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1  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.



2  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!







3  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
4  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.
5  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!
 


6  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!
7  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!
8  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
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sleeve for tablet & accessories on: August 13, 2014 03:10:31 AM
My father in law recently bought a tablet, and knowing that I like making stuff, he asked if I could make a pouch that could hold it and some accessories (stylus, charger, USB cable) so I set to work. The fabric was sourced from an old pair of trousers and a damaged fleece snuggie (for padding).

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Peas in a pod pendant on: July 10, 2014 06:18:47 AM


Last week, we (=my husband, sister, mother and I)  were invited for a picnic by my best friend, and here mum would be cooking. She always makes such great food, she goes all out! I wanted to make a nice thank-you gift. I made this pea pod pendant to represent her two girls (on top) and one boy (on the bottom). Unfortunately, I didn't have beads that were the same size, but in reality, they're pretty close. The pendant is about 1,25" big. We had a delicious picnic and an amazing get together Smiley
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