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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Generic Gifts for Friend's families on: August 11, 2011 12:41:31 AM
I go to college very far from home and often find myself crashing at a friend's house during breaks/weekends. Sometimes I'll be there for over a week and I feel like I should give them gifts because they take such wonderful care of me.
I saw a lot of topics about gifts for host families in other countries, but we live in the same country, just other sides, so it's not like I can take some amazing USA thing to them. I live in California and they live in the northeast. Also, I rarely know the family before going to live with them and I also have no clue ahead of time where I'm going, so I was trying to think of some generic gifts that I can make for them. I'm not very good at "generic" gifts; I really have no clue what they'd be.
I already have gifts made ahead of time for the ones I know, but I want to be prepared for my new families. Smiley

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Smiley

Also: My crafting isn't limited; I'll attempt anything.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Corn!! on: July 11, 2010 11:20:36 PM
I made this for my boyfriend! His birthday is in a couple of days, so I thought this would be the perfect present. Wink

He's Mexican and we always joke around about the stereotypical Mexican stuff. So I made him Mexican corn. Or, Seor Elote. hahaha.
I used this pattern for the corn and husk: http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/knit-patterns-corn.html
And I made the accessories up. Cheesy

He has a little sombrero!




And what's that under his husk?  Huh

UNDIES!!!!!

Grin

I haven't given him to my boyfriend yet and I can't wait until I do! I hope he'll like it.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kitty Pocket Skirt! With a tutorial! :) on: May 19, 2010 09:11:50 PM
I love poofy pockets. I think they're cute. And they hold lots of stuff. Wink
And I love kitties. They are cute. I don't have to think it. Tongue
So I made a kitty pocket skirt!

I had a ton of this fabric. I got a big bolt of it at a thrift store for $1.75. And I used black bias tape that my dad bought for something and never used. And the waistband and bottom band are both made of scrap fabric(the colors aren't exactly the same. shhhh!)! So this was a pretty cheap skirt. Cheesy
Here I'm trying to look like a model:


And showing off my kitties:


I love it. Smiley I just need to find(or make!) some shirts to go with it.

And a closer picture of the kitty pocket:



Woooooop! I made a tutorial! Smiley

First you want to draw a pattern. Just half a kitty head. Or whatever shape you want.

Like that.

Then cut two of them out. You'll want them to look kind of abnormally wide so they can be poofier. So it will look something like this:


Now you put the face on it! I like to put the faces on before I sew anything just because it's way easier. I knit a little pink triangle for the nose. Cheesy I also embroidered a mouth on this one.


Then do a basting stitch between the ears and again on the bottom like in the picture.
Now you will gather those until it is at your desired poofiness. Then get your bias tape and start pinning around the entire head, making sure to gather at the top and bottom.
Like these: Cheesy

Bottom!


Top!

Now sew the bias tape on and get a really poofy pocket like this:

Without the messy threads everywhere.
Now you can sew it onto a skirt or whatever you want. Smiley
If anything is unclear or you have any questions, just ask me. I'd love to see if you make kitty pockets. Wink
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The happiest little animal dress I've ever made on: March 16, 2010 06:45:54 PM
I've made some pretty happy dresses.
But this one is just jubilant.
I love it. I found this fabric at a thrift store for about 75 cents. It's originally from Ikea, I think. I originally wanted to use it to make curtains, but there wasn't much fabric. So I made it into a dress. The weather was crazy hot today and yesterday, so I had to make a light dress. Or I'd die.
I didn't use a pattern; I just made it up as I went.

There's the front. I made a boatneck and it buttons down the front with a bunch of different buttons.

There's those buttons! And you can see the cute little sheep and rabbit. And the rear end of a cow.
There's also little horses and chickens and cats on it.

Now the back is a nice v shapeamabob. I really like the v backs. It doesn't look too v-y here because of my scapula. But it is a nice v shape. I assure you.

You can barely see my sunburn. But it's there. I wore this dress today and got a million compliments on my funny shaped sunburn and only two on my dress. How strange. Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pretty Purple Sweater on: February 23, 2010 06:14:05 PM
A month ago, my dad took me to New York to look at colleges that I want to go to. It was my first trip out of Southern California. Also, it was my first trip to anywhere that cold. I'm used to very warm weather. My dad had a bunch of really neat sweaters that he wore on the trip. I'd never seen the sweaters before. One of them was a really cool fair isle sweater. So, I decided I wanted one, too.
I made my own little chart thing to follow and I just did a basic top-down raglan. I used five skeins of Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn, so it's really nice for the weather here right now(and it surprisingly doesn't weigh five billion pounds). It only took me a week to knit. I absolutely love it. It's so cozy and I love the colors. It's the first sweater I've ever made for myself. And it was my first attempt at fair isle.
 

The super bright yellow wall is courtesy of Home Depot's horrid paint chips.



I thought this picture would show the design better.
It was originally supposed to be hearts, chickens, and cats. But it looks more like hearts(which are blue and a little hard to see in the picture), ducks, and scotties. But I like scotties and ducks, so it's ok. I really love how it turned out.
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Retropolitan Cardigan for my boooyfrin on: January 03, 2010 07:29:38 PM
I made this for my boyfriend for Christmas. I didn't finish it until last night though.
He always hinted at wanting one whenever we'd go to the library. He'd grab the book, Son of Stitch n Bitch, and open it up to the page with this pattern. So I made it.

He didn't seem too thrilled about it when I gave it to him today.
I think it looks good on him.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stripe Question on: December 30, 2009 02:42:43 AM
I've been knitting a cardigan for the past few weeks and I'm almost done.
I made a basic striped pattern with two colors. One of the colors is 50% acrylic and 50% cotton. The other is 100% cotton. They knit up with the same gauge and everything.
Will the different fibers end up making the sweater funky?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Squidy cables! on: December 24, 2009 10:31:40 AM
 Cheesy



I made this for my brother for Christmas using Sugar 'n Cream "Country Side Ombre"! (I love that name hahaha)

I started out just making it ribbed, got bored, and made little squid cables.
My mommy thinks they look like radishes. I still think they look like squid.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My winter chair dress on: December 05, 2009 11:02:51 PM
Several years ago, my mom bought a ton of fabric to cover her big comfy chair. Two weeks ago, I decided to use the left over fabric to make a cute dress fit for our winter.

I wanted to try a dress with no waist or much shape, but still try to make it look good.


So it is kind of inspired by nightgowns with the gathered skirt at the bottom. It kind of did end up looking like a nightgown. I love it anyways.

I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Oh. how she pickles my fancy!(quite a few pictures) on: October 01, 2009 10:50:17 PM
I carved her out of wood and painted her. Smiley
She's about 13 cm/5 inches tall.

Isn't she cute?

Her backside. Wink


Check out her curves:



And no pretty pickle is complete without a wardrobe, right?

That is her fancy dress. She wears it to parties. Smiley


And her tutu, of course!
In case she ever wants to be a ballerina. Who knows?

I'm still working on her wardrobe. Those are the only things I have done. Tongue


Pickle and I thank you dearly for checking her out. Cheesy
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