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1  Re: Cryptozoology Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Kaeleira on: September 21, 2011 12:55:57 PM
I received from danynn today! I can't believe what she made for me Cheesy

First up is my favourite piece, a tiny jackalope stuffie. Straight off my wist, this little guy is so cute!

Next is a tiny octopus stuffie. I love the sequins and that blue is the brightest I've ever seen!

Aaaand here's the big one! A super soft plush squid, which attacked the octopus in the box! I didn't even see the octopus until I picked up the squid and the little guy fell out Cheesy The red mouth and felt beak are a couple of awesome details. This guy is about 12" long from tip to tentacle, and he now watches over my room from atop my stereo.

There was also a cute Cthulhu bookmark, appliqued with some superb stitching on a cool space-like fabric. He looks so happy!

Last but not least, a lovely phoenix hoop appliqued/embroidered in felt. I love the swirly blue fabric in the background, and the fiery fabric on the back is perfect for this piece!

Thanks so much for your items daynynn! I'm going to have a hard time matching the awesomeness of this package Smiley

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2  Re: Inchies, Rinchies and Twinchies! Oh My! Swap - Send Out Aug. 15th GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Kaeleira on: August 30, 2011 03:17:59 PM
Oh yeah, I saw some Strathmore just recently at Michael's! It comes in spiral-bound sketch books or pads, much like other drawing/sketching/watercolour paper.

In other news, I received from Smmarrt today! The inchies came mounted on some very nice card stock, along with some card stock extras.


Birds: I love the inchie with the little girl because I've loved birds since childhood. The background of the twinchie looks like an excerpt from a field guide--very neat!

Music: All three are very vintage with the cut out words and the old paper. The twinchie reminds me of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" (even though that looks to be a wasp!). The music inchie intrigues me: did Smmarrt somehow find out that I'm left-handed?? If she did, that's an awesome example of swap stalking being put to good use Smiley

Flowers: Both are very simple and elegant. I like how the colour schemes match and compliment each other.

Thanks so much for the inchies and extras Smmarrt! <3
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3  Re: Looking For Pattern? Ask here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Kaeleira on: August 26, 2011 02:41:01 PM
Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew of a free pattern like Berroco's Pasadena sweater?

Berroco site
Ravelry page

I've looked through a few pages of the most popular sweater/cardigan patterns on Ravelry but don't like the look of most of them. I thought I found the perfect pattern when I saw Pasadena, but I'm discouraged after reading the reviews. I've never knitted a sweater before so I don't think I could handle a pattern with mistakes and uneven fitting.

What I like best about this pattern is that it's knitted flat and in pieces, which would break up the project into more manageable chunks. I love the structured, fitted shape and the seaming adds interest to an otherwise simple look. The collar is a bit long, but I like the fact that it's not a v-neck or a turtleneck. Also it seems to be a moderate weight sweater (knitted in worsted or aran rather than bulky), which is what I'm looking for as a cozy extra layer this winter.

If anyone knows of a pattern like this I would absolutely love a link. Free patterns are preferable but I would also consider patterns that can be downloaded for a small fee (around $10 or less) Thanks!

EDIT: After looking through the completed project comments for the Rogue sweater on Ravelry, I've found some instructions to "cardiganize" it! I think I'll try that, since I love Rogue but I'm not looking for a pullover. So I do believe I was able to answer my own question Smiley
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4  Re: Inchies, Rinchies and Twinchies! Oh My! Swap - Send Out Aug. 15th GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Kaeleira on: August 25, 2011 04:13:09 PM
I received from Sarcastra today!  Cheesy

First I want to show off the super cool handmade envelope it came in. Music and birds were two of my themes so this was a great extra!

Next are the inchies! The twinchie is an Indian Paint Brush, which is Sarcastra's state flower. The rinchies are a Red-Winged Blackbird and an Indigo Bunting, both local to my area! The other flower is a Gazania, with pretty striped petals. The last inchie celebrates nature, which was also one of my themes.

Hooray for Nature is my favourite so it gets a closeup. Look at that detail!

Thanks so much Sarcastra! <3
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5  Argowl and DNA art pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Kaeleira on: August 21, 2011 06:49:05 AM
Not really sure if this should go in the jewelery or art section, because these pendants are a bit of both! This is my very first time using Mod Podge's dimensional magic, and I love the results! I think I'll use bails in the future though, instead of trying to keep the glaze from running into the hole for the jump ring.

Here's a little argowl, outlined in fine-tipped permanent ink and painted in watercolours. I was inspired by CalamityChemist's drawing on deviantart and couldn't resist adding some argyle to my own little owl. A few coats of dimensional magic later I've got a cute little pendant!

As a self-proclaimed biology nerd I love creating DNA jewelery and science-y crafts. The rainbow colours were done using watercolour pencils, and the silver heart is acrylic paint. Finished with dimensional magic (one coat too many for this size I think).

C&C welcome! Thanks for looking <3
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6  Re: WIP Wednesday - Aug 17 in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Kaeleira on: August 18, 2011 05:47:05 PM
Wow lots of cardigans here! Kudos to you guys. I definitely have not worked up the courage to start such a large project yet.

Tephra: Hehe fugly socks are fugly >w< I can't believe you're knitting with sewing thread!

I'm about 1/3 of the way through a Staggered Rib scarf in a super soft bulky purple yarn, and I just started a Silky Alpaca Lace Scarf in white lace yarn with a subtly sparkly strand.

I added a fringe right away so I could measure out how much I would need for the other end. This way I can knit till I run out of yarn and I only have to worry about reserving yarn for binding off.

After about 14 inches of the staggered rib scarf I noticed that the lines had reversed to create a zig zag! This irks me to no end but I had a lot of troubles during those first inches so I'm not frogging it now  Angry Instead I shall add a couple more zigs and zags to make it look deliberate  Wink

Right now the two sections look really different because I've been rolling up the long tail to keep it out of the way. This has flattened the first section a bit compared to the newer rows.

I'm super excited about the lace scarf because I've never worked with such light yarn before and I think it will turn out very pretty. Plus I completely screwed up the pattern repeat on my first try so it was really satisfying to see it come out perfectly on my second!

I also made a quick Owl Coffee Cup Cozy. I modified the pattern to work flat, and with only 3 owl cables instead of 5. It's pretty much finished, since all I have to do is sew on some beads for eyes and stitch the ends together. Can't wait to use it on my fall lattes!

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7  Re: I need new earrings! Swap -Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Kaeleira on: August 08, 2011 02:09:08 PM
I received from Ramona Q today! I have to admit I squealed when I saw what she sent me <3

(Click to embiggen!)

From left to right:

-A lovely dangly chain with tiny pearls and a light turquoise faceted bead.
-Cherry earrings, with metallic red beads and clay(?) leaves. Taken directly from my wist, much to my delight!
-Sparkly blue rhinestone beads, similar to another pair on my wist. Very shiny and colourful, the picture does not do them justice.

I really can't say which one is my favourite, I adore them all! Thanks so much Ramona Q <3
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8  Re: Inchies, Rinchies and Twinchies! Oh My! Swap - Send Out Aug. 15th GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Kaeleira on: August 08, 2011 01:51:14 PM
I received from Antidigger today! Cheesy

12 Bar Blues: for my music theme. There are indeed 12 blue bars in the background Wink
Lace Flower: the theme here was flowers. I love the little seed beads!
Hands: this goes along with science. It says "Theory rocks. Reality has a different opinion". Very sassy.
Sweet Peas: flowers/nature. The drawing is very pretty, and underneath is an actual sweet pea flower petal!
Swallows: birds. As a huge bird nerd I'm super excited that she included this theme. I actually have a bookmark very similar to these silhouettes!
Moonlight Willow: night. Very silvery and delicate papercutting.

My favourite inchie is the Sweet Peas I think. I like how Antidigger named each one, and I love the "ingredients" list she wrote that all included love!

She also sent a lovely card and some papercrafting extras. Thanks so much! <3

PS: The window frame inchies that Antidigger sent to Sarcastra are super clever!

Only two rinchies left for me to make. I should be sending out sometime within the next few days~
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9  Darwin's Tree of Life embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by Kaeleira on: July 26, 2011 09:02:02 AM
Ah, Darwin. Father of modern evolutionary biology, worshiped by bio-nerds the world over. Here's my little tribute, a stitched version of the famous Tree of Life sketch drawn in 1837.

The tree itself and the date were backstitched on some papery-looking fabric, and Darwin's signature was done using split stitch. I love how the hoop matches the colours and vintage theme almost perfectly!

Thanks for looking <3
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10  Embroidered White Tree of Gondor in Needlework: Completed Projects by Kaeleira on: July 19, 2011 08:20:14 AM

The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

Ahh, I do enjoy making my own merchandising. Here's a bit of wall art stitched on a subtly-patterned black fabric. Can't wait to hang it!

Embroidered in a pale grey, using split stitch for the branches, satin stitch for the trunk, and whipped running stitch for the border.

Thanks for looking!

PS: Oh my gosh, I just realized that this fabric is very similar to one used in the HBO series Game of Thrones! It's worn by Robert in episode 5 during the council meeting when he and Ned argue about Daenerys. Eeee! Maybe I should do a dire wolf hoop with the same fabric?  Cheesy

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