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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first Nautie! on: July 06, 2006 02:10:11 PM
Today I finally used my new bamboo dpns (courtesy of my secret FOC  Grin) and I can say knitting in the round was a breeze with those! I also made my first icords.
And all in all, here's what I made.. a Nautie! Pattern is here: http://www.knitty.com/issuespring06/PATTnautie.html
It didn't really look ok until it was finished. I was planning to send it as a present for someone, but.. my soon to be dh claimed it as "his" nautie.  Roll Eyes

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black corduroy polka dots hobo bag on: May 22, 2006 02:32:26 AM
Here's another take on the hobo bag tinafish style!
I made this for hertrigger, for the may birthday swap (link to her pics).
I sooo wanted to keep it  Wink

It's lined in black/white polka dot fabric.
Thanks for looking!
3  EUROPE / ITALY / Very nice knitting shop on: May 17, 2006 03:23:17 AM

This is a lovely, lovely shop!! Good prices and a good assortment of yarns. They also have knitting classes and supplies. Located in Milano.

Negozio molto bello in zona Navigli a Milano, un po' difficile da trovare, ma ne vale la pena! Ieri ho trovato buoni prezzi, cortesia, un buon assortimento, e un sacco di consigli utili. Non tengono tutte le marche di filati, ma ne vale ugualmente la pena  Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first *2* knitting projects.. pantas! on: May 15, 2006 06:18:42 AM
I picked up knitting for my 30th birthday (which was last week) and after some practice, I proceeded to my first project in 20 years or so.. a panta! I think it turned out quite well, it's very soft (100% merino wool) and stretchy, and it covers my head and ears nicely. I messed up a couple of stitches (knit instead of purl) but all in all I'm satisfied! I took several pics with my cell phones, here they are  Grin
No need to say.. I'm totally hooked on knitting now  Wink

here is the pic of my second knitting project.. guess what, another panta!
This time I made it in cotton yarn, not as wide as the woolen one, and I made my first attempt at braids cables (sorry.. hehe.. in italian they are called "braids"!!) They were really easy and fun!
Here's the picture:
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Spring/summer bag for my mom on: May 03, 2006 01:00:18 AM
Yesterday I made this bag, I used a home dec taffeta for the exterior, and a skirt lining material that my mom gave me for the purse lining. The colors coordinate perfectly!
I added some pleats, a magnetic snap and a strap connected with metal loop thingys..
I love how it turned out! My mom really liked it too.
Today they're going to the sea for a couple of weeks , so I'm glad she'll be able to take it with her.

Here you can see a picture of it among some of her pretty plants.. that I'll have to take care of while she's gone  Wink

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / granny style snap closure -- help on: April 28, 2006 04:23:57 AM
Today I bought a cute metal frame to use as a snap closure (?!?!) for a coin pouch or something like that. I don't know what it's called so I can't even look it up.. sigh
If you know what I mean though.. do you have any suggestions on how to attach it safely? Should I use some glue too?
I'll try to post pics in a sec. Thanks!

*edit* here's the pic:

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help- bag closure on: April 20, 2006 04:59:43 PM
The other day I made a bag very similar to this (unintentionally.. hehe that's funny)

It's so pretty, I love it! The problem is, it's really wide open! Even if I put a button in the middle, it would still be ridiculously open at the sides..

I was wondering if anyone has made a bag similar to this, and how they have managed the closure bit!

Thanks, mata
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / *nearly* finished objects on: April 20, 2006 04:46:45 PM
Here is a quilt that I should definitely try to finish.. I'm not even going to quilt it, all I have to do is sandwich it and bind it! It was supposed to be a xmas present for my bf's mother. As you can see, it's all sparkly. Lazy me..  Roll Eyes


This is a pic of a hawaiian quilt block I made. Actually, I have already finished the applique part but can't find the pic.. GRR  Tongue


All I have to do is quilt it and finish it! I don't really know how I should quilt it though...

I am supposed to make another hawaiian quilt block for a swap, in black and white. I haven't decided what pattern to use yet; this one was ok to applique, but I'm trying to see what other simple patterns I could use. Suggestions? Free resources on www?

Thanks for looking!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Need advice - my cousin is getting married! on: April 18, 2006 05:26:39 AM
My cousin is getting married in May, and I am trying to find a quilt pattern that I can finish in less than 1 month. It has to be at least queen size.
I am thinking about a pattern I found on Jodie Davis's book "Paper pieced curves", I will scan the pic as soon as I can so you can see what I have in mind. It looks a bit difficult though: it has inset piecing, which I've never done.
I would love to receive some suggestions from you! Pics, inspiration, block ideas....
The one thing I really don't want to make them is a scrappy quilt; I'd love a pattern that's fairly easy to put together, and at the same time that looks great so I can show off  Grin
Thanks for your help!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stenciled t-shirt (with graphic used) on: March 30, 2006 12:30:03 AM
Hi! I made this stenciled tee for my partner in the "what are you listening while crafting" cd swap. I really like it, so I am posting the pic that she kindly took hoping that you'll like it too :-)
I modified a cassette tape image I found on the internet, and then added a japanese text. You can download the b/w graphic I used here: http://www.localloop.org/blog/uploads/Immagini/stencil_craftster.jpg I printed out the image on freezer paper, then coated it with clear scotch tape, then I cut out the stencil using a cutter. Then I realized I couldn't iron the freezer paper on the shirt anymore since the iron would melt the tape  Embarrassed So I lightly sprayed the back of the stencil with glue, and put it on the t-shirt. I applied the color using a thick sponge.. (oh, of course you have to put a newspaper or something inside the t-shirt, or the color will bleed through) Next time I am going to try a sponge roller that I just bought. Since I'm a lazy gal, I didn't want to wait for it to dry, so I blew-dried it a bit, and then ironed it. I think it came out nicely!

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