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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sea Mineral Mittens (Latvian-style mittens) on: July 30, 2007 01:07:54 PM
i'm in love with colourwork and Latvian mittens in particular, and i finally got around to designing a pair of my own with an oceanic feel to them.  after digging through motifs and beating numbers and charts into submission this is what i came up with:

i call them the Sea Mineral mittens.  note the wave patterns throughout, and the sun playing on and under the water, illuminating the sea flora beneath.

here's a detail of the cuff:

and because i know people like these kinds of things, a shot of the inside of the mitten:


this, of course, is only the first mitten--i'll be casting on for the second later today.  i would like to add that i do hope to offer these as a free pattern on my blog in the relatively near future.    i'm on Ravelry too, username "spillyjane" if you'd like to look the mittens (and me) up there as well.

thanks for ogling the mitten! Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nave Socks (This Must Be The Socks) are finished! on: June 24, 2007 12:44:16 PM
i'm an obsessive sock knitter!  strangely, i've only recently knit my first pair of cabled socks, so for my second pair i thought i'd try my hand at designing some from scratch.  here is the finished pair, fresh from my brain to your compy screen:

i call them the Nave Socks because i really did make it up as i went along, just like the song says.  i had no idea what they would look like when i was finished; i just kept an eye on what i was doing and shook up the pattern when it needed a shakin'.

this is particularly evident when you check out the cuff/leg of the socks.  this pic was taken of sock no. 1  shortly after i started working the cuff:

see what boredom can do to you?  i had cables both large and wee twisting in all directions all over the place, some twisting out of ribbing and others growing into larger cables.  i had no idea if/when the cables were going to twist/untwist or even what the finished sock was going to look like.  it really was an adventure!

so those are my new socks.  the good news is that during the entire process i was taking insanely detailed notes so that they can be reproduced...meaning that i'm going to offer the pattern FREE (in some capacity or other) on my knitblog.  i've already started writing it out and i have recruited my friends, the ladies of Friends Knit Together (http://friendsknittogether.blogspot.com) to test knit the pattern.  Adriana was the one who handpainted the yarn i used in these socks.  she does great work!

thanks for checking out the socks!  if you'd like to read the actual FO post about them on my knit blog you can check that out here: http://spillyjane.blogspot.com/2007/06/nave-socks-these-must-be-socks-fo.html.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / pond full of paper fish. on: December 22, 2005 06:40:06 AM
i've turned my poor, unsuspecting coffee table into a goldfish pond:

it's now home to seventeen paper goldfish.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / embroidered Art Nouveau ibis. on: August 30, 2005 03:20:38 PM
the ibis has landed:


embroidered Art Nouveau ibis motif
for pendant: 4.5" tall and 1.5" wide.

i essentially made up the patten for this
piece myself, having based it on a pre-
existing Art Nouveau enamel pendant.
this piece itself with soon be turned
into a rather showy pendant to complete
a friend's fabulous hallowe'en costume.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / first piece of free form embroidery. on: June 24, 2005 08:14:57 AM
my first completed piece of free form embroidery:


the motif mesaures 4" high and 3" wide.
the design is constructed around three
pieces of shishadur (mirror work) and then
just grows organically from there.
surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly,)
this piece looks very much like my drawings.
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Food: buger, banana split, sushi on: May 27, 2005 11:27:48 AM

a burger that's unusually high in fibre.
needle felted from Corriedale wool
on a glass bead sesame seed bun.
1" high and 1.5" high.

i think it's more than a little clear
that i have way too much free time.
...and that i should stop buying so much roving.
needle felted banana split

this needle felted banana split is made from
100% Corriedale wool and stands 2" tall and 2" long.
you'll notice that there are three different flavours
of ice cream--chocolate, vanilla and strawberry--and
that each is topped with a different topping--strawberry,
butterscotch and cherry.  each scoop of ice cream is
finished off with a generous helping of whipped cream
topped with a teeny tiny cherry!  more info is available
in my journal...yummy![/center]
Sushi platter
fresh from the jane-brain:

the needle felted sushi platter measures 2.5" long, 1.5" wide and .5" high.
it features tiny needle felted kappa maki, california roll and ebi sushi
displayed on a tray completet with pickeled ginger, wasabi and sushi grass.
this piece is made of 100% corriedale wool.

the needle felted sushi platter from the side:

note: Moved up during 2006 "housecleaning of felting boards" to bring all photos to pg 1, GraceO
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / sweet li'l needle felted birdies! on: May 19, 2005 05:22:19 PM
freshly hatched,
this new brood is looking for permanent nesting grounds. 

L-R: Roberta Nestworthy, Hubert Egglington, Cynthia L'Oiseau,
Harwood Wingtip and Jonathan Treefellow

all are 100% wool with shiny agate eyes
and are approximately 2" long, 1" high and 1" wide.

Roberta Nestworthy:

Hubert Egglington:

Cynthia L'Oiseau:

Harwood Wingtip:

Jonathan Treefellow:

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / cute needle felted birdies! on: May 17, 2005 11:11:23 AM
more fruits of my needle felting:

L-R: Sir Reginald Tweep, Constance Pinfeather, Charley McChirp,
Jemima LeBec and Edward Von Plume

all are 100% wool with shiny shiny agate eyes
and are approximately 2" long, 1" high and 1" wide. 

Sir Reginald Tweep:

Constance Pinfeather:

Charley McChirp:

Jemima LeBec:

Edward Von Plume:

9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / needle felted mr. strawberry and cake slice. on: May 17, 2005 11:02:12 AM
i've recently taken up needle felting and frankly, i can't get enough of it.
check out what i've come up with:

meet Mr. Strawberry!

this tasty fellow 1.5" high and 1" wide. 
isn't he sweet with his shiny agate eyes?
he's also very happy that he's made of wool,
so he'll never go moldy!  he hates mold.

and here's my pancake meow-inspired cake slice:

bet you didn't think i could make a cake
out of a tuft of wool, huh?
this yummy cake slice is 1" tall
from bottom layer to mini strawberry,
and just over 1" long from icing to cakey goodness.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / cute carrot earrings! on: March 20, 2005 07:12:56 PM

cute AND good for you:

olive green and orange glass.
(in person (erm, carrot) they're
not so red-orange, and you can
see the cute carrot-y striations
on the orange beads.)
approx. 1" long.

feed your inner (or outer) vegetarian!
yummy and cute!


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