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1  2 dresses, a skirt and a top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lozzieozzie on: May 16, 2012 04:16:20 PM
So, I've not been about in a while, life appears to have thrown an entire lifetime's worth of crap (for about 10 people!) at me, and things have been tough, but I'm slowly on the mend. I've been out of hospital (hopefully for good) for about six weeks now, and am getting ready to start back at work.

My concentration is still shot to pieces, but I am slowly starting to get some of my crafting mojo back. Things are taking me about 10 times longer than usual, but I'm getting there, and I just wanted to share a few things I've knocked up on my beloved Esmeralda. Nothing special, so I've just lumped them all together in one post; hope that's OK Mods?

Polka dot dress (polka dot have become my new obsession - I even bought a blusher in a colour I didn't want the other day, because erm...the tube matched my new dress  Roll Eyes )

No real pattern, I just kinda made it up as I went along; like I say, rubbish concentration

Flowery dress with pink darts/bust. I saw a pic of something similar on the internet, and just kinda eyeballed this as I went along:

Skirt using the same polka dot material, with white piping detail. You can't see on the pic, but I managed to find fab matching buttons, and it also has a jewel heart detail button:

Top, using an old purple top I had, and a skull and crossbones scarf that was on clearance in primani, so it was basically free (yes, I am that cheap  Grin), but the purples matched identically, and I love skull & crossbones! I accidentally cut the bottom off both the front and the back (see, no concentration!), so i took the opportunity to put a dart in the back, to give it a bit better shaping. I basically just cut the arms off and re-hemmed around, and cut a section off the neck to make it a gathered bust thingy:

Like I say, nothing special, but it feels good to be getting back into it again, albeit slowly.

Thanks for looking

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2  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by lozzieozzie on: September 11, 2011 07:20:07 AM
great idea J_Kieviet! I felt bad for saying all your hard work terrified me!

Loving the dust mitts TSM - what a good idea. Dust plays havoc with my skin, so those would be great for me - think I've just found another project, lol!! I've also been reading the old knitalong sampler quilt posts - so many great patterns, I want to make a start on of one those two.

I've finally finished the boring socks - I just don't have the patience for such thin wool and needles unless the pattern is complicated enough to hold my attention, and these weren't!

Sorry for the poor quality pics - it's really hard to take a good picture of your own feet! The pics don't show it too well, but in the top half of the rib, there is a sparkly pink thread knitted in there for extra prettiness. The variation in the wool wasn't quite what I was after, but it's OK, and the birthday girl loved them which is what it's all about, eh?

Considering how bored I was, I'm partway through another pair (for me this time!) in chunkier fair isle effect wool and I'm loving it! I intended to use circular needles, but I tried, and failed - again!!!

I'm working up the courage to go to a local knitting group tomorrow, so if I manage it, I might find someone that can show me in the flesh!

Right, better go - should be doing homework - does Craftster count as research??  Roll Eyes
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3  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by lozzieozzie on: September 04, 2011 02:35:19 PM
love that tie curtain - and those handmade beads!

Would you mind sharing (roughly) how you made them?

I've finished off a crochet spiral cushion in black and pink to go with my spider web afghan (sorry for the crappity pics - just couldn't be bovved!!  Smiley )

It turned out enormous, so I had a bit of trouble getting an inner big enough, and the one I have is still a bit too small, but it was the best I could do.

That puts me at 33/50 - woohoo!

Right - must go finish the birthday socks, and stop 'pro-crafster-ating' lol!!  Grin
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4  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by lozzieozzie on: August 23, 2011 02:02:15 PM
Hi guys, hope everyone's OK.

Redstar - looooove that pillow! It's fab! pattern is bookmarked! I have some leftover skully material I might mix up with hot pink for it.

Sheepblue - lovin' the blog! You're all logo'd up it's so exciting! I saw that gnome hoopla on the fake swap craftalong (I think? maybe wrong), and it gets even cooler every time I see it!

I have finished a few projects off, putting me at 32/50 so I have pics!

I have made a ruffle scarf for my mum's birthday

Full post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388966.0

I also made her a frosted wine glass (couldn't even manage to get a semi-decent photo):

I'm hesitant to give this it's own post, as I think it's a bit, well... crappity.
I didn't have the right stuff to make the stencil out of, so I used double sided tape - people don't do this!!
Everything was OK until I had to peel it off, and it took loads of the frosting with it, but then I couldn't get it off the sodding glass! Cue hours of scrubbing with windowlene and cotton buds. End results: I don't like it, but my mum says she does, which is the important thing.

Pic of all her goodies together (minus the malteasers!) with the handmade gift bag. Blatant advertising, as I knew she was taking it back to work!  Grin

I've finished off a crochet scarf for my friends birthday (three weeks early - what's going on?!)

Full post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388967.0

I love this, I wanna keep it!

I've also finished off crochet socks for the same friend's birthday:

Full post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388968.0

I've got to go away for a few days, and I need to take something to stave off the boredom, so may make a start on a starghan for myself this time. Things are a bit tough at the moment, so I'm trying to make an effort to do nice things for myself.

Take care guys


ETA - Redstar, I've just looked properly, and you've actually used skulls! It looks even better now I've noticed that  Wink
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5  My first crocheted socks in Crochet: Completed Projects by lozzieozzie on: August 23, 2011 01:40:08 PM
After lots of frogging, swearing and strange yoga type positions, I have finally completed these crocheted socks for my friend's birthday.

The yarn is a lovely (mucho expensive!!) variegated yarn, but it's so thin! It started off as knitted socks, but it was so thin, it was going to take me for ages to complete, so I caved and crocheted.

I made the pattern up as I went along, but am happy to try and post up if anyone wants?

When on, these socks are almost quite holey (like those socks that you wear at first school - we called them 'virgin socks'  Cheesy, but I don't know their real name!).

This is just what I was wanting, as my friend is one of those people that are forever kicking their socks off and moaning that their feet are cold, so hopefully these may help her out.

Thanx for looking!
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6  Silvery blue crochet shawl/scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by lozzieozzie on: August 23, 2011 01:31:15 PM
I made this for my friends birthday this weekend:

It's a mohair/wool blend in a gorgeous silvery/ice blue colour, with a silvery thread running through it. My photography skills ahem *rubbish camera* just doesn't do it justice, it's gorgeous, and really silky soft with a lovely hang to it (is that the right term?)

It's another 1970's wool that I picked up at a sale for 1 for both skeins.

A shot of it spread out to show the pattern:

It's loosely based on the festival scarf on ravelry, but I kind of went my own way because a) me and the pattern weren't really getting on (it was an uneasy truce!) b) I had a limited amount of yarn, so had to stretch it.

A close up of the edge showing the detail and blocking effect:

I absolutely blocked the hell out of this beastie to stretch it as much as I could and to get the lovely 'pointy' edge.

I hope you like, and I'm really happy with this little lovely, don't want to give it away - she's lucky she's my best mate!

C & C's welcome, thanx for looking!
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7  Crochet ruffle scarf, or things I learned NOT to do in Crochet: Completed Projects by lozzieozzie on: August 23, 2011 01:14:55 PM
I crocheted this up this weekend for my mum's birthday today:

Thankfully she loved it, however it has taught me that there's always new things to learn...

1) If you buy 1970's yarn from a clearout sale; you have what you have, no ordering extras
2) A ball of yarn (especially if fluffy) always looks like it will be longer than what it is
3) Cutting back crochet and crocheting over the edge is a royal pain in the 'harris'
4) Hand wash really means hand wash, NOT the hand wash setting on the washer
5) Mohair should come with a face mask - I swear I'm still coughing up and sneezing fluff...

It was a really simple increase pattern that I kind of made up as I went along, but if anyone would like extra info/tute, I'm happy to provide.

With normal wool, I could have probably knocked it up in a few hours, so not difficult at all really.

C and C's welcome as always!

Thanx for looking  Grin
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8  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by lozzieozzie on: August 17, 2011 10:29:35 AM
Always - I love that scarf! And I also love how it was just an afterthought on your post, y'know like 'oh, and I made this...' like it was effortless!! How do you churn out so many gorgeous things so quickly?!?!  Huh

Sapphiremoon - you're already at 32, well over half way there - you'll do it!  Wink

Pics for another two off my list (well one on original list and one added)

21) Try newspaper gift bags Done!

I used this tutorial:
I made a practice one with newspaper, to make sure it worked out OK(although I do quite like this in its own right), and then I made the 'for-real' one out of wrapping paper to give the gloves in. I doubled the wrapping paper over using double sided tape (we should get shares in that stuff in our house Grin) and made the bag up using more double sided tape for neat-ness. Then I punched some holes and threaded some ribbon through.

I think I might use a similar technique with some brown parcel paper for some commissions I have - maybe try making a stamp of my logo on the side?

50) Another pair of fingerless gloves - DONE!

I'm counting these because they still take a fair while to knit up

..and just because I'm really chuffed, my new score from yarn sale/giveaway:

There's some gorgeous stuff here, mohair, patterned sock yarn, beads - loads! and it only cost me 28 (about $45 I think?) Score!!
All the stuff on the big reels on the left was free, so I'm going to try some weaving methinks, and the rest was all bagged up at 1 bags. The beads were a penny, and the lovely shiny threads were 5 for a pound. I even got a metre square of velvet for 1!
The silvery and the purple mohair are earmarked for shawls, but the rest I'm not sure about  - I want to do something nice, and a maybe try something a bit 'out of the ordinary', since it was as good as free, so any ideas from you crafty peeps would be brilliant!

On a whiny note - went to get some fabric for some orders today, and the woman in the shop was so rude and unhelpful - until she spotted my bag that I'd made, and realised I'm that person that spends loads of money in their shop, and then she was falling over herself to be helpful - nice, eh?
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9  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by lozzieozzie on: August 12, 2011 10:36:21 AM
I second Always on the writing!!

Some more amazing stuff on here - just too many to mention!!!

Two more things completed off the list (although I'm sure it's more than that - why can't I remember?!?)

Finally finished the ridiculous blankie (it's even too stupidly large to get a good picture!):
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Full post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388171.0
I NEVER want to see another granny square again - well for a bit!!

And my first attempt at an altered altoid tin (wow - that's quite hard to say actually!):

I have a long way to go before I reach the skills of some on here!
Full post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388174.0

And I've started another:
28) Make something quilted. I have started this - I've cut out some squares for a small memory quilt/cushion - I'm a bit scared of cocking it up to be honest!

I also have two socks done - no not a pair! I got bored after I had to frog my first knitted one, so at the moment I have one knitted and one crocheted sock!!

Will also be throwing out another pair of fingerless gloves for a pressie this weekend, and I re-stocked my wool stash last week - wahay!!!!

The yarn shop by me was having a ridiculous sale, and was also giving things away!! So I went! (of course!) and I spent! I got a mountain of stuff for not a lot of money, so I will also be spending happy hours working out what I can make with stuff! (I have a pic of wool mountain if anyone is interested?)

Although - I have to say, I thought Crafters were a nice bunch - hell, these women were vicious!! I prob could have got more free stuff if I could cope with the filthy looks and the elbows, but that's just not for me!

Has any one else ever seen wool rage? It's certainly a new one on me!

Does anyone know if we have an Aug challenge yet - have I missed it?!

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10  Altoid virgin! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lozzieozzie on: August 12, 2011 10:16:20 AM
I was in my local pound shop the other day, waiting to pay, and I saw a stack of altoids. I had a look, and they weren't veggie friendly, so I put them back - but as I was putting them back, I thought - OOOOHHH (actually I think I might have said it out loud!  Embarrassed ) Craftster - altoid tins are good!!

So after palming the mints off on someone (probably think I'm a bit strange - 'you like mints don't you? Good, right, here you go - I only want the tin!'), I settled down to a bit of research, and here is the result!!

Would just like to say here - Rackycoo - you are a total inspiration - I am in awe!! Whilst I realise mine looks nothing like yours (complete altoid newbie), you certainly filled my head with shiny ideas!!

Front shot:

I used the lonely hearts pages from a local newspaper, and cut out the funniest most interesting sections, and backed the main parts of the tin with this. I used pages from a notebook I had for the sides and decorative parts. I just used a fineliner for the Beatles wording

From the top:

I used a Sharpie to add the decoration in (and cover up the bits I messed up with my blunt blade), and the beads around the edge are glue-gunned (is that a word?) on. I threaded the beads for the top onto invisible thread first, and then glued them down in one go - much easier!!

The inside:

More lonely hearts here, and individual pearly beads stuck into the bottom (me and the glue gun fell out a bit here - I glued my finger to my cheek!!  Cheesy )

The ribbon in the lid actually looks much better in real life - it looks a bit skanky here. It's kind of ruffled, because I couldn't get it to lie flat around the corners (I was in a rush to take these - I did tidy the edging up after). I then glued some beads and tiny hearts in a cluster, as it looked a bit bare.

I used a black sharpie to run around the rim of the tin, to tidy it up a bit.

The back:

More lonely hearts and notebook paper, along with a quote in fineliner.
The box was actually a present for someone, so whilst the quote might look a bit random, it's actually quite meaningful.

I actually really enjoyed doing this, and I think I've found another craft to add to my list (like I need any more!). Next time I will definitely not be so impatient, and wait until I've bought new blades!

It's not a patch on some of the ones on here, but I think for a first effort, it's not all that bad, but any c and c's are very very welcome!!!

Thanx for looking!

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