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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / the Gemini sock: double cuff! on: December 28, 2010 03:14:51 PM

Sometimes I like to turn the cuff of my socks over my boots but then theres a draft entering direct to my bare feet. With this double cuffed sock, no problem.

The foot is single knit and the double leg starts right above the ankle. And it is very comfortable!

It is a toe-up sock.  I used 2mm circs for the foot and inner leg, and 3mm circs for the outer leg.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another lace headband on: December 18, 2010 11:45:36 AM
 I've been working hard lately and needed some instant gratification project.  So I downloaded Utlinde's Bellflower bookmark and tried it -I had wanted to do it for a long time now- with a metallic yarn I love but didn't quite know what to use for.  In the end it came out quite large, so I converted it into a headband.  I like them as much as some people like bags or shoes!
I couldn't wait to wear it:

And this is before joining the ends:

I feel more relaxed now.  I can go back to the harder work!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Moccasin slippers on: November 30, 2010 10:28:56 AM
I love this section.  You all show so many ideas about what to crochet, and so original!  I have been practising a little and I've just made my first crocheted item.  I am very happy, it looks good and feels better in use!  It's a pair of moccasin shoes whose pattern I found in Ravelry.  I skipped the fringe, but still they look very good to me.

They're very comfy and warm, exactly what I wanted.  One thing that usually puts me off about crochet is that the fabric you get tends to be too firm to my liking.  But hey, that's perfect for items such as this one, or bags, or many others that I don't care to knit (knitted bags feel too floppy to me, and I don't like it when the bag begins to stretch until it touches the floor!  I'm definitely going to make some room for crocheting in my life.  Besides, now I'll be able to make those beautiful amigurumi!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Light velvety hat on: November 17, 2010 08:53:21 AM
I thought I wouldn't make hats.  I've got hats, so why another one?  But actually my winter hats are very warm and right now I need something lighter.  So I decided to go and make one.  A simple one.

I didn't like any of the designs I found.  Well, I did, but not for my current purposes.  In the end I wrote my own pattern, digged out the last of my velvety Chenille yarn, and came up with this:

I love it!  It resulted much better than expected, and besided its shape lends itself to a lot of different ways to wear it, which is really cool.  For instance, I've just realised that when it pours with rain and your hair is so long that it gets damp forever and keeps your back wet long after you're indoors, the solution is a snood.  So that's how I've used it today.  It looks good in many positions.  So much so, I am thinking of making more, in other colours.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Camouflage with style on: November 07, 2010 09:35:45 AM
Since I moved I've had to keep a toilet paper roll around in my room.  And I don't really like such decoration accent.  So I began to think how I could hide it while keeping it at hand at all times...

I searched for some patterns.  I thought about knitting or crocheting a cover, but didn't find anything I really liked.  In the end, I thought this was the perfect chance to experiment with some of my findings, those I really like but I can't quite fit anywhere.  After pleating, layering, stitching and generally tinkering around, this is what I got:

The other side:

and open, showing its intended contents: one toilet roll, stoned.

I really like it!  I hope I make it appealing to other people too and they can say when they visit and see it:  "Look, there's a... um... I don't know, but it's pretty!"
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Eye of Horus Scarf on: September 20, 2010 11:04:57 AM
So I finally finished my nephew's birthday present.  It's an illusion scarf.  On the front it seems just a striped scarf, but when you look at it from the side, you see this:

I think he'll love the colours, and the design is great.  But... did you notice the change of size?  It's not the perspective.  It's real.  The last bit came far bigger than the first.  I must have knitted it much more loosely!  Too much to fix it completely with blocking.

Has anybody else experienced this before?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My new all day working bag on: July 30, 2010 12:19:17 PM
I needed a bigger bag, to carry my essentials plus my current project plus my lunch... plus my books on the days I give a lesson.  So I went for tote style.  I didn't put any pockets anywhere, since I wanted to put everything in smaller bags (ban the books) already so that they are separate and taken out easily.  I also didn't want to bother with a zipper.  With such a model, it works better for me if it's open.  Easy access without showing the contents to the world.
So this is what I got:

It's very roomy, comfy to carry, pretty, good for winter and summer... I love it  Grin

The fabric is sturdy upholstery linen decorated with velvet flowers.  The lining is cotton.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Adding angelina to your knits on: May 16, 2010 02:28:57 PM
I have some angelina and I am trying to learn ways of incorporating it to my crafts.  I have seen that spinners use it to give a bit of sparkle to their yarns.  But I do not spin.  Has anybody tried to knit angelina threads together with their plain shop bought yarn?  Are there other ways in which I could use it in knitting?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wet Tray on: May 09, 2010 04:10:50 PM

A wet tray!
Yes, a wet tray.  There are wet bags, and this is a wet tray.  It's designed to hold my shower mitt after the shower (I can't hang it anywhere) so that it doesn't drip over the stuff on the shelf below (the shelves are made of wooden slates).
It doesn't look anything Celtic, I know, but it's certainly been inspired by one of the projects in the book.  The original project is a 6-sided sewing box with identical lid.  It is meant to be made quilt-style, with each side padded, and on the outside the author suggests to applique some Celtic spiral designs.  Pretty.
(If you want to know what that babbling about Celtic designs has to do with this project, check this thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339974.0 )

I needed something that allowed my mitt to dry without dripping everywhere, so I lined the inner pieces with a recycled plastic layer, using grass green over dark green and fusing them together.  The result was something that resembles very much (or would, if not for the holes I've left on it) p-leather.  It looks nice.  The holes?  I tried to prepare the pentagons with a net so that the mitt laid on it instead of at the bottom and so it got dry faster.  For that purpose, the inner pentagons are made of plastic canvas - the outer ones of cardboard.  But I soon discovered that fishing line is the devil's spawn, and in the end I opted for a simpler solution -a plastic canvas platform.  Removable, easy to clean...  Perfect.
I lined the outside with fabric and a glue stick.  The plastic was glued to the plastic canvas with hot glue.  This is the outside:

A view with the platform in:

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mother's Day scarf and other bits on: May 02, 2010 12:50:53 PM
I'm hooked!  I really like knitting.  So, in the less than 2 months I've been at it, I've been making a number of things.  I love to make stuff that's going to be useful!  Have a look if you please:

This is my mother's present this year for Mother's Day.  There's a bag too, but it's sewn, not knit.  Here's a headband, a shower mitt (adapted from a winter mitt pattern), and the beautiful scarf I still can't believe I've made myself.

See the scarf better:

Then there's these mobile socks I've learnt to make - no sewing, no seams!  I love Judy's system  Grin

I've made more stuff; a wristrest for my pc, another headband... small useful things.  Now I'm making a Tribble and trying to learn to make socks, and have bought yarn for my first sweater.  I've found so many ideas and so much help in Ravelry and here!  Thank you all.

And thanks for looking!  Wink
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