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11  It's a neckclava! half neckwarmer, half balaclava. in Crochet: Completed Projects by arabella on: March 22, 2006 01:17:45 PM
I made this by request for my sister.  she wanted something like a balaclava, but with a more snug fit so that she could pull it up around her nose and it would stay there.  She's been wearing this skiing and says it's perfect - the fabric is porous enough to let her warm breath out so it doesn't become all moist inside - yuck - but thick enough to keep her face warm.  I messed up on the buttons but she likes it anyway.

it's all shell stitch with this thin little yarn that required a D hook with two strands held together.  so it took forever!  I'm so glad she actually likes it and uses it.
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12  Re: Ongoing Wishlist 8 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by arabella on: March 21, 2006 03:58:03 PM
I received from lasandri!  I got this great knit hat:

and the most adorable little turtle in pin in the world!  because I love turtles!

thanks lasandri!!
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13  Re: unconditional swap march in The Swap Gallery by arabella on: March 18, 2006 03:59:54 PM
daydreamer13579 is making granting my wishes too - check out these beautiful handmade postcards:

and this picture does not do them justice.  the only problem is, I wanted handmade postcards to mail to friends, but I don't want to let these go!!   sigh. 

thanks you so much daydreamer13579!!!
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14  Re: Step by Sterp crochet flower pattern ? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by arabella on: March 09, 2006 08:47:01 PM
ok according to the thread this is her pattern:
ch 2, 5 hdc into 2nd stitch from hook, join with sl st
(ch 3, 3 tr, ch 3) into first hdc, join to hdc with sl st. Petal created.
sl st again into next hdc. repeat 4 more times to create the other petals.

I did the two sl sts at the bottom of each petal because I wanted eacch petal to be completely separate from the others.

edited with pics: (sorry I took some of them out of order so you'll see an extra petal, etc)
also, where it says "in progress pic" that means the stitch is not complete

here is the first hdc crocheted into the second chain from hook:

when you have a couple of hdcs in that stitch, it will stretch out a bit, and that's fine:

when you have all five, join with a slip stitch: (in progress pic)

and joined:

and here is where I cheated a bit.  I couldn't fit all those stitches into my join, so I turned the work around.  it's not noticeable, and makes it much easier to work into the stitch where you just made the join.  then chain 3:

and then do 3 triple crochets: (in progess pic)

then after you've done 3 triple crochets, you will chain 3 again:

...and then join with a slip stich to the hdc where you already did those other stitches:  (in progress pic)

then you will slip stitch into the next hdc:  (in progress pic) (note that the slip stitch goes through both loops of the hdc)

and then you'll repeat the whole thing!

whew!  that was a lot of pics.  sorry they aren't too clear, my camera doesn't like focusing so close.  I hope this helps.  feel free to ask more questions!

edited again to say - I don't know why some of these are different sizes, I sized them all to be the same size!  oh well.

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15  Re: small zippers in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by arabella on: March 02, 2006 11:03:28 PM
pinkninky - I love you.  On your rec I went to SCRAP today and I am in love!  and I got a gazillion zippers.

Yirq - I got some for you, if you want them.  here is a scan of what they look like.  they are a little bit ugly with this big gold zipper part, so no worries if you don't want them.  (I mean, hey, they're free!)

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16  How to Make a Cosmopolitan in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by arabella on: February 15, 2006 12:26:16 AM
my first iron-on!  this is onto the Sublime Stitching tea towel, and the iron on is the Dharma soft transfer paper.  I think I ironed it on for too long though.  The cosmopolitans are embroidered.  this was for the Sex and the City swap.  is it me or is the whole iron-on thing a little bit stressful?!

edited to say - I don't think it really looked yellowed in real life.
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17  a bright & happy purse (my first purse post!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by arabella on: February 14, 2006 11:54:42 PM
my first purse post!  I know this isn't much, but I am ridiculously proud of this, because I drafted a pattern and figured out a closure!  (which explains the wonkyness).  Prior to this I had only done a couple of totes from a pattern.  I'm still a beginner at sewing.  I tried to do topstitching, but I think my needle was too small because I had serious trouble going through all the layers on the sides.  Actually, I made tons of mistakes on this purse, but I learned a lot and I think it turned out cute anyway.

edited to say - the colors are slightly off, my wall is actually blue and the colors are more vibrant in real life.
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18  Re: Sex and the City Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by arabella on: February 11, 2006 08:55:43 PM
I got my stuff!!!!  Moondeela did such an AWESOME job!!! check out the pics:
note how the purse exactly matches my jacket, which I just happened to be wearing today!  and - I just happened to lose my purse/have my purse stolen today, so I was so happy when I came home and had a new, way more awesome one waiting for me!!!!

here is a close-up of the earrings - I LOVE them!  they are totally cute and fun and light and fun fun fun.  I can already tell I'll be wearing them a lot.

and this adorable little glittery plaque!  (this is a bad picture; I had trouble lighting it.  but really it's super cute)

and she had these super cute tags for everything, and this nice little note, and it was just a box of fun happy goodness.  Just what I needed after a day of losing my id, credit card, debit card, favorite lip gloss.... I feel really special that you made all this stuff for me.  what a great first swap!  (for both of us!)

I am sooooo happy with my goodies!!!

thank you thank you thank you!!!  

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19  Is this vintage-cute-grandma, or just grandma? fabric advice needed please! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by arabella on: February 04, 2006 10:15:49 AM
I am thinking about using this fabric to make the vintage clutch, but I can't tell if I like this fabric or not... what do you think?  honest opinions please!  I can always use it for a gift bag if it's not purse-worthy.
btw, the groups of flowers are about 2 inches squared.

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20  my husband crocheted a super cute baby hat! in Crochet: Completed Projects by arabella on: February 03, 2006 03:13:01 PM
I taught my husband to crochet over christmas, and and this was either his 2nd or 3rd project.  sorry it's a bit hard to see the hat, but we don't have a better picture. and I know he looks a bit shaggy in this picture but I swear he's gorgeous in real life!  and a great crocheter!  this hat is inspired by/modified from the "anthropologie inspired baby hat" which is posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=60928.0  I don't remember if he used the pattern or just did a basic increasing thing, adding stitches and taking away as necessary to give it the proper shape.

give him lots of good feedback so I can get him to be a craftster regular!  then he'll understand why I spend so many hours on here!  Smiley

p.s. the baby belongs to best friends of ours, but my husband wants her all to himself.  (because we don't have any kids)
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