still those days, and my fair share of em, when i stare at myself with a furrowed brow, pinching at my sides - but it just seems.... less, somehow.
dress and purse - vintage // bracelet - etsy // shoes - f21 // hat - kmart
sometimes we'll be out shopping and i will point out something i like and m will say "yes, that looks like you" and sometimes it will be something sweet with trails of tattered vintage lace and other times it will be a cheap neon tshirt with a tiger on it from cititrends with studs and sequins. once i asked him what is it that makes them look like me and he couldn't really say. they just do. a lot of times i get frustrated with not being able to pinpoint a specific style i could stick to forever. classic and minimal. dark and edgy. colorful and preppy. delicate and vintage. boho and flowy. cheap and trendy. offbeat and kitsch. i don't know which i would choose long term. when i try to stick to one for any length of time, declaring yes this is me, then soon i long for another. i don't know what i am really. or maybe i'm all of them. or maybe different everyday or every week. or maybe they're all costumes for what i want to be. it's hard to say. maybe clothes to me are like food and do i really want to eat just one type of dish forever and ever? when something is really good i can eat it every day for weeks and weeks and then suddenly never want to eat it again or at least not for a very long while. maybe it's like that. i'm still unsure.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
i didn't discover this as a young girl like so many other babes i adore have done, but it's because of their constant mention of this little book that i had to give it a go myself. even at age 30 i love it maybe as much as i would've at 12 or 13, but it sure would've served me better then. it would've been the perfect little neon rainbow escape for my torn adolescent self who never quite felt like she fit in anywhere.
and while googling cover images i ran across this photoshoot by wildfox
and this one here (which might be from papermag?)
also looks like there's a film possibly in the works - a script reading was held at a bookshop in 2010 - hope it's still on the horizon!
Reading list 2012:
1. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick
2. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block