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1  buy nothing day!!! (and holiday season :) in Discussion and Questions by ghetoburdgurl on: November 08, 2005 05:54:41 PM

crafty boys and girls, i propose (in maybe a looser sense than intended) that we all refuse to buy pre-manufactured goods for our friends and families this christmas and make all of our gifts- i tried to do this last year and it worked pretty well aside from a couple of storebought things. i realize that raw materials will be neccessary and we'll have to buy needles, thread, canvas, paintbrushes, yarn, whatever supplies we'll need, but isn't the sentiment so much more sincere if we make things rather than buy them outright? it's just something i believe in and thought i'd share with you all who i am sure are fairly like-minded.
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2  my first sewing project since... umm... forever. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ghetoburdgurl on: October 08, 2005 01:04:12 PM
i made a bag out of some crazy plaid that's been laying around for a really long time, and a thrift store shirt i bought for this project, so it's kind of a reconstructed thing... anyways, i haven't ever completed a sewing project, this is my first one, done on 2 of my friends sewing machines... and then i stencilled on it.

this is the bag...

that's the lining, made from a grody old lady shirt from amvets...

 detail of the contrast stitching (i love this thread!!)

just another shot of the stencil.
lemme know what you think Grin
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3  new percival bag... minus giraffe... in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ghetoburdgurl on: October 08, 2005 09:22:43 AM
i made this bag and stencilled a moose onto it. the lettering says "percival"... since most people who see the bag in person have an extremely difficult time reading it... to me though, it doesn't look like it says anything else. here goes:

thanks for looking, hope you enjoy! comments/critiques are welcome and appreciated!  Grin
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4  Re: Baby on the Way Craftalong! in Craftalongs by ghetoburdgurl on: October 08, 2005 09:08:58 AM

here it is!!! finally. only 8 days late for the october 'deadline'... and still not even finished. oh well. i used this yarn i got from target, a REALLY soft boucle, that was $1 a skein (i've used 6 skeins so far on the yellow one, but it's not finished so in all it will be a $7 blanket, plus tax.) well, of course i didn't have any #11 needles, only EVERY other size possible... so i used a #9 for the yellow blanket, and i'm using #10.5 for the brown one. it's made a huge difference. the brown blanket is working up muuuuuch faster.

that is just a closeup of the fabric... pretty!! Smiley the yellow one will be for this woman who used to be my babysitter, waaaay back in the day, who is now having her own baby! and the brown, as i said, will go to paul, my nanny charge.
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5  percival the giraffe stencil :) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ghetoburdgurl on: September 26, 2005 07:27:03 PM
this is my first attempt at stenciling... i used a TON of craftster advice, thank you everyone who posted in the discussion threads! first off, FREEZER PAPER IS AWESOME! i got it at the grocery store ($3.19 for 75 ft.) the giraffe comes from the animal font downloaded at www.dafont.com.

that is my little set-up (yes i know my living room rug is hideous.) i cut out the image from freezer paper on top of the phonebook, then got to ironing...

and there is a closer-up. i used a black acrylic paint, and a rather thin paintbrush. so, whatchya think?
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6  urban outfitters skirt- any ideas??? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by ghetoburdgurl on: September 20, 2005 07:42:38 PM
<P> my friend dana likes this skirt- i don't crochet, i knit and i am pretty sure this skirt's crocheted... anyone have any idea how to make a skirt that looks like this or close to it? could a pattern be sort of "made up" for it? i would like to have my mom's fiance's mother crochet it for her. thanks!
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7  Re: Baby on the Way Craftalong! in Craftalongs by ghetoburdgurl on: September 03, 2005 05:20:32 PM
 unfortunately, i can't really follow this craftalong to the letter, because i don't have a sewing machine, hence no burp cloths for me. so here are the 2 hats i've knitted so far, kindly modeled by my giraffe percival...

this hat will go to my cousin julia, who is around 2, hopefully it will fit her i'm terrible with sizing. this came out of my brain mostly, so here's a quick tute- i used a wool yarn for this one. on size 5 DPNs, cast on 86 (i think?) sts.  work in k2p2 rib for about 1", then st st for about 5", begin decreasing by k6, k2tog for a row, k5, k2tog for a row, working down from there until you have 4 sts, then sew tail thru remaining sts and tie inside. the intarsia lightning bolt (or at least, that's what it's supposed to look like...) came from stitch and bitch's bikini pattern. it's the smaller one. a closer-up of the lightning bolt.

 this one is percy wearing the "umbilical hat", pattern for which can be found in stitch and bitch. hope you gals like! the yarn is polyesther i think. a little cheesy but the colors are really nice.
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