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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Some First Knits (image heavy) 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!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper-Covered Pens (with tutorial)! 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!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Luxury: Vintage-Inspired Cashmere Cloche and Mittens 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!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Doggies for Obama 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!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Back to School Plaid Dress 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!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Men's Shirt to Sweet Retro Capelet on: September 10, 2008 08:30:58 AM
Hi, all!  I've been wanting to make a shoulder cape for ages, but didn't get around to it until my brother gave me this old work shirt.  I loved the plaid, and thought it had the potential to be a great little cape.  It took some trial and error to bring the shirt to it's full potential, but I love how it turned out.

If you'd like to make your own, I've posted a tutorial on my blog: http://onepearlbutton.blogspot.com/2008/09/from-mens-shirt-to-sweet-and-pretty.html (I would post it here, but it's ridiculously image heavy!).

Thanks for looking!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Decoupaged Bracelets on: September 08, 2008 03:56:07 PM
I have a new crafting love - decoupaged bangles!  They are so quick and easy to make, and the final product always looks fantastic.  I whipped up these four for a giveaway on my blog.  One is made out handmade Japanese paper, the others are all recycled: two from Anthropologie catalogues and one from a vintage pattern envelope and instruction sheet.  I'm really happy with how they came out!

If you'd like to make your own, I've posted a tutorial for these on my blog.  I'd put it here, but there are a TON of pictures, so I thought I would spare the 56k users. 

Thanks for looking!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Wedding Veil on: August 31, 2008 09:48:40 AM
Wow, this is my first post to the embroidery board in a long time!  I made this veil for a friend's October wedding.  I embroidered the edge with a freehand design of loops and lazy-daises, with tiny (faux) pearls incorporated to match the bride's dress.  This was my first time embroidering on tulle, and it took a lot of experimentation to figure out how to make it look best!  I ended up working without a hoop - the tulle was just too fragile to stretch.  There are a few places where the tension got a little off, but overall I was able to keep it pretty consistent.  The strangest part, however, was working with a transparent material - I had to come up with a new personal technique, taking into account that both the front and the back of the stitches are always visible.  It was a time consuming process, but overall I'm happy with the end result.  More importantly, the bride loves it.  I'm looking forward to seeing her come down the aisle in it! 

Side view: in real life, the embroidery stands out more than it does in this photo:

Back view:

Front and back view with flash, which shows the embroidery better:

Detail of the embroidery:

Thanks for looking!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Garters on: August 26, 2008 07:32:23 AM
I made these garters for a friend's October wedding.  The "keep" garter is made out of lace from the bride's mother's wedding veil, satin ribbon, and a vintage mother-of-pearl button from my stash.  The "toss" garter is Boston Red Sox themed and made from some Alexander Henry baseball fabric, a few bits of ribbon, and a Red Sox button purchased on Etsy.  These garters were super quick and fun to make, and I love how they came out.  More importantly, the bride loves them too!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quick Sweater to Cardigan Reconstruction on: August 12, 2008 06:54:36 PM
I love turning sweaters into cardigans - In fact, I think it might be turning into an obsession.  This is my latest transformation.  I liked the sweater as a slightly oversized boyfriend style, but I love it as a romantic cardi edged in ecru eyelet.  I predict that this will get a lot of use as the weather becomes chilly!



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