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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chinese trouser panel cross stitch (from a kit) on: October 08, 2009 01:47:21 AM
This was my first cross stitch project in many, many, many years ... I bought this kit at a craft fair last year and plonked it away for a rainy day.  The rainy day came upon me one evening when I'd finished a knitting project but couldn't decide what to knit next.

I don't know how long it took me ... maybe 3 weeks (just working in the evenings).  I was kindof concerned about making something from a kit, because it felt a little un-creative somehow.  But I'm really very happy with the result:

(It really is rectangular, the photo is taken from a bad angle)

The kit came from Traveller's Tales:  http://www.travellers-tales.com/ - it's called the "Mien trouser panel".  I had a couple of disappointments - the chart was wrong in a few places, and some of it was printed so lightly that I had to go over with a pen and mark in the stitches by looking at a photo of the finished project.

I was also very disappointed that the needle which came with the kit broke when I was only about halfway done!  I've broken many sewing machine needles before, but never any kind of hand-sewing needle.  So I finished it with a not-quite-appropriate (too sharp, too long, and too hard to thread) needle that I had on hand.  I feel like doing more embroidery now so I guess I should shop for some good quality embroidery needles.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first ever quilt on: September 14, 2009 08:59:55 AM
When I ordered flannel for making cloth nappies, I somewhat overcatered ... so I used the many leftovers for this baby quilt for my little girl. The circles were great for using up the small pieces left over from cutting out nappies.

Here is the back:

I was inspired and guided by this tutorial: http://andothersillythings.blogspot.com/2009/07/polka-dot-quilt-tutorial.html

Sewing the circles was kinda tedious, kinda fun. I think it would have been much more fun with more different fabrics - working with just two colours made the piecing a bit boring.  I'm really pleased with it, can't wait to make the next one!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / An IKEA fabric makeover for our kitchen sofa on: January 21, 2009 05:37:47 AM
My in-laws gave us a Swedish wooden "kitchen sofa" when we moved into our new house - and I love it, but a wooden sofa is not the most comfortable thing to sit on!

While shopping in IKEA one day I saw a pile of this fabric: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60141083 on sale and had a vision.

So I convinced my husband that I needed a few bolts of this fabric and 5 cheap cushions.  He let me buy it all (and didn't even argue that I could use the stash!) and went into town to get a big piece of foam from a store that makes boat cushions.  I covered the five cheap cushions first (easy) and then tackled making a seat cushion by covering the big piece of foam (trickier).

Now the vision is complete!

Now my butt doesn't go to sleep if I sit here to eat my breakfast, and it's in a nice spot that catches the morning sun so it's nice to stretch out on.  I'm really pleased!

I have loads of fabric left, and I'm considering using it as a cheap option for trying my first quilt ... if I dare.
4  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / London knitters: yarn sale table at Peter Jones! on: July 11, 2007 11:29:38 AM
I popped in to Peter Jones on Sloane Square for a packet of buttons tonight and came out with a biiiiig bag of yarn ... there's lots of Debbie Bliss, Rowan and Jaeger all at about half price, some may have been less.

There was heaps available, but you'd better get there quick before I go back and clear the table!   Cheesy
5  COOKING / Dessert / pi pie, mmmmmm on: March 16, 2006 03:27:15 AM
tuesday was pi day, so what better way to celebrate than with a pi pie!  this is a pre-baking photo, after it was baked the pastry puffed up too much to really see the pi:


it was a steak & ale pie ... the first time i've attempted to make one, but it was as delicious as it was geeky  Grin
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / paua muppet scarf on: March 04, 2006 09:14:27 AM
this scarf drove me crazy but i'm pleased with the end result.  it was nicknamed the "paua muppet scarf" because the yarn down the middle reminded me very much of paua shell, and the yarn at the outside looks a bit like a muppet   Cheesy


it's going to be a gift, but i almost don't want to give it away!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pants to skirt ... with doilies! on: March 04, 2006 09:11:23 AM
the cords i made myself last winter didn't really fit anymore, so i turned them into a new skirt.  but it was kindof dull, and i'd just been learning how to crochet so i decided to embellish it with my first doilies!  cos i don't know what the hell else to do with doilies  Undecided


it doesn't look so great on the hanger, but i was too lazy to put it on for a photo.  it does look better when it's on, i promise!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / rocket bag! (img heavy) on: March 04, 2006 09:07:26 AM
i'm very pleased with my new rocket bag ... and this one is MINE ALL MINE.  i'm not so pleased with the photos i've taken of it, but never mind.  i was inspired by celluloi's rocket ship t-shirt: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=78274.0

the outside ...

under the flap there's a zippy pocket:

and inside there's pockets for my phone & mp3 player, another big pocket for random junk, and a loop for my headphones (inspired by umbrellamaker's awesome gadget bag https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=80607.0)

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / i love my armwarmers! (image heavy) on: February 03, 2006 03:29:03 AM
i made these armwarmers over the christmas holidays ... they helped me pass time on the very long journey home from london to new zealand (i was so glad i was allowed to knit on the plane!)

the pattern is here:  http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/mikado-gloves.html, although i changed the cable a bit and made some slight adjustments to make them snugger on my skinny runty arms  Smiley  the yarn is from a sweater i bought for 1 at a car boot sale and unravelled - the label said 100% wool but that's all i know about it.

now i'm back in london, and it's cold, and i am LOVING them!  thanks for looking!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / new bags ... leaves & snowflakes on: December 19, 2005 02:10:22 AM
i just finished off my christmas presents (phew!), and these two bags were the last things ... i've made several other bags before but these are the first ones i've photographed & posted.  they're for 2 girlfriends of mine, who are sisters.

corduroy with leaves:

and denim with snowlfakes (i got a bit carried away after making paper snowflakes with my housemates, and decided i could make fabric ones as well  Cheesy):

i didn't photograph the insides because there was nothing remarkable in there ... each bag is lined in cream cotton and has a small pocket inside closed with a button.

thanks for looking   Smiley
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