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21  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 13! in The Swap Gallery by sneeg on: August 29, 2006 11:10:37 AM
i'm glad the wraps match and fit, bubba*tink - they were super quick (nothing says quick like size 19 needles) and i think i've fallen in love with that yarn (malabrigo)

i also recieved a knitting supply pouch from avsceriline and it is perfect.  if i hadn't told my husband that it was handmade, he would have assumed it was store-bought.  per usual, i'm terrible at taking pictures and they colors are a little washed out by the flash:

as you can see, i've lost so many little pairs of scissors that i've resorted to using nail clippers instead (added bonus: they are much easier to get on a plane), so i really needed this!  thankyouthankyou!
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22  turing machine t-shirt (my very first stencil) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by sneeg on: August 15, 2006 08:08:31 PM
I love how it turned out!  (my son's name is Turing)

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23  my fabulous items! in The Swap Gallery by sneeg on: July 26, 2006 12:02:12 PM
hurricane_sc made a Turing-based package for me!  (my son's name is Turing after Alan Turing)  She made this great bag with a little coin purse and a pin:

It is all perfect!  My husband was super skeptical of the entilre swap process, but this has won him over.  Thank you, hurricane_sc, it's perfect!
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24  Re: Geek Pride Swap Round 2 - Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sneeg on: July 10, 2006 11:55:59 AM
Here is what I sent to hurricane_sc:

She listed a lot of music related stuff and my post-stalking suggested she liked both knitted things and purses, so the big thing was a felted music related purse.  If I was going to do it again, there are a few little things I'd change, but I'm happy with it:

The two smaller items were ment to be housewarming-type presents
She also mentioned that she really likes owls, so I embroidered owls onto some towels.  ha.  It had been a LONG time since I had done any embroidery, and I'm pleased with how it turned out:

Post-stalking also revealed that she really likes Wikipedia.  Every good home needs some Wikipedia coasters.  This was my very first decoupage project and the primary thing I learned was to clean my house, first - two cats and all hardwood floors meant I picked a lot of cat hair out of the glue. 

This was a ton of fun and a good reason to do crafts besides knitting.  Yippee!
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25  Turing's sun hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by sneeg on: July 05, 2006 07:59:17 PM
I made this hat for my son a few weeks ago, as we take him out on walks about three times a day.  It was great.  I got tons of random compliments while walking around . . . then we lost it, yesterday.  Boo!  I guess I'll be making another . . .

I used 1 skein of Plymouth Fantasy Naturale (140 yards).  Turing's head was 18 inches around at the time, though I purposefully made it too bit so he could grow into it a bit

Cast on 6 stitches on size 8 double pointed needles
Put 2 stitches on 3 needles, knit in the round
round 1: [k1, increase1] three times
round 2: [k2, increase1] three times
round 3: [k3, increase1] three times
 . . .
round 6: [k6, increase1] three times

repeat the following two round until you reach the circumference that you want:
round a: [k1, m1, knit to last, increase1] on each needle
round b: [knit to last, increase1] on each needle

For this hat, I knit until there were 32 stitches on each needle (total of 96 stitches)

Switch to circular needles.

knit for 3 inches.

For the hat brim:
round1: increase on every stitch
round2: [k1, slip1, p1, slip1]
round3,4,5: [k2, p2]
round6,7,8,9,10: knit

I used a picot bind off:
[chain cast on 2, bind off 6]

If the hat is too big, tighten it by adding a bow - use some extra yarn and weave [over two stitches/under two stitches] about 1 inch up from the brim.  Tighten and tie off.


Ta da!

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26  Turing's baby quilt . . . monkies and bananas and sushi and tomatoes. Really. in Quilting: Completed Projects by sneeg on: May 06, 2006 09:03:44 PM
I made this quilt for my boy.  He's now six months old . . . I had it 80% finished about 9 months ago, but totally stalled on the hand quilting.  I was doing hand quilting in the shape of bananas.  I finally gave up and just finished it by machine last week.  I guess that will make it more sturdy . . .

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27  Re: punk schoolgirl maternity skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sneeg on: May 01, 2005 12:49:34 PM
Thanks for all your comments!

miss_katonic - i'm also due in october, and i am quite jealous that you are only just now having your cloths get tight; my regular cloths stopped fitting well at the beginning of month 3 . . .

anyway, i made another skirt with this method.  this one is just an a-line skirt from a pattern that i love.  the angle of the picture makes it look longer than it actually is - it goes to just below my knees.  and i *do* have a 4.5 month belly!

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28  Simplicity 5106 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by sneeg on: April 18, 2005 05:07:09 PM
When I went to SF and bought maternity cloths, I could not bring myself to spend over $100 on a nice dress that wasn't perfect.  And, so, I have set out to make myself a dress.  I don't expect it to be perfect, but I expect it to be good.

Now that I "work" in a fabric store, I get a fabulous discount.  I made the following dress from remnants, so the actual material cost was fairly low, considering the dress is made of silk:

I'm fairly happy with it, though I wish the silk was a bit more drapey than stiff.  And the nice thing about simple maternity cloths is how little fitting there is to do - I made this dress in two days.
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29  Butterick 3134 - skirt in Sewing Pattern Reviews by sneeg on: April 21, 2004 04:28:02 PM
Before owning a sewing machine, my two favorite skirts were wrap around skirts from the same pattern.  My grandmother had made one of them in the 50's (brownish) and I made one in the 90's (blue).  They are comfortable and cotton and fun and easy to run in.  However, I've essentially worn these skirts out - they're frayed in parts and the pockets are tearing off.  I've made a number of small, imperfect repairs on them just to extend their lives a little longer.

It has been past time to replace them for a long time and it came down to making more of the same skirt or trying something new.  And, while I loved the wrap-arounds, they do get frustrating to deal with in the wind, so I looked for a new pattern.  The new pattern is Butterick 3134.  The fabric is from the super discount bin.

The pattern was very straightforward and easy to follow.  The waistband interfacing seems like it will work out really well and hold up over time.  It fits me fairly well (and I suspect I'll like it more after a couple of washes to soften it up).  The only real alteration I had to make was hemming it up about 5 inches so it was actually knee length.

So, yes, as soon as another fabulous fabric shows up in the super discount bin, I'll have another skirt.
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30  Re:Wedding crafts in Weddings and Bridal Showers by sneeg on: April 11, 2004 07:30:49 PM
Here are photos of our wedding announcements and the reception invitations.  (we had a very, very small family wedding and we're having the big party six months later). Technically, they're supposed to be in separate envelopes, but we liked this design too much to pass it up.  We actually did everything ourselves except make the paper or the outer envelope!  It was a *ton* of work and took longer than expected, but everyone really liked them and it was cool to have made them together.  Sorry the photos didn't work out so well, we were just learning how to use our new camera.

The outer evelope was vellum and we wrote the addresses with one of those japanese jelly pens with just a little bit of glitter in it.  This part was cheap, since we used a standard sized envelope and worked pretty well except when the eyelets on the invitation caught the vellum.

The inner part is cut from posterboard.  This part was relatively cheap, but a pain to cut out.  There are also a few problems with posterboard - when it gets folded, it can start to fray along the fold and when it is in bright light, it starts to fade.

We used velcro to close the inner part - these were pre-cut circles from a fabric store and worked fantasticly.  And we love that there was velcro on our announcements, it just amuses us a lot.

So, the actual announcement was printed on a thinly lined white vellum paper.  We cut this announcement out over a patterned paper (so each one was a little different) and used eyelets to secure it to the envelope.  This looks really cool, but takes forever to do.  I think we ended up doing 80 invitations over 2 months and it just got tedious.  Cool, but tedious.  On the left side is a little pocket made from folding over the envelope and using eyelets to secure it.  In the pocket had the reception information and a response postcard in it.

In the end, it was a lot cheaper that paying someone else to make announcements and we did get exactly what we wanted.  And our marriage survived the frustration of making all of them, so it looks like we're good to go from here!
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