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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday! July 2, 2010 on: July 02, 2010 09:58:34 AM
I keep forgetting to post over here!

Here's some Superwash BFL 3-ply. Heavy fingering weight. Fiber is from Pigeonroof Studios

and some BFL/Silk singles, worsted weight. Fiber from FatCatKnits.
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Woolly Dyeing! on: June 09, 2010 08:53:29 PM
I started dyeing wool about a month ago. Here's some of my stuff!  Cheesy

All of these are wool or wool blends, dyed with Dharma acid dyes.
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday April 23, 2010 on: April 23, 2010 07:55:16 AM
Starting things off with a bang!

My first singles yarn, about fingering weight. 400 yards. Mixed BFL dyed by Corgi Hill Farm on etsy. Color is "Urban Decay".

2 ply SW BFL from Abstract Fibers. "Chartreuse", although I like to call it "Beware, Poisonous".

I think these first two might actually work well in a shawlette together.  We'll see.

And my first 3-ply! This one was supposed to be SW BFL, but I'm pretty sure it's SW Merino. "Storybook" from Woolen Mill St. Yarns.

Destined for some awesome princess socks for me.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tri-Force Beanie on: December 10, 2009 10:02:47 AM
My twin brother's birthday is coming up (which yes, means it is MY birthday too!) so I wanted to knit something quick that could be there before the weekend (I am in Oregon and he is in Idaho).
We grew up playing Zelda, so what could be better than a nerdy beanie that pays a homage to the best video game (series) of all time?
I had my mom measure his head for me, and it was exactly the same size as mine. How great!
Excuse the pictures. Finished the hat at 2am and couldn't wait to show it off!

I used the Slacker Hat pattern found here:http://vegancraftastic.blogspot.com/2008/11/slacker-hat-pattern.html
Made up a quick chart on paper for the tri-force and did it in duplicate stitch.
Was a really quick knit using size 10 needles and Vanna's Choice yarn.
The yellow is a little more yellow and the green is a bit more olive-y in real life.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First official FO: Glam kerchief! on: October 17, 2009 03:03:43 PM
I am learning to knit for the third time, and I think I'm getting somewhere!
As soon as I found this kerchief pattern, I was obsessed, although I wouldn't pay $20+ for the yarn it called for (I'm sure it's worth the price, I don't want to spend too much on materials until I'm sure about what I'm doing).
Looking for the cheap, easy way out, I purchased some naturallycaron.com SPA yarn in Misty Taupe and got to work.

I think that it came out pretty decently, despite the yarn being pretty splitty and my decreases being a little off.
The fabric is extremely drapey and soft. Mmm. Perfect for these cold, rainy Oregon weekends.

And the reverse!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Free office chair reupholstered for the second time! on: September 08, 2009 05:11:18 PM
Once upon a sidewalk, I found this chair. It was right after I moved into my new apartment, and I had no idea what I would do for a sewing chair.
It was dreadfully ugly and full of spider eggs. Ick.

So I tore it apart. There were like a billion tiny staples in there.

Annnnnd I replaced the batting and covered it in an old (discolored) sheet. It was still ugly.  Huh

Despite the boyfriend's reassurance that my chair looked fine, I took some Ikea fabric to it along with some buttons and re-did the darn thing to my liking.
(Unfortunately my first fabric choice was out of stock, though. Pfft.)

The worst part was adding the buttons. With a short needle and nowhere open on Labor Day to buy a longer one, I had to resort to some pretty crafty tactics that got me stabbed in the leg with a pencil.  Sad
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some older doodles and drawings on: July 19, 2009 02:45:38 PM
Having a little artist's block lately, so here are some older doodles.
Most were done in High School and when I worked in a call center (gotta love that free doodle time).

Most were done in prismacolors and sharpies, and some in crayon.

(and rainbow scratch-board stuff)

I used some high quality art paper in this one:  Wink

The colors faded a little during the scan of this one:

Let me know what you think!
Maybe some positive feedback will get the artistic gears turning again!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kitty, destroyer of furniture. Fabric covered hamper! on: July 16, 2009 08:16:14 AM
I bought a cute wicker hamper at Value Village when I was in need of one for my bathroom. Unfortunately, my two cats thought it was just for them, so went at it with the claws.
Don't have any before the before pictures, but here's the damage:

Paul seemed a little put out by the reclamation of his scratching post.

I just stapled on some batting (that I got from work for free) and some joann's clearance fabric.

After that, I decided to finish it with a little lace at the top (to hide the staples).
Peepants (the black one) now thinks it's her bed. Oh jeeze.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Milk crate daybed on: July 08, 2009 09:06:56 AM
I just moved into my first apartment with my boyfriend (we've always lived with roommates before) and we both don't have a car to transport all the neat things I could get for the house on craigslist.
So at this point we have no couch. Huh

I saw this pallet daybed http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/07/before-after-ashleys-pallet-daybed.html
and knew it would totally work as a couch/guest bed (because our extra room is the craft room... duh!)

Except I don't have any pallets... and have a bunch of milk crates! (not stolen. I work at a restaurant and the dairy never takes them back!)

Anyone have any good ideas on how to connect the crates and how I could make a comfortable (and affordable) cushion for it?
I'd also like to play down the crate-y-ness of the whole thing if possible. haha.
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Laminated cafe menus on: April 13, 2009 07:40:09 PM
I work at a cafe that sits inside of a major department store.
Tomorrow, my cafe gets new menus, so my boss was trying to decide what she could do with the old ones.
Recycling was out of the question, but I knew I couldn't let her throw them out.

They're about 9" x 14" and very well laminated.
There's really nothing on them except menu items. (If someone would like a picture, I suppose I could take one.)

I think there's somewhere between 100-200 of them, but haven't counted them yet.

I'm considering using some for stencils, but other than that, I'm at a loss.
Any ideas?
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