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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / "Proposing"...to my bridesmaids. Cards and jewelry! on: October 28, 2012 01:20:19 AM
I just got engaged a couple of months ago, and so far my fiance and I are planning an October wedding...three years away.  Tongue That's when I'll be finished with grad school and he will be finished with his bachelor's, and even though it's extremely early my mom and I are actively planning things, and we need lots of help/sanity support. So I figured I'd rope my sister and a couple of roommates from college into this, but I wanted to ask them in a memorable way. I saw very very cute "will you be my bridesmaid?" cards on etsy, and I figured I could do something similar, while stubbornly doing it myself. A few hours later...



   Nothing too impressive, I know, but I forgot how to use spray adhesive and killed quite a few brain cells in the process. I also decided to make little birdsnest necklaces, and further injured myself with wire and pliers.

  

    This one wound up being tossed because I left the bar code showing...but you can see the inside, and that's what's important.

   So I know they're not great, but I think my sister and friends will like them, and if they don't, I had fun making them. I want to make a lot of things for the wedding, (hopefully better executed than these,) but it was my first craft for the wedding, and it made me squeal.

   Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First sewing project! [capri pants] on: May 14, 2011 04:14:56 PM
  I really never learned how to sew during my formative years, due to a fear of the sewing machine and a preoccupation with knitting. I've wanted to learn though, and when my mother let me steal her sewing machine, I set about to teaching myself. Three wounds, eight broken needles, two frustrated tantrums, and several yards of fabric later, I managed to hobble together something that I can more or less hang off of my person in the semblence of clothing!

   Behold!

  

    They are simple, they have extremely obvious and visible seams, and they're so huge it's ridiculous, but I am still very excited about them.

   Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ginger Pig! The first pattern I've ever written! on: April 03, 2011 01:31:34 PM
   I like pigs. I like their trotty little feets and waggy tails. I just started knitting yesterday without much thought of how this was going to turn out, but I'm really pleased by how it worked. I'm going to replicate it and write out the pattern, if I can remember what I did. c:
    Thanks for looking!

     

   
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bitterroot Shawl on: March 16, 2011 08:44:56 PM
This is my second attempt at a lace shawl! The first one turned out weird, although I blamed it on my having neglected to block it- I'm doing that now. Fingers crossed! Anyways, I knitted this shawlette to go along with a maxi dress I made for my superise 24th birthday party that I'm not supposed to know about. Cheesy I used a cotton/linen/silk yarn and size 2 needles. I wanted to see if I could get it finished in a week- I started last Thursday, and I took it off the blocking mat at 11:30, so I cut it close but I got it done. I'm really thrilled to have it finished! Thanks for looking!

   

   
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blue Ringed Socktopus!! on: July 07, 2010 08:05:04 PM

The Blue Ringed Octopus's bite can kill a grown man in under three minutes.
It is also among the smallest of the octopus species, and has a lifespan of 6-8 months. The Blue Ringed Socktopus has never bitten a human and even if he did, his bite contains no poison. Socktopus also lives forever, which makes him very popular among cephalapod enthusiasts. While the Blue Ringed Octopus has very fragile skin and tends to react badly to handling, Socktopus is made of soft, durable wool, and loves to cuddle. C:

    I'm pretty happy with this attempt, although I still have a ton of trouble with grafting things. I think I just get impatient and go too fast or something, but I don't know. Please feel free to critique the stuffing out of this thing! Thanks for looking!

 

   

     
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shipwreck Shawl! on: June 24, 2010 06:52:41 AM
When I used to have no faith in my knitting skills I would browse Knitty.com in vain, jealously wishing that I, too, had the skills to produce cabled cardigans and lace scarves.  Since I've improved my skills (and my confidence!) and I took on a project that I've been longing to do since I first saw it!

     
     

       Although the shawl on the website is HUGE, I stopped about a 12" or so early, making a little baby shawl. I'm using it for a wedding veil, and then stretching it over a wooden parasol frame to keep it forever.  Grin

     The original pattern is here:

     http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring09/PATTshipwreck.php


    Thanks for looking! C:
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fair Isle Sweater of Blindness and Insanity on: February 05, 2010 03:53:10 PM
    SNOMG 2010: The Panicking has been going on all day today, and I'm waiting for the snowfall to get up to two feet before it's worth it to go outside and play. I saved the hard part of this sweater for the weekend, knowing it was going to be snowy, and then finished it before I expected. Boo hiss!

    This was my second ever Fair Isle sweater, but the first I actually want to wear. I hope blocking it will help make it a little looser and a little longer, but other then that I am really excited and proud of this one.

   

   
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas Break, I love you! sweater on: January 06, 2010 05:14:29 PM
I wanted to do a sweater with a fancy intarsia design around the yoke for the longest time, but work and Christmas crafting kept me too busy. On the 22nd, I finally snuck out of the house and went on a secret yarn run, just for me! I wanted a green and pink cardigan, but when I got to AC Moore, (no fancy yarn stores for me, I can't afford them. D: ) They were OUT of green yarn in Paton's Wool. I was devastated, but bought enough pink yarn to outfit a rhino instead.
    I had plenty of time to work on it, what with week off for Christmas itself, and then a week traveling to North Carolina and South Carolina to visit relatives, (During which my sister and I got lost, drove into a ditch, stopped for Outback cheesy fries, saw a Michael's, went inside and finally found my green yarn, and almost hit a wandering cow.) and I got it finished on January 5th, in just over two weeks.
     I think I put the fair-isle-y bit way too low, and then took pictures before I've weaved in ends or blocked it, (I am excited!) but it fits pretty nicely and it won't look TOO dorky at work, since I teach preschool. I used Paton's classic wool in Water Chestnut, Fuscia, and white. (white, pink, and pinker!) I found the fair aisle chart on Knitty.

   Thanks for looking!

   

   

   
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Headband (with pom poms!) on: November 06, 2009 11:38:13 PM
   So, tonight I went to go see Paranormal Activity with my boo. It didn't so much scare me as it startled me, over and over, during the scary parts, while boring me to tears during the non-scary parts. So I was very glad I had brought a ball of yarn and some needles with me. I knitted this headband on straight needles, and got the actual headband part done while I was in the theatre. It kept my hands busy and also kept me from looking at the screen during the startling parts. The cord and pompoms had to wait until I got home.

     This was my first time doing cables, even looking at a pattern with a chart in it, (I didn't follow the chart or even look at the pattern, which is why this looks a hot mess. The pattern is really cute, it's in the Holiday issue of Interweave Knits.Smiley and making pompoms. I am very excited about this headband, as it will keep my ears warm without giving me hat hair. Excellent.

     And without further ado.

    

     Pardon my crazy expression, I just wanted to show how this looked when it's actually on one's head. c:

    


     EDIT EDIT EDIT:

     I didn't really use a pattern for this headband per se, but there is a good pattern in the holiday issue of Interweave Knits. I kind of bushwhacked mine by eyeballing the photo of that one. I'd love to post how I did it, but don't want to claim credit for an idea that wasn't mine, or post a pattern that's probably incredibly similar to a published pattern by someone else. Sorry! The link to the magazine is here: http://www.interweaveknits.com/holiday/holidaygifts2009/gifts_preview.asp
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Moisturizer Bars! on: October 21, 2009 01:46:34 AM
So, other then making soap, I love to make these cocoa butter/ beeswax/ shea butter/ aloe lotion bars. I have really sensitive skin that tends to dry out quickly, and these work much better for me then regular lotions.

    All I do is mix 1 pound of cocoa butter, 1/2 each of shea butter and beeswax, and two tablespoons of aloe. I melt it all over a low heat, add fragrance, then toss it into molds and then into the freezer. I usually moisturize at night after my bath, since I feel all greasy for about an hour afterwards. In the morning I wake up feeling silky and lovely, and I smell like chocolate and creamsicles. Smiley

  Every time I do these, I try to color them with MP soap colorants, and it never works. I just blot of that weird orange oil with a paper towel. No harm done. c:

   
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