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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rock Band Guitar Icon Comforter on: December 31, 2008 03:51:59 PM
This is the finished product of my determination to craft something that my boyfriend truly loves for his Christmas gift.  (Instead of him just saying he loves it because he knows it's something I made Roll Eyes)

I am glad to say that the mission was successful.  He is crazy about it, and has been showing it off to his friends who are disappointed to learn that it is one of a kind.   Cheesy
I am in love with how it came out.  It's not perfect, but it came out so much better than I even imagined it would.
It's also super poofy and warm. 

And on his bed:

I've never made any type of blanket before, outside of a knit baby blanket, so I'm pretty proud of it.
It was a massive project in terms of size, and it was all I did for four days straight immediately following the end of my fall semester.
To get the symbol, I brought a print out of it to a Kinko's and had them blow it up as large as they could.  I cut that image out and traced it onto white fleece that I sewed onto the front.
The black fabric is two sheets I bought.  Unfortunately, I bought fitted sheets, and didn't have the time to return them, so I had to cut off the elastic, and cut them into identical rectangles before sewing them together.   Roll Eyes  I'll be sure I have flat sheets before I leave the store next time.

Please let me know what you think, and I would be happy to answer any questions.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas in July! on: July 28, 2008 10:40:51 PM
These are Christmas presents I made for two of my best friends last year.  

These are fingerless mitts I knit.  He picked out the yarn.  It was Lamb's pride bulky and I loved working with it.
I made the pattern up as I went along the first mitt and then went back and wrote it down to follow for the second one.  I don't know if that's the most efficient way of doing things, but it worked.  

The second is a hat I made.  I also made this pattern up as I went along.  The yarn was from a handknit sweater I bought from the Salvation Army for $3.


3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Cube from Spun Saran Wrap Yarn. on: June 22, 2008 02:42:22 PM
This was my first Sculpture Studio project last semester.  It was also the first thing I ever made for a university studio class.

The assignment was to make a sculpture from everyday things you can buy from the grocery store.  Things that may normally be considered trash, or would not usually be thought of as 'art materials.'

I hand spun about six hundred feet (three rolls) of Saran Wrap on my drop spindle.  
What a weekend that was.  

Here is some of the 'yarn' on the spindle.

I then knit two rectangles, one with a small opening and sewed them together to make a cube.

Here is a detail of the opening and interior.

And the full view.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Truth Windows on: June 20, 2008 04:25:58 PM
In my Sculpture Studio class this year, one of our assignments was to make anything at all that we felt embodied the word "truth", which was a word the class decided on as a whole.

Two very long weeks later, this was the finished product:

They are two old windows that I found in the trash on the side of the road about two years ago.  I took them because I knew they would be perfect for something some day, and this was that perfect project.
I sanded them down by hand, a task which I severely underestimated.  There ended up being seven different colored layers of paint on them.  

One window is wrapped in wire and text printed on offwhite scrapbook paper. The other is wrapped in acrylic yarn and text printed and ironed onto offwhite cotton fabric.

Detail of the paper/wire window:

Detail of the cloth/yarn window:

I printed out the quotes onto the paper, cut it into strips, and glued them together to make a long roll.
For the fabric, I first had to reverse the image of the text (something I didn't figure out until after printing them the first time), I printed them onto iron-on transfer paper, ironed them onto the fabric, then cut the fabric into strips and glued them together to make a roll.

I finally wrapped everything, tangled it just-so, and adjusted everything countless times.
I hung them in a doorway of my sculpture studio.  They are meant to be free hanging, such as from the ceiling, but that is not possible with the ceiling of the studio.
They are completely three-dimensional, so the text and materials wrap all the way around and are visible from all angles.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Knit ID Bracelet. on: June 20, 2008 02:47:30 PM
My brother asked me to turn a plastic ID bracelet into something more permanent.
This is what I came up with:

This is what the bracelet looked like originally:

I just knit a 1x1 ribbed band in the round on double pointed needles, cut out the ID part of the bracelet, and blanket stitched it on.
It is knit in Rowan Cotton Rope.

Anyway, here are a couple more photos:

And, of course, an action shot!

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