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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fionna and Cake! on: March 08, 2013 06:35:00 PM
I stitched this depiction of the Ice King's favorite fanfic heroine for QueenofMarigold in the IYP R22 Swap!

Oh, how I love this show and all it's bombastic-ness. I think Fionna and Cake are such a cool/sassy/clever addition.

For stitches used, I was kind of all over the place. My favorite parts are Fionna's hair and Cake's crazy French Knots!

Here's the back finishing:

That Fionna.
Here's some parting words of wisdom from her:
"I don't feel like I'm waiting to be noticed, I know who I am."

Thanks for checking out my stitchery!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Hobbit: Thror's Map on: July 01, 2012 07:43:41 AM
So I thought I would make my DH a little something for his birthday....

With the movie so close on the horizon I've been a bit obsessed. This is a mix of stitching and gel fine point fabric marker (for most of the wordage). I started out wanting to do a mix of browns thinking that would be continued in the movie as they did in the Lord of the Rings trilogy...but then I realized I only had a black gel fabric marker. I then mixed some greys in too for thread.

Here are some close ups of the stitchery...

After finishing I went to soak the washable blue marker away and then iron the piece as we are want to do...
I ended up with this weird BROWN STAIN smack in the middle of it!!!  Angry

After some anxiety I decided to tea stain my precious....

I LOVE the effect! I had never tea stained before and I can tell you it won't be my last time!

Now after DH's birthday (he was SO thrilled BTW) I have it up in our bedroom where I can see it every time I pass. (I SHALL PASS! Wink)
I framed it in a shadow box with pins a bit haphazardly....because what if the map wants to be something else in another life, right?

Thanks for checking out my Hobbit map!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty Bigger on the Inside Chart Question on: May 16, 2012 08:15:05 AM
Hello everyone and thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

Has anyone else cast on for this?


My issue is on the "Time Vortex Lace Increase Chart".
They have you repeat these 24 rows 7 times

in RED is where my brain skips...

Starting with a RS row, work rows 1 to 24 of the Time Vortex Lace Increase chart 7 times until there are 52 sts, incorporating an additional horizontal repeat after each vertical repeat.

There's probably a simple solution, but I've never come across this before in a pattern.

My brain hurts.
 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / House Stark PaperCutting on: March 14, 2012 07:56:28 PM
This was my very first papercutting, and I am now addicted!

I made this for MissingWillow in the Craft my Collectible Round 2 Swap. We both have a love for Game of Thrones and I hadn't yet had an opportunity to do any Martin-esque crafts. Wink

I really found this craft was great at helping to quiet my mind. So meditative.
I can't wait to figure out my next project!

Thanks for checking it out!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sew Lovely Fingerless Gloves on: March 10, 2012 08:06:28 PM
I made these fingerless mitts for my Fabric Basket Swap partner Wendiek.

I wanted to depict some sewing aspect (as that is her primary craft) and thought of the spool and scissors motifs.
Cute, but not enough.

I ran a "thread" connecting the 2 gloves together!
I need to make a pair of these for myself!

(Bit of a wonky "action" shot. I had to have my 5yr old daughter sit on my lap so she could take the picture "right side up" Grin)

The mitts are knit with Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool and the details are done in duplicate stitch with stash yarn.

Thanks for checking them out!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Doctor Watson's Cowl on: January 26, 2012 11:34:47 AM
I am in love with Doctor Watson. All reincarnations.
So when watching Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows I found an additional love.
Doctor John Watson's Scarf! Made by his beloved, Mary.
As I don't wear too many scarves these days (kids like to pull on them and I like to breathe!) I made a cowl version.

The brown is Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool
Grey is some unknown yarn from the Thrift Store
Blue is doubled up sock yarn from my stash that had the right color Grin

I used 2 blue buttons to join and a crochet edge for somewhat of a nice finish.

I did a 20 stitch cast on and then a 1X1 rib on up from there. I wanted it to look as it did in the movie around the neck.

Here's an action shot!

Because I'm silly!

Thanks for looking!

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / BBC Sherlock on: January 24, 2012 08:40:21 PM
My partner just received in the Sherlock Holmes Swap and I was really excited on how the hoopla I made her turned out

It's such a good show and I love the color tone they use.
I wanted to try a play in texture and really ran with a bunch of different stitches to fill the silhouette. For that I used a dark charcoal grey.
I'd never done a speckled stitch before and the top (sky) seemed like a good place to do it.

 To tell the truth, it was a bit hard to part with. Wink
But my partner was totally worth it!
My apologies for the picture quality, it was a bit late when I took them.

Thanks for looking!

18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Brave Sir Robin! on: November 03, 2011 12:02:33 PM
So I figure this is the last year I can dress up my little guy how I want for Halloween.

I present... From Monty Python's Holy Grail: Brave Sir Robin who had nearly fought the Dragon of Agnor, who had nearly stood up to the vicious Chicken of Bristol and who had personally wet himself at the Battle of Badon Hill.

I think Robin was the only choice I had as this 2 1/2 year old has some things in common with our Brave Sir Robin.
1. Both have Red Hair

Thanks for looking!!!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / TARDIS socks on: October 23, 2011 07:38:11 AM
These may not have taken me everywhere I wanted to go, but they took me where I needed to be. Wink

I was in the Doctor Who fill a box swap and made a knee high pair of socks for my partner.

The pattern is from Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tardis-socks-tribute

I could tell by the second sock I needed to make a pair for myself.
As I like a shorter sock, I had enough yarn left over to whip these up. Barely. Especially since I used the charcoal yarn for the heel and toe.

I altered the original pattern a little, carrying the ribbing over the foot to get the tardis doors represented.
Also, the rav pattern was a bit big on my so essentially I used a tried and true sock pattern I know fits me and applied the charts to it.

Thank you for checking this out!

And remember
Intellect and Romance over Brute force and Cynicism!
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Make it SEW Bag on: October 23, 2011 05:47:49 AM
Make It Sew!

This bag is highly inspired by a stitching Mindy Holahan did for her Nerdist Podcast visit. If you aren't aware, The Nerdist Podcast is the most AMAZINGly fun nerdy podcast out there. I <3 Chris Hardwick.
Here's a link to the podcast: http://www.nerdist.com/2011/09/make-cool-stuff-the-nerdist-podcast-edition/

Long story short. Chris is moderating a panel with Patrick Stewart (yes, him...swoon) and thinks they should open a yarn store together called "Make it Sew". Mindy took that idea and stitched a gift. I thought, GENIUS! So, in the middle of crafting for everyone else I decided to make a little something just for me.

The words are done by iron on transfer onto twill tape. I saw that method and wanted to give it a whirl. Besides, the font might have been a bit tricky to do otherwise. I cheated, I know. Wink

I am putting this post under Needlework and not Bags/Purses/Wallets because....I bought the bag! Sigh, did not sew the thing myself but instead found the cute JCrew burlap bag at a garage sale for 25 CENTS!

I liked the roughness of the bag itself so I knew I wanted to do the stitching a bit rustic too. (Not to mention, I had never embroidered a motif on straight felt before. Stitched a felt motif onto fabric, sure....)
Here's the back:

I love this bag and want to thank you for checking it out!
Enjoy your burrito!

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