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Here is the dress as it looked when I handed it off to her:

Read more... )

So. The hand-off has been made, and I am DONE with this project. I was so pleased with the final product and I think Kiwi was too, because she gave me hugs. I hope she gets lots of photo requests at the con (even though she isn't all the fond of having her picture taken!). I think she'll be the belle of the ball.
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I've been doing a lot of computer and online organizing last night/today. I cleaned up my "steampunk" favorites so that I can more easily find what I'm looking for (clothing, accessories, weapons, etc; how have I already collected so many links????), and today I am updating my Ravelry page, which had been overrun with "WORK IN PROGRESS" pictures instead of pictures of items that have actually been finished. I have two pictures left to take and upload and then I'll be current. I also deleted some of my old photos from my online host so that I could stay under the limit for my free account. Good-bye, WIP pictures and some stash pics.

I got some amazing yarn yesterday at Hobby Lobby. It's called Vanna's Glamour and the colorway is Copper. It is a delicious brown with a copper colored filament spun with it. This is the yarn I am going to use to knit the edgings for my Steampunk costume.

The Yarn )

I had been panicking because I could not remember the name of the yarn I had seen that I loved, so I did a websearch and wrongly concluded that I was after a Bernat yarn that had been discontinued. Cue a warp speed run to Hobby Lobby to see if I could find any of it before it was all gone, and much relief when I realized that the yarn I loved was NOT discontinued and there was plenty of it.

I got three skeins, which should be more than enough for the cuffs and collar, and hopefully also enough for some kind of accent elsewhere, either on the pocket edge or maybe on the skirt somewhere. I had thought about making a lace band to go on whatever transition I decide on for the place between the main skirt and the pleats, but I remember how much I did NOT like crocheting the edging for my Ren Fest skirt. Maybe a better choice would be to make individual lacy rosettes or something and just tack them on every so often along the transition fabric.

Or maybe knitting the edging won't be as bad as crocheting it was. This is sport weight yarn instead of thread, too, so it should knit up faster than what I did before. We'll see how it goes for the collar/cuffs portion I guess.

Tonight is SnB, even though it is Easter. I'm definitely going. I woke up not even thinking about what today was. I did not remember until about 15 minutes ago when I got an email from my sister with Easter pics of my nephew. And then I read Doqz's post about it. I can't believe I forgot after poor Elf's Easter Poison story.

I don't know what to take to knitting tonight. I finished the Octopus and am not quite ready to make my own yet. I should work on the Shedir, so I guess that's what I'll take with me. And the green mitt that needs a thumb.
kauricat: (astrid)
Happy Saturday! Since I think she does not read this, I am going to post Kiwi's birthday present here.

Amigurumi Ahead )
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Painted Cats

Not as in paintings OF cats, but cats who have been painted. Kiwi mentioned a book about this the other day and I had to see it for myself.



Also, thanks to Elf: http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/paintedcats.asp
kauricat: (dharma knit)
Just to prove that I really have one of these danged things nearly done:

fire ice arm
kauricat: (steampunk)
For my own reference:

Simplicity Creative Group - Misses' Costume
Picture )

I'm realizing now how similar this is in design to the pirate coat I fell in love with before! I am consistent. And ahead of my time! By several months, anyway. ;)

I'm not doing the weird cap things over the sleeves, I don't think. Unless I did them in an accent color. That might make them more interesting. Or maybe just weirder. And I think the pleated section is too long. I think there should be some other embellishment there above a shorter pleated section.

This is going to be so awesome.
kauricat: (pie)
Wow. Guess who got brushed with his zoom groom?


On the plus side, this is hair that won't end up in a furball that someone might accidentally step in...I guess it's a win.
kauricat: (on a horse)
It fits and everything! I love it!


We actually have four chairs. One of them was just doing double duty with the computer at the time.

Pie loves it too.


Man, look how sheddy he is getting! Time for a brushing!
kauricat: (Celtic Cat)

Pie says Happy St. Patrick's Day.

kauricat: (steampunk)

Your result for The Steampunk Style Test...

The Gadgeteer

39% Elegant, 59% Technological, 37% Historical, 44% Adventurous and 29% Playful!

You are the Gadgeteer, the embodiment of steampunk technology.  Ironically, many of the things that most define your style are probably too large to easily carry about, but given the opportunity you would prefer to be seen surrounded by boiler engines, gear-driven calculators, and incredible automata.  Of all the steampunk fashion styles, you place the greatest emphasis on technological accessories, and you are the most likely to create elaborate gadgets that are as much a part of your outfit as your clothes.  You probably have goggles, but unlike most people you consider them to be for more than decoration.  Whereas most people might look odd carrying a satchel of tools around, for  you they may well be essential.  Above all, you remind everyone that what sets the genre apart from Victoriana is simply the level of technology.



Try our other Steampunk test here.

Take The Steampunk Style Test at HelloQuizzy

kauricat: (pie)
This is how you can tell the cat is hot:


If you don't see what I'm talking about, here is a visual aid:


When Pie gets hot, his fur leans away from his chesticles. I don't know how much good that can actually do, but that's his system.
kauricat: (iKnit)
I finished the mittens, located my Eucalan Wool Wash, washed them up, blocked them, stuck them on my lovely dryer rack inside the dryer, and they were ready to gift last night when I met Kiwi!

Bubble Bobble

She seemed to really like them. And of course today it is too warm for mittens. But she wore them last night when we went home from the restaurant! Success!
kauricat: (iKnit)
Here is an update on the project, since the recipient is unlikely to be checking now:


It Arrived!

Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:04 pm
kauricat: (iKnit)
I want to state that today is not actually my birthday. But I'm opening my presents anyway, because they arrived today.

Also, I needed something really fun today.

Happy birthday to me...


Happy birthday to me....


Happy BIRTHDAY to meeeeeeee....


Happy birthday to me!





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