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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / LOST-inspired Dharma Initiative Dishcloth on: May 22, 2010 07:15:27 PM

To celebrate the end of LOST this weekend, I designed a Dharma Initiative dishcloth, you know, to dry my eyes as that final LOST black screen appears and then to clean up the dishes after the massive finale party I'm throwing.

I'm offering the pattern as a free incentive to donate to Relay for Life. If you're interested in the pattern, please check out my blog post for more information.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2010 DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2010 02:54:43 PM
I'm in as well. Usually I strive to do 50 projects in the year, but I've noticed my "small" stashes of yarn & fabric are getting bigger and I don't tend to wok from them because when I start a new project I have very specific ideas in my head (and that always requires me to go shopping for my supplies).

So I've declared 2010 the year to finish things.

That includes some wips, a couple non-crafty projects and putting an end to the stash.

Won't it feel great when I can go buy yarn or fabric and not feel a tinge of guilt when I know I have some stuff sitting at home?

So far my plans include making lots of dishcloths with my cotton, finishing up a quilting project a friend & I started, and using 101 One Yard Wonders to use up all those small amounts of fabric I have.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: January 01, 2010 02:39:14 PM
December Gallery of Completed Projects

December turned out to be a very productive month, and I was able to eek out the last project without even rushing. It feels good to actually have finished the challenge, but after 2 years, I think in 2010 I'll be taking a break - instead I'll focus on completing some things (crafty & otherwise) I have hanging out there.

My first day at my new job we spent the morning crafting these large ornament balls to decorate our front window. In the couple hours, I ended up making 4 in different holiday color schemes.

This was a redo for a hat I knitted earlier in the year for my sister to gift to one of her friends. This time, after dropping down several needle sizes, I ended up with a hat that was more appropriately sized and was much smoother to knit than the first (because I knew some little tips to make it easier from my first foray).

I really love knitting dishcloths with pictures on them. Makes the project go easier because I am forced to pay attention to what I'm doing.

A crayon and paper holder I made for a two-year-old, thought it would be perfect for mom to carry in her purse for restaurants or something.

My nephew requested a special bag so he could carry his two best buddies around with him wherever he goes. The design for the bag is completely my own and has two levels - most clever, the bottom container that allows his alligator stuffed animal to chill in it's own "habitat" complete with "water" & "fish" to eat. Check out the blog post to so some more details.

Pretty jars of cookie ingredients. Enough Said.

I made these bows to adorn the cookie jars as well as some presents. I wrapped all our gifts in brown kraft paper and wrapped them with a few strands of dark red yarn, so I thought the deep green felt bow would be a perfect accent.

Another dishcloth. With a slight hiccup. But it's meant to clean dirty dishes so I didn't sweat the mistake.

Project #49 - Gay Paree City Scarf
While visiting Paris this fall, my main souvenir was some french yarn. This is what I ended up making with it (I even bought a new cream wool winter coat to showcase it specifically). It's a bit shorter than I would like, but otherwise fabulous.

Project #50 - Front Door Draft Stopper
In an attempt to seal up the house a bit more from the winter chill, I made a draft stopper using leftover fabric from my nephew's bag and filled it with corn cob. Every little bit helps, right?

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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: December 02, 2009 05:18:18 PM
November Gallery of Completed Projects

The sweetest little baby sweater that I've been wanting to make for a couple years, made for the sweetest little newborn. Even finished in time to give during our visit to the hospital.

I created 11 of these sequined (half with red hats, half with gold) Santa heads for an ornament swap I'm participating in. My fingers still have not recovered from pushing all those pins - probably close to 6000 in all, yikes!

This was intended to be for my sister to give to her friend's 7 year old daughter, but the pattern had no gauge information and it ended up being way big. Luckily I have a big head, so it looks all right on me. Not my first choice of color, but should look good with the yarn I go to make a winter scarf.

This hat amazes me, it looks so tiny when flat, but stretches so much.

A redo of the above version. This time smaller and more 7 year old appropriate. The great thing: I finished it in less than 2 days.

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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: November 04, 2009 11:57:58 AM
October Gallery of Completed Projects

Project #34 - July Quilt Square

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6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Paris Themed Wedding on: October 13, 2009 08:32:29 PM
Ack! Woodstock, IL! that's where I'm from. Sorry it was just weird to see that pop up in the recent posts while I was actually on the board, I mean woodstock's small - who knew there were other craftsters there. Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: October 01, 2009 12:18:40 PM
September Gallery of Completed Projects

What started as a small project to take on vacation with me, turned into a 25 day ordealyes, 25 days to finish a baby hat! It wasn't a tough pattern, I just had to overcome many obstacles - pattern issues, knitting laziness on my part, trying to return to a normal schedule after a wham-bam vacation. I made this as a substitute to the Cupcake Hat (I had made in May but couldn't get to the right size) for my sister to give as a Christmas present to her BFF's daughter. I love this choice so much more than my initial, I'm almost glad I had such a hard time with the Cupcake Hat.

Project #33 - June Quilt Square[/url]

Finally getting back into the swing of things with my collaborative quilt project. As you can see I'm many, many months behind. I created this after seeing the block pattern on Flickr - it was kinda tough, as you can see my center corners don't line up AT ALL. But I'm good with the overall result.

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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: September 21, 2009 08:42:08 AM
August Gallery of Completed Projects

We've had an unseasonably cool summer, so with a couple weeks before a wedding and new mustard colored shoes I intended to wear with an existing dress, I decided I probably needed some sort of cover up for the wedding. Of course the weekend of the wedding ended up being the hottest we had all summer and it was an outdoor ceremony, so I didn't end up needing it. But on the plus side, it came in handy a couple weeks ago while we were traveling through Europe and at the wedding I had this past weekend.

Made especially for our European vacation as a place to store all our travel print-out reservations and have a place to have itinerary, budget, etc all in one place. Worked fabulously!

My husband decided to make his own cornhole (lawn bags) set and needed bean bags. Ended up wiping my pantry clean of barely, dried beans and popcorn, but was a great way to use up some of the brown/pink fabric I had somehow acquired several yards of.

I made this as well for our European vacation. I wanted a daily purse that was large enough to hold my DSLR, wallet, document holder etc, but wasn't your typical nylon travel purse or a messenger bag. A nice compromise with my modification to a size that wasn't too small nor too big and wasn't super boxy and generic looking.

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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: July 30, 2009 06:59:15 AM
July Gallery of Completed Projects

My first adult-size knitted garment! We've been having some unseasonably cool weather here, so I've even been able to wear it out.

Just in time for the movie release, a set of wooden people to help a late birthday girl celebrate.

Project #27 - Recovered Craft Binder

I've been saying I need a binder to hold all my loose patterns, and my husband had a  huge one from some conference he went to. But it was ugly. After years of saying I'd recover it and just stuffing loose stuff into a copier box, I finally grabbed some fabric from the stash and sewed this up in a hour or so. So much better.

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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: July 08, 2009 07:52:06 AM
June Gallery of Completed Projects

A little inside joke wedding present for my boss on her wedding day. H1N1 became huge news just a day or two after they had booked their honeymoon to Mexico, so I thought it was appropriate to outfit the bride & groom in "protective" face masks to coordinate with their wedding colors and graphic elements.

A quick knit Father's Day present, after dad complained though the coffee was good, his new french press didn't keep it warm for very long. By the time father's day rolled around, he had already broken the pressof course!

Project #24 - May Quilt Square

Longest quilt square ever! 49 handmade 1.5" yo-yos, hand stitched together, then onto a backing fabric (times 2). It will be a VERY long time until I make another yo-yo.

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