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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Portal Nook Sleeve on: September 21, 2011 01:23:06 PM
I made my boyfriend a Portal themed Nook case by following this tutorial: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2009/05/elizabeths-fabric-focus-5/



I left the flap off because I'd already cut out the design and a flap would have covered up part of it. The Nook just barely fits, so it really doesn't need a flap! It stays in all on its own.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super Easy Skirt Draping Recon on: August 25, 2011 09:48:27 PM
Inspired by a skirt I got off eBay, I did this really easy recon on this skirt I've had for a while. All I did was sew ribbon ties on the inside seams. I can untie them and wear the skirt straight if I ever felt like it, but I prefer it puffy at the moment.

After:


Before, for reference:



I love it now! But it reminds me of lettuce... I might RIT dye it a little darker so I don't feel so much like produce when I wear it.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Funky earrings--astronaut, octopus, and watch pieces on: November 19, 2008 06:20:27 PM
These were made with octopus charms from a local bead shop, caned glass beads I received in a swap, and findings I already had.  I wanted them really dangly, but I'm starting to think they're too dangly.



It's scarf weather now and these earrings slightly impede the scarf wearing process.



I made these to unwind from a stressful day... which happened to be a mistake.  Some of the watch pieces were so tiny that I couldn't get the gap in the jump rings to close enough.  I even had some parts fall off the next day when I wore them, but I added more when I got back to my dorm.




It feels a little like cheating to say that I made these because they were so simple--just astronaut charms attached to fish hooks with jump rings. 

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Roses and Chocolate hat--knit from thrfted yarns on: August 09, 2008 04:47:09 PM
I've been trying to use up my stash lately--what better way to use up those thrifted remnants than a stripey hat? 

   

I've been knitting a lot of striped hats lately in this pattern... but I've been trying to pair together colors that I wouldn't normally work with.  Pink, brown, and green might normally be in others color spectrums, but this hat is way out of mine!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Colors of Summer Hat--knit with thrifted and kool-aid dyed yarns on: August 09, 2008 02:19:38 PM
I call this one my Colors of Summer hat because it reminds me of watermelon, one of the mainstays of my summers.  I knit it from a wool I dyed with various pink colors of kool-aid and thrifted wool. 

   

I'm normally not a pink person, but I really like this hat!  Unfortunately, I just dyed my hair a reddish-brown color (closer to red) and I don't think they go so well together.  It's meant to be a slouchy hat, but doesn't really look it on my glass head.  Made from my own pattern.  Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Salt Water Taffy Hat--knit from thrifted yarns on: August 09, 2008 12:37:06 PM
I've been working a lot lately with yarns I've thrifted-- this hat is made from a combination of a wool blend and 100% wool yarns.





I'm normally not a pastel fan... but I thought all the colors worked in this hat.  On my head it's a little slouchy, which is the look I was going for, but it's more beanie-like on my glass head.  Made from my own pattern. Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beachy colored knit hat/tam on: July 22, 2008 12:56:42 PM
This hat reminds me of the beach--it's got the colors of the sand, surf and seaweed, with a bit of that grey haze that sometimes rolls in.  The only thing missing is the color of sunburn!   Embarrassed







I knit it with thrifted wool from my own pattern.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fluffy Lace Scarf on: July 07, 2008 04:30:36 PM
This was my first lace project--I was so excited each time I got to the end of a row and all the stitches were in their proper places!  Having the right number on the needles was difficult sometimes... I just used a lace pattern from a stitch dictionary.

9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Ugly yarn in a suitcase on: July 07, 2008 04:27:01 PM
I've been dyeing up some thrifted yarn with kool-aid and wilton's.  Here's the before:



and only some of the after:





I still have so much more to dye... and actually have some dyeing in the kitchen right now!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Homespun Horrors Hats w/ simple pattern on: July 07, 2008 04:20:22 PM
I've been trying to use up the yarn I bought when I was a new knitter and hadn't experienced yarn from a real yarn shop.  Homespun is such a pain to work with once you realize most yarns don't worm or bunch up!





And my pattern notes, cross-posted from my blog:

Homespun Horrors Hat Pattern

Supplies:
Lion Brand Homespun Yarn
US 10 circular needle
US 10 dpns
Stitch marker


CO 60 sts. Join in the round without twisting and place marker.

Knit approximately 6.5 inches

Decreases:
(change to dpns as needed)
1) *k8, k2tog. repeat to marker.
2) *k7, k2tog. repeat to marker.
3) *k6, k2tog. repeat to marker.
continue in this manner until only 4 sts remain. weave in ends.

Super easy and less than two hours for an adult sized hat!


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