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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What do you do with unsuitable handmade presents? on: March 29, 2012 09:39:14 AM
I have a dilemma.  My Mum knitted me a jumper dress a few years back and it is lovely.  It's moss green (my favourite colour) with cables up the front and it's so warm and snuggly.  The catch?  It's about 5 sizes too big.  I'm not exaggerating, the sleeves are about 6" too long, the length comes to below my knee (it's supposed to be mid-thigh) and the neckline is so low I would have to wear a vest underneath just to make it decent.

I don't know what to do with it!

It's been in my wardrobe for about 4 years now and I'm about to move house and am trying to declutter.  So the logical side of my brain says give it away, send it to charity, give it to a friend.  If I haven't worn it in 4 years, there's no point keeping it.

But the emotional, sentimental crafter in me appreciates the huge amount of time and effort Mum put into it and I can't just get rid of it.  I've thought about frogging it and reusing the yarn, but it's cheap acrylic stuff and I already have so much yarn that I don't have a huge drive to do that.  I could try shrinking it in the wash to see if I could make it fit, but again it's cheap acrylic yarn so I don't think it's likely to shrink.  I should just give it to charity but I'd feel so bad if Mum ever found out!

What do you guys do when faced with this kind of situation? 
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: tardis quilt on: December 02, 2010 09:39:16 AM
Wow, this most definitely rocks :-)
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 knitting rolls on: November 25, 2010 01:53:31 PM
Haha, thank you!  You could always make one for your crafting supplies - scissors, tape, needles etc!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wine corks noticeboard on: November 25, 2010 01:52:29 PM
Haha, thank you!  I used regular white/PVA glue and it seemed to be pretty solid, though I'd try and avoid spreading it in between the corks as you can see it a bit when it dries  Sad
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wedding present sampler on: November 21, 2010 11:02:31 AM
I made this for a work friend of my boyfriend's (tenuous, no?) who invited us to her wedding reception.  Andrew had already chipped into the work fund for a present but I wanted to take something more personal for her so I quickly whipped up this embroidery hoop. 

It was my first proper attempt embroidery and I'm pretty pleased with it!  It came out a bit wonky, mainly I think because I free-handed it rather than being sensible and finding a pattern.  Still, it was well received by the bride and groom and (allegedly!) up on the wall in their lounge Smiley 

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 knitting rolls on: November 21, 2010 10:57:57 AM
I made these knitting rolls out of old pillow case and duvet cover material.  I bought the sewing machine button from the Victoria and Albert Museum gift shop years ago so it's nice to finally see it in action!

I'm really pleased with the cable needle holder but the knitting needle roll came out too large I think.  If I was to make it again, I'd make one that only held 5-10 needles and make 2 or 3 of them, rather than trying to make one that held all my needles in one roll, it makes it quite clumsy and awkward to roll up neatly.  Still, it's a great way of keeping my needles in one place and organised!

Cable needle roll:

Knitting needle roll:

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: happy new chair cushions on: November 21, 2010 10:53:26 AM
They look great!  So bright and cheerful!  What are you planning to do with the wood?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wine corks noticeboard on: November 21, 2010 10:52:06 AM
I've made a few of these vinyl-and-cork noticeboards and am pretty pleased with how they've turned out!  They make quite a talking point when people see them in your study or kitchen as well, and they're so cheap to make.  I bought the vinyl record from a charity shop for 50p and spent a few months merrily drinking the wine I needed for the corks  Cheesy

Great Christmas present idea for awkward people like brothers or Dads as well!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cable knit fingerless gloves and scarf (image heavy) on: November 21, 2010 10:47:10 AM
Haha, thanks guys!

Striker923 - I really like the elbow length, they're great for wearing with 3/4 length sleeves or for layering over thin tees/jumpers.  This pair are pretty fitted to my arm so they can be worn under sleeves if needed, which is handy.  I think if you were to choose a style or size that was a bit baggier, you might struggle to fit them under fitted jacket sleeves etc.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Thrifted tartan pinafore on: November 21, 2010 08:39:40 AM
Thanks for the tips everybody!

Amazing_784 - be sure to post photos when you're finished! Smiley
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