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1  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Naantje on: December 13, 2015 02:39:22 PM
Wow, you ladies definitely have been getting your holiday crafting on! So many lovely things! My output has been drastically diminished by returning to full time employment, but I recently finished this set of two pot holders:

Just gifted them to a friend who was very happy to receive them.

Since it's been so long since I've posted, there's two more projects to post:

The double knit potholder I use at work for my morning oatmeal:

And the warm winter sweater I knit for my goddaughter, monogrammed in the Weasley fashion:

(Apologies for the terrible photo quality...)

Currently working on a lacy scarf, hoping to finish it in time for Christmas!
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2  Merel's handsome winter sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by Naantje on: December 13, 2015 02:33:44 PM
Recently, I knitted theOh, Handsome Winter-sweater for my goddaughter, which I monogrammed in the Weasly fashion. It turned out to be a perfect fit! Would definitely recommend this pattern, really easy and very comfy for the little one.

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3  Celtic knot double knitted pot holders in Knitting: Completed Projects by Naantje on: December 13, 2015 02:20:18 PM
Made during my daily commute on the train, these pot holders were knit as a Sinterklaas/Christmas gift for a friend. I made one pixel sized error when adjusting the pattern to my gauge, but you really have to go searching to find it, so I really don't mind. Seriously happy with how they turned out, and the recipient was very grateful too. Smiley About a month of knitting at a rate of two 30 minute train rides a day, five days a week, skipping some days when there were no seats available.

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 23, 2015 02:43:10 AM
Wow on that cookiemonster stuff!!! :O Dedicated & talented mommy, your little bean is so lucky. Smiley I'm sure the recipients of those shoes are also super enthousiastic, such stylin' kicks.

Great job on the wigs too. Is loop stitch hard? Sure looks it! I used to love wigs as a little kid, I'm sure these will get a lot of use. Smiley

Next up: I wanted to learn how to knit I-cord, so I went looking for a fun pattern to incorporate it. Trying new techniques is so much more fun for a project than just as a trial run. I knit a silly little rabbit in striped pajamas. It's quite small (head + body is just about as big as my thumb) and I'm not sure yet what I'll do with it, but it's a funny little thing and I had fun making it.

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5  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 20, 2015 05:32:10 AM
Seeing a real face in a new avatar inspired me to finally replace the "temporary stand-in" one I set years ago.

I finished the foliage hat! My own gauge was a bit tighter than what the pattern prescribes, but thanks to AIMR's warning, I didn't make adjustments, and for the better: the size is perfect. Smiley If only the weather would cool down a bit faster. Tongue

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6  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 12, 2015 01:12:41 PM
jillybeans, your daughter is so the cutest bean ever, and I love the cute stuff you made for her friend. So adorable. The cross-stitch is just magnificent for a Harry Potter fan, I'm jealous of your swap partner!

That1girl: love the orange hat! Perfect for fall. Smiley

cmouse01: three afghans? Wow!!! And this one seems plenty complicated too. R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

pinokeeo: stunning carving on that gourd. Enjoy the wedding next week!

trinalocakary: Those shelves are awesome! Great job, and your stuff comes out very nicely. Props to you.

sheepBlue: What a perfect wreck! Isn't it amazing to go wild with these things?

I have (apparently) committed heresy and combined crochet & knitting in a baby-blanket. I'm not sure which board to post it in. XD After five weeks with hook & needles, this is my final product (sorry for the lens flare):

You can't really tell, but the outside border is 8 rows of seed stitch, and the eyelet border gets some extra texture in the form of a couple of rows of garter stitch. It turned out a bit smaller than anticipated (apparently I swatched with a 5mm needle, and I knit with a 4mm needle) but it's still 80x80cm (31.5x31.5 inch). Plenty large to last a baby quite a while, I expect.

Onto the foliage hat which AIMR recently made & shared the pattern for. I've cast on and working on the brim right now. Smiley
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 14, 2015 08:27:17 AM
Wow, it's been SO long since I posted here! Been busy doing other stuff I suppose, but in the mean time you've all been making so many amazing things! Really love that rug. Smiley Part of my brain says the sheer amount of work is insanity, the other is reminding me that I'm working on a single crochet baby blanket, so maybe I'm just as insane. XD

With the happy news that one of my friends is pregnant, I've taken up my crochet hook again and started working on a baby blanket. It's now ~46x46cm (18") and I'm aiming for 90x90cm(35"), so I'm just over a quarter of the way there. And getting slightly bored with it at the moment, to be honest. :-/ I've done the major design element so far, and now it's just mindless single crochet all the way round. I switched to double crochet for a while as that would speed the process up, but it was starting to get quite wavy so I decided to switch back. It gives nice bit of visual variety.

Here's my current WIP:

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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: May 31, 2015 09:14:22 AM
Woops, I haven't been keeping up with the HPC this semester! Been really busy with this year's bellydance show with many many rehearsals and also crafting days. It was a great success! Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sword dance bra - cup embellishment
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439495.0
Brief Description:
When I was making this bra, I wasn't really sure where I'd end up yet. Our belly dance teacher had made a prototype for inspiration, but we were encouraged to take the elements and create our own version with it. Lots of crochet and sewing went into this. A full day of crafting per cup! A labour of love. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sword dance bra - covering
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439495.0
Brief Description:
Before I could do the above embellishments of the bra for my sword dance costume, I first had to cover a regular strapless bra in a non-stretchy silvery satin fabric provided by our belly dance teacher. Let me tell you: that's not easy! Hiding the original bra took a full day of hand-stitching.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hair with friends
Brief Description:
Is there anything that says friendship more than braiding each other's hair? Probably, but it's such a staple! On a weekend outing with friends, lots and lots of hairstyles were tried out. The twisty half-up/half-down hairdo was for a friend who was complaining that because of her curly hair, she couldn't really pull off hairdos beyond leaving it down or a simple ponytail. I wanted to prove her wrong. The mesh hair band was one I once saw on youtube, but was unable to recreate on my own hair. Working on another person's head is a whole lot more practical!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - May
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Finished sword dance costume
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439495.0
Brief Description:
After covering and embellishing the bra of my sword dance costume, I kind of lagged behind in finishing the costumes. But there was a deadline: we had to perform! In the week leading up to the show, I picked up the costume again and finished it off. Using silvery ribbon, I created a six-stranded braid to make halter straps for the bra. Got to avoid on stage wardrobe malfunctions! Another finishing touch was the fringe on the belt of the costume.
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9  Belly dance - sword dance costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by Naantje on: May 31, 2015 08:01:06 AM
My belly dance teacher celebrated her 25 year anniversary this year, and organised her sixth Belly Spotting show. I had great fun performing (the show was a great success Smiley) and also fun working on this costume. The bra took me over three days of full time crafting! :O

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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: April 01, 2015 07:20:17 AM
I'm so jealous of people who can really paint! Really pretty elliot_anne Smiley

I first want to add some gratuitous toddler pictures as an add on to my Vanilla-bean project. Here's the knit dress actually being worn (sorry for the bad quality of the picture. :-/ )

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Jutta's Dream Catcher
Brief Description:
Last time I went babysitting, my niece really wanted to make a dream-catcher. Unfortunately, we had no materials at hand! So obviously, when I came around again last week, I was prepared! I'd taken apart two old dream-catchers that had lost their luster, scavenged my (and my mother's) stash and bought some pretty stuff. Now, my niece is turning 5 in a week, so I knew making a dream catcher would be a HARD chore, but decided we would give it a try and see how far we got along, me demonstrating and she imitating. She actually made a good beginning on the webbing, cheered on by auntie, but it really was too hard, so I took over and did most of the crafting following her directions. She insisted the thing hang horizontally instead of vertically, which made the whole set up a bit harder! She tied the knots on the figures (which proved to be quite difficult enough for a preschooler) and added the feathers to the beads. This really turned out to be an anything but typical dream catcher, with a very proud little girl. Smiley

The project reminds me of my own mother, who was the one to teach me how to make dream catchers and who spent many, many patient crafting occasions with me, my siblings and our friends. I kept her same approach of showing how it's done, working together, trying again and encouraging. Kid tells you it's hard, you acknowledge that it is, but cheer them on to try again because that's how they learn (tell them that!). She really did try, and only when I noticed that she was loosing her courage did I take over and gave her some tasks that she could confidently do. Catering to the skill level of little ones ain't no easy job, I appreciate even more how much effort and patience my mother put into our crafts! Cheesy
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