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41  Ravenclaw Team/School Spirit shirt in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by striker923 on: May 07, 2009 09:11:33 AM
This is my very first venture into the iron-on transfers! I made this shirt for my first swap partner, RockDragon! Anyway, I wanted this shirt to have a school or team spirit feel to it. I found the two images on Google, one is the shield/coat of arms of the House of Ravenclaw and the other came from kokopellitattoo.org which I think is a tattoo, lol. But it was definitely the perfect eagle image I could find...I needed an eagle with attitude! Everything else was more of a patriotic or heraldic type of eagle. Well anyway, here are the pics! Thanks for looking!


Front close-up:

Back (the edging around the words is a little less noticeable IRL):
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42  Sprite Stitches in Needlework: Completed Projects by striker923 on: May 07, 2009 08:58:35 AM
These are my first two cross stitching pieces that I've completed. My mom donated a TON of floss and scraps of Aida cloth to me from when she used to do cross stitch, so I thought I would give it a whirl! The cross stitching part was pretty easy, if a bit time consuming with all the color changes I did on the bookmark, but the back stitching is a killer...trying to keep my tension even on those was a bit of a struggle. But I guess practice will make perfect?

The first are 2 Kirbys from Spritestitch.com and the second is a Hermione Granger bookmark that used sprites from Little Mojo and JoanneSanderson.com. I had a really hard time photographing these, so I apologize for the photo quality.

Kirby was given as a birthday gift to one of my best friends and Hermione was given in a swap to fellow craftster, RockDragon. Without futher ado: the pictures!

Full bookmark


The Kirby was matted and framed, but I forgot to take pictures of the finished product

Thank you for looking!
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43  My first stranded project: Harry Potter Pouch (pic heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: May 07, 2009 08:13:59 AM
This is my very first stranded project (very exciting!) I made this for my very first swap partner, RockDragon for the HP and the HBP swap. The pattern is HP House Fair Isle Pouch Bags by Rosemary Waits that I got on Ravelry. The yarn is Valley Yarns Northampton in Navy Blue and Gold Heather (which looks more bronze than gold) and I reversed the colors too (gold eagle instead of blue). Anywho, here are the pics!

The final piece with fringe/strap (I did a bias knit strap instead of crochet strap)

The inside before it was lined

The inside detail of the lining and my spectacular hand-sewing skills


All in all, I'm very pleased with it and more importantly, RockDragon likes it  Grin Also-- thank goodness for wool and blocking...it really helped even out the puckering and what-not.

Thanks for looking  Grin

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44  Re: Harry Potter Half-Blood Prince Gallery in The Swap Gallery by striker923 on: April 23, 2009 01:22:19 PM
I received my awesome package from RockDragon earlier this week. Here we go! (Sorry for the quality of the pics...my fiance and I are not the best photographers)

This is the cover of the notecard! What a cute little owl (looks like Hedwig!)

The inside! It reads: "Hello, and congratulations on your acceptance to Hogwarts! Since you are starting your first year at school away from home, your parents have chosen to send you a care package through our company. Inside you will find some gifts chosen to showcase your school spirit, house spirit, and help with your classes. We've included our most popular items in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as all our other customers. If you have any questions, please send us an owl. Congratulations again, and good luck this year! --Anita Spellman, Gifts on Wings--Making School Magical! Hogwarts Division, 224 Broomstick Street, Hogsmeade"

Item #1, A book cover! (To protect my book from all the explosions and spills in Potions class). It's fitted over the HBP for pics. On the inside are pretty silver HP initials.

Item #2, A Hogwarts Pillow!! (For naps and back support during those long study sessions in the common room! I was advised to write my initials on it in everlasting ink!)

Looks good on our couch:

Close up:

Detail shot:

Detail of the back fabric (I think this is supposed to be Harry!)

Item #3, a Gryffindor/Weasley is Our King sweatshirt!!!! :-D I'm so psyched about this...totally wearing it to the chilly theater for the Half Blood Prince movie! It fits perfectly (not too small, not too big)! Oh, and it's to show my Gryffindor spirit at Quidditch games! (How I love me some Quidditch!)

Front (you can see the HP logo detail on the sleeve a little bit in this pic):


I also got some pretty sweet extras!

A cute tin that I'm calling the "Expecto Patronum tin" and Cheerwine! Apparently, Cheerwine is the Southern witch and wizards choice of drink which is pretty cool since I'm a Northerner Wink



And this next picture is just for fun....one of the kitties was excited to get the package too!

Thanks so much RockDragon!!! Best first swap partner EVER! :-D :-D
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45  BFF "Ron" Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: February 21, 2009 05:38:23 PM
My first knitted socks!!! SO EXCITED! I can't wait to cast on for the next pair! These were knit with Opal Harry Potter in the Ron colorway...who happens to be my favorite Harry Potter character Smiley In fact, I bought the yarn not having a clue how to knit socks...they always seemed difficult, but I just trusted the pattern and viola! Out came a pair of socks! Now I feel like I can knit anything! It's hard to see the pattern because of the crazy colorway (which I love!), but it's Cookie A's BFF sock pattern which is on Ravelry. And now onto the pics, thanks for looking!

The Pair:

Close up, Sock 1:

Close up, Sock 2:

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46  Several Winter FOs (Pic Heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: February 20, 2009 08:01:05 PM
I had posted all these on Ravelry but not here! Silly me! Without further ado:

Earflap hat and matching Snake scarf for my nephew! Used leftover Vanna's Choice.

Garter Stitch Scarf for my Mom...black was Caron simply soft and orange is Vanna's Choice. Modeled by one of my cats, Autumn!

Hannah Hat for Moi! It's a little big, but serves it's purpose here in New England. Used Cascade 109. I really liked knitting with this yarn Smiley

Action Shot:
(sorry the pics aren't good quality, some were taken with old camera and some with the new)

Dim Sum Wonton for the Kitties. Knitted with some scrap yarn...I think Bernat Satin?

Action shot of the wonton being demolished by the other cat Aries:

Coronet Hat for moi. Knitted with Di.Ve Teseo...soft yarn but kind of a pain to knit with..kept on splitting the yarn.

1st of 5 bridesmaid purses (Generations Purse). Used Knitpicks Shine Sport.

Cabled Cup Cozy. Used leftover Vanna's Choice.

I'm currently finishing up my first pair of socks...very exciting!! :-D

Thanks for looking! Oh, and all the patterns were found using Ravelry in case anyone is interested. Smiley
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47  Nintendo DS Cozy: Triforce from LoZ in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: October 17, 2008 06:04:12 PM
This is my very first cozy (and you can probably tell, too!). I just knitted it up in Stockinette stitch with a garter stitch border... I don't think I did enough edging so it's still curling...oh well.  This was also the first thing I really had to seam too. The Triforce looks a bit...wide...because I only had so many stitches to work with. But that's ok, the bigger the better Smiley

I used leftover Vanna's choice (linen color) from a scarf I made and I bought some Caron's Simply Soft for the Triforce using duplicate stitch (also my first attempt at that, and it was SUPER EASY and I will definitely be doing that again!) I also used size 8 needles.

I was inspired by Okia419 (thread here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273371.0). Okia was also the one who mentioned duplicate stitching to me as well. She was very inspiring and I am very thankful!  Grin)

One of these days I will be able to shed my newbie knitter status Wink

Anywho on with the pics..

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48  First *finished* project: Garter stitch scarf! in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: October 01, 2008 01:02:19 PM
This is technically my 2nd knitting project, but it is the first one I've finished. I'm not gonna lie: I'm pretty proud of it, I think it came out great! I actually made it for my fiance, and he seems to like it as well (which is what really matters to me).

I used the "Perfectly Pink Scarf" pattern in my Learn to Knit book. It called for size 8 needles, which I think are a perfect fit for my small hands. I decided to get bamboo ones to try them out, and I think I'm pretty much sold on these. I ended up using Lion Brand Vanna's choice in olive green, espresso (it looks blue in these pictures) and ivory!

The garter stitch got to be a little tedious, but it felt like I could get a lot done in one sitting. The color changing was a great newbie experience for me! The only thing is, this was a pain in my rear end to finish: weaving all the ends in was soooooooooo annoying!!! I did end up carrying the brown yard with the ivory, but still there were like 2 yarn ends for each color change and then there were 7 sets of stripes on each side!

Well, anyways. Here are the pics. Thank you for looking! Comments and creative criticism are always welcome in my book! :-D

Pic 1: Modeling in my PJ's. This way you can see the length/width with perspective.

Pic 2: Close up. Sorry for the blurriness. Our digicam sucks. That is actually a dark brown color, not blue. The green was also a little darker than in the pic

Pic 3: Showing the scarf folded on the couch

Pic 4: Another showing, only you can see the horrible job I did weaving in the ends Smiley
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49  First Project: Half a Pillow! in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: September 06, 2008 08:37:25 PM
Hello fellow Craftsters! This is my very first project, a Chunky Checks pillow! Technically it is only half of the pillow and there are several reasons why I only did half of the project which I will get into later in this post. The pattern I used was from Learn to Knit in Just One Day by the American School of Needlework. I bought this because not only did it have instructions to teach knitting but it also has a bunch of easy/beginner patterns to choose from! So without further ado, let me present the pictures!

I definitely like the wrong side pattern better than the right side of this. I'm pretty sure it is because of the thick yarn. If I had the right weight it would have looked better on the right side (which is the point, right?)

Here are the reasons why I did not actually finish the other half of the pillow:
1.) I ended up getting *too* bulky of a yarn. I got the brand and the color that the pattern used as their example,  but not the weight. It is way too big to be a pillow because of this (around 25" square!) I'm thinking of stuffing it to make a triangle-like pillow so it doesn't totally go to waste, but we will see.
2.) I didn't want to go buy more of the same bulky yarn to make the other half. I got the recommended amount of balls, but because the weight was too big, I would have had to buy more and since I wasn't going to have a pillow that big, I decided it was a waste of money. Besides, that money could be spent on new yarn for my next project! Smiley
3.) Now that autumn is approaching in New England, I really wanted to get going on one of the scarf or shawl patterns, considering heating the house is going to be a b*tch this winter.

So those are pretty much the reasons. Since this was my first knitting project, I feel like I should say what I learned.
1.) Check and double check the weight of the yarn when you are in the craft store
2.) Don't be lazy and do a gauge swatch (I really wanted to get started and because I'm REALLY slow, I was eager to see a finished project...but now I know better Smiley )
3.) Learned how to hold my hands and the yarn better as I went along. I think the technical term here is yarn tension (?)
4.) Learned how to change yarn

So all in all it was a good 1st project...if you can have a first project that isn't technically finished.

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