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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks, shawl and cowl! IMG heavy on: September 19, 2011 05:07:30 PM
Oh my, I haven't posted in a while! Here are three projects I made during the summer (even if they are winter things Smiley )

Here are some socks made with a pattern from the book "Country Weekend Socks". That book has awesome socks pattern, I can't wait to start another pair!

Here is the details of the diamond pattern. It was easy to do even if it doesn't look like it!

I took the pattern for this shawl in a Knit Scene magazine that I bought last month. The colour is really off in this picture, it is a lot greener in real, the colour is grass green. And it's really big, the lenght is around 55-60 inches. I haven't blocked it yet, but it's the next step!

Detail shot!

This cowl comes from the book Cowlgirl, that is also a very great knitting book. I used Vanna's Choice normal and shiny yarns together (a normal pink and shiny pink and a normal grey and shiny grey). I really love the result!

The picture is horrible, but at least you can see that the shape of the cowl on me. Gonna keep me warm during the harsh Canadian winter!

And that's only part of what I did this summer   Cheesy
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Totoro cross-stitch on: June 21, 2011 07:51:10 PM
This is the cross-stitch I made for my partner in the OTT Miyazaki Swap. My partner said that she loved Totoro with his umbrella, so I had the idea right away to cross-stitch that image.

I found a pixel image of Totoro with his umbrella and I modified it so it fitted the number of stitches for a 4 inches hoop. After that, I took a small part form a background from an old videogame that had a kinda Miyazaki feel. Put the 2 images together and ta-da!

It took me a couple of days to stitch and I am pretty pleased with the result!

This is the picture that my partner put in the gallery when she received.

And this is the picture I took myself before sending.

What do you think?
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby blanket and bag! on: June 17, 2011 11:02:26 AM
This is a baby blanket I made for a friend who's gonna have a boy next month. She likes green and brown and more neutral colors and I decided to spice these colours a little bit with some teal. She and her husband loved it! It's a square, around 2 and a half feet long (and large)

Here it is with the fleece backing. It wasn't the best idea, since I don't have a walking foot and the backing was a little bit stretchy... I wanted to quilt on all the lines of the squares, but because I had problems with the backing, I only made a line in the middle in both directions.

Here is a knitting bag I made for my mom for her birthday. She chose the fabrics, so it wasn't a big surprise, but she loves it anyway, and uses it. The picture is not that good though...

Here is a closeup of the fabrics used for the bag.

I'm working on bigger quilts, can't wait to be done!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Link from Zelda Hat and Mittens set - featured in NINTENDO POWER!!! on: June 05, 2011 01:51:36 PM
I made this hat and mittens set for my partner in the Zelda Swap 2 and I got contacted by someone from Nintendo Power who wanted to feature it in the magazine. I was soooooo excited, but the problem was that he wanted high resolution pictures, and I only had taken one picture of the set before sending it. So I decided to redo a new set and take pictures of it. And it's really nice, because now I have my own set!

So here it is, in all it's NES glory!

Me with the set. I'm happy because it's one of the pictures that made it into the magazine!

Here is a concept picture with the original Zelda and Zelda 2 on the NES boxes.

Here is a detailed picture of the little Links on the hat.

And a last one, just for fun!

Now I'm thinking of doing similar sets, but a pink one with simplified Zeldas and a black one with simplified Ganondorfs.

UPDATE: Here is the grid chart I used as a base for the hat and mittens! I don't have the exact pattern though...
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Harry Potter cross-stitches on: May 04, 2011 01:48:39 PM
For the OTHPT2 swap, I made two cross-stitches for my partner, who are interchangeable in the frame I sent her. One is the Hufflepuff crest and the other one is a Bellatrix rocks sign (as you can guess, her house is Hufflepuff and her favorite character is Bellatrix).

I made a backing because I wanted the back to look good and because the cross-stitches were a little bit hard to get out of the frame. The little vertical pieces of ribbons are tabs that make the interchanging easier.

And a last picture of the Bellatrix sign, because I love it Tongue
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Updated - My first venture into quilting - 2 baby quilts and a bag! on: April 09, 2011 08:17:18 AM
Update! I've decided to add some padding in my friend's baby quilt, and I like it a lot better that way! I just removed the satin binding completely, added the padding, made the quilt lines and re-sew the binding.

Close-up on the padding:

I've just started quilting because I was searching for a nice, quick baby shower gift for a friend (and a little bit more original than knitting and crocheting, which is what I normally do Tongue)

Before padding! Here is my first quilt. The border looks a little bit wonky, but I'm still satisfied with it!

And with a shot of the backing, it's simple fleece. I didn't do any batting, but the fleece makes it warm... a little...

Here is my second quilt, for my nephew. I don't like the colours as much as the first, but the border and backing look way better!

With the blue backing. Again, no batting.

And here is a project bag I made for myself. It said to put interfacing, and I didn't have any, so I didn't... bad idea. It looks ok when it's full, but not when it's empty.

And a close-up of the nice fabrics I used. LOVE the one with the birdies.

As I said, I didn't use batting in my quilts, but I will for the next one. I have yet another friend who is pregnant (6 baby showers in the last year!), and I have picked some nice green and brown fabrics to make her a quilt. And I bought batting. Can't wait to start, I'm addicted to quiting now!
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Thing Miyazaki Swap Gallery! on: March 03, 2011 08:10:20 AM
One Tiny Thing Miyazaki Swap Gallery!

Here is the place to post pictures of the Miyazaki thingies you receive!

Blue: Sent
Green: Received
Purple: Sent and Received
Orange: Sending late with communication
Red: Contact Organizer immediately - you're in trouble!
Strikethrough: Feedback given

Rousseline <--> Glitter_is_good
DreamChild556 <--> dfabbric
drakiame <--> toribird
IdlersDesign <--> Shy
thelastkodama <--> AnarchyCupcakes
Radmom <--> amalgam
h-chan <--> Merliquin
mclied <--> slovakiasteph
knitpurl <--> zzdia
Sarabunny <--> Caitydid
Winged_soul <--> Interrobam

Link to the original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373361.0
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Skull Kid from Zelda painting, my best work yet! on: March 02, 2011 07:31:52 AM
This is the painting I've done that I'm the most proud of!

It's a 30 inches X30 inches pixel art painting of the Skull Kid, from the game Zelda Majora's Mask. I took the original pixel art on Deviant Art, made by Grynz.

It took forever to do, because I made a grid on the canvas with a pencil and then, I made a number code for the colour and I wrote in every little square (1 cmX1cm) what colour went there. Yes, I did that for the whole canvas and yes, I know that I'm crazy Tongue After that, I had a "paint by number" canvas, so I filled all the squares with the appropriate colours.

Here it is! the colours on the pictures are not as cool as in real, but it's not too too bad. The backgroung is deep blue even if it looks black here. You can kinda see it on the next picture.

Here it is before it was varnished and before I made the black band on the side.

Here you can see it on my wall, it fits perfectly in my living room!

I loved doing it, but the preparation is a bitch, I want to do more, but I'll try to find another way...

What do you think?

UPDATE: Here a couple of pixel shots so you can see what it looks like from closer.

29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Thing Miyazaki Swap (sign up: Feb 17 to 25 - send-out: March 26, 2011) on: February 17, 2011 08:53:09 PM
For all Miyazaki lovers out there!

Link to the Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=374605.0

Swap name: One Tiny Thing Miyazaki Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Rousseline
Sign-up date range: 17/02/11 - 25/02/11
Date to send item by: 26/03/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes
- Is at least 18 years old: Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

Do you love Miyazaki movies? Do you want a small, low stress swap? Than this is the swap for you! You will be crafting ONE TINY THING based on one of the Miyazaki movies from studio Ghibli. The item should be smaller than 4 inches by 4 inches, although I won't be overly picky about it. And keep in mind that even if the item is small, it should be crafted with a good level of skill. Add details and make sure you're proud of it before sending it!

You will have only one partner and won't be allowed extras. Make sure to follow the preferences of your partner for your crafting. For example, if you haven't seen their all-time favorite Miyazaki movie, it would be nice to rent it to inspire you!

Also, you'll have to write at least once a week in the swap thread to let us know that you're still alive and crafting!

Here is a list of the Miyazaki movies from studio Ghibli:
- Nausica of the Valley of the Wind
- Castle in the Sky
- My Neighbour Totoro
- Kiki's Delivery Service
- Princess Mononoke
- Spirited Away
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Ponyo
- Porco Rosso

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

What is your:
- Favorite Miyazaki movie(s)?
- Is there one or more movie(s) that you don't like/haven't seen?
- Favorite character(s)?
- Least favorite charatcter(s)?
- Favorite scene?
- Favorite quote?
- Favorite anything else(in the movies)?

- Favorite colour?
- Least favorite colour?
- What kind of craft do you make?
- What kind of craft would you like to receive?

- Are you allergic to anything?
- Are there allergens in your house (pets, smoke, etc.)?
- Do you have a wist or something else that your partner can stalk?
- Is there anything else you'd like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Rousseline <--> Glitter_is_good
DreamChild556 <--> dfabbric
drakiame <--> toribird
IdlersDesign <--> Shy
thelastkodama <--> AnarchyCupcakes
Radmom <--> amalgam
h-chan <--> Merliquin
mclied <--> slovakiasteph
knitpurl <--> zzdia
Sarabunny <--> Caitydid
Winged_soul <--> Interrobam

Link to the Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=374605.0

30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Triforce pillow on: February 04, 2011 05:50:10 PM
This is a Triforce pillow I made for the Zelda Swap 2.

It's my first ever attempt at quilting and I like the way it turned out, even with all the little mistakes.

The Triforce side:

The squares side. As you can see, the squares don't all line up properly, but I gained really good tricks on what not to do next time!

I'm now a fan of quilting! My next thing is a baby blanket!
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