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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fits Like a Glove! on: February 03, 2009 10:17:42 AM
Wow. Just wow. I love everything about this!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / X-stitchers: Do you finish a color or an area first? on: February 03, 2009 08:24:03 AM
Do you normally work on a certain area until it's finished, and then move on to another area, or do you work in one color until it's finished, and then move on to another color? I'm new to cross stitching, and it makes more sense to me to work in one color first (of course, if the same color isn't anywhere near the area I'm working in, I save it), but I think I'd feel less bored and also feel like I was making more progress if I could see more color on the canvas sooner. Just trying to get an idea of what other, more experienced, cross stitchers are doing! By the way, I'm talking about when you are doing larger pieces with a lot of stuff filled in, rather than lettering, etc.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Bright and Organized Craft Area! on: January 19, 2009 01:03:24 AM
Everything looks perfect! I love how you even have your threads on display. I envy your organization skills~ even your before pics are a jerzillion times more organized than my crafting areas!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty's Calorimetry on: January 16, 2009 01:19:51 AM
I love this! I might just have to make one for myself. The color you chose is just beautiful. Does it really keep your ears warmer?
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fingerless gloves--my 1st knitting pattern! on: January 16, 2009 01:17:15 AM
Thanks all. They were ridiculously easy and fast. After doing a test swatch and measuring around my wrist and wide part of my hand, I cast on enough stitches to stretch around my wrist. I worked a bit in ribbing and then in stockinette st until it looked long enough to keep my wrists warm. Then, still working in stockinette, I increased 2 sts every knit row and worked the purl rows even, until it was wide enough to go around my hand. I cast off enough sts to go around my thumb, and then worked a few more rows of stockinette and then ribbing until it was long enough. Then I just sewed up the seam from the bottom to the thumb, and then from the thumb to the top. Because I cannot make invisible increases, I incorporated it into the design, so the increase section looks like a V on the back of the hand. Easy-peasy!

I suppose it would be easy on dpns, since you wouldn't have a seam to sew up, but I live in a country which doesn't have dpns! At least, not that I've been able to find.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fingerless gloves--my 1st knitting pattern! on: January 13, 2009 02:50:01 AM
So I kinda made up a pattern for this as I went along, and I didn't bother to write anything down because I wasn't sure if it would turn out nice, so these gloves are ever-so-slightly different from each other! But I love them--they keep my hands and wrists warmer, but I can still do small things like dig for keys or push buttons on my mp3 player. I have no idea what yarn this is; I bought it at the bazaar for 50 cents with no label!

With my beloved scoodie, made with vegbee's tutorial (somewhere on Craftster!).

Close up.

So you can see the Frankensteinish seam!
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: New and funky kitchen curtains :) on: January 13, 2009 02:27:28 AM
I love your kitchen with the new curtains. It looks like a bright, relaxing place to cook and eat!
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Journals~Christmas gifts on: December 23, 2008 07:17:38 AM
I'm a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria and will be spending Christmas with my host family, who I lived with for 3 months during training. I have pretty much no money, so I was happy when I found these plain black journal/appointment books  Huh at a 1 lev store. They are from 2008, but it only says that on the first page, which I ripped out, and each page has a space at the top to write the current date. I painted their names on the front covers with cheapo acrylics and the only paintbrush I could find, which fell apart on me as I was using it! I'm not really very good at painting, but I think they'll like them! They're like 8x10 I suppose?

From L to R: For my host sister Simona (her nickname is Moni), my other sister Radostina (nickname Radi), and my mom Emilia. I used the Cyrillic alphabet for their names; So "Moni" looks like "Mohu" but trust me, it's Moni.

Just Moni's. It's hard to tell, but I painted over it with glittery nail polish to help protect the acrylic paint.

This is what I started with~I could never quite get that stupid silver feather covered!:
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I went to America and I saw... (altered book 16 pics) on: November 11, 2008 02:30:44 AM
This is such a wonderful way to remember your trip! I'm always picking up random things when I go places, but I always lose them before I can do anything with them. Or maybe my husband throws them out first... Huh I saw that you went to a concert on your birthday, Sep. 21--that's my birthday too!
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Altered Book: The Elements [Dial-up Killer] on: November 11, 2008 02:20:16 AM
This is beautiful! A lot of work went into this, I'm not sure I'd have the patience. But yours turned out perfect!
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