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1  T-shirt bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by umbrellamaker on: January 02, 2010 07:52:02 AM
I turned an over-loved Threadless shirt into a tote bag.



Here's the original shirt from the site


Full tutorial is here - http://needyl.com/operation-domestication/t-shirt-tote-bag-tutorial
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2  Socks and scarves and mittens, oh my in Knitting: Completed Projects by umbrellamaker on: January 01, 2010 09:43:20 AM
Sheeze, it's been a while since I posted up here. To catch you up -

House socks! Worsted weight, snuggly and warm. I wear them over my other socks, so I can get a couple uses before washing.



Free pattern - http://needyl.com/knitting/snow-day-free-sock-pattern

Similarly - a hat and the owls sweater, modded to be a cardigan


Snapdragon pop-tops for my sister for Christmas


And a damson for me -


Busy needles.
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3  Bootilicious in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by umbrellamaker on: January 01, 2010 09:36:03 AM
I made booties! Lots of 'em.



Lot-o-spawn coming to friends and family in 2010, so I'm getting prepared. Some of these will be used as baby shower decorations. We'll string them up on a clothes line over the food table. I imagine people will be so overwhelmed by the cute that they'll forget to eat their cupcakes.

I tried to be punk and sporty. I'm neither of those things, and I think it's obvious Smiley




I'm pretty stinkin' thrilled with them. What do you think?

There are slightly bigger pics at my blog - http://needyl.com/shana/things-small-people (click on them and they enlarge)
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4  Socks. I made them. in Knitting: Completed Projects by umbrellamaker on: August 18, 2009 07:41:56 PM
and boy don't I look relaxed with my feet up on the window sill?



That's all an illusion. It's quite hard to photograph your own feet. Not relaxing at all.

Anyway. Enjoy!
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5  Gross to Gorgeous in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by umbrellamaker on: June 21, 2009 03:52:29 PM
Check out my new dresser -


It started with this unloved piece picked up at a garage sale


It still needs new knobs. I think I'll pick up some plain wood ones and paint them red.

I'm very excited about this dresser because I've been trying to figure out what to do with my bedroom, and I think I have a direction now. Cool blues and greys with red as an accent, I think.

I have some more posts about it up on my blog: http://needyl.com/craft-type/operation-domestication

Here are some more in progress pics








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6  House. With photos. in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by umbrellamaker on: June 14, 2009 05:05:46 PM
I closed on my first home on May 1st, and I've been gussying it up ever since. I'm way past due posting my results up here, but I've been posting the results up here: http://needyl.com/craft-type/operation-domestication

My goal is to buy as little new stuff as possible as a challenge to my craftiness. So, buying towels to embroider is fine, but I can't use them until they are embroidered. For furniture, it's garage sales, antique and thrift stores.

I still have a lot left to do, but here's what I've accomplished in the last 6 weeks.

Living room before:


Living room today:


I did cheat and buy curtains for the front window, because I just couldn't make them a top priority when I was living out of boxes, and being the neighborhood exhibitionist isn't really my thing. I inherited the couch (which I slip covered, the uncovered pillows are the original fabric. vomit.) and the chair. Pot the plant is in was painted using leftover wall paint from the kitchen. That tiny line on the right is my TV. It's huge.

Left to do - I want to get a new table for the tv that I can put the videos under. Where the picnic basket (my knitting) is, I'd like to put a wine rack that can second as an end table. I'd also like to get an end table that I'll put on wheels. Also, I need something for over the couch. I'm thinking I might embroider a triptych. Maybe...

Also, I need to finish covering the pillows. You can really see the amazing original fabric.


Dining room/kitchen before:




Kitchen after

Kitchen wasn't much work. Just painted the walls (the blue is a chalkboard), made the curtains, knit some washclothes, and embroidered the towels. I'm working on a rug for it, but not really much more to do. Maybe make some magnets.





Dining room is more of place to put the table. I found the end table on Craigslist, the chairs at an antique store, and my mom gave me the table. I made those curtains too. Making curtains is boring.



Craft room before:


Craft room after:

Messy shelves!



I also painted the bathroom, but I hate the color, so it'll be redone. I haven't done a thing to the bedroom yet.

So, what do you think?


gNorman digs it.
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7  Dr. ManHATtan in Knitting: Completed Projects by umbrellamaker on: March 29, 2009 04:41:53 PM
Sorry for the punny title. Couldn't resist.

I made a Dr. Manhattan Hat (the naked blue guy from "the Watchmen") for a super geeky friend. He's very excited.



the hat is knit with an acrylic/wool blend and the atomic symbol double knit on top. The chart is on my blog - http://needyl.com/shana/atomically-correct I'm sure you could knit it in as intarsia if that's how you roll.
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8  Rowan's Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by umbrellamaker on: March 14, 2009 05:20:30 PM
Here's the quilt I made for the latest little one to enter my world. Her name is Rowan, and she's my friend's little girl. I don't have any action shots, unfortunately, but I assure you, she's a cutie.



Here you can see the quilting.


A close-up of the fabrics. I LOVE these.


I didn't write up a formal pattern, but I do have a spreadsheet that lays out the construction on my site - http://needyl.com/quilting/rowans-baby-quilt. It's probably the easiest quilt ever made (it's basically just borders), so if you've made one before, you should be able to figure it out from that. If not, feel free to ask questions.
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9  My first attempt at embroidery in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by umbrellamaker on: March 08, 2009 10:52:38 AM
Here are my very first embroidery attempts. My hatred of tying knots has kept me from trying for many years. I must admit, I'm in love. Instant gratification and everything you need is under $20? My quilting and knitting habits are jealously sitting in the corner, sulking.

I'm looking to buy my first house, so I've been working on a hope chest of sorts. I'm calling it Operation Domestication. Of course, embroidered towels are a necessity. My only concern is, since this was my first project, I bought the cheapest, thinnest towels ever made. I doubt they'll hold up very long. I do have some more hardy ones for the next couple.


I did two more towels last night after I shot this photo. The transfers are from http://www.SublimeStitching.com. Best site every.

Once I actually find THE HOUSE, I'll start in on curtains and rugs and fun stuff like that. I'll try to post it all up here.
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10  Swiffer Sweeper Cover in Knitting: Completed Projects by umbrellamaker on: February 14, 2009 03:30:50 PM
I'm looking at buying my first house (scary!), and I've decided that I'm going to do a hope chest of sorts. I'm starting to make the things I will need once it all closes.

Since any house I will buy will have wood floors, here's the first item in Operation Domestication - a re-usable Swiffer Sweeper cover.



I gave it a test run today, and it works like a charm. I think it picked up the dog's weight in fur.

Here's the pattern: http://needyl.com/knitting/sweeper-cover-pattern
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