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1  Shell Scrapbook :) in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by battlesheep on: April 11, 2011 10:29:32 PM

Here's my very first scrapbook... and it's constructed inside of a natural shell!  Grin  This one's *bursting* with memories.. literally!  Look at that shell!
I made this for my boyfriend for our first year together, about.. oh, a year and a half ago!  About time I post it, right?  I forgot to take pictures before I gave it to him, and he has been refusing to give it back to me for photos since.  (I had to sneak it off his desk!)  Smiley  I decorated the pages with images, shells, flowers, and assorted little items that I found or had kept from our adventures.

To all of you experienced scrapbookers -- I've got a question!  You know those little puffy white circles that you stick on the back of images, etc. and then to the page?  Well, I used those (can't remember the brand, sorry -- I picked them up at Michael's) and they started getting... "un-sticky" after a few months.  Can anyone recommend a brand that's of decent quality so that my next project won't be falling apart like this?  Or is this to be expected for this type of product?

I got the shell halves on Etsy, pre-drilled with tiny holes.  The seller (I'd have to look up the name) included some string and flowers as well.  A note for anyone looking to attach starfish to pages... they scratch the images!  Check out the second to last image with the huge starfish.  It didn't really cross my mind.. but, yep, it has scratched the opposite page.
I'm going to make another little book for our year 2.5 (I missed our year 2 -- damn you school!) coming up soon.  Smiley  I think I'm becoming addicted to scrapbooking -- I have built up quite a stash..

Here's the book and a few of the pages (I checked with him, and he's ok with posting these pages up here.. so, enjoy!):

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2  Green Lenox Square Throw.. with TASSELS!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by battlesheep on: April 11, 2011 09:54:24 PM
The tassels make it awesome.  Grin

Hey --
Here's my take on the "Lenox Square Throw" from Lion Brand (found here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90241AD.html).  I made this for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day (well, we don't technically celebrate Valentine's Day anymore because every other one in the past has been an epic fail.. but you get the point!).  He likes textures, so I decided to add four HUGE tassels on the corners of this throw.  Green is his favorite color and he loved the tassels.. so it was a win, for a day that has historically been full of fails.  Smiley

The yarn used was "Vanna's Choice" in "Kelly Green" -- it's soft, durable, green, and (most importantly for a guy like mine..) machine washable!

And here he decided that he would help me out and model it for me.
The photos get increasingly creepy from this point...  Tongue

Here I thought it would be nice to get a picture together with the throw.. but.... what IS he doing?!

OH, tassel down my shirt -- I should have known he'd pull that!  Roll Eyes

I love making him things.. he's always so appreciative.  Cheesy

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3  The Fornication Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by battlesheep on: April 11, 2011 12:07:50 AM
Here's my take on the Fornication Hat.  At first glance it's just your standard winter deer hat.. but look again!  Shocked
I made it for my boyfriend over the winter holiday season.  He wanted something... unusual.  Wink  Here it is being modeled by my boyfriend.  He's very pleased with it!  He enjoys wearing it to class to mess with fellow students and professors.

I used parts of two skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca, one black and one white.  It turned out *slightly* tight, but not unwearable.  My gauge for the final item came out a bit tighter than my swatch.  This was my first two color knit and it didn't occur to me at the time that working two strands would make it smaller.  So obvious now!  Roll Eyes

If you're interested in the chart (no, it's not of my creation), it can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fornicating-deer-chart

Enjoy.  Smiley
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4  Re: Fiber Friday - December 3, 2010 in Spinning: Completed Projects by battlesheep on: December 03, 2010 07:32:13 PM
Hey -- long time lurker here!  I figured it was about time to start participating in your Fiber Fridays.
I'll give you a little background: I'm a new spinner, I'm experimenting with drop spindles.
The work posted on Fiber Fridays is always so amazing.  I check back every week to see what's new.  Cheesy

Great work this week.  I do wonder... do you all do this in just one week?  (If so, damn you're fast!)  I really like your alpaca & angora freestyle.  That looks SO SOFT!
Nesse, I wanted to say that I like seeing the "before" roving and the "after" spun yarn.  I often wonder how that dyed roving's going to look.  Awesome work.

Well, here's my work: about 54ish yards of black alpaca, bulky weight (about 7wpi), two ply.
This is my first try at plying.  Ever!  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

(It seems that craftster won't let me post photos yet.)

Just a side note.. anyone have tips for photographing yarn?  My photos always turn out pretty lifeless and uninteresting.  Roll Eyes
(Yay.. my first Fiber Friday!)
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