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11  New skirt for my daughter in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by multicrafty on: March 18, 2008 06:43:08 AM
I was browsing through my (long) list of tutorials I have saved on my computer looking for a quick project I could make before I had to prepare dinner yesterday.

I came across the easy skirt tutorial via Two Little Banshees and got it done from start to finish in an hour.

I somehow managed to cut my elastic a smidge to big so I'll have to fix that (hence the pictures of her sitting down).  Anyways, the strawberry fabric is actually a vintage pillowcase I found while thrifting last summer and the red is some that I've had in my stash that I've been wanting to use up here and there.  (It's the color of red that is bright and almost makes your eyes bleed so I want to use little bits of it in different projects).

She was painting when I took the pictures

I want to make some more for her because it does look really cute on her.
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12  Hat for my daughter in Knitting: Completed Projects by multicrafty on: January 26, 2008 03:43:45 PM
I had originally made my daughter this hat here for her but somehow I managed to lose it when we went to the mall the other day  Roll Eyes .  So, being that it is extremely cold weather here in Ohio and hats are a must, I knitted her up another one.  I didn't use any pattern and just sorda winged it.  The yarn is Knit Picks Shine Sport in Crocus and the white stripes are some Bernat Baby yarn that my Mom gave to me a while ago.

Casted on 80 stitches on size 5 circular needles and worked in 2x2 ribbing for 1"

Switched to size 6 circular needles and knitted the rest of the hat for 7" (to make sure it came down over her ears.

Then just k8, k2tog around, knit 1 row even, k7, k2 tog, k 1 row even, etc. until I had 8 stitches left.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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13  First time sock knitter - Got a question! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by multicrafty on: January 04, 2008 05:37:23 PM
So, the only reason why I learned to knit was to knit socks.  My "learn to knit" anniversary is almost about and I am just now knitting my first pair of socks.  Being that I've never knit socks before I don't know the "how's and why's" of the different things you do to knit socks.

Case in point:
I'm knitting my 3 year old a pair of socks (figuring starting small to see if I even like it and it's a small sock project to tackle) and I picked the Child's Rainbow Sock from Paton's Pull Up Your Sock booklet.  Everything is going great in fact and I don't even have that ladder when you knit on DPN's. 

My question is this (and it's just out of curiosity):
For the heel flap, the pattern says *Sl1, k1* repeat from * to *  Next row Sl1, purl across.  I'm just curious as to why the pattern has me do this.  Is it for reinforcement purposes?

For bragging rights, here is my progress as of this afternoon.  I got alot more work done and am working on the heel flap now.
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14  Wavy Gravy Scarf for my daughter in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by multicrafty on: December 31, 2007 05:06:21 PM
I made my youngest daughter a scarf and still needed to make my oldest a scarf.  We went to JoAnn's Friday and they had their Lion Brand Jiffy yarn on sale for $1.99.  So, she picked out the yarn that she wanted and I got to work.  Super easy, super fast, and was fun.  She absolutely loves it.  The only thing that sucks is that (for some strange reason) it's not snowing here in Ohio and isn't exactly "scarf" weather.  Maybe me making it will bring on some snow.

Enough babbling and onto the pics.

The color is Salem

Her wearing it (don't mind her messy sweater, we just got done eating dinner when I took the pictures)

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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15  Christmas door knob thinga-majig in Winter Holidays by multicrafty on: December 18, 2007 10:53:40 AM
I made this for my daughter to give to her teacher.  I had all the material on hand so didn't need to truck out in the snow to buy anything.

Used felt for the base, then took scraps of cotton and linen.  Handstitched everything in place and added a little embroidery for the star. I had some christmas-y bias tape so I used that for the ribbon to hang it on your door knob.

Up close of everything

Then for the backing, I had my daughter write 2007 Love, then her name and I then embroidered over it. (Which doing this led me to think up some other cute projects involving her drawings.)

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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16  when bad fabric happens to good people, but I redeemed myself (img heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by multicrafty on: December 10, 2007 09:53:10 PM
So, I was in the mood to sew a top that was quick, easy, but cute.  I fell in love with Simplicity New Look #6729.  Not sure why, I just loved the different looks on the short sleeve versions.  So, while I was at Walmart I realized that I had absolutely no knit fabric in my stash, so I browsed and found their infamous $1.00/yd fabric.

Now, maybe I shouldn't have solely based my decision on the fact that it was $1.00/yd., or the green shade (I have a fetish with green now) or the weird texture but I wanted to get it.

Let me introduce you to the fabric from hell!

A cotton/poly blend that not only did the fabric keep catching on my feed dogs (with major snagging occurring) but it was also a pain in the a** to work with. Oh, and to add salt to the wound, this top had been hanging there like that for about 2 days and I swear it keeps getting saggier and saggier.

However, I kept trucking forward with my project that way I could work out any kinks and make changes for future projects to come from this pattern.

I feel as though one way or another I redeemed myself with a second fabric that I chose.

(I have to stitch down the overlaying part, it keeps folding over on itself, also, please don't mind my hair, my youngest was sleeping and I was bored so I decided to do pincurls)
I love the fact that I can wear my favorite black lacey cami under it as well because it's a little too low cut for me.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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17  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by multicrafty on: December 08, 2007 09:54:59 AM
I love looking at everyone's old sewing machines.

Here are mine.

This Brother machine I purchased as a b~day gift for myself a few years ago.  I should've listen to the lady at Walmart when she said it was good for mending clothes but nothing if you really want to sew.  Almost a year later I was searching for another machine.

Here is what I use to have: (please don't mind the purse hanging from it but it's the only picture I have of my ol' machine)

And then one day while browsing Ebay I saw this and while I was a little skeptical of buying it considering I couldn't try it out or anything, I figured that it was cheaper than my Brother machine (and that was including $25.00 shipping charge) so I bought it and I absolutely love it.  I haven't had one problem with it except for the time that I decided to clean it all out and didn't put the feed dogs on properly  Roll Eyes
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18  Simplicity 4589-View E (First "real" garment) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by multicrafty on: December 04, 2007 07:29:17 AM
I know that this pattern has been around for quite sometime and being that I've had said pattern since this past summer, I thought it was 'bout time to get off my toosh and make it.  This is the first garment I've ever made for myself and I have to say that I'm now addicted to sewing clothes.

I'm happy with how it turned out (even though I hate the fusible interfacing part) and the only problem I had was getting the neck band to go in correctly. I'm going to make more tops from this pattern and am thinking a knit fabric for my next one.

Fabric I picked up from good ol' Salvation Army and wasn't sure how to hem the sleeves so I just added bias tape.  Added bias tape around the bottom too because I was happy with the length and didn't want to actually hem it because then it would show off my child bareing tummy.

The neck band actually lays nicely when I wear it, I was just too lazy to iron it after I made it.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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19  Hats for my girls in Knitting: Completed Projects by multicrafty on: November 11, 2007 11:06:19 AM
I decided that this winter (being that my knitting skills are getting better) I needed to make my girls their winter hats.  After browsing for the perfect pattern that was easy yet beautiful I came across the Lace Edged Woman's Hat pattern via Headhuggers.org

Yarn is from Knit Picks.  For my oldest daughter (on the right) I used Shine Worsted in Blush and for my youngest daughter (on the left) I used Shine Sport in Crocus.  I adjusted the pattern a bit for my youngest because after I completed my oldest daughter's hat, I tried it on her and it came down just a little bit to far.  For my oldest daughter I just stuck to the pattern and knitted up the small size.

This is my first time knitting hats and, while I found it really easy especially the DPN part, I'm not thrilled with the little "peak" at the top of the hat.  Does anyone know how to get rid of it?  Or is it just normal for hats to do that?

 Smiley Thank you for looking!  Smiley
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20  Re: Kitschy Kitchen Apron Swap Gallery (Send by 11/11/07) in The Swap Gallery by multicrafty on: November 10, 2007 12:58:09 PM
WOW! Everyone's aprons are gorgeous!  But I think I have the prettiest of them all Wink

My swap partner was Lelila and I just received my package today!  SO AWESOME!

First up is a picture of all the goods and the most beautiful apron I've ever seen.  The green corduroy fabric has a little shimmer shimmer to it.  LOVE IT!

She added little beads and some embroidery to the pocket and also sent me some handmade lavendar soap

Some IceBreaker Restore in Pomegranate Lemon Mint

Some Cadbury Milk Chocolate bars that I'm hiding from my kids (mine! all mine I tell ya!)

Then, I don't know how she figured this out, but my favorite smell, fruit, whatever is pomegranate (no matter what form it comes in) and she sent me a pomegranate candle (that smells so yummy!)

Thank you SO much Lelila!  I love everything!
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