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21  Thank you Craftster! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Vicelikeplague on: September 07, 2010 06:18:40 AM
I have lurked on these boards an awful lot, I lurk more than I post!   However, the opportunity to lurk lead to me being inspired to try knitting.  My mum and Nan both tried to teach me to knit when I was younger, and to be honest I just didn't get it!!  So last summer I decided I was going to give it another go and decide once and for all if I liked it and could do it.  I went looking for patterns and found Shaun the Sheep kit with "easy to read instructions", sadly as I have never read a knitting pattern before I ran into a few problems.  But with help from the nice people here, a couple of other websites, library books and You Tube I managed to muddle through so I present you with my first ever knitting project, Shaun the Sheep:

isn't he cute?? well I love him and so did my sister so I knitted one for her from the left over yarn.

the original is on the left, sadly I don't know why the one on the right photographed so badly.  Am now convinced that he will rise up in an effort to overthrow his human masters, but my sister claims not!!

anyway when I found out that the daughter of a friend of mine was pregnant I offered to make one for the baby.  I mentioned the idea to another friend to said she loved shaun the sheep and wanted one too, then we found out the pregnant friend was having twins and her sister was pregnant too.  Then my mum decided she wanted one..... it was exhausting!!  SEVEN shaun the sheeps to be made and sewn up..... Undecided

I carried on and managed to get them all done, sadly I only got pictures of shauns 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 before they were sent off.  The group shot of 3, 5 and 6:

side view of one:

all packaged ready to go:

I would have like to have a group shot of all seven together, but sadly it was not to be, the three pictured above and now with the new babies.  Shaun 4 is in Ireland and Shaun 7 is with my mum (I go down there and check on him frequently!!)  I took to calling this project "Shaun the Sheep and the spawn of Shaun the Sheep"!!

Well in between shauns (it was necessary to take a break every now and then)  I decided to knit myself a pair of socks.  I had seen a pair here on Craftster and followed the link to Ravelry (I fell in love with ravelry when I opened up my account!)  unfortunately I don't know how to link threads so I can reference it here  Embarrassed

but I found the pattern and came up with this:

sadly the fit wasn't fantastic:

but for my first pair, not a bad effort!!

Dad's birthday came next, unfortunately we didn't know what to get him so I delved back into ravelry and found this:

thankfully dad had just purchased a new mobile phone (blackberry) so this was perfect, I had to shorten the length slightly as the orignal design was for an iPhone.

On the needles at the moment is a secret Christmas knitting project, any guesses??

I was supposed to use intarsia but I couldn't get the hang of it  Huh  I kept getting a bleed of colour through from the back, so the detail is a combination of picking up stitches and embroidery.

Before I realised I couldn't do intarsia, I decided I needed a way of keeping all of my threads separate for the intarsia, so came up with this:

it is a length of wood, with holes drilled for the dowl rods.  All of the cutting, drilling and gluing was done my me!!  Grin  with a little supervision and loan of tools from my dad.  Sadly it has had little use and I am rubbish at intarsia!!

thanks for reading and inspiring me to take up knitting   Cheesy

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22  Hurrah! Rainbow Cake in Dessert by Vicelikeplague on: September 06, 2010 02:00:00 PM
Inspired by all of the rainbow cakes here I decided to give it a whirl.  We were due to go to see a friend and her three boys, and I thought they would enjoy the novelty of it.

Things I have learnt from making rainbow cake:
  • That red food colouring purchased in Morrisons, may say colouring but also adds a funky flavour to the cake!
  • You can't mix food colourings to make new colours, orange will come out more of a mustard colour and the attempt at purple can only be described as "troll bogey grey"
  • Don't add chocolate chips because when they sink (and they will, I can't seem to solve this even with flouring them) you will get odd stripes through the rainbow layers!

I used a standard sponge recipe split across two can pans, so I could put lots of chocolate icing in the middle.  I also covered the outside so that nobody could see that it was rainbow cake until it was cut.  Also sprinkles, lots and lots of sprinkles, they make the cake!! so to the picture:

I think everyone enjoyed it!
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23  Large numbers of small projects in Needlework: Completed Projects by Vicelikeplague on: July 16, 2009 02:34:35 PM

I am relatively new to Craftster and have been posting on some of the other boards.  This is quite odd as cross stitch is something of a passion of mine (I think I might have come out of the womb with a cross stith project in hand!!)

Anyway to rectify this I thought I would show you some of the smaller projects I have done.  These are all free off magazines available in the UK (I love stitching freebies *happy sigh*)


I think I like the lady, on the far right of this picture,the most.  Her dress was originally pink (which I hate) but fortunately I had alternative threads that all worked together.  I think she would also look good in other shades so I may stitch it again at some point.  The back stitch was particularly fiddely and involved some swearing, but I think it was worth it in the end.

This is probably about 10% of all the free little kits I have done, I tend to have a larger project on the go as well.  I have a bit of thing for kits as well ( I have a stash of around 200), I think they are great, everything is there for you so you can get started straight away, heaven!  I also have 4 binders of patterns I have pulled from magazines and around a dozen pattern books.  To add to that I have recently taken up knitting, so I think I might have to quit the day job to make time for crafting!! Grin

When it is done I will post my compeleted "Mighty Samurai" by Gold collection, it probably won't be soon as I have come to something of a halt on it, it has been in progress now for over two years, possibly three....
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24  Chocolate Orange cake in Dessert by Vicelikeplague on: July 16, 2009 02:17:21 PM
Since finding Craftster I have been experimenting more with cooking!  this sometimes is good, and sometimes bad (thankfully mostly good!)

I was trying to think of a new type of cake to take to my grandad's when I hit upon what I thought was a really nice combination.  I have always liked chocolate orange, but since making these cakes found out that I might be in the minority!

Any way I give you Chocolate orange cupcakes!!

sorry for the lack of pictures!  I used a simple 8oz sponge mix and added to it the juice and granted zest of a medium sized orange (it was about the size of my fist, which I don't think is particularly large! Wink)  Unfortunately I don't have a weight for the chocolate chips (they where plain chocolate) but I can describe to you the approach I took - "just go for it"  this meant tipping the container over the bowl and accidentally (probably on purpose) emptying most of the packet into the mix.

The mixture was a bit sloppy but it baked fine, I put them on at about 210 celcius for 20 mins.  I can't be more accurate because the numbers have rubbed of the dial Grin

I have tried one...or two and so has my sister and she has offered her seal of approval! Cheesy
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25  Kuredu, Maldives - Image attack in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Vicelikeplague on: July 10, 2009 01:18:45 PM

this is my first post in this section, and having seen the other (excellent) pictures added by everyone I thought I might share some of my pictures from my last holiday.  Unfortunately my proper camera (SLR Film) is broken  Angry so I have been managing with my digital (4 mega pixel Olympus) which is pretty good and has a bigger capacity.  Anyway, to the pictures (by the way, it was kind of difficult to get bad pictures in the Maldives!) these are the ones I am most proud of!

this was the view from our bungalow

this is view you had if you stood next to the tree in the previous picture!!

Okay this is a weird one!  but sometimes I get carried away with the texture of a picture, with this one I like the softness of the clouds against the palm trees Roll Eyes

this is a sand bar and coral heads form the air

I like sunsets and again this has a texture aspect to it!

we sat in the same place each night and took pictures of the sunsets, the differences were amazing each night

I thought the last two where classic "tropical island paradise" images, the second one I have now set as the background on my computer desktop

Mr Heron was trying to fish but never actually went for anything!!  we also saw rays and sharks from the beach which was fun

I have an underwater casing for my camera which is fantastic so I thought I would experiment!

these two need cleaning up (not sure if the ray will clean up at all, but who cares I saw a Manta ray!!! twice!)

this one is bad I know, but it was a lizard (known locally as a dinosaur!) with a bee or beetle in its mouth, by the time I got this picture I had already scared him once so was using my super zoom, which is why it is so grainy!

hope you enjoyed them
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26  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Vicelikeplague on: April 13, 2009 07:04:48 AM

I am new to craftster, I have posted a couple times but tend to lurk!!  I have just inherited my grandmothers sewing machine.  We think it dates from the late 70's but nobody really remembers.  There is no user manual but I do know it was one of the first machines to do a zig zag stitch!!  My nan was really proud of it and after her death quite recently my grandad wanted it to go to a good home.  Generally I am scared of sewing machines, the pedal makes it go to quick Undecided !  anyway craftster has been really inspiring so i thought I would take a look at the machine as I want to expand my crafting skills, when my nans machine was offered to me I was a little concerned.  I fell in love when I opened the box though!

what magic does it hold?

I have never heard of a "Norman" sewing machine before (does it even say that??)

this says "Deluxe Mark IX"

My grandad described this as the best christmas present he had ever bought for my nan!  I love the styling of it, and the best bit is that it's not a new machine trying to be vintage!!  the worst bit is that it is HEAVY!  haven't tried it yet, but I am told it still works!
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