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1  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!
2  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
3  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).

4  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
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tree of life in a triangle on: July 10, 2014 06:09:46 AM


I made this pendant for my best friend Anna (she was my maid of honour at my wedding). Like me, she loves things just a bit quirky. I decided to go off the beaten track and try out a triangular setting for this tree, and go with iridescent beads. Good call: she admitted to not generally being a fan of tree-jewellery, but really liking this one because it's different. And well, probably helps that it's hand made by a good friend Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Apron-mod on: July 05, 2014 03:26:51 PM


We celebrated my brother-in-law's 26th birthday today, and my husband and I were stumped for a gift. The guy always buys whatever it is he wants or needs... We still had to get my sister in law a belated birthday gift too, and we bought her this apron:

http://www.voordeelmuis.nl/img/gif/1019/1019696.gif

We thought it would be nice to get BIL a fancy apron too. Alas, only stupid boring aprons were available... What's a girl to do, but craft the appropriate item herself? I bought a plain one, as well as a white dish towel and I took scissors, buttons and needle and thread to hand for this custom apron. It scored high marks Smiley

Also: there are four white buttons on the "shirt", but the third one didn't quite capture the light.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapped leaf pendant on: July 01, 2014 03:38:52 PM


A friend of mine pinned this wire wrapped pendant design on her wish list, and I decided to see if I could make something similar. I've been wrapping a bunch of trees of life lately, and I wanted a change. I hope my friend will like it!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Blossoming tree of life on: July 01, 2014 03:22:35 PM
I wrapped this tree of life for the daughter of one of my cousins (I guess that makes her my first cousin, once removed?). She's ~20 now, and she's currently going through a bit of a rough patch. I thought she could use a bit of a pick me up Smiley
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Quickrelease paracord bracelets on: July 01, 2014 02:59:50 PM
My husband an I are leaving for a hiking holiday soon (hurray!) and I'm preparing a lightweight survival kit, just in case. I made each of us a quick release paracord bracelet using this tutorial, a blue one for me and a white one (not grey, sorry for crappy photo!) for my husband. Because having the rope around your arm is a whole lot more practical than toting around a few feet of loose rope! I hope we won't need to unravel and use them.


10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bare rainbow tree of life on: June 22, 2014 01:38:48 PM


I was raiding my mother's craft stash when I discovered she had several colours of metal wire on hand, and after getting her permission to yank them away and do my thing with them, I decided I would make a rainbow tree of life for an LGBT friend. She's been trying to conceive for over a year now, running into several medical problems, so I wanted to make her a good luck charm. As the tree symbolises life, I hope that new life will soon be on its way for her! I also think she'll like the LGBT Pride symbolism of the colours. First time making a tree without beads, that's strangely harder than with beads! But I'm happy with the result Smiley
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