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1  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!
2  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:




3  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!
4  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!

5  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.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Decemberists Hoodie on: February 21, 2008 02:10:31 PM
This birthday gift is only 3 1/2 months late...

Anyway, I like the way it turned out, but doing the letters was difficult because it's hard to be subtle with changing letter widths in embroidery.  I hope the very belated birthday girl likes it!

the hoodie:

and a close-up of the embroidery:
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wine Cork Board on: February 21, 2008 11:19:45 AM
I'm sure there are a billion of these, but I was really happy with the way mine came out so I had to post it.  After 3 years of wine cork collecting (i'm kind of a wino), and then finishing the cork part but procrastinating about gluing on the ribbon, c'est fini!  I like it lots.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Resin Coasters, Magnets, and Bottlecaps on: February 13, 2008 03:42:11 PM
All the resin stuff looked so fabulous that I had to try it, so my friends and I dedicated our saturday night sleepover to it.  Here are the bottlecaps, coasters, and magnets we made.  The coaster with fruit tic tacs in it is my favorite.

sorry my pictures are so small!  Photo uploading is not my forte.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wine Hat and Scarf (pattern included!) on: January 07, 2008 01:54:22 PM
Hi all,

This is the first pattern I've posted to craftster.  It's a quick holiday gift: a completely unnecessary scarf and hat made for a wine bottle.  Hope you like it!

Caron Simply Soft in red (MC) and green (CC) (1 skein each)
silver Lion Brand Glitterspun (1 skein)

size 6 dpns (but it's not terribly important, especially for the scarf)

16 sts/4 inces, but again, not too important

CO 8 stitches of MC

Rows 1 & 2: (MC) work 1 x 1 rib for two rows, do not cut
Rows 3 & 4: tie on (CC), work 1 x 1 rib for two rows
Rows 5 & 6: same as rows 1-2, bring yarn up from previous rows without cutting
Rows 7 & 8: (cc), work 1 x 1 rib for two rows, bring yarn up from previous rows without cutting

knit to desired length (I think mine was around 12 inches) BO

weave in ends,

Add fringe using glitterspun.  The instructions here (http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/2006/02/putting-fringe-on-knit-scarf.html) are pretty good.

Place the scarf on your wine bottle, and determine where you want it to cross.  Then sew the scarf together at that point using MC, as otherwise you will never get the scarf to stay on the bottle.

CO 24 sts in MC.  divide evenly among 3 dps.

Rows 1 & 2: work 2 rows in 1 x 1 rib, do not cut yarn
Rows 3 & 4: tie on CC, work two rows 1 x 1 rib

Rows 5 & 6: switch to MC without cutting yarn, work 2 rows stockinette stitch
Rows 7 & 8: switch to CC without cutting yarn, work 2 rows stockinette stitch

work until hat measures desired length, I think mine was around 3.5 inches but you can make a longer or shorter hat if you'd like.

decrease round: *k2tog* repeat to end of round

repeat decrease round until 6 stitches remain.  cut yarn, pull through live stitches, tie off.

weave in ends

top fringe: this is tricky because the hat is so small.  I found that the best thing to do is cut fringe as you would for the scarf.  Then using a tapestry needle or a crochet hook, pull the pieces halfway through the top of the hat so that each end sticks up out of the top of the hat.  Then, cut a new, longer piece of glitterspun and tie it tightly around the base of the fringe to secure it, and then draw the ends of cut piece up through the fringe you just tied together to make them part of the fringe, and then cut to make all ends the same size.  If that's confusing, I can try to rewrite it in a way that makes sense

The whole project takes an hour, so it makes a good last minute gift!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Mom's Xmas top on: January 02, 2008 04:46:44 PM
Hello Sublime Stitchers,

Here's the top I made for my Mom this year.  Hope you like it!

(there's a snowflake on the back, but I didn't take a picture of it.  Oh well.)

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