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1  Re: Sheldon's girlfriend in Knitting: Completed Projects by peps on: December 13, 2007 09:34:34 PM
Oh, and I'm glad everyone enjoys my cat's interactions with the Shell family.  I just get a kick out of her!  I can't wait to see how she takes to the babies.  I may stuff one with catnip just to torture her... or not.  Sheldon is an awful lot of work for a cat toy....

Anyway, here are a couple of cute family pics from a while back:

Sheldon with naked Sheldina!


And Sheldon being a gentleman:
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2  Sheldon's girlfriend in Knitting: Completed Projects by peps on: December 12, 2007 06:59:45 AM
I am making a Sheldon family for my niece and nephews and I just finished the darling girl version, Sheldina!


This is from the knitty pattern, Sheldon.  I used knitpicks shine sport in blush and orchid.  I originally planned to put a bow on her head, but since her eyes are on top there was really nowhere to put it without it looking very stupid.  I am toying around with the idea of making her a little pearl necklace or something, but I worry that might not be child safe.  If anyone has thoughts on that or a possible child-safe accessory I'm all ears!

Here is a link to my blog post on her if you want more info on technical specs and whatnot: http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/11/fo-sheldina.html

This is the second in my Sheldon series and I have to say that I love the FO, but kniting them up is not exactly fun.  There is just so much tedious assembly work!  I keep telling myself it is good practice, and some day I might not hate finishing so much if I find it easier.  Next up is the little boy version - Sheldino!
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3  Re: Fitted Knits-along ? in Knitalongs by peps on: December 09, 2007 07:36:27 AM
Bluebell is FINISHED!!!  I call her bluebell from hell because this project was FROM HELL!  I was a total maniac!  It was one thing after another - I even lost my yarn at one point.  Lol.  So, I'm happy it's done.  Blocking worked miracles!

I used the same cascade 200 tweed from the book and it took up four skeins, I fiddled with the sizing a bit, but it was essentially just the small size.  I go into every inane detail on my blog if you just can't get enough bluebell from hell war stories: http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/12/fo-bluebell.html
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4  Re: Fitted Knits-along ? in Knitalongs by peps on: November 21, 2007 09:02:26 AM
I have been on a Craftster hiatus for a while, but I thought I'd post my progress on Bluebell.  I've got all the knitting done!  Just need to seam and block.  Here's a pic:


The shape is TOTALLY wonky.  If it doesn't block out as I hoped I'm going to be very disappointed about all the time I have wasted!  But, I have a lof faith in the miracles of blocking... so wish me luck.
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5  Re: Mrs. Darcy KAL in Knitalongs by peps on: October 09, 2007 07:44:15 AM
Here's a pic of mine from behind, if that helps you make a decision on shoulder shaping.  (Really, I just wanted an excuse to pull her out of the closet, seeing as it's still god-awful hot here!)

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6  anyone recognize this stitch? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by peps on: August 24, 2007 01:31:16 PM
I inherited this half finished afghan from my aunt, but I'm pretty new to crochet and I can't figure out what stitch it is.  Whatever is it, it looks pretty simple, so I'm hoping I can finish it up.  Any help is greatly appreciated!  Thanks!



(it's double stranded)
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7  I rolled my own! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by peps on: August 21, 2007 06:44:41 AM
I've had a crappy needle holder for ages that my needles always fell out of, and I've been meaning to make a new one ever since I got S&B, but never got around to it.  WHY DID I WAIT?  This needle roll is awesome!  It is HUGE - holds all my needles, plus room for duplicates and the giant flap across the top keeps everything in its place.

Tapestry fabric is pretty expensive, so I used some lovely printed corduroy and one piece of embroidered corduroy for my holder.  I'm pleased that I went with a heavy fabric like the pattern recommends - it made a nice sturdy case.

Pics!


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8  Firefly Shot Glasses in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by peps on: July 07, 2007 01:18:04 PM
I guess this is the right place for this post, since the technique involves a transfer.  I thought I'd post them here since there isn't a whole lot of info on lasertran paper on Craftster.

So, without further ado, here are three shotglasses with images from the TV show "Firefly" that I just made for a swap.



I used the regular lasertran paper with a color laser printer and did the bake-on application method.  At first I tried to heat-set the decals in the oven, like it says you can do in the instructions, but it was a disaster - all of the ink pilled up and the images were super spotty.  So, I tried again and this time I used a heat gun and it made all the difference in the world!

The first glass (on the left) is one I made with one of the first decals (the pilly oven-set ones), and I didn't like the way it looked, but didn't want to waste the shot glass, so I baked one of the better second decals over it.  I was worried about baking it twice, but it turned out okay - but maybe a little more bubbly than I would have liked.  The second glass is made with two of the good decals stacked right on top of each other (but baked once) and the third glass is just one of the first (pilly) decals just baked once.  You can really see the difference in the intensity of the color between the first two shotglasses and that third one.  Layering the decals makes a big difference!  (Special thanks to Craftster DogGrrl for that tip!)

One more tip from my experience: the square design on the second glass ended up a little warped because of the shape of the glass.  I would recommend sticking to a circular design like in the third glass for a more even look or even one like the first glass that is still square but doesn't have real defined edges.

Thanks for looking!  I hope these tips are helpful to anyone who might want to try transferring images to glass!
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9  Re: Firefly/Serenity Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by peps on: July 05, 2007 05:08:36 PM
Yay!  I just got my package from inle_rah!

First, I opened this gorgeous Serenity Tote bag:


It's lined with a pretty satiny fabric!


Oh... it looks like there are some stowaways in the tote's pockets...


They are little Kaylee and Zoe stuffies! (Kay-wee and Zo-wee?)


And because I'm not spoiled enough at this point, there are some great Firely character coasters!


... strawberry stitch markers for my knitting


And the best Kaylee inspired stuff ever!  A shiny butterfly and flower windchime:


And my favorite thing...  a handmade Kaylee journal!



Thank you so much inle_rah!  Everything is more than I could have dreamed of!

P.S.  My kitty loved all the green ribbon.


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10  Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!] in Knitalongs by peps on: July 03, 2007 01:56:12 PM
OK, here is a pic of my completed raglan:


I'm happy with the way it turned out!  More pictures and extensive notes are on my blog:
http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/07/fo-beginner-top-down-raglan.html

Thanks for a fun knitalong, y'all!
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