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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A sweater for me on: January 02, 2010 03:51:19 PM

My 11 year old goddaughter taught me to knit in August and this is the first sweater I've made for myself.  The pattern is the Millet from the Rowan Tapestry book and I used Berocco Ultra Light Alpaca yarn.

Overall, I'm happy with the sweater but I would probably like it better if it was slightly longer and the sleeves were a little less full.   I knit it using US 3 and US 6 needles which was a bit challenging for a beginning knitter.  Despite the minor complaints I have with the finished sweater it was definitely a confidence builder.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Monogrammed Pillow on: July 23, 2009 03:26:13 PM

Hand embroidered pillowed I made for my friends' wedding.   I was inspired by the bedding they selected for their registry.

I selected chocolate brown linen which I backed with a lightweight interfacing to give some stability to the stitching. For the monogram and date I used a simple satin stitch with embroidery floss. The embellishments were done with metallic thread. My original plan was to use only the metallic thread but it was so difficult to work with that I decided to start over with traditional embroidery floss rather than pulling every hair out of my head. In the end, I think it was the right choice because the combination of metallic and non-metallic floss adds dimension and interest. I hope it works with their style and finds a place in their home.

3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Quilted ballet-style slippers on: November 12, 2008 03:59:41 PM
I made some adorable ballet-style slippers using this pattern http://www.homecompanionmag.com/hands_on/handmade/sole-ful_slippers.asp, but they just weren't warm enough for the chilly New England weather.  With a little retooling I increased the size of the pattern and added a layer of quilt batting to the uppers and insoles.  I like the look and they are much warmer than the original version.

Update:  Sorry but it appears that the pattern I used is no longer available online.   It was a Heather Ross pattern and is included in her new book "Weekend Sewing."
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt on: October 19, 2008 03:11:05 PM
I finally finished my first quilt.  The pattern is Amy Butler's brick path and I used mostly scrap fabrics from my stash.  I'm really pleased with how it came out.

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quilt back

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