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1  Far Far Away - my first book in years in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by RoseRed81 on: September 04, 2007 08:20:35 PM
Hey everyone! I took a bookmaking class back in 2002 and just decided to make a few now to see if they'd be worth selling.  (Not a veiled attempt to sell - I haven't even opened the store yet!)  So this is my first real book in years, a kind of trial.  Just need that ever-popular craftster encouragement that my binding skills won't always suck. Smiley

Front cover:

Back cover:

I gave up on the inside design and just glued some little knots from the scrap paper in here:

Huzzah! I'm on my way to making decent books again. Thanks for looking! 
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2  Re: Rusted Root in Knitalongs by RoseRed81 on: September 02, 2007 03:00:50 PM
Finito!


I used Vermont Organic Fiber's O-Wool balance, 50% wool and 50% cotton.  I loved the yarn and the pattern, and it actually *fits*! Amazing when it fits.  I added just a little more waist shaping, and increased at the sides on the bottom rib. 
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3  Re: Fitted Knits-along ? in Knitalongs by RoseRed81 on: May 28, 2007 06:38:52 PM






Voila my version of the Airy Wrap! The pattern calls for a thin mohair yarn, but I wanted something a little more rustic. I chose an alpaca that was much thicker, so went up two needle sizes (to 13s) and bought more skeins and went for it.

Very satisfying knitting - thick yarn, fat needles. The only part I didn't really consider in my calculations was the thickness of the front ties - I hated the floppy quality of the original ones, but they are seriously thick with this yarn. Someone described the length of the ties as epic and I think the word begins to do them justice. At least the pattern was easy; the only changes I made was knitting the sleeves in the round (why weren't they written that way in the first place?) and I shortened the ties somewhat. An adult height of 5'2" is not forgiving enough for long, long ties...

Overall, I'm very pleased with the way it fits and how warm it is. Plus I love the look of cables when they're used as edging like this. My kitty is also pleased, because the yarn is relatively untreated and smells just faintly of alpaca. I made him a Feline Dim Sum from the leftovers and filled it with organic catnip, and so we are pleased.

Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by RoseRed81 on: February 05, 2007 07:21:57 AM
Finally finally finally finally! I'm so done with looking at this purple yarn stitch after stitch!





(Excuse the cat, he's kind of gross)

I kind of wanted a wider neckline, so we'll see what happens after blocking.  The purl bumps turned out better than I thought they would, and to be honest I can't believe I even did it... it's my first sweater!
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5  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by RoseRed81 on: January 15, 2007 08:33:31 AM
Alright! Done with the body.  I'm so excited to do the sleeves, 3" of that lace on skinny little sleeves is going to be so much easier.  I'm using yarn from Green Mountain, it's 20% organic cotton and 80% wool.  I wasn't going to do the purl ridges but I'm glad I did.


(I'm not really that tall at all, I'm like 5'2".)


This thread is so helpful! Everyone's skb is looking fabulous.

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6  Woodland Fairy Fantasy in Halloween Costumes by RoseRed81 on: November 01, 2006 02:32:08 PM
Hello everyone! Great costumes, this challenge is so much fun.  Here's my contribution:

It doubled as my Renaissance Fair costume...



The wings are handmade, though not by me:


The top is two shirts sewn together and embellished with embroidery thread (all my sewing was by hand b/c my machine is broken)
It's a corset top with a sheer flowery shirt over it:


And so.  The skirt and belt are mine, but I made the other pouch to hang on the belt out of extra shirt fabric. 
I made my little shrug by chopping off the sleeves and neck of the top and embellishing it again with embroidery thread - it looks like it has sort of primitive stitches, that sort of thing.  I painted my pointy ears to match my real ears and got many compliments. Smiley 
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