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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lilah ~ almost as light as a feather on: July 31, 2011 11:24:31 AM

My first real lace shawl   Smiley ~ knitted with hand-dyed merino lace yarn following knitty's instructions for "Lilah" in size L:

the shawl:

~ blocking was essential. and despite its transparency it is shielding a summer night's chill very nicely.

and some close-ups:

Happy knitting!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Zebra Motley *picture overload!!!* on: April 09, 2011 06:51:24 AM
after completing my first motley, which was pretty much rainbow all over, i recently knitted another one. i'd call the colorway of this one "rainbow zebra": one skein of whitish yarn, one skein of dark grey to off-white, and one skein of rainbowy yarn.

i altered the pattern by starting out with 18 instead of 15 triangles. as a result i ran out of yarn and had to finish with leftovers, odds and ends. nevertheless i'm rather pleased with the result ... despite its size the shawl behaved rather nicely in front of the camera, so here comes an overload of pics of it ~ hope you enjoy, and happy knitting everyone!  Smiley

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / <3 Technicolor Dreamcoat <3 ***more pics!*** on: February 27, 2011 04:05:50 AM
Okay, recently i discovered i'm not only addicted to very colorful knitting - i'm also addicted to knitting shawls. This particular one was on my list for a long time.

The pattern is from vogue knitting ~ the yarn is noro kureyon in three different colorways.
Since the five main sections all are knitted individually and joined in the final step it makes a perfect project to carry along!

Here is a closeup of one of the cable and joinings sections:

... and another one of the bobbled edging:

*** thank you for the lovely comments, gals!!! ***

Happy knitting everyone!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My new Motley on: January 16, 2011 10:09:50 AM

My first entrelac project and certainly one of my most colorful knitted fos ever! Knitting it was fun  Smiley ... so much that i used up most of the remaining yarn for a headband and gauntlets.

The pattern is here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf10/PATTmotley.php

I knit with 3 skeins of noro silk garden sock yarn in 3 different colorways ... 2 of the 3 are very bright the third has mostly purples, pink, dark blue, gold and brown.
The only alteration to the pattern i made was starting out with 15 instead of 16 triangles... unintentionally, but once i realized it i didn't have the nerve to frog. it is still big enough, i think:

With Motley i also learned what split-splicing is all about. verrrry useful! i hate to waste yarn anyway, so this is a perfect technique for me   Grin

Hope you enjoy! xx Nan
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cuddly Cables: Neckwarmer, Wristlets & Hat on: January 06, 2011 01:22:16 AM
A first touch of spring knitted mostly by night from soft merino yarn.

reverse of neck warmer:

The patterns for this project are from the book "Cables - on the go!"
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Santa's rosy sleigh ride on: December 21, 2010 09:49:53 AM
I worked on this one on and off for years. finally it is complete Smiley

Happy holidays everyone!!


7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / granny square bag on: July 06, 2008 02:10:51 PM
I finished this roomy bag a while ago and only just today got around to do the necessary picture-taking:

Being made from granny squares the bag has two sides, this is side B:

and again, side A

... thankfully Teddy volunteered to help.  Grin

He helped some more to show some of the bags lining and the fabric i used for it:

When i asked him to help me get this pic he really gave me an annoyed look, but in the end he benevolently gave in:

At this point he was squealing rather loudly in a muffled voice:

And was retrieved happily after a nap of only just a few hours:

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoy!


8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / indian mirror bag on: July 06, 2008 01:17:02 PM
Here goes my knitted shisha/ indian mirror bag:

the pattern is from the book vogue knitting bags & backpacks

I modified some of the color combinations ~ mainly since i decided to go with stranded knitting instead of intarsia. The other alterations were due to gauge and the size of bag i was aiming for ~ I made it a little bigger.
Oh, and i knitted in the round, using a cableneedle and the magic loop technique, instead of the indicated flat knitting. I rather avoid sewing seams of pieces of knitting, if i can.  Roll Eyes

with unfastened closure-strap and some of the stripy bottom visible:

I used a very stretchy and rather fine merino yarn, so light blocking really did a whole lot of good to my finished knitted fabric.
Since i made the bag as a present for a knitter who said she could use a bag for her smaller projects i lined it with sturdy corduroy to prevent her needles from poking through and added two small pockets on the inside for scissors, stitchmarkers etc.

To make it a shiny shisha bag i sewed on sequins from my stash instead of the indicated acrylic shisha mirrors which would otherwise have been my first choice, if i had had them handy, that is.

If it is ever going to be very cold again the bag could also be worn as a rather BIG multi-layered hat.  Wink  Cheesy

This was a fun project and im definitely going to make more bags from the book!

Thanks for looking!


9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Embroidered elephant-y goodness on: July 02, 2008 01:36:10 PM
Babar the Elephant is one of my all-time favorite childrens books. I loved it back when i was little, still love it today, and long before i started this project i knew for a fact my sister really really loved it, too.

The story of Babar goes somewhat like this:
As a little baby elephant Babar becomes an orphan but makes reliable friends both humans and animals and grows up to become king of Elephant Country and to marry Clste, the elephant-girl of his dreams.

Past, present, and future in mind i decided to embroider this scene - showing Babar and his kids - for my dss 30th birthday:

I used this illustrated book cover as a model:

Here are some detail shots:
Babar carrying a piglet and a pigeon - for good luck and peace.

and a close-up:

Flora, Babar's daughter with a bunny (yay, bunnies!!  Grin)

Alexander and Pom, his sons, enjoying nature:

More nature:

And a farm:

on the wall:

And finally, one shot showing how well everything goes with dss furniture!

I embroidered this using the freezer-paper-method, and yeah, i had a good deal of tearing out to do. It truly is a brilliant method though, especially when you want to get lots of details onto rather tender fabric.

Having said this I really really want to thank everyone on the needlework board, especially my swap partner onthinice! the beautiful work, shared prowess and experience of all of you are very inspiring and a huge help. In fact you all encouraged me to take on an embroidery project like this in the first place!  Smiley

Hope you enjoy, and thanks for looking!


10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / maritime blackwork ~ floral pillowcase on: June 28, 2008 10:27:01 AM
My first go at blackwork! I recently stitched this for my mom's birthday:

i was inspired and encouraged to try this new (to me) needlecraft by the wonderful and creative crafters in the needlework swap, so THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIES!!!

Here is a closeup:

And some detail shots of the finished embroidery before i actually did any sewing:

Thanks for looking!


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