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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas Stocking - first time turning a heel! on: January 05, 2014 08:05:44 PM
My great grandmother knitted my family stockings when I was young, and we still have them. However, our family has outgrown the number of stockings we have available, and I was "contracted" to knit one for my niece, since I'm the only knitter in the family now. I found a pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sparkling-sleigh-bells-stocking

What appealed to me about this pattern is that it looked fairly simple for someone who has been knitting for awhile, but has never turned a heel. I will admit that I had to unravel two or three rows because I thought the pattern wasn't right. It didn't make sense in my head until I got a few rows in and realized, oh... maybe I should listen to the pattern. I did have some problems with the heel - it's very tight compared to the rest of the stocking. I was pretty tense while the heel was being turned so may have been knitting tighter than normally. Otherwise, I totally recommend this pattern to anyone wanting to knit some nice big stockings for next Christmas! Smiley

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, I used exactly the same yarn and needle size as Yvonne because I wanted the shimmery effect. I added a pom pom I made using the same yarn afterward but unfortunately forgot to take a photo!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Knoob on: January 03, 2010 09:42:29 PM
I've just begun knitting since November, and I'm working on my first project that isn't a rectange or a square, and I already need help!

In the pattern I'm working on, it says "sl all sts to waste yarn", which I know means slip all stitches to waste yarn, but what the heck does it MEAN? Just pull my stitches off the needle? Slip onto the other needle? What does "to waste yarn" mean? Somebody save me!

PS The pattern is Busy Day Dress from the book Learn to Knit in the Round by Company's Coming.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Robbie Ribbit, Ugly Frog on: July 10, 2009 05:55:57 PM
My friend loves frogs (or used to and I just don't know what else she likes anymore) and her birthday was recently so I scoured the internet looking for a cute frog pattern. I found ZERO that I liked. I don't know if I'm just ignorant of what frogs are supposed to look like, but they all seemed really awkward. And I also didn't want to use safety eyes since i had been having some trouble with them. So I picked this one, and I had some leftover yarn (TONS of it) from my geckos.



I don't really like variegated yarn. At least not for amigurumi. Except for my next project I am working on... oh heck yes.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I need eyes! on: June 30, 2009 07:02:33 PM
I'm looking for advice on good safety eye online stores. No stores around me sell them, and the last ones i bought from glasseyesonline.com I can't get the backs onto them. Do you know of any that don't go on so hard? I'm a weak little woman living on my own, lol.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Perfect T-shirt embroidery for a 10-month old boy on: June 26, 2009 09:08:58 AM
Okay, no one call CPS on me, but my son had this boring gray t-shirt that I paired with a cute pair of camo thrift store shorts, and I wanted to spice up the t-shirt with some embroidery.

So I searched and searched, for bad ass baby things like maybe a skull & crossbones, but then I realized the shorts were camo, he needs a gun! So I found a picture I really liked of a gun in Clip Art, and drew it onto the t-shirt, got out my floss, needle & hoop and started my first ever embroidery project.



Okay, so it's a bit lumpy, and quite imperfect, but from far away I think it looks good!



(Yes I made the baby too, he's still a WIP although I am quite proud of what I have done already Smiley)
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto on: June 08, 2009 09:55:06 PM
I decided I wanted to have a robot themed birthday party for my son, and in order to convince my mom how awesome robots are, I had to make one to show her!



I made him using grey felt, and to keep him from caving in on himself I just reinforced him with plastic mesh inside, filled with stuffing. His arms are pipe cleaners covered with beads. Everything I used to make him was purchased at the dollar store!

Someone told me he looked like he was from Roly Poly Olie, and I have to agree Tongue
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dragons and more Dragons on: June 08, 2009 09:46:00 PM
It seems like all I do lately is crochet dragons. I made three with the same pattern, the last one being this lovely lady:



I used bigger eyes for her and yet another wing pattern, but I have since lost it, sorry guys! As you might imagine, by the time I finished her I was really tired of the same old pattern, especially since I just started in November.

When I found a new pattern on Craftster for a dragon I was ecstatic! I did learn that embroidering on crochet is HARD.



Anyway, this is my last dragon for awhile, although I did really like the second pattern better! Everyone said the original dragons looked like mice Tongue
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hero's Baby Blanket on: April 23, 2009 07:16:30 PM
My friend just had a baby on Tuesday and I had been making this blanket for her bassinet. I found the pattern in the Crochet: Instant Expert book I had found, and love it.



The hexagons were easy and quick but sewing together took ages, and by the time I got to the border I was worn out, and it's only a small project. Next time I think I'll sc the hexagons together.

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Finley the Triangle Gnome on: April 16, 2009 07:38:39 PM
Meet Finley. He's a triangle gnome. Despite the simple pattern, I still managed to mess up his hat. I blame the crappy yarn. Regardless, he's here now, and he took me forever to make! I found the pattern during the first Roaming Gnome Swap and decided to make him for the second one, but it was so boring that I just finally finished him last night, and I didn't even take part in the second swap! And I crocheted his body together backwards, so the weird edge effect is on his backside. Well, now I know for next time!



I decided to embroider his eyes on because I can't seem to get safety eyes onto things, even with pliers and tears coming out my eyes, but it also turns out I can't embroider, either! lol. I guess it's google eyes for all my toys from now on Sad
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 46 Reasons I Love My Mom on: March 12, 2009 06:53:18 PM
My mom turned 46 this month and I am flat broke, but I still wanted to do something nice for her that involved effort if it could not involve cash. So I hit up the dollar store with this post in mind, and voila, 46 reasons why I love my mom:



I thought the jar would be a lot fuller, but as it turns out I'm glad I decided not to fill it because she read each and every reason that night after dinner!



And the card I made by cross-stitching the girl and framing it with cardstock, on a blank white card.



I colored the white aida with a blue pencil crayon because the white cake was not showing against the white cloth, it's hard to see in this picture but the hat she's wearing is a cake with candles on it, lol. I got the pattern from a book I found at Chapters the other day!
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