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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Subversive Cross Stitch... with squirrels! on: May 06, 2007 02:32:09 PM
This is my first cross stitching attempt, and it felt like it took forever!  I  used a design from the Subversive Cross Stitch book by Julie Jackson.  I think I chose the tamest design in there  Grin.

There is more info on my blog, if you're interested Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Hawkeye" Unisex Adult Cadet Hat --My favorite hat ever :) on: April 29, 2007 07:26:43 PM
I never thought I'd find it, the perfect hat!  After many tries and tweeks here is Hawkeye.  I am totally in love with it, and it seems to look good on anyone; I'm thrilled!  I need to make myself a summer version, ASAP!

My hat (above) is the Medium size, knit with Cestari 2-Ply Wool in "Blackberry."  I love the tweediness of this yarn.  It's a very natural yarn which supposedly still contains the natural lanolin oils in the wool.  It's a little rough and stiff feeling, compared to other wools I've used (plus there are still bits of hay in it), but a wash in Kookaburra softened it up some!  I still love the color and my hat looks great so it outweighs any gripes about the yarn Wink

Here is my husband wearing the Large size, it's knit with Cascade 220 superwash (Love this yarn) and it's very soft but a little less structured than the Cestari version.  I think it looks fantastic on him  Kiss

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My First Fair Isle! Green, white and pink Inga Hat on: April 18, 2007 07:17:21 PM

Pattern: Inga Hat a free pattern from Ewenique Fiber
Yarn: KnitPicks Merino Style in Mint (23445) , Vanilla (23444), and Rhubarb (23443)
Needles: Addi Turbo size 3 16 circular, Denise size 5 17 circular

I am quite pleased with how this hat turned out!  There are so many things I like about it: the yarn, the colors, and the way the pattern really came together row by row.  I wish I would have loosened up while knitting it, it is pretty puckered from my floats being too tight.  I didn't keep my color dominance the same throughout either, I don't think.  It's definitely not perfect, but I love it all the same!  Grin

 Let me know what you think, I bought the pattern for EunnyJang's Anemoi Mitts so I'm hoping I can dive into those now that I have a little practice with stranded knitting.

There's some more info and reflections on the process on the blog if you're interested!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two self-striping Sophie Bags (3 images) on: April 18, 2007 12:58:24 PM
I wanted to share some Sophie Bags I made awhile ago.  I like how this pattern is a really quick knit, and you can finish it up in a day!  I haven't decided what I'll do with these bags, I may end up giving them as gifts!

Pattern: Sophie Bag by Julie Anderson, for www.magknits.com
Yarn: Patons SWS (Left, Vero Tweed by Naturally (Right)

The Patons SWS version is made according to the pattern, for the Vero version I went up a needle size to US11.  I also knit 3 i-cords on the Vero version for the handle and braided them, instead of just the two twisted i-cords.

I felted both these by hand, because my washing machine must have the wussiest agitation cycle ever.  Luckily both these yarns felted up fast!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kiddie Cadet Hat (With the Cutest Model EVER) on: April 16, 2007 03:30:31 PM
Ok, so the model is my daughter so I may be a little biased.  Grin

I designed this hat with my sister (gschnebly on here).  I really wanted a child's hat that was cute and unique, but not too crazy that my daughter couldn't wear it every day.  My husband ususally thinks the things I knit for her are too cutesy, but he totally loves this hat, so I'm glad it got his approval  Smiley

I knit the hat from the bottom up, and used a short row technique for the bill.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out!  We designed the hat so it can be knit in three different sizes, and our older sister is having a baby in a couple of weeks, so Grace knit up the infant size for her already, she will be the most stylish newborn at the hospital!

6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Tons of Easter Egg dyed Yarn--With link to in depth tutorial (Image Heavy) on: April 15, 2007 04:57:18 PM
I had almost given up on finding a easy and inexpensive way to dye yarn after I had a unsuccessful try at kool-aid dyeing using the microwave.  After seeing the vibrant colors that Easter egg dyes produced on eggs, I was hoping the same thing would happen on yarn... well... let me know, how'd I do?

On the left is KnitPicks Bare superwash sock yarn, the right is Cascade 220

I decided to try a stovetop method to set the yarn, and it worked so much better and I found it easier than the microwave.  I put together a step-by-step tutorial on my blog if you're interested in seeing the process and trying it out yourself!


Below are more pictures of sock yarn, I am so excited to be able to have handpainted sock yarn for a fraction of the price of others I've seen.  I've stocked up on super cheap Easter dye kits now that the holiday has passed and I can't wait to do more!
There are lots more pictures there, and on my Flickr site if you're interested!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished Backyard Critters, from CraftyAlien--Owl, Fox, Skunk, Raccoon! on: April 15, 2007 04:21:59 PM
Aren't these the cutest things you've ever seen?

Pattern: Backyard CrittersFox, Skunk, Raccoon. Owl
Pattern Source: http://craftyalien.etsy.com Patterns from CraftyAlien, one animal from each version of her Backyard Critters line.

I made these little critters to give to my daughter on Easter, and she adores them.  I love how these guys turned out, this pattern is well written and designed, and the finished toys are to die for!  I made a few modifcations, but nothing major.  The hardest part was trying to get the faces to look as cute as the originals Smiley

What do you think? Don't they make you just go "AWWWWWWWW...!"

Yarn info and a couple more pictures are on my blog and flickr site!
8  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel Needed -- Ongoing Wish Swap 8 from AGES AGO! ANGEL FOUND on: August 22, 2006 03:29:27 PM
Hey Ladies, I am back from vacation and found out there is STILL a package that has not been recieved from Ongoing Wish swap EIGHT...

The wonderful Lasandri has now been flaked on TWICE for the same thing, once by her original volunteer, and also by her angel...OUCH!  Sad Sad

Here is her original wish:

A little sewn case for my umbrella. I lost the case and the little loop hangy thingee broke off so I end up holding it in hand and I'm scared I'll leave it in the bus.I was hoping for a little case that matches it (a case with a loop), like one with little clouds, or something like that. Here is a pic of my umbrella and the dimensions:


Thanks all!  Please reply here and PM me if you would like to be an angel!

I know one of you will come through for the wonderful Lasandri!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How RUDE! Knitting comment in Glamour Magazine on: June 19, 2006 03:25:06 PM
I was looking through the new July issue of Glamour magazine and came across a little section with reader quotes entitled, "The bad habit I won't quit" (p. 107)

From one Chicago woman:

Implying that knitting is worse than chewing on the insides of her cheeks... ewww.  I'm sure she was trying to be funny but still...
10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Ongoing Wish Swap 8 --Angel Found! on: June 17, 2006 10:29:37 AM
Hey all, unfortunately we had a package go missing overseas for this swap, so I need to call for an angel for....


Here's here list, she gave lots of variety, YAY!

Please reply here and PM me if you can fulfill her wish and the Swap Angel obligations, I would prefer to have someone who could send out fairly soon, since she's been waiting quite some time Smiley

- a hat like this for my puppy: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83035.0 ill give you messurments

- a needle roll, i need one DESPERATLY, i need it to be atleast 14 inches tall as most of my needles are that long, and i can pm you with the other sizes (i have dpns and circulars)

- supplies: i would looove cute scrap book papers, stamps and ink pads, blank notecards

- some kinda kit. could be stress releif, boredom, learn to _____ this ______ kit, anything

- something in memory of my brother.. anything, if you need pictures of him to come up with something cool i can give you some.. june 21, 1981-march 28th, 2003 <3

- a bag like this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=55325.0 in some really cute fabric, like stars, or something, pm me for any ideas. or black, with like checkard inside, and embellished on the outside with something rockin!

- a kit to make some lipglosses

- a painting of a firefighter. i have this really awesome picture of my brothers black shadow in front of a bunch of flames, so maybe something like that? my brother was a firefighter and it would be so awesome to have a picture of a firefighter with maybe RIP eric griffith and the dates at the bottom. you dont have to frame it, i can frame it. if you want to know dates let me know!

- any of the found books, or back issues of found magazine

- a swap journal, i have on already but i want another!! maybe with a spot for organizing as well

- anything from my wists: http://www.wists.com/hertrigger

- anything wedding. i just got engaged and im in the works of getting all kinds of wedding books (i like the ones with step by step instructions and check lists and stuff) or maybe even something cute with me and the boys initials, or something that me and the boy can have matching of.

- something for my fiance. he loooooves the simpsons (his favorite is moe), and ICP (dont ask). he wears alot of shirts (hahaha, who doesnt), so maybe a L-XL in mens.

- an apron, there is one on my wists that i LOOVE!

alright, my name is vanessa and im newly 22 years old (i dont feel any different). i love skulls, stars, hearts, and checkards prints. i love anything black and red or black and hot pink. i love my chemical romance, marilyn monroe, cow, giraffe and "punkish". i live in southern california and its getting to be about a million degrees. i have short blackish/reddish hair (hair bobby pins are a new thing for me!) people say im "goth" but im not, just because i wear black doesnt mean im goth. ive also been called punk, which im not. i just like the style. thank you in advance if you choose me!
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