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1  baby bunnies for baby beans in Knitting: Completed Projects by ambear on: March 11, 2009 07:50:51 PM
I've been knitting quite a bit these last few months, but haven't posted. Mostly I've been knitting mittens, fingerless gloves and mason jar cozies galore. About a month ago my friends had their first child, a beautiful little girl named Chaya (it means life in Sanskrit and Hebrew). Prior to her birth she was simply called the bean and I knit her this hat with the request that there be no pink.

And this is that hat, modified from the pattern in SNBN.

the hat:

another view

and the package it went wrapped up in
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2  Re: Grad Student Supprt Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ambear on: November 13, 2008 01:40:27 PM
I received from Wildeheart2105 today!

she made me a huge bag and a pencil case, both of which are partially hand sewn,
three bookmarks,
and a necklace with a bird on it.

she also sent a card that matches the bookmarks.

it looks like a lot of time went into the bag!

thanks Erica!

my camera is being funny and its pitch dark out already (ahh winter in Canada) so I'll try to take better photos later.
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3  Re: Beautiful Use Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ambear on: March 17, 2008 08:22:20 PM
Alright! I got my package from !b on Wednesday, but was not able to post because I went out of town.
I have to say that she was right on, with everything.
Thank you so much Brianne!

Here is a video of me putting everything into one of the bags she sent me:

First off, the cork boards (for hanging images etc.) recipe cards, chocolate (espresso, because I love coffee, and fair trade!!!) and the card she sent me.

Close up of the cork:

The recipe cards in action:

The cards came in one of the nicest boxes I have ever seen. She designed it herself and then burnt and coloured it (?) I am so in awe and also, in love, with this box:

Finally, !b made me three reusable bags out of incredible fabrics. YAY!

Thanks so much!
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4  Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups Closed. Sendouts 2/29/08. in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by ambear on: February 18, 2008 09:01:36 PM
crafting is getting done! yay!
and here are some photos:
my living room, this past fall

and the most beausiful thing i do: canning!
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5  braided rug from clothing swap rejects in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ambear on: February 03, 2008 08:48:09 AM
I completed this back in the fall, but hadn't posted. the story goes as follows:
i hosted a clothing swap at my place and about twenty friends came with ridiculous amounts of swapable stuff. at the end of the night though, i was still left with at least 4 garbage bags of stuff no one wanted. i salvaged some for crafting and brought the rest to goodwill.

for this rug i cut up t-shirts, a long skirt from a friends trip to Central Africa and a pair of pajama pants.
then i braided it together and sewed it in place. while its the right size for a bath mat, i can't bear the thought of stepping on it, so it decorates the back of my comfy chair.

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6  sparkle gloves and moderated dashing! in Knitting: Completed Projects by ambear on: February 02, 2008 12:43:45 PM
I haven't had much time for knitting these past few months (my life's been SO hectic).
However I did have time to knit two pairs of mitten things.
The dashing fingerless gloves are from knitty.com. I moderated the pattern on the cable to create extra padding for my boyfriend. I gave them to him after a bad bike accident involving the chain of a tow truck and his wheels (on a bike path!). His hands and wrist got cut up and I hope these continue to protect him. I finished them a few months ago but have been lazy to post.
The orange pair are mittens of my own design (long and tight) to fit my tiny but long hands properly.
I'm living in Montreal these days and needed something to cheer up the dreary and cold weather. These do just that! The orange is malabrigo and the gold is just thread I knit in.

Hope you enjoy them! (click to make big)

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7  mini corset and other victorian underthings, for a doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ambear on: November 23, 2006 08:23:22 PM
for a class i'm taking on 19th century art, i choose to recreate some of the undergarments women wore. being thrifty and oh 'so smart' i decided to reproduce these victorian costumes for a victorian doll.
lacking a real porcelain one, i present you with my value village find, and some of the layers i created.

this is the doll in her drawers (or bloomers) they are closed crotch versions and notice she has on her stocking already. because once you put on that corset, bending is no fun!

close up on the stocking seams:

some of the layers on their own:

on her, from the front and then the back (obviously)

notice the bustle?

this was a really fun project for me. i hope you enjoy!
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8  Re: Headline News: Cabled Newsboy Cap in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by ambear on: November 23, 2006 07:12:19 PM
this is my hat, knit in manos del uraguay (swoon) i didnt add the plastic but i did knit some wire into the brim to allow some stiffness. this worked out awesome. i have some closeups if anyone is curious
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9  who said yellow meant mellow! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ambear on: November 04, 2006 06:23:39 PM
this sweater was born from the single most horrible garment ever created: a big, baggy, bright yellow (mini) turtle neck sweater. it was originally purchased to make a lions mane with, but it wasn't needed, and inspiration struck. i don't have a before picture, but i altered it by taking in the sides and sleeves (alot!) and then adding some trees with freeform (ie messy) stitching.
i love it, as you can tell from the photo!

and a semi close up

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10  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make in Clothing Sewalongs by ambear on: July 27, 2006 06:07:39 PM
heres one i made for my friend jo
she plans to wear to a wedding back home in ireland
its modified to be way shorter, the way she likes things. also please note the back is quite lovely but she wouldnt take off her funny bra for the photo.

and then i made myself one! cant take photos of myself, so ill post later.
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