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1  I'm a completely wonderful sister. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by allerby on: August 23, 2008 06:50:51 PM
Seriously.  So my little sister (not so little-- we're 21 months apart) just started college!  She's got a really keen eye for decorating, but not really the crafty gene... I guess just I got that one.  So she was trying to come up with ideas to spice up the dorm room, and she wanted me to make one of those memo boards (you know the type... a fabric covered board, with ribbons crisscrossing to make slots for notes/pictures etc) to hang on her closet door.  Well the kid doesn't just want one of these... she wants 8 small ones in different fabrics.  Well, a trip to Hancock later (I think you'll like the fabric designs she picked out- she really does have a good eye), we had a pile of fabric, ribbon, and batting.  "This won't take very long, sis," she enthused.  About two hours later (after going back and forth about the virtues of cardboard vs foam board and designing and then redesigning countless sizes she wanted), she had gotten as far as cutting out the cardboard before quitting and leaving the cutting the fabric and batting, hot-gluing them to the cardboard, and then designing the ribbon crisscrosses, and then adding the button embellishments.... well sis, it kind of took a long time.  But I like how it turned out, and to be honest, she'll probably have the only 8-handmade-memo-boards-closet-door-covering on campus.  And to think we could have just hung a poster.

Anyway, after it was all done, and I was totally spent (I also made a huge photo collage, covered a tin can in the dark teal fabric as a pencil holder, and fixed a necklace of hers), I was like, "Dang, anything else?" and she just said, "I like it when you magically fix things."  Oh to be 18.

In action:

Close-up of one of the boards:

Zeroing in on one of the buttons... it was awesome b/c our mom had a bunch of very neat buttons to embellish this project!  Each board has a different button on it Smiley  This right here is actually 2 buttons nested together.

And a little side project (I was waiting on more ribbon and she wanted a key hook), with the coolest buttons of all.  Those letters are her and her roommate's first initials.

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2  Re: "Fetching" from Knitty: Summer 2006 in Knitalongs by allerby on: October 07, 2007 01:28:42 PM
Oh fetching how I love you!

Here are some pics of one of my fetchings.  Sis's bday is in November, what shall I do till then!??!  I can't wait that long to give them to her!

Sorry that I wasn't feeling too inspired photographically speaking, but this is what you get!

Size 6 needles, using Bernat Cashmere (which is actually a cashmere/acrylic blend... more affordable you know) in Earth.  I ended up not quite having enough with one skein and went back and bought some more.  Oh well!

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3  Seventeen: They Finally Caught On in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by allerby on: September 13, 2007 01:31:26 PM

Fall issue of Seventeen Magazine.... they figured out what we've been talking about for AGES.... "It's going to get cold, but you'll look hot (and stay warm) in these chunky knits."

Uh Huh.

That SAID.... I'm in looove with the dress and the tan short sleeve sweater... has anyone seen a similar pattern?
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4  Re: Roommate not crafty, but thinks she is.... in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by allerby on: August 05, 2007 06:29:57 PM
Thanks for all the advice you guys!  I tend to agree with ollieorange and amber.  It is probably something I can live with- don't want to start picking battles too early Smiley  I have had a sharp lookout for cute table cloths, under Penlowe's very sage advice (urban outfitters has some very nice tapestries that just could work).

She's painting the table in another part of the state, and we will be coming together to habitate later this August, so any chances of visiting and "helping" her paint are kind of out, but I would have liked to go over there and just get my hands on the thing (I love to refinish furniture!)

Last year, another of my good friends, Em, went potluck in the dorms, and her roomie informed her that she had a rug that sort of looked like a "mauve bath mat".  The mauve bath mat was a huge joke for the weeks before she moved in, and she really expected to be horrified.  It turned out to not be the ugliest thing on the planet, and she was able to live with it.  So now I just keep crossing my fingers that the table is going to be a mauve bath mat situation.... not as bad as I had imagined!

Anyway, I have been proactive- I bought this great coffee table at a yard sale this weekend, to up the design appeal of our living space:
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5  So I made that crucial design mistake..... in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by allerby on: July 22, 2007 04:30:24 PM
I'm moving to an apartment this August- my room at home is staying intact, and I can't really use much from my dorm set up- so I get to do a bit of decorating to my bedroom, yay!  But I made a little bit of an error- I just bought a bedspread/pillowsham set without really having any sort of vision as to how it would fit in the room..... and now I'm feeling rather uninspired by the set, even though I like it a lot as bed spreads go.  ANYWAAAY... thought I might post a pic of the stuff I have to work with and see if you guys have any gut feelings as to what other stuff I might put in the room.  I'll really only have room for the bed, a night-table and a dresser, so wall-hangings are crucial, trying to think of ideas for finishes for the furniture, and just some interesting accent stuff.  Not sure if I want to paint the walls, might be too much trouble.  Anyway, hit me with your best shot, I'd really appreciate a craftster's opinion!

See, it's almost beachy-country.... don't really know what direction to go...

this is the sham (cute, right?)

close up of some of the detailing.

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6  Re: Dishalicious Dishcloth/Washcloth Swap Round 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by allerby on: July 08, 2007 04:09:33 PM
I got a great package from eye_on_sparrow on Friday... unfortunately there was a puking 7-year old on my hands and I'm just now getting a chance to post pics of the great cloths I got from her!  They're really really nice, and supremely soft (what kind of yarn is that anyway?).... and so beautiful I've not yet had the guts to use them.  I suppose I'll put them in the stack of apartment stuff that will be whisked away come August and use them in my new abode Smiley  Anyway, enough rambling, and I will commence with the photographic deliciousness!

Beautiful blue!

stitch detail:

Pretty pink:

I love them, and I'm very jealous of the quality of eye_on_sparrow's knitting!
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7  Re: Earring Binge Round 6 in The Swap Gallery by allerby on: July 03, 2007 04:23:17 PM
All the earrings look great so far!  This was an AWESOME swap- I'll be joining again, hopefully!

I've gotten a bunch of great earrings so far (sorry for not posting sooner, I have been busy!)

These are from A Capitol Idea.  They're GORGEOUS, and there is a cute turkish coin at the bottom of each.  I love them Smiley

From hellokittygirl I got 2 great pairs of earrings, very awesome indeed!

And from chimerix I got a very beautiful pair of leaf earrings (just my style, those leaves!)

Thank you SO MUCH everyone Smiley

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8  Re: Dishalicious Dishcloth/Washcloth Swap Round 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by allerby on: July 03, 2007 04:13:01 PM
Those are lovely! I love the effect of the red/blue/white diamonds, how many different yarns did you use?
Hoping to send mine soon...

It's actually a very cool pattern for variegated yarn, so it's just one yarn with red/white/blue variegation.  It was really fun to see how the pattern developed as I knit it up.  Here is a link to the pattern and a picture of the stitch detail that I took before I sent out.


I love that green and blue one.  Is that one yarn or two held together? 

It's two yarns held together; I used the "up and down" stitch (dc, sc across).  Verrrry easy!
Here is a pic of the stitch detail:

This is a great swap and I can't wait to see more pictures!!
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9  Retro leg-warmers in Knitting: Completed Projects by allerby on: January 19, 2007 02:40:08 PM
So.... I am one of the few people I know who actually wears legwarmers.  So I made some!  They're made with a soy-wool blend of self striping yarn.  Knit on circular needles, they were very easy to make, and surprisingly quick.  ALSO my big accomplishment on this FO is that it was knit completely in Continental style, which I have been trying to master since if done right it's a bit faster than the other way (American?).  I had fun with it, and I'm trying them out tonight when I go ice skating!

This is a close-up of the ribbing that's at each end.

Well now that I look at those pictures they look all wobbly and stuff, but I figure when I put them on they won't look like that... I hope!  Anyway, I hope you like them.
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10  teary rainbow phone charm in Beads: Completed Projects by allerby on: November 09, 2006 12:02:35 PM
I seem like such a girl, making a charm for my cell phone, right!  I got this little rainbow w/ rainy clouds charm at an awesome bead store in Boone, NC... it seemed so perfect, b/c life is not all rainbows and sunshine, and it definitely spoke to me.  As a Christian I just like rainbows and everything too (you know, God's Covenant and all).  It was the perfect little present for my phone, and it took me like 10 minutes to put it together (I got the black string w/ a jump ring on it at that store too, made just for cell phone charms).  The beads are swarovski crystals too, so that makes me seem fancy even though I'm not.  Thanks for looking!

I really like how it hangs over my hand like this:
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