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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My own Anthropologie-inspired capelet on: February 13, 2010 01:19:22 PM
Some years ago, this pattern became a great success and everybody was knitting their capelets. I was so sad, because I had no clue how to knit a stitch  Tongue

I finally learnt how to knit, and it was only logical that I came back to this pattern and made myself one  Wink I made it with two yarn balls a good friend gave to me a year ago, a merino/acrylic blend. I knitted it on 7mm needles

one of my cats helped me wind up the yarn

getting into shape!

new use for cable ties, lol

and a couple of action pictures Grin I decided to close it in the lower part instead of the neck, I'm waiting for a brooch from etsy to put there. it feels so warm!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Candle Flame Cowl - my first knit! :D on: February 10, 2010 05:30:51 AM
I learnt to knit because I always need something on my neck , and crocheted stuff wasn't really working for my tastes. Up to now I had only knit hats and scarfs for my dolls, but finally I took the step and made a cowl for the last cold days of winter

I used this pattern I found on Ravelry and, though I messed up in many places (which I have strategically placed in the back for the pictures), I'm quite happy with how it turned out. It's made in some Caron I had in my stash and knitted on 5mm dpns. It's so soft and warm!  Cheesy

And about to go to the street.

I feel so proud! I knit something I can actually wear  Grin
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / an owl and a doll on: February 01, 2008 12:19:24 PM
I was so inspired by the last round of the owl swap... and I had the most inspiring partner ever. so I made what I was supposed to do: owls Grin

I found an amazing vintage pattern of an owl and I decided to try it out. thanks to this pattern I learnt many crochet tricks, and also what chenille stems are (would you ever guess they are called "limpiapipas" in Spanish??). so, my version:

side view:

and back view so you can see the long tail... he and one of my cats are having a staring-in-the-eyes contest Grin Grin

both wings and tail are longer than the body, so he has to stand on something and have the wings and tail fall on the sides. it's done with different type of yarns with shiny specks and 3.5mm (E) and 5.0mm (H) hooks. the feathers of the wings and tail, as well as the beak, eye pieces and horns, are done the 3.5 hook. the body and wings with the 5.00. his claws are chenille stems.

I had big issues with the eyes. the only yellow ones I had were very... strange. you could almost see no difference between the iris and the pupil, so I painted the back of the iris white. with the white background, the yellow of the iris is much more intense.it worked out much better than I had thought

I love him <3

I also made a little doll based on the Celtic legend of Blodeuwedd, the woman made of flowers that was transformed into an owl. here she is naked next to the owl:

for the head and body I used Rheatheylia's lavender bunny instructions, and they were oh so perfect. I used a 3.5 hook too. the arms and legs are not stuffed, like the amineko (pic from the official website, just in case you don't know the amineko  Wink )

this allows her to pose. her eyelids are simple stitches over the eyes

I made her a little strapless crocheted dress with plain double crochet in the bodice and shells for the skirt, and a little flower pin following this tute with thin thread and a 2mm hook (that's smaller than your B hook). here's she already dressed and flirting Cheesy

and a last one of her, with the flower pin on her hand, chillin' with my evas Grin

this is the original owl shown in the pattern, so that you can compare. I know the colors are very different... but in my city there's just two shops that sell very few yarns, so you have to work with what you can get...

I'd love to have your opinions and criticism, since I plan on doing a second owl for me (this one is currently being cuddled and loved by her new owner Wink ). I was very pleased with the outcome, but then I'm biased since he's my baby...  Roll Eyes

thanks everybody for looking!!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / crocheted photo cameras on: December 05, 2007 10:23:59 AM
I made these for my swap partner's little girls, and since she received and I am so proud of how they turned out (taking into account I learnt to crochet a couple of months ago), I needed to show them off Tongue

I got the inspiration from this one by Ellen Bloom. which in fact seems to be the one and only crocheted camera on the web...

I made the pink/purple one first and failed to note down chains and dimensions, so the second one turned out quite a bit different Roll Eyes

they are stuffed with foamie scrap rectangles from the huge foam we use at work. they were so much fun to crochet!!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / hat for winter! on: November 22, 2007 01:08:33 PM
I had my last hat eaten by a dog (that's a long story) and, since I just learnt to crochet, decided to make myself a hat instead of buying a new one  Cheesy

I just double crocheted what I thought I should, and it has tons of errors and is a bit baggy at the top, but I like it! and I like the yarn, too. I want to put yet something on the top, maybe a few crocheted straps falling? any suggestion?

a friend of mine says I look like robin hood there Grin

please don't mind the dorky pose, I still didn't teach my cats how to take pics...
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / embroidered wallet for notebook on: November 01, 2007 01:02:05 PM
I did this for my first swap (NaNoWriMo swap, check out our gallery Wink ) and I was so happy with how it turned out that I wanted to share it with you all. it was meant to be a wallet for cards and checks, but in the end I decided to put a small notebook made from self recycled paper because I thought it fitted better my swap partner and the purpose of the swap itself

I first embroidered it, then lined it with medium weight interfacing, and hoped my sewing machine would still go through so many layers after folding. it's folded according to some japanese technique for making covers for books, but made with fabric and sewn instead of just folded. the notebook can be taken off once it has been all written over and you can easily fit a new one

the quote is from Rita Mae Brown and says "writers will happen in the best of families". I wish I had taken better pics Sad

I enjoyed making it a lot and might make a few more to donate them to a local pet shelter, so they can get some money for kitties and doggies out of it

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / alien octopode! on: October 28, 2007 02:38:17 PM
yep, I must give in... I decided to learn how to crochet because I wanted to try amigurumis Tongue then I saw PepperKitty's Octopode Pandemonium's post and just needed to try it. I looked for some orange yarn but no good, in my city there are just a few places where you can buy only few types of yarn for knitting or crocheting, so I decided on some shiny greenish yarn because... I would try a mimetic octopuss  Grin

as I went on crocheting, a friend said it looked like an alien, and in fact it ressembled the alien squirrel by Glee, so I tried on some alien felt eyes. I think it suits my octopode perfectly, now I must look for some shiny buttons like Glee's and change the felt ones, for the final touch

now with the pics. in all its alien glory

landing on my head Grin

discovering human habits: coffee!!

making first acquaintances on earth

rawwwr!!! defending from curious kitty sniffing!

and lastly, having a ride with the new friends Grin

hope you liked it! my cats did Grin
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / bottle cover - my first crochet ever on: October 25, 2007 12:15:48 PM
a couple of weekends ago a friend showed me how to make the chain with a crochet hook... so I did have to try myself. I have discovered that the only thing I know how to crochet is the half crochet (is it called like that? the one that is less than the single crochet). I plan to learn all the types, but until then... look what I made just using that one and a yarn I found sitting in the back of a drawer!

the model is a small bottle (375ml) of a very good Spanish red wine. I plan this to be a present, do you think they will like it?

I am so proud of me... Grin

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / reading corner in the living room on: October 07, 2007 09:20:34 AM
i made this in a weekend my provider left me without internet. i wanted to give my house a different something, and thought of working on a small corner my livingroom had, just between the sofa and the kitchen counter. that place had been before filled with a shitty cupboard, some piled chairs, lots of dust and cat hair, so I revamped it all.

first i painted the walls of that corner green. i had thought about doing it in bright orange, but in the end i chose green green. help of cats is always great... i had to chase one of them down the corridor because he was running with green whiskers after sniffing too close to the wall  Tongue

i had bought long ago in a clearance a small shelf in natural wood so i built it up and proceeded to paint it. it has an ivory base of paint... which was one a completely horror. instead of normal paint i got the wrong pot and came home with lack paint. where's the problem? oh well... i wanted to rub it to let the wood show a bit and give it an "aged" look, and being the paint lack, i had to buy a couple of arms because i almost died of rubbing and scratching  Tongue disaster...

anyway i managed it in the end, then i painted with the same green some leaves on it with a stencil sheet, and gave it a coat of matte vernish. a couple of books, the home phone, the piggy phone holder and an ikea lamp later, i like it a lot!

i still plan to put some photo frames hanging from the walls, frames of different measures and colors. i need to think about it. any suggestions are welcome!  Cheesy

ps. sorry for my english Tongue
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