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1  Curtain couture tute link:How to make a Mary Katrantzou-inspired lampshade skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by knittingal on: March 10, 2014 02:34:43 PM
So I took some curtain material and transformed it a la Sound of Music into a cute little designer-inspired number.

Loads of pictures and a tutorial can be found here:  Grin

http://mancunianvintage.com/curtain-couture-how-to-make-a-mary-katrantzou-inspired-lampshade-skirt/


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2  Ribbed for her pleasure...! in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: November 11, 2013 04:49:18 AM
Here are just some of the knitted (in rib!) goodies I've made recently including a Breton-inspired jumper and a gorgeous vintage-inspired turban...

 Grin

http://mancunianvintage.com/ribbed-for-her-pleasure-the-joy-of-knitted-winter-essentials/
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3  Craftivist Collective #Lovefashionhatesweatshops in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by knittingal on: September 10, 2013 02:50:43 PM
I've been involved with a group called Craftivist Collective - who campaign using crafts.

Their latest initiative is with War on Want's 'Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops' campaign.

I made my own banner (first time stitching lettering!) which you can see here...

http://mancunianvintage.com/mini-protest-banner-revealed-craftivist-collective-placard-unveiled-outside-manchester-primark/

Let me know what you think!

Helen

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4  From frumpy to fabulous! 1960s-inspired vintage dress recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by knittingal on: July 01, 2013 02:20:59 PM
I'm still very much a newbie when it comes to using my sewing machine and following patterns, but what I lack in skill I make up with enthusiasm.  Grin

One of my favourite projects so far has been turning this...



... into this!



The full tutorial is available here....

http://mancunianvintage.com/getting-twiggy-with-it-oxfam-diy-1960s-inspired-dress-reconstruction/


What do you think?
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5  Vintage knitted collar in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: September 27, 2012 08:13:07 AM
A little while back I made a detachable lacy collar from Claire Montgomeries Knitting Vintage.

It was a really straightforward pattern, and is perfect for using up the last half ball of wool.

My original images are on my old laptop... but I did manage to put them up on my blog before they disappeared.



Full pics are here:

http://mancunianvintage.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/crafty-vintage-detachable-lacy-collar/

Has anyone else made this/other detatchable collars?
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6  Military-style jacket in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: February 21, 2012 02:28:02 PM
As part of my Christmas knitting I decided to knit my two and a half year-old nephew a jacket to keep him snuggly warm, but which also looked nice.

A month earlier I'd spotted the FOs hung-up at the stall where the pattern books were being sold and I fell in love there and then. I knew I had to make it.

Sorry about the rubbish quality of pic, but here it is:




For the record he loved it Grin

See http://sheknitsandpurls.wordpress.com/ for more info.
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7  Sparkly capelet in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: September 27, 2011 07:58:42 AM
It's been soooo long since I last posted here *slaps wrist* and with one thing and another (studying, post grad studying, job hunting etc etc) it's been a while since I knitted properly.

Anyway - I decided to branch out and knit something other than a scarf/hat/mittens and saw this little beauty in Vintage gifts to knit (Town & City tufted cape by Susan Crawford) and knew I had to have a go.

And here it is - modelled by yours truly (I'm no model, but it gives you an idea of what it looks like)

Front pose

Back

Front.... again

It was a fairly quick knit and I'm really pleased with how it's come out - comments/thoughts?

x
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8  Sparkly arm warmers WARNING: IMG heavy ;) in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: January 24, 2007 02:24:32 PM
Well, I'd seen quite a few arm warmers that I'd liked the look of on Craftster. So when it came to me doing some leafleting in November/December in the UK (which means it's super cold!) I knew I had to have some - that would keep my arms/hands warm whilst leaving my fingers free to leaflet (they also had to be pretty) hence the choice of yarn - enjoy!
Action shot:-

Left arm:-

Right arm:-

Close up so you can see the sparkles:-

Proof there's two(!)

Yet another shot!

Hope you like! (Excuse the state of my room!)
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9  Yet another tampon holder!!! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by knittingal on: July 25, 2006 09:09:31 AM
I was inspired by the many other makers of these pretty holders and decided to have a go myself. This was one of those projects that was pretty much on the back burner but after my computer mouse died and another one was bought - it came in a box that just asked to be made into a tampon holder!
Here's the front:-

Here I used old magazines to make a collage base, and then found an image on the internet of these cute looking skull and crossbones (at this point the printer ran out of black ink - so i had to use felt tip to colour it in!)
The side panels:-


Again i did a magazine collage for the background and then the black and white images are from a perfume advert featuring Rachel Weiss.
The back panel:-

Here I wanted to make a faux book review page (similar to ones out of magazines) and was lucky in finding this book online - which i thought was appropriate! I used this style making up quotes from "readers" Cheesy all in all it was a mickey take - something to cheer me up when I'm feeling blue....
The top of the box:-

more perfume images and a red shoe (random i know) but every girl's gotta have a red pair of high heels haven't they?!
Inside storage:-

it has the capacity to hold much more - just a quick demo  Cool
well girlies, whaddya think?
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10  Crafty Charity Shop Finds! in ENGLAND by knittingal on: July 21, 2006 11:05:09 AM
Hi! This board is for posting all of your crafty finds from charity shops - some of the most amazing things I've got for crafting have been from these places - I'll now share with you my latest find...
Well, I recently finished my exams, but whilst I was revising for them I decided that I wanted need a break and so I cleared out my room and donated a huge bag of stuff. I took my wallet and boy was I glad I did  Grin
I found two lever arch files bursting with knitting patterns.... it's one of those things where you buy a magazine weekly/fortnightly and build up the collection. Firstly they tend to be very expensive, secondly the person who'd donated these had collected practically two series full Shocked
Here's the files :-


Just showing how many patterns are in there:-
(remember to times this by two!)
Examples of some of the patterns:-
I would love to do this in navy and white....

it looks so soft!
finally....
  an evening knitted top...
Sorry about the flash on these pics...
These are just a few of the patterns, the files also include tips on different stitches/ buttons etc..
all in all i think that was a very satisfactory find! and the best part? the files (plus a set of dpns) came to a grand total of........2!!!!
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