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post #961 of 1123
Can anyone in this thread actually knit a decent sweater? I have way too much free time and I wonder if knitting is something I can get into.
post #962 of 1123
Not I, and it isn't a sweater, but if it's any inspiration to you, a friend of mine made herself these:

post #963 of 1123
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Originally Posted by ceoceo View Post

Can anyone in this thread actually knit a decent sweater? I have way too much free time and I wonder if knitting is something I can get into.

AFL tried doing it before. You can try messaging him. I also remember someone posting an image of a knit pattern but can't remember if it was by AFL or someone else.

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^^ Unless you learn to knit and find that you really enjoy it I wouldn't recommend it. Enough (nice) materials to make a sweater can be anywhere from $40-200+, and then you have to factor in the time it'll take to complete. A hat can be done in a weekend, if you're fast. Socks in maybe a week. A sweater would be quite a bit longer, as you might imagine. It's hard, for me at least, to find a pattern that's both interesting and within my skills. Can't make it boring if you're going to be with a project for a long time.
post #964 of 1123
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Anyone know if it's possible to paint the gum soles of Docs ?

They actually started making monoblack docs, they cost the same as normal ones new. But if you find a cheap pair second hand with the gumsole it's probably worth it to paint it.

post #965 of 1123
Anybody here have experience dyeing linen?

If so, what kind of difficulties would I have to expect if I wanted to dye a 100% white linen jacket black or dark grey? The jacket in question has a white cotton lining also. Ideally I'd like to dye it in such a way that the whole thing comes out very dark grey/black. It seems like hot dyeing would be best for this, but I'm afraid the jacket might shrink too much. Is there a way to dye it that would have a good chance of success? I don't own it yet, but its available for a very very cheap price (more than 60% less than I've ever seen a jacket of this brand go for). The black versions are always more sought after and expensive. Just wondering if anyone's tried this and can offer advice (or dissuade me smile.gif )
post #966 of 1123
Lining shouldn't be a problem as both are natural fibers. I've dyed cotton black with a great outcome. Use more than indicated and its better to go for all black as gray would probably be blotched.

I've used Dylon but I've heard this was one of the best fiber reactive dyes.

http://www.jacquardproducts.com/dyes/
post #967 of 1123

When you dye fabric, what's a good way to set it? I have a denim jacket that fits perfect but has very cheesy distressing

post #968 of 1123

I've hot dyed a white linen shirt that was going yellow from age to a very dark blue. I had never tried it before but it came out perfectly. I've tried the same technique with pure cotton t-shirts as well but the colour didn't come out as homogenous for some reason.

post #969 of 1123
If shrinking is a concern, obviously avoid hot-dying (e.g. Rit) and go for cold water dyes (e.g. Dylon, as mentioned above).
post #970 of 1123
Only concern would be the thread. The amount of visible thread depends on the type of jacket (a tailored jacket is going to have about every seam hidden inside...a M-65 type jacket will have a lot of visible stitching), but it is probably polyester thread since cotton thread is not very good...

Polyester thread really won't take the color...so if you have a lot of exposed white stitching and dye it dark, you will have contrast stitching. Maybe dylon is better, but RIT won't touch poly.

The dye works ok on plastic buttons though. I dyed a white jacket orange and the buttons took on a nice orange hue to better match.
post #971 of 1123
Shouldn't be an issue, it's a handmade blazer (PH actually). Might have to replace the yellow-white buttons after dying but that's not such a big deal smile.gif
post #972 of 1123
If you're shelling out on PH then spend the little extra to take it to a professional to dye it.
post #973 of 1123
Going to DIY Over button shawl EG style with a blanket lying around at home. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by ceoceo View Post

Going to DIY Over button shawl EG style with a blanket lying around at home. biggrin.gif

been kind of considering doing the same thing. would be rad if someone with the actual EG piece could draw up a rudimentary pattern of dimensions/button placements.
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Messing around with metalworking lately, just cheap metals for now until I have something I really want to make. Any suggestions guys?

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