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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern) on: March 11, 2011 09:24:13 AM
I think he's adorable! I've just started one of Alan Darts dog patterns (the dalmation, but doing it my own dog's colours) so I'm pleased to have seen 2 patterns on here recently that have come out so well...it gives me hope that mine won't look too much like a gremlin.

Was he well received by your trainer?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Nightmare before Valentines :-) 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 :-)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet - Pattern + Tutorial! 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!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sleepy Owl for my Mum - picture heavy on: January 02, 2011 02:47:53 PM
Oh, your owl is gorgeous!!

I love how we've both had such different results from the same pattern, just by using different colours. Your teddy is incredibly cute too...that was the first bit of mine I made, so I like to think my knitting improved for the rest of the Owl. I couldn't bring myself to make a new one though, because the little bear had grown on me during the process  Smiley

I had the same issue with my nightgown rolling up too, and to be honest, I just did a little row of tiny tacking stitches to hold it onto the body at the bottom. I used the excuse of it being better for the baby, when in actual fact it was my laziness  Cheesy

Thankyou for the lovely compliments about my owl too. I did embroider the buttons on, but was only capable because of the crash course my little sister gave me (Her final exhibition for her art degree was embroidery based...and I spent the night before it was finalised up until 5.30am with her helping to add the finishing touches to her notebook! Embroidering paper was not fun!!)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Sleepy owl for my brother's bub-to-be on: December 27, 2010 12:44:44 PM
You did so well, he's lovely!

I saw that pattern too and was thinking about making it for my sister (she has 2owls)-how did you find the pattern? quite easy??

It was really easy. I've done a couple of other knitting things whilst working on this, but it was the first project I'd started, and I found no problems with it in terms of the stitches, aside from my own lack of knitting of knowledge, which became much better having done this!

Quite a lot of sewing up at the end, but I like sewing so it wasn't a problem for me. Definitely a good project for a beginner too...lots of little bits, nothing really has too many stitches cast on, which was very helpful  Cheesy

It's certainly convinced me to carry on with knitting, and toy making. It was so nice to see all the bits finally come together at the end to make the finished owl. The only thing I changed was that I crocheted the eyes instead of following the knit instructions. It didn't seem to matter how hard, or how many times I tried...everytime I did the knitted eyes I was left with an Owl which looked half 'special' (my owl looked like he'd spread his wings and deprived a village of it's idiot), and half un-dead. Either way, not entirely suitable for a baby, but it was my own uselessness which gave those results I think!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Sleepy owl for my brother's bub-to-be on: December 27, 2010 10:58:46 AM
The owl is cute. What the heck is a bub?

A baby  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sleepy owl for my brother's bub-to-be 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
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: 'Hey Diddle Diddle' mobile and a little Domo. *updated with completed pics!* on: December 27, 2010 10:11:07 AM
I've updated the first post with the pictures of the finished thing...I know a few people wanted to see it all together. Couldn't hold on until March to give it to my brother  Grin

I made them a knitted sleepy owl too, but will post that in the correct place. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368153.0  <----- Here it is
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Adorably naughty christmas card 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
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My procrastination skirt 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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