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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Knitted balls and tiny stockings on: November 14, 2011 06:35:33 AM
Quality of pic shabby cos of mobile. Quality of work smashing cos of patience craftster  Wink
I'm sewing like mad for a forum swap and to sell for an animal shelter on sunday.
Lot of work but all for the good cause.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Are you really a spindle? on: March 22, 2011 12:19:45 PM
A friend gave me two drop spindles. I never managed to do anything with them.
Looking here I discovered they dont have a hook!  Might be the reason why I cant drop spin to safe my life.
Am I a total blonde or shouldnt there be a hook in there?

They look like any other spindle, just no hook or hole where a hook was on either of them. Help?
Feel like a right plonker.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Balls, pins and needlebooks on: March 12, 2011 03:08:12 AM
Well, just the one of everything but I finally got the connection between phone and computer restored, Hurray.
So now just for fun, the only projects I bothered to take a pic of:

my first wonky wobbly BIG Amish puzzle ball

felted mouse with catnip inside for hours of fun:

what to make from the cuff of a men's shirt?

Buttoned up

Oh a pincushion as well

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Little cape on: February 26, 2010 09:23:29 AM
Decided it was time to sew myself a little cape. This is actually a testrun for a gorgeous brown velvet I've got in the cupboard.
Nevertheless, this came out jolly good an I'm quite pleased.
It needed a little extra to brighten it up. Otherwise it appeared a tad stern  Wink
So quickly an organza flower was added and hey presto!

Beneath a shot of the cape in its entirety. I love classic clothes that could have been worn 50 years ago.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 17th century sailors hat on: February 26, 2010 02:16:17 AM
A few weeks ago knitters were invited to come and knit in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
They have a good collection of 17th century woolen hats used by sailors. The sailors were buried with their hats on at Spitsbergen during the time of whale hunting.
So in the cold earth, the hats remained in good condition.

A painstakingly labour of love to restore a few hats at the museum, resulted in understanding the pattern. The hat was first knitted, then felted.
The original 400 year old one.

Now I picked wool that the seller assured me, would knit well and felt. WRONG!
It knitted well and wouldnt felt for love nor money.
So I unraveled the hat to which I was developing a mild hatred at that point. Knitted again, this time smaller and out came a double knitted hat, warm enough to toast your head or boil an egg underneath.


Historically correct, a 17th century sailors hat, tadaaaaa
6  EUROPE / GERMANY / Any Craftsters in the Altmark area? on: February 20, 2010 07:40:46 AM
Hello Germany. Part of the year I spend in the Altmark, very near to Wittenberge just across the Elbe.
Are there any craft-savvy people over there? As lovely as the area is and as much as I enjoy living there, I feel craft isolated.
I speak German and would like to meet people in the area for chitchats and inspiration.
Will be checking in around late march or early april again there.
7  EUROPE / NETHERLANDS / Iemand mee naar de zaterdagmarkt in Utrecht? on: January 29, 2010 04:49:30 AM
Zou iemand zin hebben op zaterdag 13 februari op de markt in Utrecht rond te slenteren? Misschien een lapje bekijken, een kopje thee drinken en wat kletsen over handwerken in het algemeen?

For the English speakers in Holland
Would anyone like to meet up at the fabric market in Utrecht february the 13th? Drink a cuppa tea perhaps and have a chat of crafts in general?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog coats on: January 13, 2010 10:04:55 AM
If mods feel this should be in another section, please move them. As it's my first post, I'm not sure where it should be.

A friends dogs are older and thin-coated. It's snowing and freezing pretty strong here now so a coat for doggie came to mind.
First made a model for the whippet out of an old sweater. Very warm!
Got 1 square meter of fleece and two dogs now are wrapped warm.
Most important for the whippet is its neck and belly, the older small dog belly.
The dogs seem to like their coats and stand willingly to be dressed when they go out.

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