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191  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Briggs & Little Yarn Substitute on: May 14, 2010 09:08:38 AM
I recently purchased a pattern for a felted purse that calls for Briggs & Little yarn (http://www.briggsandlittle.com/wool/). I'm not familiar with this brand and unfortunately haven't seen it locally.

I've been chatting with the maker of the pattern about possible substitutes. She said that she really hasn't been happy with the result when she's used other wools...even the old standby, Cascade 220.

Is anyone familiar with this brand?

I can order it online but it's for a swap item so I don't really want to have to wait to have it shipped.

Thank you SO much!
192  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Love Note Cross Stitch on: May 11, 2010 09:55:23 PM
I made this for my Fiance. I could live off of ranch dressing and him Smiley.

This is the first time I've tried cross-stitching but it won't be the last! It was really fun, it only took 2.5 episodes of X Files re-runs and the Man loves it. I might make a series because there are TONS of things I love but none as much as him.

Hard to tell from the crap photo but it's orange and green. I plan on framing it but I'm not really sure how to do that yet (I'll be researching that on Craftster tomorrow Smiley).

Thanks for looking!
193  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Felted Nesting Bowls on: May 10, 2010 05:11:11 PM
I made these felted nesting bowls for my partner in a recent swap. She just received so I'm excited to share them with you Smiley.

I've been knitting for ages but I've never actually tried felting. The thought of spending so much time and energy knitting something just to throw it in the wash to be "agitated" was more than I could bear. But now that I've tried it I realize the process and end result is really fun!

These were made with double-stranded cascade 220. I used a pattern from AllThingsKnitted Etsy shop but it doesn't look to be available anymore...http://www.etsy.com/shop/AllThingsKnitted

Here are some in-progress shots...


Post-agitation, sitting on their makeshift molds. It took 3+ days for the bowls to dry completely.

Thank you for looking and please do share any felting tips you have!!
194  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Even Marsupial Monsters Have Cute Babies on: April 29, 2010 05:36:36 PM
I'm a sucker for baby creatures of all kinds...even naked mole rats have cute babies in my opinion!!

I made this marsupial monster pair for my partner in the Ami Addiction swap. I used this pattern (http://www.etsy.com/listing/45850423/daphne-and-delilah-the-momma-and-baby) from Danger Crafts. She has so many wonderful monster patterns, among other things Smiley.

Thanks for looking!
195  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Squidley the Kraken!!! on: April 24, 2010 12:26:52 PM
I made this giant squid for my partner in the Amigurumi Addiction swap. She makes fantastic crochet squid but wanted a knit version. I used Hansi Singh's Kraken Sea Monster pattern from her book, Amigurumi Knits, to whip this guy up. My partner has named him Squidley which I think is perfect Smiley.

The pattern was a bit challenging with loads of shot rows and increasing and decreasing and picking up stitches but overall it was really really fun!

He has pipe cleaners in his legs so he can hold on to things...

Here he is hanging out in my craft room...

And here he is making friends with my other swap buddies...

Thanks for looking!!
196  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Crimped Hair, Neon, Max Headroom...80's Swap? on: April 20, 2010 06:32:41 PM
I've been trying to deny that the styles, music, fads and hair-do's that I rocked in the 80's were making a comeback. I've decided to embrace it though and actually have really been enjoying some of the 80's inspired crafts I've been seeing lately.

I know there was recently chatter about an 80's cartoon swap but would anyone be interested in a more general 80's summer craftathon?

197  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt! I can barely believe that I finished it! on: April 11, 2010 06:08:06 PM
If you ever visit the quilting discussion board you've probably seen my frantic requests for help over the last several months as I've tried to complete my first quilt. Thanks to the help of everyone that responded I actually managed to finish the dang thing! And just in the nick of time...my best friend's baby shower is less than a week away Smiley.

It didn't turn out as perfect as I'd hoped...there are some wonky squares, the mitered corners are a bit bunchy and I couldn't master free motion quilting. But those little things aside, I'm really happy with how it turned out and I'm even happier to be DONE with it!!

I haven't washed it yet. Does anyone have suggestions for the best way to do that? I'm very nervous about the process.

Thank you SO much to all of my craftster friends who provided support, advice and encouragement. I really never would have finished without you!
198  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Big Foots and Yetis and Yetilettes...OH MY! (pic chubby) on: April 10, 2010 06:04:23 PM
I recently did a personal swap with the amazingly fun, talented and generous craftster favorite, SpookyPooky.

She was looking for some miniature Yeti and Big Foot pals to add to her growing collection of Cryptozoic creatures. Here's what I made...

A tiny yeti who lives in an extra chilly place. He needed more than his bushy fur to keep him warm so I knitted him a scarf...

He's made with tatting thread and a 1.25 mm crochet hook. His scarf is made from lace weight yarn and size 1 knitting needles.

I also made some baby yetis, more commonly known in scientific circles as "yetilettes". These little guys are so young that they haven't developed any fur yet. Thus they must turn to other methods to keep from freezing.

They were made with tatting thread and a 1.4 mm hook. I used embroidery floss for their eyes, rosey cheeks and accessories.

Yetilettes need a mamma of course. Here she is...she looks kinda mad  Undecided

I share SpookyPooky's love of big foot - especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest!

I made this BIG big foot using Lion Brand Fun Fur and a knitting pattern from DangerCrafts. I added the feet Smiley. He doesn't really fit the "mini" theme I was going for but he is a BIG foot. I used size 7 knitting needles to make him and he turned out to be about 6 or 7 inches tall.

This baby big foot was made using the same pattern as the big guy above only I used tatting thread and size 1 needles to make him. He sucks at hiding but he's practicing the skill by holding a little branch over his face Smiley.

Here are the big and little brother big foots (or is it big feets??) together...

Thanks so much for looking! I had loads of fun making these little critters for SpookyPooky Smiley.
199  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Scared to Free Motion - Other Options? (UPDATED) on: March 25, 2010 11:48:58 AM
Thanks for all of your help and encouragement! After hours of ironing, pinning, some sewing and loads of stitch ripping I managed to finish the quilting phase of my quilt project Smiley.

I was feeling really brave and actually started by free motion quilting. Then I spent two hours ripping out those stitches and wondering what had gotten into me.

I tried diagonal rows next which was looking really great but eventually the rows were getting very uneven and I was having a difficult time managing the bulky quilt around my tiny machine. I spent another two hours ripping out those stitches.

Finally I poured myself a large glass of white wine and just sewed straight lines Smiley. Here's the result (back then front)...

Thank you all for helping me see this through! Next up will be the binding and I'm sure I'll have more questions Smiley.

With some craftster encouragement (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333202.0) I managed to finish my first quilt top for a friends baby months ago...

Sadly, that's as far as I've gotten. The pattern suggests to free motion quilt and being a brand new quilter I'm totally paranoid to try - I've read tutorials and practiced a few times but I just don't feel comfortable enough with the technique yet.

I'm hoping for some alternative quilting ideas. If I were to "stitch in the ditch" would I just sew around each square?

scifimama made a beautiful version of this quilt and it looks like she just sewed straight lines...

Thank you for any ideas! I wouldn't have gotten this far without all of you.
200  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES / The Amazing Adventures of the Little Family (well documented) on: March 01, 2010 07:20:49 PM
Once upon a time there was a teeny tiny town. And in this teeny tiny town lived a teeny tiny family known as the Littles.

It was a beautiful sunny day in the teeny town so the Littles decided to stroll to the park and enjoy a picnic lunch.
But just when they were sitting down to enjoy some tater-tots they heard a rumbling in the distance.

Cactus Little recognized it immediately. It was the unmistakable call of the


(notice the glowing red eyes of the terrifying beasts)

The Littles ran and hid to escape the terrible monsters but they knew the pair of ruthless Weinzilla's would find them eventually.
Then Crab Apple Little had an idea...

What's the one thing Weinzilla's hate more than baths, more than the vet, more than being dressed up in stupid costumes

the vacuum cleaner!!!!

The Little's mustered all of their strength and courage and just when the Weinzillas were about to attack they flipped up the ON switch and the vacuum cleaner roared to life.

The Weinzilla's immediately turned and ran for their lives. They retreated to their blanket cave and the teeny tiny town was saved!!!!

The Littles returned to the teeny tiny town and were greeted with a heros welcome. They even had their photograph taken with the Mayor, Penny Little Lincoln. The End!!

Sadly, while enjoying his new hobby of spelunking, Hippo Little stumbled upon the Weinzilla blanket cave. The rest is history


I had so much fun making these tiny amigurumi characters (and dressing up my unsuspectting weiner dogs). Pear Little, Cactus Little and Hippo Little are made with embroidery floss. Chicken Little and Crab Apple Little were made with very fine tatting thread. The hook sizes I used varied between 1.5mm and 1.15mm.

Thank you SO much for looking Smiley Smiley!!
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