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1  Nursery (in progress) - pic heavy in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by MopTopStumptown on: March 08, 2008 10:39:23 AM
Our first kiddo is due in early May and we're starting to pull a nursery together.  Since we don't know what sex the babe is, we're going with fun colors that we like: oranges, blues, greens, and white. 

Here's the mobile.  My friend cut circles out of some cheap wood and drilled tiny holes in them.  I painted with cheap acryllics and strung them up with fishing line.  The top loop is actually the inner ring of an embroidery hoop.  Total cost?  $6  Entirely inspired by a Martha Stewart thingy (but hers was just paper and yarn, I wanted something with longevity).

Here are the curtains.  Mom came up and helped me with these.  They were surprisingly easy... it was just the prep work that was tedious (wash, dry, iron, measure, cut, etc.).  Maybe $15?

Here are some picture frames I strung together.  They're just painted (same cheap acryllic from the mobile) mats that I had laying around. The openings are about 2" x 1.5". Very small.  But I thought it'd be nice for the kiddo to have some silly images of us around. This was pretty much free since I printed the pics here at home and had the mats laying around.

And now I'm stumped.  We plan on getting a rug (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40107787) and some furniture, too.  But since it's a rental apartment we can't do anything fun like painting the walls.  Any ideas on how to lively up the room?
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2  Noro Scrappy Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by MopTopStumptown on: February 18, 2008 12:36:07 PM
I made this baby hat entirely out of scrap Noro Kureyon.  Was a little concerned about the scratchy factor so I used some leave-in-conditioner when I blocked it. Seems to have had an effect.  Any other "make this yarn soft" tricks that I should know about?  I used this free top-down pattern http://sasw.blogspot.com/2007/11/top-down-baby-hat.html.

  The colors are a bit off in that picture - while darker, this is a better reflection of actual yarn colors:

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3  Re: Typography Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MopTopStumptown on: February 08, 2008 06:18:46 PM
Ooooh, ruby_soho, you've made some fantastic things!  Spot on with the colors  (It might make a touch more sense to the other swapsters if y'all know that I'm having kiddo #1 in May) and types.  Yea!!

ETA:  Our little girl loves her onesies!
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4  Re: Ruby Mitts in Crochet: Completed Projects by MopTopStumptown on: January 18, 2008 09:07:47 AM
Thanks everyone!  I made up the pattern (you should see my notepad, it's a mess of scribbles... I kept forgetting to write down the color changes), but it's pretty easy.  Hold on - let me draw a quick sketch.

1.  Start with a base chain that = the length of glove you'd like to have.
2.  Work any stitch you like along that chain. 
3.  Continue to work your stitch for as many rows as it takes to wrap around your wrist. You should have a longish rectangle.
4.  When you've made the rectangle, cut a long tail (about twice the length of your rectangle) and pull it through your loop. 
6.  Thread a needle with your tail.
5.  Fold your rectangle in half (lengthwise) and begin to sew along the new seam. 
6.  Close to one end, you will need to skip about 1" of stitches to make room for your thumbhole.
7.  Continue to sew up your seam.
8.  When you reach the end, make a secure reinforced stitch and weave in your end.

OPTIONAL:  Add rows of additional stitches on the top & bottom of the tube for a more finished look.  Play with color change within your rectangle to make stripes or other patterns.

RUBY MITT NOTES:  I used hdc because it's a shorter, bulkier stitch.  Keep in mind what type of yarn you're using and what kind of stretch the fiber has.  Be careful to get a comfortable fit.  My first pair were too loose and my second were too tight.  The third pair were just right.  I also make extra reinforcing stitches just before & after the thumbhole.
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5  Ruby Mitts (now with tutorial) in Crochet: Completed Projects by MopTopStumptown on: January 17, 2008 06:53:39 PM

Made these for my friend who very specifically requested ruby and gray fingerless mittens.  So I prowled up and down the yarn store aisles saying "ruby, ruby, ruby, ruby... oooh!  you're pretty, but not ruby enough.... ruby, ruby, ruby..."  The color is a little off in the photo, but I did end up with a decent match.  Used Queensland Collection Rustic Wool and made a wide stripe of ruby on top and a thinner stripe on bottom. Her hands are much smaller than mine so the stitches won't be so stretched, but still a decent fit. :-)
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6  Tardis Onesie in Needlework: Completed Projects by MopTopStumptown on: January 12, 2008 06:18:50 PM

We're expecting our first kiddo in early May so I've started making things for the babe.  First up?  A big blue Tardis on a newborn onesie.  I can't wait to see our baby wear this.  Might have to do a Dalek next.  Yea, Dr. Who! Grin
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7  Newborn stuff - booties & hats (image heavy) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by MopTopStumptown on: January 06, 2008 06:32:25 PM
I can't stop myself, making baby stuff is just so fun that I keep making them!

This is from "Simple Knits for Cherished Babies", I think it's the garter stitch slipper pattern.  Here's the pattern http://books.google.com/books?id=Lci3qwLEMiUC&dq=simple+knits+for+cherished+babies&pg=PP1&ots=YsIgR9-Khz&sig=DMqgYeuiBCTYUubd0DCveledASU&hl=en&prev=http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=&q=Simple+Knits+for+Cherished+Babies&sa=X&oi=print&ct=title&cad=one-book-with-thumbnail.  Used Dalegarn's Baby Ull, one of my favorite baby wool yarns ever. 

The hats are all my own design and are also made with Baby Ull (http://yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=174). 

This bath was made using Kiddo Print, a Crystal Palace yarn (http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Crystal_Palace_Yarn-Kiddo_Print_Yarn-1781.html)
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8  birthday beanie for hubby! in Crochet: Completed Projects by MopTopStumptown on: November 05, 2006 07:24:31 PM
My dear hubby is so cute.  He watches me squirrell away with yarn for hours on end making things for everyone but us.  Once, a few years ago when he was just my boyfriend, I made him a blanket.  He was so thrilled to have his own crocheted item.  It was cute to watch him drag it around the house from couch to bed and back to couch.  

Since we just moved to colder city I thought that this year I'd make him a beanie!  I had a hank of Noro Kureopatora (they don't make it anymore... kinda a precursor to their Kureyon line) to play with so I did it.  I actually made him a birthday beanie!

It looks like this:  

halfway there by Mopped Top, on Flickr
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9  baby hats, lots of 'em. in Crochet: Completed Projects by MopTopStumptown on: October 05, 2006 09:27:11 PM
No, I'm not pregnant.  But a few of my friends are expecting little ones very, very soon.  So I've been cranking out baby hats like there's no tomorrow.  I already uploaded the pics to flickr and don't want to slam the bandwidth here, too.  So.  Pick a link, any link!

There are 6 more... but my camera batteries are charging.... and busy thinking of my next baby project.  Roll Eyes
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10  Yarn Stash in Crochet: Completed Projects by MopTopStumptown on: September 30, 2006 09:18:31 AM
I go through yarn like it's a bad habit.  At the bottom of my yarn stash lived a giant pile of yarn labels from my old purchases and projects.  Well... last night, in a moment of pure geek manic, I catalogued my yarn stash.  I drafted a quick form on MS Word and printed out a bunch of copies on cardstock (leftover supply from wedding invites).  Then I sat at the kitchen table filling in the blanks and taping swatches of yarn to the sheets.  After I finished recording the details, I'd recycle the label.  All I need to do now is find a 3-ring binder and use it to store the sheets for my new Yarn Stash Catalogue.   Smiley  I'm such a yarn geek.

Each sheet records the following details about a particular yarn:
  • Yarn Name
  • Manufacturer
  • Color
  • Dye Lot
  • Weight
  • Yardage
  • Fiber Content
  • Price
  • Washing Instructions
  • Special Notes

It kicks much organizational-ass if I say so myself.  They look like this:

Yarn Stash Sheets by Mopped Top, on Flickr
 Anyhoot.  They're already super helpful to have around, so I thought I'd share them with y'all lovely craftsters.  
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