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31  Making paper in the kitchen. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: December 14, 2012 09:33:47 AM
I am so absurdly proud of this. 9 signatures of handmade paper, that's my handmade paper, made by my own hands over the summer this year. Every hot sunny day (and there weren't many of them in the UK this year) I was outside with my hands in cold water. Due to the drying time required and the equipment I have, I could do a maximum of 4 sheets in a day. I've learned an awful lot doing it, and will be making paper again next year Smiley. The book is coptic bound as the recipient loves all thing egyptian, tenuous connection I know, but I had to decide somehow!

All pages are made with recycled paper: I took the pile of recycling, chose from the non glossy stuff and just placed it in colour matched piles. The stronger the colours in the chosen paper, the stronger the colours come out when dry. I tore the paper into bits, mixed with water and blended it to get the pulp. Sometimes I then added bits: threads, flower petals, herbs, glitter e.t.c.

Things I learned:
  • Blending the pulp in warm water makes it pulp down quicker
  • Wallpaper, even when torn into little fingernail size pieces doesn't pulp down
  • Flower petals, contrary to reasonable expectations, even when massively fragile, also don't shred in the blender
  • There is such a thing as too much glitter in the mix
  • All your neighbours will come and ask what you're doing
  • Threads look better when they are longer, but it makes it much more of a pain to get an even coating on your deckle.
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32  Do you have someone you'd like to strangle at Christmas? in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: December 14, 2012 09:11:55 AM
This is for my brother-almost-in-law

He's no Scrooge, nor yet a Marley's Ghost, but does do a lot of roleplaying and should enjoy it for a reference to one of his ongoing games.

This is for my mother-in-law

She'll love the soft creamy wool next to her skin and the thick-thin yarn should go with many of her coats. It's the first time I tried a knitted button cover.

They're both made from remnants from other projects and were knitted up mostly at break in work.

Disclaimer: I love them both, I'd never want to strangle them for real.
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33  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: November 27, 2012 12:08:22 PM
Also sold to Squidget.
Cotton scrubbie

Walnut Octopus (as sale freebee item based on her tastes)

Thank you so much for your claim Squidget.
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34  Marley's Chains in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: November 04, 2012 03:30:48 PM
As the weather gets colder we all need a wee bit of warmth. But the men amongst us don't always want to seem soft. What can be better that carrying the chains of the world around your neck, whilst also giving that  wee bit of warmth, all hidden.

This is a pattern from knitty: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTmarleysghost.html

I've knitted it twice now, the first time I felted it, but the acrylic mix yarn really didn't like it very much. It felted OK, but the end result was ugly. I suppose that's what I get for using the spare yarn from my stash, rather than the one specified in the pattern! However I like the look of the scarf without felting, so I present to you my second attempt.

First a close up of the links

And the whole thing
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35  What? All that from one ball of yarn! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: November 03, 2012 12:38:38 PM
So I got given a whole load of odd balls of wool when I first started knitting, there were some real stunners in there along with the inevitable acrylic.

I've just felt qualified enough to start using some of the stunners! This is my first piece of lace knitting (OK, the first piece that is all lace) it was a fairly simple pattern and there are only (as I recall) 2 mistakes in it, and after blocking, I can't find them, so I guess that's all right. It's the Blossom Silk-SeaCell shawl from the luxury yarn one skein wonders book.

I just love the way the colours stream out from the centre, and that the background is actually dark brown not black. It's gorgeous, but I've decided to give it away: it'll go to my longest friend.
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36  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: November 01, 2012 11:15:00 AM
Sold to Iota1617

2 map notepads.

Thank you so much for the claim. Smiley
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37  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! in New Swap Theme Ideas by Antidigger on: October 26, 2012 01:57:53 AM
Busy updating my shop! I've been crating with my thrown-out library books again.

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38  Paper wreath in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: October 09, 2012 02:48:03 PM
I got a load of books only fit for dismantling by dint of asking my local library for some. Wink

I've been trying some new things with them. This one I ripped the covers off, stewed in a pot of tea and had at it with a glue stick. A little later on I burned myself with the hot glue gun for the first time, but I'm sure not the last.

My real a-ha moment here was the idea of getting out my hubby's low temperature plastic stuff: you drop some in a mug (or other water container of hot water) and it becomes soft & pliable until it cools to room temperature again. Well, once I'd got a cone size I liked, I used the plastic to make a template for the other cones. It worked brilliantly  Grin, loads of quick, uniform cones. I must remember to use it for more templates!

Anyway, it's pretty and I like it.
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39  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! in New Swap Theme Ideas by Antidigger on: October 08, 2012 02:04:16 PM
You can add my prayers as well.

In other news, I've added some things to my shop:
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40  I hate moths. The ones that eat my clothes only. in Completed Projects by Antidigger on: October 08, 2012 01:49:20 PM
This autumn I have noticed several clothes moths in my house Angry, I don't want them to eat my lovely jumpers. I don't want them to eat my lovely carpet that I saved for ages for Cry.

But, I don't want to squish them or poison them either. So looking through my book of old wives tales I find that conkers (horse chestnuts) are supposed to discourage moths, and I love conkers Grin. Maybe that's why there were no clothes moths in my old house?

So I went a-conkering and came home with a big bagful. I got my drill out (how I love playing with power tools! Wink) and set to work.

My cashmere jumper newly protected

Hanging in my wardrobe

A beautiful bundle ready for anything that needs extra care.

I've also tossed a few into my knitting stash.
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