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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Book of Kells Cross Stitch on: October 29, 2008 08:48:30 PM
Hi!  I'm new to posting, though I've browsed for, uhm, a while.  I do some needlework - mostly cross-stitch, but generally only when I'm watching television.  I've really enjoyed the forum, and wanted to post something of my own.  I went to Ireland for the first time last year (I live in the US).  Although I didn't have much time in Dublin, I had to see the Book of Kells.  It was pretty incredible.  Afterwards, I picked this cross-stitch kit in the Trinity College library gift shop.  It's an illuminated letter (a G) based on the illuminated letters in the Book of Kells. 

I worked on it off and on over the course of a couple months & am very happy with the results.  The pattern was designed by Celtic Cross Stitch in County Mayo, Ireland, on the web at http://www.celticxstitch.ie.

Hope you enjoyed!
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / hey y'all! on: October 24, 2008 02:57:48 PM
I signed up for Craftster in, uh, 2005.  Then lost the thread, then regained it.  I'm not as crafty as all y'all - the urge comes and goes for me, depending on other interests - but I've been crafti-er lately, and was motivated to figure out my old name and password as I was organizing a gift for a chick who's gotten into spinning lately. 

I do a bit of needlework, especially cross-stitch, and also am a modest crocheter and knitter.   I like making simple jewelry pieces, too, and have been doing more of that lately and I've been enjoying the jewelry and trinkets board and inspired by all the great things y'all do.  I've been thinking about getting a basic sewing machine for simple sewing projects.  (Believe it or not - I have a serger, inherited, but don't know how to use it!)
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Birthday present for a spinner? on: October 20, 2008 03:17:32 PM
I should start by saying that I don't spin my own yarn, and my knitting/crocheting skills are pretty meager, but I have a friend and co-worker who loves knitting and crocheting, and has started spinning her own yarn.  I know that she purchased a spinning wheel this summer, and occasionally brings in pieces that she's died and/or spun to show off.  Her birthday is coming up - this weekend! - and I'm in charge of putting together the present from the group.  I'll have $60 to $80, maybe more, to work with, and I'd like to put together a present including a few nice things and some treats and treasures.  I live in a small town, and there's just one local yarn shop, which my friend doesn't seem to like very much. 

Obviously, I'm starting a bit late and don't have much time to order anything, but if I scramble, I'm sure it'll be fine. 

I was thinking about getting her some sort of book and fiber of some sort - but I'm rather lost.   When knitting was her first love, I was much better at putting a present together!

I was considering a few books that are available in my local bookstore, including Intertwined by Lexi Boeger or The Yarn-Lover's Guide to Hand-Dying by Linda Labelle.  Any other suggestions? 

If I buy fiber for her, how many ounces should I buy?  How much do you need to make something? 

Does anyone have any other suggestions?  I'd really appreciate it, if you did.  Thanks so much!

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