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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: get the balance right on: June 18, 2012 05:53:36 AM
I really like this, especially those subtle little blushes!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Crabby Baltimore Sweater (with Fair Isle Chart!) on: June 13, 2012 05:58:55 AM
Hey there, ladies and gents!

Thought I'd pop by to share this sweater before putting it away for the summer...I actually finished it probably a year ago, but never got around to photographing it! It was my first big fair isle project, and I gotta say, I think I'm hooked!

detail shots:



and a photo to show the whole thing, as well as how I feel when wearing it:



Pattern: "The Life Aquatic" from Debbie Stoller's "Superstar Knitting"--I loved the shape of the sweater, and had been wanting to try out a fair isle yoke for ages, but the original had fish on it! Fish frankly kind of freak me out, so I couldn't see myself immortalizing them on a sweater, but I dug the marine theme...so i stuck some Baltimore crabs on it! Well, they're just crabs, but I hail from Baltimore, so that's what I'll be calling them.  And since drawing up the charts for them was such a fun challenge, I re-charted the entire yoke, adding some seaweedy sort of plantlife as well. And I love it so much!

Yarn: I had loads of "french vanilla" lion brand microspun lying around from a frogged project, and it fit close enough to the prescribed yarn, so I went with that! The colors are mostly done in simply soft, I think...


Here's a kind of boring photo of what it looks like flat...


Overall I'm really pleased with it, much more than I normally am with sweaters I make!
It fits and feels nice, and people always ask me about it!
Maybe that's because it's not every day you see a sweater with crabs on it....

Anyway, thanks for checking it out!
And if you haven't taken a look at Superstar Knitting, I definitely recommend it!
Lotta great patterns in there, time to pick which to knit up next!

UPDATE:
Thanks for the kind words, everyone! Here's the chart I designed, feel free to use it if you'd like! I would love any crabby projects you make with it, please PM me if you've used it!  Cheesy

13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTHPT3 aka One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 3 ~SUs Closed~SOs June 30~ on: June 12, 2012 10:52:38 AM
Gearing up to start crafting! Got lots of ideas floating around, now I just need to PICK ONE!
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTHPT3 aka One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 3 ~SUs Closed~SOs June 30~ on: May 28, 2012 11:06:36 AM
Sent in my questionnaire, can't wait for partners!!
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Felt Badge Swap - Round 2 Anyone?? on: May 07, 2012 11:26:04 AM
If the timing is right, I'm totally in for this!
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: OTHPT3 ~One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 3~ Interested? on: May 07, 2012 11:03:51 AM
Oh, I've never done a OTT swap before! I'd Definitely be in!!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Felt Badge Swap Gallery!! (Send Out April 30) on: May 02, 2012 09:51:03 AM
Loving all these badges so much!
I really hope Bunnie Boo gets the one I made for her soon!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Insect Swap on: April 25, 2012 07:46:48 AM
Oh yes, I would be interested in joining this swap! My schedule isn't really clear until june, but if you do one sooner than that I will just keep my fingers crossed for a round 2!
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Felt Badge Swap Gallery!! (Send Out April 30) on: April 22, 2012 10:55:31 AM
I am just LOVING all these badges you guys are making!
But, I gotta say it, (and I might be a Wee Bit partial, haha), I love the badge I received from Bunnie Boo the most!
Day of the Dead and owls were among the interests I listed, and she made a simply fantastic badge combining the two!
Just look at this baby!



Not only is it beautifully embroidered with rainbow thread, it's also got paint AND beads/sequins!
I am in serious awe of her skills!

It arrived in all its glory a few days ago, and I can't stop looking at it! I was going to sew it to my backpack, but I might just have to put a pin-back on it so it's not restricted to just one of my bags!

Thanks so much Bunnie Boo!!
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Felt Badge Swap (SignUp - CLOSED, SendOut - April 30) on: April 19, 2012 09:12:22 PM
Oh goodness me, it looks like my partner has sent already!
I'm stuck in finals week here in Scotland, so I'll be really gettin' down to it on my badge for her in just a few days.
I really can't wait to, my fingers have been hankering to embroider!
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