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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sculpey Cats! on: May 19, 2010 04:21:09 AM
Life's been crazy, so I haven't posted anything in a very long while. However, I recently finished a bunch of Sculpey projects and thought I would share! All the cats in this post were made of original Sculpey and hand-painted with acrylic paint. They were based off of cats owned by myself and a friend, so I have included photos of the real versions. ^_^ To avoid making this post ridiculously image-heavy, most of the photos are thumbnails. PLEASE view the full-sized pictures!

A group shot of all the kitties. L to R: Pheeny, Carly, Chi, Abella, and Lily.

Pheeny and Carly.

Source photos and alternate views:

Abella, Lily, and Chi.

Source photos and alternate views:

A few friends have requested that I make their cats as well, so there will be more of these in the future! Thanks for looking, and comments are always appreciated.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Socks!! on: January 19, 2008 07:52:06 PM
Here is my very first pair of socks! I knitted these in about a week. I used size 2 needles and Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn in Elderberry. I used the book Sensational Knitted Socks, and the cable pattern is called 3x3 Cable with Moss Stitch. I know it's hard to see the cabling because of the yarn color, but I promise they're there!


3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Hand-dyed Silk Yarn (Image heavy!!) on: January 19, 2008 07:46:54 PM
This was my first attempt at dyeing, and I must say I'm rather pleased. The yarn is worsted weight silk, and there are around 450 yards of it. I used Country Classic dyes in Raspberry, Cherry, and Deep Purple.

The undyed silk.

Preparing the silk for dyeing.

Painting the silk.

Yarn sausage!

The finished product. I call the colorway Silkberry.

Not bad for a first attempt! I plan on making a hat and arm warmer set. Thanks for looking!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Christmas Ornaments on: January 19, 2008 07:36:35 PM
Hello! My second time venturing into this neck of the Craftster forums... I have a few Christmas ornaments that I made for my friends. I liked the way my previous creation (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213071.msg2288743#msg2288743) turned out, and have continued with simple designs. All were made with Sculpey and painted with acrylic paint.

An angel.

A snake.

A snail.

A wolf.

There was also a cat and a skull, but I forgot to take pictures of them before I gave them away. Sad!

As always, thanks for looking.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Little Rattie on: December 10, 2007 06:36:22 AM
Hello! This was my first time working with Sculpey (or any similar substance! I'm a knitter, I swear), and I'm really happy with the result. My girlfriend and I have five wonderful rats, and Nezumi (that's what she named him) is a wonderful addition to the family. He's about two inches high and painted with acrylic paints.

Ain't he cute? ^_^

Thanks for looking. Now I'm back to the knitting boards (for now)!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Punky Star Scarf *Double-Knit!* on: December 02, 2007 06:14:59 AM
This is the double-knit star scarf I've been working on for ages. I used Caron Simply Soft in black and Autumn red, knitted on US #7s. The pattern is here: http://www.craftychickonline.com/Knit%20Star%20Scarf.htm. I really love the way it turned out!

A close-up of the detail.

In all its glory.

And an action shot. ^_^

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Cunning Hat on: December 01, 2007 10:50:24 PM

Oh, Jayne hat, how I love thee. This is supposed to be Jayne Cobb's hat from the series Firefly. The pattern calls for wool or cotton, but I used Caron Simply Soft in Autumn red, mango, and lemonade (I know the colors aren't perfect, but I used what I had). This is a gift for a friend, and I'll try to get a picture of her wearing it. This was knitted on US #10.5 circulars. This was my first time picking up stitches and was the very first hat I ever started.  Smiley

Heather's pattern is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=ca4acf296d85256101d314b368f6db36;topic=19076.20.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Butterfly Hat on: November 28, 2007 10:05:16 PM
This is the first hat I've completed (I started one right before it but finished it afterwards).

Action shot!

Close-up on the butterflies.

My beautiful butterfly hat. I am sorely tempted to keep this, but I think I'm going to make one for myself in blue. This was knitted on US #5 and #7 circular needles. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine. I love this hat SO much! It was so gratifying to knit those little butterflies!

The pattern is located at http://aliceindilbertland.blogspot.com/2007/11/butterfly-hat.html.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / FO: Three Calorimetries on: November 27, 2007 10:25:47 PM
Hello! These are my first, third, and fourth calorimetries (the second was posted with a matching scarf).

Here's the first one. I followed the pattern exactly and it turned out huge (I even knit a gauge swatch, which I NEVER do!) I knit this on US #6 needles with Bernat Softee Chunky. It lacks a button or woven in ends because I haven't decided whether I should frog it or not. My girlfriend has a big head and really likes it, so she may keep it instead.

This is the third one and the only one I made for myself. I used Noro Silk Garden and US #6 needles. This is my first non-acrylic project. My alterations: I cast on 106 stitches and used needles two sizes too small. Then I only worked about twelve or so short rows (When I got it half as wide as I wanted it, I started increasing again). It fits me perfectly!

My fourth calorimetry. I made this one for my girlfriend, Becky. I cast on about 112 stitches for this one. It looks great on her! I'll try to make her let me take a picture. I used Caron Simply Soft Deep Plum Heather on US #6s.

That's all for now! I promise my next post won't include calorimetries. ^^;;;;
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Keyhole Scarf and Matching Calorimetry (Image heavy) on: November 11, 2007 10:42:04 PM
Okay, so I know that the "Windy City Scarf" technically belongs in the Stitch 'n Bitch forum, but since I'm posting it along with a calorimetry I thought it'd be okay to post it here.

I knitted this on US #7 needles (smaller than the pattern calls for) and I cast on a few extra stitches. I should have made it longer, but didn't realize that until I had already changed colors. I used Caron Simply Soft in Denim and Chocolate. This is a gift for a friend.

The scarf in all its glory.

A detail shot of the colors.

Now for the calorimetry... I edited the pattern so that it would actually fit me (this is only after a beautiful but failed first try). I cast on 106 stitches and used needles two sizes too small (US #6). Then I only worked about twelve or so short rows (I kind of just eyeballed it... When I got it half as wide as I wanted it, I started increasing again). It fits me perfectly! Too bad it's meant to be a gift. This is a fast knit, though, so I will certainly make more. This is done in the same Chocolate yarn as the scarf, and I plan on doing some Denim blanket stitching around the edges.

Here it lies...

And an action shot, just for fun.

And finally, the two together.

Thanks for looking!
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