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11  Re: Longcat + Angelic Pretty cat scarf for a toddler, :-) in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: February 26, 2011 07:40:55 AM
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there was a kitty scarf rescue.... :-)

Now, I will have to  watch the movie again......Proffessor UMBRIDGE, say it's not so!!! :-)

Very sad, but true...

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12  Sailor Chibimoon and Helios embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by striker923 on: February 20, 2011 07:59:19 AM
This is an embroidery piece that I did for the recent OTT Sailor Moon Valentine's swap for my partner, minathia.  This is my second embroidery piece (I usually just stick to my cross stitch bubble), so any comments or criticism to improve my beginner-level skills is appreciated Smiley

I had a heck of a time transferring this image to fabric...first was the disappearing ink pen, but (you guessed it) it kept disappearing when I put the project down overnight! Next was one of those red iron on pencils....yep, that was an epic fail. Barely transferred and was kind of blurry (although that could have been my fault).  Finally, I looked here on the transfer method thread and read all the rave reviews about the Sulky pen.  Worked like a charm! So thanks fellow craftsters! (Wished I had looked there earlier!)

This took me awhile to do, possibly three weeks? I learned a new stitch: stem stitch, which is the majority of the stitches in this hoop.  There are a few french knots (also a new technique for me) for Chibimoon's hair barrettes.  I think I was pretty crazy to pick such a detailed image for only my second attempt, but I'm fond of just jumping headfirst into new crafts, lol.  Definitely gave me lots of practice on the stem stitch technique, as well as starting and ending threads.  I used black (310) and pink (604) DMC floss, 2 strands.  I used 1 strand for Chibimoon's nose and tiara.  For some reason you can really see the rope-ness of the stem stitch in the pink, more so than black (possibly because it is a lighter color?)

I guess without further ado, here are the pics! Thank you for looking!  Cheesy

Close up:

Early progress shot:

Original image (for reference):
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13  Re: OTT Valentine's Sailor Moon Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by striker923 on: February 18, 2011 02:01:26 PM
I received my OTT from minathia yesterday afternoon, so without further ado...

It's a Bunny and Tuxedo Kamen applique hoop!  Grin The stitches are so uber tiny, that I'm sure she went blind stitching this, for reals. Aren't they just so cute together??? Ah, the perfect love  Wink  I'll probably hang this up at my desk at work to make sure I actually see it everyday Smiley

Thanks Minathia!  Cheesy
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14  Re: Zelda swap round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by striker923 on: January 31, 2011 03:20:58 PM
I received a most awesome package from Lotuspixie on Friday, so without further ado here is the awesome Zelda craftiness I received!

Three Goddesses iPod cozy!

I love the Hyrule mythology so this iPod cozy perfectly represents Din, Nayru and Farore in all their glory! The colors of the three, combined with the most perfect Wind Waker fabric and fun buttons make for the most awesome cozy! iPod classic fits perfectly (and is that Zelda music? Why it most definitely is!)

Super sweet Ezlo hat!

I haven't really taken this off since I opened the package (except for at work).  Totally freakin' awesome I tell ya.  I definitely wanted one of these (I don't know how lotuspixie knew! Very nice detective skills...)

Totally fun Minish Cap imagery reenactment:

Totally cute baby Epona from Ocarina of Time!

Lotuspixie learned crochet to make this for me! I think she did a fantastic job, it is so unbelievably cute!!  Grin

Here's a pic of the total lootage I received

Nice extras of a solar powered bobbing flower (it is going to sit in the front living room with my other plants) and some glittery stickers (I can always find a use for things that sparkle!)

Thank you so much Lotuspixie! You were such a great partner and I feel truly spoiled by such awesome Zelda crafting!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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15  Re: OTT Valentine's Sailor Moon Swap (Signups 12/27/10-1/6/11, Sendouts 2/5/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by striker923 on: January 06, 2011 08:31:53 AM
This should be fun!  SailorMoon (and Pokemon) totally opened up the anime/manga scene for me Smiley

I'll never forget my 16th birthday either: my mom had my cake screen printed with the artwork of Bunny with party balloons. It was a total surprise and totally AMAZING!

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16  Steampunk-inspired stranded cowl, Industrial Skies in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: December 11, 2010 07:36:10 PM
This is going to be my Christmas gift to my Dad, I sure hope he likes it! I was originally going to make him a scarf, but my mom suggested making him "one of those scarf tube-things", so a cowl it is!  This is a fairly simple stranded pattern (no shaping), so a great first-time project for someone looking to try the technique.

I used sport weight yarn: Cascade 220 Sport in black and Classic Elite Fresco in gray.  Not a fan of the Fresco, while it is very soft I don't really like the shedding of the angora and alpaca content as it shows a LOT on the black...something I didn't think about when purchasing yarn for this project  Wink

Onto pictures and thanks for looking! Smiley

I LOVE the airship and clock tower details:

The inside, which looks kinda cool:

And a picture with goggles, just for fun! (This is just a bit too big for me, but it sure will fit my Dad) Grin

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17  Re: WIP Thursday 11/11 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by striker923 on: November 13, 2010 07:19:17 AM
So apparently my mom thinks a cowl is a good idea for my Dad's Christmas gift, so here's what I got:

So far, I'm really loving the airship and the clock tower Smiley

My tilted duster has been sitting around for a couple of weeks now, I don't see myself being able to really pick it up soon, but at least I'm on the skirt part:

Pardon the green on green  Wink
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18  Spirited Away's No Face (Kaonashi) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by striker923 on: November 06, 2010 10:43:13 AM
This is my second crochet project to date, although it's actually a hybrid of a few different things: crocheted body, knitted and then fulled (felted) white face and embroidered facial details.  His face is glued onto his body, but I might reinforce it with thread.

No Face is my favorite character from Miyazaki's film Spirited Away and there are very few craft projects featuring him, so I figured it was about time for a No Face amigurumi to make his way in!

Thanks for looking!

Close up of my shoddy embroidery skills (embroidering on felt is hard!):

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19  Re: WIP Wednesday 10/13 - Show off your in-progress knitting here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by striker923 on: October 13, 2010 11:41:42 AM
Yay WIP Wednesday!!  This week I've gotten midway through the sleeves for my Tilted Duster, the fronts and back are already completed  I'm using a green wool tweed that one of my knitting group buddies GAVE me (awesome, isn't she???!!).

Lapoli, I'm surprised you have ANY time to knit, so I'm thoroughly impressed!  I love the colors you're using for the ankle socks!  And just what are you wearing?  It looks like a semi-solid yellow yarn shrug? Pretty Smiley

Tephra, I LOVE the neckline of that shawl.  I might just have to add that to my list of lace shawls to knit  Wink And sheesh, those are TINY needles! I haven't worked with any smaller than US size 1s! (Off topic: I love your avatar, it's from a movie based on my favorite childhood book!)
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20  Giselle knit wrap cardigan (Pic obese) in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: October 12, 2010 12:41:06 PM
I finally was able to take pictures of my Giselle sweater (a Stitch Diva pattern)! It was a beautiful day for it too! This was a top-down raglan that was a pretty easy knit.  The only mod I made was to do the crochet picot trim instead of the knit one, as I learned how to crochet this summer.

I used Mirasol Nuna, which is a beautiful blend of merino wool, silk and bamboo! If you have a chance to purchase this, definitely do so!  You can't really tell in the pictures, but the yarn has a slight sheen to it, probably from the silk content.

I still need to do twisted cord for the arm bands, but I might just leave them empty too.  What do you think?

The only problem with the sweater that I have is that the shoulders show my bra straps in a major way.  Strapless bras are evil, so I think I might just let people see my bra straps.  Luckily, my hair is long enough to cover most of it.  I think I'm also going to add a hook and eye closure to the side to help stabilize it a bit, although I haven't really had to adjust it much today (which is good).

Let the pictures commence!

(dangly sleeves)

(I love what the wind did to my hair in this picture!)

(This was the picture my husband was like "Stop squinting!" Well, I'm sorry buddy but the sun was in my eyes...)

Yep, I rock the sweater with jeans, 'cause that's how I roll.  I also have a really cute brown and gold hippie skirt I can wear with it to dress it up for work or holidays. Thanks for looking!!
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