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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lemme see your needle roll on: December 28, 2009 03:00:26 PM
Made this knitting needle roll awhile back but just realized I never posted it. Based on my initial mis-reading of the SnB instructions - but I like mine even better! Wink Would make the high end of the slant go a little less high next time, as I don't actually knit anything with 14" needles or whatever those are.

Lovelovelove this printed fabric! It was some home dec remnant. Wish I could get more. I made a matching knitting bag too. Will have to post pics sometime. In real life it's a lovely gray/brown/purple color.

And here it is all rolled up. I meant to add a ribbon tie but never found a color I liked. Velvet would be nice...

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Cogs in the Machine on: December 28, 2009 01:35:25 PM
This gear shirt was a Christmas present for my little bro, an aspiring mechanical engineer who's about to graduate from college. I don't know if he knows anything about steampunk (the usual application of this design, I'd say), but he tinkers with enough stuff that it seemed to be his thing. For real. He had Mom's snowblower all ripped to pieces, trying to fix it. I changed the colors to cool bluish-grays and a bit of taupe.

Yay gears!

Also did a tee with a volt meter for Dad (way too square for the likes of Craftster). Did he NEED a volt meter shirt? I dunno. But when you find a design that randomly appropriate, sometimes you just gotta stitch it. Plus it's the whole "my daughter did this" thing. That's the theory I'm going with anyway.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Bicycling Bunny Baby Cardi on: October 02, 2009 06:05:52 AM
Just a lil' (and I mean tiny and adorable) baby cardi for my mom's coworker, who's expecting a young'un. The bicycling bunny design (Urban Threads, yay!) is on the back; it snaps up the front. Super simple, but I think it's cute.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simple jewel-toned checkbook cover for Mom on: May 27, 2009 08:05:30 AM

Nice and simple checkbook cover for my mom's birthday. Nothing too fancy-schmancy - I debated about posting this, but figured what the heck. The fabrics are home decor remnants I picked up awhile back. Used iron-on interfacing on the wrong side of the outer fabric to give it some body. Traced around a plastic checkbook cover for the pattern. It ended up matching uncannily well with a knitted/felted cell phone cozy I made her a year or two ago.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / crazy quilting - how NOT to "build out"? on: April 11, 2009 10:30:42 PM
This ought to be painfully obvious, but I can't seem to figure it out to my satisfaction.

One of these days I'm going to make a crazy quilt. I'm not that into blocks - I prefer the designs that just run all over the entire quilt top, in one big piece of craziness. Sort of like the look of these bags:


Notice that there's really no center or focal point of the patchwork on these. BUT ... as I imagine the piecing it works pretty much like this tutorial explains (scroll down thru pics for full effect):


It seems like this technique would invariably produce a visual center point. And, if you were doing it all over a quilt top, it wouldn't be very long before the "building out" got really obvious and difficult to work with.

Get what I'm asking? The look I'm going for is more like http://newsblaze.com/pix/2008/0824/pix/carol-gable-crazy-quilt.jpg than http://www.wisconsincommonmarket.com/indianheadcarpet/itemphotos/indcpt_crazyquiltrunner_view1.JPG. So what's the secret? Lots of applique?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / first quilt, with bonus matching kitteh on: March 30, 2009 10:11:29 AM
Just finished my first quilt ever. All fabric from Crafty Planet, where I took the class. Throw size, basic rail fence pattern. I did little black ties with embroidery floss between each square (too cheap to buy a Husqvarna/Viking walking foot for my machine, and too impatient to hand-quilt). It matches my living room. I love it.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable Twist Handwarmers on: March 26, 2009 06:07:54 AM
Love these! Yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino (Java), and even more gorgeous in person. Pattern (it's easy, really) is Cable Twist Handwarmers by anny purls: http://annypurls.blogspot.com/2006/12/hand-warming.html.

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Celtic tree of life wall hanging for botanist bff on: March 09, 2009 02:43:15 PM
Made this for my best childhood friend. She's getting married in June, and just came back to the area for a short while, so there was an impromptu shower. My mom called to let me know Wednesday night, I did the embroidery Thursday and bought the fabric and such after work, drove up north on Friday, and put the whole thing together on Saturday morning before the party. She loves plants -- getting her PhD in plants, actually -- so it seemed appropriate.

Embroidery design from my good buddy Niamh of Urban Threads. Fabric from Crafty Planet. Branch from my mom's 80 acres in the northwoods of Wisconsin.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skull print boxers on: December 27, 2008 08:56:09 AM

Skull boxers for my guy for Christmas. Wasn't planning on making boxers, but saw this fabric at Crafty Planet and had to. Pattern = Butterick 6837, with a considerable amount of fabric taken off both the top and the bottom so they fit like boxers ought to. Hope he likes 'em ... I do!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Wool dog coat with faux fur lining on: December 21, 2008 07:12:03 PM

A coat I made for my boyfriend's dog. Vet's orders ... this pup has super short fur, and we live in Minnesota. 'Nuff said.

It's green 'cuz his name is Connor and he's therefore supposedly Irish. The lining is dark green faux fur; the outside is green wool ... yes, actual wool. It'll be a care nightmare, but at least it's warm. Pattern = Butterick 4885, view C, minus the pockets (http://www.butterick.com/item/B4885.htm).

Am I the only one who finds the fake fur slightly unsettling?  Roll Eyes
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