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1  Re: Make for a Charity Unswap 2 Through May 30 in Craftalongs by Alli_Lucy on: May 13, 2009 10:27:16 AM
I'm all done, and will be sending later this week!

My contribution is a baby hat and booties set.  The set is knit from soft (and machine washable!) acrylic yarn.  The hat is appliqued with a felted cashmere patch, which I re-purposed from a sweater that had seen better days.  Using vintage floss, I embroidered it with a whale motif from www.lollychops.com, pinked the edges, and stitched it onto the hat.  The booties are decorated with coordinating cashmere "buttons."

The set is sized to fit a baby 0-3 months old.  I hope someone falls in love with it!

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2  Re: IYP 11: the Winter Formal Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: February 16, 2009 05:32:06 AM
Oh wow, everyone has received such wonderful packages - and I'm no exception!  The fabulous Oneredboot sent me a package that absolutely blew me away.  The thoughtfulness, care, and skill that she put into it are all amazing.  Prepare your wisting buttons!

Everything together: knitting bag, needle roll, coffee sleeve, hat, and scarf.

The knitting bag and needle roll.  I've recently started knitting and have been participating in "knit nights" with my friends.  These will be perfect for toting around my projects!  They are beautifully made and I love the fabric.

The needle roll with some of my needles inside:

Next up, the coffee cup sleeve.  Oneredboot made this specifically to fit my travel mug, which has very strange dimensions.  The yarn is made out of recycled plastic bottles - how cool is that?  We were crafting with two broad themes in mind, "simple pleasures" and "sustainability," and I think she nailed both of them.

Finally, the hat and scarf.  The photos simply don't do justice to these.  They are so beautiful and I'm so appreciative of all the work Oneredboot must have put into them!  I've been wearing the scarf practically non-stop since I opened it.  Both are lovely, soft, and warm - the perfect thing to get me through the rest of winter.  The color is a bit off in this picture; they are actually a richer blue (more like the group shot).

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Oneredboot!

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3  Some First Knits (image heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: January 25, 2009 12:50:03 PM
Hello, knitting board!  I'm new around here.  I started knitting towards the end of November, and have quickly become obsessed.  I think knitting might be the perfect wintertime activity - it's so soothing and cozy!  Anyway, I figured it was about time I came out of hiding and posted some of my first knits.  Here we go!

First up is my most recent project: a buttoned-up neckwarmer/scarflette.  I made this using a dish cloth pattern from http://www.geocities.com/love2knit_dishcloths/DishclothIndex.html (the Lacy Zig Zag).  The yarn is alpaca, and it is ridiculously soft and warm.  I'm in love.

That was actually my second neckwarmer.  This was my first (made as a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law).  The yarn is sport-weight superwash wool.  I made it using the Drop Stitch Scarf pattern on ravelry, which is a great quick and easy knit for beginners - definitely a good way to launch into lace. 

Another knitted gift was this new baby set, made for a little someone who should be arriving any day now.  The hat is the SnB Umbilical Cord Hat.  The booties came from a ravely pattern that I altered slightly.

An early project was this garter stitch scarf I made for my husband, which is currently doing an excellent job keeping him warm (important, considering how cold it has been in Ohio in the past few weeks!).

Finally, here are a few of my very little, very early projects: a stockinette cell phone cozy, a box stitch washcloth (I've since made more, and I am loving hand-knit washcloths!), and garter stitch coasters, which were my very first project ever.

Thanks for looking!
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4  Paper-Covered Pens (with tutorial)! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Alli_Lucy on: November 13, 2008 04:18:39 PM
I first made these paper-covered pens for the Graduate Student Support Swap.  They were so quick and easy, and the results were so cute, that I just had to make a tutorial. 

Materials: clear pens, scissors and a ruler (or a paper trimmer), pliers, double-sided tape, and scraps of *thin* paper. Sadly, this project won't work with your lovely thick scrapbook papers - you need something thinner and more flexible. Wrapping paper or magazine pages (yay recycling!) work well.

Step 1: using your pliers, gently grab the tip of your pen and pull out the ink shaft.

Step 2: Cut your paper into a 4.5 x .5" strip.

Step 3: Wrap strips of double-sided tape along the ENTIRE length of the ink shaft (trust me, you do need to cover the entire thing - you'll end up with a messy seam if you cheat it!). Wrap the tape tightly, pressing out any bubbles.

Step 4: Wrap your paper over the tape, carefully pinching the seams together and overlapping one edge over the other.

Step 5: Slide the ink shaft back into the plastic sleeve.

Ta-da! I hope you like them!

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5  Re: Grad Student Supprt Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: November 11, 2008 02:17:10 PM
I received my wonderful package from Star217!  She sent me fabulous stuff to keep me toasty while I work in my departmental library (which is ALWAYS freezing).  From left to right in the photo there is a purple beret, a black, grey, and silver woven scarf, and a blue and orange scarflette (I LOVE that stitch - so pretty!).  She also included a fantastic leather travel journal.  It might become my dissertation notebook for next summer's research.  Leather notebooks are great for archaeology, since you can easily wipe the dirt off. 

I'm sorry I couldn't get a better picture: it is extremely gloomy here today.  I tried to get an action shot, but it is too dark and I am (apparently) too shaky to get a clear mirror shot.

Thanks again, Star!
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6  Re: Grad Student Supprt Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: November 09, 2008 06:14:22 AM
Star217 received a week or so ago, but I know she's been really busy so I thought I would just throw my own pictures up.

The whole shabang: laptop sleeve, collaged and stitched days of the week folders, pens lined with pretty paper, decoupaged binder clips, and (of course) fabric covered pushpins. 

Detail of the laptop sleeve (with vintage velvet button):

The little stuff:

I hope you liked everything, Star (and I REALLY hope the laptop sleeve fits)!
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7  Recycled Luxury: Vintage-Inspired Cashmere Cloche and Mittens in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alli_Lucy on: November 05, 2008 06:09:57 AM
I recently made this cloche and mitten set as a quick gift for a friend's birthday.  This was such an easy project - all it took was a thrifted sweater and about an hour and a half of time.  I used cashmere, so they turned out incredibly soft and warm.  I love things that are both recycled and totally luxurious!

You can wear the mitten cuffs pulled up (perfect for keeping your wrists warm under your coat), or scrunch them down for a more modern look. 

The flower on the cloche is attached to a pin back, just in case an occasion ever calls for a more simple look.

I've posted a tutorial for these on my blog, in case you want to make some for yourself: http://onepearlbutton.blogspot.com/2008/11/recycled-luxury-sweater-to-long-mittens.html.

Thanks for looking!

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8  Re: IYP 10: The Craftster Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: October 23, 2008 03:26:04 PM
I received!  I don't even have words to say how perfect and lovely and wonderful my gifts from Two Cheese Please are.  I am AMAZED at her crafting ability, and at the way she nailed my taste perfectly!

First up, everything together:

My requested item, a hand carved stamp.  The pictures DO NOT do this justice - I can't believe how intricate the carving is.  I'll be using this to stamp the back of handmade cards and to make little flat cards to tuck in with sewn gifts.  The stamp came in a sweet little drawstring bag (shown underneath it in the picture above).

You absolutely have to see the back to appreciate this...incredible work.

Bonus giftie number one: an adorable spool doll holding hand-stamped linen tape!  I admired this little girl on Two Cheese Please's blog last week; little did I know that she was for me!  I don't even know if I can use this - it just looks too perfect as is.  For now it is sitting on my shelf of my favorite inspirational things.

Bonus giftie number two: a notebook with a super cute cover and pen holder!  This is beyond perfect for me, since I pretty much have a notebook with me all the time.  I actually saw the tutorial for this pen holder recently and thought that I should make one once life slowed down a bit, but now I don't need to!  These pretties won't be coming into the field with me (oh, the horror - they would get so dirty!), but they will be getting a lot of use in the library.

Two Cheese Please even hand stamped all the pages of the notebook:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I adore it all, and know that I would wist every single item if I happened to see these on Craftster. 

What's the only downside to such wonderful gifts?  Swap anxiety!  Ack!
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9  Doggies for Obama in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: October 01, 2008 06:34:28 AM
Wow, I think this is my first post to the pet board!  Exciting.  Anyway, I whipped up this Obama bandanna for my greyhound, Perseus, over the weekend.  It's really simple - just a triangle of fabric with a logo applique made out of felt.  Percy has been wearing it on his walks, and he's getting a lot of compliments! 

Thanks for looking!

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10  Back to School Plaid Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Alli_Lucy on: September 22, 2008 07:47:02 PM
I made this sweet and nerdy dress to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.  I love that plaid is back in such a big way - wearing a plaid dress makes me feel a bit like Angela in My So Called Life (did I just date myself?).  I really rocked plaid back in the day.

For the basic shape of the dress I used the Anda Pattern from Burdastyle (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/29).  I lowered the neckline (both front and back), and used an enclosed elastic waist, rather than a drawstring.  To give it something extra, I added ruffles to the hem and bodice.  I also cut the pattern down to fit me (it starts at a size 38, which is too large for me); it was my first time altering a paper pattern, but it was very easy.  I'm surprised at how much I love this dress - I don't love the pattern, but think it worked to make exactly what I wanted.  I've already picked out fabric for another variation on the Anda.

Thanks for looking!
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