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1  Knitted Frankenstein's blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by chirel on: December 19, 2013 01:00:53 PM
I've worked on and off this project for almost a year. It felt so good to finally finish it Smiley I call it Frankenstein's blanket because of the colours. They are hideously wonderful.

The whole project started with a yarn discount… I bought ten skeins of variegated yarn that I didn't even like much. (Who would combine dark green and greyish rosa anyway?) Still, something about that yarn made me buy it and then I thought of finally making a blanket big enough to use during nap time Smiley So I had t buy more yarn. Something to mach the colors… except that I was impatient and there was nothing right at the shop, so I just bought two colours I liked and decided they would all just somehow blend together in the end.

The blanket is huge… My goal was to make it 220x150 cm (standard cover size), but I think it's bigger. In the picture there's just half of it and it's the size of my living room rug.

The technique is my own idea. I used three different yarns and garter stitch, knitting one row with each yarn. That is what creates the color effect (and the variegated yarn).

The size of each piece was determined by the variegated yarn and the fact that I started the first piece with 60 stitches. I finished each piece by crocheting with turquoise yarn and joined the pieces. Then I crocheted around the whole blanket to create a bit of a border.
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2  Decoupaged stool set in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by chirel on: December 19, 2013 12:41:54 PM
Last February (almost a year ago) I bought four stools and this week I finally finished the project. Lots of randomness happened… but I'm happy with the result Smiley Green and gold was what I wanted.

All four of them are different, but variations of the same theme. They each are decorated with book pages (different languages) and with stamps (different themes).

I varnished the legs with brown, and it was a mess, but I decided it's mostly how I wanted it… I'm not very good at painting things in a planned way. The gold crackle paint was part of the original idea, but it didn't really work the way I had planned. I was able to save the project anyway.

These two were kind of ok, but a tad bit boring, and I think the gold actually mostly improved how they look, although it didn't work as I had planned.

This was my favorite before the gold paint… I added some gold leaf (first time ever I used it). Now it's not so bad, but I still feel sad about it.

This one I liked the least before the gold and now I think it's my favorite. I added some gold-marbled paper pieces to it to cover the worst spots of gold paint and I really like the result. And the best thing is that I got this paper from a friend I don't really see that often, so now I think of her every time I see this stool.

And here they all are happily together, waiting for the guest to come Smiley
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3  Repaired a pair of shoes for winter in Shoes: Completed Projects by chirel on: September 28, 2013 07:57:54 AM
So, about four years ago my trusted shoes gave up and I had to buy new ones. I'm picky when it comes to shoes and I couldn't find anything I liked, but I really had to get new ones right away, since here where I live, you'll freeze to death in the winter without proper footwear. So... I just bought a cheap pair that didn't look too bad and ended up wearing them for four years until last spring they finally gave up.

There was some knitwear around the edge, but it was so frayed that I cut it off in March thinking, I would never need the shoes. But I kept them anyway, because deep down I knew I'd be facing the same dilemma that I had four years ago. Today I went to a shoe store and came out empty handed. So I dug out some hot glue, an old woollen beret and scissors, and a half an hour later I had these

Let's see if they hold up until I find a pair I like enough to actually buy them.
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4  Tallukkaat - the Finnish traditional home-made shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by chirel on: February 05, 2012 09:13:35 AM
I got a chance to be on a workshop on how to make these traditional Finnish homemade shoes (n. tallukas pl. tallukkaat). I've been wanting to learn how to make them for more than ten years and I'm so happy now Smiley
Here http://www.kotiposti.net/narvasoft/museo/vkm/museo703.htm you can see the traditional versions (pictures 3,4 and 6), but of course I had to do something completely different. The others ended up calling my shoes Robin Hood Boots, I can kind of understand why...

The traditional shoes have been made on a relatively small area in central Finland from circa 19th century. The traditional materials were anything that could be recycled and would be warm, so old woollen socks, sweaters, felt, flannel was used for different parts of these shoes. They even used parts of old shoes to make new ones. These were especially popular during the world wars, because of lack of material of any kind.

For my shoes I used mostly new materials, mainly because I happened to have suitable new materials instead of recycled materials. Theres three layers in the shoe. The outer and inner fabrics are wool fabric and the middle layer is knitted wool. The soles also have several layers. The inner sole is made of three layers of fabric then theres a thick wool sole and a rubber sole. Inside the shoe theres also a removable liner that I made using a regular cardboar liner on witch I stitched some felt I had lying around.

I machine stitched the fabrics together, I didn't want to follow any of the traditional designs so I just winged the design and then copied it to the other shoe. Almost everything else is hand stitched. Traditionally there's holes for laces, but I don't like using those metal things (because I'm not good at it), so I had to do something else, hence the green cords.

I have walked with my shoes today. It's about -20 Celsius degrees and my feet were completely warm, but it's funny how I can feel the ground through the soles. These shoes might be a bit too large for me, but I hope a thick pair of woollen socks will fix that problem. Other than that they are very comfortable and definitely warm.

I'm happy to answer any questions, but I won't be writing a tutorial and unfortunately I only have pictures of the finished shoes.
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5  Collaged cards with a butterfly theme in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by chirel on: February 01, 2011 06:25:50 AM
I haven't posted anything in a while, so now that I made and photographed something I decided to share.

Here are some of the cards I made in this series.


This one is too difficult to translate...

"Loved one"

"The sun"

"A shy dream"
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6  Knitted bag for stroller in Knitting: Completed Projects by chirel on: August 05, 2005 08:47:39 AM
Here's first thing I've knitted this year.
In action
and flat.

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7  Decoupaged clock with underwater scenery in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by chirel on: December 27, 2004 11:47:45 PM

I made this clock for my mother for Christmas as she loves fishing. I have to give gredit to my husband who helped me by painting the papers I used (the fish is from some prochure) as I had so many things I had to finish in time.

I  like the way it came out even though I would have preferred to make more things myself. I really ran out of time and had to by a set of numbers to use for the clock. I guess the most important thing is that my mother loved the idea  Cheesy.
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8  Re: Craftalong Un-swap part 2: embroidery in The Swap Gallery by chirel on: December 26, 2004 06:27:34 AM
Yay, I finally got the pictures uploaded (well my husband did). So here is the scarf. There is a similar set of dragonflies at the other end of the scarf, but they are not visible now.

And here is a close up of one of the dragonflies. So I stencilled the pattern and then followed the outlines with something that might be a backstich (if there's such a stich Wink).

Off to plan the knitting project...
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9  Re: Craftalong Un-swap Part 1a: Sewing a purse in The Swap Gallery by chirel on: December 06, 2004 12:10:42 AM

My purse. It's been finished and in use for two weeks now. I even got a choclate stain on it already  Sad. It's comfortable and roomy. The strap is wide enough to make it light to carry even when I have an A4-folder in it or books.

I wasn't fully consentrating while making it so there are some mistakes and stuff, but I'm happy with the result anyway  Cheesy.

It only took me four years to make this bag (from the original idea)... Grin
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10  Decoupaged boxes in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by chirel on: November 12, 2004 09:33:34 AM
I have two boxes (orange and green) I use to store deco booklets. The boxes were quite wobbly and after a year or so they started to look like they'd fall apart one day.  Then I have one box (violet) for miscellanious deco material that doesn't fit anywhere else. This box is an old box for chocolate. I wanted to make the two wobbly ones sturdier and to make all the boxes better looking so I decided to finally give decoupage a try.

I used bits and pieces I'd stored from deco making and other projects. Then I blotted some ink over the design.

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