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Knitting Update and Pictures

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As I mentioned in the post “Knitting Project Update – New Yarn and Future Projects” I’m currently knitting a sweater.  It’s my take on the Nora’s Sweater from the Interweave Knits winter 2009 magazine.  Currently, I’m about halfway done with the project.  I have the back, back inset and about half of the left sleeve done.  I still have to make the right sleeve, front right and front left panels, and yoke not to mention sew it all together. 

So far the sweater looks beautiful.  I chose a rich purple for the base/main color and a redish purple for the secondary/accent color.  Originally the color differentiation started out as an accident.  I accidentally got two different colors of purple thinking they were the same color.  Nevertheless, I love the results.  The color variation adds to the sweater’s character while not distracting from the pattern’s graceful design. 

I have a picture of my progress to share.  I’m really happy with my work and can’t wait to see how it turns out, especially since I have to buy more redish purple dye so I can match the color variation of the back panel on the front panels.  The picture was a quick picture I snapped for my Ravelry account.  It’s not the best quality, but it shows the progress well. 

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I also have pictures of my previous knitting project.  I made the Aquitaine Pullover from the same Interweave Knits issue a few months back, but I never posted pictures.  So I took a couple and thought I’d share. 

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It was my first major sweater project.  I’m rather proud of it.  The pattern turned out well.  It’s also really comfy and the color match much of my wardrobe well.  I might end up entering this in a local fair if I get the chance.  I’d like to enter the purple sweater as well if it gets done in time. 

To conclude, thank you for reading.  Your views mean so very much to me.  I really appreciate it.  Have a good day and a wonderful week. 

New Knitting Project – 3rd Sweater of the School Year

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As the title says, I’m on to my third knitting project of this school year.  It’s another sweater, like the last two projects, but it uses a different pattern.  Each sweater I make is unique in it’s own way and greatly differs from the other sweaters I made.  This time I’m making Interweave Knits’ Nora’s Sweater by Pamela Powers in the Winter 2009 magazine of Interweave Knits.  It’s a beautiful sweater that incorporates pleating, lacework, and cabling all into one sweater while keeping the project relatively simple.  I really like the design and can’t wait to see how mine turns out.

So far, I’m about an eighth done with the back piece of the sweater.  I started it yesterday, so I’m rather happy with my progress.  The result is coming along well too.  It looks gorgeous and a little better than the picture.  But that’s because I’m slightly biased and putting my whole soul into making this sweater.  I want it to be the best it can be.  I’m getting better at sweater making and am hoping to show some of my work at my local fair.  If all goes well, I’ll enter this sweater along with one of the previous ones I made. 

When I get more done, I’ll post pictures.  It’s nice to have lots of progress pictures, but I don’t want to overload the site and turn it into more of a media blog instead of a costuming/sewing/crafting blog.  I might post pictures of my other sweaters.  My first one is done and the second is at least half way finished.  I took a break from the second sweater because the sleeve pattern/design was driving me insane.  Overly time consuming/difficult/repetitious patterns are really annoy to knit.  I’m really enjoying the pattern for the third sweater.  Even though it’s mainly uses the stocking stitch, I like how fast I can knit the pattern without having to think too much about what I’m knitting. 

I’ll keep you posted on the sweater and post pictures when possible.  When I get the chance, I’ll talk about some of the crafts I make other than sewing.  I’ve considered doing that more often, but I’ve also thought of making a separate crafting blog.  Then again, another blog means more time spent blogging in my already cram packed schedule. 

I’d love to hear what you think.  Should I start a new crafting blog or incorporate my crafting into this blog?  Remember that I have school, sewing, 4-H, extracurricular activities as well as a possible job to think about besides blogging and cosplaying/costuming.  I’ll leave a month long poll up in the sidebar.  If you’d like to post a reply to my question, that’s great!  Just keep it civil as in no rude, insulting, slanderous, obscene, condemning, and/or demeaning comments.  If you don’t have something nice to say, as in constructive, helpful, informative, positive, and/or insightful (for or against), then don’t say anything until you’ve changed your mindset to something positive.  This goes for all my posts.  If you don’t want to post, then voting is great.  But voting and commenting is even better!  *^_^*

Thank you for reading.  Have a great day, week, month and year.  Until next post!  See you then!

Akari Update 6 – Part 1 Complete

I finished the under dress for Akari Mizunashi’s Summer Uniform today.  So far all looks well.  I’m happy with the way it’s turned out, but I wish I could have done better with the slit and hem.  The slit doesn’t close exactly how I want it to and the hem is a non-traditional bubble hem because I couldn’t get a rolled hem to work with the way I designed the bottom of the dress.  (A bubble hem is a hem that is sewn on the inside of the garment so the bottom of the garment will poof.)  Like with any cosplay I make there are aspects that I’d like to change if I remake the outfit, but overall I am very pleased with it.  For the time, knowledge, and resources I had, I did well. 

PIctures!!!!  Now I have the fuku, glove, shoes, hat, and wig to complete.  ^_^

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Akari Update 5

I finished the appliqué for the bottom part of the under dress today.  It looks so cool!  The general shape is different then I expected, but I love it nonetheless.  Sadly I don’t have any pictures to share cause I can’t find a camera.  I’ll post pictures of the full under dress as soon as I’m done.  I should be able to find a camera by then. 

It’s almost astonishing that I’m almost done with my project.  I don’t have much left to do.  If I keep at it I should be able to finish the under dress and the fuku, maybe even the hat, by the end of February.  All I have left to do is hem the under dress, finish the slit, prepare and cut out the fuku (which shouldn’t be that hard), cut out and apply the appliqué to the fuku, sew the fuku, make the bow, make the glow, apply the appliqué to the glove, draft and cut out the hat, appliqué the hat, sew the hat, and finish the hat.  Ok, so I have a bit more to do than I thought, but I know I can at least get the under dress and fuku done.  Especially, if school continues to have lax amounts of homework.  I love being able to relax more after last week. 

The hat and glove shouldn’t be that hard though I dread making another glove out of non-stretch fabric.  This time I will include ease.  I’m still having trouble with the last pair of gloves I made.  -_-  Ah well, live and learn to not make the same mistakes again.  I don’t know how to make the gold ring for the glove yet.  I had thought of using craft foam, but I don’t know how well that will work.  I have to get the supplies for the jewel and cast it as well. 

As for the shoes, I might have found a good pair of base shoes, but they’re a bit out of my price range.  I’ll have to keep looking and hope I find the right pair fairly soon.  I only have till mid May to get this and three other cosplays done.  Yes, three.  The con is four days instead of three.  I’m so excited even though I’ll have to sew my heart out for a week or two before the con.  Ah, such is life. 

Progress Pictures

I decided to post my current progress pictures in one post so you could see what I’m currently working on.  Every time I get a lot of progress done I’m going to make a recap post like this one.  That way you can easily see where I am with my cosplays.  Enjoy!

First I’ll start off with Vorfeed.  I’m putting her at 50-55% complete.  So far her dress and gloves are done.  I still have to make the shoes and cape.  I also have to style the wig and cast the gems.  I need to get supplies for her forehead markings and neckband.

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My other current project is Akari.  She right between 45 and 50% complete.  I already have the first part of the dress done.  I have yet to finish the second part of the dress and make the fuku, shoes, and glove.  I have to style the wig too.

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Akari Update 4

I finished the first part of the under dress today.  The lining is in place along with the zipper.  Now all I have left to do is make and attach the appliqué for the bottom of the dress and finish the slit.  I cut the dress too short originally so I have to make up for it by adding fabric to the bottom.  I’m actually pleased that I have to add the add the extra fabric.  Though it decreases the accuracy of the cosplay, it makes it easier to attach the bottom appliqué. 

I’m really happy with the way the dress is coming along.  So far it’s the most accurate cosplay I’ve made.  I love it already!  The dress fits wonderfully.  It’s a bit tight in the hips, but I can live.  I only had to fit it once this time, which is a first.  Usually it takes me three or more times to get the dress or garment to fit correctly.   This cosplay has a bunch of firsts woven into it.  It was my first appliqué project, my first zipper that turned out well, my first easy fitting project, my first total modification project, and my first time working with a vented slit.  I’m so happy with it!  I’ve learned so much so far!  I can’t wait to see what else I learn before it’s complete. 

I have a couple pictures to share.  Enjoy!

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Vorfeed Update 5

My feathers came in the mail today.  I really like them.  They are really soft and the perfect length for her shoulder feathers.  I still have to get the rest of the feathers for here wigs, but I’m happy that I have these.  ^_^

I have pictures of the feathers and the wig.  I didn’t post pictures of the wig sooner so I’ll post them now.  I love how the feathers add to the costume.  I also love that the wig is the perfect color.  It’s a bit thin so I might add to it, but this is what I have for now.  Enjoy!

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