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51  wristwarmers for Grandma in Knitting: Completed Projects by dulcet on: May 28, 2009 06:37:45 PM
My husband's Grandmother had some surgery on her hand/wrist.  We visited her, and on her hand she was wearing what looked like an old sock with the toe and heel cut out.  So for Christmas I knit a pair of wristwarmers for her.  I guess I chose pink because my own Grandma loved pink.         

They are adapted from a pattern on DIY network.  I knit them flat because I don't even have dpn's yet.  I put a horseshoe cable down the backs. 
Then Grandma left these in her DIL car right before DIL left for an out-of-state trip, and she was going to have another operation.  She asked for a second pair of wristwarmers.  I guess she really liked them.  These are just 2x2 ribbing, in Lion wool ease.

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52  King Duncan and Ross in Costumes: Completed Projects by dulcet on: May 28, 2009 06:28:41 PM
So what happens when your son tells you, "I need that costume for our MacBeth play tomarrow?"  This is what I whipped out in about five hours.  He's playing two characters, so he can remove the cape and turn the reversible jerkin inside-out to the navy side.  Of course, it wasn't quite right for the intended time period, but a decent job in one day.

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53  teddybear to shammy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by dulcet on: April 23, 2009 02:09:30 PM
So my FIL came to fix up and take the dead Jeep that's been just sitting at our house.  He came into the house yesterday after running some errands with a teddybear under his arm.  My 4-yo asked, "what's that?"  FIL said, "a washcloth."  I chuckled, thinking it was a joke.

Well after lunch, FIL says to me, "I know you're such a great seamstress, and I have a project for you if you have time."  Blatant flattery, but I had time.  He wanted me to rip open the teddy and turn it into a shammy mitt to wash the Jeep.  Apparently he's had his wife do this before, and it costs less to buy a bear at the thrift store, than to buy the mitts.

I must admit, the opportunity to eviscerate a teddy without incurring my children's wrath was stimulating.  (4-yo was satisfied when I told him that I'd leave the head intact.)  So I got started right away....

I ripped open the neck and arm seams, and pulled the stuffing out.

When I had it empty of guts, I pulled the body inside-out and stuffed one leg inside the other.

I cut out a kinda' egg shape, trying to guess how much bigger FIL's hand is than mine.  Then I alienated my serger by using it to close up the shape, leaving the narrow end open and finishing that edge.

I pulled it right-side-out, and there's a shammy.

FIL said, "oh, it's beautiful!  Just right!"  Again, blatant flattery, but what can you do?  I was able to get a second mitt out of the legs and stuff, but it was a little trickier, and turned out looking vaguely like a hand puppet.  I have to say, FIL had a good idea with this one.  And my honey said that I could hang the leftover head from a tree in the front yard next Halloween....

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