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1  My first sweater: It fits!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by kristiface on: April 16, 2007 05:04:59 PM
I know this isn't really an original-- but at LAST I've finished my Hourglass Sweater!  I started this about a year ago and then set it aside when I got to the sleeves.  Then, last month, I decided to frog, refresh and re-knit!  I took a break around the end of the month and then started knitting furiously in the last week and a half to get it all done-- just in time to put it away for summer!  Ha! 

The yarn is knitpicks.com Andean Silk in Sangria-- I used about 7 skeins total.  I'm so excited that my first sweater fits and is wearable!  It's not perfect-- my increases are still messy sometimes and I think I should have made the body a little longer-- (it may get longer once I've blocked it) but it's awesome!

For more details about my experiences with this sweater, you can read about it <a http:"http://tinyurl.com/ywjcvd">
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2  Plethora of FOs-- including socks! in Knitting: Completed Projects by kristiface on: February 12, 2007 03:39:39 PM
I've been slow to post my FOs thus far.  But I've really been into knitting socks lately.  They are so satisfying Smiley 

Here's my first pair of socks knitted from a generic sock pattern in *The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns* knit in Cherry Tree Hill burnt maple sugar super sock:

The next pair is a modified version of the French Sock from *Knitting VIntage Socks*.  I love the way the sock turned out, even though I had some serious doubts about the colorway with the pattern and made changes to the design of the sock (the lace runs down the center of the back of the leg rather than the front and then down the foot; and, I think there is a mistake in the text of the pattern with the ribbing, because the ribbing is different in the pictures than on my sock, but nevertheless works). 

And not socks!  I also completed a scarf I'd started months ago and then made a cute hat to match.  The scarf is the short row rib scarf from the magknits.com archive and the hat is a generic hemmed cap from *The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns*.  THe yarn is rio de la plata (true to color and action shot below):

To see more pictures go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifex/ 

Feedback/comments/constructive criticism welcome!
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3  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by kristiface on: September 17, 2006 10:15:51 AM
Yay!  I finally get to share my photos from my very crafty wedding!  We had a great time at the wedding and on the honeymoon!  And we got so many compliments from people who loved all of the personal touches at the wedding.  Sorry there are so many pictures (it's hard to pick just a few) but I promise I'm not making craftster host the pictures Smiley 

Getting ready:

And pictures of the ceremony decorations-- I made the programs, reserved seating placards, and pomanders for the gazebo and aisle myself.  The vases lining the aisle were MS-inspired.

The Kiss and the first dance (we took dancing lessons and fox trotted to "A Kiss to Build a Dream On, which then became the inspiration for for our chocolate kiss favors).

Here's a good shot of the champagne flutes I decorated with our monogram; also a good shot of the table decorations I designed with the florist.  I made all the table numbers by buying cheap frames from the dollar store, spray-painting them gold to match-- the table numbers had verses from my favorite love songs on them (I Walk the Line, Such Great Heights, and of course A Kiss to Build a Dream On, etc.)


And finally, what's a wedding without cake?  We put pictures from our grandparents' weddings throughout the reception area.  The one on the table is of my grandparents eating cake at their wedding Smiley And finally us dancing the hokey pokey!

Sorry for cluttering up the board-- but I did so much planning with the wedding craftalong and just loved seeing so many other weddings from here-- I really couldn't contain myself Smiley 

If you want to see more (though, I can't imagine you would since I've posted what feels like half of them here) www.estrellaphoto.photoreflect.com click Kristi and Jared 9/9/2006 password is wellman

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4  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by kristiface on: July 25, 2006 08:21:43 PM
Yay!  The cardbox is finished (at last)!  It was sort of a disaster for a long time, because the spray adhesive I had used was cheap and didn't stick very well.  I managed to find some good ribbon to pretty it up a bit.  I still need to find a pretty bow to make it a little less... boring on top!

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5  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by kristiface on: July 21, 2006 11:03:07 PM
Alright, ladies-- I finally managed to get the hankie finished! 

The story: my grandmother and I were close until she passed away when I was 11.  Unfortunately, her wedding dress has deteriorated a great deal because it was never preserved so it can't be re-worn, or salvaged to use in the construction of my wedding dress.  So-- I decided to use a piece of her dress for my "something old".  My mother sent me a section of her lace that was in relatively good condition and I made a nosegay handkerchief from it.  The construction is not perfect (as you'll see) because I didn't have enough lace to make a proper border, but I managed to make it come together Smiley  I LOVE it!

Final product

The construction:

(close up of the lace)
I used two men's handkerchiefs to cut out two matching squares of fabric.  I used an iron to "hem" them.  I cut the lace in 4ths, and sandwiched the pieces between the two squares with one piece on each side:

Then I top stitched around the sides to finish it.

It may not have been the best construction, but I wanted to cut the lace as little as possible.  The middle square is admittedly small, but with two layers of hankie, I'm hoping it will be able to absorb a tear or two!
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6  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by kristiface on: July 10, 2006 09:10:28 PM
This isn't on my list of to-do's, but I did it anyway... and it was kind of fun!  Below, I decorated two cheap champagne flutes with crystals.  They're SUPPOSED to look like Ws... which I guess they mostly do! 

Now if I could just get around to the things that actually ARE on my to do list!
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7  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by kristiface on: July 06, 2006 09:33:04 PM
Okay, one more project down, one gajillion to go! 

Ringearer's pillow sewn this evening-- and darned cute if I do say so myself!

Next up? Finish cutting and hem fabric squares for under the centerpieces, sew a hankie using grandmother's wedding lace.
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8  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by kristiface on: June 06, 2006 09:13:06 PM
Okay... more progress.  Invitations were mailed out yesterday-- I've already received a phone call from a friend saying she LOVED them Smiley  Yay! 

I just finished my reserved seating cards for the first two rows at the wedding.  Hooray!  Next to-do is to finish the pomanders and make the card box.  Zipping right along ... 2 months and 1 week to go!

Sorry for the craptastic photos.  I did what I could Wink 
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9  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by kristiface on: May 20, 2006 09:27:22 PM
Ugh, I just made a long post and now it's gone Sad

Anyway, wanted to update with the crafts I've been working on!

I started on my pomanders for inside the gazebo and from the surrounding trees (cat shown for scale):

And we got the invitaitons finished and printed-- now I just have to address the last two envelopes and assemble stamp and mail the invites (ugh).  Here are the proofs (I haven't got pictures yet).

The paper "sash" that holds the whole packet together is simulated here-- it's actually made from a really pretty embossed, handmade paper I bought online. 

And here's my attempt at "calligraphy" using a pen/nib set and acrylic ink-- fun!:

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10  Charlie Brown Baby Blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by kristiface on: April 30, 2006 04:33:32 PM
So it's not especially difficult, but it's the first knitting project I've completed in a while and thought I'd share! 

The yellow is done in stockinette st and the black zigzag was done in a purl chevron over 22 sts.  I blocked it out so the edges would be staight despite the chevron in the middle.  This project really demonstrated the necessily of blocking to me!  I had designed it based on my gauge to be a square, but after knitting it up it looked more like a long narrow rectangle-- and blocking it returned it to the square shape it was destined to be!  I have learned my lesson, for sure Smiley 
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