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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / baby bunnies for baby beans 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
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / braided rug from clothing swap rejects 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.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / sparkle gloves and moderated dashing! 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)

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / mini corset and other victorian underthings, for a doll 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!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / art history nerd needs help (any costume historians around?) on: November 22, 2006 08:44:41 PM
hello, recently I was looking at the Michelangelo painting of Sybil in the Sistine Chapel, and I noticed that her dress is highly unusual. Anybody want to guess how its made, and what makes it stay up? I'd like to try and reproduce it, but have no idea where to begin for the bust portion.
http://cgfa.sunsite.dk/michelan/p-michel20.htm sybil (Michelangelo, sistine chapel)

also, if you're also an art history geek, and love fabric, check out the dress in this bronzino painting. its insanely gorgeous:
6  EUROPE / NETHERLANDS / hello amsterdam! on: November 13, 2006 07:13:03 PM
hello! i am currently studying art history, and am concentrating in fibre arts. we are always storngly encouraged to go out into the world of art and get busy so this summer i'd like to intern at a museum. i have an opportunity to live for free in amsterdam, and i fell that i shouldn't pass it up. however i can't find any information on museums that have textile collections. i'd also be interested in learning about craft practises of the netherlands.
if anyone can name a few places to begin my search i'd be really grateful.
thanks, amber
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / who said yellow meant mellow! 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

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / a hug for nat on: July 27, 2006 05:24:17 PM
hello! recently i was at work trying to come up with what to do with all the odds and ends cluttering my life (yarn wise) and i was wearing my hug that i knit up a few months back (see: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=84076.0 ). anyways, my friend nat put two and two together for me, and as a reward i knit her her very own hug!
here it is:

btw it isnt really lopsided, its just the photos.
thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / marsupial yarn? on: July 14, 2006 02:09:19 PM
today i went a little crazy at my lys and picked up some gorgeous malabrigo kettle dyed pure merino wool in sunset and continental blue. i have a total of 430 yards and i'm thinking of making the marsupial tote from snb. i'm at work right now so i cant check the yarn and needle size for the actual pattern, so can anyone whose made it let me know?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / slightly insane swap idea. on: April 08, 2006 09:47:10 AM
hey ladies (and gentlemen) i am leaving in less than three weeks for mexico, by bus from toronto. i will be stopping briefly in major cities across the usa. and i want to swap something crafty (and small!) with someone in each city. i knit, sew, embroider and make random things. i draw alot.
i'll be stopping in these cities for at least half an hour. the full scheduale can be found here: http://www.greyhound.com/scripts/en/TicketCenter/Step3.asp under scheduale 4140


and obviously Buffalo NY and Laredo TX.

it would have to be something really small, but i think this could be really fun. If anybody is interessted let me know!

thanks, amber
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