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Steamy Jacket [Dec. 3rd, 2010|11:47 am]
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[Current Mood |creative]

Hello, I'm new to this community! Currently I'm living in South Korea and teaching English. I'm an avid knitter and an apathetic crocheter - I only crochet if something really pretty comes my way!

It doesn't look like there has been activity here in a while, but I thought I'd introduce myself and contribute a little something I came across recently. If knit in a nice rich brown and with a little tweaking, I could definitely see this as a steam-worthy jacket!
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Etsy Steam Team Membership [Jan. 13th, 2010|06:11 pm]
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[Current Location |Ne'erwas]
[Current Mood |Huzzah!]

Steam Team Flyer

Etsy Steam Team membership window is now OPEN! Cheers!
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steamy knit pattern [Nov. 14th, 2009|06:43 pm]
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I found the November issue of "Yarn Forward" a UK based Knitting magazine in my local book store. i was incredibly surprised and pleased to find a pattern that needs NO modifications to be steamy.

Its is called "Military Cardi" or "cadet cardi" and is on page 48 of this issue. it is in two colors, has a sort of V neck/lapel look, with a slightly upright collar in back.

they show it in two shadeso f blue (very cadet military) but it would be smashing in brown and copper..... yummm
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Cool Cable Socks [Sep. 2nd, 2009|11:36 am]
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[Current Mood |busy]

I'm an avid sock knitter and I came across the following pattern that has some really great diagonal cables:

I've started one of the socks in scarlet but thought some of you could also use the pattern:

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Black Crocheted Corset/Belt [Jul. 24th, 2009|01:06 pm]
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I made this the other day (well, over a couple of days) because I'd been wanting to try my hand at crocheting some corset accessories (Unfortunately, I had the intelligence to wait until I was pregnant, so now I can't wear the thing, and may not be able to for some time. Meh, methinks a trip over to Etsy might be in order...)

Anyway, I used the same pattern that I used for some fingerless gloves I made a few weeks ago, and I'm pretty happy with the results. I used a basic acrylic yarn that I had sitting around, and some red ribbon (I make ballet hair accessories on the side, so I've got tons of ribbon all over the place) that was easy to use with the pattern. It also washes and dries really well. I'm thinking about trying to make another one (after the baby and after my waist has returned) with a cotton thread, and maybe even some beading worked into the "cats eyes".

I hope some other crocheters out there get some inspiration from this project, and happy hooking!
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Intro and spinning sale [Apr. 10th, 2009|12:03 pm]
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i am a merchant who has always carried various stuff  for arts, crafts, and knitting.(ok, i admit it, i just hate buying at retail) i sell mostly at conventions and stuff, i bet i have met a couple of you at Arisia or ICON.  i am based in Philadelphia, but travel a lot. 
yes, i sell online, but i cant maintain my own webpage (i have friends trying to fix that problem) my webpage is usually out of date.
i can keep my LJ up by myself.
i am trying to set up an Etsy store, but dont have one yet.

i love to knit, having learned as therapy for a head trauma that also left my right arm pretty well useless for a few years.  i think i am a better knitting teacher because i had to work so hard to learn for myself.  (at least thats my excuse for why all my students are better than i am now. i must be a GREAT teacher :-p )

i also spin.  which i hadnt thought of as being very steam punk, but after seeing THIS incredibly steampunked spinning wheel made from a Babe's Fiber garden pvc base..... i knew i had to carry them. and i also knew i want to punk out one of my own wheels.
isn't that an incredible job? Krylon Fusion (for plastic) apparently works very well on the pvc of the Babe wheels... i wish i could take credit for it, but i have nothing to do with it.

Anyway, as stated i am putting my first order together for that brand, so if any of you have considered buying a Babe Spinning wheel (inexpensive and mud resistant)  i am having a sale to get my initial order together....you can get all the sales details over on my LJ, but its mostly 25% off list price.
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Moth-Eaten Gloves = Mitts [Dec. 8th, 2008|07:26 pm]
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I was rummaging around in my vintage wool stuff and found these 1950s gloves. I'd never worn them because they had holes in the fingers and had been pretty crappily darned, but I hung on to them because I really liked the beading and they were black. I can never have enough black gloves. Never ever. But these wouldn't have been at all warm if I decided to ignore the mends and wear them, since the wool was worn thin all up and down the fingers and would have eventually turned into mitts all by themselves when they fell apart.

So I ruthlessly unraveled the fingers down to where the palm ends and reknitted a k1 p1 ribbing about an inch long and unraveled the thumb down an inch shorter than I wanted the finished thumb to be and knitted a 1" ribbing there. I picked up the loose stitches along the palm with a set of size 00 US double-pointed needles.

Now I just have to unravel and knit the second one. I've got a lavender wool wash that I'll use to keep the moths off them and once they're blocked they'll be ready to go.
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Lace-Up Legwarmers [Nov. 24th, 2008|07:47 pm]
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[Current Mood |artistic]

I was in desperate need for a crochet pattern for spats or legwarmers, and happened upon a simple one that I modified by using a heavier yarn and larger hook.

The end result came out like this:

I made another pair that are pure white and laced them up with black ribbon, but I don't have a pic of those.

Another pic... and the pattern.Collapse )
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Because it's Cold on the Moon [Oct. 28th, 2008|07:34 pm]
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Here's a selection from Nicoll Knitting, a WWI-era book on knitting and sewing for the troops in 1918. Besides these lovelies in the pic there are Minesweeper's Gloves, a balaclava that comes down to cover the chest, chamois pajamas, and a nice selection of unexplainable things.

I thought these patterns would be ripe for some creative steampunkery, because you know it's damn cold up there on the moon, plus we're coming up on some gift-giving holidays. And what special person doesn't need a pair of rifle gloves for some cold-weather Nerf--I mean RAYGUN--target practice?


More to come! I've found some snappy knitted suspenders, a nice pair of men's knitted long undies (top and bottom), silk neckties, and some bizarre orthopedic-looking items. So watch out.
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Crocheted Cogs Pattern [Sep. 23rd, 2008|09:53 pm]
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I've finally written out and posted the pattern for crocheted cogs.  I've also got a handful of Victorian winter patterns I'm in the middle of gathering up, stuff like men's long underwear and balaclavas and such that could lend itself to some creative mayhem!  I'll post the links for you guys when I've got them all up.

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