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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Storage boxes on: March 15, 2008 04:12:46 PM

I've been attempting to gain some control over my yarn stash, and use up some of my fabric stash, so I've been experimenting with different methods of constructing fabric boxes. 

These are addicting and very satisfying projects.  I will definitely be making more... 
12  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Stone Rug on: March 15, 2008 04:04:33 PM

I got this idea from a post on Craftblog at the beginning of March.  They featured a rug made with felted "stones". 

I started making balls out of my stash of leftover wool.  (You know that stash of wool you can't bear to part with but don't have enough to actually knit/crochet a whole project?).  I used a combination of hand and machine felting, and sewed the stones together by hand with a nylon twine. 

It's sturdy, cushy and feels so good under my feet.  Pity it's a gift for my friend...  I may just have to make another.

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gathered Pullover on: February 18, 2008 12:24:54 PM

Pattern: Gathered Pullover by Hana Jason from Interweave Knits Winter 2007
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Royal Purple (Color 212); almost exactly 5 skeins.
Mods: added length to body and sleeves.

Very comfy without being sloppy.  I'm looking forward to getting lots of use out of this sweater. 
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Fair Isle Tote on: January 27, 2008 04:50:59 PM

I've had this in my head for a while and finally started on it a few weeks ago.  It turned out a bit bigger than I had planned, but considering that I didn't actually, er, plan (i.e. no swatch, no test felt...) I'm very happy with the result.

Pattern: My own. I adapted a chart I found on Jessica Tromp's site I lined the inside with some plain fabric from stash. The base is reinforced with plastic canvas mesh cut to fit.
Yarn: 2 balls (exactly!) Galway Heather in dark green (color 701); 1 ball (about 5 meters left over) Galway in beige (color 112); 200 meters=100 grams
Finished dimensions: Base is 12" x 4"; 10" high. The side panels taper to 2" at the top.

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace Cowl Sweater on: January 17, 2008 10:07:13 PM

Pattern:  My own
Yarn:  Patons Decor in Rich Country Blue

I first had this idea in September, after I saw a lace sweater with wide ribbed collar and cuffs in the mall.  The Decor is not the best choice, but I love the color.  It's wearable, just not as nice as a more pure wool or a finer acrylic. 

I like it a lot and have worn it often since I finished it just before Christmas.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Handspun Cabled Mittens on: January 01, 2008 03:39:00 PM
The Boy did REAL good for Christmas...  A gift of fiber made me so happy.  A week later, The gift is now this:

Should you be interested (and should you want to wade through a very heavy pic post) there is much more here

Pattern: Plait Cable Mittens (link to pdf file)
Mods: knit on US4 to make a denser fabric, and I knit 3 plain rounds in between cable crossings.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Winter Sunrise Toque on: December 31, 2007 12:11:22 PM
I realized one cold evening a couple of weeks ago that I don't have a warm toque for myself.  Considering how many I've knit for other people that seemed a bit odd.  So, I knit this up on Christmas Day (we had our family gathering the night before).

I borrowed the chart from the Winter Sunrise Hat (link to the pdf pattern) pattern at Exercise before Knitting and changed the gauge for a thicker yarn.  Yarn was from stash:  unknown beige wool and Blue Jaeger Shetland Aran.  It's so cozy warm.  I think I'll make mittens to match.  Can never have too many mittens!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flannel Robe on: December 29, 2007 06:11:35 PM

I made this robe for my Mom for Christmas.  I used the pattern in Amy Butler's In Stitches book.  The fabric is from a set of flannel sheets I bought on sale.  So soft and cozy, prefect flannel robe material!   
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Purple Haired Baby (Rag-doll) on: December 29, 2007 06:08:05 PM
I made this little rag-doll (about 15-16 inches head to toe) for my 10-month-old niece.

I borrowed inspiration and pieces of templates from a few online sources (can't find bookmarks right now).  I "winged" the dress, which is reversible.  The fabric showing right now matches a dress I made her in the summer. 

She seemed to like it but she also got really excited about the box, so I'm not putting much stock in her response...  Cheesy
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stranded Slipper Socks from Santa's Secret Sweatshop on: December 27, 2007 09:28:09 AM
SSSSSSS...  (sorry for the aliteration)

In spite of my resolve to NOT knit 3 or 5 or 10 of the same thing for Christmas this year, I agreed to knit 3 pairs of slipper socks for a co-worker (Money being a great motivator).  I ended up leaving things a bit longer than I should have and then was rushed, but I really like how they turned out.

I like them enough that I plan to make another pair.  For me.  Cheesy
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