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11  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: April 07, 2009 01:07:19 PM
March Gallery of Completed Projects

You can not imagine the frustration it took to make this hat. 4 attempts and the end result is still just a tad too big. It was my first lace work and I learned the hard way that it is not good to try and knit lacework while doing anything else, except maybe blinking and breathing.

After the struggle of making Foliage, knitting up this second Meathead was welcome. I don't tend to make things more than once and typically when I do, I end up hating the pattern. Not true for Meathead, this will definitely remain in the gift arsenal (along with Saartje Bootees).

My friend and I are collaborating on a quilt to help bridge the thousands of miles that separates us. We got a bit behind at the start of this year, but we definitely made strides in catching up in March (though we fell short).

Another hat disaster befell me in March. I had to make my own modifications to a pattern so the hat would fit a 7 year old, but I didn't make the correct commensations for the superficial flap. So it turned out huge, especially since it is knit in chunky yarn and has a giant button on it. I'm thinking before Christmas, I'll end up reknitting it, just so the poor little girl doesn't develop neck problems from my hat.

Project #13 - February 'One for Me, One for You' Quilt Square[/url]

Impressed myself by figuring out how to use a piece of fabric that was too narrow to get 2 full size background pieces cut from it and piece together 2 proper size squares without needing to purchase more fabric. Yay for Math! And Destashing!

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12  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: March 01, 2009 05:29:11 PM
February Gallery of Completed Projects

A second attempt at this pattern in as many months, and despite that I really enjoyed knitting this up. I made a few more modifications to the pattern this time around and it went swimmingly. Bonus, it fits perfect and looked pretty great on me, to bad it was for someone else (My sister commissioned me to make 7 hats for her this year to give as gifts).

I've started a tradition of making our Christmas and birthday cards for the year, this year's birthday cards (15) were made sewing scraps of fabric onto the cards. I made half girly colors and the other half more boyish colors.

I got a message from my sister a few weeks ago that my nephew loves the fingerless mitts my MIL made her for Christmas, so would I be able to make him some of his own. Being the crafty, wonderful aunt I am, of course I did (thank goodness it was Valentine's Day so it gave me a reason to send them to him). I made a lame attempt at finding a free pattern for mitts that would fit a 4 year old that's about the six of a 6 year old, so I just winged it. From what I hear they fit great, and he called me excitedly to tell me how much he loves them.

Every year I freezer paper stencil a team shirt for my husband's fantasy baseball team, and disguise it as a Valentine's Day present. Works great for both of us, he gets something goofy to wear to his league's draft party and I don't have to figure out a gift for the guy who wants nothing.

Despite it's name, this is not the first hat I've knit (it's the pattern name in Knit2Together), but I kinda wish it was because it's so gosh darn cute. For those keeping tally, this is hat #2 of 7 for the year.

All in all, I'm feeling really good about this year's challenge! 8 weeks into the year and 8 projects complete (actually I'm a bit ahead at 9 because I just finished another hat today, but you'll have to wait until the month's over to see it!). I really might make it to 50 this year!

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13  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: February 07, 2009 02:35:32 PM
January Gallery of Completed Projects

Project #2 - Fruity Swifty

Project #3 - Diva Swifty

All three of these reuseable Swiffer covers were made for mom's birthday which is in a week. I had shown her the newest Mason-Dixon Knitting book at Christmas and she immediately requested "like three."

I got off to a great start at the beginning of January, but had misread the pattern while watching tv and didn't think to "try it on" before finishing. My first attempt ended up being double the size needed, so I started a new one with the thought I would rip back the first until it was the right size. Boy, did I underestimate what a pain tearing out the ball band pattern is. It took me weeks to do!

Here's to hoping I can complete 4 projects in February!
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14  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: January 01, 2009 01:14:53 PM
So I didn't make it to the goal of 50 projects, but I did break into the 40s which is awesome considering I took nearly 3 months off from crafting. I guess, I'll try again in 2009. 

November/December Gallery of Completed Projects

My best friend and I hadn't seen each other in 2 years, so we decided a collaborative craft project would be a good way to keep in touch. We provide the other with a fat quarter of fabric, then must create 2 identical quilt squares using the other's fabric as a jumping off point. This was my result from our first monthoh, and neither of us has ever quilted so it's a complete learning experience.

When I arrived back home for a funeral a week and a half before Christmas, I was bombarded with requests for handknit hats for the coming holiday. Lucky for them, not only am I an awesome hate knitter, I also hadn't done any shopping yet as Thanksgiving, home repair and the death in the family had kicked my butt in the previous weeks.

I pumped out a simple 2x2 rib hat for my dad in 2 evenings of tv watching, and a more complicated (because the pattern yielded gigantic results, so I had to start over) beehive hat for my sister in 3 evenings.

It's a tradition that my husband and I give our parents and siblings a gift card as a bonus gift every Christmas. Even though it's not the main gift (we like to give them the chance to treat themselves on us at their leisure), I do like to make the presentation special and this is what I whipped up for this year. Now they can either re-use them in the future, or hang them on their tree next year.

A gift with selfish motives for my best friend, whom I actually got to see this Christmas. A self contained stationery kit to write me. Inside the wrap are personalized notecards and envelopes, an address book with my info already entered, a "fancy" (but freebie) pen and a booklet of stamps.

A fabric photo album for my husband's cousin's daughter. She's only one, but as she gets a little older, I'm sure she'll enjoy pointing out her loved ones in her very own book. My nephew did when I made him a larger version a couple years ago.

This cabled Nintendo DS cozy for my mother-in-law was actually the first Christmas gift I started to make last month, but the last I finished (actually in the car ride down to their house on Christmas Day). The button holes gave me some problems (they were my first), so I moved on figuring if all else failed, she would be able to help me finish her own gift. Needless to say, I finished with a couple hours to spare with only the help of my Knitting For Dummies book.

My husband came up with a great gift idea for a closeable jar to hold my compost scraps on the counter until I got outside to dump them (I think he was sick of seeing plates and baggies sit on the counter for days). He wanted something the was dishwasher-safe, but where we didn't have to see the scraps. He tried to wrap the jar in fabric so we could still remove it and stick it in the washer when necessary, but it just wasn't pretty (I give him major props for trying). So I used what he attempted plus some other odds and ends and created a wrap/cozy that matched our kitchen, hides the contents, but is easily removed.

Though we're not total pigs, my husband and I tend to let things slide around the house and do major clean-ups every couple weekends. That always eats up one day of our weekend, so I've been trying to get us to do a few small things every night to alleviate that. But we always slip back into our old ways after a few days, especially since my husband claims he doesn't know what to do. So I created this chart to hang on our fridge by our "command center". It's like a calendar page with little pockets for each day. In the pockets are wooden spoons that list what should be done each day. We're starting using it today, I really hope it helps.

My second quilt square for our collaborative quilting project. We have the requirement that we have to use a different square pattern every monthso combined with the mismatched fabrics, we're probably going to have a pretty ugly quilt but it should keep us interested and most importantly connected.

*like always on my monthly recaps, you can click the titles under the images to read my blog posts*

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15  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: November 02, 2008 05:55:49 PM
October Gallery of Completed Projects

We had a little Pumpkin Throwdown at work. Oscar here, won me Most Creative and Best of the Patch.

I've found I really love patterned knitting, where nearly every row is different. The project seems to go faster because I NEED to knit "just one more row" to see the image/pattern progress.

Hopefully these two I-Spy bags will go over well with my soon-to-be four year old nephew. I'm hesitant to give him more toys, especially technology toys. His life needs to be simplified. I figure one is good for home because its larger and more of a buddy. The other is smaller and should be handy for my sister to tote around in her purse in case of boredom emergency.

Last minute costume for my husband and I for a Superhero Party. Handstitched a couple insignia, threw on some red shirts and we were good to go.

*like always on my monthly recaps, you can click the titles under the images to read my blog posts*

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16  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: October 02, 2008 05:54:36 PM
September Gallery of Completed Projects

Set of three pillows using Chocolate Lollipop fabric.

Set of three Halloween pillows.

Took a couple of hours to knit this capthen a week to knit the crayon holster. Hmmm. Scarf only took a couple days. It was my first time using chunky yarn. Wow, do tings go fast.

Set of three Christmas pillows using my favorite Christmas fabric by Alexander Henry from a couple years ago. One of the only times I've ever found a fabric I admired online in store.

*like always on my monthly recaps, you can click the titles under the images to read my blog posts*
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17  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: August 30, 2008 09:24:23 AM
August Gallery of Completed Projects

Definitely the slow poke of the group still posting, huh? I made these boottees in a couple days for my sister to give as a baby gift. I love the pattern still (I don't usually make two of anything!) and it will remain in the baby gift arsenal.

I have had plans to make this for myself (the shock!) since last summer when I happened upon the now-defunct Adorn Magazine. I just didn't think I would actually need a passport holder again, but lucky for me we're headed on a cruise in mid-September. Besides actually making myself something, the biggest shocker is I finished it well ahead of the absolute deadline date! Perhaps I am maturing?

A few days before heading to an out-of-town Cubs game, my husband asked me to help him create a shirt honoring the teams' television color announcer. Despite the simplicity, I ended up just making it for himbecause it was just easier that way. I normally wouldn't count this as a project because of it's simplicity, but I'm hard up for finished projects and the year is quickly coming to a close. So yes, I'm taking the easy way out.

*like always on my monthly recaps, you can click the titles under the images to read my blog posts*
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18  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: August 13, 2008 06:12:57 PM
July Gallery of Completed Projects

Tough month when only one thing gets completed. I was actually working on the infamous birthday, Christmas, no wait birthday, aww maybe Christmas this year present for my best friend. I screwed up along the way mid July, then was reminded I promised my sister I'd make her more baby shower gifts.

My sister's best friend was having (recently gave birth to) a baby girl and she loves elephants. Has been collecting them since she was a little girl. So when I made Bayas y Crema, el elefante in March, my sister wanted a repeat performance for this little one as well.

What can I say, I aim to please.

Though I do think I'm over this pattern.
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19  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: July 18, 2008 04:55:58 PM

Just wanted to share an action shot I got this past weekend of my little wizard of a nephew.
Check out the post on pg 38. MAGIC PATRONUM!
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20  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by CraftNClutter on: June 14, 2008 12:01:30 PM
April/May/June Gallery of Completed Projects

We got a new puppy at the beginning of April, so crafting has definitely not been in my card lately. But within the last couple weeks I've felt she's become acclimated to our family and not needing 100% of my attention when I'm home, so I've been back in crafting saddle and am excited to share.

This block print Birthday card edition was actually completed way back in February, but I didn't want to post any pictures until people had started receiving them for their birthdays. By May the majority of the family birthday's are done for the year, so now I share the pics.

In addition to carving and printing each of the 25 cards, I also hand tinted them as well. So no two cards are remotely the same.

Project #13 - Harry Potter Wand

{end of March}The night before Easter, while my family was staying with us and my nephew had finally fallen asleep, I made him a Harry Potter wand for our gift to him. He's only 3, but loves HP and runs around with his pencil wands saying "MAGIC PATRONUM!" I didn't end up getting a pic of the actual wand I made him, but it turned out pretty close to the Gryfindor looking wand in this pic from Halloween.

{April} The night before we were going to pick up our new pup, Nibbler, I stayed up late and whipped her up a puppy blankie to make her comfy on the ride home and in her crate. If you click on the link below the pic, you can see a better photo of the blanket before it had been seriously loved by Nibs for a month (as in the picture).

I made it completely from things in my stash, so I was even more impressed with my self than usualHa!

{April} I finally got around to making a light box to take more "product shot" looking photos. Really simple, just 5 pieces of foam board (I grabbed up when Michael's had them on sale for $1 each, so that motivated putting it together). I really look forward to finally being able to take photos of all my PEZ dispenser collection without distracting backgrounds. And if I ever get around to opening an etsy shop, it'll be nice to have clean images of my products.

{June} This is what has finally snapped me out of my crafting hiatus the last two months, a blog giveaway prize for my 2nd blogiversary. Once again, made completely from things in my stash. It was really fun to make, and I was shocked to find I kinda fell in love with it as I finished up. I tried to take pieces that weren't "me" for that exact reason.

{June} Me, for a friend's birthday. She recently moved to LA, and is all alone. If only I really had that hot fur trimmed white coat and orange shoes.
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