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41  Personal/Private Swap "Slither" Arm Warmers and Mokume Gane Necklace! in The Swap Gallery by mieljolie on: March 04, 2009 11:54:17 AM
I recently received the MOST AWESOMEST swap items from oohmybees! 

Here are the coolest "slither "arm warmers she knitted for me after I saw the ones she made herself on her blog:

Here is a pic on her blog of my arm warmers in the process of being knitted.  They are SO cool!  I love the way they fit just perfectly. And, I received several compliments on them while wearing them on a chilly day at a local ren faire.

Another item she sent is a beautiful rectangle-shaped Mokume Gane Necklace similar to this one that she has available on etsy.  I tried to take a photo, but I couldn't get the lighting right to do it justice.  She has some really neat stuff on etsy worth checking out including some clever instant cemetaries and more gorgeous jewelry and ornaments!

For my end of the swap I sent my can tabs Turkish Vest pattern, a mini paper mache witch boot and some assorted supplies.
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42  Re: Knifty Knitters! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by mieljolie on: January 26, 2009 12:20:50 PM
Hi, everyone!  I just had a stroke of inspiration this morning regarding my adjustable loom!  I proceeded to experiment on making fingers on gloves from the fingertios down without having to remove the stitches from the loom.  It worked great except for one thing, which I'm not sure isn't normal for knitted gloves.  I've never made any before.  But, I am getting holes between the fingers.  If anyone here has knitted fingers before, I'd love any tips or advice, sice I was just winging it off what I've seen done.  Here's some pics of my experiment results:

And, what I knit them on:

Sorry, so pic heavy.  And it's pretty terrible looking right now.  Smiley

I was thinking I could just sew it together with the tails from the fingers, but if there is a better way, I'd love to hear it.
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43  Re: Soda Can Tab Bodices and other crazy stuff in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mieljolie on: January 24, 2009 07:35:24 AM
Thanks, Elphelba.  To answer your questions, I've used ribbon, leather, wire, shoelaces, and just about everything else I can think of.  What I use most is knit fabric strips like old t-shirts, velour, and mostly polar fleece, though.  Stretches a bit and is more comfortable against the skin since I don't line any of my stuff (Too lazy, I guess.). 

It's easy to determine the size with this staggered pattern of weaving.  The tabs are approximately 1x.5".  When woven they end up about .5x.5" give or take a bit.  You can estimate the length of the strips after making a test strand of tabs.  Depends on the stretchiness of the fabric and how tight you string the strips.  It's usually about 1.5 - 2 times the number of tabs.  I usually sew/glue them together as I work to avoid the wear and tear on the fabric sliding through the can tab holes.

I lay some of my designs out in Adobe Illustrator. Though, this isn't alway the case.  Here is a plan for a belt I was playing around with for a personal swap:

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44  Re: Bellydance Swap II Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mieljolie on: January 23, 2009 03:54:56 PM
I received from my swap angel, spooky.kitty today!  Yay!!  I must say she's a girl after my own heart.  Smiley

The box contained 5 silver wrapped packages and a note with 5 hints.

So, here they are in order:

1) "Ting ting a ling ling"

These first items made me giggle.  "Dos Equis" bottlecap zills.  Very cute and good beer, too.  Smiley

2) "Aren't flowers lovely?"

They are.  It's a lovely hibiscus flower hair pin with what else but dangling tabs for my hair.  Note the beads and a pretty bird hanging at the end which are a nice touch.

3) "Shimmy Shimmy"

A very clever bottlecap/tab crocheted belt.  I really like how it hangs.  She really needs to show me how she made this.  I would love something like this to add to to bottom edge of my top so that it hangs down my back and chest on my blue/orange outfit.  I can't crochet worth a darn, though.  It's great.

4) "LOL I bet you always need these"

Sure do, always!  Extra tabs and a spare bottlecap.  Woo yah

5) "Last minute quickie"

Beautiful shimmery navy blue fabric that is the perfect size for a hip scarf.  Thank you!

Thank you, spooky.kitty.  I really appreciate all the effort in this.  You did a fantastic job.
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45  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by mieljolie on: January 09, 2009 08:38:11 AM
Another cornish pixie and a house elf:

Roxie Pixie and Geezer the House Elf

Here is the post:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286380.0
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46  POPPETS! - Cornish Pixies and a House Elf! (UPDATED:Now, with tea towel!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: January 09, 2009 08:35:07 AM

Geezer the House Elf (100% finished!!)

There are more pics on my blog here:  http://mieljolie.blogspot.com/2009/01/geezer-house-elf-poppet.html

(Still working on the wings for the pixie.  Will post very soon!)


Roxie Pixie & Geezer the House Elf (90% finished):

We also have Frankie Pixie:

My mom and I are big "Hogwart's fans" (yes, Hogwarts, not Harry Potter) and were trying out the Poppet pattern that Ghilie was so gracious to share with us in the Poppet-Along here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0).  As you can see, we have so far attempted 2 cornish pixies and a house elf with 2 more pixies and another house elf in the works! 

This all started for us after my swap partner in the Harry Potter Holiday swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280152.0) made me the most adorable House elf from the same pattern.  My niece saw the pics of it and flipped.  She wanted one really bad, so my mom offered to give it a try.  But, first, we thought it might be cool to make some smaller cornish pixies to practice.  Her first pixie, Frankie, turned out way different because my mom thought she was too good to READ instructions (Haha).  Then, we tried some following the instructions.  That was SOOO much easier to do!  They are really great instructions and a wonderfully designed pattern.

We've been experimenting with different fabrics.  Frankie is made with some blue metallic fabric mom found in the remnant bins.  Roxie is made with blue faux suede and some of the same metallic pieces.  Geezer is made with polar fleece.  (That's why he is so tall and undefined.) 

We would've had these done a long time ago, but we had to wait on the eyes.  Darn eyes!  Couldn't find any anywhere around here.  Ordered them online before Christmas, but didn't arrive 'til about a week ago.  Arrrrgh.  Anyway, we bought clear ones and painted them ourselves.  Geezer was going to be "Dobby", but my eye experiment went amok when mom sewed the face together before I had a chance to add them.  Hehe.  So, he now has squinty old man eyes.  Oh well.

Roxie and Frankie will have some irridescent wings when they are finished.  I just need to get the wire.  I will update when I get them completly finished or when the new members of the family are done.

NOTE:  Please forgive my impatience for posting before my projects are 100% complete, but I never know when I will ever finish them and I get overly excited to show them off.  Smiley
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47  Cereal box packages and faux parchment in CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES by mieljolie on: January 02, 2009 05:14:00 PM
For the Harry Potter Holiday Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280152.msg3193406#msg3193406) I created custom packaging made from cereal boxes and an oatmeal container.  Then I wrapped them, again, in brown shipping paper & string to look authentically from Diagon Alley shops.

This is what's left of the oatmeal container.

Box for the blood quill and box top for hairstick wands from the cereal box:

(It opens like those old McDonald's fruit pie boxes.)

(It has a subtle linen-like finish by painting with acrylic in one direction with stiff bristle brush; letting it dry; painting across it; and then staining it with a slightly darker color.)

You could definitely use faux parchment to wrap gifts.  It's made from regular typing paper or brown paper/sack:

(I used instant coffee and yellow food coloring to stain the parchment.)

The oatmeal container was cut down to fit a "live" (actually knitted) puffskein:

Another really great idea I wanted to create this holiday was to paper mache or decoupage the custom-made boxes using old used wrapping paper/christmas cards, but never had time to.  My mom used to decoupage hobby horses with old tissue and wrapping paper and turn them into carousel horses.  It turns out all wrinkly textured and lovely.

Hope these are inspiring to someone.  Smiley
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48  Re: Knifty Knitters! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by mieljolie on: December 27, 2008 02:53:11 PM
That is an adorable squid neck warmer!  All these great neck warmers!  I've been asked by a relative to make them a neck warmer/ hat set.  We shall see how that turns out later.

I had a question.  I started making a Harry Potter Unity Scarf for my mom on my new experimental "pick-up stick" loom, and wanted to add some textured elements.  I've seen a lot of textured washcloths on Craftster and want to give it a try.  I know I'm not using a Knifty Knitter for this, but they work the same. 

What is the trick to getting the results you expect using knit/purls?  As you can see the "H" in the crest is not turning out right.  The verticals are correct, but the horizontals knit stitches are not popping out.  I'm e-wrapping (twisted stitch) with plain purls.  Could this be the problem?  Or is it my pattern design?  Do I need 2 consecutive knit stitch rows for it to show up?  Anyone have any tips that might help?  I'd really appreciate it.

Here is the pattern I was going for:

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49  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by mieljolie on: December 14, 2008 06:53:10 PM
Thought I'd share my mom's very 1st attempt at a Cornish Pixie Poppet.

And, attacking one of the dogs!

We shrank the body size a little and kept the original head size.  However, she DIDN'T read the instructions til she had already started!  Oopsy!!  (She's a stubborn woman!)  Needless to say, due to her fabric choice and the lack of planning, she ended up hand-stitching the whole thing and made everything WAY more difficult than it should have been.  Smiley  But, my daughter thinks he's adorable.  And, to me, that is what's important.  Hehe

We are still working on the wings and plan to make a second version based MORE closely to the instructions out of blue suede we managed to find.  I will post both pixie poppets in their own thread when they are finished and link them in here.

Thank you, ghilie, for sharing this patttern with us!
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50  Re: ~*Harry Potter Holiday*~ in The Swap Gallery by mieljolie on: December 08, 2008 03:09:32 PM
Just received the AWESOMEST  Hogwarts goodies from elwynceltic! 

First thing we saw when we opened the box was the bag everything was in.  It's really great!  It's made of the cards from the Harry Potter Trading Card Game!  Very cool!  And, everything in it was wrapped in holiday paper.  Love, love, love opening presents!   

The first wrapped present we opened was a set of 3 Gryffinor washcloths which is perfect cuz there are three of us potter fans here.  I get the red one.  My daughter called dibs on the stripped one.

Next, we received a "Hogwarts Staff" shirt.  My mom is modeling it for us.  She said she wants to wear it to the movie in July.  It's perfect cuz it's long sleeved and the theatres are alway so chilly.

Then there is the best ever!  I know everyone in this swap will be jealous of this one!  We got our very own house elf!!  It's soooo cute!  Really great job.  But, of course, anything cute and cuddly is immediately claimed by the daughter.  She held it at wand point 'til we reliquished him.  She named him "Dobby".  How original, right?  We tried to get him to do our dishes, but sadly he was already given a hat to set him free by elwynceltic Hermione.  He refuses to do any chores, but has graciously offered to clear our plates of any leftovers.  Hmph.

Here is everthing together:

Thank you sooo much, elwynceltic!  We really LOVE it all.  You did a perfect job crafting for us.  There was only one complaint that came from my mom.  When she saw the Trading Card Game bag she immediately exclaimed, "Hey!  I don't have some of those cards!"  Hehe  She's been trying to collect them all for awhile now.  I think that is a great idea for all those duplicates she ends up with.
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