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11  Re: Projects from Jean Greenhowe's book in Knitting: Completed Projects by amy_ruth on: February 24, 2005 06:09:36 PM
Here are my little critters (from Jiffy Knits):


Halloween-themed.  I kind of forgot to post them in a timely manner!
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12  Mod Cell Diagram Pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by amy_ruth on: January 05, 2005 05:43:38 PM
My husband and I had no money for the holidays this year, so we decided to make everyone's presents for under $5.00 each.  We had so much fun coming up with and creating just the perfect thing for each person--way better than if we'd just bought people stuff.

My sister-in-law is a junior-high science teacher, so we decided to make her a cell diagram pillow.  (Remember those diagrams you used to have to draw and lable for biology class?)  We googled cell diagrams and then stylized our own pattern--I didn't remember there were that many parts! 

The pillow is made of felt--felt by the yard for the body of the cell and odd pieces of felt by the sheet for the cell parts.  I machine-appliqued the cell parts to one side of the body then stitched the front and back together the front and back, stuffed it and it was done.  It only took an afternoon from design to finish and the result was even better than we'd hoped. 

I think it turned out looking really Mod and abstract.  It was a little difficult to stop admiring it and wrap it up, but our sister-in-law loved it.  Hope you do, too!

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13  Friendly Blue Guy From the Deep (Knitted Octopus) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by amy_ruth on: August 27, 2004 05:27:32 PM
Here's my latest project!  (Also from the book World of Knitted Toys.) :

I really like the way it turned out.  Before I added the features, it looked kinda creepy, though.  It's pretty big--the body is about 8 in. high and each tentacle is about 9 in. long.  It was very easy to make, but took a little while because of all the tentacles.  Man, I was tired of knitting tentacles!  Before I finished it, I thought I'd embroider a glam-like spink tar over one eye, but when I finished the features, their simplicity was pleasing and I wasn't sure if I wanted to mess with that.
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14  Elf Lady in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by amy_ruth on: August 18, 2004 07:24:40 PM

I found a book from 1982 with instructions for making an elf family and their mushroom dining room set.  I plan on making them all (stocking up on birthday presents for my future children plus I love toys myself), but I've only completed the Mom so far.  Her body, bag and hat are felt, skirt and apron are cotton, and her hair is shag-length craft fur.  The fur was surprisingly hard to find (see my post in "discuss future projects.")  She's handsewn since my sewing machine is currently in storage.  I think handsewing is more soothing anyway.  I really enjoyed making her and am pretty proud of the result. 

Without her hat:

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15  Swedish Weaving Blanket in Weaving: Completed Projects by amy_ruth on: August 10, 2004 08:16:26 AM

Awhile ago, I found some booklets at Joann's on Swedish Weaving.  Basically what you do is get this material called monk's cloth (a very lose weave material that looks kinda like a giant cross-stitch material), cut out the length you want, baste the edges, and wash it so it shrinks.  You then weave lengths of yarn into the materaial horizontally from the center of the project to the left.  You end up with really pretty geometric patterns.  (I'm not explaining this very well, but there are plenty of instruction booklets out there.)  I'm finishing up my second one now.  They're fairly quick to make given the area you cover and I think they turn out pretty nice!

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16  My Little Crooked Wombat in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by amy_ruth on: August 07, 2004 07:23:03 PM
I was stalled on completing the wombat from Kath Dalmeny's World of Knitted Toys until I was inspired by Sneeg's wombat (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4860.0).

Here is my own little guy whom I've dubbed Crook Toe because of his poor crooked feet:

And a profile (that's my cat Arlo in mid-sneak attack):

As you can see, Crook Toe ended up being a very cartoonish version of a wombat.  I think I placed his legs a bit wrong and I could only find large stuffed animal eyes.  The book's version was very realistic.  I think he's cute anyway!

I'm working on a turquoise blue octopus from the book now.  It's supposed to look cartoonish, so I should have better luck.  I'll post pics when I'm finished.

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17  To Dye For With Simulated Dyed Look (My First Sweater) in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by amy_ruth on: August 07, 2004 07:08:30 PM

I finished this way back in March, but I've taken forever to finally start posting pictures of my projects.  So, here is my first ever sweater (Hope the pictures aren't too monstrously big!):

Since it was my first, I was way too queasy about dropping a load of money on yarn only to soak in in kool-aid (maybe some other time).  So, I got Artful Yarn's Portrait yarn which when knitted, simulated the varigated look of the dye.  I love the peacock hues, but knitting with mohair was pretty difficult.  It was so fuzzy that I kept picking up extra stitches without realizing it.  I love how it turned out, though.

Incidently, since I'm short, I knew if I knitted the sleeves according to direction, they'd be way too long, so i measured the length of my arm, decided where I wanted the bell to start, knitted to that point and then began increasing.  I was pretty proud of myself for messing with a pattern and actually getting it right--I usually manage to screw something up!

Hope you-all like it!!!

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