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21  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by redflags on: January 14, 2011 02:34:57 PM
I finished my first zippered bag! This is supposed to be a very simple, quick project, but since I'm a sewing novice it took me...well, I don't want to say how long  Cheesy

I love it, and it's now home to my knitting accessories (stitch markers and holders, row counters, etc.).

Post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=370071.0

So here's my new tally:

Finished items:
1. Pillow for youngest son (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369560.msg4343911#msg4343911)
2. Finish basketweave scarf (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369562.0)
3. More wooden buttons
4. Pillow for my daughter out of her favorite (outgrown) shirt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369560.msg4343911#msg4343911)
5. Yellow polka-dot clip-in hair bow
6. Beaded necklace
7. Finish weaving my scarf https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368536.0
8. Add coins to chainmail bellydance belt
9. Make necklace for the Anthropologie swap "fake swap" craftalong
10. Zippered pouch for knitting accessories

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22  Zippered pouch- my first! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by redflags on: January 14, 2011 02:29:47 PM
I'm new to this sewing thing (which will become obvious when you see the pics!  Cheesy). I've sewn a hair bow and two pillows for my kids, but I hadn't tried following a pattern before. So when I came across this patter (http://flossieteacakes.blogspot.com/2009/05/lined-zippered-pouch-make-up-bag.html) I had to try it because I needed something to put my knitting accessories in.

You'll notice that mine looks nothing like the one in the link. This is because the zipper was sticking out further than the fabric, and I thought (in all my expertise) that that wasn't right, so I grabbed the scissors and halfway through cutting off the "excess" I realized the logistics of it and thought "OMG what have I done??!"  Cheesy

But in the end I saved it, sort of. The plus side is that now I know what I'm doing, and I now have a place to store my knitting whatnots.

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23  Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) in Craftalongs by redflags on: January 10, 2011 06:10:36 PM
Woohoo, I received from myself today!  Wink

I made a knit shirt-collar necklace inspired by this piece from Anthropologie: http://bit.ly/hnfGPh . I didn't realize exactly how quickly I'd get this done.

Here's my take on it (and the post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369682.0)...

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24  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by redflags on: January 10, 2011 05:39:15 PM
Busy again tonight! Finished my craft for the "fake swap" craftalong, an Anthropologie shirt-collar necklace knockoff (post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369682.0). I also finally put the gold coins on my chainmail bellydance belt (post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352164.msg4111924#msg4111924).

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25  Anthropologie knockoff shirt-collar/necklace (now with tute) in Knitting: Completed Projects by redflags on: January 10, 2011 05:33:08 PM
Update: tute added below

I joined the "fake swap" craftalong, choosing the Anthropologie knockoff swap as my goal. I saw this: http://bit.ly/hnfGPh and knew I wanted to make something like it, just not felted. I chose teal instead of grey, though I'm wishing I would have gone with a dark grey instead. This was incredibly easy and quick, and so now I'm looking forward to making more. That's a vintage clip-on earring at the center  Smiley

Terrible action shot first

I used size 6 needles and worsted weight, but you could certainly do this with any combination (I'm thinking lace weight on 4s would look awesome).

CO 2 sts
Row 1- k1, yo, k1
Row 2- k across
Row 3- k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 4- k across

Row 1- K1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1
Row 2- k across

Continue in pattern until it's the length you want, bind off and finish as usual. Sew two of the triangle's points together, and using the same yarn (or not!) make two braids (what you'll tie it on with). Sew the braids to the outer triangle points and you're done. You can leave it like that or add something to the middle like I did.
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26  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by redflags on: January 09, 2011 05:06:57 PM
I've been pretty busy this weekend, and it feels good!  Cheesy

First, I finished my ginormous basketweave scarf (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369562.0), and then recon'd pillows for my daughter and youngest son (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369560.msg4343911#msg4343911). I also made more wooden buttons. I ordered a woodburning multi-tool that's set to be here Tuesday, and I'm delirious excited about it. Pics, followed by my updated list...

Son posing with his new pillow

1. Woven scarf
2. Basketweave scarf
3. Knit hat
4. Pillow for daughter
5. Pillow for youngest son
6. More wood buttons
7. Hair bow
8. Beaded necklace
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27  Re: Craft along for ME- ongoing in Craftalongs by redflags on: January 09, 2011 04:44:23 PM
I finished my scarf! I'll say it now and without any shame- I am in love with it! I love chunky knits, I love the color, I love how huge it is, and I love that it's so warm. It's a lot of love  Cheesy

Post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369562.0

It felt good to work on something for myself, but now it's back to business as usual (family crafting, swap crafting, and so on).
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28  Enormous (wo)man-eating basketweave scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by redflags on: January 09, 2011 04:33:13 PM
Somehow, it happened that I'm the only person in our home without a scarf, despite the fact that I knit. But no more! I sat down a couple nights ago and decided I was going to do a big, fat, purple, basketweave scarf. So I did  Cheesy

It's mad heavy and overwhelms me a bit (it looks like it's wearing me), but it's super warm and I adore chunky knits. It worked up very fast because I used super bulky yarn and 13s. In total there's probably only about four hours of time in it. Not that it's a complex pattern (far from it), but if anyone's interested, here's how it's done...

CO 16 sts (or any multiple of 4. Or 5. Or whatever, really)
Row 1-4 k4, p4, k4 p4
Row 5-8 p4, k4, p4, k4
Repeat until it's the length you want

Pardon the horrible pictures. After a Winter of nothing but sun, we finally got our first snow  Smiley

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29  Kids pillows from old clothes in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by redflags on: January 09, 2011 04:20:12 PM
I'm completely new to this sewing thing, so these pillows are far from mind-blowing. However, my kids love them, so I'm super happy  Smiley

The first pillow was made from a Dr. Suess t-shirt and overalls, both thrifted (the denim is underneath the t-shirt and makes up the other side of the pillow). That was for my daughter. Once my youngest son saw it, he got the saddest 'Where is mine?" face, and I had to scramble to make him something. I felt so bad! It's made from a pair of corduroys and a felt applique (which is bar none the sloppiest I've ever made, but I was trying to haul butt). As you can see, he loves it (don't mind his messy chili face).  He's been carrying it around since I gave it to him  Grin

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30  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by redflags on: January 05, 2011 08:22:56 PM
Despite a monster headache and the grand-pappy of all panic attacks, I managed to get quite a bit done today! Nothing on my list, mind you, but at least I was productive  Cheesy

I also learned how to use my new dremel that came today! I freakin love it, by the way. I am going to poke holes in so much crap!

I made a big ol' hair bow (pictured here on our mannequin, Brenda) that is probably way ridiculously big for me, but I love it anyway:

And then I made this here necklace:

I started on another necklace, finished hot-gluing and glittering and fantabula-tizing one of the pendants going on it. And I also finished one of the items for my partner in the 3 Tiny Movie Things swap. Today was such a weird day for me, craft-wise, because I'm almost always embroidering, cross stitching, or knitting, and I didn't do any of those things.
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