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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Coming of age, feminist journals for 13 year old girls on: December 14, 2005 08:49:58 AM
Every year I am a mentor at my Unitarian Church for a coming of age group. Here's a quick explanation. Every 8th grader is paired with an adult mentor and we do all sorts of neat projects together. There are lots of activities and workshops all ending with a vision quest weekend and ceremonies for the men and women to welcome the boys and girls back from the vision quest as "youth" and not their former child selves. I'm going to try to make a journal for each of the girls this year to be given as a gift during the women's ceremony. Traditionally we have done henna, had a "chocolate communion" danced to Ani DiFranco, read things to the girls about what it means to be a strong woman, and shared personal stories during this ceremony.

So back to my question...I'd like to make these journals. I haven't done much paper related crafting, but I have made my own paper. I'm not sure if I will buy books and decorate them or make the books myself. I'm looking for any advice from you experienced journal makers, and for feminist, empowering, or inspiring quotes and images I could use on these.

One I plan to include is- women are like teabags, you never know how strong they are until they are in hot water- Eleanor Roosevelt. I may be paraphrasing that. I'm writing it from memory.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Sorry for the excessively long rambling post.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy scarf on: December 04, 2005 02:08:23 PM
One more holiday gift done. I found some zitron incanto on sale at my local LYS so I started making the liesel scarf that some many craftsters have finished, but the pattern just wasn't showing up well with this yarn so I used a few liesel pattern repeats as a border and then used a simple lace net pattern for the rest.
For those that are interested this is the pattern for the net stitch
Row 1 K1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * ending with k1
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 K2 *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to end
Row 4 Purl
I love this stitch because it looks way more complicated than it is. I think my boyfriend's mom is getting this scarf for Christmas/Chanukah. I hope she likes it.

I guess I'm not completely done yet, I have some ends to weave in. My least favorite thing to do. Ughh.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Black and white bag on: October 30, 2005 09:26:50 PM
Just a simple cheap and easy knit. I used lion brand thick and quick and wood purse handles I had laying around. I'm stash busting.

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Slipper socks on: October 29, 2005 04:37:22 PM
Silly boyfriend wearing his silly slipper socks.

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tiny "left over" bag on: June 16, 2005 07:23:32 PM
I really wish my digital camera didn't suck so much, but...it does.
This is a tiny bag I made with scraps of left over wool from other projects. I then felted it and added a beaded strap. I hate lugging a purse around when I go out to a show, or dancing, or something so my idea was for this to be just barely big enough for my cell phone, some money and a lipstick.

26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Striped Halter Top on: June 14, 2005 10:10:35 PM
YEA! My first post with pictures. i just finished a halter top with some clearance sport weight cotton yarn. Now I just need the sun to come out in Seattle.

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