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1  Re: Aussie Tour embroidery ring in The Swap Gallery by sharre on: November 18, 2007 11:09:57 PM
Ok so I finally got my camera working, there is something seriously wrong with it as it will not talk to the computer any more but I digress here are the previously promised pictures of everyone's beauuuuuuuuuutiful works  Cheesy (scuze the flashed out quality)

the whole piece:

cmc_aust's colourful Australia (awesome stiching):

Starberri's cute as Giraffe (I love giraffe's and tiny stitches)

Jane Feebles matryoshka doll (the strawberry and the doll's hair are incredible in person):

Librarylass's vino (her chain stitch is so neat!):

Miss Vicki's adorable scorpion (the texture of all the different stitches is really cool):

Thank you all it is fabulous! Now I just have to put on a backing  Cheesy

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2  Re: Stitch Marker Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sharre on: August 07, 2007 04:56:28 PM
Auntiem asked me to post pics for her so here they are, my flash was doing funky things when I took them so I apologize for the slight brightness of some

The containment method

All contained  Wink

Set One, also can be used as earring charms to proclaim your knit love

Set two, removable in two sizes.
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3  Re: Stitch Marker Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sharre on: August 02, 2007 09:17:33 PM
Sorry it has taken so long to post pictures everyone, my computer and camera were having communication issues which had to be fixed by a software reinstall, anyway..

I received from auntiem earlier this week and can I just say WOW!!!
First up there is the most fabulous pouch/folder/roll in may favourite colours with the cutest little butterfly

and when I opened it

How cool is that! isn't that one of the best ideas you have seen! (ok so my photography skills are a little wonky but you get the idea)
And just cause I can here are some closeups of the knit and purl  Cheesy

Thank you so much auntiem, they are fantabulous and gorgeous and all manner of other shiny adjectives  Grin

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4  Re: Firefly/Serenity Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sharre on: July 04, 2007 12:46:06 AM
I received from Picklesticks today and its all manner of shiny!!

First up is this brilliant wall hanging

Picklesticks tells me that this is the Chinese character for good fortune on it, upside down so that the good fortune is coming in and not going out. And you know what, the red is almost the exact same shade as the armchairs in our living room!

next is the coolest little pouch.

I love blue and yellow! I think I am going to use it to put my USB drives in with all my research and dissertation stuff on them. That way even when I don't want to work on it, the pouch will make me all happy. The colours remind me of the flowers in Serenity's kitchen. That probably wasn't what Picklesticks was going for, but its shiny!

Here's a closeup of the badges she made for me:

I told her I'd love something with that quote an it and this is perfect. It looks so good on the pouch

And last up - now this is where ya'll really get to envy me - Goslings. With Jayne Hats! I squee'd and scared the workmen. That'll teach me to open swap packages before I get back to my office.

I cannot wait for the boy to get home so I can show him. Remember those goslings I won in the charity auction at the serenity screening, well they now live on top of our TV. The boy keeps looking at them suspiciously, he insists that they are plotting against him. This is going to feed the paranoia. Mine is an evil laugh

Thank you Picklesticks! You really are the best!

for those who are wondering about my boy's sanity, he's really not serious although...
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5  Re: I spun! in Spinning: Completed Projects by sharre on: June 30, 2007 09:44:26 PM
And I spun some more  Cheesy I was re-inspired to try my spindle again. its not perfect but I loves it anyway.

I got impatient and wanted to see something more yarny so this one too, is just so long. 2 metres after being plied. Keep this up and I'll have something a usable length in a couple of years. Wink But its so soft and shiny, and can you tell that I'm a little over excited about this.
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6  I spun! in Spinning: Completed Projects by sharre on: June 30, 2007 04:31:08 AM
On a wheel, for the first time ever at the Craft and Quilt Fair held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre this week.

While my friend tried her hand a weaving at the Spinners and Weavers guild display, the lovely ladies there gave me a lesson on wheel spinning. It was really helpful, I now know sorta what my problem is with the spindle, (I keep my hands to close together making drawing the yarn out difficult) and have the times and dates that the guild is giving lessons. So here it is my very first yarn

It is about 1 1/2 metres after being plied back onto itself, the ladies did that for me too. I think its beauuuuuuuutiful. I plan on framing it  Cheesy

The best was yet to come however, the boy is finally convinced that I am serious about the whole thing, so seeing my absolute excitement about my bit of yarn (and after commenting that his first yarn was so much better. Farming family, kept sheep for spinning. He can knit and spin) he rang his mother without me knowing what he was doing and asked if I could borrow her wheel, so as soon as we can organise to go get it I will have a wheel on semi-permanent loan  Grin
He's a keeper  Cheesy

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7  I think I've developed a little obsession in Knitting: Completed Projects by sharre on: June 26, 2007 06:27:18 PM
In the past few weeks I have completed 2 panta's and a beret and I still have plans for three more hats at least (oh and the panta my Mum wants)

The two Panta's are made from Cleckheaten Country 8ply that I dyed on the stove using food colouring and vinegar. I ignored the gauge on the pattern and used 4mm needles which are appropriate for the weight.

The Beret is from Jo Sharp's Contemporary Knitting I used the yarn called for; Silkroad Aran Tweed, and got gauge but still had to break out an extra ball despite the pattern only calling for one. It is a little less slouchy than I'd like, definitely a "looks cute" rather than a "keeps ears warm." I think I'll try Knit and Tonic's Le Slouch for my next beret.

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8  I call it Vera [a tribute to Jayne Cobb] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sharre on: June 24, 2007 08:21:27 PM
Because I like to hide my 'squeeing fangirl' behind a thin layer of subtlety, instead of going in costume to Saturday's CantStopTheSerenity charity screening of the ever awesome Serenity [those of you who haven't seen it borrow it. Go Now. I'll wait.] I spent all of friday designing and then making up a bag that proclaims my fannish allegiance.

So here I present to you, the Jayne Bag.

unfortunately it was a little too subtle. No one noticed it. Oh well, I adores it anyway.

For those who want actual specifics and specs; The bag is made of medium weight calico and black cotton homespun, the lining is black polypop, a lightweight cotton polyester blend. The design was photoshopped and then transferred to the calico using Avery Iron on Transfers for light coloured fabrics. The design is the same on both sides. The quotes in black are by Jayne, those in blue about or too Jayne and the one in red is meant to point to to what the rest refer.

It was an absolute labour of love. I had to unpick the base numerous times as I kept messing it up and I screwed up and then fudged the handles cause I was sick of unpicking by that stage. I took it to the Screening and carried it proudly. It held my wallet, mobile phone, digicam, a note pad and pen, two CSTS shirts and the Juggling Goslings I won in the charity auction without drama. I wondered if it was not a little bit "Mary Poppin's Carpet Bag" at that point.
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9  Re: stitch marker swap... in New Swap Theme Ideas by sharre on: June 19, 2007 11:47:25 PM
I hope it is happening penguino.  I have a few ideas I'd like to try out.

Enlighten me, please. How does one go about attaching stitch markers to a bracelet? Do you just use lobster clasps or something?
  There is probably a lot of ways, but yeah I put clasps around the bracelet so you can attach/detach stitch markers at will.  There was matching dangly bits that stay attached in between too (if I remember correctly, it was a while back), so when you are using all the markers the bracelet is still not completely bare.

Yup  Cheesy Let's see if I can find a pic

Isn't it cool
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10  Re: Stash-Be-Gone-Along? in Knitalongs by sharre on: June 13, 2007 06:46:19 PM
I'm joining in on this one I think.

I recently gained an 80 litre tub full of yarn from my grandmother whose version of stash busting involves passing it along to me  Roll Eyes [add this to the 50 litre tub I already had] Most of it is acrylic but the majority is that good soft acrylic and there are some real gems like the softest nylon baby wool known to man and angora from a cardigan she was crocheting and then proceeded to frog. The problem is that most of it is leftovers from projects, so it doesn't have its ball bands or if it does, since most of it dates from the sixties and seventies there is no yardage information given. When I get time I am going to have to sit down with a measuring tape and some scales.

I foresee me posting a lot of "what the heck can I do with this?" questions over the next year or so  Cheesy

But for the moment I am working on using up all those small scrappy balls. So here is my first project. A 50inches by 5inches, lengthways garter stitch scarf. It was my attempt to use up some all those scraps of green in the stash. [I'm not a huge green fan but it is my Grandma's favourite colour] It didn't work. There is still more. I am sure it multiplies while I sleep.

I am yet to either weave in all those ends or fringe it. I was considering a crochet shell border as my other option but I haven't decided.

Next up, what do I do with all that orange  Cheesy
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