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1  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: October 10, 2014 09:55:44 AM
Apparently we're all getting a head start on Christmas gifts! I knit this for my goddaughter. She's 14 months now. I'm really crossing my fingers that it'll be the right size, because the pattern didn't really specify a size beyond size 12 to 24 months Tongue



I really like that it's entirely flat knit and there's literally no seaming required, just weaving in ends and sewing on the buttons. Smiley
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2  Fall Vest for my Goddaughter in Knitting: Completed Projects by Naantje on: October 10, 2014 09:35:09 AM


I knit this vest for my goddaughter. Really hoping it'll be the right size!

I'm not super thrilled with the type of increase I've used here, I think in garter stitch it shows a bit more than I would ideally want it too... Works fine in stockinette though! Time to do a swatch and try out a couple of different styles.
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: October 07, 2014 12:16:27 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Winter is Coming Cowl
Brief Description:
Gazing into the crystal last week, I saw cloudy skies and a sudden drop in temperature ahead. The first days of fall have been very mild, but let there be no doubt: winter is coming. Last week, we were still sipping drinks in the sun, without our coats, but lo and behold: the weather has turned already! I knit this cowl for a friend, to keep her warm as temperatures keep dropping. (Modeled by myself here, she'll have to wait a bit longer to get her gift.)
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: October 07, 2014 07:58:59 AM
Congratulations Kookaloo_Starr!!! Amazing news Cheesy

@Flared Trousers: They're not "just" bottle hats, they're also an inspiring craft! Inspiring everybody to contribute to charity. Pretty neat in my book! I'll be knitting another bunch of these hats again too, the big knit starts a bit later in Belgium.

On knitting: I finished my 41st project yesterday! A cowl with four mother of pearl buttons, which will be a gift for a friend.
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: October 03, 2014 11:49:50 AM
Five pages or so since I last opened this topic! Wow! We're only in our third week of the new semester at school, and I'm already so busy I can hardly keep up with this topic. Hard at work!

I did manage to craft a couple of things though. I made another 3D card:


I made a double knit blindfold:



And I painted two glass jars for prettier laundry supply storage (with the added bonus of timely noticing when I'm running out!)
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That puts me at 40 crafted items this year! Three more months to do the final ten. That should work right? The work load this semester is quite high, but I think I'll go batty if I don't get those creative juices flowing regularly.

@bushbaby: Wow, I am amazed by the intricate beading on that necklace! And then to read that you developed it yourself, which I read as: made without a pattern. Even more wow'ed.  Shocked I totally skipped over to its own topic and THIS ROCKSed it.
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: October 03, 2014 11:31:07 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against The Dark Arts
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Clear containers for laundry supplies
Brief Description:
Our washing machine is in our bathroom, and the laundry supplies are on the window sill above the machine. A bit of an eyesore, but for all practicality, that's the best place for them to be. I'm still looking for affordable swing top bottles for liquid detergent and fabric softener, but I did already find great jars for the oxi clean powder and the anti limescale tablets (we live in an area with very hard water, so protect the machine!). Out with the hideous purple jar and cardboard box, in with classy containers! Added bonus: I'm automatically cued in to supplies running out, because I can see the contents dropping. No nasty surprises because I didn't notice how low supplies had dropped. (Does painting sixteen letters and two dashes really constitute 30 minutes of crafting? Why yes, it took me over an hour, because I wanted those letters to really look pretty. You don't want to know how many times I wiped out each individual letter before being satisfied! Good thing I wasn't painting on paper!)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Double Knit Blindfold
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436008
Brief Description:
Blindfolds can be so tricky: are they comfy on your face? Can you peek underneath? Can you see through them? Store bought ones have often disappointed me, so I decided to make one myself. Properly shaped around the nose, so you can't peek underneath, without having your sniffer squashed, and two layers of knitting, because one layer of knitting doesn't entirely shut out light or even vision. I was really happy with the double knitting technique, because then I could be sure both layers were the same size, and I saved myself the trouble of seaming the layers together afterwards. Doing increases and decreases in double knitting does require a bit of fidgetting though, so if you have reliable tension and don't like rearranging stitches, you might want to knit one layer at a time.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: October Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: 3D Anton Pieck Card
Brief Description:
Another detention, another 3D card made from an Anton Pieck design (I love this artist!). Once more, I had difficulty capturing the 3D aspect of the card in the 2D medium that is muggle photography, but it's really quite something in real life! It goes without saying that you can't cut these cards without paying the utmost attention. You need the precision tools for all the fine cutting, and if you don't watch out, you could snip right through a beautiful part of the image! I'm not always patient enough to make these cards, but I like to make these when I'm worrying: the process just soaks up all your attention, freeing your mind for a while of your troubles. Afterwards, I can try to focus on one problem at a time, instead of all at once! Smiley
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With all these delicious cooking projects, I'm reminded that it's high time to start making dinner! You've made my mouth water. One specific shout out to noodle bug: kudos on the hat! Colourwork really does eat up your attention. I like to knit while watching TV, but a pattern like yours really requires undivided attention. You did a great job!
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7  Double knit blindfold in Knitting: Completed Projects by Naantje on: October 03, 2014 10:44:01 AM
I wanted to make a blindfold for a friend, but I can't exactly sew nice curves, so knitting it was! I do find that knitting just one layer doesn't suffice to fully shut out light, and often you can still see a bit, so I needed two layers. I had another go at double knitting, so I'd be sure both layers were the same size (no tension difference!) and also so I wouldn't need to stitch them together. It's a bit tricky with the increases, as you need to reorder stitches, but I made it worked. Really happy with how it turned out!
 


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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 07, 2014 04:40:54 PM
Call for help: I've just committed myself to go to the F.A.C.T.S. convention (Fantasy, Anime, Comics, Toys, Space) as a cosplayer. My last few cosplaying events, I donned my steampunk wedding dress again (so much fun to get to wear it again) but next time, I'd appreciate not being stuffed in a corset. I've already got very pretty robes (which I don't currently have great pictures of, sorry!) and I'd like to cosplay as professor Vector. So now I am wondering: what accessories / details can I make and add to make it really clear that I am an Arithmancy Professor? I'm also considering doing either Astronomy or Study of Ancient Runes, depending on what I could conceivably craft to make my cosplay identifiable.

Current best available picture of my gown:
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 04, 2014 06:30:19 AM
Cheese! Yummy! You will update us in October after sampling, if it worked out, right? And <3 the carnivorous plant Smiley

After painting about the beloved monster that is the internet, and running into a 90 cent paper table lamp, I decided: this thing needs paint! So I made this:

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Lit, no flash

I also finally finished off a 3D card. They're ever so hard to photograph! :-/



Up to 36 projects. Right on track, as this is week 36 Smiley
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 04, 2014 05:36:44 AM
@BringMeKnitting8: What a lovely wreath! I really love seeing wreaths pop up on craftster all year round. Here in Belgium, you only ever see Christmas wreaths, so we miss out on all these beauties.
@ladychris2010: Congratulations on finishing your phantom! Amigurumi can be trying at times, I have difficulty to securely attach the heads and various other body-parts. You did a good job on this one Smiley
@gaudiknight: Yay for more doll clothes! It seems rather fidgety to me, but you have made so many pretty things already. I'll be looking forward to seeing them. The card to go with the gift is just so adorable, I love the shade of purple too. I've always preferred purple over pink Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Rainy sunset
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435504
Brief Description:
Who can pas up a 0,90 paper table lamp, hardware included? I couldn't! I immediately saw potential to paint the thing, because hey: if I screwed up, I'd just cut away the paper and I'd have very cheap hardware for another project! I used watercolors (from a paint palette) with plenty of water to transform the rather plain LTER lamp to its current design. The elvish writing spells out the first, middle and last name of the friend this lamp is intended for.

For me, the paintwork says rainy sunset, even though the sky never gets gloriously pink/reddish when it's raining around sunset :-/ After daylight has given out, this lamp will keep away the darkness, that's coming in earlier every day now.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: September Detention
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Anton Pieck 3D card
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:
While out shopping this week, I bought a pair of fine tweezer scissors, because I had noticed that my regular scissors weren't fine enough for the 3D card I had been working on. Without the proper tools, it had been cast aside for over two months! :O It's a bit of an adjustment really, to cut with these scissors, it definitely took getting used to. But the card is now finished! Unfortunately, 3D cards are difficult to capture in muggle photographs, you lose all of the depth!
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