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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Our Nursery from Outer Space! on: May 23, 2012 07:30:13 PM
Thank you all!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Our Nursery from Outer Space! on: May 23, 2012 09:26:50 AM
Our nursery is finished!  We are having a baby girl any day now, and I must say I'm rather pleased with how the space-themed nursery for her came out.

Our very nice landlady painted the room green for us, and my husband and I put up space decals purchased on Etsy.

My favorite part of it is the bookshelf.  We decided that we should have pictures of our space heroes, so there's Princess Leia and Captain Picard on the top, and Starbuck from Battlestar and Alan Rickman from Galaxy Quest on the bottom.  I knitted the alien and the rocket ship.

This is actually the rocking chair that my parents used when my sister and I were babies. My parents were awesome and painted it blue so it would go with the nursery.  And then a very awesome lady in my knitting group sewed us an OUTER SPACE BLANKET.  Amazing!

Notice Crow and Tom Servo from MST3K.  My husband got them for me for a Hannukah a few years ago, and they go great in the space.  The cloth is just a scrap I found at Joann's and hemmed.

Our fantastic friend got us this painting, which is perfect.

And then the crib, which isn't particularly space-y, though a friend did get us an alien lovey which I hope the baby loves as much as I do.  I put some antennae on the sleep sheep, which I'll have to remove as soon as she can move around, but for the first little bit they'll be OK.

Thanks for looking!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Underpants! (img heavy) on: May 20, 2008 03:51:35 PM
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4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Underpants! (img heavy) on: May 19, 2008 01:29:49 PM
So, my fabulous friend Ilyssa made me the best birthday gift ever: day of the week underpants where every day had a picture of one of my friends on it.  I loved it!  They were too fabulous to wear, so I decided to make them into home decor by turning them into a clothesline that's strung across one wall of my bedroom.  Wooden clothespins didn't have the right kick to them, so I painted them black.

Here are some pics of the whole thing:

From the other side:

And some closeups:




5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gogol Bordello Messenger Bag on: May 13, 2008 07:01:09 PM
Oh my god!  I love Gogol Bordello (coachella was the 5th time I've seen them  Tongue) and this bag is FABULOUS! 
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Mother's Day Fairy Card on: May 13, 2008 03:45:27 PM

When I became absurdly obsessed with the Klutz Fairy book, I decided to make my mother a Fairy mother's day card.  I made 9 fairies in her favorite color (green, as she's born on St Pats) and then to each of their legs I attached a snippet of a mother's day message, so all of them arranged together spell out the card.  She was so pleased with them she taped them to the wall above her dresser.  Voila!

Most of the fairies in order

The middle of the message

The first fairy (her message says, "Dear Mom")

The end of the message (you can sorta see that the last one says "Love, Sara."

Hope you like it!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Duck Hunt Sweater - pic heavy (now with charts!) on: March 31, 2008 10:07:08 AM
Oh my god, this is amazing!  The dog on the back is my favorite part!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Picture Frame Covers (With Instructions!) on: March 18, 2008 04:14:31 PM

Hi all,

It has taken me three months since I made these to get around to post pictures and instructions.  Le sigh.  Anyway, I knitted picture frame covers for my mom for xmas.  They were a pretty quick gift, and I thought other people might want to make some as well, so I have posted a knitting recipe (it isn't a pattern, as picture frames come in so many sizes that the frame covers need to be be bigger or smaller depending on your frame.)  Anyway, here goes:

The finished product:

The Knitting Recipe:

1. Pick your needles and your yarn.  I suggest going two or three needle sizes down from whatever you would normally use for that yarn, as I think these look better when they are stiff and no actual picture frame shows through.

2.  Take the following measurements of your picture frame: the perimeter of the inside edges, the length from inside corner to outside corner, the perimeter of the outside edges, and the width of the actual frame itself.  (see diagram)

2. Knit your gauge. 

3.  The key to the picture frame is an inch of negative ease (at least) all the way around (my first one came out far too loose).  So, cast on whatever number of stitches will give you an inch less both lengthwise and widthwise than the perimeter of the inside.  Put a marker between the stitches designated for each side.  For example, if the inside of my picture frame is 6 inches wide and 10 inches long, and Im getting 4 stitches per inch, I would CO 20 stitches, pm, 36 stitches, pm, 20 stitches, pm, 36 stitches, pm.  Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

4. Work 5 rounds in 1 x 1 ribbing, increasing one stitch on each side of each marker (I like to m1, but it is up to you.) 

5. Switch to stockinette stitch, and keep increasing on each side of the markers.  Knit until the length of the work where you did your increases is the same as the length from inside corner to outside corner.

6. Staying in stockinette stitch, continue to knit in the round until you have worked enough stitches after you finished increasing to cover the width of your picture frame. (dont remove your markers)  You could even do a row less here if you wanted to.

7.  Start decreasing by doing paired decreases on either side of your markers in stockinette stitch.  (k2tog before the marker, ssk afterwards.)  Because were now on the back of the frame, you can either do this until the stockinette portion of the frame cover on the back is the same length as the stockinette portion of the frame cover on the front side, or more or less. 

8.  Work 5 rounds in 1 x 1 rib, continuing the decreases.  Bind off tightly.  Weave in ends.  Put on frame.  Voila!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pom Pom Tote Bag on: March 04, 2008 02:42:28 PM
I'm taking my first sewing class, and I've just finished my first project!  Wee!  I'm a bit too proud of it.  It's got interior interfacing, two pockets (the inside one is divided up so that it's good for crochet hooks), and a pom pom on the outside.  I love pom poms far too much, and they may end up on all future bags too.  Anyway, here it is:

The front:

The back:

Inside shot:

Thanks for looking!  I'm sure I'll be posting more interesting ones soon.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Butterflies and Fruit (?!) Pleated Tote (Now with Tutorial!) on: March 04, 2008 02:39:08 PM
Thanks so much for the tute!  I just made my first tote bag and am determined how to make the next ones schmancier
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