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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Two Sisters, Two Pregnancies= Two baby sweaters times 2- my first sweaters on: October 21, 2008 08:16:53 PM
wow, you did an amazing job! my sister is due at the end of feb. this would be a great gift for me to make for the baby- only problem is i think I'm only at a beginner/intermediate level- do you think the presto chango would be too hard?

Thanks Smiley Sorry for this long lost reply, been busy with school and haven't had time for craftster in far too long. I would consider myself an intermediate knitter and I didn't have any problems. The pattern seemed a little overwhelming at first, but I just knitted as the pattern said and didn't overthink (like I usually do) There's a lot of seaming but the actual knitting was just knit and purl with the exception of the lacework on the front panel. Give it a try it's much easier then it looks and if you have any questions you can pm me and I'll try to talk you through them.

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: "I like you America" Gun Cozy on: September 05, 2008 12:07:46 PM
Oh the irony in a second amendment sort of way Wink. That fabric was definitely a find! Wish I came across stuff like that when I was thrifting. Love the rick rack and the buttons. Looks very professional.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Batik Bento Box- Brights with Black Borders put on your sunglasses! on: August 27, 2008 08:55:57 AM
I really realllly love this quilt

probably my favorite i have ever seen on this site =)

the colours are awesome. Grin

Wow I'm so flattered Shocked I check out this board all the time for inspiration. Everyone is so talented and the quilts are amazing. I'm glad that you craftsters took at look Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much does it cost... on: August 25, 2008 05:59:48 PM
Hi Beantown, I'm also a Boston gal and will probably return there after grad school Smiley I send out most of my quilts because i don't have a walking foot (or the time and patience quite frankly). I've had mixed results sending out my quilts. I found one lady on e-bay that does a really good job (debbie allen in utah). Her turnaround can be really quick (about a week) or a lot longer for custom work. She does panos for cheaper then custom work and obviously the larger the quilt the larger the price (plus you have to pay to ship it there and back). But I've been very happy with her work. I've also sent to another quilter (no names, but you can pm me if you're interested) that didn't do a good job at all, broken threads, missed stitches etc. Her communication wasn't that great and she didn't have a large selection of thread or panos.

I guess the moral of the story is you get what you pay for. I don't mind paying a little more 100-150 or so for a full/queen if I know the quilt is going to turn out perfectly. If you want to try someone out send a baby size or a lap size and see what you get. That's what I did with both e-bay sellers and one turned out great and one not so great. That way you won't be as upset if the workmanship is shoddy. I've also had great luck finding longarm machine quilters at quilt shows and the Lowell quilt museum. Bring a pad and write down the names of the quilters, many longarm quilters now have websites so you can google their name or shop and find out their contact info.

Good luck and happy quilting Grin
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Two Sisters, Two Pregnancies= Two baby sweaters times 2- my first sweaters on: August 25, 2008 02:19:38 PM
I'm amazed at such talent for a first time sweater maker.
My first sweater was a bit of a disaster with the buttonholes. But yours look fantastic.
Wonderful job. I've often pondered about making the 'Presto Changeo' sweater. It looks complicated but when I read the pattern, it doesn't seem too difficult.
Congratulations on becoming an aunt twice.
And one more thing. Would you mind if I ask you where you got the pattern from, for the grey sweater?
And keep up the great work.

Hi queen_gueneviere, Thanks for your kind words. The grey sweater is a rindy carpenter pattern that I got from the yahoo baby sweaters group. I think you have to join to get the pattern, but I also found another variation of the sweater by rindy here: http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/raglanbabysweater.html The numbers are a little different and I used worsted weight, but you could probably adjust accordingly if you didn't want to join the yahoo group.  Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Two Sisters, Two Pregnancies= Two baby sweaters times 2- my first sweaters on: August 25, 2008 07:44:51 AM
Thank you Thank you! I was a little nervous to try making a sweater for the first time, but with two babies on the way I knew I needed to step up to the challenge. Surprisingly I found making them much easier then some of the other things I've made (stuffed animals, lace scarfs etc.). I think top down raglans are my new best friend Cheesy
7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Hoot! Owl and pumpkin cookies on: August 25, 2008 07:33:33 AM
Saw these on the recently added page and had to take a look. Very cute, wish I was eating one right now! Wink
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Batik Bento Box- Brights with Black Borders put on your sunglasses! on: August 25, 2008 06:22:50 AM
I really like the design you quilted on it. Its like stippling meets feathering...hmmm. Did you use a pattern? You have a lot of patience. It would take me forever to pull that off on my little machine...

Thanks so much. I wish I could take credit for the quilting, but really I can only take credit for the piecing. Debbie Allen did the quilting on her longarm. I can't remember the name of the pattern, but it's an all over pano done in varigated thread. Someday I'd love to get a bigger machine so I can do some machine quilting, but for now my little 100 dollar singer will have to do.

Thanks to everyone for their comments! Grin
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Batik Bento Box- Brights with Black Borders put on your sunglasses! on: August 24, 2008 05:06:44 PM
So I came across these quilts at my local quilt shop 40% off back when I was living in Boston. The boyfriend loved the bright colors but I was a little skeptical. But for 40% off I figured I'd get a bunch of half yards and see what I could come up with. He picked the colors and the pattern (boy that man has an eye for colors and design). I had everything but the borders together last year before I moved to NYC for grad school and just finished the borders this spring. Who knew grad school could eat up so much of your crafting time? Wink

So here she is finally finished, quilted, and bound? Shocked (with binding complete, sounds more gentle right?). I sent it away to be quilted by Debbie Allen in Utah (found her on e-bay and she's wonderful, done 4 quilts for me now, moderate prices, excellent workmanship, a little slow on the turnaround but well worth the wait). I picked a varigated cotton and love how the quilting blends on the bento box and stands out on the borders. Overall this is my favorite quilt so far, not only for the aesthetics, but because the bf helped me pick out the fabrics. He calls it "his quilt", I told him it can visit him at his place but it's not his until we're engaged (don't want to curse myself, I guess quilt giving to bfs is sort of like sweater giving to bfs right?) It's a queen size.

so without further ado...here she is, bright, but cheery and fun.Photos taken at my parents house in Maine where the quilt will stay until I have more closet space or a spare bedroom (ugg nyc apartments) Comments, questions and criticisms welcome!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two Sisters, Two Pregnancies= Two baby sweaters times 2- my first sweaters on: August 24, 2008 04:47:18 PM
So 10 months ago my eldest sister announced that she was pregnant with her and my BIL's first child. My whole family was so excited because this is the first baby in our immediate family. About 2 weeks later my sister (also older then me, the middle child) announced that she was also expecting. So you know what that means...Baby sweater mania! My fingers felt like they were going to fall off with all the knitting I did. I originally wanted to make each baby 3 sweaters, but alas grad school got in the way and I ended up making each baby only two.

So without further ado here they are (well a picture of one set). The other set I made was identical. The Gray sweater is a top down raglan made out of Paton's classic wool with celtic knot buttons (we're Irish). The Cream colored sweater is "presto chango" http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/freeKnittingPatternPrestoChango.asp by Valerie Wallis for Jimmy Beans wool. Wooden buttons and a breeze to knit.  I loved the pattern and it was super easy for a first time sweater knitter. Must confess I hated the seaming, but the finished product and the wow factor at the baby shower made it well worth it Wink The tags say, "made with my hands given from my heart love, Aunt Kari" with a moon and stars. The cloths on the side of the photo are burp cloths that I made out cloth diapers with some fabric sewn down the middle.

Both sister's had their babies, so now my parents finally have their boys. Two grandsons Jack and Quinn. Quinn was 9 lbs and 4 oz (delivered naturally, god bless my sister) so he was a little too big for the sweaters, so I'm working on bigger sizes now. Jack fit perfectly and the last photo is him wearing my creation (how thrilled was I to see this photo!!). Thanks for taking a look, comments, questions, and advice more then welcome!

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