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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 30, 2014 09:16:02 AM
End of the semester, so it's high time that I submit my NEWT, since I finished it over two months ago now! Original pictures were no good, and with out holidays, I never remembered to take better pictures and submit. Until now, that is!

NEWT Subject: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Fitted, knitted sweater
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435361
Brief Description:
For the layman, knitting probably doesn't relate to arithmetic, but boy, is that wrong! If your gauge doesn't match the pattern gauge and your measurements are all over the place (S shoulders, XXL-3XL bust, L waist, XL hips) then you'll have to make some serious calculations for the adjustments, if you want your garment to fit nicely. If you don't do the math, you'll end up with clothes for someone other than the intended wearer! I produced 5 pages of A5 paper with calculations and alterations and sketches to make sure that this time around, a sweater knitted for myself would not end up in the hands of a differently shaped friend. And whaddayaknow, it worked: I've got a nice, fitted sweater to keep me warm when summer's over. It's a bit baggier in the waist-area of my back than I would have preferred, but it's still a good fit. Smiley
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2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Custom-sized sweater for me (DROPS 101-15) on: August 30, 2014 08:54:51 AM
I finished knitting this sweater about two months ago, but the pictures I took back then weren't all that amazing (I was wearing a white top underneath, it was showing!) and after our holidays, I forgot to post it! I made my husband take new pictures today, so I can finally share this sweater. After about six months of on and off knitting (had to put it on hold because of wrist/elbow pain several times) I finally finished this sweater. It's the third garment I've ever knitted: my first sweater turned out too large, so I gifted it to a friend, and I knit a baby cardigan for my god daughter. (Nice thing with knitting for babies: usually they'll grown into the clothes, even if your gauge is off).

Since I really wanted to make sure that this time around, my sweater would fit me and not somebody else, I took great care with the swatching, measuring and conversions. And I had to do plenty of conversions! My measurements corresponded to XL hips, L waist, XXL-3XL bosom, S shoulders.  Lips sealed I also altered the pattern for knitting in the round, and I used this technique to knit set-in sleeves from the top down. I really don't like stitching things together!

I still feel like the sweater is a tad loose in the back, but it fits nicely Smiley I might knit it again, in cotton rather than acrylic. I was absolutely surprised by how warm the sweater is, despite it being a thin knit with fine yarn. It just feels so much warmer than machine knit, incredible!

Anyway, autumn is clearly fast approaching, so I'll be getting good use from it soon!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bra Top and Booty Shorts Set with Sheer Panels on: August 20, 2014 11:24:41 PM
Looking good  Wink
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 17, 2014 02:47:01 AM
@ErinAquaheart: You certainly didn't lie when you said massive post ahead. Wow! How to you get those wide brims to stay up like that? If I try that, they end up all droopy.  Undecided How did you get those macaroons so purple? Did you add purple foods to the mix, or did you use food coloring? (Also, I think you're supposed to add a recipe when posting food...) I love the Beaubattons Cloche, that is a kind of hat I would wear Smiley The candle-holder mod is really cute, this way it'll actually get used. I'd like to see the snow wait another couple months though Tongue Also: weren't you just adorable as a kid? That's quite a task you achieved with the album, well done! Cheesy

@MistressJennie: Those doodle boxes would be right up my alley too! And that mobile is very pretty Smiley Well worth the repetitive work! I love the periodic table quilt by the way, great for a budding scientist. And an unrelated question: do you know if Pinkleo is okay? I know you two are great friends, and I guess you'd let us know if something was wrong, but I just noticed she hasn't been on craftster since April. Just wondering if life is too fun and busy for her right now, or if something bad is going on. Because if she's in a bad spot, I'd like to help cheer her up somehow.

@margaron: Wow, you must be a nail polish goddess. I can't even get mine to look as tidy when just using full coats of polish, and you can do this? Very cool indeed!

@WhistleFish: Good thing for Gryffindor that you remembered it was an OWL, with the amount of work you put in, it does deserve more than the regular 15 points. I guess I shouldn't approve, being a Slytherin, but there are so few Gryffindors left that your house really depends on you. I wonder where they've all gone...

@MagPirate: Doctor Who! I bet you're counting down along with me. Another six days and the doctor returns! I'm so anxious to see if Peter is every bit as great of a Doctor as I expect him to be.

@Everybody: Thanks for all the positive feedback Cheesy I went back to make an adjustment on the harp necklace, because I was having second thoughts about the placement of the pendant, and I think it looks nicer now. What do you think?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: August 15, 2014 04:06:37 AM
Well spotted Freakie, they are mother of pearl Smiley Recovered from an old necklace (or perhaps bracelet). I've got a bunch of mother of pearl buttons too, thrifted from my grandmother's wardrobe after she passed away. A bunch of blouses that nobody these days would wear anymore (I think they were from the eighties, the part of that era that's not being revived.)

I've made an adjustment to the necklace after all, I wasn't entirely sure of the placement of the harp pendant, and followed the suggestions from other craftsters in its proper topic. This it what it looks like now.


I think this works better. Smiley
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Multi-chain necklace with wire-wrapped harp on: August 15, 2014 03:59:21 AM
Thanks for the input ladies Cheesy I have made the suggested change, and it does work better!

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: August 14, 2014 11:58:02 AM
Love the hobbit door! And the other pendants too Smiley I like that you added a picture for scale reference, I just have no idea how big a dollar bill really is Tongue

Congratulations AIMR for reaching 100! Wow! And what a 100th project that one is, you captured that bird so nicely Smiley

Love the tips about the anti-static, I recently had problems with that too.

I spent too much time today making this necklace in stead of taking care of the housework. Isn't it fun to be a terrible housewife? Tongue Project 33 this year.  Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 14, 2014 11:46:25 AM
@ladychris2010: Swapping is fun, right? Smiley I don't quite understand what you mean with everybody having to use a specific granny square pattern, regardless of colour. I thought there was just one basic granny square?
@Inselaeffchen: You've been crafting! I especially like your wedding card, pretty Cheesy I'm sure your friends really liked it.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: /
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Multi-chain necklace with wire wrapped harp pendant
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435122
Brief Description:
I started out trying to make a wire-wrapped harp pendant for a friend, and while I think I captured the instrument, I didn't find any appropriate spots to add pretty beads or such. As it turned out, it just seemed too plain, so I thought I'd try and make a full necklace to make it more special. I used nine mother-of-pearl discs to add some glam. Cheesy
Edit: I decided I wasn't 100% happy yet, so I asked some input from fellow craftsters, and changed the position of the harp. I think it's nicer this way Smiley
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9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Multi-chain necklace with wire-wrapped harp on: August 14, 2014 11:39:09 AM


I started out trying to make a wire-wrapped harp pendant for a friend, and while I think I captured the instrument, I didn't find any appropriate spots to add pretty beads or such. As it turned out, it just seemed too plain, so I thought I'd try and make a full necklace to make it more special. I think the results are okay, but I'm not entirely sure of the addition of the harp. Any ideas?

C&C appreciated Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: August 14, 2014 01:43:41 AM
It's the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen. Some of my friends are participating in it Smiley More info can be found here: https://www.gishwhes.com/
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