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1  Re: Friendship Granny Square Swap R12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kleinsch on: May 07, 2009 12:25:53 PM
I have been waiting a few days for the rain to stop here, so the light would be better for photos . . . but it looks like it's going to keep raining for another week here in Maine! So, without further ado, my beautiful five squares from whisp3rd. The green is brighter in reality--I asked for bright pinks and greens, and I love them all. Thanks so much!

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2  Re: NO NEED TO FEAR ZIPPERS: An Alternative Method to Making the Zippered Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kleinsch on: November 11, 2008 04:31:07 PM
I bookmarked this tutorial a long time ago, and I finally decided to make some today on my holiday!  I made two to start, but I will definitely make more.
This is the first one I made, to hold the power charger for my work laptop. 

This is such a lovely, simple tutorial.  Thanks, heartofmary!! 

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3  Re: Christmas 2008 in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by kleinsch on: September 20, 2008 12:34:02 PM
I'm so excited--I have five squares left (out of 48!) to finish for DH's afghan!  Then the fun of sewing all the squares together begins. . . Heh.
Here is a rather blurry picture of some squares.  DH chose the yarn (an alpaca and wool blend) and the pattern.

I've also finished a set of thread crochet coasters for MIL who likes such things, and will actually use them under her bone china tea cups while she watches TV news all day.  Kiss  This just shows one, but I made four.  I love them so much I may make some for myself!
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4  Crafty Laundry Sorter in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kleinsch on: August 27, 2008 03:57:30 PM
I used to hate to do laundry in my old house. It involved hauling all the laundry down two flights of stairs, making it past the nasty garbage chute, working the machines in a dark, cobweb-ridden basement, then hauling everything past the nasty chute once again and up the stairs again. I hated it.

New house, several thousand miles away, and **what a concept!** a real laundry room!  On the second floor no less--steps away from everyone's dirty laundry baskets!  I was so overjoyed. I ordered a laundry sorter--one that divides the clothes into three separate bags for easier washing. But wait!  No one else (but me) in the house remembers which bag is for what kind of clothes!  Chaos ensues. Bad laundry mishaps occur.  Then, a crafty solution: labels! I designed some cute labels with iron on transfer printer paper.  Life is much better. And I am happy for having made something so plain (bleh!) into something more personal, even if it's only for the laundry room.  Smiley

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5  Re: Star Baby Blanket~Along in Crochetalongs by kleinsch on: August 27, 2008 02:49:36 PM
Yes, I agree, the photos clarify the directions so much.  Thank you, shootingstar!

Here is a shot of the afghan I made for a couple expecting their first child.  I liked the yarn--I think it was Lion Brand Cupcake.  My 16 year-old stepdaughter picked out the colors for me.

It worked up quickly, but I had to take it back once because somehow my counting got off and the arms of the stars got very lopsided.  Hmm. I still think each arm isn't equal, but blocking helped somewhat, and hey, how often is it really going to stretched out so nice and flat?  Hopefully it will be bundling a little baby girl in a few months! 

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6  Re: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)? in Winter Holidays by kleinsch on: August 26, 2008 10:55:03 AM
Yay--a project completed off the Christmas list!  My mom requested an apron made from a heavy cloth--none of that skimpy thin cotton for this cook!  And she didn't want pockets.  So, I made her apron a "Let's get reacquainted" project for my sewing machine.  (I haven't touched it since we moved to a new house, 10 months ago.)

I realized when it was done that I was guilty of crafting for myself in the guise of making something for someone else--I would totally wear this apron, but not so sure my pushing-70 mother will love its cuteness as much as I do. Oh well; she has to love it--her daughter made it! Right?  Wink

Here it is:

A close up of the matching fabric-covered button (need more excuses to make these things!):

And a gratuitous cat photo--I mean, a shot of the back:

(Kitteh always thinks things on the bed are put there for her enjoyment.)

The pattern is a really simple one, from The Calico Cat:

I'm also working at very madly crocheting an afghan for DH for Christmas; he chose some super soft alpaca-sheep wool yarn for me to use.  So soft!  Pictures to come when I am done!
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7  Results of Foolproof Bootie Project! in Crochet: Completed Projects by kleinsch on: April 28, 2008 06:06:59 PM
So I followed the advice of a fellow Craftster and used a pattern by Bev to make simple booties for a friend's preemie twin girls.  It was a bit of a struggle to make, even though the pattern was pretty foolproof.  But, me being me, it got difficult.

After making two unuseable Frankenbooties (varying gauge, didn't stitch up properly),  I ditched the baby weight yarn that was snarling and generally just awful, and went for Caron Simply Soft Baby, which was worsted weight.  I had to go down to an E hook, because the yarn was bigger, and my gauge is generally really loose.  I finally finished a bootie, then had a fit because I had no idea if it would fit the babies or not.  They were born at 2.5 and 3.6 pounds. 

I did a little internet cruising to figure out the sizes of preemie feets, and it was tough looking at all the tiny, tiny preemie pictures.  I was a bit of a basket case by the time I found what I was looking for.  I decided to make 3-inch long booties for both girls, hoping that by the time they reach them, they'll fit.  Or even, hopefully, be too small.  They look so small in my hand.  But then, I have no experience with infants, so all you parents out there let me know what you think. (My step-daughters, who were both preemies, too, are now teenagers and so big they wear my shoes!)

Anyway, I am happy to have made two pairs, and in making them, I have even more empathy and respect for parents of preemies. 

They fit in my palm.

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8  April is the cruellest month! in Needlework: Completed Projects by kleinsch on: April 05, 2008 04:42:17 PM
It's officially Spring, but at our house we have been treated to snow, rain, more snow, and now, for the past three days, we are all sick with colds!  Bleh! 

The silver linning is that while I was sick in bed, too listless even to crochet (my preferred craft), I did have enough energy to push a needle through some pre-printed paper. I finally finished my first (last?) Victorian punch-paper/perforated paper embroidery project.

"The Burrow" is the name of our house.  I got a custom pattern from a nice lady on Ebay, who has traditional patriotic and religious mottoes ("God Bless Our Home" type stuff).  When I saw she did custom patterns, and also offered hand-carved frames, I had to try one.

I haven't done any needlepoint since a Mother's Day project at school when I was 10.  I enjoyed it; it was pretty soothing, until I got to the green curlicues, which actually took some patience.  I love the font, and the varigated floss.  I can't decide if I will do another one.  I'm kind of thinking of a kitschy one to go in the guest bedroom: "Holy Angels Guard Thy Bed."   Wink

And no, our house is not named after the Weasley's house in HP!  Although it is rather magical . . .

Thanks for looking! Comments appreciated. Smiley

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9  Re: Pysanky and other eggs- Post your pics here! in Easter by kleinsch on: March 21, 2008 05:24:44 PM
Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Where are all the pysanky photos!  Here are just two.  More later, if my camera cooperates.

We save our eggs every year, and display them in a wire tree:

While I often do traditional designs, I find them frustrating because my hand shakes and the lines get squiggly. So sometimes I like to free form on the egg.  This is an egg based on a Michael Hague illustration for the Wizard of Oz.  It shows the Emerald City, and a bit of the yellow brick road on the bottom.

We are a bit slow to do pysanky this year, but we'll get going next week (yeah, after Easter, but that's what happens sometimes!)
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10  Re: cardboard cat basket - bunny basket added on page 2 in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by kleinsch on: March 21, 2008 05:06:31 PM
Tee hee...so you see me laughing hysterically and our kitten looking utterly perplexed.

Well, this was a great idea, but sometimes I forget how large our Maine Coon cats are... My SD and I had a good time fashioning a basket from a packing box and bubble wrap left over from our escape--er, our move from California, but somehow I think our Maine Coon kitten isn't really going to be able to curl up in in. My SD had some nice ideas for weaving techniques, so even though it's kind of bust, we enjoyed working together.   

The bubble wrap was actually great to work with, flexible but not too floppy.  I would use it again for weaving.

(Note to self: next time, measure cat circumfrence, and make sure basket base is larger than a dinner plate!  Cheesy  )

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