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131  Red snuggly baby-blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by Naantje on: May 21, 2013 01:32:13 PM
My brother and his partner are expecting their third child come July and I wanted to give them something special. For their first two children, I bought gifts from their registry, but since my niece and nephew were born, I've picked up the hook and learnt to crochet so this time around, I wanted to make them a gift myself!

I bought some red boucl linnen yarn and hooked up a snuggly baby-blanket. It's got a 85cm/33 inches diagonal and measures 76cm/30 inches end to end. It worked on it for about two months, but I'm quite a slow crocheter and I had to take some breaks to avoid RSI in my wrists.

My mother figures the baby doll is about the size of a three month old baby.
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132  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: May 19, 2013 01:47:35 AM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: May Multimedia - Red Pill
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
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Project Name: Caring and grieving
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We're all been forced to swallow the bitter red pill and we're terribly shaken by my grandmother's death (it's been only 40 hours) and we really need to support each other as a family. There are many though decisions to be made (I won't be involved for most of that, my mother, her four sisters and their brother will be doing the decision making) and the past two weeks were already an exhausting trip, especially for my mother, who was constantly ping-ponging between the hospital, her home and mine (which is a lot closer to the hospital) and her house was really, really messy and dirty and because she hadn't been eating at home so the fridge was full of expired food. While she was convening with the family and the undertaker, I spent the whole day with my younger brother cleaning up the ground floor of the house, doing three loads of laundry, getting rid of all the wilted plants, clearing out and washing out the fridge, setting up a bit of a memorial spot for grandma with some of the plants that were in her hospital room. I also cooked dinner for my mother and she fell asleep within an hour after eating.

It was very therapeutical and it really felt like a tribute: my grandmother was always a very organised, very clean lady. Her house would rarely be messy and certainly never dirty. There's even been a period in her life when cleaning ruled her life, so spending the day after her death by cleaning really felt very appropriate.

Since mum always wakes up early, I also made a quick and easy card with some encouraging words to start her day while we were still asleep. All red, but with an attention-grabbing white border so she couldn't miss it on the table cloth.

(Also, I think I need to buy my mother a new camera, the picture quality is really terrible and I think the thing is already 6-8 years old! Sorry for the crappy pictures.)
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133  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: March 22, 2013 11:29:13 AM
Newt-progress pic, complete with tapemeasure (in cm's). It's hooking up quite quickly, but I must be careful for my neck, shoulders and wrists! So far, I don't think I'm at risk for RSI yet, but I tend to become quite single-minded when working the project.

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134  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: March 09, 2013 09:59:37 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin!
Project Name: Organised Underwear!
Brief Description:
When we moved to our new place, we ended up with a significantly smaller bedroom, and the chest of drawers I previously used for my underwear didn't fit the space. It's taken on a second life in our living room, but I needed a new way to organise my underwear! With moving costs high as they are, I wasn't about to add a 20 drawer nd a 15 floppy organising insert if I could just make something myself. I'm no fan of premade organisers anyway, they're generally "almost, but not quite" the thing I need... So for 5, I just made something that had the perfect dimensions and would work for me!

I simply needed to add two ingredients together: one plastic storage box insert and two empty cereal boxes. A few cuts and folds later, I simply had to finally get my underwear out of the moving box under the bed, fold it, and move it into the wardrobe. Sorted by colour, and thongs on one side, briefs on the other side. No more having to dig through the entire bunch to find the right kind!

The box inserts perfectly fit in the 50cm PAX wardrobes, unlike these organisers IKEA also sells, which are just not deep enough to fill the entire shelf. I had one of those in my chest of drawers, but they weren't a great fit there either... Too small to stay in place (it would slide around a bit), too big to put in two. And the larger part's weren't very functional either... I prefer my own IKEA-hack. Tongue You have to think outside the box sometimes, just because it's a box insert doesn't mean it can't be of more use somewhere else!
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135  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: March 06, 2013 06:22:16 AM
OWL Subject & Option (if available): Charms - confundus
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Maroon & Black boyfriend scarf
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421202.0#axzz2MliYKAYn
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After crocheting for about one year, I received a free pair of knitting needles and knit a small washcloth, trying to figure out how to do the stitches. That was quite a messy piece where I really didn't have any idea of how to knit, and I managed to create three different ways to make a twisted stitch! By the end, I sort of managed to properly do a regular knit stitch, but conjuring fabric from yarn with two needles in stead of one hook still had me quite confunded. I started making a ribbed scarf (k3p3, 60 stitches wide) with colour changes and in completing my project, I have learnt: continental style knitting and purling, twisted purls (okay, that was because my first 40cm or so, I purled the wrong way and didn't want to give up, but I'm now really very much aware of how to get either effect), picking up dropped stitches, basic colourchanges, crochet bind off and simple bind off. I've definitely beat the confundus spell as I have now mastered the basic skills required in knitting. Since starting the scarf, my knitting speed has also greatly increased. Once I had finally gotten the hang of how to do my stitches and a bit of automatism, I was at 6min per row or 10 stitches per minute, and when I timed another row yesterday, one row only took me 5 min, or 12 stitches per minute. 20% faster!
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136  First knit scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Naantje on: March 06, 2013 06:06:33 AM
After first knitting my first project, a washclothoth I wanted to tackle something bigger. I knitted this k3p3 scarf in maroon and black. I started it at the end of November, and finished it today, so it's taken me well over three months to finish. I did move countries in between and also had a shoulder inflammation temporarily stopping me from knitting.

Since Monday brought along the first warm and sunny days of 2013, it will probably go unused until october-november, but I'm really happy to have it off the needles and all finished! This really was a major undertaking, I think my next project is going to be something quick and easy and less monotonous. I have learnt a lot from this project, color changes, fixing dropped stitches, and also how to do straight and twisted knit and purl (but since I started with twisted purls and only realised 40cm in, it's straight knits, twisted purls)

The scarf is 157cm (~5'2") long and 20cm (~8inches) wide.
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137  Re: Steampunk for the Home 2013 in The Swap Gallery by Naantje on: March 04, 2013 03:02:36 AM
And it did! Just as I had started to give up hope, the second package arrived! All in one piece too, though one tentacle suffered a crack. I should be able to fix it inconspicuously though.

First up is a lovely set of heavy duty wrapping paper stampedwith all sorts of gears. Smiley

Next up is a set of swing top bottles. I love swing tops and these are adorable!

A painted plate which has found a cozy space on my wall already. It's really been painted attentively, you can see the strokes radiating out from the center. No crooked lines here.

Look at the lettering on the back! I can't even manage such a fine hand when writing, let alone when handling a paint brush!

And the piece de rsistance: a chamberstick which is under attack of a squid. I'm in awe of this work, such tiny details on the suction cups on the tentacles! And I love the material of the candle holder, I've been in love with a pair of opera glasses made from the same material for quite a while now, but the seller is into serious business so it's a bit too pricey for my wallet. And since I wear regular glasses, I can't properly use them anyway, so I can't even justify an expensive buy...

Thank you so much, Alison. I must admit I was a bit scared when I got your very brief questionnaire, but I needn't have worried, it really was just because of a last minute decision. Plenty of information after the fact and a stunning package. You were an amazing partner Smiley
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138  Not your average potholder in Crochet: Completed Projects by Naantje on: February 20, 2013 02:37:08 PM
My partner in the Steampunk for the Home swap mentioned that she loves baking and I wanted to give her something nice to handle hot baking trays and to keep her from burning herself. I designed my own pattern for a pair of oval potholders which protect your fingertips, because I find square ones a bit too floppy (I'm sometimes afraid that they'll catch fire, we cook on gas) and I've managed to burn myself despite using those traditional ones.

Brass and copper coloured, adorned with cogs. C&C appreciated!
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139  Steampunk Dreamcatcher in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Naantje on: February 20, 2013 02:28:23 PM
I crafted this dreamcatcher for DeathToLems in the Steampunk for the home swap. She preferred dcor and she will be moving in with her fianc sometime in the future, so I decided that one thing a fresh marriage needs, is good dreams, and I decided to make a steampunk dreamcatcher with some old watchparts and in rich peacock colourtones.

What do you think?
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140  Carved Kraken Candle in Completed Projects by Naantje on: February 20, 2013 02:23:07 PM
For the Steampunk for the home swap, I tried my hand at carving (or is this more engraving?) a candle. It was harder than I had expected it to be at first, freehanding isn't particularly easy. I discovered that it works best if you tape a piece of paper to the candle and use a ballpoint pen to draw on your design so you've got the basics there, and then you're a lot less likely to slip. I'm quite pleased with the result, but it's so hard to get a good picture!

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