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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarf! POA (trapped bar) style on: July 21, 2008 03:48:26 PM
I knit a Gryffindor scarf for my lovely partner, rosesanplacebos, in the recent "I Miss Harry Potter Swap".

Here it is, all wrapped up for presentation:

This photo shows its length a bit, and the fringe:

I used the atypically.knit pattern to make this scarf, with some modifications, such as making the fringe a bit longer than the pattern calls for.  I also used larger needles and cast on fewer stitches to get the width.

Because it is knit in the round, the scarf is a long tube.  Here are some shots of the edge of the scarf (the scarf is folded in half, then rolled up):

Closer detail of the edges:

And here it is with some other little Gryffindor items (little "extras" for the swap), crochet flower brooches made by my DD and a mug cozy made with the scarf's MC yarn:

See how the fringe is about the same length as the large MC stripes?  I think a longer fringe like this is a bit more feminine.  If I were making this for a guy, I would probably use the shorter fringe length from the atypically.knit pattern, which is more like the fringe in the movie scarves.  And don't worry, rosesanplacebos gave me creative license on this item, so she wasn't expecting a movie replica anyway!  Cheesy

Rosesanplacebos posted a lovely action shot here in the swap gallery!

Craft info:

Made for: rosesanplacebos
Swap: "I Miss Harry Potter Swap"
Date: Mid June - Early July, 2008
Pattern: atypically.knit pattern, with modifications: larger needles (size 10), co 72 stitches, made fringe about 6" long (same as length of large MC stripe)
Needles: size 10 bamboo 16" circular
Yarn: Utopia worsted-weight acrylic, Pomegranate (MC) and Maize (CC)
Dimensions: About 8.5 feet long, 8 inches wide
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Lunch Bag - Lots of Images! on: June 27, 2008 08:22:00 PM

DD has been in an art program at a local college for these past two weeks. The weekend before the program started, I made her an eco-friendly reusable lunch bag.

The lunch bag:

With front flap open:

Back of bag:

Back of bag with flap open:

We used scraps we have accumulated from our own sewing and from a grab bag of scraps I bought on etsy. DD looked through all the scraps and picked the ones she wanted in her lunch bag. I then made them into strips, cutting them down if needed or placing shorter bits together into longer strips.

To make the pieced fabric for the front and back/flap panels, I laid all the pieces out on a lightweight woven cotton and zig-zag stitched over the edges of the strips of the novelty fabrics. The backing fabric makes it easier to sew the edges of the pieces and also adds stability.

Craft Info:

Made for: DD
Reason: Save the world  Wink
Date made: June 15, 2008

Fabrics: Front and back/flap: Scraps of woven cotton novelty fabrics; lightweight woven cotton for backing. Sides and lining: lightweight black denim.
Other materials: Strap: green webbing reconned from package wrapping. Loops for strap and button: turquoise grosgrain ribbon. Button: vintage turquoise-color button. Thread: green, pink and turquoise. Elastic: to cinch in the sides.
Dimensions: Front panel: 10" x 10". Back/flap panel: 10" x 16". Sides: 5" x 10". Bottom: 10" x 5". Strap: approx. 1 yard.  (These are the cut dimensions, before sewing.)

(If you are interested in more detail pictures of the piecework and so on, they are at this post on my blog.)   Cheesy
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Weird Sisters (Harry Potter) Record Purse -- Lots of Images! on: April 18, 2008 02:10:46 PM
My swap partner for the recent HP swap had a record purse on her wists, so I had to make one for her! The Weird Sisters are the wizard rock band from the Harry Potter series, and I decided they had to have released some albums (though there aren't any in the books -- we both enjoy a loose interpretation of canon.)

I used this tutorial for instructions: Mod Record Purse, and this project for additional inspiration: Vinyl Record Purse (from my partner's wists).

The Weird Sisters record purse:

Both sides:

Each side of the purse is Side One of a different album. I printed out the labels on colored heavy weight printer paper, and used double-sided paper adhesive to attach them over the existing labels on the records. ("Do the Hippogriff" is a song from the HP books, but the rest are not.  Loose canon, right?  And fair warning: this post only gets geekier from here on in.)

Close up of the labels (Conjuring the Rock Produtions, charmed to play in the Divinaphone):

WS's debut album (1978):

Second album (1980):

My two favorite song titles are "From the Owlery" and "Arithmancy of the Soul". Just don't ask me what they mean, because I don't know. But that is some Wizarding rockWink

I used two layers of records for the handles, and attached the handles and sides with hemp twine (in purple).

Close up of attachment:

The concept of the purse is that it is "partially transfigured" -- that is, transfigured from records into a purse, but still retaining characteristics of the original item. (See what I mean about even geekier?) So, the circles in the lining fabric are reminiscent of records, and the pockets are lined with sheet music fabric, of course.

Lining, and snap-close pocket (open):

There are two flat pockets on one side and a snap-close pocket on the other side (open in the second photo). The ends of the purse are pinched and stitched so they fold inward when the purse is shut.  The outer purse is pink vinyl, and the linings are cotton.

Close up of fabrics:

This was my favorite item to make for this swap, and I am so thankful to my partner for allowing me to subject her to my super HP geekiness!  Grin

Craft Info:

Swap: "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap
Swap Partner: ShardaeDobby
Date made: March 2008
Pattern: Mod Record Purse, Vinyl Record Purse
Fabrics: Pink vinyl, woven cotton novelty fabrics (pink with colored circles, pink sheet music)
Other materials: Records, heavy weight paper for labels (pink and green), double-sided adhesive, hemp twine (purple), magnetic snap

If you'd like to read my adventure in acquiring appropriate records for this project, it's at this post on my blog: Hey Mister DJWink
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Every Flavour" Shopping Tote with Pouch on: April 17, 2008 02:33:42 PM
My partner from the "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap, ShardaeDobby, was really good at asking fun HP questions to help us get to know each other's HP interests. (This was in addition to the swap questionnaire!) Based on her answers, I thought she would like something from Honeydukes! So I made this:

"Every Flavour" drawstring pouch:

Open it up:

What's inside:

Let's go shopping:

(action shot with DD before sending out)

The pouch has a double drawstring, so it stays shut nicely. The drawstrings are turquoise-color hemp twine with plastic beads. I painted "Every Flavour" and the little stars on the finished pouch with a couple of coats of yellow flexible fabric paint. When that was dry, I painted over and around the letters with gold glitter flexible fabric paint to give it a magical effect.

The shopping tote is made from jelly bean novelty fabric: the Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans inside the pouch! The tote's straps are the same pink fabric as the pouch. The tote has French seams, so it should be sturdy, and a gusset at the bottom, so it's pretty roomy.

Tote with pouch:

This was lots of fun to make!

Craft Info:

Swap: "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap
Swap Partner: ShardaeDobby

"Every Flavour" Pouch

Date made: March 2008
Construction: Double drawstring pouch
Fabric: Cotton blend woven fabric, hemp drawstring
Other materials: Fabric paint, glitter fabric paint, plastic beads

Every Flavour Beans Shopping Tote

Date made: March 2008
Construction: French seams, bottom gusset
Fabric: Woven cotton jelly beans novelty fabric, strap fabric same as pouch

The whole swap package:

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ravenclaw Scarf, Wrist Warmers and Flower Brooch on: April 16, 2008 05:03:18 PM

I made a house scarf for my swap partner, ShardaeDobby, in the "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap. Her favorite house is Ravenclaw, and she prefers book colors. I used the atypically.knit pattern and knit it in the round on bamboo needles.

Ravenclaw House Scarf:

After twenty-one times twenty-two rows, one color and then the next, (and enduring well-intentioned compliments like "Oh, I could never do that! I would want to change colors all the time!") I was ready to either pull my hair out, or knit something fun and quick! LOL

I designed the wrist warmer's color fade as a sanity saver while knitting the scarf. They were an add-on to the swap, but I had to make them.

Ravenclaw Color Fade Wrist Warmers:

The wrist warmers were knit flat on circular needles and then seamed up, leaving a hole for the thumb. Using circular needles allowed changing colors each row as needed.  (Just slide to the other side and purl or knit as needed: no color-change line on the right side.  I read about this technique somewhere . . .)

Ravenclaw House Scarf and Color Fade Wrist Warmers:

I noticed only after sending the swap package that the scarf is backwards in this photo: that's the back of the fringe knots. The top photo shows the front.

DD made the crochet flower brooch in the top photo. It's made of wool yarn and felted. The center is a vintage wood and metal button. She also very kindly modeled the items for photos before I sent out the swap package.

Craft Info:

Swap: "Because We Miss Harry Potter" Swap
Swap Partner: ShardaeDobby

Ravenclaw House Scarf

Date made: March 1-25 2008
Pattern: atypically.knit Hogwarts scarf pattern
Yarn: Lion Brand "Vanna's Choice" acrylic
Colors: Colonial Blue, Honey
Needles: Size 10 bamboo circular needles

Ravenclaw Color Fade Wrist Warmers

Date made: March 25-31 2008
Yarn: Lion Brand "Vanna's Choice" acrylic
Colors: Colonial Blue, Honey
Needles: Size 10 bamboo circular needles (knit flat)

Ravenclaw House Colors Flower Brooch

Made by: DD
Date made: March 2008
Yarn: Worsted weight wool
Color: Blue
Hook: G
Other Materials: Wood and metal vintage button, brooch clasp

The whole package:

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Project Post -- Cotton Drawstring Purse on: February 26, 2008 05:37:43 PM
Hi!  This is my first project post on Craftster (or anywhere).

I made this purse last summer while my DD was away at summer camp for the first time.  It was the first time she had been away from home for weeks at a time, and I missed her so much!  So I knit her this:

Brown Cotton Drawstring Purse and Matching Small Pouch

The purse can be worn in two ways:

with two short handles, as in the photo above, shown open in the photo below:

Short Handles, Open

or with one long handle, to use as a shoulder strap:

Long Handle

I used brown cotton worsted weight yarn for the body of the bag, and a pink-tan-white variegated cotton for the stripes -- I am pleased with how the stripes are multicolored, even though it was so easy with the variegated yarn!

The purse is about 7.5" wide (flat) and 8.5" tall.  The handle is 23" tall when worn long; the two short handles are 11" tall.  (It can be worn on the shoulder either way.)

And a little matching pouch!  The pouch is about 3.5" tall, 2" wide and half an inch deep.  The pink variegated was left over from another project, and the stripes plus this pouch used up the last of it.  The button is a wooden bead that made into a toggle.

I knit this up and sent it off with all my love in a care package last summer.  Back at home, it has mostly been used as a project bag.  (DD knits and crochets).

I hope you like it!   Cheesy
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / de-lurking in California on: February 23, 2008 03:19:46 PM
Hi!  I've been visiting craftster for a while (what great inspiration here), I registered a few months ago, and now I'm de-lurking!

I'm an intermediate knitter, beginning crocheter, I've dabbled in jewelry making, and I've been sewing for years.  I love making bags!

I live in the California Bay Area. I can't wait to start posting some projects I've made, and maybe participate in swaps someday.  Smiley
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