It’s been a busy week for me, this last week of Age 27. Continue reading
I am just obsessed with cupcakes this week, apparently XD
While working on the project bag, I had the idea to make a tiny version of the project bag as a change purse–it came out just the way I wanted it to! The sequins took about two hours to sew on (longer than the time it took to make the actual bag…go figure)… but totally worth it.
I’m making some more for sale in my shop ❤
Here are some more pictures:
|You can see the iridescence of the sequins in this pic 😀|
|I have about a lb of change in here… handles it like a champ!|
|I got my labels a while back… this is the first item to have one ❤|
It’s highly unlikely I’ll be releasing a pattern for this because I don’t really feel like it atm.
Haven’t you guys gotten enough cupcake shit from me??!?? 😛
I posted the pattern on Ravelry yesterday. Please note that this is still being tested, so if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
This is based off of my Cutie Cupcake ami, hence the name. It follows the same basic methods but
- it’s bigger
- it’s made seamlessly
- it’s made from the bottom up
Gauge is not important; size can be changed by changing hook size, or doing more/less repeats.
Any worsted weight will do to make this. If you feel adventurous/ambitious, a smaller hook size may be substituted. There will be notes about this in the pattern.
The pattern has a link to my FPDC tutorial + a photo tutorial for my version of surface crochet.
Please note that if you choose to line the bag, some basic sewing skills are required.
You are allowed to do whatever the hell you want with your FOs. All I ask for is credit for the pattern if you decide to sell your FOs. 😀
Cutie Cupcake Project Bag by Deena White is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
I was going to include this in the Cutie Cupcake Bag pattern, but then I realized it would be like a zillion pages O__o
SO here it is! A photo tutorial to FPDC. I hope it helps 🙂
|This is the beginning of row 8 with the ch 2 and dc done.|
|You put the hook through the space behind the dc of the previous row.
Make sure it’s completely behind and not through the stitch!
|Yarn over once more….|
|…pull it through.|
|Here’s an angled view of the FPDC. See the ridge it makes?|
|First row of FPDC and dc completed.|
|See what I mean?|
I have fiiinally come up with a top for the Cutie Cupcake I am happy with. I have revised the .pdf and posted it on Ravelry.
Here are some updated pictures:
|Photo by +Dianne Velazquez-Hunt|
|Photo by +Dianne Velazquez-Hunt|
I’m thinking about writing up a pattern for it. Anyone interested? Leave a comment if you are and if enough people are interested I will happily replicate it and take notes this time! Also, please indicate if you’d like to test the finished pattern for me ❤
|This is actually k2tog. SO what?? 😛|
This is an expanded version of a post I shared on the Plus today.
As someone who is by default a combination knitter, I always though k2tog was knitting two stitches through the back loop but when I learned continental, I found out this was really a SSK.
I know better now, in any case. Heh heh.
When I do ssk, I knit two together through the back loop. No multiple steps or knitting with the left needle (?!?). It is exactly the same as slipping two stitches knitwise etc… you get the same result in the end: a left leaning decrease. It’s way easier than the way English knitters are taught but with less steps and less frustration. I told my English knitting friend this method and she thanks me for it still.
I do have to add that I only knit continental in the round and when I’m doing (say) gusset decreases on a sock, I usually knit the stitches that need to be SSK through the back loop to make them look neater. Why? I tried doing the standard way of SSK and it never looks neat enough to me. I also tried it without knitting the stitches tbl, but it looks only a little neater than the standard SSK.
Back to my original point: I decided to look up different ways to SSK.
Knitting Help has a few different ways to make a left leaning decrease: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/decreases
Inspired by my dear friend +Beth Reed, I decided to start spinning again.
At first I was going to try using one of my drop spindles. I have both top + bottom whorl spindles, but I quickly got frustrated with them both. I decided to use my Mayan spindle instead.
|This is me with the spindle parked between my legs while I draft the fiber. Rawr.|
I find it better and easier to use than my drop spindles. I find my yarn is more consistent and even…even after not spinning for over a year! I prefer it over a drop spindle, and am much faster using it.
I’ve been reading about copyright wank on Ravelry a lot lately, and I wanted to weigh in on it.
Here’s my take on selling FOs:
Contrary to popular belief, the designer’s copyright only goes as far as the pattern. Doesn’t matter what kind of disclaimers they may post to the contrary. If I bust my ass making a lace shawl and wanna sell it for $100, there isn’t a damn thing a designer can do about it—whether the pattern is free or paid.
I’m a designer too… I don’t give a shit what people do with the FOs they make from my patterns. Credit would be nice, but at the end of the day if someone feels like making 100 of my crochet nail polishes, sells them all, and never mentions my pattern—more power to them. As long as no one is claiming my pattern is their original creation, IDGAF what you do with YOUR finished object. Go crazy 😛
Designers that get all defensive about this issue confuse the shit out of me.
Aren’t you happy people are using your patterns? If you’re so concerned about people selling their FOs, why did you bother to release the pattern to the general public? If I made some (say…) super duper awesome mittens and I was afraid of people making a profit off of it I would keep it to myself.
Plain and simple.
Most designers don’t have the time to mass produce or sell one-by-one the objects they make themselves, so why should it matter if someone takes their own time to do it? It boggles the mind, it does.
Now, I understand if someone mass produced a designer’s pattern and claimed it was their original work—that would piss me off too and would probably be more of a legal issue then. But again, once you release your pattern out in the world, beyond your basic copyright protections, you don’t have much recourse.
- to produce copies or reproductions of the work and to sell those copies (including, typically, electronic copies)
- to import or export the work
- to create derivative works (works that adapt the original work)
- to perform or display the work publicly
- to sell or assign these rights to others
- to transmit or display by radio or video.
Notice there is nothing about items made from instructions or anything else pertaining to our topic. It makes me laugh whenever I see a “copyright” notice that says “only for personal or gift use”. Fuck that! I know my rights.
From Knitting Daily’s Copyright 101 For Knitters (all emphasis mine):
In the United States, copyright protections do not extend to the utilitarian aspects of “useful articles,” such as clothing or other functional items. This means that only the artful authorship that can be identified separately from the functional aspects of such articles may be copyrightable: the specific ornamentation, for example, on a dress, sweater, or quilt, and not design constrained by the item’s function as a dress, sweater, or quilt. In general, designs for items that have any intrinsic utilitarian aspects are very difficult to copyright, and copyright infringement claims over similar-looking or even clearly derivative works are not likely to succeed. Be aware, however, that original artwork incorporated into useful articles may be protected, and it may be infringing to reproduce that original artwork for commercial purposes.
Funny how Interweave rushed in after this passage to say they ask you to respect their intended usage blah blah they put in their publications. Notice they’re asking you to respect it, not giving any sort of demand or threatening you if you don’t choose to respect their heed.
Knitty had this to say (emphasis mine again):
When you follow a knitting pattern, you’re reproducing the knitted item. Well, obviously, that’s what you’re meant to do. The question is, did the owner of copyright in the knitted widget [and this presupposes that copyright protects the widget] mean for you to make widgets for sale, or just for yourself and for others as gifts?
It’s not always easy to determine the intention of the designer. Some designers, when they sell a pattern, make it pretty clear that their designs may not be knitted for resale.
Tell me… if I just finished making an item from a pattern and decide to sell it, how am I reselling the item? I am not selling the pattern, but the output of my sweat and hours of hard work. SO what the hell, Knitty???
Maybe Merriam-Webster can help me out here….
1: the act of selling again usually to a new party
2 a: a secondhand sale
b: an additional sale to the same buyer
Hmm, so selling a FO does NOT qualify as a resale; who knew?
Both Interweave and Knitty (no doubt) have designers howling after them to say these things in designers’ favor. After all, it’s their priority to keep designers happy so they can keep putting out stuff in their publications. At least Interweave had the balls (har har) to tell the truth and ask nicely if the patterns can be used as they asked.
- That you can make and sell items from patterns without fear of legal retaliation and not only that…
- Selling FOs are perfectly legal.
- When a designer says that you cannot make stuff to resell, you can safely say that you’re not… even if you make 1000 and sell them to a store. Applying such a stipulation to items that don’t exist at the time you get/purchase a pattern is ludicrous.
- Designers who post such notices are ridiculous and are outside of their copyright protections.
- If you decide to sell items from a pattern, don’t claim you made the actual pattern. It’s not cool and it’s bad karma.
- If you make a pattern so super duper awesome and don’t want its’ FOs sold, don’t publish it.
Did I miss anything? I might have… I’m tired 😛
Jeeeeez, it’s been exactly two months since my last post!
And what excuse do I have?? NONE.
I’m unemployed atm, and have had nothing but time. But time is a tricky mistress. When you think you have more than enough… You don’t.
I’ve done soooo much since my last crafty post. Which was in April XD
I suck, I knowwww D:
First, let’s revisit my Knitolutions, shall we?
- Knit at least one lace shawl – I made TWO!
- Knit a project with beads – Check!
- Learn how to read lace knitting charts – Check!
- Do more advanced Colorwork – still working on those mittens from October LOL
- Make at least one sweater this year – I am almost done with one, and going to finish up another one that had been luring around since last year….
- Make at least 6 pairs of socks – two down, working on another pair right now…
- Use up my worsted/chunky yarn stash – hasn’t happened yet. I have been working on my fingering wt. stash though… 😛
- Finish at least two projects a month, or 24 total for the year – Finished 19 projects so far! Yayyy 😀
- Replace inferior accouterments with better ones – well….not having a job puts a damper on this one. I need a new ball winder, yarn swift, and I want a set of Knitter’s Pride 16″ interchangeables. *le sigh*
- Crochet more -check! I have crocheted more so far this year than I did last year… amigurumi not included lol
- Make an Afghan or blanket with all the crappy red heart I still guiltily hoard. – I’m still working on my blanket. I decided to just finish up the colors I started and be done with it. Ugh.
|Tell me these aren’t the cutest lil socks you ever seen??!?? 😀|
|I thought I would make the critter something with colorwork 😛|
I am also working on a blanket, this pattern to be specific. I will show you my progress to date, but I won’t say anymore about this
shitty ass waste of my life blood pattern. I plan on making a whole post about it when I finish it this week.
|Progress… was slow and steady, now erratic and frantic as FUCK. It’s to be done by Friday 8/24 D:|
So yeah. I have a shitton of progress to report, but I don’t want this post to become more epic than it already is, so later this week I’ll share more of what
I was doing instead of blogging I’ve been working on in the past few months *ahem*, or you can check out my FOs on Ravelry if you have an account and just cannot wait 😛
I have a bunch of all new YRSTS’s in store for you (yes, I haven;t forgotten about it! I have been keeping tabs on offensive patterns lol), as well as some super especial crochet-centric posts coming up soon! I’ll make more of an effort to post more, I promise!! 😛