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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first Nautie! on: July 06, 2006 02:10:11 PM
Today I finally used my new bamboo dpns (courtesy of my secret FOC  Grin) and I can say knitting in the round was a breeze with those! I also made my first icords.
And all in all, here's what I made.. a Nautie! Pattern is here: http://www.knitty.com/issuespring06/PATTnautie.html
It didn't really look ok until it was finished. I was planning to send it as a present for someone, but.. my soon to be dh claimed it as "his" nautie.  Roll Eyes

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black corduroy polka dots hobo bag on: May 22, 2006 02:32:26 AM
Here's another take on the hobo bag tinafish style!
I made this for hertrigger, for the may birthday swap (link to her pics).
I sooo wanted to keep it  Wink



It's lined in black/white polka dot fabric.
Thanks for looking!
3  EUROPE / ITALY / Very nice knitting shop on: May 17, 2006 03:23:17 AM
www.nonsolomaglia.i t

This is a lovely, lovely shop!! Good prices and a good assortment of yarns. They also have knitting classes and supplies. Located in Milano.

Negozio molto bello in zona Navigli a Milano, un po' difficile da trovare, ma ne vale la pena! Ieri ho trovato buoni prezzi, cortesia, un buon assortimento, e un sacco di consigli utili. Non tengono tutte le marche di filati, ma ne vale ugualmente la pena  Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first *2* knitting projects.. pantas! on: May 15, 2006 06:18:42 AM
I picked up knitting for my 30th birthday (which was last week) and after some practice, I proceeded to my first project in 20 years or so.. a panta! I think it turned out quite well, it's very soft (100% merino wool) and stretchy, and it covers my head and ears nicely. I messed up a couple of stitches (knit instead of purl) but all in all I'm satisfied! I took several pics with my cell phones, here they are  Grin
No need to say.. I'm totally hooked on knitting now  Wink



*edit*
here is the pic of my second knitting project.. guess what, another panta!
This time I made it in cotton yarn, not as wide as the woolen one, and I made my first attempt at braids cables (sorry.. hehe.. in italian they are called "braids"!!) They were really easy and fun!
Here's the picture:
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Spring/summer bag for my mom on: May 03, 2006 01:00:18 AM
Yesterday I made this bag, I used a home dec taffeta for the exterior, and a skirt lining material that my mom gave me for the purse lining. The colors coordinate perfectly!
I added some pleats, a magnetic snap and a strap connected with metal loop thingys..
I love how it turned out! My mom really liked it too.
Today they're going to the sea for a couple of weeks , so I'm glad she'll be able to take it with her.

Here you can see a picture of it among some of her pretty plants.. that I'll have to take care of while she's gone  Wink

http://www.localloop.org/blog/uploads/Immagini/pic001-1.jpg
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / granny style snap closure -- help on: April 28, 2006 04:23:57 AM
Today I bought a cute metal frame to use as a snap closure (?!?!) for a coin pouch or something like that. I don't know what it's called so I can't even look it up.. sigh
If you know what I mean though.. do you have any suggestions on how to attach it safely? Should I use some glue too?
I'll try to post pics in a sec. Thanks!
mata

*edit* here's the pic:

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help- bag closure on: April 20, 2006 04:59:43 PM
The other day I made a bag very similar to this (unintentionally.. hehe that's funny)
http://fredflare.com/customer/product.php?productid=1747&cat=108&page=7#

It's so pretty, I love it! The problem is, it's really wide open! Even if I put a button in the middle, it would still be ridiculously open at the sides..

I was wondering if anyone has made a bag similar to this, and how they have managed the closure bit!

Thanks, mata
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / *nearly* finished objects on: April 20, 2006 04:46:45 PM
Here is a quilt that I should definitely try to finish.. I'm not even going to quilt it, all I have to do is sandwich it and bind it! It was supposed to be a xmas present for my bf's mother. As you can see, it's all sparkly. Lazy me..  Roll Eyes

http://www.localloop.org/blog/uploads/Immagini/quilt.jpg

This is a pic of a hawaiian quilt block I made. Actually, I have already finished the applique part but can't find the pic.. GRR  Tongue

http://www.localloop.org/blog/uploads/Immagini/hawaiian.jpg

All I have to do is quilt it and finish it! I don't really know how I should quilt it though...

I am supposed to make another hawaiian quilt block for a swap, in black and white. I haven't decided what pattern to use yet; this one was ok to applique, but I'm trying to see what other simple patterns I could use. Suggestions? Free resources on www?

Thanks for looking!
mata
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Need advice - my cousin is getting married! on: April 18, 2006 05:26:39 AM
My cousin is getting married in May, and I am trying to find a quilt pattern that I can finish in less than 1 month. It has to be at least queen size.
I am thinking about a pattern I found on Jodie Davis's book "Paper pieced curves", I will scan the pic as soon as I can so you can see what I have in mind. It looks a bit difficult though: it has inset piecing, which I've never done.
I would love to receive some suggestions from you! Pics, inspiration, block ideas....
The one thing I really don't want to make them is a scrappy quilt; I'd love a pattern that's fairly easy to put together, and at the same time that looks great so I can show off  Grin
Thanks for your help!
mata
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stenciled t-shirt (with graphic used) on: March 30, 2006 12:30:03 AM
Hi! I made this stenciled tee for my partner in the "what are you listening while crafting" cd swap. I really like it, so I am posting the pic that she kindly took hoping that you'll like it too :-)
I modified a cassette tape image I found on the internet, and then added a japanese text. You can download the b/w graphic I used here: http://www.localloop.org/blog/uploads/Immagini/stencil_craftster.jpg I printed out the image on freezer paper, then coated it with clear scotch tape, then I cut out the stencil using a cutter. Then I realized I couldn't iron the freezer paper on the shirt anymore since the iron would melt the tape  Embarrassed So I lightly sprayed the back of the stencil with glue, and put it on the t-shirt. I applied the color using a thick sponge.. (oh, of course you have to put a newspaper or something inside the t-shirt, or the color will bleed through) Next time I am going to try a sponge roller that I just bought. Since I'm a lazy gal, I didn't want to wait for it to dry, so I blew-dried it a bit, and then ironed it. I think it came out nicely!

http://www.localloop.org/blog/uploads/Immagini/12946000_0626.jpg
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