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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / shawl with large cables on: January 02, 2009 06:19:54 AM
Backstory: I went to stitches east about 2 months ago and saw this AWESOME shawl at one of the booths. I asked the woman if she was selling the pattern,  she was! But the catch was you had to buy the yarn to make it from her too. Well the yarn and pattern was $200! Being I dont have that kind of money to shell out. The boyfriend asked me....want me to take a picture of it? I said no, I didnt feel like it would be right. Although, I took a good picture of it in my head. It didnt seem hard to re-create. I went to another booth that was selling bulk yarn. I am so thankful the boyfriend went with me. He was a great help and he knows NOTHING about knitting. He picked out the yarn for me.

I decided to make the shawl for my aunt who adores hand made things. I went to work and here it is! I added the horn bone buttons. It was a big hit when I gave it to her. Its about 4 feet long and almost 1.5 feet wide.  I love the chunky yarn and the large cables. I have done smaller cables, but i LOVE these.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rooster Wall Hanging - Embroidered on: December 29, 2008 12:24:26 PM
Long story short. My boyfriends parents have been modeling their kitchen. She had no kitchen appliances for over 4 months! Its nearly completed (only some trim to be mounted). I knew she would need some new art for her walls. I was inspired by the color of the new granite and her canister that holds her utensils. It has a rooster.

I found the image online. Transferred it to an ikea placemat (which are great to embroider onto and they are only $1). And only 36 hours or needlework later...an embroidered rooster. I wanted to make it a peice for the wall. But i didnt want to frame it. I bought a dowel rod, cut it to size, drilled some holes, sewed the placemat over it, and threaded the jute through the rod. Wallah! Instant wall hanging. Needless to say she loved it!

I had my boyfriend take pictures. I wish he would have gotten more detail, but they give you the idea. The comb of the rooster is all done in french knots. And its more of a maroon color. I will try to get more pictures that show the true colors.

3  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Stitches East - knitting expo!!!! on: November 06, 2008 12:16:04 PM

November 6-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center

I am way to excited. I didnt even know about it. A woman I work with brought me in a coupon for a cheaper admission fee from the paper!  Its $8 to get in.

LOTS of vendors.

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Pillowcases on: October 16, 2008 08:26:50 AM
i embroidered these two pillowcases for the crazy cat lovers swap 2.

"I love my cats"  - done in satin stitch
"The best kind of alarm clock...is the purring kind" - using variegated thread

i was really happy with how they turned out. my boyfriend thought i took the 'i love my cats' one someone to be machine embroidered!!! Shocked Shocked
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / kittie toys - fortune cookies and goldfish on: October 16, 2008 08:19:41 AM
i made these toys for the crazy for cat lovers swap 2

first are the fortune cookies. I got the pattern from my 2008 knitting calendar. i felted them and then stuffed them with polyfiber and catnip

second i made a bunch of these little goldfish. i dont remember where i got the pattern from. they have a small amount of stuffing and catnip. you can see how smal they are compared to the penny.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Couvercle - Knitty - my new favorite hat!!!! on: July 29, 2008 06:10:15 AM
Knitty's Couvercle


I had bought a skein of Debbie Mumm for Jo-Ann Traditions in Pine Needle. I loved the colors. I wanted to make a hat with it!

I have always wanted a beanie with a brim on it. When I saw this pattern...I knew I was going to use the yarn I had been hoarding!

I followed the pattern for the adult large (only because i didnt have size 9 needles - and used size 8's - the guage just worked out well for me.)

I love how it turned out. I dont crochet much. Only edgings and chains. Thats my extent. I now know a bit more about crocheting. I think I might make the brim another row or two wider (when I make another one). I am definately going to make presents from this pattern. Everyone seems to love it! Even the boyfriend.

I can't wait to see other peoples Couvercles. Grin Grin
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Daddys got a brand new.....room! on: July 11, 2008 07:57:38 AM
Honestly I am quite embarassed to post these first few pictures and the stories behind them.

I will start with a back story. (sorry, its long...i know)
Parents married for 17 years.
Left for college in the fall of 2000
My mom left two days after the new year.

Needless to say my dad...was hurt. I don't even know if he saw it coming.

He would sleep on the couch because he didn't want to sleep in 'thier' bed.
On breaks I would stay with my dad and he still slept on the couch.
I graduated and lived back at home.

I had a childhood cat - Patty  she got senile and she would just pee in that room.
Carpet and all (THAT IS WHERE I WAS EMBARASSED) I hated to have people over. You could smell it.
Patty died, he closed the door. Like the room didn't exist.

2005 I moved in with my boyfriend.
2007 Moved back home
Since then I have been doing small things to improve the house.

I finally convinced him to let me go into the forbidden room. Actually, I called Purple Heart and made a pick-up date. My dad couldnt really say no at that point!

Removed all the furniture (including a king size waterbed), boxes of clothes and shoes my mom left, boxes of items he was 'collecting', etc.

Tore up the carpet. I knew we had hardwood floors! It was so sad because I knew the horror I would find underneath.  (again embarassing to even think about posting these pictures)

I did a lot of reading online. I used oxyclean and bleach and water mixtures. I used vinegar. Even some crazy stong solution from Home Depot. The stains were DEEP!

With a 5 inch orbital hand sander, I went to work. I sanded what I could. I sanded FOREVER!
Progess after some sanding:

I bought some stain. The darkest I could find with out going for ebony. I really didnt want to paint the floors which was the other option in my head. Other than tearing up the board and re-doing the whole floor.
After one coat:

After two coats: (i am still tempted to do another coat - but my father told me we can do it later - i worked hard enough)

We moved in furniture. He refused to buy a new bed and being the pack rat he is. Salvaged my old futon I was throwing away - 3 years ago! Where he stores all this stuff - im still clueless. I think theres more hidden rooms I dont know about.

I made him curtains because well curtains are EXPENSIVE. Bought all new pillows, sheets, comforter. I plan on painting the walls because the room is so dark (with that ugly wood panelling)

I can say after 7 years of seeing him sleeping on a couch, I am so excited he has slept in there two full nights (i just finished 2 days ago - a 2 month ordeal - start to almost finished). Old habits are hard to break. But having your own room is priceless.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Parrot - Flowers embroidery - Tote Bag on: June 13, 2008 05:46:21 AM
I had bought two of these tote bags at wal-mart. I just got around to embroidering the second one for my aunts birthday.

The flowers are Jenny Hart and the parrot is from a coloring book.


9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Palm Tree and Cupcake - Embroidery on: June 05, 2008 06:17:26 AM
I have finished my moms commissioned Tree Air Freshener Cozy.

One side has a palm tree i cut out of felt and embroidered onto the fabric - i got to use my varigated thread. i was uber excited!

Side two has a cupcake with felt, embroidery and beads as sprinkles.

I really enjoyed playing with felt as part of my embroidering process.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tree Air Freshener Cozy - Soccer Embroidery on: June 04, 2008 06:05:03 AM
I figured this was more embroidery than a sewing project.

I love for my car to smell nice, but I hate to spend good money on pretty air fresheners that never smell that great. The tree ones always smell nice and there are so many scents to choose from. But they are U-G-L-Y!

I came up with an idea to make a cozy to cover them.

My best friends little brother is graduating high school and instead of just giving money. I thought I would make something personal for his new car.  He played soccer forever and his number...you guessed it - 2.

I took two peices of material - 5x7. Embroidered my images. Hemmed the bottoms. Sewed the sides and top. Leaving a small gap in the center at the top. I tried to do the hand embroidered eyelet at the top for the string to poke through. (If you try on of these, make sure you dont make the hole too large because the tops of the trees will also poke through!)

So, on to the pics. (I inserted a closed tree to show to how it fit)

I told my mother about my idea and she already commissioned me for one with palm tree/beach theme.

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