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11  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / First dyed yarn! on: July 10, 2009 07:49:20 PM
I'm a knitter-crocheter, but I figured I'd give dyeing a try since I want to move into spinning and dyeing at some point too.  This was just a simple coffee dye with Patons Classic Wool.  I wish it had come out darker, but I think the intended recipient will like it *crosses fingers*  There are more in-process pictures on the blog, but here are my results!  (Ignore my poor zombie in the background...)

The first batch:

The second batch around the first.  I was trying to get a darker color, but I guess this was all it would take.  Next time, I'll try soaking it in vinegar longer.
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Collage Paper? on: July 01, 2009 05:35:40 PM
Hey guys, I had a little paper craft question... (I'm usually over in Crochet and Knitting ^.^)

I'm looking into doing some art pieces that will using some collage techniques, but mostly paper cutting.  The paper cut will be glued to a sheet of paper, like a page from a book, and then I'd like to frame and hang it. (Does that makes sense?  I don't have any pictures yet..)  I think the paper would need something stiffer for backing and I was wondering what you'd recommend.

Just some background:  I generally shop at Michael's, and I'm looking for something I can get relatively cheaply.  I think the size should be standard letter size, 8.5" x 11", and I'd rather not have to do a lot of paper cutting, since i only have scissors.  Do you have any ideas?

13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first piece! (And possibly a new technique?) on: June 10, 2009 07:02:32 PM
I made my first embroidered piece!  It's just a simple outline practice with some backstitch and stem stitch, but I loves it lots. (and the I Want to Learn to Swap is great, check it out!)  I'm thinking about framing it... but I might want to add some details.  Haven't decided though.

Also, because I was just practicing, I didn't want to haul out the iron and everything, so here's what I did, essentially:
1- Print out the design on paper.
2- Cover the back of the paper with graphite (like a pencil rubbing)
3- Trace the design onto the fabric, pressing firmly. (you may want to pin paper and fabric together and make sure you do this on a hard surface.)
4- Remove paper and check out your outline!

For the complete ramble, you can check out the blog post (link below), but pretty much everything's here!

I have no idea if this is a common idea, or if it's completely new, but I'd love to hear your thoughts!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cornflower Coaster/Scrubbie on: May 21, 2009 02:11:19 PM
Here in North Carolina, it's warm enough that my drinks are all sweating ...profusely. Since the puddles are annoying, I made a few coasters.  They're really easy, just two rounds, and are great stash-busters!  Pattern's on the blog and Ravelry, but it's a really simple pattern.  (I got the name from wiki-ing the list of Crayola colors and choosing the closest catchy one..)

Laying around:

And in use:

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Skink Bag/Clutch on: May 18, 2009 11:26:00 AM
Who isn't always losing their pencils at the bottoms of bags??  I made this bag to solve my problems...  The pattern's really easy, and I've seen the stitch pattern before on scarves and things, but if you need help, the full pattern is on the blog and linked on Ravelry.

Hope you like it!
- Cristy
[email protected]

16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My little (dead) swimmer (NSFW?) on: April 29, 2009 08:31:44 AM
In an effort to reduce my pile of yarn scraps, I've started making small things (toys, really) and I noticed a dearth of free, easy patterns for sperm.  This is what happens when you spend too long browsing the Naughty section on Ravelry...  The pattern really is as easy as it looks, so I won't bother posting it on Craftster (consider it another challenge, if you must) but a pattern is available on Ravelry if you get stumped.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-swimmers

Also, I like my sperm dead and not impregnating me (I'm 18) so mine is dead.  Yours can be alive and happy, if it'd please you more.

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Blanket on: April 01, 2009 07:47:27 PM
I always make blankets for people who are expecting, so when my Chinese class and I realized our teacher was about to pop, I knew I had to get on it.  The pattern is the Chevron Blanket (knit version) found on Ravelry, with a few simple changes.  I used Vanna's Choice Baby (acrylic, I know) and size 8 US needles.  Because of the stitch pattern, the edges tend to curl horrifically.  I tried to straighten them out with a crocheted row, but it really didn't help...  oh well, I love it anyways and I don't think the baby's about to complain.

And with more detail:

For more details, check out the blog posts, as always...
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Name Us! (Crocheted Jewelry) on: March 29, 2009 08:20:29 PM
I have the biggest problems naming my patterns.  All of these patterns are already on Ravelry and my blog, but if I get a suggestion I like, I have no problems changing the names.  Some of these have already been posted on Craftster, but others are new.

A crocheted necklace

A crocheted ring

Crocheted earrings

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Arg, there's yarn in me jewelry! (Now w. 1 small pattern and a promise of more) on: March 25, 2009 09:52:44 AM
In fits of boredom, I like to work on fiddly little things, like jewelry, and as a knitter/crocheter, most of what I have lying around is yarn.  That, when combined with things I find (like washers, office supplies, wire, etc.) gets me these:

These two were both made by wrapping yarn around metal washers.  The idea came from a post months ago on either the Craft Magazine Blog or Crafty Pod.  They've both brought up the idea at least once.  The blue pendant uses variegated yarn, producing that nice effect.

These used bits of wire.  The first was a piece of driftwood that had been eaten away by ocean worms.  The second is a broken piece of tile.  Since I didn't have the material for drilling through the tile, I wrapped it in hemp and secured it with glue.

I just got my ears pierced for the first time, so I have tried out any of these, but I will in another 3 weeks!  The first is really easy, just three linked, crocheted circles.  They're a bit long and probably impractical for everyday use, but quite pretty.  The second has been done a million times, I know, but they were so quick and fun.  Again, they're crocheted. 

This last pair really has nothing in common.  The pushpins were incredibly hard to bend, since I only had a small pair of electronics pliers.  It was just an exercise with wire.  The ring is some crocheted vintage acrylic yarn.  It's a bit girly for me, but cute nonetheless.

That's most of what I have pictures of, but if you want some more ideas, you could always check out the bloggityblog:

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Easy Scarf Challenge on: February 18, 2009 04:03:29 PM
I made this scarf for a friend and the pattern is beyond easy.  I figured I'd post it on craftster so, if you want to, you can try figuring it out.  Here are the clues, but if you give up, the pattern's posted on my blog at http://tossedcookies.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/the-first-proof-of-my-actual-craftiness/.


Have fun!
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