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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / This here giraffe on: February 09, 2009 02:24:31 PM
I've gotten hooked into needle felting lately...this is my third (and best so far) project. I've used the instructions from Wool Pets to make both of these guys.

And the blue guy below was my first attempt. Not quite a giraffe or really anything, but I still think he's cute.

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Little Chicken - My first project! on: January 21, 2009 04:23:10 PM

This is my first attempt at needle felting. I used the chicken in Wool Pets by Lauri Sharp for a guide. His proportions aren't quite right and adding his bead eyes was a bit of a challenge. Thanks for looking! Tips and tricks are appreciated.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kandinsky Inspired Slippers on: January 08, 2009 08:30:27 AM

I wasn't sure if these should be posted in knitting or felting, but I knitted them first, so I put them here. I used the keep away slipper pattern (ravelry) and then used wool roving I got a Hobby Lobby to needle felt the polka dot things on and add the thrums. They're warmer than socks and fit perfectly! I only increased up to 24sts so they weren't too wide.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wiggle Fingerless Gloves :: With Pattern on: December 02, 2008 08:15:20 AM

I was bored one day, so I made these up. Here's the pattern....it's the first time i've written one out, so please respond with corrections!

Wiggle Fingerless Mitts

Yarn: Worsted weight and soft. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca. It took much less than one skein.
Needles: Size 6 dpns.

CO 44 sts an join rnd, careful not to twist
R1: (p1, k4) 4 times. p1. work in 1x1 rib, starting with a knit st, to the end of the round. Repeat this rnd 1 more time.

R3: ( p1,C4B, p1, k4) 2x. p1. work in 1x1 rib, starting with a knit st, to the end of the round.
R4: work the same as rnd 1.

R5: Work in cable panel pattern as follows:

1: (p1, k4, p1, C4F) 2x. p1. work rest of round in stockinette.
2: (p1, k4) 4 times. p1. work rest of round in stockinette.
3: (p1, C4B, p1, k4) 2x. p1. work rest of round in stockinette.
4: work same as round 2

Repeat these 4 rounds until you're ready to place the thumb. for me, that was at 4 inches.

Thumb: For the right hand, work across the cable panel. K2. Using waste yarn, k7; slip these sts back to left needle and k them again using working yarn. Continue working the rest of the round in pattern.

For the left hand, work the round you're on until 9 sts remain on the left needle. Using waste yarn, k7; slip these sts back to left needle and k them again using working yarn. K2.

After setting up to make the thumb, work in pattern for another 2 inches and BO. Almost done!

Finish the Thumb:
Remove the waste yarn and place resulting live sts on two double-point needles. There will be 7 sts below the opening and 6 sts above. Attach yarn and k the 7 sts on lower needle; using a second needle, pick up and k 2 sts (I wrap the picked up sts. to help avoid holes) in the space between the upper and lower needle, k first 3 sts from upper needle; using a third needle, k remaining 3 sts from upper needle and pick up (and wrap, if desired) and k 2 sts in space between this needle and lower needle. 17 sts.

K 4 rounds. BO and weave in ends.

Ta Da!

Blogged here:
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / *Paper Window Frame* on: October 03, 2008 07:11:26 AM

I framed out my window with a little brown craft paper, some freehand curves, and tape to stick it up. It's a cheap easy solution for a small apartment.

I did something similar years ago for a headboard -

I think it would look a little weird to do both a headboard and a window in the same room. But when I had no space, no budget and wanted a little whimsy, this worked well.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / brooklyntweed "Square" hat on: September 14, 2008 10:37:20 AM

I loved making this hat! It was quick and fun. The pattern is Turn a Square by jared flood for brooklyntweed. Here's the link to the pattern: http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/2008/07/turn-square-pattern-now-available.html

I used 0-wool balance, which is a 50/50 cotton wool blend. It's perfect for the mild but damp and windy Texas winters.

I haven't knit anything I like this much in a long time!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little Purple Socks on: September 08, 2008 03:44:55 PM

I whipped these up (and by whipped, I mean I waited 3 months between socks) with some knit picks bare sock yarn I dyed and a stitch pattern I made up after a bit of trial and error.

I used the universal toe up sock recipe from knitty and this is the stitch pattern I made up:
k 1 round
sl1 kfb psso both sts, repeat for the round
k1 round
k1 sl1 kfb psso both sts, repeat for the round

The full blogpost: http://wagonfullofstars.blogspot.com/2008/09/little-purple-socks.html#links
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Spare Change Quilt on: July 06, 2008 09:08:26 AM
I made this for my cousin, who had a baby boy in early june. it's based on the stacked coins quilt from last minute quilted gifts. I really wish I had a walking foot, as the quilting is really bunchy in places. But overall I like it and i hope she does too.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Artichoke Socks on: April 21, 2008 07:24:03 AM

I made these using a free pattern I found through Ravelry - http://www.soxie.com/artichokes.html (it's not a Ravelry link though, so if you're not a member, you can still see it.

It was a fun pattern to make and I really like the Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn, it seems very durable.

It's a shame that it's too warn to wear them now, but oh, well.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Monster - Kitty on: March 21, 2008 07:19:05 AM

I originally made this toy with the idea that it was going to be a little monster, but somewhere along the way, it turned into a kitten. Well, my husband thinks it's a chipmunk, but I ruined it by putting on the nose.

Anyway, I used the Loveable Toys Pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts and I followed the directions for the bear head. The yarn is all mystery stuff from deep in my stash. I've had the fun fur lingering for almost 2 years. It's soft and a pretty color and it makes more sense to use it for a toy than fashion.

There's a close up of the face and the back on the blog for anyone interested.
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