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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 16, 2016 10:12:34 PM
Gaudiknight, I can't wait to see which other gems you'very got waiting in your stash. These fabrics are to die for, and the dresses are so cute!

Meanwhile, I have caught back up on all the yarn I frogged. Sweater is coming out way better this time around. Still playing yarn chicken, no clue if I'll need to find a matching colour or not... I'm almost at the point where I'd want to hand over to a lady-in-waiting: once I finish the Yoke and the neck, it's plain stockinette for the sleeves, sewing up the underarms and weaving in all the ends. Also known as the jobs that ban a project to WIP hell. ..
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 13, 2016 04:23:37 AM
That cape is really pretty! And you finished it so quicly too! I am in awe.

Meanwhile, I've just started frogging all of this long weekend's work on Merel's sweater. When I did the provisional cast on for the sleeves, I cast on too many stitches, and the yoke and neck were turning out way too wide because of this and also because I forgot to compensate for my different stitch gauge in the rows of the pattern. This meant that I should have used a higher frequency for my raglan decreases instead of blindly following the pattern... Just no way to fix it without frogging, but it's over one ball of yarn that I'm frogging back! :O Probably around 12 hours of knitting or so... I do think my provisional cast on technique is going to work though! And I'm gaining back some yarn from the too wide yoke, so maybe now I'll have enough to make the sleeves fully green?
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 11, 2016 05:18:25 AM
Good call on making some shots for election night Magpirate! I had plenty of people telling me they needed a drink upon finding out results. Truth be told, I could have used one too, but alcohol is off limits for another four months! Cupcakes however, are still an option. Smiley

patty_o_furniture, I don't know which I adore more: the spider cookies, the gorgeous wreath or your excellent Trelawney costume. The co-operative art thing is definitely something I'll want to do with my kid too! Also, totally jealous of that craft room! :O

noodle-bug, you're right, 70 for an advent calendar is truly outrageous! That's shelling out major money before even buying the actual Christmas gift. So nice of you to make a better, reusable alternative! Smiley Good luck on finding the right red cabbage recipe. We actually love it raw (it's great as a salad!) or when it's cooked, with raisins mixed in too, along with the apples. Don't think I've had it with onions before.

AnnoyingBigSister, nice work on those shoes! I always love it when people incorporate their personalities in their wardrobes. Smiley

EdelC, your kitty T-shirt is so spot on! The cat hair gets everywhere! Can't be mad at Sputnik though. :O Also loving your quilt! I think it's time I pick up the patchwork I started to make from my later grandmother's old nighties. It should suit my daughter just perfectly I think. (Also, do you have any kind of pattern for that robot? Cuteness overload!)

Meanwhile, I'm really nervous. I'm afraid I won't have enough wool for the Christmas sweater I'm knitting for my goddaughter. It will probably be really close. I'm working this pattern in the round. I already  knit the majority of the body and was supposed to start knitting the sleeves and then join at the armpits and start working the yoke and the neck. I've now used a provisional cast-on for the arms, to immediately start working the yoke of the sweater, and hopefully work the arms down from the armpit to the cuffs. If I run out of yarn prematurely, I can always make the arms in a contrasting colour, right? Having to switch partway through the yoke however would look really wrong in this pattern. I really, really hope I'll have enough yarn for the sleeves too, and also that I figured out the provisional cast-on this correctly. Slightly scared you'll be able to tell where I switched directions. :-/ Oh well, I can alway try to make that into a design feature if I have too, right?
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 116 ENTRIES / Re: My Adorable Niece as Ariel the Mermaid on: November 06, 2016 07:52:43 AM
That is so adorable! I bet you're the favourite auntie now. Smiley This rocks!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: October 31, 2016 03:05:31 PM
It fills me with such joy to see that this craftalong is STILL going strong! Lots of amazing things being made again. Cheesy Antidigger, your bird is spectacular!

Over the past few months I've been crafting something very special of my own, and I've still got an estimated 19 weeks to go on this current project: I'm making a tiny human! It took 18 months of prep-work, many a self-administered jab with a needle, and a decent amount of blood sweat and tears just to get started on the project (an infertility diagnosis and IVF treatment is no joke!) but I'm currently just over 21 weeks pregnant! And appalled at what's currently for sale in maternity stores. Stuff looks about as colourful as a funeral department, and 90% of trousers are of the "skinny" variety, and bluejeans, which I haven't worn in nearly a decade. (I do own an acceptable pair of maternity bluejeans now though, relaxed straight fit, not skinny.)

Clothes are frumpy, drab, and so NOT ME, so I've realised I'm going to have to learn how to sew properly, because if I have to wear the stuff that's for sale, that might just be the recipe for an antenatal depression. Yes, I do get that it's fall, going into winter, but why does that equal no colours at all? Why are stripes the only print available? Do fashion labels not realise the irony of making a drab gray maternity T-shirt that says "life is too short to wear boring clothes"? Or a white one that tells you to "Be who you want to be"?

If anybody knows some resources for patterns for maternity clothes, I would be ever so thankful. I refuse to pay 80 for a pair of pants of which I think "well, I guess they're not hideous". That's straight-up "wow, this looks amazing" kind of money. Friends and co-workers think I'm picky and being difficult, but I don't intend to let my tiny parasite take over my personality. I'm becoming a mom, but I'll still be me too, not some inanimate vessel lugging around this fetus. I still deserve to feel attractive and pretty!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Merel's handsome winter sweater on: December 23, 2015 09:08:44 AM
Thank you ladies! Feeling really honoured to be featured. Grin
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 18, 2015 12:42:17 PM
Naantje, great looking pot holders. Did you have to fill them with something to insulate from the heat or use a special type of wool?

Not filled, just double-knitted with cotton. That takes care of the heat plenty.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Merel's handsome winter sweater on: December 14, 2015 12:14:58 AM
I worked the monogram in duplicate stitch off this chart: http://heatherkate.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/LetterM.jpg The chart is intended to mix garter stitch and stockinette, but I adapted it slightly for colourwork.

I worked on the sweater on and off for six weeks. Part at home while watching TV (when I hadn't started work yet), part during my daily commute to work (35 minute train ride).

Thanks for the love. Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 13, 2015 02:39:22 PM
Wow, you ladies definitely have been getting your holiday crafting on! So many lovely things! My output has been drastically diminished by returning to full time employment, but I recently finished this set of two pot holders:



Just gifted them to a friend who was very happy to receive them.

Since it's been so long since I've posted, there's two more projects to post:

The double knit potholder I use at work for my morning oatmeal:


And the warm winter sweater I knit for my goddaughter, monogrammed in the Weasley fashion:

(Apologies for the terrible photo quality...)

Currently working on a lacy scarf, hoping to finish it in time for Christmas!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Merel's handsome winter sweater on: December 13, 2015 02:33:44 PM
Recently, I knitted theOh, Handsome Winter-sweater for my goddaughter, which I monogrammed in the Weasly fashion. It turned out to be a perfect fit! Would definitely recommend this pattern, really easy and very comfy for the little one.





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