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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Wine bottle >> Vase. What color? on: June 26, 2012 02:29:09 PM
I hope this is the right place to put this! :3

Recently I went to Trader Joe's and pointed out a bottle of wine to my parents, who bought it. The description said it had notes of golden apples and apricots, so hey. It sounded good. And it was! And that's coming from someone who doesn't like alcohol.

But the reason I pointed it out to them was mostly because of the shape of the bottle. Now that all of the wine has been consumed, I'm trying to figure out what color I should paint it so that I can turn it into a vase.

And if that one's not good enough to really see, here's another one.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Linen stitch scarf ( lots of pictures ) on: December 25, 2010 07:03:42 PM

So ever since I first saw a linen stitch scarf, I had to have one. But I'd always forget to start one. You know how it is - you find a project that you absolutely love, but don't have time at the moment to start it. You're working on a different project, maybe a gift so you can't cast on again until you finish it, or you just get busy and have no time. Soon enough, you forget all about it, until you rediscover it one day and wonder, "Why, again, did I not make this yet?"

This is the second scarf I've made that's not the plain garter stitch scarves that everyone makes when they learn how to knit. The first one was for my mother, and once I was done with hers, I decided I wanted a scarf. So I gathered various yarns - ones that I knit from before and weren't long enough for some other project, a bunch of yarns given to me by my mother that I would never really use for myself, and yarns that I just had to have but kept putting off using them until I found the perfect project, then realized after a while that yarn is really just ugly and why did I buy it in the first place?

There are 21 total yarns that I used, and they are a mix. All of them are acrylic, except one might be wool? I'm not too sure. Most of them are just plain, worsted weight yarn - both solid colored and variegated - and a few are textured yarns - again, both solid colored ones and variegated ones. I'm not sure about the weights of the textured yarns, but I know they weren't all the same. I wanted to just pick a yarn at random and knit it, but of course my math brain went, "Okay, seven textured and fourteen plain. I'll do two rows of normal yarn, then a row of textured." I'm not very good at random, it seems. Since every two rows in linen stitch is kind of like one row in stockinette, I tried to knit two rows of each color. I didn't have enough of some yarn, so I actually did two rows of 18 of the yarns, one row of one of the yarns, then three rows of the other two.  Anyway, I finished it today - with 10 minutes to spare before we left to see a movie.

It's knit lengthwise. I kind of used a pattern off Ravelry - I can't find the link any more - but it used super bulky yarn and size 15 needles. I had mostly worsted weight, as I said before, and used size 9 needles, so I just cast on more stitches. I think the original pattern called for 310, but I cast on 400. If you counted, which you probably didn't and I don't blame you, I did 43 rows. With 400 stitches each row, that's 17200 stitches. Since each row is a different yarn, I left a long tail at both the beginning and end of each row to create a fringe - because I didn't think I could make it look good if I weaved the ends in. I was going to cut it shorter, but my mom convinced me not to, not that that was hard to do, though.  Wink I tied the yarns together so that it won't unravel with time. I think they're in bunches of about six yarns tied together.

Enough talking typing. Onto pictures!

This one was after I completed five rows.

And here you can see it bunched up on my circular needle.

After a few more rows.

Here I was about three, four rows after the middle? / close up of the stitch.

I was almost done here! I kept taking pictures to show people my progress, hah. And again, you can see it bunched up on the needles. I had no clue how long it was going to be when I was done.

My mom caught me binding off.

The whole thing! It ended up being 7' (a bit more than 2 meters) long. The fringe ended up being about a foot on each side, though not all the yarns were the same length, making the whole scarf 9' (about 2.75 meters) long! Also I am tiny.

And that's it! I wore it out to the movies tonight, and it was snowing when we came out! First white Christmas my city has had since 1969, according to the news today. It kept me warm!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fall and Cat pictures [pretty img obese] on: November 05, 2008 04:00:39 PM
Hah, weird combination.
I know. Whatever.

First: cat pictures!
This is my baby fat cat, Morgan. 'Cept he's not a baby [12 years old], but I still call him that. He's silly.
These pictures were taken yesterday with my Canon SD1000.

Apparently paper is fun to play with?

Then: fall pictures!
These were taken today. On the trail that's behind my house.
I stole my mom's Canon Rebel XTi to take these.

+ Random picture my mom took of me today that I ended up liking:

P.S. -- They're all thumbnails.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cat Photo on: October 03, 2008 01:44:32 PM
Hi everyone! So, I like taking photos a lot. Usually don't post any of them here, though.
But! I just took a picture of my cat, Butt ( ...long story about his name XD). Mainly because he was being silly. I ended up liking the picture a lot, though, so I decided to show y'all.

5  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Caramel Deliciousness [IMG heavy] on: May 23, 2008 04:50:38 PM
So today I got bored and decided to make a cake out of this dessert cookbook my mom has. It's a chocolate cake with a layer of caramel sauce in the middle. The recipe called for chopped pecans on the top, but I don't really like nuts in my dessert, so I found a recipe for buttercream frosting and made that instead!

Caramel layer waiting for first layer of cake to cook some:

Cake batter:

First cake layer:

With caramel layer on top:

Forgot to take a picture before I put it in with the top layer of cake over that, hah. Whoops!
Frosting made while it finished cooking:

Fresh out of the oven:

Then went outside and took pictures while I waited for it to cool so I could put the frosting on. However, my dad got impatient after a while and put the frosting on himself and cut a piece out, hah!

Here is the finished thing minus my dad's piece:

Yeah, it's delicious.

[ Also, the pictures get bigger if you click on them. ]
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Beerfest painting on: May 14, 2008 09:45:58 AM
So, it's February and I'm sitting there, watching Beerfest yet again because it's on one of the movie channels yet again.
When the part where the two main characters are showing the Germans that they are related to them by going over to the paintings of the Germans' ancestors, I remember my older brother loves this part. He always says that the paintings are so awesome, and that if he were one of those guys, he would have brought the painting home with him.

Then I remember that it was my brother's birthday [Feb. 26th] coming up in a week or so. So, the logical thing to do is paint one of those for him, and put his head on it instead of the character's. Despite the fact that I've never really painted anything. Besides in art classes, and the last one of those I had was in 8th grade [I'm 20 now]. Logical, right? Anyway, I decided to paint the one on the right because it looked easier to paint. And here it is:

Bigger picture.
It's done in acrylics on a canvas I had, and took me somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half.
That cloud in the upper left looks better in real life.
Also, I realize I shouldn't have done the black line around the beer stein, but it was making me mad because it wasn't showing that well. And then once I did the black line, I was mad again because it stood out too much then, hah.

Here's my brother so you can see what he looks like.

I showed the painting to my mom, my dad, and my younger brother all separately, and they all got that it was supposed to be him!

Anyway, that's my story and art. Hope you enjoy!
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