Monday, January 31, 2011

Knit Swiffer Cover

This weekend, I finally made a reusable pad for the mop.  I liked Birdy Evans's Swiffer Re-Usable Cloth pattern from Ravelry.

Color Pooling
  Reusable Swiffer Cover

The color pooling worked out well, didn't it?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Burning Wheel Drawings 1

Around New Year's, I started playing a Burning Wheel campaign with Fix and a few other people.  Especially when I'm paying attention, I can't sit still for four or five hours without drawing anything.

This is where the Player Characters are from-- Serrenfael Keep in Korrin lands.

Serrenfael Keep and the Nearby Town 

This is the character I play, Enna.  She needed to get finery for Summer Court, made a bad roll, and ended up with awkward frumpy old lady clothes. The text means that my clothes would be an additional obstacle to a related challenge-- being taken seriously, for example.

Less Fashionable at Summer Court 

Here are some fashionable ladies at Summer Court.

The Fashionable at Summer Court

I've got more drawings in the wings (and we play every couple of weeks) so stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mystery Mondays Continued: Phase II

I haven't forgotten about The Mystery Dress!  Phase I was research and analysis, and it's time for Phase II: make a bitchin' (Yes, that's right.  It will be bitchin'.) steampunk dress from a copied (and modified) pattern.  Before I do anything though, I will make a good period corset for myself.  I've made several corsets before, but the only one I have is early 17th-century Elizabethan.  If I'm going to play Lunar Croquet, I will need some curves.  ...and boning that doesn't poke through its casing and scratch my hips like dozens of little claws all day long.  LESSON LEARNED.

I'm buying the Laughing Moon pattern because I've made it before for a show and this gem was in their "Corset FAQ":
31. I want huge masses of cleavage. What should I do?
Change your mind or shop at Fredericks of Hollywood for a non-period look.
Truly Victorian's corset looks good as well and I may buy their 1885 Curiass Bodice pattern instead of making a mess with a very old and delicate piece of clothing.  Look at how similar they are!  And the sizing will be closer to mine!  This is the lazy way out, of course, so I'll have to mull it over.  (And it's 1885?  My analysis was pretty darn solid!)

For Comparison:

Truly Victorian Cuirass Bodice...check out the top one!
Mystery Monday Jacket

Monday, January 24, 2011

She's Full of Attitude... and Fire.

One evening last week I was grumpy and said to myself "I'm gonna stitch a dragon and she's gonna be wrecking a city."

Wreckin' A City 

I hereby nominate myself for "Best Use of Lazy Daisy Stitch."

Big things are brewing at The Relaxolotl...stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Things From Dreams

I draw what I can remember from dreams.

The Uglest Bridesmaid Dress Ever 

The dream was about how wearing this dress felt.  That's how I know it was polyester and the front closure was false, for example.  I was worrying about how I could alter it to make it wearable for a friend's wedding.  The other bridesmaids had it just as bad, but in different neon colors.

Large, Double-Sided Fish From My Dream

There were a tank of these fellas (they were at least 10"tall) in my dream last night.  The mouths alternated being open, so the halves might have alternated being conscious?  They were murky brown  freshwater fish.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Long Time, No Post

Happy 2011!  Hope your various holiday duties and pastimes were fun enough that getting back to a regular schedule is a relief... that's how I'm feeling!  What have I been up to?

Knit one scarf, and I'm working on another.  After the tiny little #1 needle and fingering yarn for the socks, these bulky scarves feel like cheating somehow... and I love it.

One down, one to go

I also finally finished covers for the pillow blanks that I bought at ikea.  With ikea fabric, of course.  I love the attitudes of the birds!  The pattern was a little too much for both pillows to be solid, so I did a little piecing on one.  There's a third, narrower, pillow still to be covered, but I'm not sure the couch can handle another throw pillow!

A closeup on the embroidery on the front pillow: 

Pillow Cover Detail

Upcoming projects: a wedding veil?  I'm still looking for a good diy tutorial for an elbow-length veil with blusher.  Also, looking for a job.  Still.
 What's new with you all this January?