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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Vampire Bat Stuffies on: December 22, 2008 01:56:53 PM
Hey sis! Those are awesome and so much better than my knit ones! I love the eyes and the wings. Your nephews think they are very cool too. Can't wait to see them in person!
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered Felt Falling Leaf Necklaces on: November 19, 2008 06:12:20 PM
Here are a couple of necklaces I just finished.  I love embroidering on felt and pleased with the look and feel of these. 




13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: November 02, 2008 07:20:13 PM
Anyone want to critique mine?

www.prairiemother.etsy.com

I know...all five pictures. Working on that.  About filling up all the tags...I get stuck after about 8. What other types of words should I be using for tags?  Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. I am very new (and nervous) about the whole etsy thing.

thanks.
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: snowman, wheat, church and grass seed bags on: October 27, 2008 02:05:45 PM
Wow they're brill!!!  They would definately sell, i'd buy the snowman one lol

Your stitching is great, do you make your own patterns?

Yes, I make my own patterns. I just draw them up before I start sewing.  As for stitches I really don't know any names of stitches that I do, if I am doing anything special.  Could anyone suggest a good website showing different types of embroidery stitches? Maybe something good to create various textures?
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: A dozen rural tree paintings. on: October 27, 2008 02:02:33 PM

As for posting, I recomend taking some better photos of your work (so that the image is captured directly, is square with the edges of the photo, and is centered), so that your work looks appealing to buy.   
 

Thanks for the advice and I agree.  Some of the paintings actually have a glossy finish to them and I couldn't take a straight on picture of them without getting a glare.  Any suggestions?  I only have a point and shoot Canon digital. 
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: HomeMade Lazy Kate on: October 27, 2008 01:56:53 PM
how very cool looking!  but, sorry, what is a lazy kate and what does it do?  It looks like it is used for spinning? 
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / A dozen rural tree paintings. on: October 26, 2008 04:50:03 PM
These paintings are all done on illustration board with acrylic.  They measure 15" x 20"and are unmatted.  I've finished them over about the last year and a half showing some of all seasons.  I think the gray/blue winter trees are some of my favorite.  I am thinking about opening an etsy shop.  Do you think they would sell?  Any suggestions before I post them on etsy? Thanks!










cropped view of a labryinth meditation path





No, this one is definitely my favorite!









Thanks for looking and for all the help in advance!
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / snowman, wheat, church and grass seed bags on: October 25, 2008 11:58:04 AM
So for the last year I have either had no internet or no working camera, or both.  Well now I have a new camera and am taking pictures of everything I have made in the past year to get over my craftster withdrawal.  Here are a few bags. Enjoy!

front side

close up

other side

close up

lining

bag I made from a pant leg from husband's old pair of khaki's

close ups


a very small one from fabric stash


and my favorite....made from an old grass seed bag.




I have been thinking of setting up a shop on etsy, do you think these bags would sell?  There are a variety of sizes.  Any suggestions before I post these on etsy?  Thanks.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / pinwheel sweater, blankets, bats...img heavy (Now with bat pattern!) on: October 25, 2008 11:21:30 AM
So for the last year i have been either stuck with no internet access or a busted camer, or both!  I've been having craftster withdrawal Tongue  But luckily I bought a new digital camera two days ago and having been taking pictures of everything I have made since last fall.  Enjoy!

This pinwheel sweater I made last October by unraveling 5 thrift store sweaters to get the yarn.  I love the way it turned out and I love the shawl pin I found at my LYS.  Sorry, no picture of me modeling...I'm pregnant and the belly just gets in the way!

 





These are two blankets I finished over the summer to give as Christmas gifts.  The black and green one is for my 15 yr. old nephew...very manly I thought. The bright, garishly ugly one is for 12 yr. old neice.  Not exactly what I would like but I know she will love all those colors.









...and finally two bats.  My son found a stuffed bat he just loved at a garage sale.  Well, he lost it which was just a tragedy for a four year old.  So I cruised around the internet, got some ideas and made my own.  Once I was done with the brown one his twin brother, of course, wanted one of his own.

Hanging upside down with their wings buttoned.






Thanks for looking!

As requested, here are my notes for the knitted bats. This is the first pattern I have ever wrote so if some of it doesn't make sense, please let me know and I will try to clarify.

I used cheap acrylic worsted that someone gave me a ton of from an auction but I am sure any type would work.
Body
Cast on 5 st. on dpn. i used #5
Increase 5 st. every other round until you have 40 st.
Knit for 5 more inches. 
Next row decrease 5 st.
and the next row decrease 5 st.
slide tapestry needle through stitches but do not pull tight. 
Embroidery facial features, then stuff and then pull tight stiches and weave in ends. 

Feet - Make 2
Cast on 12 st.
Stockinette St. for 6 rows. Bind off.  Sew in a loop so cast on and off edges are on the side of feet and sew onto body of bat.

Ears - Make 2
cast on 6 st.
slip first st. of every row
stockinette st. for 6 rows.
Row 1 - slip st, ssk, k2tog, k1
Row 2 - purl
row 3 - slip st, k2tog, k1
row 4 - purl
cast off
sew on to head

Wings - Make 2
cast on 20 st.
knit for 6 rows in garter stitch
Row A - knit to last 3 st., k2tog, k1
Row B - k1, ssk, knit to end
Repeat A
Repeat B
Repeat A
Repeat B
knit two rows
Row C - k1, ssk, knit to last 2, inc. 1 st, k1
Row D - k1, inc 1 st, knit to end
Repeat C
Repeat D
knit two rows
Row E - k1, ssk, knit to last 3, k2tog, k1
Row F - k1, ssk, knit to end
Repeat E
Repeat F
Repeat E
Repeat F
knit 2 rows
Row G - k1, ssk, knit to last 2, inc. 1 st, k1
Row H - k1, inc 1st, knit to end
Repeat G
Repeat H
knit 2 rows
Repeat E
Repeat F
Repeat E

* from this point each wing will be different. The following will go on wing 1, for a buttonhole

Row I - k2, yo, k2
Row J - knit
Row K - k1, ssk, k2
Row L - k1, ssk, k1
Cast off

** For wing 2 knit the same as wing 1 until the *
Row I - k1, ssk, k1
Row J - knit
Row K - knit
Row L - k1, ssk, k1
cast off

sew wings to body and add button to wing where needed.

If you find any mistakes or have suggestions on how to make this pattern better I would appreciate any input. I'm not too happy with the ears so if you come up with a better way let me know.

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Victoria's Secret knock-off (w/PATT!) & Eiffel on: October 22, 2008 05:00:11 AM
i love the VS knockoff and I'm excited to make my own, thanks for the pattern!!
I was reading over it though and as you do short row shaping at the end of each row it says, w&t.  Does that mean wrap and turn?  What does it mean to wrap a stitch?  Is that the same as a yarn over?  I'm still kind of new to a lot of knitting techniques.  thanks for any help. 
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