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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning with Rubber Balls on: November 12, 2010 05:09:43 PM
Check out this video by Cat Bordhi.  She is pretty amazing. 

I don't know how she even thought to try this.  This seems like something craftster members might like to try.

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Betty Bat on: October 18, 2009 05:40:18 PM
I just wanted to share this little bat that I made.  She is from a free pattern that is being offered here http://mygurumi.blogspot.com/2009/10/halloween-special.html and only until October 21st.  Stop by this blogger's site as she has other great crochet patterns as well.

I needle felted eyes onto my Betty as I had no safety eyes around.  I plan on making several more of these cuties for Halloween.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / OWLs Cardigan on: March 08, 2009 07:03:40 PM
My daughter isn't a fan of knit sweaters.  When she sent me this link and strongly hinted that she wanted this for her birthday I couldn't refuse.  (Well, I could, but it was a significant birthday and she is living away from home going to university - her first birthday away from home)


Alot of people have made this sweater.  It is gorgeous.  I converted the pattern to a cardigan because it is much more versatile.  It came out pretty cute, I think

We opted to omit the button eyes for now, because Amy thinks they will get caught in her coat, and there is no way she is mending button eyes.  We are still experiencing winter here so sweater/coat layer is neccessary.

Here she is trying it on at the airport on her way back to university after midterm break.

The yarn is elann's superwash chunky.  I knit the largest size.  It took 12 skeins.  Its a nice flattering sweater for a chunky yarn.  And super fast to knit too.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Harry Potter's Mad Eye Moody eye patch (with link to free pattern) on: November 26, 2008 06:51:38 PM
So about a year ago my daughter (xamy on here) was involved in a HP swap right before Halloween.  We brainstormed and came up with this crocheted eye patch.  I've had quite a few requests for the pattern, but am only just now getting around to doing it.

What do you all think?

Oh, here is the link for the pattern.  Let me know if you make it.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Green Gaiter on: November 16, 2008 12:58:31 PM
I just wanted to share with you all this cute fast project I finished in an evening.  I think I may be making a bunch of these for holiday gifts. 

The pattern is from Knit.1 fall 2007.  I made it with Brown Sheep Burly Spun.  I have enough left over from 1 skein to make another for sure.

Here it is blocking.

I wasnt' sure that I like the red buttons, but there's just something about the colour combo - festive and funky.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock Blanks? on: June 09, 2008 07:50:33 PM

I'm not sure what I think.  I do like the results though.  I might give it a try.  What does everyone else think?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Would you knit this? (or wear it ?) on: June 04, 2008 07:14:24 PM

My daughter sent me a link for this.  I'm not sure if its a hint or just knit spotting for me.  I'm not that fashion forward, but I'm curious as to what others think of it. 
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle felted cracker flower on: April 12, 2008 05:17:33 PM
My first attempt at needle felting (other than a practice lady bug)  I'm not sure what this flower is called.  We call them crackers here.  They are very common and produce a bright orange (unedible) berry in the fall.  

It doesn't look quite as messy in real life.  I think I'll turn it into a pin.

***note, I probably wouldn't have posted this, but I'm also testing out the new picture hosting.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Warm Fuzzies Cupcake on: February 25, 2008 07:18:17 PM
I highly recommend the book Warm Fuzzies by Betz White.  She has so many wonderful project ideas to make from felted sweaters.  Here is an example from the cover.  

Within hours of getting my copy of the book, I headed to our town's used clothing store, and bought all of the woolen sweaters in the store...for $3! Total! Shocked (Some where actually too nice to felt, and it kind of bothered me to do it)

So, the cupcake is the first of what I hope will be many projects from this awesome book.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / No Purple in your stash? No Problem on: January 20, 2008 12:57:20 PM
I made knit and tonic's le slouch for my daughter.  She really wanted a slouchy beret in purple.  I'm determined to knit through as much of my stash as possible in 2008, so I used what I had.

Here it is on me, in its original colour.

Here it is in the dye bath.  Only 2 packs of wildberry koolaid.

After being microwaved for about 30 minutes.

And here it is on my daughter.

She was really pleased with the end result.  I think I could have done a better job with the dying.  I read somewhere that you need to soak it for about 2 hours prior to dyeing.  I didn't do that, so I think the slight splotchiness that you can see is from little air bubbles that weren't soaked out.  Make sense?
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