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11  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap 16 (Signups Sept 25 - Oct 9) (Send by Nov 3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bperry042 on: October 07, 2008 09:35:55 AM
I just signed up!!  I'm excited about this one.  I'll be making "The Rapunzel Scarf".  I love all things knitting/crochet/sewing, so this is a fairly good representation of me.  Here's a picture of one that I just finished.  I'll be making the other 5 (or maybe 10) over the next few days.

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12  Re: Yarn Swap for Rapunzel Scarf Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by bperry042 on: October 07, 2008 09:06:55 AM
I received my final package yesterday!!  Here are all the yarns I received.

They are sooo perfect.  I couldn't wait to put together my scarf so I immediately began to put it together.  Here's the finished scarf:

My daughter is modeling for me.  I think I'm going to have to make her one!!

Here's a super close up of the scarf and all it's awesome textures and colors.  This swap was sooo great.  Thanks everyone!!!  As always... there will be more pics and info on my blog.

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13  Re: For Hooker's Only Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bperry042 on: June 12, 2008 04:10:58 PM
Everyone's swap items look so great!!  I just received my package today and I couldn't be happier. I love all my items!!  Just look at this haul:

Items include:  A t-shirt with a ball of yarn stitched on it with the word crochet (sooo cute!), a "Yarn A Holic" tote bag, a crochet ideas notebook, 3 hooks with bamboo handles (these were new in the package, but I ripped them out before I could take pics  Roll Eyes), 1 Tunisian hook, adorable stitch markers (these are one of my favorite things), some crochet applique's, a knitting gauge, and a needle roll with buttons on it (another favorite thing). 

Close up of some of the goodies including those adorable stitch markers.

Here's the needle roll opened up and in action.  I pinned the stitch markers inside for easy access.  I can't get over the hand stitching on this thing... and the colors and buttons.... exactly my style.  I LOVE this!!  Thanks sooo much Israma!!
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14  Re: A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bperry042 on: April 17, 2008 08:19:30 PM
I received my Jar O Whimsies yesterday.  The jar was huge!!! And, it was packed in polar fleece.  Inside the jar was soo much stuff.  Some of my favorites are a little porcelain yellow doll and a lamp post (I'll try and get a better pic of them soon), little ducky patches, ribbons, mini composition book with a cherry cover, and so many other goodies.  This was my first swap and I am extremely happy with the outcome.  Thank you bkrenning4!!!  You rock!

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15  Re: Fiber Friday 3/14/2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: March 14, 2008 10:22:40 AM
Sooo many beautiful yarns this week. I love the feathers, beads, fabric, shimmers, etc!

Congratz SensiblyTacky on your new wheel!!! Your yarns are gorgeous!!! I didn't stop spinning for days either.  In fact.... I'm still spinning every single spare moment I can.

Lufah, your arm warmers are beautiful.  Viscose is soooo pretty. 

Here's my contribution for the week:  Everything is white mill ends from Shep Shed.

My daughters "painted" their own rovings this week using Kool-Aid.  I let them choose the colors and I spun up the yarns.  They are each 3 oz and are approx 200 yards ea.  I still haven't  set the twist so there may be a bit more yardage.  I've decided to leave these as singles to maintain the yardage and colors.  I love how you can see the difference in their personalities with the colors that they chose.

This is also a Kool-Aid dyed one.  I tried a new technique this time.  I got the rovings very very wet and sprinkled on the powered Kool-Aid.  Then I dripped on extra water and steamed it.  I was a bit worried at how muddy the colors looked when it was finished.  But, when I started spinning I totally fell in love with it.  I will definitely be making more like this!!  Approx 4 oz and 320 yrds.

The rovings

Still on the bobbin.  The colors are much more vivid in person.  Should I ply this at all?  I'm thinking of leaving it as a single so I maintain all the great color changes. But, I'm not sure.... any advise on this one would be great. 

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16  Re: Leap Year Fiber Friday 2/29/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: February 29, 2008 10:06:08 AM
Yeah!! Fiber Friday.  This is my first fiber friday with wheel spun yarns.  There are a ton... tried to compile photos. 
I'm posting these in the order that they came of my wheel.  Oh... and all rovings are from Sheep Shed.  Some I dyed with Kool Aid.

I dyed this with Kool Aid in bright blue, lime green, and yellow.  Then plied it with natural colored roving.  It's a bit thick and thin and is probably a light bulky weight.
9.3 oz total.  Each skein is about 3oz.  30-40 yards each.

I dyed this with Kool Aid also.  In a rainbow of colors.  I wanted to get lots of yarn out of this, so I decided to do a second spool with purple, lime green, and natural colored stripes.  I plied the rainbow with the other stripe and got the huge skein.  I still had some rainbow left, so I plied it with natural colored.  I think I like the smaller one better... you can really see the rainbow of colors.
Larger Skein  4.2 oz.  72 yards.  Light bulky weight
Smaller Skein 1.6 oz.  36 yards.  Heavy worsted weight

This one was a surprise in my box from Sheep Shed.  (just love that company)  I spun this one up in thick and thin.  Then plied it with iridescent thread.  It's gorgeous... I'll be making something for my girls with this one.  Not sure what yet though.

4.1 oz.  92 yards.  Light Bulky to DK Weight

This is the green mill ends that Sheep Shed had available for a while.  I love this stuff.  It has a nice heather look to it.  I began to ply two strands together... when I noticed that I was spinning the wrong direction!!  I now have over 2oz of crazy spun yarn... not sure if I can do anything with it.

16 oz total.  Approx. 80 yards each skein....320 yards total (not counting crazy spun yarn)

Kool Aid dyed in sunset colors.  I think I'll call this one "Sunset"  This was my first Navajo Ply.

3 oz. 70 yards

This is super wash.  Green variations in yarn (seconds at sheep shed).  I've got over a pound of this stuff.  I just finished my first skein last night.  It's Navajo Plied.
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17  My First Spinning Wheel Arrived!!! - Ashford Kiwi - lots of pics in Spinning: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: February 28, 2008 09:51:44 AM
I've been wanting a spinning wheel for months.  Finally, for my birthday I got one.  I never buy myself such a huge birthday present... but I really wanted one and the timing was right.  I bought it off ebay (before the boycot) and it arrived really fast.  It also came with a few extras including a niddy noddy, maintenance kit, and 4oz of wool roving.  I knew that I wanted it to have a teal wheel.  And, the moment I saw the adorable Kiwi bird on the treadle I knew he needed to be teal as well. Below are pics of it arriving and the finishing process.  I've been spinning on it almost nonstop (well.... every spare minute I've had anyways) since I received it this last Friday.  This is my first spinning wheel and my first time spinning on a wheel.  Here is my overall opinion:  I love it!!!  it spins really smooth and quiet.  It came with a very very basic pictorial instruction pamphlet, but I managed to figure it out quickly enough.  I'm still working on getting my yarn even, buy overall I'm very happy with the wheel.  It's affordable and very well made.   I love it's size.  It's nice and small.  I can tuck it behind the sofa or next to the wall without it being in the way.  I also love the upright style of it.   I can't wait until Fiber Friday to post my new yarns.  Until then though, I will post a picture of the first yarn I made with my wheel.  I posted more about it on my blog. 

Wheel arrival and un-boxing.

Finished wheel - Love It!!!

Close up the cute Kiwi bird.

First yarn off the wheel.  Wool dyed with kool aid in bright blue, lime green, and yellow.  I plied this with a natural wool single spun yarn.  I have three skeins of this stuff.  Approx. 40 yrds each skein.  I'm not sure what I'll be doing with it yet.  But, I sure do love how it turned out.

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18  Valentine Hoodie Cuties in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: February 14, 2008 04:26:40 PM
For Valentines Day I decided to make some pullover hoodies for my daughters.  My oldest picked out the fleece she wanted and one that she thought her sister would like.  I didn't have a pattern for a hoodie at home (amazing considering the 20 some kids patterns that I have).  And, of course they weren't on sale.  So, I settled on a See&Sew pattern #4894.  It's a zip front hoodie pattern.  I altered it to be a pullover style and added a front pouch pocket.  I cut the size 5 which was huge.  It' fits both my 4 year old and my 7 year old with plenty of room to grow.  Here are pics of them opening up their packages this morning and wearing their new hoodies.

This bottom one shows the felt sugar cookies that I also gave my girls.  They got 3 cookies each.
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19  Fabulously Fun Felt Foods - Tons!!! - New Items 1-4-09 & Tuts!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: January 25, 2008 07:35:48 PM
So... A few months ago I discovered children's felt play food here on crafster.  I was instantly addicted.  I made a few pieces in November, thinking I would give my girls an entire supermarket full of food for Christmas.  Well... as December came around I found myself extremely busy with other things and I didn't get a chance to finish these.Then, this week  I decided to give the foods that I had made to my girls and see if they liked them enough for me to make more.  Indeed they did!!!  They immediately went about taking orders from whoever may be in the house at that moment.  They also started to list off more things that I just “Had” to make.  Over the past week I've added lots of fruit, veggies, breads and bags to store it all in.  I still have a list as long as my arm of items to make. 

I won't bore you with the long list of items.  But, they are all pictured here.  My favorites are the beaded strawberries, kiwis, lettuce and bags of chips.  I had sooo much fun making these and I'm sure there will be lots more in the future.  I did make 8 lunch sac style bags to hold everything in.  I cut out colorfull squares of felt and free cut out the letters.  I then used my free motion foot on my machine to stitch them down. 

I've added some tuts below the pictures so you can try making some too!

As always, there are more pics on my blog.

Chips, Tea Bags, Fruit:

Edit:  Better Pictures and New Foods!!  (older pics still on blog)

Newest Items!

Orange, Apple, Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Corn on the cob with removable husks, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Whole fish, Fish filet (raw on one side and grilled on the other), and Waffle.

Cinnamon Currio sticks, Whole Pear, Meat loaf with gravy, Baked / Mashed Potato (skin comes off), Turkey and Roastbeef lunch meats, and Crackers with cheese.

Lemon & Lime on top and Tomatto and Onion on bottom (onion still needs its little hairs on top)

Egg Evolution and finished eggs on bottom.  It took multipal tries to figure out a egg pattern. You can see from the pic just how many it took.

New "Infinity Bread"  This thing is sooo cool!!  It can be a Gyro (did I spell that right?), Crepe, Tortilla Shell, Pita Pocket, Pizza Crust... and anything else you may think of.  It can bend and hold it's shape.

Fruit Snacks & Sugar Cookies

Quesadilla & Pasta w/  Meatballs

Fruits & Veggies

Breakfast Pancakes, Eggs, & Bacon

Lunch Meat Sandwich


General Directions for all foods:

I used my machine for about 75% of all the sewing.  Detail stitching was done with embroidery floss.  I used stuffing a few pieces and some thin quilt batting in things like, peanut butter & jelly blobs, bread (stacked a few layers) spaghetti sauce, pancakes, etc.
For the circles, I used a mason jar lid, small plate, small bowls.... things like that.  And all non circled shapes were just free drawn into the desired shapes.

Bread: The bread is just two cream colored “bread” shapes.  Then I cut 1.5” stripes of lt brown for the crust.  I then sewed down the strip on one side of the bread, then attached the other side leaving a space for turning. (I left about 4” open so I could lay in batting) I then layed in about 4 thin layers of batting to make them full and hand stitched the opening closed.

Infinity Bread:  I've decided to keep this one a mystery for the time being. 

Meatballs & Hamburger Patti:  Two brown circles sewn together and stuffed to desired shape.  I added some fabric paint to add detail.  (grill marks on patti and splotches on meatballs)

Bacon:  Layer three free form cut pieces of felt into bacon shapes. (2 brown, 1 lt brown)  Stitch “fat” blobs in center of bacon.  Cut out just the top layer of felt to reveal lt. Brown “fat” underneath. 

Eggs:  Cut two free form white egg shapes.  Cut one yellow circle.  Attach yolk to one white egg shape and stuff the yolk full.  Attach both egg whites together.

Bow Tie Noodles:  I cut 1” wide strips of felt then used my pinking sheers to cut them down to 1” x 1.5” rectangles.  Then I gathered the centers and ran them through my sewing machine 

Flat Stuff Including:  Lunch Meat, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, Bananas, Pepperoni Pancakes, Butter, Tea Bags, Cookies, Chips, Sauces.... For these I cut out 2 layers of felt in the correct shape of that food.  For most of these I just used a fancy stitch on my machine (you could also use a zig zag) and stitched the two layers together.  Some needed additional detail stitching inside the piece.  The tomatoes and pickles I sewed the two layers together (leaving a small opening) and then turned them right side out.  Then I top stitched and did the detail stitching.  The pancakes, butter, and tea bags have one layer of batting inside.  Sauces are layered pieces of felt free stitched together.

Quesadilla: Three large circles (two cream one orange). I layed them on top of each other.  Then used my rotary cutter to slice it into pieces (this was not measured, just cut.  Just like we do with a real one) Stitch pieces together.

Cucumbers were just two green circles and two smaller cream circles all sewn together and detail stitched.

Onion slices:  For these I cut out two large circles (maybe 5-6” round) and I cut the circles in half.  I then started sewing a kinda rainbow (kinda hard to describe) so that I could cut the pieces apart to make it look like a sliced onion.

Kiwis, Lemons & Limes, were one circle folded in half.  These have a bit of stuffing in them and were stitched closed.  I detail stitched where necessary.  The kiwis have an extra cream circle in the center and I added black seed beads as the seeds.

Apples & Oranges: These are made with two pieces.  The top “flesh” part  was a circle cut from a mason jar lid.  The rind was a pointed oval (kinda hard to describe)  I used the machine to attach the pieces.  I won't do that next time as I think it distorted the shape.  I'll hand stitch them.  I used embroidery floss on the details in the center.

Strawberries: Cut out circles then cut the circles in half.  I machine stitched the flat side together to make a cone.  I stuffed the insides with fabric scraps and gathered up the top.  I then used green yarn as the stem and attached it to a green square piece of felt.  Then I stitched freehand the green square to the gathered top.  After it was secure I cut off the access green felt into a wavy circle.  Then I stitched on the yellow seed beads.

Carrots:  For baby carrots cut two free form ovals (the more uneven the oval the better)  Sew ovals together leaving an opening.  Turn, stuff, hand stitch closed.  For whole carrots, cut a triangle and stitch up side.  Stuff and free stitch some green on top.

Needle felted items:

The grapes were needle felted into shape.  I then took a piece of hand spun yarn (any chunky yarn would do) and knotted up the yarn a bit then sewed the grapes onto the yarn.

The cherries were needle felted circles.  It then used brown embroidery floss that I pulled through the whole cherry and then knotted up the stem.

The fruit snacks were needle felted into oval shapes and I made them felt bags.  The wool I used I had dyed using kool aid.

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20  Daddy's Fingerless Gloves - Tut Included!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by bperry042 on: November 25, 2007 10:26:23 AM
I needed a quick gift for my fathers birthday.  I didn't have much time, so I decided to make him some fingerless gloves.  I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky Weight yarn.  They knitted up in just a couple of hours and that included me ripping them out in a few places. Overall, I am very please with how they turned out.  They are so soft and warm.    I knitted these up like socks in the round.  With the cuff being a K2 P2 ribbing and then knitting all stitches up the hand.  This would be a fairly easy project for someone wanting a quick knitting project in the round.  Also, these are unisex.  They fit my hubby's hands as well as mine.  Smiley

I've put full instructions here: http://alltwistedup.blogspot.com/
Please note that this pattern is for personal use only. 
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