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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Inspired Hat & Mitts on: March 03, 2016 08:49:26 PM
I made these for my friend's children for Christmas last year. I had a really hard time finding a pattern I liked that included matching hat and mittens as well as being pretty customizable, but finally chose this one: http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/C242_BandingTogetherHatMittens.pdf

Before I started knitting, I decided to use worsted weight yarn instead of the chunky yarn the pattern called for, because I made the sets for a 3 year old and a 1 year old. Also, I found a nice shiny soft yarn that was worsted weight, and couldn't resist the idea of a metallic effect. I also used a smaller size needle than the pattern called for, but in hindsight I wish I'd used the same, as the sets will fit perfectly this year, but won't be able to be stretched for another season.

Once I started knitting, I changed the mitten cuff to be longer, changed the stripe width, and added or left out stitches when casting on to change the size.

I finished them JUST in time to get them in the mail and they received them December 23rd!

RAVENCLAW (Colours from the books, not the movies):


I looooove the Gryffindor one best. Wish I'd used silver for Ravenclaw, because the colours would have been amazing together!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Picard Cross Stitch on: March 03, 2016 08:26:51 PM
I've been watching TNG for the first time since I was a kid, and have fallen in love with Picard. Well, basically Patrick Stewart himself, really. I found this pattern on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/aliciawatkins) and it's probably one of my favourite things I've made.


Framed (Fits 5x7):
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cradle Purse on: March 03, 2016 08:11:20 PM
When I was a kid, my great grandmother made my younger sister and I these totally adorable cradle purses. A cradle purse is exactly what it sounds like: a cradle for a baby doll that converts into a purse. I decided my niece needed one too, and looked up some patterns. I found a few on Pinterest, started making it, HATED it... returned to Google with more specific criteria. I have no idea where I found the pattern now, but I'm pretty sure it was the exact pattern my great grandmother used to make ours, which added a bit to the special factor.

I used Patons Astra yarn, because it is inexpensive and comes in great colours. I really hate the doll's nose, but I finished it with no time to spare to gift to my niece for Christmas, so a new doll might be in order eventually. I'm also not a huge fan of the hair, but wanted the doll's hair to be close to my niece's hair colour.

In addition to the purse itself, the pattern included different outfits. I made a yellow sun dress, a green and gold Christmas dress, and a night shirt and underpants!

My niece is a huge fan of babies, and loved the gift! I'm hoping to add more outfits over time   Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas Stocking - first time turning a heel! on: January 05, 2014 08:05:44 PM
My great grandmother knitted my family stockings when I was young, and we still have them. However, our family has outgrown the number of stockings we have available, and I was "contracted" to knit one for my niece, since I'm the only knitter in the family now. I found a pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sparkling-sleigh-bells-stocking

What appealed to me about this pattern is that it looked fairly simple for someone who has been knitting for awhile, but has never turned a heel. I will admit that I had to unravel two or three rows because I thought the pattern wasn't right. It didn't make sense in my head until I got a few rows in and realized, oh... maybe I should listen to the pattern. I did have some problems with the heel - it's very tight compared to the rest of the stocking. I was pretty tense while the heel was being turned so may have been knitting tighter than normally. Otherwise, I totally recommend this pattern to anyone wanting to knit some nice big stockings for next Christmas! Smiley

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, I used exactly the same yarn and needle size as Yvonne because I wanted the shimmery effect. I added a pom pom I made using the same yarn afterward but unfortunately forgot to take a photo!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Knoob on: January 03, 2010 09:42:29 PM
I've just begun knitting since November, and I'm working on my first project that isn't a rectange or a square, and I already need help!

In the pattern I'm working on, it says "sl all sts to waste yarn", which I know means slip all stitches to waste yarn, but what the heck does it MEAN? Just pull my stitches off the needle? Slip onto the other needle? What does "to waste yarn" mean? Somebody save me!

PS The pattern is Busy Day Dress from the book Learn to Knit in the Round by Company's Coming.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Robbie Ribbit, Ugly Frog on: July 10, 2009 05:55:57 PM
My friend loves frogs (or used to and I just don't know what else she likes anymore) and her birthday was recently so I scoured the internet looking for a cute frog pattern. I found ZERO that I liked. I don't know if I'm just ignorant of what frogs are supposed to look like, but they all seemed really awkward. And I also didn't want to use safety eyes since i had been having some trouble with them. So I picked this one, and I had some leftover yarn (TONS of it) from my geckos.

I don't really like variegated yarn. At least not for amigurumi. Except for my next project I am working on... oh heck yes.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I need eyes! on: June 30, 2009 07:02:33 PM
I'm looking for advice on good safety eye online stores. No stores around me sell them, and the last ones i bought from glasseyesonline.com I can't get the backs onto them. Do you know of any that don't go on so hard? I'm a weak little woman living on my own, lol.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Perfect T-shirt embroidery for a 10-month old boy on: June 26, 2009 09:08:58 AM
Okay, no one call CPS on me, but my son had this boring gray t-shirt that I paired with a cute pair of camo thrift store shorts, and I wanted to spice up the t-shirt with some embroidery.

So I searched and searched, for bad ass baby things like maybe a skull & crossbones, but then I realized the shorts were camo, he needs a gun! So I found a picture I really liked of a gun in Clip Art, and drew it onto the t-shirt, got out my floss, needle & hoop and started my first ever embroidery project.

Okay, so it's a bit lumpy, and quite imperfect, but from far away I think it looks good!

(Yes I made the baby too, he's still a WIP although I am quite proud of what I have done already Smiley)
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto on: June 08, 2009 09:55:06 PM
I decided I wanted to have a robot themed birthday party for my son, and in order to convince my mom how awesome robots are, I had to make one to show her!

I made him using grey felt, and to keep him from caving in on himself I just reinforced him with plastic mesh inside, filled with stuffing. His arms are pipe cleaners covered with beads. Everything I used to make him was purchased at the dollar store!

Someone told me he looked like he was from Roly Poly Olie, and I have to agree Tongue
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dragons and more Dragons on: June 08, 2009 09:46:00 PM
It seems like all I do lately is crochet dragons. I made three with the same pattern, the last one being this lovely lady:

I used bigger eyes for her and yet another wing pattern, but I have since lost it, sorry guys! As you might imagine, by the time I finished her I was really tired of the same old pattern, especially since I just started in November.

When I found a new pattern on Craftster for a dragon I was ecstatic! I did learn that embroidering on crochet is HARD.

Anyway, this is my last dragon for awhile, although I did really like the second pattern better! Everyone said the original dragons looked like mice Tongue
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