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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweater with turning leaves patters on: September 02, 2010 06:46:57 AM
Here is a sweater I recently finished after working on it for over a year.  I made it up as I went along, which as usual meant reworked the sleeves four times and the trim at least three.  But it turned out okay in the end.

It also meant that I have no pattern per se, but it's basically a square raglan neck, fitted sleeves, and then I worked the bust decreases into the back to make that sort of pleat back there.  Then I worked a turning leaf pattern (in the round) from one of my stitch dictionaries into it, and added four full repeats where my hips start to widen.  I started them by working in the extra stitches gradually until there were enough to add a full repeat.  Finally, a stockenette band around the bottom to make it tunic length and voila! 

Here are photos.  Please ignore cheesy grin and also the pajama pants. 




2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hardware chess set, number 2! on: June 08, 2010 04:49:17 PM
I made this chess set for my honey out of hardware!  I guess you could call it steampunk? 









3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kitty bed with matching felt mouse on: May 21, 2010 09:36:58 AM
This is a kitty bed I made from some orange yarn I got with a giant throw from Anthropologie; the throw came wrapped in this yarn that was so thick, it's practically roving.  I knit that in a plain stockinette and sewed it to a backing of grey felt from a recycled sweater (with a little sachet of catnip in it, of course) and then made three blind mice to go with it.  These ones have their tails though.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Vintage Shawl on: February 01, 2009 07:21:14 AM
Hi everyone,

This is my version of the Vintage Shawl pattern from Runway Knits by Berta Karapetyan.  The pattern uses ladders and drop stitches to make a really pretty pattern.

Modeled by Myrtle:



Close-ups of stitch pattern:





Close-up of reverse side:



In my version, I did a mock cable instead of a stockinette.  At least I think that's what it's called.  Row 1: K 2nd from needle, k first from needle, slip both off, k 2nd from needle, k first from needle, slip both off; Row 2: p1, p 2nd from needle, p 1st from needle, slip both off, p1.  Etc.

I did this in Mirasol Sulka bulky.  It's a 60% merino/20% alpaca/20% silk blend that is gorgeous and lustrous and lush, as you can see in the pictures; that sheen is not an artifact of the photos.  The colors are Cocoa and Truffle; there are flecks of other colors in their yarns that give the tints a beautiful depth.  I just sort of striped them as I felt like it as I went along. http://www.mirasolperu.com/sulkayarn.htm  The Mirasol Ranch is something like fair-trade yarn, and it's a source I feel very good about buying from. 

I bought it last year because I just knew it needed to live with me.  I spent months and months going around and around about what to make with it; with such a bulky yarn, finding a flattering pattern for a curvy girl such as myself is challenging.  Also, I didn't want to make something that would be out of style in short order.  I finally decided that a nice cozy-but-lacy shawl would not be going out of fashion soon--well, ever--so that would be the best use of the yarn...  Er...am I gushing?  (Sorry Roll Eyes I just really love this yarn.)

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Royal Elephant on: January 03, 2009 09:56:38 AM
I made this little guy for a friend for Christmas.  She collects elephants, and I wanted to add something to her collection.  The body and headdress are crocheted, while the blanket is knitted.  My mom and aunt nicknamed him Hef (for Hefalump) but I'm not sure that's the best name for him.  If you have any suggestions, 'Hef' and I are all ears  Roll Eyes





Here he is without his livery:



And his little tushie:



And in profile:



Here's his headdress:



He is made of Patton's sock yarn, while his tusks and tail tuft are lace-weight cashmere.  His eyelashes are eyelash yarn.  I filled his feet with sand so he could stand up straight.  The blanket is made of a plied decorator yarn.  It has a satiny ply, a cotton ply, a metallic string ply, and a plain string ply.  To make the headdress, I separated out the satin, and then edged it with the metallic.  I added some beads for decoration, and then he was done.

I'm afraid I won't be able to provide a pattern at the moment, because I sort of winged it and don't remember exactly what I did.  But I want to make another, and when I do, maybe I'll record a pattern.

I also want to maybe add a little lower lip in the grey and some toenails in the same yarn as the tail, before I gift him--our gift exchange is a bit late, so I still have a few days.

P.S.  I have copyrighted him, so if you want to model a project after him (hard without a pattern, but in any case) please just ask me for permission first.  I will say yes!  I just want to know who's inspired by it. Smiley 
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas on: December 02, 2008 04:13:06 AM
My niece looooooooves Tim Burton. Which is awesome, because she's six.  She dresses up like the Corpse Bride and can watch Nightmare over and over.

Their Tivo'd version of the movie got lost, however, so it became necessary to buy her a copy on DVD.  I thought, Why not knit her a Nightmare toy to go with it? 

Zero was the obvious choice, especially because my niece also loooooves dogs. 

Here he is:




The body is knit. He was big enough for a chihuahua sized collar.  His nose is crocheted to look like a jack-o-lantern, with a little face embroidered on (You can see it in the bottom picture).  I did some creative stitching to give his nose an upward turn.  And extra long ears.  He is best presented holding the DVD.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Presto chango! Now with bunnies! on: June 01, 2008 07:35:34 AM
Magicians? bunnies? get it?  Well, anyway, my good friend is having a little girl in July.  I sized the sweater so it will (hopefully) fit when she is six months old.  I also made a momma bunny and a baby bunny to match!  Made with Debbie Bliss cashmere aran. 

The pattern has been popular on Craftster, for good reason.  It has to be one of the cutest baby sweaters I've ever seen.  It can be found here:

http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/freeKnittingPatternPrestoChango.asp

This is my first cable-type detailing, and it was a very friendly first pattern to learn with.  I think I'll make a few more of these just to have them around when my other friends reproduce Smiley 









8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Muggle No More sweater! on: February 02, 2008 08:25:05 PM
This was my very first knitting project, made with some beautiful yarn that my mom and my sister gave to me.  It involved much much frogging, and was more or less winged from the beginning with much patient *personal* guidance from the knitting mod herself!  (but only because she's my sister  Wink).  The design is my own.  I've been crocheting for quite a while, so the basics of construction were familiar to me, but I got to practice ribbing, increasing and decreasing.

The pictures aren't fabulous, but here they are: 







I would love any feedback from all you experienced knitters out there!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Wine diary wedding gift on: December 15, 2007 07:42:52 PM
I made this for some friends of mine who were just married.  They really like wine, and I thought this would be good for them to share.  It has pages for each wine, with information on the wine, the vintage, where they drank it, and the flavors.  It has envelopes for notes, and blank pages for photos and labels.  I got them some laminate label savers to go with it.

Without further ado:













I used a lot of the Martha Stewart line for decoration.  I used a resume paper to print on, and the front pages and wine-info sheets are my own composition.  I put in my favorite wine-related poem, Intoxicated by the Wine of Love, by Farid ud din Attar. 

They really seemed to like it, and I hope they'll be able to make good use of it.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Making Wine Diary, New to Scrapbooking.....Advice? on: October 26, 2007 06:42:36 AM
Hi all,

So, a good friend of mine is getting married soon.  I'm a bridesmaid, so it's kind of inappropriate for me to buy random (impersonal) gifts off the registry, but I wanted to make something sentimental and nice.  I planned to knit a blanket, but the yarn order went awry, and I had to go with Plan B, which I actually like better than Plan A.

Plan B is to make a Wine Diary for them as a couple.  I want to do it like a scrapbook, for which I'll have printed pages with information for them to record about the wines.

I've never done a scrapbook before, so I really have no idea where to start.  I'm also not a wine expert, so knowing what to include is also a bit chancy.

So far I have:

Type
Region
Year
Tannins
Acid

Flavors (checklist, and I thought I'd do good and bad ones as well)

Where we drank it

Rating (not sure what ratings to use, but I know there are official ones that could be included)
Our rating (would like to include a system for them to use themselves)

Now on to the aesthetics....how should I approach the book?  What sizes/shapes are available? 

I think I'd like to do it in their wedding colors (chocolate and celery), but I would love advice on how to decorate pages, special insert pages I could include, whether I should try to ferret out information on the wines to be served at the reception, if i could put together info sheets from wines on all over the world?  they travel a lot, so I think she'd like that.  But i want to make it a couple-y exercise....

I also want to do it in a gift basket.  I figured, etched-monogram wine glasses....and?  wine of course.  and..............

So, things I need ya'll's generous generous help with are:

*Things I'm missing from the wine pages
*Advice on choosing books, papers etc.
*Advice on layout
*Advice on special stuff for the book
*Things for the gift basket

BTW, the wedding is next weekend Cheesy  but I could take til the end of the honeymoon to finish if I must.
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