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11  How do I figure out how much yarn I need for a wedding blanket? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by twisted5whispers on: August 28, 2012 12:17:22 PM

My brother and his now fiance will be getting married in Dec. Short notice I know! I want to make them a blanket. I found an awesome picture with some details of what the maker used but no pattern. The link to the flicker page is here http://www.flickr.com/photos/gftc_knits/3796120032/

I want to make it with super thick wool. Loops and Threads in particular. I went to Michael's today and got one ball to do a swatch of. I get 3 stitches per inch. I want to make it about the same size she made it. So I figured 90 stitches for the cast on to get 45 stitches per side, which would be about 15 in per square. 3 squares wide by 4 and it would be about 4ft by 5 ft. 

My only issues is how much yarn to buy. I don't want to worry about different lot numbers, and I don't mind just going out and buying some but I need some sort of rough estimate.

I will have 6 squares of one color, 3 of the other 2 and then the "fleece" colored yarn will be the in between color.

Any help would be super greatly appreciated!!!! I want to start this within the next few days!

Thank youuu!
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12  Re: WIP Wednesday - June 27 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by twisted5whispers on: August 07, 2012 11:34:42 PM
Here is one of my WIP's ....
The Hitchhiker!

I have 12 of the 42 points so far. It is an easy knit but slow because of the small needles and yarn! This is for a friend whose father just passed away expectantly. I am trying to knit happy thoughts in it for her!
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13  Moebius knitting: Cowls! in Knitting: Completed Projects by twisted5whispers on: August 07, 2012 11:29:48 PM
So I came across a youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4 And wanted to give it a try. I had many questions that the wonderful knitters over on the questions board nicely answered for me! Well I made some of the cowl's I wanted to make!

This is the first "real" cowl I made. It was still kind of a tester, it is too long for my taste and I may end up frogging it and making it smaller. It hangs down really low. I also was looking to achieve a different look by purling 1 "row" and knitting 1 "row". It is interesting to say the least. I really don't think I like it...

You can see the line where I switched from purling to knitting. Technically all one "round" is either just knitting or purled depending on what side you're looking at.

I then made a cowl out of some simply soft shadows yarn I got from a friend. I did a test swatch to figure out my stitches per inch and then figured out how long I wanted it. I know can understand the importance of test swatches. So this one turned out exactly how I wanted it. It just needs the ends woven in. I think I am going to keep this one for myself!!


And a picture of me wearing it to show how perfectly sized it is! Excuse the sleepy face as I am doing this at 2am >.<

I am very happy with my adventure into moebius knitting. I will be making these for gifts for the holidays I think!

C&C welcome!
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14  Bridal shower gift for a friend! in Needlework: Completed Projects by twisted5whispers on: June 13, 2012 11:37:29 AM
So I was already working on a wedding present for one of my friends (posted https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409992.0) But I wanted to make her something for her bridal shower. I decided this about a week before the shower... I found the idea on here, forgive me for not being able to remember from whom. I found the pattern online, traced it on some fabric and went to work...

The tree outline is done in stem stitch.

The outline of the heart is done in split stitch which looks like little hearts, their intials are done in back stitch, as is the & symbol. I did my first french knots on this piece! So easyy!

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a really pretty frame and put it in that and tada donee!

She loved it! And everyone at the shower wanted to know how I did it. I really enjoyed making it as well!  Grin

C&C pleasee
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15  Giant doily blanket pattern! in Crochet: Completed Projects by twisted5whispers on: June 13, 2012 11:30:42 AM
So on one of my many surf the random craft blogs I always seem to find online I stumbled upon... http://goodknits.com/blog/ And once I went to her shop I fell in love with her doily blankets she designed herself. Kept putting off and putting off buying the Lace Love pattern book. Finally bought it.! I have only started the "Anya" blanket but I am over half way done and my goodness I love it so far. It is such a quick crochet! I am making this one for one of my bridesmaids for her birthday! I hope she loves it as much as I do!

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16  Wedding present 6 months in the works! in Crochet: Completed Projects by twisted5whispers on: June 13, 2012 11:25:25 AM
I am so happy to finally have this finisheddd! I worked on it for 6 months(which is a longg time for me, of course it was a last minute crochet like a mad woman to actually finish!)

It is tunisian crochet. All the tss. All 1600 stitches! 2 passes per row and all... Bahh. I watched a lot of House MD, Dexter, and various other shows to pass the time while making this. And I still wish I had made it bigger.

The colors from my friend's wedding are white, navy blue, and a little sage green. So I wanted to make a blanket that had those three colors. Found tunisian crochet and decided to do that... Ended up deciding to make a checkered pattern. I made 5 panels of 40 rows for each color of white-blue-white-blue. Then sc those panels together. Then sc around the outside of all the panels and then did picot stitch to give it a pretty finish.

This is the blanket finished on my queen sized bed. You can kind of see the green lines where I sc the panels together.

This the best representation of the colors.

Close up of the border.

I am sooo happy it is finishedd! My friend opened it at the wedding she was so excitedd! She knew I was making her a blanket just didn't know any details. She loved it!  Grin

C&C pleasee!!
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17  Jumped on the crayon melting bandwagon! :) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by twisted5whispers on: February 25, 2012 07:53:41 PM
So we renewed out lease for another year at the apartment we are living in.... Bad part is another year I have to go without really being able to decorate. No painting, nails in walls kind of place. So I decided I was going to make this place home whether it wanted to be or not. I am a huge fan of color, and there was none... Horrible off white walls... yaa. So I decided to make some of the wonderful melted crayon art I have seen everywhere. The first one is colors to match my kitchen. Sort of......they are the colors I want my kitchen to be done in. Smiley

This one shows the shiney-ness from the silver crayons!

The second one is going in my bedroom. I would say that I planned this one out and had a good reason for choosing reds/pinks/orange but really when I sorted my 4 boxes of crayons all the reds looked the best together.

Same for this one. It is going in the living room. My fiance loves greens and blues so I decided to keep those colors together and I dedicate this one to him Smiley

Any c&c welcome!

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18  Zippered coin purse, boxed zippered bag and totes OH MY! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by twisted5whispers on: December 28, 2011 07:55:09 PM
I have been busy learning new things with my sewing machine!

I found this tutorial here http://www.craftpassion.com/2011/07/zip-itself-coin-purse-tutorial.html while looking for cute zippered pouches.... Mine didn't turn out right for some reason... Mine is more square than triangular...

Oh well! It is still cute! I will use it still! Cheesy If anyone else has made these do you have an tips for getting them to turn out right?? Also, did you hand sew or machine stitch it? I had to hand sew 95% of it...

Next I decided the Sharpies I bought at Staples the other day needed a nice case so they didn't lost in my craft room/bedroom... Used the tutorial here http://modernquiltlove.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/perfect-box-pouch-tutorial

I realllly love this fabric. It was on clearance at Joanne's and I bought 2 yards a few days ago and went back today and bought the rest of the bolt. Squeeeeeeee!!!

I should have used my iron on interfacing... The veryyyy thin kind I was using up was not quite thick enough to give this pouch the box shape I was looking for. It is also just a little too small for the Sharpies. I will be making another one to fix that. I think I will be adding tabs on the side to make it easier to open and close also....

I made a couple reusable grocery totes thanks to the post over here! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=400343.0

First time doing French Seams.... I love them! It gives the bags such a nice finished look!
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19  Christmas purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by twisted5whispers on: December 19, 2011 12:15:28 AM
Made this purse for my brother's gf a couple weekend ago with MAJOR help from my grandma. Went and spent the day out at her house helping her with things, and sewing this baby up!

I used a simplicity pattern, I'm sorry I don't remember the number, I gave the pattern to my grandma. If it wasn't for her I never would have been able to finish it!

Pattern called for pre-quilted fabric, but I couldn't find any in patterns/colors I liked. So I bought two fabrics I liked, and some interfacing. My grandma showed me how to line up and quilt everything together. Turned out pretty good I think!  Grin


Overall view of the bag. There are little pockets on the front and back. I really like how the polka dots look against the pattern!

Close up of the pocket.

View of the inside. You can sort of see the two pockets.. There were suppose to be 4 but I lost them in the mess of pattern pieces and didn't find them til my grandma and I were cleaning up. We had a good laugh about that! She promised not to tell my brother's gf if I wouldn't! LOL

C&C always welcome!
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20  Wristlet for my new camera! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by twisted5whispers on: December 18, 2011 11:55:23 PM
So... I am addicted to sewing I think! Got my new machine(not new, but new to me post about that in the sewing machine board). Anywho I just got a new camera this week also, and even though it has a hard case for it I wanted to make a bag for the case, charger, and cables. Well I looked at a bunch of online tuts for something to use. I ultimately found this on here http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-patchwork-wristlet.html I don't have a cutting mat or rotary cutter yet, so I didn't want to tempt fate and try to make the actual patch work one she made. I just quilted my own fabric with some interfacing, I just free handed it. It looks kind of silly but it works. LOL

Anyways! On to some pictures!

This shows the overall design. And the strap. I've never done a zipper before and didn't know how to actually measure the fabric to allow for enough seam allowance. I broke my first needle!

I didn't add the pockets that were in the tute either. I just wanted a plain lining. This shows the inside with my camera case, charger and cable.

Better picture of the inside and how well it fits everything.

I am super proud of it! It's not even close to perfect... Oh well!  Grin

C&C WELCOME!  Smiley
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