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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fair Isle U-neck Pullover (vest) in handspun yarn on: December 30, 2007 06:11:55 PM
I finished this around Thanksgiving so I could wear it for family. I took some pictures myself but they weren't that great. My aunt finally got the picture she took of me so now I can make a decent post of this thing:

(that's sparkling cider in that glass, if anyone asks, I'm not 21 yet!)

Pattern: Fair Isle U-neck pullover by Mary Lynn Patrick in VK Fall '06
Yarn: Handspun from my aunt Kathy, who raises sheep, spins their wool, and dyes it naturally. The dyes used for these yarns were cochineal for pink, madder root for the orange (I may have those two switched, I can never keep them straight), indigo for blue, and logwood for the purple. The brown is natural black sheep.
Needles: US 5 for the body and 4 for the ribbing
Notes: I made this a vest instead cause I knew I wouldn't wear it as a pullover. Plus I was getting sick of this pattern. I just picked up stitches around the armholes and did the same pattern as the neckline and hem. I started this shortly after the magazine came out, and just finished it a month ago. It sat for a while. I was not so into working on it, but I'm glad I got it finished.
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / More than meets the eye (etched glasses) on: September 18, 2007 11:33:30 PM
So, I don't usually wander over to this part of craftster, I'm more often found on the knitting board, but HOLY COW are you guys talented! So, I feel a bit silly posting alongside all of you talented people, but I wanted to show off a little. My boyfriend's birthday is coming up and I decided to do something special.

Yeah, he's a Transformer's nut. We went to see the movie together and he complained about what they got wrong, knew who all the transformers were right away and basically squeed all over himself. I want to give them to him NOW but I have to wait a week. I'm planning on doing two more, but I couldn't concentrate any longer.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knee-High silk socks....so scrumptious on: July 25, 2007 07:08:20 PM
I just finished these today and HAD to show them off!

Pattern: Unst from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush.
Yarn: Knitpicks Gloss in burgandy
Needles: US 1s for the leg and 0s for the ankle and foot.
Notes: I did the ribbing pattern version of the lace pattern all the way down the leg to make sure they'd fit super-tight and stay up. I also wasn't really looking at the directions when it came to the foot so I guess I did the top of the foot differently, though I don't really care. I also did a standard toe decrease instead of the 5-point star decrease Nancy is so fond of (I really despise it). I am not the first person to do this pattern as knee-highs, there is another craftster somewhere out there whom I am incapable of tracking down at the moment who made herself a pair and gave me the idea.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting Machine Project - Intarsia Drill on: December 07, 2006 10:32:38 PM
I normally knit by hand, but my grandma gave me her knitting machine and I had to use it. I was given the option of doing an art project for one of my classes (Transgender Personalities and Histories, in a very hippie, open-minded school) on What does Gender mean to you? So I did this...

This was the most frustrating project I have ever done. So many things went wrong. Oh so many. I'm never doing this again. I wanted to shoot myself by the end of it. I love how it turned out, though.

If anyone wants any further explanation of the project, I'm happy to oblige. Later. My brain is fried right now.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Some Earrings on: May 12, 2006 05:05:11 PM
Stuff I've finished lately....

Blue beads at the end of chain, super simple but they go with everything.

I love the olive color and turquoise together! the chain is let to dangle freely, and just brushes your neck.

Dancing Skeletons! I just picked a few beads that I thought were in complimentary colors and stuck them at the end of chain with the pendants. I love how they turned out!

Shell pendants that have little flowers bonded to the front, and dyed and natural quartz up top. I love these colors!

I've been told these look 70's, and I agree! They're dyed quartz pendants, with a few glass beads on hoops. They're very eye-catching!

So what do you guys think? Anything you think I need to work on?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pixie Hat from Knit Wit on: February 17, 2006 08:56:13 PM

Hooray for pixie hats!!

I have had this "finished" for quite some time, I was just too damn lazy to sew int eh loose ends until today. Today I have knitted alot. Some days I lack any motivation, some days my hands can't move fast enough...

Pattern: Ookpik's Pixie Hat from Knitwit
Yarn: Caron simply soft in watermelon and black (best cheap yarn EVER!!)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled fingerless gloves and an easy scarf on: November 27, 2005 02:18:44 PM

Yarn: Karaoke, color #278, Mermaid Mix
Made for my roommate, because she has long curly hair, and she looks like a mermaid. I started off with the pattern they have on the website, same number of stitches and general thumb placement, but I like real cables more than fake cables.

Simple garter stitch scarf with thick and thin yarn. I forget what yarn it is, and I can't find the paper thing. Here's a close up so you can see just how much the thick and thin parts pooled:

Just what I have finished lately. I have a bunch of stuff in the works, I just can't seem to finish them!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Rainbow-ee *7* strand necklace on: September 16, 2005 05:24:48 PM

This thing took a very long time to make, mostly because I had to plan how long each strand was going to be, decide on a pattern for each strand with each different type of bead in that particular color, and string it. I kept dropping strands, and I'm not sure why I was so bad on this, because I'm usually very good about that in smaller pieces. Oh well. I know it's a bit gaudy, inconsistent, and complicated, but she was my baby. She has a good home now, with a friend who appreciates the time and effort that goes into hand-made crafts. I'd definately wear this with something simple, like a plain white or black dress.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Eyelet skirt from knitty on: September 12, 2005 10:07:43 PM
Pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/PATTeyelet.html
Yarn: Cotton ease cherry red

Yeah, I know you can kind of see my undies. I think it's partially the flash, and partially the stark contrast between my white legs and black undies, but I'm gonna wear a slip underneath. So no possible show-through.

Me trying to take a pic from above. Dunno if it does anything for you....

I took this pic after I finished the first half, but I thought it showed the eyelets nicely.

There was sooooo much boring knitting on this, and the seaming sucked huge balls (forgive my language, but it is truly justified in this situation). It was all worth it, though. This skirt is so HOT. I just wish I had done it earlier in summer. Oh well, I can wear my fishmets or knee high socks and wear it into the fall.

I know this is an old-ish pattern, but has anyone done this pattern, or plan on doing it? I'd love to hear stories/see pics
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sparkly Cigar Box on: August 13, 2005 01:56:14 PM

I got the cigar box from my boyfriend's dad (he smokes the nice ones every once in a while) and, on a whim, I grabbed my tube of E6000 and some plastic rhinestones, broken glass beads, whatever else I could find, went outside and glued them on. I think I did this last summer, but I just got around to taking a picture today, cause my digi cam is fairly new.

Most of the glass bits have a story behind them (not always that interesting, though), and if there's something that stands out to you, ask, and I shall explain. Alot of the broken glass beads came from those Mass 'o Glass things.
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