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11  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Anchor kit on: August 10, 2014 12:08:29 PM
I finished up the free anchor kit that came with Mollie Makes UK recently. Originally I'd wanted to make a drawstring bag, but it was so tiny that I just hemmed it with a slip stitch. I'll probably put potpourri in it and tie it with some twine to close.

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: on: August 10, 2014 04:11:46 AM
These are very good for a beginner! I wish my first attempts looked like that... I can't really decide which one I like more, but I love how you incorporate other materials in your stitching, and not just beads and buttons but unusual stuff as well. Really creative.
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: on: August 10, 2014 03:14:56 AM
And still I didn't finish up in time....
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: on: August 10, 2014 03:14:27 AM
Well, last year's thread started a week earlier :-P
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: on: August 10, 2014 02:46:15 AM
Haven't been here for a while, my irl got in the way for a bit, but all of your hard work is very inspiring! I have quite a lot of homework to do (resitting 2 exams in two weeks) but my sewing machine is calling my name right now from under my desk. I'd better get done quickly, sewing would be a good reward!

Apart from some mending, I'm still working on the old jeans quilt and I think I've collected enough pairs to finish up now. I'm also still working on a flower print baby quilt and I've bought fabric for a small autumn quilt, but not before the other 2 are done.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting on: August 07, 2014 11:06:08 AM
I know this is early, but I never finish up in time for Christmas. Earlier this year I ended up in hospital, so at least I've finished all my card WIPs (and even most UFO's!).

As I'm going back to college to hopefully graduate this year, there's not too much time or money to spend.

On the list so far:
Brother: Dr. Who weeping angel ornament, UFO
Boyfriend: something I can hide when he's not at work. He's really interested in what I make, which is a good thing, normally, but not for gifts.
Mother: something that feels luxurious, that she wouldn't buy for herself. Knitted lace scarf maybe?
MIL: something like that, except I don't know her very well and she doesn't really celebrate any holidays as far as I know. Her life isn't very easy and her relationship with bf hasn't always been perfect. Still, I'd like to give her something that shows I appreciate her for raising such a wonderful son, despite the circumstances, and that I / we do care. Any help on this would be very much appreciated!
Grandma: same thing as my mum, slightly adapted to suit her taste. I know they don't like getting the exact same thing
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: on: August 07, 2014 09:39:09 AM
Well done! I've attemped this type of crochet and found it quite difficult. Your pillow looks great!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Re: Granny square blanket on: August 05, 2014 10:26:32 AM
Thanks for the kind words! That's what I love about Craftster. I come from a family of perfectionists and while I'm not like that myself, sometimes I still hear their voices in my head. It's good to be reminded that 'fit for purpose' is the main goal and anything on top of that is a bonus. And my wonky stitches indeed do have a story (I'd never thought of stress before, but that could well be the issue! Wasn't the easiest week ever)

I also love the classic items and I'd wanted a blanket like this for years. It was much quicker and easier than I'd always imagined it to be, it doesn't have to be double bed sized! The squares get addictive too, before you know you're crocheting outside your bf's workplace when you pick him up there.... you should have a go at it some day.
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny square blanket on: August 05, 2014 07:44:53 AM
This is probably the millionth granny square project on Crafter, but it's my first.

Just over a week ago, I came across a plastic bags with leftover yarn from a knitting project. I hadn't crocheted in a while, I was supposed to study for a resit, best timing ever :-)

One square only took me about 10 minutes and I took my bag of yarn everywhere. All of this was done outside my regular crafting time - I've worked on it on the bus, train, while watching movies and even while waiting in the kitchen for the kettle to boil. I stitched them together on Sunday because I couldn't figure out how to join as you go and then it took me about 2 days to weave in all the ends. I don't normally finish stuff this quick, but I decided not to give up this time.

It's not as neat a I hoped it would be. Apparently I have tension issues, some squares are quite a lot bigger than others. I don't have that when knitting, so I'd like some feedback on that.

It's about 75x75cm

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20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *starting June 1st, 2014* on: June 02, 2014 09:32:32 AM
Wow, Ludi!  Shocked

It's very inspiring to see everyone's progress. The reason why I started the grid in variegated colours was lack of inspiration, but a desire to start. I figured I'd do the worst part now and the beautiful threads would get me inspired soon enough. Worked for me, and apparantly I'm not the only one. Inspiration needs to get kick started somehow.
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