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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bad Craftster Bride (but with link to bead bouquet tutorial!) on: February 01, 2007 04:30:39 AM
OK, so I'm a bad Craftster bride. I didn't do even half of the crafty projects I planned for my wedding, and made just one post to the Craftalong! But to make up for it, I've made a bit of a photo-tutorial of the beaded bouquets we did make. Altogether we made 5 bouquets: 1 bride's, 3 bridesmaids' and 1 flower-girl's.  

(Click on this pic to go to the Flickr tutorial)

We designed and printed our invitations ourselves, on recycled paper.

Our table decorations:

More wedding photos here

ETA: if any of you could read through the tutorial instructions and let me know if it makes sense, it'd be great. I'd love to have some Craftster opinions on how it's written, or if I've missed any crucial info. Thanks!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for small Christmas gifts? on: November 26, 2006 04:42:25 AM
I want to make some little gifties to give to the girls I work with - nothing spectacular, just a little something to show I care and maybe brighten their desk area. And nothing too time-consuming so that it doesn't stress me out (I'm getting married a couple of days after Christmas, so time is at a premium!)

Has anyone made anything like this that worked out well? I looked at Christmas ornaments but wasn't able to find anything sophisticated enough - generally the ones I found were aimed at kids, but I'd love it if anyone knows of a cool pattern for some.

So far I've looked at Knitty's archives in the Whimsies section, and found some knitted flowers (could add a little i-cord so they could be hung up, or put a magnet or hairpin on the back) and mp3-player cosies (one of the gals has an iPod Shuffle). There's also the bathpuff pattern - has anyone made this? does it come undone easily?

And does anyone know if it takes long to make MaryElla? I love the look of it, but it does look like it takes a while.

Anyway, fire away with any suggestions, I'm sure I'm not the only one wanting some ideas for little Christmassy things Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My First Fair Isle (hat) on: July 30, 2006 02:45:45 AM
While I was knitting a jumper for my sister, I was getting a little bored with all the stockinette stitch. So I took a little break and gave Fair Isle a try...



Yarn: Cleckheaton Country 12ply leftovers
Needles: 5mm bamboo
Time to knit: 1 week
Pattern: patched together from looking at a pattern for a baby hat I thought was very cute, and wanting some contrast colour. The baby hat was basically a rectangle folded in half, with a moss stitch fold-over border, so I did the same but switched to ribbing so I wouldn't use up so much yarn (I only had stash to work with). The Fair Isle pattern came from 1000 Great Knitting Motifs, and was easier than I thought.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jumper from Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns on: July 19, 2006 04:50:02 AM
My sister wanted a jumper she saw in an old Creative Knitting magazine, but the pattern looked really tight and pulled across the shoulders. So I got Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns and made something similar, since all she wanted was something simple. It was my first attempt at set-in sleeves, which was easier than I thought. I'm not particularly keen on variegated yarn myself, but she picked it herself out of everything in the store and just loves it!


Yarn: Magnum Prints in blue, dk
Needles: 4mm bamboo
Time to knit: about 2 months, on and off

It was a very simple knit, and the instructions in the book were very easy to follow - I'd definitely recommend it for knitters new to making sweaters. I'm thinking of making another one for myself, more fitted with some waist shaping.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finally finished my Knitting Olympics event! on: April 14, 2006 02:06:49 AM
So, about a month and a bit too late, I finally finished my Knitting Olympics event: my first pair of socks. I used the free Two At Once, Toe Up sock pattern from KnitPicks, with Opal Uni sock yarn in a Kermit-looking green, and two 2.75mm circulars.

I don't know if I'd recommend the pattern: the diagram for how to start the Afterthought Heel was missing (only two little arrows pointing to white space!), and the instructions for the heel decreases were confusing. I ended up making up my own heel based on the descriptions of an Afterthought Heel with "star" decreases that I was able to find online.

But they're very comfy! And there's plenty of yarn left, probably enough to make another pair.

More pics are here.

So: are there any other late-finishing Olympians out there? Don't let me be the only embarrassed one, post your finished stuff here too!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / planning for Heroes and Villains (30th Birthday) on: March 07, 2006 03:34:26 AM
Hello all... I'm new to this forum but am usually found in the knitting and wedding sections.

I'm already planning my 30th birthday party for July - I'm also buying a house and getting married this year, so I think a bit of planning ahead is called for!

I want to have a theme of Heroes and Villains for the party. I figure it's a good theme in that there's a lot of options for people to dress up as, but it's not so wide open that people can't decide.

I've started making a playlist on my iPod of songs that either have heroes in them (Heroes - Bowie, Angel - Hendrix, Secret Squirrel - Marcy Playground, Kung Fu - Ash) or villains (All Hail Me - Veruca Salt, Evil and a Heathen - Franz Ferdinand, Wicked Ways - Garbage).

And I'm planning on making the invitation have names of various fictional and real villains like a watermark in the background, just to get people's imaginations going.

I wouldn't mind some help from the lovely Craftsters about:

a) making sure that people actually dress up! some of my friends think they're too old or too cool to do fancy dress, but these parties always work better when the majority of people make an effort. And I've been to quite a few where the people who didn't join in felt like they were missing out on the night.
How can I encourage people without looking like a Nazi? (Hmm, I suppose I could dress like a Nazi and have a stash of costumes for the non-dressed-up, and force it on them!)

b) more song suggestions! I've got pretty eclectic tastes, so I'm open to all genres.

c) opinions on whether or not a Nerf-gun challenge between pairs of Heroes and Villains is fun or just weird.

Any thoughts appreciated - I'm still at the big-impractical-ideas stage!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Decoration pics from my engagement party on: December 22, 2005 07:45:07 PM
So about a month ago my partner and I had an engagement party. We hired an upstairs room with a balcony at our local bar, and were allowed to decorate any way we liked. Unfortunately, we were pressed for time which ruled out a lot of my more elaborate ideas!

What we settled on were green helium balloons (about 150), some with paper flowers hanging from them. The flowers needed 2 or 3 balloons tied together to keep them aloft, and we had about 30 flowers in green and yellow. I also made about 15 green and yellow origami lilies to place on the gift/cake/spare tables.

The flower idea came from the Martha Stewart website:
and the origami lilies were from a pattern in an origami book I had laying around. The lilies were difficult at first, but they looked better than some of the simpler flower patterns.

Photo of the balloons with their flowers:



Photo of the origami lilies:


More pictures of the party can be found here: http://pics.livejournal.com/stringy/gallery/0000dk7k
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Seen this? Knitted Wedding on: November 17, 2005 05:34:12 PM
I'm not talking about a few shrugs or shawls for the bridesmaids - these people in the UK had knitted dresses, bouquets, hats, scarves, cake, food, decorations, the works. I have no idea how long it would have taken to do this, but the site looks like one for a knit club, so I assume the lady had help from her friends.


Clearly I have to re-think all my plans for my wedding next year.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Decorations for engagement party? Brainstorm on: September 25, 2005 10:14:51 PM
Hi there - I normally hang about in the knitting forums, but have recently gotten engaged so I'll be around here for a while too!

For now I'm trying to organise an engagement party in the next few months (it's spring here in Australia and will be disgustingly hot by February). We're going to book a room plus balcony at our favourite pub, and have nibblies provided. We're also getting a cake (using the same place we're thinking of getting a wedding cake from, so we can test out their service) and will buy a little champagne for a toast.

The manager said we can decorate however we like on the day, but we don't really know what to do. It'd be nice to personalise it a bit - the room has dark red carpet, cream-coloured walls, dark wood trimmings. The balcony is an old-style wooden one. The manager seemed like she wouldn't mind anything as long as it wasn't permanent, very accommodating!

Any ideas on something we could make ourselves, simple but classy? I thought I saw some ideas for paper cut-outs into leaf shapes, which would be nice since we're into saving the environment and all that (would have to be recycled paper re-use them afterwards!) Smiley  I thought we could string them across the room, similar to what someone here at craftster did for their wedding recently.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Poncho/wrap/shrug pattern opinions, please on: June 09, 2005 05:30:05 AM
Hi there,
I'm thinking about making a poncho, a wrap, a shrug or a mini-sweater of some sort. But I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the patterns out there. If you've made one of these, could you let me know what pattern you used and if you'd use it again? And do you wear your finished item? Is it comfy?

I need something I can leave at work that will cover me up a bit. The air-conditioning in my office is always 10 degrees Celsius below whatever it is outdoors, so I want to just leave something at work that I can pop on if I get a bit chilly. I've been knitting for a little over a year now, and I'm happy to tackle anything as long as I've got instructions. Free patterns are best for me, but I don't mind paying a bit of money for the right one, especially if it's in a book that's got other good patterns in it.

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