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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two Dishcloths - Harry Potter and Dr. Who on: June 06, 2010 06:24:41 AM
I was needing a couple more dishcloths, so I searched through patterns on ravelry and came up with these two. They were both very quick to knit, and I think they came out looking great. Thanks for looking!

Golden Snitch

Pattern here: http://insanknitty.wordpress.com/files/2009/05/golden-snitch-dishcloth-or-bib-pattern1.pdf


A second pic, just for fun

Pattern here: http://knittyfordrwho.multiply.com/journal/item/6/pattern_for_tardis_dishcloth
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dream Swatch coaster on: September 06, 2009 08:13:44 PM
I have had the Dream Swatch Head Scarf by Wendy Bernard on my to-knit list for a long time now. I finally decided it was time to try it out! I was a little worried that the "fiddly" bits of the pattern would be either too difficult or too frustrating for me, so I thought I would start out small. In my yarn stash, I found this small amount of cotton yarn left over from another project and thought it would be perfect for this. I actually used the entire amount of yarn I had left. Woo!

Thanks for looking!

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Stamped and Colored Valentine Bear gift tag on: February 11, 2009 03:12:51 PM
I'm not normally a paper crafter or a stamper, but a friend of mine invited me to a Stampin' Up! party. We got to make a couple little things so we could try out the different products, and I thought this gift tag was pretty cute. It's 3-dimensional with a couple of different stamps, hand-coloring on the bear, and a heart-shaped punch to thread the twine through.

Showing the 3D-ness:

And a less interesting photo showing the whole thing at once:
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Red and pink hearts for Valentine's Day on: February 10, 2009 01:12:03 PM
I was looking for something small and fun to knit the other day, and I remembered seeing a cute pattern for little knit hearts. I did a quick check of my knitting bookmarks and found the Mochimochi Land pattern here: http://mochimochiland.com/weblog/2007/02/free-pattern-hearts/

So here they are:

A close up of the larger hearts. Knit in naturallycaron.com country, colorway Claret and Yarn Bee Cameo, colorway Tourmaline, held double

And a close up of the smaller hearts knit in naturallycaron.com country

I aparently totally suck at seaming, so some of the hearts ended up a bit, um, misshapen. But, overall, I'm pretty happy.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Award-Winning Chocolate White Chocolate Cookies on: February 03, 2009 02:58:47 PM
When I was in elementary school, I was in 4H. I was really into cooking for a while, and when I was about 10, I entered some cookies into the county fair. They won a purple ribbon, so I got to go to the state fair. That was pretty exciting in and of itself, but then I won a purple ribbon at the state fair too! It was a pretty happy time for me.

Anyway, I hadn't made those cookies for a long, long time. This weekend, I thought it was about time I tried making them again. They were just as good as I remembered. Soft and chocolately with just the right amount of white chocolate chips. The 'secret' ingredient is pudding. Now on to the pictures!

On their way into the oven:

Chillin' on the cooling rack:

And a bit of a close-up, just for good measure:
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bag Perfectly Sized for Holding Manga on: January 29, 2009 06:29:24 PM
Random bits of vintage fabric plus some free time = a new bag! I was just sort of messing around and I thought, hey, how about I make a bag that's about the size of manga. Four of them can fit in here. The outside is a fun vintage print and the inside is lined with a plain white vintage fabric. So that's how I ended up with this:

Front with Flap Closed:

Front with Flap Open:

Back with Tiny Patch Pocket:

I'm not really happy with how the flap and handle worked out. Because of that, I haven't ever used the bag, even though I finished it over a year ago. But I love the outer fabric and it was fun to make, so I guess it's okay.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Paper Envelopes on: January 08, 2009 01:22:17 PM
Like many people here, I have a hard time getting rid of anything that might possibly be of some potential use in the unseen future.  Wink Because of this, I had a growing stack of catalogs just sitting around. Finally, I thought, envelopes! They are announcement style envelopes with a square flap. They're size A2 (about 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 in.). I think they're pretty cute.

Knitting Catalog:

Anthropologie Catalog:

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Repurposed Screen Door on: August 01, 2008 05:02:24 PM
Well, some of you might not consider this to be "reconstructed" because I took a door and made it into a...door! However, since it's no longer useful for its original function, I thought it should go here.

First off, a bit of a story. I'm a graduate student who has been home for the summer and staying with my parents. My bedroom here has never had a door, and that's never been a problem. The bedroom is in the attic and that's all that's up there, so if you stand at the 'door' to the bedroom, you're just staring at a staircase. But while I was in school this past year, my parents adopted two kitties. Two very curious kitties. Who like to lick your ear while you're sleeping. Not a great way to wake up. So I needed a door. Since it also gets pretty hot up there, I also needed something that didn't block all the air flow while still being able to block a cat.

Anyway, here's what I came up with: I took a salvaged screen door, removed the rusty screen and 5 billion old staples. Then I used a lot of elbow grease to wash and scrub a bunch of flaking paint and just general grime. Instead of a screen, I decided to use fabric. Less temptations for the cats if they can't see through it, but still lets air get through. The fabric is held tight to the doorframe with a curtain rod at both the top and the bottom of the fabric panel. I would love to take the door back down and sand it all down to a uniform color and then stain it. But I needed a functional door a lot more and a lot sooner than I needed a *pretty* door.

Now some pics:

From the hallway side. The small middle section with the spindles I left open. It gives me a place to grab to open it (since the handle ended up on the *inside* of the door) and the cats are too big to make it through. (I know because the smaller one tried to jump through, and she got her head stuck.)

Inside of the door, at a weird angle because of the stairs. You can also see that I'm working on a de-wallpapering project, too.

Close-up of the inside of the door showing the handle and a bit about how things are put together. Please excuse my shoddy sewing skills. Might not be very straight or accurate, but it gets the job done.

Thanks for looking!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / earring conversion question on: June 11, 2008 01:28:40 PM
I do not have pierced ears. I did once in my teens, but it didn't work out so well. My ears apparently do not like having holes in them. However, I love earrings! I was shopping with my mom the other day and was totally jealous of all the beautiful earrings for pierced ears.

So that's when I was struck by this crazy thought. Would it be possible to take some of those lovely normal earrings and somehow convert them into clip on/magnetic/whatever type earrings? Has anyone ever done this? Does anyone think it is even possible? Please let me know, because it would make me so happy to be able to wear cool earrings.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Anthropologie Inspired Caplet" from julsey723 tutorial on: January 27, 2008 03:36:01 PM
(Generally) following the tutorial here on craftster written by julsey723, I made my own Anthropologie Inspired Caplet.  I modified it a bit to make it big enough for my chest and swapped the ribbed edgings for seed stitch.

I knit it on size 11 needles from Caron Simply Soft, holding 2 strands together. This was my first knit garment and the first time working with 2 strands. Overall, I would say that I am pretty pleased with the results.

Here it is!

I'll probably wear it like this:

But I could also wear it like this:

And a close up of the pin/broach, just because I really love it.

Thanks for looking!
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