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1  Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by new_bee on: January 23, 2011 09:17:50 AM
Wow, I love what's been presented up to now, it looks amazing.
And you are all so quick. I finally bought a kit I had my eyes on for months, but I guess I'm a little insane for this is my first try at crossstich ever and this motif has 10.5 stitches per cm and around 470x520 stitches in total. So far I have been working at it for about 5-6 hours and it's a little bit frustrating because I covered so little space. I mean I knew that it would take some time, but this much...
Well, anyway here's how it will hopefully look like:

And this it what I managed so far (cent for size referance):
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2  Cable Fingerless Gloves in Crochet: Completed Projects by new_bee on: January 07, 2011 03:13:03 PM
So, some time ago I decided to make myself wristwarmers (or would you say fingerless gloves?  Huh I always mix up stuff like that). I already had some but they were a present by my dad and a little too big ("Really? They didn't fit me..."). At first I wanted to take a pattern from here and had even set my mind on one, but gifts for birthdays and Christmas kept me from doing them for a month or so. Last sunday I decided to finally start them but I wanted to make up my own pattern, which is a first for me. Inspired by the current challenge I didn't go for 'something with holes' but cables.
So, after  I learned how to do them and purchasing some yarn I started them. I didn't want the cables to run lenghtwise as usually but around my arm. So I started but having 5 rather thick cables next to each other looked, well a bit boring and very thick. I then ripped everything apart and altered some of the cables - thin ones without a 'break' of simple fpdc on the outsides, then the normal size without the 'break' and in the middle two normal ones.
They are pretty simple, I didn't even do different lengthes or something but simply sewed them together at the ends. Still, I like them very much, they are nice and warm and cozy, and I would be proud anyway just because it's my first project.
So here they come:

the two of them together:

and me wearing them:

C&C welcome Smiley
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3  Re: Journal for a month swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by new_bee on: January 03, 2011 09:47:24 AM
Oh gosh, I have been absent so long, there is so much I have to make up for. I am really sorry I was, Smmarrt knows why, but I should have come online to at least say that I was still in... Anyway, my package is sent at last, and I also received mine last Friday - I blame the snow for the long time it took.
I only just looked fleetingly at all the photos, but what i did see looked great.

Now I've seen that Smmarrt had already posted pics of her package but has taken them down again, so you might have seen this before. I do really love what she sent, the journal was very large and I loved the paper. It wasn't the normal white, but rather brownish (but nice!), and she often used prints or a dotted background.

the small crafted item she sent was a necklace made from a stone of domino which I think is a really great idea:

in addition she sent some supplies and other small items, namely: two handmade notebooks, flowers to iron on, buttons, buttons (I don't know the English word, circled pins?), cards and envelopes with a stamped bird/frog, pencils (which I used already), two cards with recipe/crafting tut on the back, an instruction for a simple notebook, small cards with Happy Birthday/I love you written on them and some blank cards to create ATCs - I hope I didn't forget anything, it was so much and so awesome!

and a close up of some:

Thank you so much, Smmarrt!
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