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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Spirited Away's No Face (Kaonashi) 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!):

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Giselle knit wrap cardigan (Pic obese) 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!!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Snowboarder Hat that Rocks in Cascade Jewel on: October 11, 2010 07:58:22 AM
Here's my latest FO.  I'm a sucker for variegated yarns...I'm not sure why, I'm just seriously drawn to the colors, I guess.  This only took about 1 skein of yarn (Cascade Jewel Hand Dyed), but I switched back and forth between two skeins to avoid any crazy color changes, just in case.  I think I might make a matching neckwarmer or something with the remaining yarn.  I also added a crazy big pom pom, just 'cause.  On to the pictures and thanks for looking  Grin

Don't mind my crazy eyes in this one. I had major red-eye, and I think the red-eye remover made me look even more demonic...
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Citron Shawlette in Malabrigo Lace (img heavy) on: September 11, 2010 02:00:15 PM
Hello fellow Craftsters!

Here is my completed Citron! I knit it up in the pattern's recommended yarn (something I hardly ever do), Malabrigo Lace.  Let me tell you: this yarn is SO incredibly soft against my neck it is ridiculous.  I tend to have sensitive skin, especially on my neck (I can't stand shirts with tags, I rip all mine out) and this doesn't bother me at all.

The yarn can be a bit difficult to work with, if you're not careful.  Luckily the pattern was easy and I didn't have to rip back at all...if I did, this yarn would have felted VERY easily.

I can't wait to wear this in the mornings on the way to work (it is starting to get a bit chilly in the AM).  Thanks for looking!! Oh, and if you're wondering why the ruched sections aren't that ruched, I blocked the shawl bigger than the pattern called for.  I wanted to be able to get the other tail over my shoulder so I wouldn't have to use a shawl stick.  On to the pics and thanks for looking! C&C is always appreciated!

This one was inspired by the picture on the pattern page on Knitty:

And of course, the obligatory cat picture:
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First Crochet Project: Starling Handbag! on: August 11, 2010 04:21:10 PM
This is my first crochet piece: the Starling Handbag! It's going to be a birthday gift for my Mom.  I mostly knit, and boy, was this a super-quick project!  Wrist kind of hurt after a bit though.  Futuregirl (the author of the pattern) offered excellent video tutorials, which really helped me out while making this. The pattern I used for the flower is called Super Simple Tawashi flower.

I used leftover yarn for this project: Caron SimplySoft in black for the purse and Knit Picks Essential Kettle Dye for the flower.  I'd also like to give a shout out to fellow Craftster SMLounsbury for giving me the 4mm crochet hook in a swap, without which I couldn't have made this!  Cheesy  Onto the pictures.  C&C is always appreciated!

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Sheik Sweater and Hat on: July 30, 2010 10:13:53 AM
I desiged and knitted this for the recent Legend of Zelda swap, baby shower portion for Zelda.Suicide's baby who is aptly named Zelda! I thought what a great idea it would be for a baby named Zelda to be able to dress up as Sheik, and so Baby Sheik was created! I'd like to thank the Happy Seamstress for her Baby Link outfit design, for which I probably would not have been inspired to make Baby Sheik.  This didn't take me too long to make because of the bigger gauge and it being a baby item and all.  I used some random stash that was given to me by my mother-in-law (who happened to give me red, white, blue) which I'm sure most be Red Heart or Caron or some such standard acrylic stuff.  I'm planning on publishing this as a free pattern at some point, just have to finalize a few details such as yardage used, gauge, redo the Sheikah chart so it can be done in several sizes, and also to design some pants to go with it (didn't have enough time or materials to do it for the swap). Thanks for looking and as always, your criticism and comments are appreciated!  Onto the pictures!

This one is baby Zelda wearing her outfit, isn't she SO ADORABLE?!?! Also this picture is not my own, it was taking by Zelda's mom, Zelda.Suicide.

And just for ha-ha's/reference a picture of Sheik herself:

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First Embroidery project: Zelda shirt on: July 28, 2010 03:39:17 PM
This is actually my first non-cross stitch hand embroidered project! I made it for my awesome partner, SMLounsbury for the Legend of Zelda swap!  It didn't take me too long, probably about a week working a couple of hours every evening.  I used 4 threads for a really bold look and the split stitch for the majority of it.  I did use back stitch for a few of the smaller details on her belt.  I transferred the design by taping the picture on a lampshade and tracing with a disappearing fabric pen.  I'd also like to thank Mary Corbet for her wonderful video tutorials on needlenthread.com! They were extremely helpful for figuring out which stitch I wanted to use and of course, how to execute that stitch..thanks Mary!  Now on to the pics:

Close up:

Full view:

Reference picture that I used for tracing (not the original, this is the one I modified using Gimp):

Thanks for looking! I'm super excited about this project and can't wait to make something for myself!  Grin
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday - 7/28 Post your knitting WIPs here! on: July 28, 2010 01:17:51 PM
So I figured I would start the knitting WIP Wednesday because I've finally got a WIP that I can post! Smiley  It's the Mr. Pitt sock pattern for my Dad.  These were originally supposed to be a Father's Day gift, but due to starting them late, a few baby shower projects, a swap and a birthday gift for my mom, they got pushed to the back burner.  The yarn I'm using is Valley Yarns Huntington (great, soft superwash wool!).

Sock #1, I've knitted to where I'm going to start decreasing for the toe:

Sock #2, currently starting the gusset decreases after the heel.  Do you like my combo of dpns and a circular needle?? Yea...I sat on one of my KP Harmony circs while doing these 2 at a time...suckage.  So had to bust out the dpns to get these finished.  So far so good, normally I get lots of laddering with dpns, but so far it is looking ladder free!  Grin

Thanks for looking! I hope to see other people's WIPs!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Legend of Zelda Rupee on: July 17, 2010 05:52:57 PM
I designed and knitted this for the recent Legend of Zelda swap and since my partner received, I can post! It is a knitted and stuffed rupee (sorry for the quality of pics, I'm not really much of a photographer).  Each facet of the rupee was knit separately and then I seamed them all together. Yep. It took longer to put the thing together then it did to knit it!  I feel like the mattress stitch master, that's for sure.  Thanks for looking! Smiley

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Helena cardigan and Tri-Peak hat for Baby Shower gift on: July 01, 2010 08:42:40 AM
Here is a set I made in Caron Simply Soft for a baby shower that I went to a couple of weekends ago.  Handmade gifts are such a hit at showers!

Thanks for looking, and happy knitting!!  Grin
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