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11  Re: panta! (from a finnish pattern). in Knitting: Completed Projects by sharre on: May 27, 2007 06:51:22 PM
The cold weather has just hit here so I finally got around to making myself a panta, as alternative headwear to the pink felt beret the boy despises

I used 4mm needles and Cleckheaton Country 8ply that I dyed for the May dye-along.

I started using the pattern on the GarnStudio site ignoring gauge (yes, I know bad knitter) followed the basic measurements till half-way and then followed my row count backwards (i'm a compulsive pen on paper row counter)

It is so comfy and warm, I have been wearing it not stop since I cast off. I need to make me some more in errr...less clashing colour schemes  Cheesy
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12  Needlepoint Marilyn in Needlework: Completed Projects by sharre on: May 27, 2007 04:15:13 AM
I made this for the 5x5 swap and since my partner said she has now received I couldn't wait to post it.

blocking and all framed up

I am really proud of this piece  Cheesy
Stitched on 11st/inch canvas using DMC embroidery wool (I can find #s of the colours if anyone is interested). I charted it from an image I found online using a cheapy program called Cross Stitch Made Simple. If anyone wants the chart i'd be willing to email it to you just send me a PM

ETA:Ok, I've worked out how to do the file sharing thing. You can download it from here
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13  Kudos to those who spin with a drop spindle in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by sharre on: May 21, 2007 12:37:39 AM
It's not easy and boy do you have my respect!

A few weeks ago I was given a drop spindle at a local craft show when I expressed a huge desire to learn, so after buying roving and a quick lesson from one of the ladies I went home determined to learn. I just couldn't get the hang of it and couldn't get the spindle to spin clockwise like I wanted. So, convinced it was the spindle, I ordered a gorgeous one from etsy. It arrived today and all I can say is it's obviously not the spindle  Roll Eyes

But I am determined to get this as I dream of handspun goodness

and the Boy has insinuated that if I stick with the spindle for a while he could be convinced about a wheel  Cheesy
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14  Re: 5 By 5 -- It's Hip To Be Square -- Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sharre on: May 16, 2007 06:17:50 PM
I received from hertrigger today, and let me just say it's a good thing she posted the teaser pick cause Australian custom's wrapping technique leaves a lot to be desired  Wink

but they did leave me a pressie:

Although they opened my card:

But after all that, it emerged unscathed  Cheesy

Isn't it PURTY! Thanks hertrigger!!!

Also included were some cards for some crafty businesses. Lots of pretties to look at!
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15  Re: May 2007 Dye Along - Spring in Dyeing: Completed Projects by sharre on: May 06, 2007 06:55:41 PM
Am I the first to post a project?

It began its life as a simple ball of Cleckheaton Country 8ply in colour 0003 [that'd be white  Wink] Now, with the liberal addition of food colouring it emerges as an Australian Spring

As you can see, the bright greens suggest recent rain, the areas of yellow the last of the wattle [which you can't really see cause its on the other side of the skein] and the browns and oranges mark the beginnings of the summer dry.

As you can tell my approach to dying yarn is somewhat haphazard [like most of my crafting]. I don't really plan much. I tend to just put the yarn, vinegar and water in a pot and then randomly poor colours over it. The colours mix, there is no real order or evenness to the distribution, but its fun  Grin

I have ended up with a couple of really ugly looking skeins this way but they generally knit up pretty.
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16  You can't blame the seahorses in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sharre on: May 02, 2007 02:08:10 AM

I found these seahorse charms and the mother of pearl hoops when I was in Lincraft a couple of weeks ago and just knew I had to make these earrings.

Pretty simple right, just some posts, jump rings and the pieces...gahhh. first I couldn't get them to hang properly and then I had the seahorses facing the wrong way, and I really wish I had smaller fingers, however I finally got the earrings I wanted  Wink

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17  Who Wants to live Forever? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sharre on: April 24, 2007 10:19:31 PM
I did contemplate calling this entry "I apologize for calling your wife a bloated warthog" but figured the reference might be a little obscure  Smiley

Bag Title: Who wants to live forever?

Bag Pictures:

From the outside

approx. 15cm x 15cm with 2.5cm gusset in black homespun. Two layers of fusible interfacing to help it hold its shape and a grosgrain ribbon strap.

but how does this relate to the challenge theme? well lift the flap and


hand painted lightning/quickening and duelling immortals. The swords are stitched in.

If you haven't guessed by now, the movie is Highlander  Grin

there are larger pics on my flickr
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18  Any suggestions for camouflaging/'fixing' an accidental bleaching? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by sharre on: April 16, 2007 10:35:56 PM
Howdy craftsters,

I'm sure this is a problem that has been discussed before but I thought some craftsters might have a specific idea that you think would work to remedy this situation. See on Saturday I cleaned the bathroom before getting ready to go out, got dressed went to fix my hair, dropped something lent down to pick it up...uh oh..hadn't washed the cleaner off the hand basin properly.

I had to play with the contrast a bit to make the bleaching more noticeable in the photo but you get the idea.

normally I'd just throw the shirt into the 'inside only' pile but this shirt is new as in brand spanking first time I'd put it on new.

My Mother (I called her immediately to ask her how to fix it) suggested that my best bets would be to try and either dye the bleach spots black, or to bleach the entire shirt.

The boy suggested that I use bleach to stencil a hand print over the main spot "its in the right place ya see"
Now keep in mind that actual  suggestion is a last resort  Wink, the idea of stencilling over it isn't a bad one, but I wondered what other solutions there might be and figured if anyone is likely to have some it would be craftsters!

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19  Re: Frankenteddy in The Swap Gallery by sharre on: March 09, 2007 07:29:44 PM
I have received my bear bits from both Rosemary and Glittergirl94

from Rosemary

from Glittergirl94

plus my bits:

Thank you both. My two bears are definitely going to be bright and cheery  Cheesy
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20  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by sharre on: December 14, 2006 04:49:40 PM
I have started my Magic Yarn Ball project.

I'm just a very slow knitter...

Isn't the yarn purty!!!
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