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121  Re: Fill a Box VI Supply Swap-- Share your new treasures in The Swap Gallery by astormorray on: January 18, 2008 12:30:38 PM

Yay!  Thank you, Pheather!  You're my hero.  You have increased my button stock by about twenty fold!

So, knitting needles, green yarn (yay, baby-friendly cotton!), fabrics (love the black and green!  love the blue and white.  Zippers, buttons, and beads. 
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122  Naive pink yarn in Spinning: Completed Projects by astormorray on: January 09, 2008 06:23:12 AM
I spun this up over the weekend, and then it spent days drying to set the twist.  How does one get the stars to line up to have the fiber done in time for Fiber Friday?



Anyway, it's about 3.75 oz, it wanders from being bulky to being about dk weight, which is part of the reason it's "naive."  The other part is that it has lots of snubs (slubs?), because the pokeberry dyed columbia fleece that I carded up for it wasn't washed properly and therefore drafted like a son of a bitch. 

The other 2/3 of the wool that went into it is two kinds of pinky-purple mystery roving, that a woman gave to me...

Anyway, I think it's cute.  Because, well, why make handspun yarn if it doesn't look handspun?   Wink
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123  autumn and blue! in Spinning: Completed Projects by astormorray on: December 19, 2007 08:54:54 AM
I actually spun these a few weeks ago, but am just getting around to making them into quick scarves for presents for my sisters-in-law.  So, while they're on my mind...



Except for the one on the far right (it's from a single roving, that was sun-tea dyed light blue and then cold poured red spots, all kool-aid), each one is one strand dyed roving and one strand carded roving, and the skein second from the left is made up from the left over dyed roving strand of its left neighbor and the left over carded strand from the right neighbor.

The dyed rovings are: red/yellow/orange - kool-aid, the blue-purple - cake icing dye.
The carded rovings are a mess of things I dyed and scraps of dyed and undyed roving, from a big box of the stuff someone gave me.

Does that make any sense?   Undecided
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124  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by astormorray on: December 18, 2007 08:45:00 AM


This is me and my baby at Halloween.  I made both our costumes.  I'm a giant pink octopus, and she's a knight, though she hated wearing her hat.  (Well, she has this thing about hats.)

I can't tell you why I thought of being an octopus.  I sort of had the idea, and then I couldn't help but do it.  I didn't have a pattern.  But, the head was made in four sections, each arm was made individually, six are stuffed, two are quilted, and those two have elastic tying them to my real arms.  They have felt circles on the bottom for suckers.  I used the machine when I could and it took forever.

Cheesy
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125  my pink gym bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by astormorray on: December 18, 2007 08:33:32 AM
So, I made this bag out of odds and ends when my other gym bag was too much in pieces to go on.

It's basically a rectangle sewn to two circles (all pieces are two layers of fabric with quilt batting in between, although 1/4 of that rectangle is a strip of felted wool yarn), with a zipper.  And most of it was hand sewn because I'm an idiot about construction.  I didn't have a pattern... and I'm not sure I could reconstruct it now.   Undecided



and the inside:

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126  Bird screen t-shirt in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by astormorray on: December 18, 2007 08:24:23 AM
Well, I'm super happy with this t-shirt.  It's a present for my sister.



The silk screen is just the dark blue green, and then it's painted over with orange, yellow, and green for details.
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127  Oven Mitt! in Knitting: Completed Projects by astormorray on: December 18, 2007 08:12:53 AM
I made this for my dad, who is a devoted poker player as well as a barbecue king.  It's a felted oven mitt!

after felting:


before felting:


And the pattern is here, it's really detailed, so very doable:
http://www.purlbee.com/felted-thanksgiving-oven-mitt/

It was pretty fun to do, though I would not recommend attempting intarsia like I did, since it's in the round, and uh... intarsia doesn't exactly work in the round?
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128  Re: Reproducing a Purse in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by astormorray on: August 01, 2005 08:08:24 PM
Here's my newest - a gift for my sister-in-law - 3 strands of yarn on the body plus a opalessent carry along fiber (which is something I picked up at my LYS, it's intended for needlework) on size 8 needles.  The lining was sewn in before the bag was formed. The ruffle was a 3x3 rib, reduced after an inch to 2x2 for a few rows, one strand of the yarn and the same carry along, on size 4 needles, and attached with sewing thread.



Now I just need some sort of handle....
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129  Re: Reproducing a Purse in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by astormorray on: July 16, 2005 03:14:52 PM


The body is double stranded Bernat Demin Style, which is a super soft cotton acrylic (size 8 needles), the strap is a single strand of the same (size 4 needles, but probably should have been size 3).

heh.  I skipped the ruffle entirely on the theory that because the bag was white to begin with, adding ruffles would be a bit too much for a married woman to carry over her shoulder.  I've also added a button (yay, shrinky dinks!) with a naked woman to keep the flap in place.  I've just got to reinforce the strap, which I did in garter stitch, which makes it a bit too stretchy when I put stuff in it...

I'm thinking of doing another in brown.  Hell with scarves.
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130  reconstruction of a sweater - Nicole Kidman's odd heavy sweater from Bewitched. in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by astormorray on: July 12, 2005 07:06:44 AM
I am such a perpetrator of sweater envy, and summer is my only break from constantly staring at other people's sweaters to see if I like them or if I can do them or not, but then, in the midst of my vacation, there are summer movies.

Here's this amazing creation on Nicole Kidman.  I spent the whole scene greatly distracted from the dialogue, staring at the sweater.



Any ideas?  The ribbing is easy, it's the honeycombing I can't figure out.
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