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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Hat For My Geeky Side on: July 16, 2008 10:19:26 AM
This is the Chromosome Cap by Carissa Browning. I linked to her pattern through Ravelry. I was so excited to be knitting a hat for myself that I got it done in less than a week. I finished it up while the kids played Rockband at a friend's kid's birthday party. Smiley

Me Modeling:

Moments After Finishing:

This hat totally appeals to my inner geek (the cables are chromosomes!) and I'm on the prowl for more science geek inspired knit patterns... any suggestions??
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Hat For My Little Goddess on: July 16, 2008 10:14:53 AM
I started this hat back in february for my daughter. It's all done on the fly. I tried to take notes so I could write out a pattern later but I didn't do a great job at that. I finally finished it up and here it is...

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Cute Lil Froggy on: July 07, 2008 11:22:53 AM
Back before I had children, and probably not much since high school, I used to do a lot of embroidery. I drew the designs myself and then sewed them onto my jeans as patches. I decided to try getting back into it to make patches for my kids. So the first one I did was not my own drawing, but from a book of random transfers that I found a long time ago in a thrift store. I think it's very cute... (and I have another piece already started...)

The nostrils are the first french knots I have ever been successful at. I'm quite proud.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Outfit For A Friend's Daughter on: July 03, 2008 02:26:35 PM
One of my favorite toddlers ever is having a birthday this weekend so I am making her a few things. I just finished this outfit today:

So, I have some ric rac that is the same red as the straps. I'm wondering if I should put it on the pants. Either over where the two fabrics meet or just under the hem so only half of it shows. I don't know, though.. What do you all think?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Kids Apron Made From Pants on: July 02, 2008 09:28:27 PM
A friend of mine recently gifted me with a lot of no-longer-wanted clothing for my new recon habit. I loved the fabric of these pants but it just isn't me. So I hacked them up and made an apron for my kids.

Here it is, modeled by my lovely Maia:

Here's the pants before:

And one more pic of Maia posing... this was her own idea:

What you can't see is that the front of the apron is about 7 pieces sewn together. The back is baby blue cotton. I'll try to get a pic tomorrow that shows all the pieces sewn together.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Old Jeans Recon on: June 30, 2008 04:24:00 PM
I have a couple pairs of old Levi's hanging out here with holes in their knees. So I decided to cut a pair up and see what I could come up with. Here's what I've done so far...

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My New Sauna Coverup! on: June 27, 2008 12:32:09 PM
This latest t-shirt recon of mine took a few days to finish and I still might add straps to it. But for now, I'm calling it finished.

Here it is!!:

I got this shirt from one of my favorite destinations in the whole world while I was living in Arcata (I'm also Finnish, so I'm a bit biased). I love getting place t-shirts like this but I'm so not into boxy t-shirts. This one was a little small, so the recon got tricky...

But I had an old jersey knit sheet that had already been cut up for parts, so I used that. It just happened to match the tea dyed lace trim perfectly...

And since I LOVE pockets, the sleeves got to be involved too:
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Piratey Toddler Dress on: June 25, 2008 02:53:51 PM
I'm on a wee dress making spree! Now all of my fabric scraps are screaming out to be part of the next dress. This one was inspired by my pirate themed household.

Now I just need a wee pirate lass to put it on...
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Few Gnome Bibs & A Matching Dress Now Too!! on: June 23, 2008 09:49:06 PM
A few of my latest bib creations:

Tomorrow I am making a baby dress to match the purple trimmed one. Smiley

Okay, here's the dress:

with the bib:

without the bib:
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Revamping My Old T-shirts, part 2 on: June 22, 2008 10:03:45 AM
So one of my good friends has season tickets to the Sharks (ice hockey!) and, somehow, whenever she takes me, we get free stuff. One time we got t-shirts. But they were all XL. Since I'm petite, and not too fond of standard t-shirts anyways, this begged to be recon-ed!!

The finished product:

Here's the original:

Here's some close-up detail:

The first thing I did was cut off the sleeves and make the body narrower and shaped. I made the new sleeves out of some super soft knit fabric. Then I made the cuffs out of the original sleeves. Originally I had intended to cut off the neck band but it's actually really comfortable so I left it intact. I found some orange thread that I might do some contrast stitching with on the cuffs. I'm not sure yet...

I am SO ready for next season!!
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