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1  Long Shawl-Collar Coat (Sort of...) in Knitting: Completed Projects by laraannw on: December 21, 2005 08:34:18 AM
This is my 'real' knitted FO.  I've done several scarves, hats and baby booties but I decided to move on up in the difficulity area.  This sweater is the Long Shawl-Collar Coat from the Hollywood Knits Style.  I substituted the yarn.  It calls for 16 balls of Suss Mohair (about $136).  I just can't afford that right now!  So, I went cheap and used Red Heart Light and Lofty in Colorado Multi.  I swatched and got guage using my size 10 needles.  The pattern was easy to follow and I was very pleased with the experience overall.

I learned a very important lesson about substituting yarn though.  The light and lofty apparently has more give or elasticity to it.  I got it knitted and seamed up.  When I put it on to test the fit, I found it stretches so much!  It's a lot bigger than I expected.  When I was knitting my measurements were correct but now that it's done it's so large!  I made it for my Mother for Christmas.  She's a smaller size than me.  I'm the model in the pictures below and you can see how it fits.  It should be tight on me.  Oh well, she can wear it as a coat instead of as a sweater.

Oh, and two more things I did differently.  The pattern length was 17" but since my Mom would probably never wear something that long, I modified it and made it 13" long instead.  I also didn't use the goofy pin that the book used, I used buttons.  With all the problems it has, I'm still pretty proud of my first "real" knitted garment.

Onward with the pictures.

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2  What I made for the dog lover who has everything... in Winter Holidays by laraannw on: December 20, 2005 09:05:14 AM
My father and stepmother make plenty of money.  They've been the most frustrating every year to find a gift for.  If they want something, they buy it throughout the year.  But, their weakness is that they have a dog.  The dog is the center of their life.  So, one of their gifts this year is going to be an ornament I made out of polymer clay.  I tried my hardest to get it looking like the real thing.  I don't think it looks very much like the real dog.  Tell me what you think.

The dog and me

The ornament

Another view
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3  Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by laraannw on: September 30, 2005 09:07:58 AM
I just want to say that it's amazing looking at all this beautiful artwork.
I live in Oklahoma and it's illegal to tattoo here.  I met a guy at work about 3 years ago that did tattooing at a shop in Houston before he moved to Oklahoma.  I worked with him and he did my tattoo in his kitchen.  I made sure he stayed sterile and used new needles.  All in all,  I am very pleased with his work.  The lines that go out towards my side are a little jumpy. Every time he would work on my side, my leg would twitch, just like when you rub a dog's tummy.   I found out the hard way too that I am allergic to A&D Ointment too.  I had the worst hives for the first few days.  It took me a while to figure out it was the ointment that was doing it.

Anyway, on to the pics.

Here'e mine.

The entire thing just after it was done

Closeup of the words
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4  Re: **TUTORIAL** slouchy hobo bag (the tinafish way) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by laraannw on: May 23, 2005 06:25:45 PM
I also was inspired by your tute!  Here's my version.  I'm very happy with it but I will probably shorten the strap later and am thinking of adding some kind of interfacing.  Maybe to just the lining.  It's very floppy and I'm not sure I like that for my everyday purse needs.

The inside.  I added two little velcro holders for my sunglasses and keys.  I hate when they get lost at the bottom of my purse.

Since I didn't add an inside pocket, I made a little pouch to hold all the things I don't want floating around in the bottom.  It's held closed with velcro.
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5  Re: tyvek art supplies organizer in Completed Projects by laraannw on: May 23, 2005 06:18:46 PM
This post was my inspiration!  My sister is graduating from high school in a week and is going to be an art major at college in the fall.  I bought her a few art supplies she was running low on and made this art organizer for her.  I used the Tyvek Envelopes from the postal service but also used some fabric.

Rolled Up.  I embroidered the cherry on the outside

Un-Rolled.  The fabric is lined with the Tyvek to protect the fabric.

Un Folded

I used the design on this topic and the designs for knitting needle holders.

Thanks for the great idea!
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