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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Linen Dishtowel into a Handbag on: March 05, 2005 08:02:41 PM
I just finished this handbag today, and I'm in love with it! It was a vintage linen dishtowel that I cut up for the outer bag, lined it with a thick cotton, and used heavyweight interfacing to make it extra sturdy. I'm going to dig around the house and hope I can find similar old linen to make another one!

Here it is:



and, inside:

 

Thanks for letting me share it here!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern for Cropped Cardigan? on: March 02, 2005 05:42:43 PM
Has anyone seen a pattern for anything like this? They (www.babystyle.com) call it an Ultra Cropped Cardigan.



I love it! And simply must have it for my springtime pregnant belly. Hee Hee! I'm thinking about trying to wing the pattern myself, but it would be the first "big" project I've done that for, so I'd much rather find something close and alter it, you know?

Thanks in advance if anyone has seen a pattern like it! (And apologies, of course, if it's already posted right UNDER MY NOSE!)
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Papier Mache Puppets on: March 02, 2005 09:36:19 AM
I made these puppets a few months ago for my four year old, and I got totally addicted to creating them--it was such a fun process! I used papier mache (made clay molds for the shapes) for the heads, and gesso and guache for the paint, wool for the hair, and sewed clothing, then glued the clothing to the head/neck. They're all based on characters from books, or people that my son requested....

Here they are...thanks for letting me share them!









4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Debbie Bliss Kids Sweater on: February 25, 2005 12:12:06 PM
The pattern is from Debbie Bliss' Easy Knits (which I must say, has anything but EASY patterns in it). I knit it with Lambs Pride since it was on sale at my lys. I love the finished product, though I'm not really a huge fan of her patterns (what's up with all those damn small needles?). I do love the raglan sleeves, and the collar, and the pockets on the front are adorable!
 Here it is on my four year old, who as you can tell from the photos, HATES the sweater. Great.

Here it is:

and:
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Subbing Yarn on Vintage Patterns on: January 28, 2005 08:36:49 AM
I've got a bunch of my grandmothers and great grandmothers knitting patterns that I'm dying to dive into. But...I keep coming up against this same problem: most of the patterns give the brand of yarn and how many skeins needed, but never list the yardage per project or even per skein.

So my question is, does anyone know of a resource that lists vintage yarns, that would include the yardage per skein?

If I can't find anything like that, I suppose I'll have to just guess by the project and buy lots of "extra" yarn in case....

Thanks!!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My favorite Baby Sweater! on: January 16, 2005 07:14:22 AM
I love this cardigan pattern! It's so easy and quick to knit up--I think it only took a couple of hours. I used Classic Elite Spotlite cotton yarn, and made the buttons out of fimo.  And the best part of all? It totally FITS my babe! Yay! I'd highly recommend this pattern to anyone needing a quick baby gift....

Pattern Here:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATThaiku.html

The Sweater:



The Buttons:




7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Bags on: January 10, 2005 06:27:57 PM
I've recently been totally obsessed with Amy Butler's patterns..I love the designs and the patterns are so easy to follow....here are the three bags I just finished--not fabulous fabric, but I was trying to use up my stash. Oh, but the Nappy Bag fabric is my FAV-- Winter Play from www.reprodepotfabri cs.com. I think they came out okay--I'm newly back into sewing after a 10 year hiatus, so I'm still a bit clunky!

Amy Butler patterns can be found here:
http://www.artofthemidwest.com/amybutler/patterns_list.phtml

Thanks for letting a newbie share my stuff! I'm so inspired by everyone here! You all rock!

First--The Nappy Bag!......
     

and The Runway Tote......


inside view.....  (not so sure how cool I am about the side zip now that I've used it!)
     

and lastly.....the Runway Shoulder Bag
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