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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: So I finally have a fire on my fireplace... on: October 30, 2007 03:09:25 AM
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Wow, that is gorgeous. Sensational job!  Grin
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open on: May 08, 2007 08:33:31 PM
I'm (hopefully) going - I desperately want to learn to spin, but I've never seen anyone do it, so I'm hoping to see some action there! Wink
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My minisweater :) on: May 06, 2007 05:03:02 AM
I'm seriously loving the minisweater.  It's beyond gorgeous. 

It's such a shame it won't fit either one of us.   Angry 


I really thought it would work for one of us... alas, the boobage foils us once again! Wink
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My minisweater :) on: May 06, 2007 05:02:06 AM
It is gorgeous.  So do you plan to knit one that fits? I would be so pissed about it not fitting, all that work. The first sweater I knit was way too big then when I got pregnant it was the perfect maternity sweater! Ok that was random, sorry.   Tongue

I think I have a metric butt-ton of ribbon yarn coming to me from my mom, so yeah - I probably will try it again, when my fragile little ego recovers! Wink
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: afghan for hubby on: May 04, 2007 10:43:54 PM
That's so sweet with the little heart, nice work!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle case on: May 04, 2007 10:42:26 PM
That's adorable! I love the embroidery, you've done such a great job!  Grin
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My minisweater :) on: May 04, 2007 10:30:33 PM
I love and hate this minisweater that I just finished.

I saw a gorgeous minisweater in a boutique in Queens Plaza (those of you from Brisbane will know Jigsaw? DROOL) a few weeks ago - retailed for $150. I am not made of money, so I decided to try and reproduce it. It was basically an elongated knit stitch, with panels of plain stockinette and garter stitch thrown in. The yarn was a cotton tape (not quite ribbon) and a thin metallic yarn, almost like thread. I already had some beautiful blue cotton tape in my stash from a sweater I recycled (thank goodness for thrift shops Smiley so I bought some coordinating metallic thread and set to work designing my shrug.



In swatching, I found that I liked a regular repeat of the pattern better than the random rows of the original design.



The finished shrug. I absolutely love the shape. I did the back, front and sleeves as separate panels, sewed them all up, then did a few rounds of ribbing around the whole thing in a smaller needle to pull it in and give it shape. The original had short sleeves, but I prefer 3/4 length.

Looks pretty cute, yes/no?

Well, as cute as it is, I totally underestimated the size of my arms and my boobs, and this thing is too small. It's perfectly proportioned, just for someone smaller than me. As I was setting the sleeve in, I kinda looked at it and though geez, this looks a little snug... and I was right. Sad Off it goes to the gift basket.

Lessons learned? Measure twice, knit once Wink Still, I love the stitch pattern and the overall effect, and it was a satisfying little knit.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Felted farm sweater to Anthropologie-like tote on: January 15, 2007 05:36:10 PM
Brilliant! I've also seen heaps of sweaters which have interesting landscape or whatever designs, but wouldn't ever wear such a thing. What an excellent example of successful recycling! I'ma hafta give this one a try for sure.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: weirdish tie reconstruction on: January 15, 2007 05:33:24 PM
This is seriously cute. I have a lot of ties left over that I didn't use for my tie skirt - I was saving them up to do another skirt, but this is a much better idea. Instant gratification craftiness!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Just call me the sewing queen/the one women sweatshop! [extemly img heavy]pa on: September 20, 2006 04:36:18 AM
The Lake Houston Y Indian Princess one cracks me up - I lived right near Lake Houston (in Atascocita) for most of my life!  Grin

Fantastic work, you're adorable and prolific!
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