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1  Tokyo Subway Map in Quilting: Completed Projects by PwrToolChick on: June 26, 2011 11:03:47 AM
I've finished the Tokyo Subway Map Quilt! YAY!!!!  

I'm pleased with the final product. It's not nearly as good as Elizabeth Hartman's www.ohfransson.com...but I'm ok with that. She is my current idol and I kinda have a girl crush on her.

I have been doing various crafts all my life. I've been married to my husband for a hundred years (maybe not quite THAT long). I have never made him anything. He asked me early in our relationship to make him a blanket. I started to crochet him an afghan back then but never finished. It was one of those things that I didn't like how it was turning out so I never finished it. Oops.  

So this year, I decided to finally do something for the love of my life.

He loves it.

The quilt top:


The back:




Cuddling kiddies:
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2  M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S.....EEEEEEEEE in Knitting: Completed Projects by PwrToolChick on: February 01, 2011 06:42:04 PM
I've been meaning to post this for awhile.

So, my best friend is finally having a baby after 7 years of trying to conceive. She was on her 4th and final IVF attempt and finally got the news she was praying for!

She and her husband are already kids at heart. They take annual vacations to Disney and have their house decked out with disney collectibles in every room.

When they finally started on the nursery, obviously the theme was Disney. Daddy is an artist and hand-painted a lot of the baby room with our favorite Disney characters and hidden Mickeys.

I was inspired by his creativity and their love of all things Disney and I set out looking for the perfect Disney knit.

I came across these chartshttp://www.breienmetplezier.nl/Breipatronen/disney.htm and envisioned The Amazing Disney Blankey!



I lined the back of the blankey with flannel



My daughter modeling to show the size (It will cover a twin size bed so Baby will have the blankey for many years.


It was a huge hit at her baby shower this past weekend! Smiley
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3  Friendly Neighborhood Spidey Blankie in Knitting: Completed Projects by PwrToolChick on: October 02, 2008 06:28:58 PM
So, I've been knitting for a year now.  I've been addicted and knitting nonstop since then.  And...umm...well, my craftster addiction became almost nonexistent. 

I am still proud of my knitting accomplishments.

This is one of my most recent and probably my favorite project to date:

Zachary's Spidey Blankie












I used Berocco comfort
Used the following pattern
http://muro73.googlepages.com/patternsinenglish
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4  Re: Needle roll for my GURU in Knitting: Completed Projects by PwrToolChick on: December 29, 2007 09:20:52 AM
The embroidery is machine embroidery.  I had a LOT of trouble getting my softward in sync with my machine - but once I figured it all out (it wasn't the software OR the machine  Roll Eyes), it all went very smoothly.

Here is my very first sock ever...

I was using practice yarn and when I realized I was going to run out, I pulled out the same yarn in a different color and started shaping the toe...then I ran out of IT and found some acrylic yarn in approximate same size and finished it all off.  It's not long enough for a foot..but I at least made it through all the stitches!!!

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5  Needle roll for my GURU in Knitting: Completed Projects by PwrToolChick on: December 28, 2007 04:39:33 PM
I just started knitting a few months ago and I have been obsessed.

Finally, I realized I needed something to organize my stuff.  THEN, I decided that my knitting guru (MENTOR) should get a nice gift from me.  I'm not an amazing knitter yet, but I am pretty dern good at sewing. 

Of course, my guru probably has everything she needs to organize her stuff.  I was hesitant...but I doubt she has a handmade needle roll that is PERSONALIZED!

So yesterday, I finally pulled myself away from my needles (I made a sock this week!!) and my yarn and dust off the sewing machine:

The Knitting Needle Roll (the only thing left is the anxiety of whether she'll like it):









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6  New to knitting...and OBSESSED! (lots of pics!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by PwrToolChick on: November 24, 2007 06:46:14 AM
So, the end of September, I finished crocheting my baby girl's afghan (that I had started a year before).  I was so bored with it that it took me so long.

Then, a friend of mine sent me some knitted items.  Suddenly, I was ready to learn to knit.  I have always wanted to knit, but nothing really inspired me to learn.  I was ready.

In October, I bought my first set of needles, some cheap yarn, and Stitch 'N Bitch book.  That night, I knitted a swatch.



My very first official project.  A scarf.  It was wayyyyyy too wide for a scarf.  I don't really wear scarfs.  So, I left the yarn strands because I'm going to take it apart for something else (I'm thinking it will go towards a sweater for me). I love this yarn!



I still had the red yarn and decided to try a project that included purls.  So, here is a scarf I made with 2x2 rib stitch.  When it was finished, DS claimed it as his.  That was fine because it's a small-ish scarf.



Then...I had no other projects.  I just obsessively wanted to knit.  I had this absolutely beautiful yarn and cast on as many stitches as I could on my needle and went to town (learned later that probably wasn't a good idea...had to go get longer needles).  I had no idea what it would be in the end because I just wanted to knit.  Now, it's my very own knitting bag.



This is when my friend told me I was ready for a sweater.  While she was sending me a pattern for Baby - I got impatient and went to the book store. I found a master pattern book...bought some yarn on clearance and went at it.  I was halfway finished by the time the pattern got to me.  I really messed up on the guage (and many other things) but it was really my learning project.  So, I didn't mind.  It ended up fitting DS.



I started a sweater for oldest DD (13yo).  Not finished.  Ran out of yarn.

Then, I decided to go ahead and give double-pionted needles a try.

Here was my first project with dp:



That worked out so well that I went ahead and added yet another needle and tried making this little toboggan hat thingy to see if I could do it.  I was sooooo excited when it was really looking right!  And look at how cute the model is!!!



I have since finished a new cardigan for Baby that actually fits her this time.  I'm just so obsessed, I dream about knitting!!

My next adventure will actually be a sewing project.  Need to get these needles and knitting supplies organized!!!
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7  Re: Kid's Trick or Treat Bag Swap in The Swap Gallery by PwrToolChick on: October 06, 2007 06:59:59 AM
I'd like to think that I have advanced sewing skills.  I have never ever made a stuffie...and I think it boils down to - I'm skerred to. LOL.  For some reason, I'm intimidated.  Is that weird? 

Ok....soooo, let the drumroll begin!

First, the LOOT


I'll start with the oldest kids and go down to the youngest. 

Even though I told dragonslair that it wasn't necessary to do anything for the older kids - she made sure that they wouldn't be left out.

Mickey. 13yo girl who thinks she's a bada$$.  She loves anything black, pirates, anime etc.  dragonslair totally captured Mickey's personality.  She made her a small bag out of pirate fabric. 

Action shot (she hates to smile for the camera - she wants people to think she's a bada$$)


I know better and I know how to get her to giggle:


The LOOT:
Includes the awesome bag, soap (with a spider inside), a pencil, and candy:


Cody, 11yo boy.  Cody has recently become obsessed with making lanyards.  I Love that one of my kids have some kind of crafting in them!

The LOOT. Includes the awesome bag, a kicka$$ lanyard organizer (cody LOVES this), soap with a spider inside, tattoo and sticker books, a pencil, and candy


Closeup of the lanyard organizer (closed):


Closeup (open):


And action shot (yes, my son has LOOONNNGGG hair)


Zachary, 2yo boy. Zachary is just all boy.

The LOOT: includes awesome bag, the stuffie BUNNY that Z has suddenly become attached to, soap with eyeball in middle, pencil, tattoo and sticker books, and candy



Zachey action shot with his Bunny:


Zachey action shot with his bag:


I have no action shots of little Mia..she was napping when the package was invaded with the rest of the kids:

Mia, 7month old girl. 

The LOOT: includes awesome bag (not pictured for some reason  Undecided), teddy bear stuffie, 2 burping pads (umm, too pretty and soft to use as burping pads..she already likes to cuddle with them)



Closeup of the bear:


Ok...so I bombarded y'all with photos..but I have 4 kids that dragonslair spoiled!  It was necessary to show it off as much as possible!!!



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8  Go Diego Go! Rescue Pack in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PwrToolChick on: September 15, 2007 11:58:20 AM
OMG - it's been forever since I posted my projects on here.  I put this Rescue Pack together one day because Little Man was having separation anxiety going back to daycare (after staying home for the summer with Big Sissy).  Big Bubby got a new backpack for school and Little Man wanted one too!

So, Big Bubby convinced him that a Rescue Pack would be so totally awesome!  When I couldn't find a Rescue Pack anywhere, I knew I would have to dust off the sewing machine.

The photos aren't that great, but Little Man is now doing much better at daycare.  He loves walking in wearing his Rescue Pack.







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9  Re: Fill A Purse Swap Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by PwrToolChick on: July 16, 2006 05:12:14 PM
Woooo Hoooo...I received my package!

Roxy is such a sweetheart.  She sent me a message yesterday asking if I had received my package - but I hadn't checked the mail.  Soooo...I sent my husband out to check the mail and there it was!!!! I was thrilled.

Ok, so I gave Roxy total creative control over my purse.  The only specifics I asked her was NO flowers and I didn't want a really big bag.  Other than that...she could do what she wanted.

Here is the purse she sent me.  The colors are perfect and the size is exactly right!  I just love the purple trimming and bow that she added to it (it did get a little wrinkled in shipping):


Another shot:


The STUFF inside!


She sent me some very pretty soft pink yarn and a crochet hook because I told her I crochet but I just haven't really crocheted in a long time.  She wanted me to get inspired to crochet again. Wink
Some Lipgloss...well, because every girl needs new lipgloss to go in her new purse!
A camera - which is always handy to have in your purse all the time!


And my FAVORITE GIFT OF ALL:
a BEAUTIFUL ring that she made herself...AND it fits perfectly!!!  I've decided that this ring is a good-luck ring and I'll definitely be wearing it this coming Friday for THE big job interview.

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10  From Boo Boo to Beautiful in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PwrToolChick on: June 20, 2006 05:59:08 PM
This purse started out and was going along just fine.  Then, the big boo boo happened.

I scrambled, I cried, I threw fits, I screamed, I cried, I gave up, I started again, I tried and I tried to figure out what to do and how to fix it.

Then, I asked Craftsters for help!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16739622.0

In the end, I think I just wanted the original design that was in my head when I started the silly purse.

I pulled out my very last bit of vinyl...and with a little shaping here and a little trimming there...I might - yes, I just might be able to pull it off!

Of course, I had to use the same straps that were already on the other purse...but there was just barely enough vinyl fabric to start a whole new purse.

Here is the final and complete purse.  I was pleased, I only lost about 1/2 inch with the new vinyl.





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