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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hanger Storage on: February 21, 2015 02:38:33 PM
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one with this problem: empty hangers clutter up closets, and when ironing time comes around, you have to gather them in one central spot to hang the new clothes. Typically a basket, because for whatever reason: whenever I put them on the clothes rack, I constantly drop them on the floor. The basket isn't exactly a solution though: that very quickly turns into a hanger spaghetti! I remembered a solution a saw several years back in a retail clothes store, but I've never found anything similar available for purchase in the stores. I did find some on amazon this week when trying to remember how it worked, but why pay for something new, if you've got stuff lying around in the basement that begs to be repurposed? I honestly believe this thing will spare me many headaches. It's currently located next to my closet, and I feed it empty hangers whenever I take something off the hanger, and come ironing time, I just pick it up by one of the legs and tote it along to the living room (I iron while watching movies!) so I've got it available. I don't get why I waited this long to make one!



(Also, I wasn't sure if this was the right board to put it in. It's made from a piece of MDF that put our previous couch a bit higher off the ground, and the legs of my old sewing table, from when I still had a dedicated craft room in our previous rental place.)
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gryffindor charger pocket on: January 01, 2015 07:34:06 AM
Dear Abbeeroad won a participant prize in the Harry Potter craftalong, so I crocheted her a charger pocket in her house colours. Since it has arrived, it's safe to post now Smiley The red yarn is boucle linnen, and the gold is two strands of lurex yarn. I don't particularly like working with lurex, because it's a bit prickly, but I do like the look. Smiley

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Knitting ornaments / yarn christmass balls on: December 09, 2014 04:39:56 AM
Inspired by this craftster tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211860.0 though I used toothpicks and beads instead of cocktail umbrella's. 2 for my own tree, one for my mum and one for a friend.



4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 3D Christmas cards on: December 03, 2014 02:56:12 AM
I recently ran across some booklets of 3D Christmas cards, and was instantly reminded of my late grandmother: she used to make all her own Christmas & birthday cards this way! I even got some of her supplies after she passed away (mainly coloured sands and cardstock)

I couldn't resist and picket up two booklets (good for 20 cards in total) and have already made two cards.  


I will need a better way to use the glittery sand, because this one came out a bit blotchy. Of well, can't be perfect from the start right?


I felt really connected with my grandma (especially since I was wearing one of her old dressing gowns when I made them) so it really means a lot to me.

Edit: More cards made!







5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ripple Scarf on: November 24, 2014 11:35:16 AM
Just finished this up! A bit on the short side, because my wool ran out earlier than I expected, but still very pretty. I might give it as a present to my 4 year old niece, it should be well long enough for her Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fall Vest for my Goddaughter 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.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Double knit blindfold 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!
 


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted table lamp on: September 04, 2014 04:59:58 AM
I was shopping in IKEA when I found the paper LTER lamp on sale for 0.90, because apparently the red one is end of range. 90 cents? I couldn't find the hardware that cheap if I tried! I deciced to give painting the lamp a go, and if it didn't turn out nicely, I'd get rid of the paper and try making a fabric shade.


Unlit


Lit, with flash


Lit, no flash

The elvish lettering spells out the full name (first, middle and last) of the friend this lamp will be going to. I did realise afterwards that I should have made my sketch on a curved piece of paper to then trace, instead of a straight piece of paper, but it was to late to go back! :-/ Still, I think it turned out okay. My husband on the other hand seems very happy that I didn't make this for our own home as he doesn't like it... I knew it wouldn't be his style, so no shocker there, but he doesn't think I should include it in the box of gifts for my friend either. Still not sure what to do!
9  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!
10  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
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