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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Crystal Bouquets, Fiber Optics and the Subway - Our Metallic Autumn Wedding! on: November 01, 2008 10:24:24 AM
All of these photos (except the invitations and dinosaurs) are courtesy of our awesome photographers at David Barnes Photography in Cambridge, MA. 

We lucked out and had perfect weather for our wedding day, and all of my crafts came off more or less as well as I could have hoped!  A lot of people helped out with the crafting, planning, and assembly for the day, and really helped to make the day handmade and special.  (there are a ton more photos on my flicker sets if you want more detail, but these are some highlights.  Craft planning setWedding Day Elements Set.)

I designed the invitations using Envelopements paper and pocketfolds.  I did the text in Apple's Pages software, and took them to Staples to be printed.  Way cheaper than a professional printer!  A couple friends helped me with the assembly:

I chose a font for the addresses, printed them out onto printer paper, and then used a lightbox to trace them onto the envelopes (in real life, my handwriting is terrible!).

We decided to take public transit to the wedding instead of hiring a limo, so we met up with our photographer at the Porter Square station in Cambridge and did our first wedding photos in the subway station and on the trains.  Since they're not terribly crafty, I won't embed those images here, but you can see them on my flickr.  :)  Then we got off the train at Park Street (for you locals) and did photos in the Boston Commons and Boston Public Garden.

A lot of the inspiration for our "theme" elements came from a combination of the colors that make me think of fall (rich oranges, golds and a bright bright blue sky), as well as my crafty side and the fact that we're both pretty geeky (that comes up later with the fiber optics).  The urban skyline view from our venue also wound up contributing a lot as well!

My dress was a light gold, and we chose brown tuxes for the guys (you should be able to click any of the images to make them bigger!):

Guys in brown tuxes, and girls in metallic golds and coppers from Watters and Watters:

A friend and I spent many hours over a drill and made 5 beaded bouquets, and something like 16 beaded boutonnières and 6 beaded corsages.  I love how they turned out and went so well with the metallic colors in the dresses!

Box of boutonnières and corsages waiting to be handed out:

My mom lives across the country from me, but helped me to knit our chuppah square by square.  We were very worried about gauge, but it turns out that we were fine - once I sewed the squares together, we couldn't tell them apart!  THe pattern is Hannah's Tablecloth from the book Handknit Holidays.

I designed our programs in Apple's Pages software, and we had them printed at Kinko's.  I picked up the metallic cover paper from a local craft store in the scrapbooking aisle.

Inside we had the usual order of ceremony, readings, and names of people in the ceremony, as well as an order for the reception (since it was in several different rooms), the menu, and explanations of the traditions we chose to include in our ceremony)

I also made our centerpieces and place cards (which were LED candles wrapped in vellum paper to look like frosted glass candleholders with the guest's names on them).  We were going for sort of an urban feel with a lot of twinkly lights because the view from the ballroom where the reception was was of the Boston city skyline:

Close-up of a place card:

I was SO pleased with how the centerpieces came out!  I used fiber optic lamps, that come packaged in clear plastic tubes.  I cut the tubes down to the height I wanted the "vase" part of the centerpiece to be, and then covered them in brown and gold papers.  Stick the lamp in, and the fiber optics light up and the base lights up, too, making the paper glow.  Cheap, easy, and nobody will believe you made it yourself!

Lighted centerpiece with glowing candle place cards.

Finally, I didn't craft this, but I LOVE how our cake turned out!  We ordered it from Konditor Meister in Boston.  The layers are pumpkin spice with maple mousse, and strawberry grand marnier.  We chose ivory buttercream icing (no fondant for us!), chocolate icing paisleys, and rolled chocolate leaves in an array of fall oranges and reds.

the one sad part:  we were supposed to use this raptor cake topper DH helped me design and make, but I used the wrong kind of glue and the dinosaurs snapped off the topper plate the day before the wedding and we didn't have time to fix them.  :(

If you made it this far, thank you for indulging me while I share my wedding crafts!  I had a lot of fun making these things over the past year, and I'm really happy with how they all turned out.  I almost don't know what to do with myself now that all the crafting's done - I guess I'll go back to knitting socks!  :D
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sherlock Cloche - link to pattern included on: November 06, 2007 09:50:55 PM
I just finished this Sherlock Holmes-inspired cloche.  I figure, if Sherlock Holmes was (well, a woman) practicing today and fashion conscious, he might wear something like this!

I posted the pattern on my blog: http://blog.blacktabi.com/2007/11/sherlock-cloche-pattern.html.  Please enjoy!  (and if you do try this pattern, let me know if you run into any trouble: I haven't test knit it yet other than the one copy I made while writing the pattern down)

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Shedir in a week on: April 28, 2007 03:05:50 PM
I knit this for a friend's grandmother, who's starting chemo soon.

Roughly 1.5 balls of "Sublime" baby cashmere merino silk dk (75% extra fine merino, 20% silk, and 5% cashmere). It knit up very soft, and the cables make it extremely thick and cushy, as well as very stretchy.

The color is actually an ever so slightly off-white...closer to the photo from the top down.

Pattern is Knitty's Shedir from their breast cancer awareness special issue.

Cast on last Friday evening, finished this Friday night while watching TV. Very quick knit, despite all the cables. 

Start taken last Saturday:

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / (almost) Instant Gratification Summer Anklets - photos galore on: April 09, 2007 08:43:16 AM
I just tried to refer to these socks in another post, and discovered that I must not have ever actually posted them.  So, just in time for spring and summer knitting, may I present the summer anklets I knit last summer?  Smiley

I used the Summer Sock Wardrobe pattern from Spun Magazine: http://www.spunmag.com/article/050605socks

These were my first socks, and GREAT for a first try because they go quite quickly since there isn't really any ankle to speak of. 

Zen shot:

They look kinda weird off the feet:

Maybe I'm a nerd, but I like wearing mine with clogs (but I don't usually wear them with cropped pants like this... Cheesy )
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Aran Braid Socks - neon pink and purple on: April 09, 2007 06:41:46 AM
I've been working on these socks on and off since about February. You know how it is...you finish the one sock and can't seem to bring yourself to cast on and start over. However, once I ordered yarn for the Clapotis (I know, I know, I'm years behind the times), I found new momentum because I swore to myself that I was GOING to finish these socks before I so much as unwound a skein of that lovely Lion and Lamb. Talk about motivating factors...

I used this pattern for Aran Braid Socks for Teri: http://www.knitlist.com/97gift/aransocks.htm  (Aside:  This pattern has some major mistakes in it, but with some ripping out and frantic emails to mom, I soldiered through.)

The pattern up the side is sort of a double cable that looks like celtic knotwork, and a single strand of that carries on down the foot.

My socks ended up a little big because, even after subtracting 4 stitches from the circumference, I have narrow feet. I'm hoping that if I toss them in the dryer once, they'll shrink enough to not be baggy on my feet.

Sorry for the giant photos; I didn't look at them before I uploaded them.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tech Guy Socks - Apple Logo on: December 29, 2006 06:55:14 AM
I made my boyfriend the Apple logo Tech Guy Socks for Christmas/Hanukkah this year.  Haven't gotten to try them on him yet (they...uh...weren't quite finished for Christmas... Wink ), but they look lovely on my coffee table.

I used the pattern from MagKnits web magazine: http://www.magknits.com/feb06/patterns/tech.htm

The Apple logos are stitched in duplicate stitch after the socks were finished. I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Pewter and Charcoal (machine washable! Yay!).  They have an interesting shortrow heel and toe that was a little tricky to get used to, but I think they turned out pretty well.  They seem a TAD bulky to me, but I'll get more feedback on that after they've been worn.  Smiley

I think they won't look quite so wrinkly once they've been worn and washed once.

[edited because I apparently can't spell "socks" in my title on the first try]
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Community project...combining knitting with non-knit components? on: March 10, 2006 09:14:59 AM
Another online community I am in has a member who just found out that one of her family members is very ill.  We would like to put together something like an afghan for her with contributions from many of the people in the community.  My idea is to have everyone send a square to contribute and then I can attach them all together.  THe problem is, not everyone knits or crochets!  Is there a way to include the people who don't knit or crochet in this project?

My only idea so far is to ask them to send in squares of sweatshirt fleece that they have decorated so that we could sew those into the final product and still maintain some of the stretch and "warm fuzzy" quality of a knitted piece.

Does anyone have any experience with this, or other ideas for how we might tackle it?  Thanks!

(edited to add an all important question mark Smiley )
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vera Bradley Knockoff on: February 12, 2006 06:17:51 PM
I've been looking at bags on the Vera Bradley website ( http://www.verabradley.com ), and I like a lot of the styles and the colors, but I'm not really a fan of the puffy quilted look.  So, today I set out to draft my own pattern to make one of these bags.

The bag I decided to copy was the "Molly" bag:

I made mine from a striped twill, and the pocket and inside are both lined with a plain khaki twill.  I am thrilled with how the pocket on the front came out, but next time I'm going to give the top a deeper curve because this one ended up looking more rectangular than anything.  The zipper also got pretty wonky and is probably the only part of the bag I'm really not happy with.  It ended up being a little crooked, and sticking up way too far on the edges.  If anyone has suggestions or pointers to a place where I can learn how to do the kind of zip top on the bag above, I'd love to see them!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Pasha + many changes = baby penguin! on: October 10, 2005 04:28:29 PM
I like penguins.  A lot.  So I loved Knitty's Pasha: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTpasha.html

But what's better than a penguin?

A baby penguin, of course!

With a fair amount of trial and error and redesign, I altered Pasha to be this (sorry for the huge pics!): 
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Seed Stitch Jacket, Vogue Winter 2004/2005 (now w/completed project photos!) on: February 25, 2005 08:59:28 AM
This thread started out on the "Discussion and Questions" forum, but since there was some interest in setting this up as a knitalong, I've moved it over here.

This is the sweater in question:

The yarn called for in the pattern is Brown Sheep Burly Spun, which is lovely, but pricey!  I know people are interested in different substitutes, so if you're working on this with a different yarn, let us know!

This pattern looks to be a little trickier than a scarf or basic pullover, but not completely impossible.  The size of the yarn should make it quick to knit up.

So, if you're inclined, show us what you've got!
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