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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / More Yarn, Less Art - Knitting Photography *IMAGE HEAVY* on: January 12, 2006 12:50:48 PM
Hopefully soon I will have my own site devoted to photography.  It's what I plan on doing with myself full time, eventually.  Anyway.  Ever since I started knitting I've been obsessed with yarn.  The color, the texture, the way it drapes, how it looks knit up or loose.

I want to include some of these shots in the "Fine Art Photography" section of my website, but I'm not sure if anyone other than me and a handful of knitters in the world actually care about pictures of yarn.

In any case, here are some of the most recent shots:

What do you think?  Interesting?  Not Interesting?  Would you buy something like this?

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / What I Did For Love. . . of Christmas Knitting (IMAGE HEAVY) on: January 05, 2006 10:42:21 AM
Here are most of the projects I completed as christmas gifts for my loving family.  Not pictured are the two other ribbed hats I knitted (for my husband and my uncle), the "Purl" scarf I made for my mom, the ribbed scarf I knitted for my husband, and the additional set of wristwarmers I made for my aunt Susie.

So, here they are:

That's the lot of them.  In the bottom right is a beer cozy I decided against giving as a gift.  Not because it was tacky, but because it was totally impractical.  The beer would have slipped right out.

I made three sets.  These two were for men.  In two different lengths.  The third set (for my aunt) were made of a gorgeous red Manos yarn and were super long.

The two hats were for my brother in law and his two year old son.


I made FIVE of those bags for Last Minute Knitted Gifts.  And FOUR "Airy" scarves.

I don't know if you can tell, but I made the skinny scarf witht he fringe out of what Kidsilk I had leftover from the Airy scarves.  And, I made the multi-color pouch out of the Blue Sky Alpaca I had leftover from the four other pouches.

I knitted brooches with Bliss Cotton and Silk, made matching earrings (they are the things dangling off the bottom), and stuffed it all into a miniature version of the Last Minute pouch.

Who doesn't love a little baby sweater?  Me, that's who.  I HATE FINISHING SWEATERS. 
Actually, these were my very first attempt at a sweater of any size.

Thanks for looking!

13  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Seriously. DO something with those Tin Gift Boxes! on: January 02, 2006 11:39:38 AM
I don't know about you, but I keep these things forever.  I've got cookie tins, and chocolate tins, and those stupid tins that AOL sends CDs in sometimes.  I can't bring myself to throw them away. 

I'm not a pack rat, I hate keeping junk in the house. . .so WHY do I hold on to these tins?  WHY?

I tell myself that I'll make something really, REALLY useful from them one day.

Let's make it a challenge. 

I challenge us to finally, seriously DO SOMETHING with the tin box that held those delicious gingersnaps for that too-brief period of time. 

MAKE something from that old Band-aid box.   

Put that tin to USE!

14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 6 ENTRIES / Rare and Exotic Coffee Flower Marshland on: October 06, 2005 09:19:26 AM
I was inspired by the two places I spend the most time (Work and Home) and the one thing they both have in common besides me. . . .CAFFEINE.

My department throws away an inexcusable amount of products related to coffee everyday.  I contribute.  I'm guilty, too.  At home I drink coffee and tea both every day, so I throw away the same kinds of things.  For several weeks I saved every used coffee filter and tea bag I could, plus coffee stirrers and used coffee grounds.  I didn't even have room to use them all.  They're still piled on my dining table.

A good view of the three dimensionality. . .

Close up of the filters that I twirled together to make flowers (I stapled them into position, then hot-glued them onto the canvas)

Detail of my tea-bag bug

Coffee stirrer stems and rescued grass from when the landscape guys came and whacked the plants to hell. . .

Detail of used coffee grounds.  Originally I mixed them in with the paint, but when it dried it all fell off.

Hanging above my mantle.  Sorry it's such a lousy picture, but I wanted to show the scale of it. . .

So that's it!  Thanks for looking!

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / kimono sweater question on: September 26, 2005 01:39:50 PM
i searched!  but the kimono topics that came up on craftster didn't really match what i was looking for.

i'm going to copy a designer sweater i recently saw featured in the NYT style section, it's a cashmere sweater with super wide kimono sleeves. (designer Mark Eisen for Karoo, if you're interested).  There are no other pictures of this sweater as the product line hasn't come out yet.

question is this:  ever seen a plain-front sweater pattern with kimono sleeves? 

i've got a basic pattern sketched out, but i would like to find a good template to work off of.  the yarn is super thin, the fit is very close to the body, except for the sleeves which appear to be more than a foot wide.

anybody seen anything that looks like that?

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Buying Handspun/Hand dyed Yarn Online on: September 08, 2005 08:02:07 PM
Some quick questions and I'll let you all get back to your knitting.

What places do you tend to favor, if any, for buying artisan-type yarns online?

How much do you typically expect to pay for a hank of handspun, hand dyed wool or wool blends (like silk, alpaca, etc)?  Do you look to see if it's imported, and does that matter?

And, just what IS the difference between Hand Painted and Hand Dyed?  I've never been really clear on that.

I'm just curious because I never know if I should go ahead and spend the cash in the store, or if I should feel comfortable seeking out a better deal online. 

But, the "better deal" is always relative, so I wanted to get some perspective from seasoned knitters and newbies alike.

Thanks for any guidance you can give!

17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Painted Ceramic Bowl (Pics) on: August 30, 2005 11:39:51 AM
Here is the second in a series of large-ish projects inspired by the artwork of Beatriz Milhazes.  This bowl was painted for the birthday of my friend who first showed me the artwork.

The original work of art:

The Bowl:

18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Manuals Online? on: May 22, 2005 02:47:05 PM
yeah, i know.  how cheap can i be, right?

i got a singer model 1525 on loan from my mom and i CAN'T WAIT to get started on recon. projects.  only problem is, i haven't the first clue how to get the thing set up, threaded, how to work the different knobs, etc.

i googled some, but can't seem to find any online (i.e. FREE) manuals.

am i going to have to pay?  please say no.  pretty please.

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ripping Back on: May 17, 2005 06:07:19 AM
I'm working on the basketweave baby blanket from the Knit Knack Kit.  The pattern is knit five purl five for eight rows before alternating the pattern.  And, of course, I've somehow ended up with five rows of pattern on one end of the project and seven rows on the other end. . .so I've increased without knowing it and need to rip back a few rows until I can straighten it out. 

This will be the first time I do this.  Any hints/tips? 

I'm worried about replacing the stitches correctly once I've taken it back to where I can start over.  I don't want to twist them and end up knitting wrong!

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted Ceramic Plate (pic heavy) on: May 03, 2005 07:14:21 AM
I painted a serving plate for my friend's birthday.  I was stumped for ideas until someone showed me the artwork of Beatriz Milhazes.  So, I broke out the Pebeo and this is what I ended up with.

Apologies for the awful pics.

the full monty

blurry detail #1

blurry detail #2

somewhat blurry detail #3

i always put a message on the back

the inspiration

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