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51  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knucks from Knitty! on: September 02, 2006 11:17:50 AM
These are my first gloves ever.  I am ever so proud of them.  The bird I embroidered on them is from ancient graffiti my boyfriend photographed during a trip to Rome.  The right one is slightly bigger than the left, but I think that's because I made the right one first and people with bigger hands than mine tried it on.  Can I block it down to the right size?

Anyways, I used bamboo double points (which I have fallen in love with) and Truffles yarn.  Yay, virgin wool and cashmere!

52  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Annyone know how to preserve sea creatures? on: August 24, 2006 11:40:19 PM
I just came back from a trip to the east coast and I had a chance to collect sea shells when I went to the beach. I also picked up the top of a crab carapace and the legs of the critter as well.  They don't stink yet, but I'm really worried that they might break.  Is there a way to preserve them and give them enough strength so I can make them into jewelry or a keychain or something?
53  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first socks of piraty goodness! on: July 30, 2006 02:37:30 PM
I made these for my friend's birthday.  They're my very first socks and I am immensely proud.  I based them on a pattern from Hello Yarn, but I found the long floats of the skull design too hard to handle, so I drew up my own chart.  I also had to fudge the heel a bit with the help from som video instuctions I found on the 'net.

I posted questions about these earlier, but I'm too lazy to find the original thread, so thanks to all those who gave me advice.  It helped lots

On my feet!


Here you can see the design a bit better


And here it's next to the ducky soap I found at the farmer's market (we have a joke about ducks) and the threasure chest I painted to put them in.


They're far from perfect, but I still like them.
54  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / travel journal for a 12 year old girl? on: July 10, 2006 11:40:04 AM
I'm making a travel journal for a girl whom I "teach" art to.  She's a pretty remarkable kid.  She just finished grade 6 and she's already teaching herself japanese in her spare time.  She's leaving for Spain and England in a couple weeks, and I want her to keep a record of the things she sees and experiances.

I found a stationary store the other day in which they sold vintage-y travel stickers, like one would see on an old suitcase.  That gave me the idea to somehow faux-finish a little sketchbook or journal to look like a vintage suitcase and stick these stickers on.  The only problem is that I don't know how to go about it.  Any ideas?
55  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / rice sac on: July 09, 2006 05:14:56 PM
My mom bought a HUGE bag of jasmine rice at our local asian supermarket so that I could fill a heating bag-thing.  We transfered the rest of the rice to a re-sealable container, so I have this lovely sack about the size of your average potato sac made of burlap-woven plasticy stuff.  It has pretty writing on it.  What could I make with it? 
56  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! stuck on sock heel! on: July 07, 2006 10:57:40 AM
Can anyone find an explaination for turning a heel that has pictures?  I can't find a tutorial or an explaination that makes sense to my poor newbie-knitting brain.  The pattern I've been knitting is cuff down, and the illustrated instructions I could find are all toe-up.
57  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / painted tap shoes! on: June 27, 2006 03:22:31 PM
I don't tap dance, but a friend of mine does!  I bought the shoes last summer at a garage sale for her studio intending on painting them for a costume of Columbia from Rockey Horror Picture show.  I looked up pictures of those shoes and was really disapointed.

So when my art teacher gave us a project that was to involve shoes either as a subject or as a support, I lept at the chance. I sanded off the original polish and cut off the straps, then painted them with acrylic paints.







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58  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gene Jeans! on: June 27, 2006 03:15:23 PM
Some of you requested pictures, so here they are. 

Front


And back


I made these instead of studying for my physics midterm back in January...  They became a huge hit with the head of the bio department of my school.  I've also had a male friend of mine say "wow" while looking at my bum when I was wearing them.  That made me laugh.
59  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Easy pirate sock ideas? on: June 25, 2006 01:17:56 PM
I'm a newbie knitter and was recently taught to knit in the round by my aunt.  I have a basic pattern and have been wanting to knit socks.  My friend is taking advantage of this ambition and requesting  a pair of socks for her birthday.  She is turning 17 and has a love for pirates.  I'm planning on decorating one of the many wooden boxes that my mom bought at a dollar store to look like a treasure chest (like some of those from the pirate swap gallary)

I don't know how to do intarsia or anything like that, but am willing to learn if it can be spelled out simply enough.

Any ideas?
60  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Carlos the Wonnder-llama! *first post EVAR!* on: June 19, 2006 06:58:56 PM
I made myself a travel buddy for my trip to South America.  The vendors in Peru quite liked him.


Here he is overlooking Machu Picchu.

I hadn't crocheted in a while before making him, and I spent a few hours undoing the inevidable mistakes of a patternless project.  His ears and front legs are a little wonky, but I'm still fairly pleased.
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