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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Favorite Knit Hat on: October 10, 2008 12:49:25 PM
I have been obsessed with this pattern lately. I have made six hats with it in the last two months. I think I got it out of my system now though, after knitting two of the same yarn.
Why? Well, I bought this lovely handspun to knit a hat, but sensibly thought I had enough (four!). So I tried some stitch patterns for a scarf, which was hard, because the yarn was rather uneven. I settled for seedstitch, got about half into one of the three skeins and than realized it was not enough to make a nice long scarf. The yarn is too sturdy for a neckwarmer and the bag I started look odd too.
So... back to Soulemama's (and my) Favorite Knit Hat it was. I made a hat and had half of the yarn left. So I made another one. I'll give that one away. A girl can have too many hats, especially too many that look exactly the same (and match my car, but not my coat) .

On to the pictures (never mind my messy hair, I need to learn to braid it tighter);








2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Giant Grannysquare on: September 16, 2008 12:12:50 PM
That being said - do you know any 8 or 9 year old boys? You could always say that the blanket was made from teddy bears. Boys that age LOVE destruction and since it's brown... Wink

I do have some nephews...  Grin
But the light brown is a pinkish kind of brown, so I don't think I can get away with it.  Undecided
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Giant Grannysquare on: September 14, 2008 12:57:45 PM
Oh, I just choked on my wine! Haha! That's what I get for faking I know your american measurements! I mean inches! Feet...that would be really giant. It must have felt like that when I posted this...  Grin
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Curtains in Kitchen, but They Have a Problem... on: September 12, 2008 04:24:09 AM
I had to look twice before I noticed it. And I wouldn't have if you hadn't stated there was a problem. I really like them. I even think you could get away with suggesting you did it on purpose, it does add some "schwung" to the plaid.  Grin
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fun little farm quilt on: September 11, 2008 06:06:34 AM
When I cleaned out my fabric stash, I tried to keep only stuff that I planned to make something with.
I had a little problem with some vintage childrens fabric though. I loved it so much when I bought it. The farm print was so cute! But it was an odd piece and it had some little holes in it.  I also had a pillowcase with a farm print. Nothing I could really use, so it was on the back-to-the-thrift-store-pile. 
But when I saw those two together I pulled them out of that pile again, added some white towel-cotton (english? - in dutch its called badstof) and some linnen and decided to make a little quilt of those. I cut out the nice pictures, framed them with the cotton. made a backing of the pillowcase and the linen and used the rest of the linen to frame the whole quilt. I binded it by folding the front over and handsewing it in the back. The quilting is simple, just lines around the pictures.







This really was fun to do! Its not perfect, but I think its cute.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Giant Grannysquare on: September 08, 2008 01:28:13 PM
Thank you all so much! I think I was a bit too negative about this blanket.
Actually the color of the light yarn is more pinkish than the photo shows, but it is already growing on me (I finished it a few weeks ago). I really want to move on to brighter colors though.
That yarn was part of three bags full I bought for only 10 euros. It was a bargain, but it was just too much browns and greens.  Really scratchy stuff too, so not great for clothing. But I'm moving on now while somebody else is using the sixteen skeins of beige yarn.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered bag on: September 08, 2008 11:09:48 AM
I made one zippered bag before, but I cheated on that one. It had a dividing zipper, so I could turn it the way I would a normal tote. That's not recommendable, by the way, because the zipper keeps coming apart and is hard to put together when I want to close the bag.
My mother asked for a zippered back for her birthday, so I tried one more time. It took me a long time and in the end I kind of reinvented the zippered pouch I have seen many tutorials of. Oh well, it went well and my mother likes it. I think I can make more this way.





I can't take credit for the nice embellishment, that was already on the fabric.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fun quick projects on: September 08, 2008 11:01:08 AM
After finishing a big crochet blanket I wanted some easier projects.

I had this fluffy, sparkling yarn in my stash for a while and it worked real quick. I like the colors together (the light blue was a scrap from another scarf I made two years ago).



After that I tried a simple hat without a pattern:



When that worked out, I decided to try Soulemama's pattern.



I liked making that so much, that I started another one. I had to recalculate the stitches a bit, because this is thinner yarn:



And I made a matching neckwarmer:



Next on the needles? I still don't feel up to big projects, so I think I'll make another one of those hats...
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Giant Grannysquare on: September 08, 2008 10:49:54 AM
I started this to get rid of some of the ugliest yarn in my stash. I just kept doing round after round until I didn't have enough left to do another round. I did add two other colors, to make it a bit more interesting, but I still don't like it. It's an odd size too, about 55 feet inches square. But there is a lot of hours in it, so I wanted to show it to you guys anyway.





One good thing about this though: I realized I did not want to make something else just to get rid of the ugly stash, so sorted everything and donated everything that I didn't like to a thriftshop. Half of it was gone a week later. I hope it was bought by someone who really liked it...
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: The little bag that could... have been on: July 23, 2008 12:55:31 AM
I'm so sorry, I never got around  to answer all those wonderful replies. Thanks so much for the nice comments. I feel a lot better now about the things I make, although I decided to let go of the idea of selling stuff for a while (blogged about it, if anyone is interested).

I left the stain as it is, it is rather small and you can hardly see it when the bag is full of stuff.
I used the bag myself for a while and now my seventeen year old daughter has it. My three girls are steady "takers" (not buyers of course) of my bags and they begged me for this one and two others I made after this one (I'm so behind posting things here!).

Anyway, thanks again!
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