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1  Nightmare before Valentines :-) in Valentine's Day by littlemissmanics on: February 14, 2011 07:43:11 AM
I've nothing as exciting as some peoples Valentines things to show, but I'm quite happy with what I've created this morning.

I've never been a big Valentines person (it's my birthday a couple of days later, and I don't like people wasting money on me so its an awkward week as it is), but as I discovered last year, my OH DOES like Valentines. Every other year I've made him a card, or crocheted something little with embroidery on it, but last year I just didn't. For some reason it just never occurred to me do anything except buy him a card because I knew he'd do the same, but seeing his face when I hadn't made him a card, I made a mental note to maybe try and remember to do it this year. Well, that mental note got a good kick up the backside when I moved in a few months ago!

While rearranging furniture and decorating I found all of the stuff I've made for him in a drawer in his bedside table. Even stupid little notes that I've stuck in his mug just to poke him in the moring when I knew I wasn't going to be there (the drawer even had the couple of slightly water ravaged notes which were almost drowned on the mornings he wasn't fully awake before work and didnt notice the notes til they were swimming!).

Well, now that I've moved out I've realised I no longer have access to my lil'sister card stash, and instead only have my own wool and perler bead collection to attack. So that's what I've done. He's accepted my NBC obsession, and happily watches it with me every other week, and seeing as he even let decorate our bedroom in a grown-up Tim Burton esque way, I decided sticking to the NBC theme would be good. So here it is...my Perler Bead Spiral Hill. Someday we'll find our own hill to walk up :-)

841 beads!

And here's a glimpse of the Tim Burton bedroom. It was beige, cream, grown up and sensible before I moved in...it's now red with little Burton bits sticking out off every shelf and cupboard, and my thundercats blanket :-)
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2  Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet - Pattern + Tutorial! in Knitting: Completed Projects by littlemissmanics on: January 16, 2011 07:52:45 AM
I know it's been a while since anyone posted to here, but I wanted to add my 2 versions.
I'm fairly new to knitting, and these are the first items of clothing I've made, and I thought the pattern was excellent!

I made one for myself using Alafoss Lopi:

I completely addore it, it's so snuggly. I made it longer than the pattern said because I get really sore back muscles when they get cold, and lopi keeps me toasty!

Then I made one using Robin Picasso for my sister in law, who's currently 7 months pregnant and running out of jumpers that fit! I made it a little longer than the pattern again said, and brilliantly she loves it! I couldn't believe how soft this felt for 100% acrylic, and have acquired myself a little list of requests from people for a similar cardigan!
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3  Sleepy owl for my brother's bub-to-be in Knitting: Completed Projects by littlemissmanics on: December 27, 2010 10:16:18 AM
I only started knitting a couple months ago, but when I saw this pattern in a magazine, I knew I had to make it for my brothers bub, which is due to be arriving in march. I can't wait to meet them, and wanted to make something that can keep a watchful eye over the little thing at night  Smiley

Mummy-to-be especially loved it, and it's so nice when people really like the things you've made for them, so her face lighting up completely made my Christmas day when they unwrapped it  Grin

I also made them a mobile based on the Hey Diddle Diddle nursery rhyme, which went down equally well.

C&C welcome  Smiley
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4  Adorably naughty christmas card in Knitting: Completed Projects by littlemissmanics on: December 20, 2010 09:53:17 AM
I found this chart on ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fornicating-deer-chart and had been hoping to come up with something to knit it for. I've only been knitting for a few months, but it looked such fun I knew I'd have to play with it.

So, last week, whilst attempting to get some sort of order in making christmas gifts (I like leaving things to the last minute...) I decided to make a christmas card for bestest bud. She has a warped sense of humour like me, so this chart was ideal.

I'm not great at either knitting, or the card-making, but I still like it. Hopefully she will too.

P.S, Despite comments to the contrary on the Ravelry page, both male and females grow antlers, so its not necessarily 2 randy male reindeers. Just wanted to make the point...there's a misconception that lady reindeers don't get the fancy head gear  Grin
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5  My procrastination skirt in Crochet: Completed Projects by littlemissmanics on: December 12, 2010 07:31:42 AM
I know it's practically Christmas, and that I still have 5 gifts left to knit, crochet or finish....but I'm not so good at ignoring the little voices in my head which keep saying "start something new...make something for yoooooouuu", and so this skirt, which has been lurking in my "pile of things I want to make", was born.

I got the pattern from ravelry, but ignored the finishing bit, and just did a round of chains instead- I was running out of wool! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jolly-rancher (. It's the jolly Rancher skirt, made with my current love and obsession, Alafoss lopi. So it's possible the warmest skirt in the world too  Grin   

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6  Toasty gloves for cold fingers in Crochet: Completed Projects by littlemissmanics on: December 06, 2010 07:51:41 AM
My lovely boyfriend is a greengrocer on a market stall, so at this of year is usually in a state of slight blueness with extra cracky fingers, so I decided to make him a bespoke pair of gloves using my favourite wool, Alafoss lopi!

I think he may have got a little bored of me stealing his hands every 10 mins while i checked size as i went along, but with the recent cold snap here in Blighty, he says the gloves are increasingly brilliant  Smiley

He needed to have the tips of his thumb and first 2 fingers open for bagging up and serving, but his ring and little finger get extra cold because they're just not used as much, so hey presto, i created the half and half fingerless/fingered gloves. He's had them for about 3 weeks now, and they've gone all lovely and fluffy, and the weather conditions have kind of naturally felted them a little, so they're even more toasty. And after his initial worry that they'd be trashed after a week of heavy lifting all the veggies, he's amazed at how more they protect his fingers than the work gloves he used to wear (which frankly were freezing cold!!)

And they match my mittens too  Smiley  (that's my shiny puppy sticking in his in the photo)
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7  "Iceland Collection" and "Lion 'cub' Collection" in Crochet: Completed Projects by littlemissmanics on: October 07, 2010 07:11:15 AM
I went on a fantastic holiday to Iceland in the summer, and finally got around to doing something with the Lopi I bought. Aside from just sitting and cuddling the balls of wool...I'm obsessed with Iceland a little bit. This wool is possibly the warmest stuff I have ever known. Going to be a toasty bunny this winter  Smiley

Anyways, I have made a neckwarmer (need to get a shawl pin), a pair of mittnes, and a reversible hat. The neckwarmer is wonderfully modeled by my little puppy, Preston. And i despise photos because I always look simple and awkward, so apologies for the silly face. Its the only way to make it bearable  Undecided

And my "lion cub Collection" is actually for my sister's expectant friend. I made a hat and a wrap blanket, and my sister made her first crochet item, a matching lion toy for the bub.

C&C always welcome.

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8  "Starbug was built to last sir. This old baby's crashed more times than a ZX81" in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by littlemissmanics on: September 22, 2010 05:41:20 AM
Its my brothers birthday tomorrow (nothing like last minute presents!) so I made him a crocheted Starbug to go with his other Red Dwarf related gifties.

It's a lot more green than the pictures show, but for some reason it looks like a weird pale turquoise...She's got pipe cleaner legs because for the life of me I couldnt crochet anything close to the right shape!

Sorry the pics are so appalling...I really must learn how to take photos!
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9  My first knitting project= Tiny Selbumittens! in Knitting: Completed Projects by littlemissmanics on: September 09, 2010 09:52:29 AM
I used this pattern http://patternsbymirrevirre.blogspot.com/2009/12/tiny-selbumittens.html and made my first ever knitted item.

Just hoping that they do actually fit the bub which is expected in a few weeks...otherwise I shall tell the parents-to-be that they are made to be grown into!

I'm just amazed that I've managed to make 2 things which look almost the same  Smiley

The top photo shows the colours best, but the bottom one shows that I actually managed to follow a pattern!
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10  'Hey Diddle Diddle' mobile and a little Domo. *updated with completed pics!* in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by littlemissmanics on: September 02, 2010 04:32:47 AM
I finally got the mobile all finished up just before Christmas. (Literally...I was still crocheting at 11.45pm Christmas eve!). And here is the finished thing.

It went down very well with the recipient, and also with lots of other family member who don;t even have babies, or any intention of getting one...but now want a mobile :0)

It's taken a long time, or seems to have done, but think it may be my favourite crocheted thing ever  Smiley

Bub's eye view

I saw a mobile on Etsy which incorporated all the parts of the the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle, and decided to make one myself for a friends forthcoming bub. I'm far too excited about it, so decided to make use of the enthusiasm and make things for them. I've not made it all up yet, but heres the main components. :

Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon,

The little dog laughed to see such fun (The dog is based on my own pup..with his own odd feet)

And the dish ran away with spoon

And I made a little Domo for my friend who I don't see nearly enough these days. It was only a very quick project, so not as good as I would have liked. Will have to make an improved version one day.

C&C appreciated.

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