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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / These slippers make me happy! on: September 21, 2009 03:10:35 PM
I scored a very comfy pair of bedroom slippers for a very very nice clearance price, which made me very happy. They were very soft, but plain white. And I can't stand plain white. So out comes the felt and sewing thread! I don't have any before photos, but I'm sure you can imagine what they were like.

I was inspired by a picture of a smiley face tote bag on the cover of Aranzi Aronzo's Cute Stuff:









I made them two different colors because it was more fun that way.  Grin And because I like those colors. The green smiley face came out a little wonky, but that's no biggie. So now I'm doubly happy, because my new slippers are both cheap and cute!

(Unfortunately, the stitches around the edging of the slipper started to come apart after a week. I expected more from that brand but I guess you get what you pay for. A little white thread fixed that right up though! And the smiley faces still make me happy every time I look at them! Cheesy)
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Projects from Aranzi Aronzo's The Cute Book on: September 21, 2009 02:50:45 PM
I volunteered at my local library for a little while this summer. During my free time, I ventured over to the craft books section and discovered Aranzi Aronzo's The Cute Book. Yay for libraries! So, I borrowed it and the first guy I tried was the Panda (here pictured with all of his other panda friends, who are unfortunately only on paper):



However, I couldn't stop there. My packet of unused felt and the cuteness of those mascots called out to me, and so began a mascot-making frenzy:



After the sheep, I decided I didn't have enough places to put all of those cute but somewhat useless stuffies, so the fish is actually a hairclip. Unfortunately, I doubt I'll wear the clip, as it makes me look like even more a kid when I put it on.

A less angle-y look (featuring Bird, Panda, Fish, Tad (or is it Pole?), and Black Sheep):



A close up of the Tad (Pole?) keychain:



I got too lazy to get more black thread onto my needle, so I made the right eye a line, and decided to make him a cheeky Tad (Pole?). Hence the little bit of red that is supposed to be a tongue sticking out.

The Panda and Black Sheep are keychains, and Bird has a string on top of her head.

Ahhh, Aranzi Aronzo, your projects are so addicting!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shrugtastic! on: September 04, 2009 05:39:56 PM
Even after seven years of knowing how to knit (although not necessarily knitting during that whole time), I've never been courageous enough (or motivated enough) to knit a sweater. However, this summer, after staring at several sweater patterns, I decided I'd make my own instead! However, this isn't really a full-blown sweater. It's more of a shrug, but it's still the first knitted top that I've ever made! And with my own pattern too! I'm so proud of myself (shhh, let me gloat just a little  Grin).

Be warned, my first sweater/shrug pride has made me go overboard with the photos.

Ta-da!
Lying flat:


The back:


The pretty buttons:


On me:



I knitted it with two balls of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, Blossom, on size 8 needles. I had A LOT of ups and downs with this guy (at first it was too small in the front because I tried to use only one ball of yarn, and then it looked wonky when I tried to fix that, etc. etc.) but I'm happy with how it turned out!

I wore it out and had some good times with it too.  Cheesy


Thanks for reading this post! Comments, critiques, etc. are appreciated!  Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I spent the last two summers knitting for the winter... (image heavy) on: September 04, 2009 04:33:05 PM
So, for the last two years (or for all of the summers of my life, really, except I suppose it's expected when you hit 17 and 18) I haven't been able to find a summer job. Hence, I was left with a lot of free time. What better way to get rid of the boredom than to knit?

These were knit last summer:

The scarf was knit using Patons Divine, in Bluegrass (which is a beautiful color, but apparently it's not available anymore). I used size 15 needles (I think...) and a drop stitch pattern, with ribbing on the ends.



(Isn't it beautiful?!)

There's not much yardage, so it's a fairly short scarf. Also, if anyone is considering working with Patons Divine, I must warn you: it's a great soft and bulky yarn, but it sheds. A LOT. I'm happy with it though because I got it pretty cheaply ($4 a skein!).


I knit this hat with Patons Divine in Richest Rose. I don't remember the needle size...It's either 11 or 8. I used this pattern (http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/emelia/emelia.html) but I used different yarn and needles, and added a ribbon since the hat was loose around the rim (I think it looks better this way too  Grin).



With the remaining yarn, I knitted these legwarmers with size 8 needles (I'm wearing one with the reverse stockinette side showing, and one with the "right" side showing):



They're nothing special and a bit short, but I'm too lazy to start over.

Sometime, while I was browsing knitting patterns, I came across a photo of a scarf being worn in a bow. So this summer, I decided to knit a light scarf that I could wear in a similar fashion. I used Patons Kroy Socks in Mercury, knitted on size 8 needles. It can also double as a belt and headscarf, although the ends might be rather long.



A close-up of the stitch pattern:


I used the spiderweb stitch, which I found on a website somewhere, but now I can't find the link. I'm really, REALLY happy with how it came out. I haven't blocked it yet, and probably never will, since the stitches seem to show up well even without blocking.  Cheesy

Yay, knitting!  Grin
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A Bunny for my Brother on: August 26, 2009 03:09:45 PM
I'm not much of a crocheter (I'm a gal who usually goes for two sticks  Wink) but occasionally I lurk on the crochet board. I especially like reading posts by WooWork, and when my younger brother happened to glimpse one he asked me to make him a crocheted doll. So, after a refresher course in crocheting (I only knew how to chain, join a chain in a round, and do the basic single stitch before this project) I came up with this:



AHHHH, it's a mutilated bunny!

End result:





I made up the pattern as I went, and stuffed it with cotton balls. My stitches weren't very tight, so you can see some of the stuffing around the neck (hence the scarf), the woven-in threads are starting to come out, the limbs and ears were stitched on lopsided (I was too lazy to fix it), and the felt eyes aren't stitched on well, but I think it's cute. It's the first amigurumi-type thing I've made that I didn't want to throw out. Then again, my brother's in his mid-teens and when I gave it to him I'm not sure he fully appreciated it. Oh well, I tried! It was intended as a gag gift for his birthday anyway.  Cheesy
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Are you eying me?! (slight non-explicit nudity) on: August 25, 2009 10:04:24 PM
So I went to Chinatown and bought another cross-stitch kit last year, when they were much cheaper (they used to be two for a dollar, but now they're three dollars each!). Since my first foray into cross-stitching (posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269221.msg3034945#msg3034945) I haven't completed another project, but then, during a long (and I mean LONG) bus trip to Tennessee, I decided to get down to business. So I finished this during the first day of the trip:



However, there was something missing...(besides their eyelashes, which was the result of me running out of black thread during the trip).

The original package has a picture of what the keychain should look like (I switched the hair color of the two figures, and their positions, and I left out the hearts and flowers):



It called for the back of the keychain to have the words "I love you" on it, but I thought that was too sappy, and after a recent romantic fall-out I was NOT in the mood for sap.

So, I came up with my own sentiment instead:



It came out a bit light, so if you can't read it, it says "What are YOU looking at?"

And then I found some black thread and completed the ensemble Grin:



Take THAT, you overly sentimental keychains! Although I have to admit, the figures are cute...
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / What's white and pink all over? (edited to add some more hats) on: May 15, 2009 06:42:38 PM
It's been several months since I've posted anything on Craftster, although I lurk all the time! So I'll start off with the more innocent side of my knits.  Grin

In my college, we have RSOs (Recognized Student Organizations), which is basically a synonym for "clubs." I recently joined one that knits items to donate to homeless shelters and other charitable organizations, and I decided to knit a pink chemo hat (because a bright color is always a good way to cheer someone up!). I used some unlabeled worsted weight acrylic yarn, and this pattern: http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/kpatt08.htm. I followed the pattern exactly, except I used size 8 straight needles. Even with the smaller needle size, the hat still fit my head perfectly and it was one of the best hats I've ever knit! Thus, I took more photos than I should for a simple hat.



On me, with the brim up:




On me, with the brim down:




Now for the white and pink part.   Wink So every year, my college has this huge scavenger hunt, except it's not like a traditional scavenger hunt in that you have to find items. Most of the items on the list (which is 15 pages long...) need to be constructed. One item was "Knit a tampon and menstruate all over it." So, of course, I had to make the tampon!

In process:


Completed, with the rest of the yarn:


And a rather suspicious photo of me holding the tampon:


(Un?)fortunately, I don't have a photo of the tampon post-menstruation. I, fortunately, did not do the menstruating myself. Another girl on the team was (un?)fortunately in the middle of her period, so I handed it over to her. Oh, the craziness of my college's scavenger hunt.

Comments/criticism appreciated!  Smiley

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Edited to add:

I knitted two more hats for donation. They're both from the same pattern at the hat above. One was made with the leftover pink yarn and some maroon yarn. The second one used the remaining maroon yarn, which was enough unfortunately, so I threw in some brown. It's shorter, but still covers my ears.

In-progress:


On my head:




On the table:

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I'll Keep Your Neck Warm if You Hold my Hands on: February 20, 2009 03:03:25 PM
Warning: Slight mushiness has been detected in this Craftster post.

So, last September, I started my first year of college. Of course, I was nervous as heck, but the people in my dorm were really nice and I became friends with a guy who I promised to knit a scarf for, since he didn't bring one with him (and considering the city we're in is known as one of the windiest, a scarf is definitely a necessity!). Well, he's now my first boyfriend and as I was going to knit him a scarf even before we started dating, I decided to make it his Christmas present. I finished it during winter break, but I've been slow at posting, so here it is!

(He's camera-shy, which is why the scarf is over his face. Don't worry, I wasn't trying to suffocate him)


Here's the scarf over his coat:


And a close up:


I made up my own pattern (I think it was mainly moss stitch throughout, with a block of 2x2 rib capping each end of the scarf). I used Lion Brand Cotton-ease Cactus and Stone on size 8 needles.

I also made myself some hand/armwarmers a while ago. They were knit on size 3 dpns (my first finished project on dpns after a failed attempt at a sock!) with what I believe is Patons Kroy Socks in mercury, although I could be completely off. They're very simple, mostly stockinette throughout with some rib stitch capping each end, but I like them a lot!




Thanks for looking! Comments/criticism (make it gentle) are always appreciated!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Warning! Slight, but adorable, nudity! Plus a long, slightly pointless story. on: September 17, 2008 12:27:10 AM
I apologize in advance for my need to tell stories, boring as they may be.  Roll Eyes

I live in New York City, and my friends and I take frequent trips to Chinatown where there's a place called Elizabeth Center (EC). On the lowest floor of EC, there are a lot of tiny little shops that sell adorable things for fairly low prices. During one trip, one of my crafty friends saw a cross-stitch kit and decided to buy it. At that time, I didn't think cross-stitching was anything I would want to occupy myself with. However, this year I start college, and because my college is so unique  Wink, classes don't start until late September. So, with NOTHING to do after my friends left, I took another trip to Chinatown and came across the kits again. At two for a dollar, I couldn't resist! I gave one to another friend for her birthday, and when I started on my own I discovered that cross-stitching is indeed addicting!!! So, after several late nights, I present you with my cross-stitch keychain! 



The main reason I chose this particular design though was because of this:


I love it.  Grin

I did change a few things from the original pattern, such as the girl's smile and the lettering. And my guy ended up looking a little bored of his girl, but oh well. Here's the kit for reference:


I'm itching to cross-stitch again, though my hands and eyes beg me not to. If only I hadn't given the other kit away...
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My first stenciled shirt and my first time starting a topic! Yay! on: September 16, 2008 11:50:06 PM
Hi guys! I'm a new registered member of Craftster (although I've lurked for years) and I finally made my first ten posts this week! So now that I can experience the joy of including photos in my posts, I want to show off my shirt.  Grin

I bought a little jar of green fabric paint at the beginning of this month so I could try my hand at stenciling. Here's the end result!



Yay, green against green!  Cheesy It's not much compared to many of the stenciled shirts I've seen in this thread, but I'm extremely proud of it since it's the first shirt I've ever stenciled (not including my practice shirt to test the paint). I used Pebeo Setacolor in Spring Green, and I made my own stencils by taping over index cards and cutting stencils out (I think my method is similar to the contact paper method that I've seen mentioned before). The paint is messy in a few places because I either put too much or too little, but I'm still proud!

Here are some more photos to show more detail:



You can see that some of the flower petals are a little thicker than the others. That was from an attempt to cover up a stenciling mistake. And the first photo shows the true colors best, I think.

Here's my practice shirt. It's a messed up attempt to reconstruct a t-shirt I received at an event where I volunteered.


I apologize for the long post. I tend to write a lot.  Roll Eyes
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