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61  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / first needle felted pieces - heart and black hooded ratty on: April 13, 2012 07:15:22 AM
These are the first needle felted things I've made - just playing around and getting to know what I'm doing - constructive criticism more than welcome Smiley (and I'm sure they'll be plenty!)

A black hooded rat modelled after my own pet (although with artisic license as she doesnt have complete stripe down back)



A heart for my fiance



62  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted elephant! on: March 31, 2012 03:35:06 PM
This is an elephant I knit for my partner in the recent yarnies scavenger hunt swap. I forgot to take pictures before I sent him so these are thanks to winter83.

He made my parcel a couple of days late - as I knitted one, nd then for personal reasons and because hed come out a bit wrong decided I really needed to keep him  so I knit up another one!

I'm not very happy with his eyes - for some reason I always struggle to get eyes even on knitted toys  but other than that am proud of him!






any hints on how to get eyes level would be appreciated!
63  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / poison study swap? on: February 15, 2012 04:50:30 PM
WOuld anyone be interested in doing a poison study trilogy swap? I haven't organised a swap on here before but have on some other forums so would be happy ue organise if anyone was interested?
64  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 70 ENTRIES / First ever ginger bread house on: January 03, 2012 12:39:28 PM
So - last year looking through all these competitions made me really want to make my own gingerbread house. This year I found some silicon moulds for the construction of it - and those creative juices started a flowing! I mentioned to mum (who we were at for christmas) I was thinking about making one - and she was so eager for me to do one - I then couldnt not! Which proved to be a royal PITA as the week before we were due to go i was seriously poorly with a chest infection - and spent a couple of days in bed - I then had about 3 days to wrap, pack, finish knitting my christmas gloves, make the gingerbread house and everything else needed before we could go away - so things were a little stressful! It didnt help that having spent ages making the dough - setting it together and then a couple of hours starting to decorate - I smashed the front and had to start from scratch again including making my dough!!!! The old phrase "stressed is desserts backwards" took on a WHOLE new meaning!

Anyway - after roughly 10 hours making this (including the broken one) and about 30 for ingrediants - having had to buy absolutely everything - I realised we then had the task of transporting it by car to my fiances parents (2.5 hours) and then unloading it, reloading it the next day and travelling a further 2.5 hours to my mums, in an already packed to bursting car!!!! We packed it in a cardboard box and gave it a chair to itself - surrounded by coats - and by some miracle - it made it in one piece!!!!!!

Please forgive the crap photos - especially the ones with the date plastered all over it - I forgot to turn it off before shooting - i should have used my DSLR but was so short on time it was all done with my crappy little point and shoot!

Wow - that's a lot of waffling isnt it - sorry! Onto the photo's:



from the front - the windows are made from fruit pastilles, the path chocolate buttons and the base is a silver cake tin - covered in fluff (which is FINALLY sold in the UK!) with blue edible glitter, white and lilac sugar balls and white chocolate stars (i know you can't see the base very well - sorry!)

The back - showing more details of the trees and a bit more detail of the base:



One side:



Other side complete with chimney:







This house was 100% edible - and although it wasn't as gingery as i'd have liked - tasted bloody good if I do say so myself!!!  hope you've enjoyed my ramblins and the photos!


thank you for the inspiration

65  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Meet Pippin on: May 17, 2011 03:12:21 PM
May I introduce you to Pippin bear Smiley I  made this for my fiance who' about to spend 3+ weeks in hospital to take in with him. I used a pattern by Jean Greenhowe in her 'Traditonal favourites' booklet - but didn't want a yellow bear - so altered the wool and consequently the needle size - I loved the wool I used!

66  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern) on: February 28, 2011 11:10:33 AM
My dog trainer is competing at Crufts this year (she does most but I didnt know her last year lol!) in competitive obedience with one of her Collie's so I decided to knit her a Border Collie as a 'good luck' gift.

I knitted an Alan Dart dog last year for my other dog trainer / friend as a 'just because' and it took  me a little under two months. This time - I couldn't afford to get the pattern until Wednesday just gone - and my last chance to give it to her is this Tuesday - so I had just under a week. On top of that my In laws were down for the weekend, I'm trying to look after my fiance who's undergoing chemo (although luckily well at the moment!) and to really add insult to injury - I suffered and astma flare up / chest infection which has made me feel really ill the last couple of days - and very nearly end up hospitalised! Mind you - this has meant that I've had more excuse to sit knitting (especially last night when I was sat up 'til 4:30am waiting for the emergency doctor!)

Anyway - after that massive essay (sorry!) I finally got him finished today - so here he is!








I'm giving him to her tomorrow - and am shitting myself as am really shy, not good at giving people things I've made for him - and aren't as pleased with him as I could be - but everyone I've asked says give it so I will do!
67  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / question on colouring wool on: February 21, 2011 03:11:43 PM
Hiya,

I'm knitting cow atm - following a pattern.

The pattern says to get the nose pink - I can use blusher. My question is will this not rub off really quickly??? The cow will be wrapped up and sent via the post - so will this make it rub of? Can I do something to keep it there?

thanks Smiley
68  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Purple Striped Fingerless gloves on: February 07, 2011 11:34:35 AM
`My latest project Cheesy I based these loosely on this pattern: http://helpinghearts0.tripod.com/id9.html but made a few adjustments -and did it in two different shades of purple (I LOVE purple!)

Their the first thing I've knitted for me in about 2 years - and am really pleased with them - I can't take them off atm  Embarrassed

http://helpinghearts0.tripod.com/id9.html





69  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Springer Spaniel on: February 05, 2011 12:06:36 PM
I knitted this using Alan Dart's pattern can be purchased here http://www.alandart.co.uk/products/product/40 . I knitted it for my Dog trainer - who has her own real springers about 8 months ago - but cos I am useless am just getting around to posting pictures!!!











I was really chuffed with it - and she liked it too Smiley
70  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find / what are these called on: July 31, 2009 12:00:48 PM
OK in a shop with my friend the other day we found a lovely wooden beaded bracelet - that was basically flat circular wooden beads (about 5mm diameter)with a hole through the middle - so that the bit of bracelet you could see was the side of the beads. However it was really expensive - and looked easy enough to make so I promised to make her one - however - I cant find the beads anywhere (I live in the UK) can anyone tell me either what they're called - or eve better - where I could get some (online preferabbly)

many thanks
Sarah
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