I received my package from GastbyGirl last Monday, but my camera has been refusing to give up the pictures! We finally got the new cord so I have lots of photo goodness to show you all.
In this photo are 2 large, reusable shopping bags, 2 awesome pencils, 3 erasers, lead refills, and and 6 "junk food" novels.
Next up is 2 huge boxes of granola bars, 2 boxes of Goldfish packets, lemonade packets to flavor bottles of water, and a huge pack of wonderfully smelling tea light candles to go in the candle holders (which I forgot to get in the pictures).
This picture shows the handmade, bean-filled frog and decorated USB she sent me.
A handmade lunch bag made from sock monkey fabric. The fabric is really nifty (not oil cloth or vinyl, but something fabric on the inside and water resistant on the outside), and adorable, of course. The stitching is all done in sock-monkey-mouth red and it holds a ton.
Just because it's cheap, doesn't mean it can't be classy, right?
This may look like your standard wine holder, but this is designed to hold a liter of nothing less than 40 proof liquid refreshment. It rejects all that froo-froo wine business and heads straight to the bottom shelf B-)
This is so much prettier, nicer, and softer than those horrible paper bags. Plus, it's reuseable!
It's knit with 2 skeins of Lion Brand Bolero. I hit the jackpot on them at Good Will the other day.
That's 11 "Learn to Knit" kits, each with an insanely long pair of sz. 15 needles, and 2 balls of Bolero.
And there's my reciept. Each kit was marked $2.00 on the shelf, but the store was having 1/2 off their Purple Tree kits, so each one ran me $1.00.
$11.00 = 22 skeins of yarn, thus my total cost for this project was $1.00 ($1.07 with tax).
Here's an in progress shot (knit on the loom because I didn't think the sz. 15's were knitting a material loose enough to felt well):
And the contents of each kit, and a test swatch knit on the needles: (I hope they get more varieties of these!!!)
Here are the pics of the thank you gifts I sent to kgo6050 way back in the beginning of February. It finally surfaced!
On her wishlist, she asked for a necklace with a large stone, so I went with some deep red faux stones on hemp, because stones just deem hemp in my mind. Then I spied a cherry blossom bag on her wist so I made a cherry blossom shrinkydink in comparable colors. It's a little hard to see in this picture, but the top actually says "cherry blossom" in Japanese, I believe. I had to write it backwards on the shrinkydink so it would look okay from the front, he he. The color of the red is brighter than is shown in these images, but it's pretty close.
My camera is horrible at taking picutres of small things, but these are the best pictures I could get of the crafted portions of the stuff I sent javastain.
Button rings! I didn't have any ring findings, so I improvised. I actually really like the way they came out. I made these with E-beads (the only ones I had on hand) and I've since bought a rainbow full of seed beads to make some that match better.
These are shrinky dink charms I made. They turned out wonderfully, I was quite impressed, actually. The Starbucks ones are my favorite, though. They look really really awsome in real life. The other charms are a take-out coffee cup, a regular coffee cup with cream, and coffee beans. While I was cutting them out, I had to change some of the designs, so none of them actually match, besides the largish Starbucks ones, so I left it up to Javastain to decide what to do with them, since my earring idea was out.
I just want to apologize because my camera can't talk for himself. He decided that he'd crap out on me and be a poop head just when I was trying to transfer the images of the wonderful things snarkymarmoset sent me. Anyway, we had a long talk, and he finally agreed to give up the pictures
Here is the massively huge yarn ball, and the massively huge items that wouldn't fit in the yarn ball.
Candle making goodies! Everything I need to make my own gel candle, including an apple scent, and sea shells
This is soaps and smelly stuffs. She sent me a huge, 2lb brick of soap, and a very nice vanilla (which has permeated everything that was in the box...mmm) scent plus bath goodies. I've already made some soap! I went out and bought a starter set (cause I wanted colors and a cool mold) and I've been pouring away. A very cool idea
This is my huge pound'o'yarn, dye (purpley goodness) with which to dye it, a set of DPNs, and 3 little knitting books with patterns for different styles of novelty yarns (I've got my eye on the heart pillow for the boy for v-day).
And finally, some really cute flannel fabric, a handmade beaded necklace, stitch markers galore, a row counter, a knitted coin pouch, three yummy looking herbal teas, lifesaver mints which I gobbled down, and a really cute, knit and embroidered DS case It fits perfectly and I love it
Thanks for all the goodies, snarkymarmoset!
P.S. I didn't take any in-progress shots because items were either falling out, or hidden in the yarn. There was a nice steady flow of items and given the sheer volume of yarn, progress pics were pretty much pointless.
So this year, I decided to make scarves for the boy's relatives, because they all live where it gets cold. Heck, everywhere gets colder than Florida. That was the first of many mistakes I made involving this project. Next, I took the boy to Jo Ann's to pick out yarn. He picked Jiffy in an interesting variegation. I liked it, so we left. When I started knitting with it, I realized that I liked it for me, not for his business-professional cousin. I tried three different scarf patterns, and even knitting it on the loom, and it all looked too girly to me. In the mean time, I'd already given said cousin the yarn as his gift with a little note that the next time he saw it it'd be a scarf. So I couldn't change yarns, since the cousin had already approved, and I hated the yarn for a male.
After much googling I found a pattern for "the Manly Scarf." It was my last-ditch effort to not knit it into a noose for myself instead.
This is what is has turned into. I officially hate this scarf. k3p3 repeat is killing me with boredom. My question for you is this: should I make it longer? I want it to be something like a silk scarf is for a woman. He won't have to wrap it around him and knot it because it's very wide. I want it to be something he can easily put on and tuck into his overcoat (he lives in D.C.), which is why I don't want to make it too long. His chest isn't much wider than mine is at it widest, and the scarf currently hangs just about level with my erm...wide points. I have one vote each way (excluding my own vote for burn it) so you, fellow knitters, please help me decide! Thanks for any input.
I'm new to sewing. My previous experience is sewing a single straight line on a sheet of paper with no thread in the machine and sewing a 6" egg-shaped (a.k.a. no external features) monster with a pouch. That's it, hehe.
I bought a "for dummies" pattern last week, but it's all Greek to me. I can't even figure out what to buy for the interfacing. My mom (who used to sew) has never heard of sewing with canvas (which is on the materials list) and the final straw: she hasn't used the machine she bought two years ago at all. So, I'm on my own.
Well, at Jo Ann's (through tomorrow) all their fabric remnants are 75% off. I saw some nice ones today, and among them was this terry cloth-like material with pretty butterflies embroidered on them. I thought I could buy it and hem the ends to be washcloths for a gift. When I got home and unwound the remnant, it had tons of butterflies on it, most of which were cut in half. So I changed my idea, and this is what came of it.
I paid $0.68 for my 1/3 of yard, and I have enough left to make at least two more with proper butterflies on them. I think I want to make the next one have a flap-closure and probably be lined.
There's a lot of room at the top because I wanted to do a snap-closure, but the snaps are kicking my butt. Maybe I'll go back and add a big button.
Too bad it's going to have to sit empty for a while. My pink one is still on back order The model is the boy's.
I just can't get over the fact that my stitches are (almost) straight. I might try a Jordy bag if I get over confident tonight.
Comments, and especially learning-to-sew tips are appreciated!