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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: TARDIS Yarn Cabinet (pic Heavy) on: April 09, 2013 08:12:56 PM
I was just scrolling through the "Recent with pictures" without reading anything - I spotted this and thought: That is just perfect for yarn!

Lo and behold, that's exactly what it is. I say you've succeeded! This is awesome. Much coveted here!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Herbert Neibling's Lyra on: April 03, 2013 07:11:57 AM
rottenlittleboys  - I started it in June but put it down for a couple of months because it got too crazy busy... I'd say I probably put it down for 6 months? I finished it in time for Easter.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Herbert Neibling's Lyra on: April 02, 2013 05:41:03 PM

Thanks for all the kind words! ^_^
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Herbert Neibling's Lyra on: April 02, 2013 06:45:36 AM
Suzanne - It's surprisingly warm while still being feather-light. It's a Shetland wool, which isn't known for being soft, but spun this fine (and myself having little itchiness towards Shetland anyway) it's very nice against the skin.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What am I doing wrong? on: March 27, 2013 07:05:26 PM
I think soozeq has it right. You are twisting your knit stitches, and possibly your purl stitches too, but that's hard to determine from the purl side of the stitch (in other words, I need to see it inside out to tell you). There are a number of ways you could be twisting your stitches, but predominately I see people twist their stitches by wrapping the yarn around the needle the wrong way.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Herbert Neibling's Lyra on: March 27, 2013 11:16:08 AM

This project is difficult to get a photo Grin I don't have a space large enough to spread it out, or a circular table to use. This shawl/tablecloth/thing is 56" across.

This is a pattern by Herbert Neibling called Lyra. I used ~2,500 yards of Lacis Shetland Cobweb. It was frighteningly thin in places but it held up to a pretty firm blocking. I had to block half the shawl at a time because I didn't have enough pins and finished somewhere around 2 in the morning!  Cheesy

blocking on a busy area rug (1st half!)

Some detail shots:

And an action shot.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for free pattern websites with pictures on: March 24, 2013 08:36:37 AM
one word: Ravelry.com.

huge database of patterns, people post pictures of their projects and they link to the source of the pattern.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What am I doing wrong? on: March 24, 2013 08:24:56 AM
can you post a larger, clearer close up photo of the stitches? I would love to help (and am very curious to see what causes this) but I can't see any detail.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Tiki Mug - Kanaloa (February Challenge the Potter) on: March 20, 2013 09:24:30 AM
Oh wow thanks! I hopped on Facebook right away to see! Cheesy
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Tiki Mug - Kanaloa (February Challenge the Potter) on: March 19, 2013 07:03:30 PM
Hi there! I wanted to introduce myself and show you my latest piece. My name is Amanda, and this guy is based off the Tiki god Kanaloa.

Kanaloa is symbolized by the squid or by the octopus, and is considered to be the god of the Underworld and a teacher of magic. (source:wikipedia) He is often depicted as tall and pale skinned.

On my facebook page I ask people to challenge me to make something they want to see. I put the suggestions in a bowl and draw out a random suggestion each month. In February, the Tiki Mug was the winner.

The first step is the sketch:

Then the creation. It took me a few days to throw a satisfactory hourglass shape. I am still learning  Smiley.

After I trimmed the bottom, I put on the decorative base and the handle. These parts hopefully invoke the idea of a squid.

I had to put the mug away at this point and returned to it a few days later. The first feature to appear was the nose, followed by the eyes, mouth, headpiece and "chin". I ran out of time to finish the final details:

But then after about 4 days had gone by I found myself in the studio again, and Kanaloa received his teeth and the carving.

I chose not to take a picture of him in bisque form, but here he is (again) glazed. I brushed on copper carbonate, sponged off the excess, and dipped the mug in plain matte and then a thin glaze called floating blue. All my glazes are supplied by the studio where I am a student.

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