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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: "sweet cherry wine" - red stripy sweater on: July 10, 2007 02:35:39 AM
I love the red-on-red combo! It looks so cute.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bad Craftster Bride (but with bead bouquet tutorial!) on: May 23, 2007 04:04:48 AM
Key West, your bouquet looks beautiful! I love the giant bow, looks lush Smiley

ruby_soho, we found a stock photo of wildflowers, and made a silhouette from it in Photoshop. It turned out to be easier to select the sky around them than to select all the bits of flowers to make the shape Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bad Craftster Bride (but with bead bouquet tutorial!) on: February 01, 2007 10:41:12 PM
Thanks for the link fix, fsuangelita, I always struggle with those!

rainylakechick, you're about right: we invited about 100, and had 71 show up (not including ourselves).

ashtree, my dress and the bridesmaid's dresses were from www.samanthawynne.com.au. My dress was made for me, but I've seen the bridesmaid's dresses in other shops so they're definitely available around the place. The style is called Madison, but I'm not sure of the maker. The website I've linked to has a picture of them in a different colour, if you're looking for something similar maybe email the site for more info.

The bouquets were very easy, just time-consuming. They were lovely on the day, not quite as heavy as a large bouquet of flowers, and definitely cheaper (especially if you can get internet or wholesale prices for the beads and wire!).

I had a really great time on the day, and I think everyone else did too. We just tried to focus on good food, good music, and good company, and not fret about anything else Smiley

I'm not sure if you can see them in the pictures, but we made the favours ourselves too. I don't think it counts as terribly crafty though, because they were just white jellybeans wrapped in pink cellophane with thin, pale gold ribbon Smiley Not bad for something we just decided on 3 days before the wedding!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bad Craftster Bride (but with link to bead bouquet tutorial!) on: February 01, 2007 04:30:39 AM
OK, so I'm a bad Craftster bride. I didn't do even half of the crafty projects I planned for my wedding, and made just one post to the Craftalong! But to make up for it, I've made a bit of a photo-tutorial of the beaded bouquets we did make. Altogether we made 5 bouquets: 1 bride's, 3 bridesmaids' and 1 flower-girl's.  

(Click on this pic to go to the Flickr tutorial)


We designed and printed our invitations ourselves, on recycled paper.



Our table decorations:


More wedding photos here

ETA: if any of you could read through the tutorial instructions and let me know if it makes sense, it'd be great. I'd love to have some Craftster opinions on how it's written, or if I've missed any crucial info. Thanks!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Help me pick my colors!!! on: February 01, 2007 04:23:25 AM
Cream/champagne, brown, pink and green were my wedding colours; during summer too. They look lovely together, especially if you go for a dark brown and pastel pink and green.

You can see my wedding photos here if you want to see how the colours went.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: December 05, 2006 07:34:00 PM
Ok, so I haven't posted in here for ages, and my wedding plans have changed drastically since I was here last! But here's a picture of the invitation we made (click on it to go to my Flickr account - eventually there'll be more wedding pics there):



We ordered recycled paper from www.ecopaperco.com.au (who were very helpful, located in Queensland, Australia) and designed and printed them ourselves.

NB: recycled paper does not always accept printer ink very well over large areas of the paper - some of ours were a bit patchy. However, our design with the pink background fading out to the top seemed to make it easier, as the colour was varying anyway. We didn't have any problems with printing the text.

I've also started on making beaded bouquets, which are turning out well so far. No pics yet, but next time we work on them I'm hoping to make a tutorial with photos.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for small Christmas gifts? on: November 28, 2006 03:57:21 AM
Thanks for the ideas! I love those little vases, they're so cute. I don't know if the gals would like Perdita, but I know I'm going to make one for myself soon, they're just my style.

I was thinking about dishcloths, because I've made a few for myself, but I can't seem to find a good yarn for them. Here in Australia we don't get all the same brands, so I've been trying the available ones to see if I can find a good substitute. Nothing really good yet, but I'm sure something will turn up.

I also looked through Weekend Knitting and thought the Flower Washcloths would be nice (same yarn substitution problem though). One Skein has some cute cupcakes and bon-bons, and a sweet little purse (that's in crochet though, which I haven't got the foggiest idea about).

Oh and I did find a more grown-up knitted Christmas ornament here: http://www.baglady.com/ChristmasOrnament.htm. It's a knitted and beaded cover to put over a styrofoam ball, could be done really nicely I think.

I'm not any closer to a decision, but the list to choose from is certainly getting longer... Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for small Christmas gifts? on: November 26, 2006 04:42:25 AM
I want to make some little gifties to give to the girls I work with - nothing spectacular, just a little something to show I care and maybe brighten their desk area. And nothing too time-consuming so that it doesn't stress me out (I'm getting married a couple of days after Christmas, so time is at a premium!)

Has anyone made anything like this that worked out well? I looked at Christmas ornaments but wasn't able to find anything sophisticated enough - generally the ones I found were aimed at kids, but I'd love it if anyone knows of a cool pattern for some.

So far I've looked at Knitty's archives in the Whimsies section, and found some knitted flowers (could add a little i-cord so they could be hung up, or put a magnet or hairpin on the back) and mp3-player cosies (one of the gals has an iPod Shuffle). There's also the bathpuff pattern - has anyone made this? does it come undone easily?

And does anyone know if it takes long to make MaryElla? I love the look of it, but it does look like it takes a while.

Anyway, fire away with any suggestions, I'm sure I'm not the only one wanting some ideas for little Christmassy things Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting for the men in your life...?? on: November 24, 2006 10:03:09 PM
Yep, that's more or less it - I've never heard of the hanky curse, but it sounds the same.

I defied the boyfriend sweater curse and we're getting married in 5 weeks time! Really, I think it's because knitting something like a sweater is so expensive and time-consuming that it puts a lot of pressure on him to not just like it, but to *love* and appreciate it properly - there's an old thread here somewhere, if you search for 'boyfriend sweater curse' you should find it.

I think if he's already your husband though, you should be safe Smiley

Back on topic: my curse-defying sweater was the Berkshire Pullover from Weekend Knits. Not only did he love it, he got heaps of compliments and "where did you get that?"s from his mates. It's a very simple pattern (i.e. mind-numbingly boring, but nothing tricksy for a new knitter), but the neck opening is on the small side. Luckily, it's easy to alter this part!

I've also had a lot of success with knitting SnB's Hot Head pattern for my dad and brother-in-law as well as my guy.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ill-fitting knit items on: November 20, 2006 05:49:37 AM
I was just looking through the Knitty archives and came across this article about how to get a better fit from your knitted stuff - it might be useful?

http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/FEATspr05TBP.html
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