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31  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Feltie #3....my Boston Clementine on: September 01, 2008 05:25:47 PM
Adorable!! Love it!!
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Help -- Ideas for Too-Small Felted Purse on: August 31, 2008 03:50:16 PM
Wow. I'm overwhelmed with the great ideas, and now I wish I had a half dozen of these so I could do them all.

To kaymkay and zenthistle -- my admittedly large-headed (in the literal sense of head circumference, not in the sense of ego) 14-year-old tried to put it on his head this morning. It sat right on top of his head and made him look like one of the seven dwarfs who fell down the rabbit hole. It would be a cute hat, but, alas, the circumference is really small for that.

Ok. so, if you still want to keep this as a bag, soak it in a solution of water and hair conditioner for a while. then rinse, but don't wring or rub, this will felt it some more. The hair conditioner will untangle the felted fibers, and the bag will thus expand some. Once it dries some, if it's too big now, felt it some more, but be very careful and check every 2-3 minutes. Hope this helps!

Ooooo, I didn't know that trick. I am going to try it. Maybe it will expand to a real bag size. (I'd love to give it to my neighbor as a purse.) If not, it absolutely will be some sort of vase or vase cover. Then, one day when I get tired of that or part gets a stain, I can cut it up and sew an ipod case or some such item.

Thanks again everyone!!
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Help -- Ideas for Too-Small Felted Purse on: August 31, 2008 05:39:49 AM
okay, how funny would it be as a vase with your knitting needles in it, but put little knitted flowers on the ends of the needles.

Ledleeaf -- That's what I've started picturing from all the feedback! Kind of like little golf club covers in a golf bag, but for knitting needles. I have some of both the pink and green yarn left, so I can use that for my flowers. And maybe I can store all my little tiny leftover yarn balls from other projects in between the needles.

Thanks again for all the inspiration. Now I just need to figure out how to make the little floral caps.
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Help -- Ideas for Too-Small Felted Purse on: August 30, 2008 06:34:06 PM
Winebottlebag?

Thermos flask cover?

Storage for straight needles, long candles, wooden cooking spoons...Huh

I also think it would make the perfect hiding place/den for a small pet, if you know anyone who keeps rats, guineapigs or something but that may not be exactly what you have in mind..



Well, I do have a 3 lb. puppy. I'll try to see if he likes it tomorrow and take a photo if he climbs in.

Personally, I'm a huge fan of pouches.  I could see that being easily transformed into two different little coin/etc. pouches. 
The top half could be cut off, and the bottom could be sewn shut, and a zipper sewn into the top. 
The bottom half could be a little drawstring satchel if you wove some cord from the outside to the inside around the top. . . if that makes any sense to you. . .and it could be pulled closed, like a drawstring bag. 

Whatever you do, don't let all that hard knitting work go to waste!  I'm sure you'll find something awesome to do with it!

Thanks. I didn't think to cut it up, but I don't see why not.

To all with the vase idea, I like that too. I'm a little stuck on the knitting needle idea. Maybe a vase of knitting needles. I could put foam on the bottom and stick them all in. I have quite a collect, including many that belonged to my grandmother and are all different colors.

Anyway, thank you to everyone. Keep those ideas coming. I do like the colors and it seemed a shame to have it collect dust. I now feel more confident that it will make something useful for me or a nice Christmas present.
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Help -- Ideas for Too-Small Felted Purse on: August 30, 2008 12:08:15 PM
I'd like to solicit advice for what I should do with my too-small felted purse. This is the Berroco Dot pattern it was supposed to be.


http://www.berroco.com/247.254/251/251_dot_pv_lg.html

I actually made it last summer, but stuffed it into the bottom of my stash because it came out too skinny after I felted it. The pattern called for 14" high and 25" around. Mine is 13" high, but only 14" around.

I would welcome creative ideas of what to do with it. I haven't been able to find the right leather strap, and I feel that it is too skinny anyway. I guess I could knit and felt an i-cord, but I really liked the contrast of the leather when I started the project. I thought that I could sew some elastic into it and slip my knitting needles in, but I feel that there must be something better out there for salvaging it, as I do like the color scheme.

As you can tell I'm in a rut about what to do with this.  Undecided

As an avid fan of craftster creativity, I'd like to toss it out there for help. Here are two photos -- one standing and one flat.

Thanks for any help.










36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: February Lady Sweater on: August 30, 2008 05:26:25 AM
Great job for a first sweater and beautiful buttons.

I have that in my queue to make.
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jumped on the February Lady Sweater bandwagon... on: August 26, 2008 11:19:03 AM
That is so classy and classic. I love it! Thanks for the llinks. I put it in my ever-growing Ravelry queue. Awesome job.
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding Stole aka Baltic Sea Stole on: August 25, 2008 09:22:11 AM
Simply stunning!
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ravelympic Boyfriend Socks on: August 24, 2008 09:16:35 AM
I limped to the finish of the Ravelympics with just inches of yarn left and cramped hands. But I made it! Here are my Ravelympic Boyfriend (really "Hubby") Socks. I didn't think I'd make it, because every time I asked my husband to try on the first sock, he kept saying, "If it's not too much trouble, I really like my socks longer."  Shocked This all the while our 14-year-old keeps telling him he looks like "a geek" and needs to wear shorter socks.  Undecided I wanted him to have the socks just right for him, but I was a little nervous about enough yarn. I just squeezed by.  Cheesy

This pattern was well written and easy to follow, even though I had never wrapped to make short rows before. I also was very happy with the colorway on the yarn and how it showed off the cables.

Pattern:
http://slippedstitch.blogspot.com/2006/08/boyfriend-socks-written-up.html

Yarn:
dkKnits Technicolor Dreamtoes purchased on etsy

Here they are and congrats to all you other Ravelympic knitters. I was so impressed with the effort, creativity, and speedy knitting.



Close up of cables:
40  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Daisy blanket all done! Whoho! (4 pictures inside) on: August 23, 2008 12:26:50 PM
Just gorgeous. Great choice of colors and a treasure for sure!! Makes me want to learn to crochet.
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