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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Husband T-Shirt! on: July 22, 2008 06:41:53 PM
First of all, I have to say, this is my first actual try at stenciling with freezer paper.  This is my second go at stenciling, though; the first time I used parchment paper instead, like a doofus, and had a kind of hard time.  This was much much easier!!!   Roll Eyes

So anyway, I made this shirt for my husband!  Here's the quick backstory:  he had a shirt years ago that said "Waylon F***ing Jennings, That's Who" which some ex-gf tossed out.  I've always loved the idea of that shirt, so I decided to make him a new one!

Here's the action.

I used this photo of him to make the stencil on the front:

Thanks for looking!!

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kimono Style Sweater for a Bebe on: July 18, 2008 02:12:07 PM
This is the first clothing item I've ever knit!   Shocked

I used Lionbrand Microspun yarn, about 1.75 skeins total, to make this little cutie.  The pattern   is a freebie from the Lionbrand site.  I went for chocolate brown for my little (soon-to-be) sweetie!  It's very lightweight, so I'm hoping I can layer it over her onesies until it gets really cold here.

What do you think?
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Brand New at Stenciling - Two Baby Onesies on: July 16, 2008 10:35:51 AM
I am 100%, totally green at stenciling.  I only recently found a tutorial, and when I saw how easy it looked I had to try it!!  I got this crazy neon lime green paint and had a go at two baby onesies.  The first one I made a stencil for, the second I free-handed.  The light is low in these photos so you can see the paint clearly; it really is freaking NEON  Cheesy

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Teeny Bunny Baby Toy <3 on: July 08, 2008 12:44:08 PM
Today I needed a new project...this cutie fit the bill!

I used this pattern but modified the tail.  The pattern called for pulling through some of the stuffing as a tail, but I wanted this to be a baby toy (for my upcoming little one...5 weeks!!) so I made one up!  This whole thing only took about 2 hours and is also a total stash-buster.

What do you think?  I think she's sweet!!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pink & Brown Pillows on: June 28, 2008 03:09:01 PM
My husband and I are taking a sewing class, and this is our second project ever!

We each made the same pillow, so in the first photo you can see both front and back.  The second is a close-up of the two fabrics and the button.  The pink material was already quilted into little squares, and it was kind of a bitch to work with, but in the end I think everything looks ok.

What do you think?   Cheesy
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stretchy Toy Bag for Nursery on: June 28, 2008 09:58:00 AM
Many of you ladies have made/seen the market bag made by tragicheroine.  I love the versatility of this pattern and decided to modify it to make a hanging toy bag that will go on the side of the changing table.

Basically I added stitches to the rows and increased the number of times I worked the lace pattern. The only thing I regret is not switching to a much smaller needle size at the top.  You can see how the weight of the bag pulls at the buttons, and even though it's secure it looks a little wonky.  All in all I like it though! 
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First Sewing Project - Nothing Fancy but I like it! on: June 27, 2008 03:08:01 PM
My sweet husband bought me a sewing machine and signed the two of us up for lessons as a birthday gift!  Our second lesson was last Saturday, and our project was a simple zip-top bag.  This is my bag:

And this is his:

The fabric colors are pretty true to life, and the inside of his is navy quilted fabric.  He picked the outside flannel because he said the dogs look like they have bloody mouths, which is totally spot on.

We learned how to cut fabric, sew a zipper, make a pocket, and work with quilted fabric (that was kind of hard!).  We forgot to, what do you call it, finish? the edges of the fabric under the zipper, so you can see all those little threads and even the batting of the quilted fabric, but I don't care!  I'm super proud!!

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ostrich Bonnet from One Skein Wonders -- Help!! on: June 23, 2008 06:21:35 AM
I started the Ostrich Bonnet pattern from One Skein Wonders last night and realized this morning that I was in no man's land.  The pattern goes basically like this for the beginning:

(k1 yo) 3 times, *ssk twice, slip 2 kwise, K1, p2sso, K2tog twice, (yo, K1) 5 times, yo;  repeat from * to last 14 stitches, ssk twice, slip 2 kwise, K1, p2sso, K2tog twice, (yo, K1) 3 times.

For the first 19 rows of the pattern you follow this rhythm.  Starting out with 83 stitches, I ended up with only 16 by row 16!!   Lips sealed    I know that the pattern has some decreasing, but this is ridiculous. 

So, am I supposed to be knitting into those yo stitches instead of letting them slip off?
Or in the p2sso, am I supposed to be slipping two stitches over, or just picking up the second stitch and slipping it over two other stitches?

I can't figure out what I did incorrectly.  If anyone has done this pattern or can see where I'm going wrong, please give me your advice!!  Thanks!
 Huh Huh Huh

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Easy Stash-Busting Toys for Babies (plus a toddler hat) on: June 22, 2008 01:33:18 PM
I'm having a baby in August, and now that I'm home on maternity leave I decided to bulldoze through my stash of Sugar & Cream!  In addition to some useful (but boring) washcloths & burp cloths, here's what I've been working on:

I used a pattern for the knitted balls, which are seamed up the back.  The cube I just made up.  Each side has a different texture/stitch, and while it's stuffed pretty full the baby should still be able to grab it especially along the seams.  Here are two views so you can see the different colors (and maybe the stitches, although it was hard to capture with the camera):

This toddler hat is the first I've ever made on DPNs!!!!  I am so excited, as I mostly knit flat things or things like those balls, which were knit on regular needles and sewn into a circular shape.  It was a little tricky teaching myself, but the video on Knittinghelp.com really helped!!  This pattern is from One Skein Wonder:

It is very simple, as are the toys, but I really like them, plus I am going through my stash like crazy!!   Grin
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Extra copy of "Naughty Needles;" Want it? on: June 20, 2008 07:31:09 AM
I just got a copy of "Naughty Needles" as a gift, but I already had a copy.  It's brand new, and since I don't know any other knitters here who would enjoy it (all the knitters I know here at in the over 60 set) I was thinking maybe someone on here would want to swap me something, anything, for it...?  It's a first-come basis, so reply quickly  Kiss
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