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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 1950s Inspired Swap Gallery on: July 18, 2011 07:02:25 PM
I'm so glad you liked your package, pieknits! I admit to some swap anxiety when your package came before I'd even sent! I do hope the playsuit fits. I've never worked with or bought something so small. All the ladies I sew for are big.
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: harry potter opening night pre-show! (VERY image heavy!) on: July 18, 2011 05:48:51 AM
The work put into the food has me in awe! And those wands are awesome! This totally rocks.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 1950s Inspired Swap Gallery on: July 15, 2011 08:54:39 AM
I received two days ago and just now got a chance to post. I'm sending out in the next hour or so. I want to thank pieknits not only for the awesometastic stuff but for being so patient with me. This past month has been riddled with family illnesses and emergency surgeries. I'm just so happy that she was so understanding of my tardiness and willing to extend our deadline indefinitely. She's amazing!

And now for the goodies!

A super amazing needlebook. I've wanted one for a while but never got around to making it. She chose the coolest fabric.

A pair of tatted earrings. The USPS wasn't kind to them and one fell off the back. Getting some glue for it today! BTW, my mother is absolutely smitten with these. I fear they may end up missing from my apartment! D:

A knitted clutch. The stitches win this piece over. I get lost in them when I inspect this thing.

A teal pillbox hat! I'm still trying to decide where to wear it first. ha

A cute little fascinator-thingie. This one is so getting paired with my LBD!

EDIT: She sent two toys for my little guy and they've already been put to use. It took him all of 10 seconds to rip through the packaging and run around with them. haha
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 13, 2011 10:10:52 PM
Love it! I always loved going to the shows just across the border in OK as a kid. Just to see the amazing outfits and how they moved. I was a very visual kiddo. Your dad looks thrilled to wear this. I'm sure he'll be envied.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hemlock Braaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnsssssssss!!! on: July 08, 2011 06:06:12 AM
Thanks, ladies! Purpley Goodness, if you can knit, yo, k2tog, and ssk, you can make the Hemlock. It's mostly just counting. This is the first time I've worked from a chart and that makes it soooooooo much easier than deciphering a wordy pattern. Just remember, stitch markers are your most bestest friends on this one.

Oh, and I forget to mention that I used a size J crochet hook for the bind off. Just pick up three stitches, sl st, ch7, repeat. It went a lot faster than I assumed the original bind off would. 17 stitches per 3 on the needles? NO WAY. D:
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hemlock Braaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnsssssssss!!! on: July 07, 2011 08:36:50 PM
So I started a Hemlock Ring a few weeks ago that was originally intended for my sister's birthday in the middle of August. I thought it would take me forever because it's deceptive and tricksy. Turns out it was super easy once I ripped the first version and added stitch markers as I went the second go round. Anywho, my mom went in for brain surgery on Tuesday. I thought to myself "She needs this more than my sister." I really feel that having something made with love helps the healing process speed along. So I scurried to finish the last 12 rows (I ended on 40 of the pattern chart in hopes of making it a one skein wonder. It ended up needing just a smidge from a second skein on the bind off row.) I completed on Tuesday night while waiting for the results of her surgery. Blocked it for about 10 hours yesterday (my stitches are really even so it didn't take long at all!) and gave it to her today.

Wonky Blocking (I straightened it after viewing this pic):


Blurry macro!:

And again! (closest to actual color):

The moustachioed victim:

I used Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool and size 10.5 needles. I used the two circular method for the center and it worked great. Hint: I own a Boye Needlemaster set, thanks to the victim. Since it doesn't come with two sets of each size I used an extra pair of size 8 needles for my left needles. The gauge stayed the same.

Also, I got a big ego boost when, not 10 minutes after giving it to her, a nurse came in and asked if she'd made it. She said "No, my daughter did!" and smiled all proud-like. The lady says "It looks so professional!" My mom then proceeded to tell her that I should be a professional crafter. Much blushing and wishing there were more places to hide away in a hospital room ensued. >.<
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first shawl on: July 05, 2011 10:17:53 PM
I take it the "very important lesson about babies and projects" was that they never tire of pulling your needles out of your work...Tongue Trust me, they get over it when they pull the needles out of a project that you're one row from completing and you break down and cry like it's the end of the world. Stupid hormones anyway...haha

Anywho, love the shawl. It almost makes me wish I lived in a state where'd I'd get use out of it.
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: spoon rings! yay! on: July 03, 2011 07:37:58 PM
Let it be said that I HATE gemstones. They usually look so gaudy and not "me."

On that note, I rock the shit outta that peridot ring all day everyday. Seriously.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dishalicious Dishcloth/Washcloth Swap Rd 11 Gallery on: June 20, 2011 09:15:10 AM
Thanks, IdlersDesign! I wish I could point to a pattern but I just wing most of my stuff. I'm really no good at counting out patterns. haha
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dishalicious Dishcloth/Washcloth Swap Rd 11 Gallery on: June 18, 2011 08:49:52 PM
Thanks for posting pics for me, Linda! I love the cloths I received. They've already been tested out numerous times and even withstood having a baby maul them. haha

Also, that granny square thingy was a pattern I found on crochetpatterncentral.com for a dishcloth. Not sure how practical it is now that I'm seeing what others made, but it can at least be pretty on a hook or something. >.<
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