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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  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 

3  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:

4  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!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable knit fingerless gloves and scarf (image heavy) on: November 18, 2010 07:38:04 AM
I knit myself these gloves and scarf and I've been basically living in them since the weather got cold!  I'm especially pleased with the gloves since they seem to be everywhere in the shops at the moment, I'm a total trend setter Smiley

The gloves were made with Kat's Chunky Cable gloves pattern off Ravelry and the scarf was made with this pattern from Craftster!  It's actually the second scarf I've made with this pattern, I stupidly left the first one in a pub on Christmas eve and missed it so much I immediately set to work making another one!

The gloves (complete with shiny, just-out-of-the-shower face):

The scarf mark 2:

The scarf mark 1 (now sadly no longer with me  Sad )

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Transformer mittens on: November 18, 2010 07:24:11 AM
I knitted these for my boyfriend's birthday recently and I'm really pleased with how they've turned out!  I used a plain fingerless glove pattern and then altered a transformers chart off Ravelry to make it fit on the back of the gloves.  They knit up so quickly, I'd definitely make them again.  The wool is from New Lanark wool mill, a Scottish World Heritage Site that makes wool in the traditional way and the funds from the sales of wool go into maintaining the site as it's been for the past 150 years.  The wool is a complete bargain as well, if you're in Britain I would encourage you to buy from there!  I'm not sure if they do international delivery but it would be worth checking out!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Thrifted tartan pinafore on: November 17, 2010 09:35:19 AM
I bought the fabric for this dress from a car boot sale for 1.50, I still have enough left to make a second matching dress!

This was my first proper attempt at making clothes from a pattern and on the whole I'm pleased with it.  I lined the bodice with vintage satin from my stash and already had the zip so all in all it was a cheap project!  I think if I were to do it again I'd change the neckline, it's quite high and makes me feel a bit frumpy.  It also gapes a bit at the front (clearly my boobs are too small for Simplicity patterns!) so I want to unpick the front neckline and turn it into a v-neck instead.

Here's the pattern:

And here's my dress:

Unfortunately I don't have a decent photo of me wearing it, I'll have to remember next time I'm out and about!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Button-up chunky cardigan on: November 17, 2010 09:29:35 AM
This was my second attempt at knitting clothing for myself and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.  If I were to do it again, I'd make the sleeves and body slightly longer and probably change the collar slightly, it lies a bit awkwardly I think. 

The pattern was from from Ravelry, the wool was Rowan Scottish Tweed Chunky from Great British Yarns and the toggles were from The Hickory Tree on Etsy  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Large jumper to small and trousers to skirt! on: November 17, 2010 09:15:01 AM

I bought this men's fairisle jumper from a vintage fair and although I loved the design, it was far too big for me!  So, a quick trace around a jumper that does fit and some sewing...

I love the fit now, it's warm and snuggly for the winter!

Sadly I don't have a before photo for this skirt, but it used to be a pair of Abercrombie brown cords I bought for cheaps off Ebay.  I wore them to death, until they got splashed with bleach and then I set-to with the scissors...

It didn't come out quite as I'd have liked, it's a bit shapeless, I'm not sure how to get round that.  But it's great for uni and I can wear it with my new brogues (in the photo!) so I'm happy :-)
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