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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Trial Run Cabled Wristlets/Mitts with dollar store yarn: on: January 26, 2007 11:10:41 AM
Inspired by all your mitts, I just knitted these mitts to keep my fingies warm while finishing my dissertation in my new basement office (dissertation babies now inhabiting my old office space!) I used 1 skein of dollar store yarn (and its a true dollar store) to try it out. I'm also being a cheapo this year and trying mostly to recycle and not buy any new clothes but only used to remake or remake what I own, or, to make new stuff out of new fabric if absolutely necessary.  ANYONE ELSE TRYING TO ONLY REUSE or to MAKE/SEW your own this year and not buy anything or too much new?

Here they are:

I used this pattern: http://wineandneedles.blogspot.com/2004/12/wrist-warmer-pattern.html Except I had chunky cheap acrylic yarn so I cut out 12 stiches (an entire cable) and only did 2 repeats rather than 4. I also left a good inch of the seam open at the bottom edge of each mitt, whipstitched it with the yarn, and then made little balls/buttons/bobbles in a 1am haze which connect the corners back together decoratively going for the gauntlet look, I guess (ha). This makes it easier to get them on and off, esp as I reduced the pattern so much.

This is my first craft posted to craftsters, so crafsters be kind and teach me well!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: panta! (from a finnish pattern). on: January 26, 2007 11:03:31 AM
Thanks SO MUCH, now I will  be able to reach "llama!"
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! on: January 26, 2007 08:40:16 AM
Love the colour! It matches my vintage kitchen. You're going to have to start sweing accent pillows and home decor to match/accent the machine in whatever room it is set up in!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: eatums ( pic obese) on: January 26, 2007 08:36:24 AM
The pear with the mustache is absolutely fabulous! It reminds me of my very italian grandfather and his obsession with fruit trees! How canny!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: potting bench from drab to fab on: January 26, 2007 08:33:23 AM
Of course, If forgot to mention in my firs tpost how absolutely awesome the bench looks just as it is! Indoors and out! A great piece!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: potting bench from drab to fab on: January 26, 2007 08:32:07 AM
Maybe you could find/make buckets or baskets or something to fit in that space on the bottom (or a pull out shelf)...you could keep two tubs, for instnace for soil and compost or something....or you could bring it indoors in winter, plant your seeds in the bottom (where I suggested the tubs go) and put a flourescent light (if it fits) beneath the "table top" and have your own little growing station below as well as table top!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tree Swap, Round 3! on: January 26, 2007 08:27:43 AM
I've been keeping up with this thread b/c I love trees (and have minimal time to participate right now). Did any of you ever make trees out of brown paper lunch bags? You can put pennies in the bottom, tie rubber bands at the base (or string or whatever) and at different places and then cut/twist the top into tree branches. My best friend made me one for president's day and hung little paper heads of past presidents (cut from some sort of old-timey faux parchment scroll tourist thingy from DC) down from it, though I suppose you could hang anything, images, little gifts like earrings or something......GO TREE PEOPLE! GO!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old 70's chair into New 70's chair! on: January 26, 2007 08:23:32 AM
That looks lovely! I love the style of the chair, sort of danish modern, actually....and the fabric is sweet.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: panta! (from a finnish pattern). on: January 26, 2007 08:21:32 AM
Can someone please maybe copy or paste the pattern again at the end of this thread so I can find it?  I need a panta, I just need one!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tree Swap, Round 3! on: January 23, 2007 12:07:36 PM
THOSE ARE AWESOME AWSEOME MITTS! I can see why your mom wanted to steal them... I'm finishing my dissertation in my basement my fingers are freezing and I can't wear fingerless gloves and I'm thinking those mitts are the answer...Jane, do you have a pattern I can follow?
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