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31  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First navajo ply & koolaid dyed yarns! on: April 06, 2010 02:41:08 PM
My first navajo ply: 

This fiber was from lapoli's fiber club! I think it was a merino wool.

I also received some undyed Australian merino from spectrumsparksie in the LV swap.  I spun and plied the yarn (2 ply) then used koolaid to dye it!  It was very fun!  I love the orange and blue! 

32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I'm a little teapot (pincushion!) on: March 21, 2010 04:44:18 PM
I received a really cute teapot pincushion from sheepBlue in the IYP and then saw a pattern for one in a quilting catalog I received in the mail.  I decided I had to give it a go, and this is what I came up with:

I think it's pretty cute, but it has some imperfections.  The spout needs some refining, as does the lid, but it will work as a pincushion, so I guess I'll keep it and make another one for a friend!  Thanks for looking!
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / IKEA meets Amy Butler Fabric basket on: January 13, 2010 12:16:48 PM
I have been making fabric baskets lately and have been challenged to make a larger basket that won't collapse.  This one is 10 inches tall, 11 wide and 12 deep:

I used a light batting and home decor interfacing between the layers of fabric.  Next up:  11X 13 X13!
34  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My First Handspun! on: January 13, 2010 11:57:19 AM
After playing around with a drop spindle I got from MullersLaneFarm in Shop the Swap, I got the fever and have been collecting fiber like a mad woman.   Cheesy  I asked for a spinning wheel for my birthday and got an Ashford traditional -- it's beautiful!  These are my very first plied yarns.  

This was plied with itself.  I got the fiber from SewMamaLady.  She called the roving "Watermelon."

This was also plied with itself.  I got the fiber from lapoli in the STS appreciation swap.  I can't find the label name of this beautifully dyed fiber.  It was a lovely yellow and green -- their combination resulted in an occasional blue look which I love!  I have a lot to learn and there are lots of "problems" in these yarns, but I sure had fun making them!
35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork purses on: June 23, 2009 03:16:56 PM
I've been stitching up a storm lately and these are the results:

I used charm packs to start with and cut 5 inch squares into 2.5 inch squares.  This was probably the trickiest part!  The black, white and red bag is my latest and incorporates a front pocket.  I think it turned out great!  Both bags have interior zipper pockets and pockets to hold a phone, pen, etc. 

I may still add a key fob do-flinky.  The strap for the bag without the front pocket is made from 2.5 X 1.25 pieces stitched together, interfaced, then stitched into a long "string."  These bags were great fun to make!
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Short row felted bag on: April 28, 2009 03:41:24 AM
I have been working on this bag forever and even contacted the pattern's author for help, but it was worth all my struggles.  Once I understood the pattern (my fault, not the author's) this bag was a fun knit!  Onegroovyday inspired me to make this bag for her for a personal swap -- she has been waiting a long time!

here's the bag before felting:

And here she is after:

I used Noro Kureyon (5 skeins)
Pattern: from this website: http://feltedhandbagworkshop.blogspot.com/  by Diane Sutliff.  She was really patient with me and helpful, too, when I emailed with my silly questions!

I am going to run this through one or two more felting cycles I think . . . what do you guys think?
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Bunting adapted from an E. Zimmerman pattern on: January 26, 2009 03:30:25 AM
One of the best things I ever made, according to my sister-in-law, was buntings for her twin daughters.  Since they are now 24 going on 25, I have no idea how I put them together.  All the nieces and nephews want them for their babes in arms, though, so I let Elizabeth talk to me from her book "Knitting Without Tears."  Her modular sweater was the perfect pattern to adapt:

(Sorry about the sideways photo!)

I used Woolease from Lion Brand - warm but washable!  I don't know if it will actually pan out, but the cream colored bottom is designed to pull out and the bunting converts to a sweater for a 2 - 3 year old. I will probably end up steeking the bottom of the blue, too, if we actually do this.
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hedgehog - beyond cute! on: January 26, 2009 03:18:26 AM
I used Fiber Trends pattern to knit up a hedgehog!  Not only was this project more fun than making mittens, he is beyond cute:

After felting him, I went out and bought supplies to make more of these.  I wish there weren't knitting projects promised to others so I could get started on the next one!  I love the white eyelash against his tawny "fur."
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted and felted backpack on: January 18, 2009 04:28:06 PM
I made a backpack for the tree swap for hannahbear and my daughter immediately requested the same item except in green and purple!  She even sent me the yarn!  Here are the results:

I lined it with sections of a cotton towel I purchased at World Market.  There are a couple of pockets, to accomodate cellphone, measuring tape, wallet, etc and plenty of space for a bottle of water or whatnot.  I used a pattern from Patons  http://www.patonsyarns.com/pattern.php?PID=2160

  The strapping was not adjustable in the pattern.  I'm not sure what I did is any better, but here is a picture anyways -- I used D rings and velcro.  Cheesy  As you can see, I altered the bag a bit in other ways as well-- I am always fooling about with something just because I can.  Thanks for letting me show it off!
40  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bag prototype - with scottie dogs! on: October 19, 2008 02:38:08 PM
I've been working on a bag pattern for the "make a purse from this stuff" swap and finished a prototype yesterday.  It's not expertly stitched -- and has many flaws, but I am posting pics so my swap partner can get an idea of what I came up with (and what I am and am not capable of!)  Cheesy  any other comments are welcome!!!!!!!!!!

Blurry picture number 1 to give you an idea of the shape:

What the front looks like without the blur:  

A snap closure and zippered divider pocket:

Side gusset:

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
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