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41  Re: 2009 Color Craftalong in Craftalongs by kstaron on: January 11, 2009 06:38:38 AM
Well I don't know if it's got every color but the armwarmers and earwarmer I finished have alot of them.
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42  Re: hats! january - new year's resolution in Craftalongs by kstaron on: January 11, 2009 06:35:24 AM
Ok I kinda went overboard here. I made three.

1) an earwarmer tht will be a gift for my mom.  I used the Nakiska pattern from Knitty, modified it for worsted yarn and then had to pick up stitches and do some garter stitch decreases/increases to make it work for the number of repeats.  This was my very first time doing cables and reading a chart.

2)A cable headband.  Using my new found knowledge of cables I designed my own (first completely designed knitted thing) little headband for hairdo as opposed to warmth purposes.

3) A fascinator.  I've been admiring the steampunkish look and thinking about doing one of these.  My first try was not quite right the actual hair fastening was a plastic ponytail clip and the decoration stuck out three inches from my head in a not so flattering way.  During the messing around the clip trying to make it look right I mangled the peacock feather. The wisps of feather in there now are what was left after an unsuccessful attempt at pulling out the feather.  I exchanged the big clip for a smaller push clip and am really happy with the results.

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43  Re: 50 projects a year 2009! in Craftalongs by kstaron on: January 10, 2009 06:37:13 PM
I have to join this year. I lurked without posting and decided to keep track of my projects last year which totaled 129!  The projects I'm planning this year are mostly bigger and are more challenging so 50 is a good goal.

So far this year I've done (and will post pics soon):pics now here!
1) cabled earwarmer (first time with cables and charting)

2) Cabled headband which designed myself (can you see me beaming proudly?)

3) Recon of a too big floor length boring standard coat to knee length, empire waist ruffly collar and sleeve coat (undid nearly every seam in reconning it)

4) ribbon rosette pin to match trim on coat

5) ribbon socks of my own design

6)crocheted shoelaces

What I'm planning includes:
2 large knit scarves with lots of stripes (hogwarts and dr who)
a knifty knitter shrug
a knit tank
knit bathing shorts
2 knit pairs of socks
a knit tutu dress for my little Sprite
Reconning a pair of cords
reconning a shirt into a skirt/skort
Using remnants of reconned shirt and scraps to make another shirt
Making a bag out of comics for my DH
maybe some fabric bin type things
A corset for a halloween costume (and the rest of the costume)
music shaker
World of warcraft clothes for DH
poppet clothes
tree of life pendant
cookie monster hat
a goddess doll
various felt play food
A couple of dishcloths
I don't think this list ever actually ends.
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44  "Goin' to Grandma's" Pink Paisley Pajamas and Backpack in CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES by kstaron on: December 05, 2008 04:52:51 AM
My entry is a pj and bag set I made for my toddler.

My daughter is under two but just starting to be in the age where we might consider letting her stay all night with a relative. (Can you hear the "new parent angst" in my voice?) So I made her paisley pink Pajamas from a thrift store pillowcase set (and pj's for me from the sheets, but that's another post).  Then I made her a backpack to put her overnight stuff in. It will fit her pjs, a stuffed animal, and her toothbrush and maybe a change of clothes, a few stray cheerios....  She LOVES purses, backpacks and bags, anything she can loop over her arm and carry around.

I'l start with the embroidery on the Pj's. I'm insanely proud of it but I haven't a clue why.

The pj's, trimmed with yellow thrift store ribbon and various buttons. This is the first attempt at smocking. I love smocking!

Then the bag. I used an old  dress of hers cut off the top and flipped it so the hem was the top, cut a hole in the outside and embroidered a buttonhole and added ribbon for the closure. I added a strip of the pink paisley to match the pjs inside. Then sewed on some ribbon for the backpack.

And the bag modeled by Mistletoe the big white bear.

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45  Re: Buy Nothing Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kstaron on: November 28, 2008 02:18:19 PM
I got my fabulous package from Kayrun today.  (Get ready to wist away)

Here's everything. She sent it in a pretty striped box with polka dot tissue paper.

Blue and aqua slippers action shot. Been padding around in these all day, They're great!

A market bag. You can't see it really well but it's not just a pattern, the upper part of the bag is lacy.  The colors are wonderful.

2 washcloths and some bonus soap fading off camera shot. These go perfect for my house.

A cool blue calorimetry headband that is a perfect match to winter coat.

Thank you so much Kayrun!

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46  Re: Four Elements Swap (finished!) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kstaron on: November 21, 2008 07:39:26 AM
Sent out Ecstatics package today. Here's a teaser:

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47  the 12 - no the 4 days of Christmas in Quilting: Completed Projects by kstaron on: November 21, 2008 07:17:30 AM
Once long, long ago, sometime in the 70's I think, my mother started a cross -stitch project to end all cross stitch projects. She was going to make a 12 days of Christmas tree skirt. 

Sometime in the 90's, when my mom gave up cross-stitch (possibly because of this project) I got all her supplies including 4 completed days of Christmas.

Now at least 10 years later during a decluttering mission in my craft room I found the pieces.  Now given the hours (days, weeks, months) my mom must have spent doing these I couldn't quite bear to throw them out.  So I used some strips from leftover holiday fabric to make a border and made a table runner. 

I used a sheet for the back and quilted in the ditch around the frames. I didn't add any batting since I wanted it to be fairly flat. Here's a close up of the border:

I'm going to give it to my mom for the holidays. I'm thinking she'll get a kick out of it when she recognizes the cross-stitching.
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48  Steam punk desk set (now with tutorial pg 2) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kstaron on: November 20, 2008 01:54:44 PM
I made my husband a World of Warcraft desk set. Since he normally plays Gnomes I did it in a more steampunk type style with gears and contraptions. It consists of a mouspad redone from a freebie mouse pad from dell, a hand-bound journal from recycled paper and a gadget type pen that folds out. Originally it was bright green.

While I was at it I made myself a journal/pen combo in the same style using more victorian aspects of steampunk. Here's the whole set.

Just the pens:

The mousepad with the world of warcraft map on it. At the top I used brads beads and metal flashing to get a geared look:

For my journal I designed  the corset octopus. (all drawings are hand drawn due to a botch transfer but I had some faint lines  to work from in most cases.)

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49  grow-a-bag from prom dress in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kstaron on: November 20, 2008 01:41:18 PM
I took an old prom dress (10+ years old) and paired it with an asian print to get this grow a bag I made for the Buy Nothing Day swap.

Here it is all opened up for maximum hauling from the yarn store! (oops thatwasn't really in line with the whole buy nothing day theme was it?)

I like the idea so much I made one for myself too except the fabrics are reversed so the print shows and the solid is hidden.
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50  Handpainted patchwork bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kstaron on: November 20, 2008 01:38:29 PM
I made this for Buy Nothing Day Swap. I hand painted the  blocks with the circles using various lids and rings to make the circles. I also made her a swap journal using the same fabrics.

 I added inner pockets for a knitting pattern and needles. Then a closure so bag might decide to stay closed.

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