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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair Isle Owl Not Quite Right - Help Appreciated :) on: March 18, 2010 05:04:27 PM
Hello to all the daring knitters that take up fair isle! I have a conundrum for you. I just finished the owl mitten pictured below:

I think the owl turned out alright but there are some things I'm not happy with and I'm not quite sure how to remedy.
1) My mitten turned out really wide (but strangely the length was fine). The fair isle cuff is especially distorted. Could this have to do with the tension I keep on the two yarns? I'm right handed and really struggle with keeping the yarn in my left hand from going too slack or being too tight. Any suggestions?
2) The edges of the wings and eyes, where there is only one row of the contrasting color get lost in the green on either side. Again, tension problem? Maybe I'm just knitting to tightly.
3) This was a tester project so I knit in acrylic. Would wool be better so that I can block? Would blocking help with the huge width problem? This thing really fits more like an oven mit (and will probably get used as such) instead of as a mitten.
All insights are appreciated! Smiley Also, would you wear an owl mitten knitted like this? I was making them as a gift but I think I'm going to have to go through the pattern and tailor it to a smaller width...or block. Let me know what you think Smiley
Thanks in advance!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to start a coil bracelet? on: November 08, 2009 08:11:36 AM
My mom recently gave me one of these as a present...very grudgingly. I think she wanted to keep it for herself. Wink So I thought, wouldn't it be great to make her one...or more! They seem like they would be so easy to make! I just don't know how to get a wire to retain this shape. Here is an example of what I'm attempting to make:

It looks like a whole bunch of bangles stacked together but really it's just one big wire coil around the wrist. MUCH easier than putting on and taking off 10 or more separate bangles.
My first thought was to use memory wire. But the stuff I have would be better suited for making a choker  - not a bracelet. Do any of you brilliant craftsters know if there is a smaller coiled memory wire lurking out there that I am not familiar with? Or any other recommendations? Could I train my larger memory wire to shrink it's coil?
Thanks in advance, everyone! I would really appreciate the help!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Paper clutter be gone! Cute owl saves the day! on: September 15, 2009 05:56:05 PM
I have a real problem with letting mail, paper scraps, and other such paraphernalia take over the desk/crafting space. This HAD to stop! So I dismembered a cardboard box and created this cute little solution:

Close up of the front:

Fully loaded with my junk!  ...hrrm, I may need another one Tongue
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Fleece Chinchilla Tube For Mugwump and MushMush on: September 15, 2009 05:44:18 PM
Craftster, meet Mugwump and MushMush:

My newly adopted (and soon to be spoiled rotten) chinchillas. This is the first project I made for them:

It's a fleece covered tube that Mugwump is inspecting in the above picture. I may have to make a larger one when when they are full grown. They are less than two months old right now. They seem quite pleased with this one for the time being, though. Which I'm thankful for because there was no way I was paying for the premade ones when these are SO easy to make.

Thanks for looking and letting me show off my furbabies Cheesy
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fairy Tree Jewelery Storage/Organizer on: August 15, 2009 05:40:51 PM
So ever since I encountered these swirly looking trees in the Tree Swap Round 2 I have been kind of obsessed. That combined with moving and loosing nearly all of my cabinet space that I used to store my jewelery prompted this project.

With only a few pieces on it.

Fully loaded.

The paints were stolen borrowed from my fiance and the rest was scavenged from our old under-the-sea themed room (netting) and ample supply of cardboard packing boxes. I believe this might be the first time I have painted anything. So please be gentle. I tried doing a sunset type effect behind the tree at first but acrylic doesn't seem to lend itself well to that. Water colors would have been better. So I went with the simple two color thing. But I think it actually works well since it gets so cluttered with all my stuff hanging on it. I would like to frame it so you can't see the hideous cardboard edges (where in the world is my box cutter?! Someone needs to help me unpack my craft stashes. lol) but that will have to wait until I get one of those job things.
So, a question for your crafsters: should I make another one to separate the earrings from the necklaces? That way I could place the earrings as if they were actually hanging from the trees. Same colors? Reverse colors?
As always, comments and constructive critiques are welcome.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Faux Wood Earrings on: May 29, 2009 04:34:50 PM
Hello Craftsters!
The most recent earring swap had me playing with my polymer clay to make a few pairs of these. More are in that swap's gallery. Here are a few I made after the swap when I still had tons of supplies left over. More will probably be coming because I still have a huge pile of faux wood circles and ovals laying around. I would love to hear what you think about these. Ideas for what should be done with the remaining pile of supplies would be much appreciated, as well. Cheesy

Green and silver

Blue and silver

simply silver

As always, C&C are welcome. Thank you for looking.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First knits: ribbed and nonribbed hats and scarves on: April 16, 2009 10:05:31 PM
So I finally learned how to knit! To practice my basic knit, purl, increase, decrease skills I have been churning out hats and scarves. Here are my first projects:

These were made for the tree swap. I chose the yarn colors to simulate wood grain. No ribbing because this sucker was a good 7 feet long and over a foot wide. Ribbing would have driven me nuts! The felt appliques are also hand embroidered.

Hat and scarf made for a friend's birthday. First time working with cotton yarn and I think I'm in love. The hat was too short when I took it off the needles so I had to put it back on. I had trouble catching the ribbing pattern again so I just turned it into a brim Tongue
Fun action shot just because:

Thank you for looking! Comment and critiques welcome. I'm a newby knitter so any pointers are greatly appreciated!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Purple Fairy Tree on Tote on: April 16, 2009 09:56:00 PM
Hello Everyone. It's been awhile since I got back to my needle work but for the most recent tree swap I had a chance to do just that. I was inspired by the massive amount of chain stitch contrariwise used on her pillow). but I can't find any of that info at the moment! Argh. If any one has any idea what I'm talking about please let me know! Anyways! (Thanks RedMenace for finding me that info!)I thought the texture would be perfect for a tree and off I went! I also threw some french knots in here because what better to simulate knots and burls in trees than knots? (I know! Bad embroidery pun. Please forgive me.) Anyway, here's my creation!

Full Bag

Just the tree

close up of the stiching

Thank you for looking! Comments, criticism, and "this rocks" votes appreciated Cheesy
9  California / California: South / Knitting or Crochet Suppliers in San Diego? on: April 08, 2009 02:19:27 PM
Hi all you San Diegans (or those familiar with the area)
I was wondering if any of you knew of good supplies to find yarn and other fibers to knit or crochet with? I know all about Micheal's. I'm just wondering if there are smaller places that might have a better selection. All about supporting our local, non branch crafting stores.
Thanks in advance!
echo brook
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Squid Nativity Scene on: January 17, 2009 10:26:40 AM
Ok, I think this might need a bit of explaining. My fiance and I were racking our brains trying to come up with a holiday present for his parents. They are the kind of people who have everything and are so eccentric that attempting to find something for them is pure torture. He mentioned that they had a tradition of making rather nontraditional nativity scenes to decorate their home (my favorite was their mohawk egg scene). There is also a long running love for cephalopods in our family so I though: Why not make a squid nativity scene for them!? After a few days of messing around with my polymer clay stash my fiance and I came up with this:

close up of squid egg Jesus:

His family really got a kick out of it. I also whipped up a batch of tentacle earrings to send along with the nativity scene for his three sisters:

Comments welcome and thank you for looking!
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