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1  Cranberry Brea Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by lymabeans on: January 01, 2009 11:15:49 AM
So, after letting this project sit for about a year, I finally finished my Brea bag.

Let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! This will probably be my most used knitted item.

If I remember correctly, this was made out of Wool-Ease. I used a 1x1 rib to make the handle. It just made more sense to me because the rib cuts down on stretching. I also attached an i-cord loop to fasten around the button.

Let me know what you think!  Cheesy

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2  Quilt Square - My "Philosophy of Education" in Needlework: Completed Projects by lymabeans on: December 20, 2008 09:27:56 PM
So, this is my very first attempt at embroidery, and I don't think it's too shabby!

I'm a senior English Education major, and, for my Methods class, my professor wanted us to create a "non-verbal" representation of our personal philosophy of education. In other words, he wanted us to draw. Well, being the creative (and self-centered!) class that we are, all 10 of us mutinied against our professor's wishes. We decided that we wanted to create something that he would look at and treasure every day of his life.

And, with that, the graduating class of 2009's "Philosophy of Education" quilt was dreamed up.

Everyone in my class made a square, and this is mine.  Cheesy

detail shot.

Me, smiling a big cheesy smile for my professor.

It's embroidery, fabric scraps, and a little bit of knitting and crocheting.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, this is my philosophy in a sentence: Through the application of feedback, proper motivation, and effective instruction, my students will grow and thrive in the instructional content. (The thing the flower is growing out of is supposed to be a book.)


Here are some other embroidered squares made by my classmates:

The lettering on this is all embroidered, and the stars are made from felt that was embroidered on.

The black background is felt meant to look like the night sky, the words are embroidered, and the "stars" are little silver beads.
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3  Simplicity 3878 in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by lymabeans on: March 11, 2008 07:12:03 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm going to a formal in about a month, and the little craftster inside of me wouldn't allow me to buy a new dress. Therefore, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the Simplicity 3878 pattern? I'm an average sewer but haven't made anything this big in about 5 years. How long did it take you? Was the pattern confusing? Any suggestions?

Any sort of insight would be helpful. Thanks!  Cheesy

p.s. It's this pattern:
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4  Re: Learn Along (First-ish Projects?) in Crochetalongs by lymabeans on: January 19, 2008 09:45:06 AM
I am working on trying to do knitting now, I got the knit down but the purl is difficult. To me, purl is the devil! 

Maybe this will help you:
My mom always told me to think of purling as the opposite of a knit stitch. Instead of the yarn in the back of the piece, you bring it to the front. Instead of bringing your needle through the bottom of the loop, you bring it down through the top. (if that last one made sense... hehe!)

Thanks so much for the kind words too!

Anyway, I've been a busy little craftster the last week.

Granny Squares!

However, I do get a chuckle when I compare my first square and my most recent square:

Whoops! Apparently my tension is working itself out.
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5  Re: Learn Along (First-ish Projects?) in Crochetalongs by lymabeans on: January 15, 2008 05:08:35 PM
If you look down at the top of the last row you completed, they usually look like v's.
Maybe like this:


As crazy at it may seem, that actually helped some. (I think!) I also found this website to be extremely helpful: http://www.worldknit.com/howto/howtocrochet/cbegtechniques/c_singlec.html

I just have/had no idea where I was supposed to insert my hook, if that makes sense. Anyway, does this look right?

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6  Re: Learn Along (First-ish Projects?) in Crochetalongs by lymabeans on: January 13, 2008 07:19:01 PM
I feel so accomplished! I think that I figured out single crochet. There is NO stopping me now.  Cheesy

Does it look right?
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7  Help! I've got one lonely dropped stitch! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lymabeans on: December 08, 2007 11:13:52 AM
So, I've been working on a clapotis for an old lady friend of mine in hopes of finishing it for Christmas.  Well, somehow I managed to drop a stitch a while back, and, since it was tangled up in the ends of where I tied my yarn together, I didn't notice it until waaaaay later. Doh!  Embarrassed

I have no idea how to pick this stitch back up. Suggestions anyone? I was thinking about dropping the stitches on either side of this one and re-doing the all of the way up with a crochet hook... will that work?  Normally I would just pull apart my knitting until I get to my mistake, but I don't think I can for this project because of the way the pattern drops stitches.

So yeah. Help! I'm too far along to scrap this project:

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8  Re: Disposable Camera Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by lymabeans on: September 18, 2007 03:25:38 PM
So I finally remembered to take a picture of my frame.

It's adorable!

Everyone's pictures are amazing.  I'm glad that I made this my first swap.
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9  Re: Brea Purse from Berocco in Knitalongs by lymabeans on: September 17, 2007 09:24:21 PM
So I'm stuck. All I have to do with this bag now is sew in the lining and put on the strap, but I don't know what I want to do for the strap.

This is what I have done:

...and this is the fabric I have for the lining:

Should I knit a strap with the same color yarn or contrasting?
I have enough fabric, so should I make a strap with the left over?

I'm so indecisive. What do you guys think? I'm worried that a knitted strap would stretch a lot...

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10  Re: Disposable Camera Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by lymabeans on: September 13, 2007 10:18:09 PM
Hurrah for pictures! It only took the local pharmacy 5 days to get my film back to me. *grumble* These pictures are from the Washington DC area...

I've totally been here before!  I guess great crafters think alike.  Cheesy

This looks like it was a pretty sweet concert. I, myself, am a concert junkie.

The rest of my photos are here: http://flickr.com/photos/lymabeans/

Thanks so much, mochaxlight!
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