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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / desk tidy on: December 26, 2009 02:30:47 PM
I can never find paper clips as they are strewen in the bottom of my desk drawer, so I made this

It is really useful.
It is double crochet round with a flat bottom.
comments appreciated.
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / afgan colours on: November 23, 2009 03:32:37 AM
For a while I've crochet some simple winter white trebble crochet squares using a #5 (UK) hook 20 stitches per row.

Now my question is I want to alternate with a coresponding colour, but I wasn't sure what to do.

I have found out I am 8 weeks pregnant, so I think it'll be for the baby as originally I didn't know what to do with them.  so I don't know sex of said bump to be, so should I go baby pink and baby blue or should I go yellow?

The baby's room will be my son's old Nursery as we are moving him into another bigger room in the house (& decorating).  This room is mainly soft cream and winnie pooh orientated.

I don't want it to be 100% white as I have one made by a friend which is 100% white and cleaning it is a pain.

So what do you think?
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / the start of my christmas gift make now pic heavy on: November 03, 2009 06:15:55 AM
this is a long haul project for Christmas.  I've got 8 more bags to make in time for Christmas.  I have lots of FAT quarters.  Each FQ will make 2 bags of the same design, but different.  Though each FQ willmake different shape/style bags.  Lining is poly cotton/interfacing I have lying around.  This idea came along when I did the  blossom mothers day bag post earlier this year.  I have lots of nieces and Aunts, who are going to receive hand made bags for make up or other such things.  they will have a 400g bar of chocolate inside or a lipstick before wrapping.

I'm stuck as what to make the boys in the family, but I'll think of something.  Any ideasmore than welcome...

These are the first two.  They are slightly different
the button lady bird

vintage buttons

inside zip closure & pockets

The clasp lace lady bird - yes it needs an iron!

I love this lace.  It is 100% cotton nottingham lace.  It had to be hand sewn in.

The inside is the same as other, but no zip or buttons this time.  The flap is longer too.

there will be more, but I'll edit the pic heaviness as I go along.

Here is the rest all wrap and given, especially now it is Boxing Day.
4 of the makeup bags, the large tote & 1 of 2 lined blue denim bins

This tote is lined iun bright pink and has heavy duty interfacing.  It is for my niece laptop.

Bigger versions of the Mothers Day bags I made.  They had 2 Lush bath bomb products in each.

The denim bin in the rear of the group fphoto is lined with black.  They had men Lush bath products too for my nephews.  I made 2.

Well that is it. 
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Black Jackie O on: November 03, 2009 05:31:00 AM
I decided I was going to make my sister a dress for her birthday.  I don't see her very often as she lives other side of southern UK.  Though it had to be dress she wanted and style she would like.  She is EXTREMELY fussy, so I had to get it right.
this started a whole host of problems. 
She wanted a classic, stylish, very well made dress to go to funding meetings/events to meet exclusive clients in order to obtain funding for Art projects.  My sister is Head Curator of an Art Gallery & associated Museum in South West UK.  It requires losts of posh dos and meetings with people who have power and money.

she had seen a designer dress the previous Christmas which was nearly 200 and way out of her price range, so it wasn't going to be cheap this dress.

Her first requirement was jet black Wool or Wool/poly mix.  Do you know how hard it is to find that in the middle of July?  100% wool was 35 a metre!  I nearly died when I saw the price.  Mid Aug I found some good quality wool/poly for 15.99.  the dress required 3 metres.  so it isn't a cheap dress!  She like the material.
She also wanted it fully lined in anti static lining.  Another 4.99 a metre.

the easy part was the pattern as she choose a Jackie O style New Look Pattern - will add when find it later.
I took her measurements on her Birthday in July (yes yes I know) and made the lining as a mock up first.  Luckily she came for a short visit (5 hours) during the late summer and I managed a 10 minutes fitting.  So in some places I had to take the pattern in as she was between 2 sizes. 

The pattern wasn't too difiicult, if the dress didn't need lining as this required handsewing in some places.  I work Full time & I am a parent which means I have to do this in my small amount of spare time.  the dress took about 40 hours in total to make which included my slow hand sewing and finishing, such as the hem!
Any way after what seems like forever the dress is finished.

These pictures do not do the dress justice.  I should try to take photos in daylight.  Also as it is black the camera doesn't want to focus on it at all.  If the weather stops rainign, I will try to take a daylight one in the morning tomorrow.

I'm posting the dress tomorrow by courier, so hopefully my sister will get some decent photos done of it at the weekend. and then I'll add them.

I am proud of this dress as it is quite professional in it's making and should last her through some good working meetings and the occasional work dinner meeting with her posh clients.

I really need to get better photos done!

it isn'ty shinny honest, back neck

waist front box pleat

back pleat
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My First Beanie on: October 16, 2009 08:35:24 AM
I've spent the last year teaching myself to crochet.  It is coming along, but slowly.  Most of my work is done during the occasional lunch hour.

I decided it was about time I made myself a Beanie.  It is made using a #4 UK hook with King Cole Super Soft Acrylic Very White Chunky - did I say it was very soft!  I only had a portion of the skein left and couldn't get anymore as retailer sold out and won't be getting any more as it was a slow seller.  In my opinion it is lovely.  Really great yarn to work with and very soft.  I divert.  Partial skien of wool, so the beanie had to be open weave/finish.  also I don't like to be fully enclosed.  the purpose of the hat is to wear when I don't want to do my hair i.e. taking my two lovely mad dogs for a walk!

I think it has come up a tad smaller than I wanted.  I could have done with doing 4 more stitches in the round, but it is ok for a first beanie and using my own design.

enough waffle.....excuse the mad face & poor lighting as I am at work

comments appreciated
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / frilly pleated knickers/nappy cover on: August 21, 2009 03:57:42 PM
I made this dress (white one) https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310791.msg3569149#msg3569149
but I wanted to add frilly knickers.  So on & off for last 2 months I've been making thesed along with many other things.
They were quite fiddly, especially the leg hole elastic.  for that reason it has put me off making them again.  I'll just make pants/shorts next time.

c&c appreciated

27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My slipper socks - now with sort of tut on: August 21, 2009 03:44:33 PM
I think they are more slippers than socks, but could be socks.

Intended use is to wear inside my slippers which are like cheap ugg boots.  I like to put my feet up & won't wear slippers on the sofa.  This = v cold feet in the winter.
They were made using 1 2.5 uk hook to start with around toes and heal and a 4 uk hook for the main foot area.  It is cheap worsted wool

they are comfy & v bright
I'd make changes, to them but c&c appreciated
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / dresses for 1 year old and nearly 1 year old - v pic heavy + another 1 on: June 26, 2009 04:03:58 PM
My cousins little girl turns 1 soon and my nephews little girl is 1 in september, so I've made 2 dresses.  

The first one is a simplicity pattern which was shortened with a ruffle bottom and antique buttons.

The next one is my own design.  It has an elastic back & a fold over button hole which allows for room growth.

the original idea

I have another little niece who is 6months in a few weeks, so I've made the following dress
 (it needs an iron)

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jersey Blue Dress Pattern New Look 6697 on: June 03, 2009 04:31:40 AM
I have 2 really nice jersey dresses which are very useful for work all year round.  They are now getting on a bit and need replacing, but they were expensive.  So instead of buying replacements I thought I'd sew some. 

I already had pattern 6697 New Look & decided to make size 18 shape A.  I bought non sale Blue Jersey knit for 3.99/metre.  I bought too much, but good knit for shorts for son or lazy house pants for me.

I've never sewn knit before.  This was quite heavy knit too.  In hindsight, the fabric weight is more suited to yoga pants or hoodies than a dress, but it'll do.  The colour is as bright as in the photo and makes me look a bit fat!

The pattern was easy to follow and quick to make.  I didn't put in the elastic waist as not fan of elastic on my waist.  I intend to wear with a belt.  the pic below is skinny belt, but I might wear a wider one in reality.  also the shoulders were too long, so I put some small tuck pleat folds to compensate.  also when doing the sleeves I had excess, so I did a bit of gathering on the shoulder.
Yes the front fold and hem were meant to curl, but didn't do it quite enough.

Enough waffle, here are the pics.  taken by my hubby - VERY LATE last night.  Please excuse the wine/dog bowls and my general kitchen untidiness.  It got sorted once I finished the dress

without belt - it is a bit big!  needs belt though


comments appreciated
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / i-pod cover on: May 19, 2009 02:59:03 AM
yes it has been done before, but I'm teaching myself.

this is my ipod cover made in 1 1/5 hours during work lunch over 2 days.  I was going to add buttons, but not sure yet.  It'd look like an owl then and then it'd have to have more.  want to keep it simple.  It was just to stop it getting scratched in my handbag.  all done in treble crochet with #4mm hook grey worsted wool and all continous including flap and button holes

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