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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Baby Hat on: November 27, 2007 09:50:13 AM
So, I used this pattern:

http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/kpatt11.htm

I've noticed that most baby hats using size 7 dpns and worsted weight yarn have a cast on of somewhere between 60 and 70 sts.  This pattern uses a multiple of 11, so I just cast on 66 and worked the pattern as given.  Only other change was doing a seed stitch brim instead of ribbing.

I used Simply Soft because my brain keeps saying "Don't buy more yarn!!!!" and I already had this on hand.

Hat on baby Dorian:





He says "Woman, eat this cracker and get out of my face!"



But then he says, "Well, you're a *little* funny, so I guess you can take one more picture"




42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Punk Rock Mommy Love on: November 25, 2007 04:44:15 PM
That's what I call this.  Mostly because of the black/hot pink combo and the safety pin in place of a bail or what have you.  This one is for my SIL and I made one for myself.  I got the sculpey clay pendant idea from a shop on etsy, but it should be ok because I'm not selling them or anything.  Anyhoo, I was just gonna put Mommy on the front, but it seemed like it was missing something.  So, in my world, mommy=love, so I put the heart on the back.  In case you can't tell, the heart is actually a heart-shaped indention that is then painted.  My camera wouldn't cooperate very well, but hopefully you can see it ok.










The colors are truer in the first 2 pics.
43  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial Mash-Up Bag on: November 24, 2007 01:37:49 PM
Ok, so I want to make tote bags for my son's preschool teacher and her assistant.  I made a little questionnaire for each of them asking about their favorite patterns, colors, styles, etc and asked what features they would want on their bag.  So, they both said interior and exterior pockets, handles for hanging over the shoulder, and no main closure.  This is the mock-up I made to see how it would look.  Since I was making it for me, I added a few little touches to help me out.  It's a mash-up of a couple tutorials on here.  I used the Jordy bag tutorial as a guideline for the shape (although it's obviously bigger), and the gloriana reversible tote tutorial as a guideline for my strap/pocket combo.  I'm thrilled with how it turned out!!!

Empty bag (surprisingly sturdy, considering I used no interfacing):



Straps and outer pocket, same on both sides (it looks like I have a giant arm and a tiny bag, heh):



Close-up of outer pocket:



Little thingie to hold my keys because I always end up digging in the bottom of my bag for them when I go to the store or something:



Elasticized pocket for my cell phone (I only put one because my diaper bag has 2 and I always forget which one has my phone):



Full of stuff--it holds A LOT.  That's a couple diapers, a whole box of wipes, a soda, my knitting, my wallet, and some Desitin and there's still more room!:



The elasticized pocket with my cell phone in it:



Outer pocket with a giant tube of lip balm.  Seriously.  Giant:



See, here's the lip balm next to a bottle of nail polish.  I told you.  Giant.



Inner pocket with my makeup stuff:



Giant arm/tiny bag pic of filled up bag:





Sorry for the crazy amount of pictures, but sometimes it's necessary!!!

ETA:  I forgot to put a picture of my little secret!!  It's a skull n' crossbones!

44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help Finding a Teacher Tote Pattern? on: November 19, 2007 09:10:03 AM
Ok, so I've already looked over the tutorial list and none of them really fill the bill.  Does anyone know of a pattern that I could buy or find elsewhere?  I'm looking for a large tote with lots of pockets that looks very professional.  I'm making 2 of them, one for my son's pre-K teacher and one for the teacher assistant.  So, any ideas?  Thanks in advance for your help!!
45  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Zombie With a Butterfly Phobia on: November 17, 2007 07:08:38 PM
So, I made this for my husband for his birthday.  It's 2 separate stencils.  The zombie is one and the swirly butterfly stuff is another.  I didn't notice till I was laying it out that it looks like the zombie is totally freaking out about the butterflies.  Both of these stencils were crazy hard to cut out and very time consuming, but the shirt came out just how I wanted it to, so it was worth it.




And, my little birthday secret.....  My name starts with an M and my husband's starts with a J, so I snuck a little secret in with the swirls.  See it?


46  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Garden Gnome and Maybe A Mutant Boobie? on: November 14, 2007 07:13:09 AM
So, a good friend of mine had a death in the family last week.  I made this (she has a gnome thing) to cheer her up.  I didn't have any felt so I decided to crochet all the little bits that would've required felt (cheeks, mushroom spots, and belt buckle).  Well, I forgot the belt buckle and the mushroom looks like it has 3 nipples.  But, I still think it turned out pretty effing cute.

Gnome by himself:



Gnome on his grassy knoll with his nipply mushroom:





Sorry for the washed out pics.  My camera hated me this morning.





Pattern here:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7847856
47  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I am in LOVE with this hat! on: November 10, 2007 05:23:51 PM
Ok, it's just a regular old beanie.  But the yarn!!  I love this yarn!!  The colors are so gorgeous.  They range from a medium teal to a dark teal, then gray to black, and finally the tiniest and most random little bits of garnet strewn all over.  It's Araucania Magallanes.  Anyway, pics!

Yarn:



Hat



Hat on



Top of head




Pattern here:

http://www.knitonthenet.com/issue2/patterns/handmadehat/


48  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / SON OF A *ITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: November 10, 2007 04:59:06 AM
Ok, so I don't know how this happened.  I did a stencil on a onesie yesterday.  I used my usual method.  Freezer paper, acrylic paint mixed w/textile medium, a foam stamper thingie.  I did 3 thin coats, letting it dry completely between coats.  I waited till this morning, fully 8 hours after my final coat to remove the freezer paper.  Bleeding!!!!!  Like crazy!!!  Around every single stencil piece.  The one exception?  All the teeny tiny little islands that I stuck in the a's, e's, d's, o's, etc.  All of those stayed perfectly white!!!  What the hell?  Does anyone have any idea what could have happened?  I'm dying here!!!  There was hella lettering and it took FOREVER to cut it all out.  I'm contemplating jabbing my exacto knife in my eye.
49  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple Baby Hat (On a super cute baby!) on: November 03, 2007 05:04:43 PM
I made this hat by adjusting this pattern:

http://knitonthenet.com/issue2/patterns/handmadehat/

I just CO 64 sts instead of 80 and did the ribbing for 1 inch, stockinette for 3 inches, then started my decreases. 

Here it is in action:



Close up:



Top:



Aaaand funny gangsta pose heehee!!!






50  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "MANMADE" Earrings on: October 28, 2007 01:47:18 PM
Ok, so of course they're manmade, but they're also MAN-made.  My husband made these for me.  He's totally not a jewelry-making kind of guy so I don't know what possessed him, but I think they're great!! 



Back side of the picks:



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