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Wednesday, 18 November 2015
A book that was Squirreled away!
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: blast from the past!

After months of searching my memory and my bookshelves I finally found the elusive pattern book from the WayBackWhen: Beehive Toys and Novelties/New Ideas In Smart Handbags. It had slipped behind some computer things, and fell out of the old scanner when I moved it to get to a box of old fabric scraps from who-knows-where to see if there were any scraps of navy wool melton. There were lots of scraps and this book.

First and foremost, for the very patient person waiting for the Corn Cob pattern, here it is: Simply click on the small picture to open it up to full size. 

Notice that there's also the pattern for a knitted bag for bowling shoes complete with  bowling balls and bowling pins on it, in case you forgot why you knitted it! Here's a picture of the finished bowling bag:

And it's absolutely adorable and appropriately retro for the bowling alley.

If you are planning to make these, once again, these exact yarns are no longer made so don't waste a second of time in a fruitless search for them. Use modern yarns. Most are close enough in guage that they will knit up close enough in size.  Old Fingering is comparable to modern sock yarns. It ranks at a 2 in the modern weight system.  It is not as fine as modern "fingering" which is a 1 and closer to old lace yarns. Patonised knitting wool with nylon is similar in weight to a sport or light worsted weight -about a 3 in the modern weight system.

I will scan the rest of the book and place the pages on Flickr in a complete set. There's lots of unique stuff in this book (which I learned was three books combined into one: the newer bag book from the 40's and the Depression era doll clothes stuffed animals and the 40's era tea sets.

I also found a couple craft magazines from the early 1980's. Lots of soft fuzzy sweaters with huge shoulder pads. Some fads should remain in the past -like shoulder pads in mohair sweaters. 


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Monday, 1 December 2014
Return of the Bad Fashion Student!
Topic: blast from the past!

In my attempts to organize many decades of fashion and craft illustrations, patterns, old magazines, books and more I occasionally stumble upon a treasure. And other times I stumble into something else. Like my own old drawings and paintings. 

When I was a teen and early 20's I did far more cartoon and comic book style illustration than fashion. I was not very confident with my fashion drawings and designs but I was pretty good at comics.  I tried to avoid tracing and copying others' works and instead focus on developing my own style. I had two main projects, a sci-fi thing so trope laden it's embarrassing and a not-very-super hero who would have a lot in common with Squirrel Girl. My character had her own convoluted story line and cast of characters and I completed about ten, maybe fifteen complete stories. Of these stories about five were fully illustrated and lettered while the rest were in various stages of penciling, inking, lettering and more. 

The premise of my series was about ten years ahead of its time. It was a satirical look at superheroes -and supervillians. There were so many heroes and villains that they spent more time fighting each other than actually fighting crime. It was so bad that groups of heroes would fight each other at the mere whiff of a crime. Ordinary people would never know when their day would be ruined not by a simple mugging but by groups of costumed crusaders battling each other trying to catch the mugger. A simple bank robbery would lead to the total destruction of several city blocks as the league of super duper heroes battled it out with the secret order of the ultra-endowed.

The strip was full of double entendres, pop culture references and utter absurdity. This was when Marvel and DC has superheroes crawling out of the woodwork and large groups like Teen Titans and X-Men and more reigned. After a while I found I was spending more time on what my lead characters were wearing rather than what they were doing. By 1984 my strips had the three lead girls all well dressed, perfectly inked and the rest were pencil indications -ovals with lines for eyes and mouths, perspective lines and not much else. It was time to either focus on comics or focus on clothing. I choose clothing and jewelry. I knew bunches of comics wannabe's but I was the only one doing and making fashion. So here with are some very old and very early designs.

After all these years I still like this.  It's in a color combo that was quite the fad for a few years: pink and grey. This would be made in a striped crepe or a striped light weight suiting. Would be -if I had the ability at that time to make it. I like the way the stripes and manipulated so they are bias at the side and horizontal and the hem and at the face. The illustration itself is awful, but the dress is great.

 

This is also very 80's and quite nice. I like the top. The darts are made into pleats and matching grosgrain ribbon covers them. The closure is off to one side. there's grosgrain covered pleats on the sleeves and cuffs and collar made from the same fabric as the skirt. A light slubby cotton would be used for the top and a light slubby linen blend for the skirt.


A few years have passed -I didn't have time for much fashion while Dan was a baby. this isn't so bad, is it?  If the pants were a bit more slim fitting they would be more modern and work a little better with the loose wide sleeve blouse.  Not hideous!


 

And after some fashion illustration and design lessons we get this green evening dress. It's in a silk crepe chiffon with silk crepe underneath. It's mounted on a corselet underneath and the skirt is fully lined. The growth on the hip is a bit much, now I would make it smaller and have some fabric trailing down so it looks more intentional and less like a fabric growth

 

And this is just a little exercise in color and line. Did a lot of those as a simple color creativity exercise. In these strange doodles we were supposed to look for new and different color relationships -not matching but coordinating and contrasting. It's sort of cool and I do like the different colours.

And now-off to tackle the 1970's. Anyone have a cure for burnt orange and harvest gold? 

 

 


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Monday, 6 January 2014
My Sure-Fire Never-Fail Unpsychic Predictions for the Coming Year
Mood:  bright
Topic: blast from the past!

Now that it's the new year it's time for a Litterbox Favorite!  My bold predictions of what will happen in the New Year! When it comes to predicting the future I am bold!  I am fearless I am unpredictable ~no~ wait. I am totally predictable!!!!  So here we are, freshly copied and pasted from the original entry in 2005, 2006, 2009, and every year since then: 

...I will however, make a series of bold predictions about the new year. I am not a psychic. I have no paranormal powers. I do not use tarot cards, I don't gaze into crystals, nor do I channel anything. Yet I feel that my unpsychic predictions will be stunningly accurate, in a way heretofore not seen from those other psychics.  They make bold predictions, yet they never answer to their 99.9% inaccuracy rate.  I have no doubts about the accuracy of my unpsychic predictions. They stand up to scrutiny year after year. See, I have written out this list privately for for my own amusement for many years, and every December 31, when I bring it to see if I was right, I am stunned once again by its incredible accuracy. So this year, at the urging of my hubby, I am sharing my never-fail unpsychic predictions.

Celebrity News

A long forgotten star of an old sitcom will see a revival of his/her career, along with a revival of the old sitcom.
A long forgotten star will attempt an unsuccessful comeback
A top name celebrity will reveal a long hidden addiction.
A young twenty something female will break on the scene, and be declared the next big thing. She will party all night and try her talents at singing, dancing and acting and be found sadly lacking in all three.
Long forgotten nude photos of aforementioned star will suddenly be made public.
A celebrity couple, long married, considered stable,will suddenly and without warning, break up.
A celebrity couple will marry after a whirlwind romance. They will divorce soon after.
A celebrity will make a fool of him/herself on national television.

Entertainment news

A highly hyped, heavily promoted all-star Hollywood summer blockbuster movie will bomb at the box office.
A low budget no-star independently made and released film will become a surprise hit raking in ton of money.
A big name music star will release a long awaited follow up album that will top the billboard chart in its first week, then sink to number 500 in the second week.
A new artist with a different sound and little record company promotion will release the hit of the year.
A long forgotten star from the past will release a come-back album that becomes a surprise hit.
A long forgotten artist from the past will release a new album that no-one will buy.
A fad novelty song will become the pop radio hit of the summer.

Television

None of the new shows in September will live up to the network's summer hype.
A surprise guest director will direct an episode of a cult-favourite show.
There will be a new sit-com about twenty-somethings singles looking for romance.
There will be a new and shocking realty show with a twist.
There will be a drama about a tormented person escaping their past and thrown into an implausible situation, which forms the premise of the show.
In a bid to out-scoop each other, the cable news channels will make serious mistakes in a major news story.

Sports

A number one first round draft pick will fail to live up to expectations.
A college basketball team will come from nowhere and end up ranked fourth in their division in the NCAA march madness tournament.
Last year's champion will go from first to worst in one year
Last year's worst team will be a surprise division leader
A star player from last season will demand too much money and sit out the season in protest.
A star player who sat out the previous season holding out for more money will sign with a new team and take a major pay cut for a chance "To prove myself to the fans."
After toiling for several years in the minors, second string, from the bench, a low round draft pick will be given a chance and become the league's most valuable player.
A team comprised of big name big money free agent signings will not find the needed chemistry to win games.
A former superstar on a champion team will write a shocking tell all book that becomes a best seller.
Don Cherry will whine about something.
And, with this being an Olympic year a pair of Olympic predictions: There will be a controversy over scoring in an Olympic event.
A Big Name Olympic athlete will fail a drug test. A year later the athlete will appear in the 7th season of "The surreal life" even if they only speak Latvian

News Stories

A natural disaster of epic proportions will strike a developing third world nation, sending all its progress back 25 years.
An area that hasn't seen flooding in fifty years will be hit with devastating floods
A minor skirmish between countries/factions/ethnic groups that have never had troubles before will lay the groundwork for escalating tensions which will lead to war in less than ten years.
Previous story will appear buried in the third section on the fourth page of most major newspapers, where no one will see it.
There will be weird weather which may or may not be the ultimate proof of global climate change.
Records for cold weather will be broken.
Records for how weather will be broken.
Records for rain will be broken.
Records for drought will be broken.
Farmers will complain there is too much rain.
Farmers will complain there is too little rain.
A major scientific breakthrough that could lead to a cure for a major disease will be mostly unreported as news editors won't understand what the scientists are trying to say.
A blog will report a news story the the regular news media won't touch
A political scandal will rock a major nation.
A politician will find himself in a controversy over his/her love life.
A politician will retire amid growing controversy.
A major political figure will anger many people with comments made during a speech.

I'm sure you get the picture now! The majority of these predictions will come true this year, as they have stood the test of time and have come true almost every previous year.

And that's my sure-fire never-fail unpsychic predictions, freshly dug from the  Litterbox!

 


Posted by lincatz at 11:16 AM EST
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Monday, 16 January 2012
My Sure-Fire Never-Fail Unpsychic Predictions for the Coming Year
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: blast from the past!

At the beginning of every new year we see a glut of two things in popular media: The end of the year best/worst lists and brash predictions of the coming year. I don't care about last year...it's over and done with. Do we really need a another loser best-of lists pretending to be witty and ironic but coming across as nothing more than a great big boast of "I know more than you so bite me!" So I will not make any lists of what I liked and hated about last year.

I will however, make a series of bold predictions about the new year. I am not a psychic. I have no paranormal powers. I do not use tarot cards, I don't gaze into crystals, nor do I channel anything...excepting of course cable news programs. Yet I feel that my unpsychic predictions will be stunningly accurate, in a way heretofore not seen from those other psychics. They make predictions, yet they never answer to their 99.9% inaccuracy rate. I have no doubts about the accuracy of my unpsychic predictions. They stand up to scrutiny year after year. See, I have written out this list privately for for my own amusement for many years, and every December 31, when I bring it to see if I was right, I am stunned once again by its incredible accuracy. I started posting it on-line back in 2006 and it has stunned the internetverse with its unfailing accuracy.  So once again this year I am sharing this blast from the past: my never-fail unpsychic predictions.

Celebrity News

A long forgotten star of an old sitcom will see a revival of his/her career along with a revival of the old sitcom.
A long forgotten star will attempt an unsuccessful comeback
A top name celebrity will reveal a long hidden addiction.
A young twenty something female will break onto the scene, and be declared the next big thing. She will party all night and try her talents at singing, dancing and acting and be found sadly lacking in all three.
Long forgotten nude photos of aforementioned star will suddenly be made public.
A celebrity couple, long married, considered stable,will suddenly and without warning, break up.
A celebrity couple will marry after a whirlwind romance. They will divorce soon after.
A celebrity will make a fool of him/herself on national television.

Entertainment news

A highly hyped, heavily promoted all-star Hollywood summer blockbuster movie will bomb at the box office.
A low budget no-star independently made and released film will become a surprise hit raking in ton of money.
A big name music star will release a long awaited follow up album that will top the billboard chart in its first week, then sink to number 500 in the second week.
A new artist with a different sound and little record company promotion will release the hit of the year.
A long forgotten star from the past will release a come-back album that becomes a surprise hit.
A long forgotten artist from the past will release a new album that no-one will buy.
A fad novelty or comedy song will become the pop radio hit of the summer.

Television

None of the new shows in September will live up to the network's summer hype.
A surprise guest director will direct an episode of a cult favourite show.
There will be a new sit-com about twenty-somethings singles looking for romance.
There will be a new and shocking realty show with a twist.
There will be a drama about a tormented person escaping their past and thrown into an implausible situation involving police work, irregardless of their lack of qualifications for the job-which forms the premise of the show.
In a bid to out-scoop each other, the cable news channels will make serious mistakes in a major news story.

Sports

A number one first round draft pick will fail to live up to expectations.
A college team will come from nowhere and end up ranked fourth in their division in the NCAA march madness tournament.
Last year's champion will go from first to worst in one year
Last year's worst team will be a surprise division leader
A star player from last season will demand too much money and sit out the season in protest.
A star player who sat out the previous season holding out for more money will sign with a new team and take a major pay cut for a chance "To prove myself to the fans."
After toiling for several years in the minors, second string, from the bench, a low round draft pick will be given a chance and become the league's most valuable player.
A team comprised of big name big money free agent signings will not find the needed chemistry to win games.
A former superstar on a champion team will write a shocking tell all book that becomes a best seller.
Don Cherry will whine about something.
And, with this being an Olympic year a pair of Olympic predictions: There will be a controversy over scoring in an Olympic event.
A Big Name Olympic athlete will fail a drug test. A year later the athlete will appear in the 7th season of "The surreal life" even if they only speak Latvian

News Stories

A natural disaster of epic proportions will strike a developing third world nation, sending all its progress back 25 years.
An area that hasn't seen flooding in fifty years will be hit with devastating floods
A minor skirmish between countries/factions/ethnic groups that have never had troubles before will lay the groundwork for escalating tensions which will lead to war in less than ten years.
Previous story will appear buried in the third section on the fourth page of most major newspapers, where no one will see it.
There will be weird weather which may or may not be the ultimate proof of global climate change.
Records for cold weather will be broken.
Records for how weather will be broken.
Records for rain will be broken.
Records for drought will be broken.
Farmers will complain there is too much rain.
Farmers will complain there is too little rain.
A major scientific breakthrough that could lead to a cure for a major disease will be mostly unreported as news editors won't understand what the scientists are trying to say.
A blog will report a news story the the regular news media won't touch
A political scandal will rock a major nation.
A politician will find himself in a controversy over his/her love life.
A politician will retire amid growing controversy.
A major political figure will anger many people with comments made during a speech.

I'm sure you get the picture now! The majority of these predictions will come true this year, as they have stood the test of time and have come true almost every previous year.  Here's the original list of unpsychic predictions from 2006: http://www.lincatz.com/thelitterbox/index.blog/1379310/my-surefire-neverfail-unpsychic-predictions-for-the-coming-year/

And that's my sure-fire never-fail unpsychic predictions, fresh from the Kat's litterbox!

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