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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Double Knitting Attempt, plus shamelessly showing off! on: November 15, 2006 07:32:58 PM

I made this for a recent swap I participated in.  I must say, I love how it turned out.  Double knitting wasn't as hard as I anticipated, but it went a lot slower than I expected. 

That being said, I still find my stitches are a tad loose when I switched colours.  Its almost like a 'ladder' that you get when you are knitting on dpns.  Does anyone know how to correct this, because I'm pretty sure this is a project I'll be repeating.  Here is a close up of the stitches.

32  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My not so DH has an annoying habit... on: October 24, 2006 05:52:36 PM
Whenever I leave a WIP around, he will pick  up the extra needle and chew on it. GAH!!!  I ask him countless times not to do this (obviously) but it seems like he cant stop himself.  He's almost ruined some of my bamboos. 

So, my questions are
  • Does anyone else's SO do this?
  • How can I mend the dried out bamboos?
  • How can I get the stinker to stop doing it?

Of course, putting everything away when I finish seems like the logical answer, but I cant even get up to go to the washroom, when I come back they are in his mouth.

Ive thought of rubbing dog poo on them, but I don't want stinky knitting.  Just kidding, I don't think I would really do this, but he is really starting to tick me off!  And I'm tired of knitting with needles that are hitching unnecessarily on my beautiful yarn.

33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stripedy/polka dot DNTO bag on: October 21, 2006 08:05:21 AM

I made this bag for a swap that I participated in.  The tutorial came from www.creativelittledaisy.typepad.com. (great by the way!)

My swap partner is a fan of CBC and I just happened to have little kerchief squares from her favorite radio show "Definitely not the Opera".

This was my first attempt at quilting.  I had alot of difficulties sewing in the lining.  Does anyone have any helpful tips, or links?
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Big Bad Jordy...made of lovely dancey fabric! on: October 14, 2006 05:08:09 AM
Okay, here is my take on the jordy.  I made this by following the wonderful tutorial on here of the square bottomed jordy provided by thejordy.

I made it slightly bigger.  My daughter wanted a bag for school.  Unfortunatly for her (fortunatly for me) it wasn't what she wanted.  So now, I have a wonderful, huge bag to tote around all my knitting and crochet in.  Yippee.

Here I am holding it for scale...pretty big eh?

35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cutie Cotton Baby Hat on: September 11, 2006 06:41:51 PM
I just got the book "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson.  It is just fantastic, so many cute patterns.  I made this adorable baby hat.  I'm thinking I might make an I-chord in several different colours.  I don't have a baby myself...(well she's 16), but do you think a new mom might find it too much trouble to be threading this little hat to match different outfits?  According to the designer, the idea behind the chord was so the baby couldn't flick the hat off, but I like the idea of it matching different outfits.

What do you think??
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini Paisley Skull Jordy Bag! Phew..that's a mouthful! on: September 07, 2006 06:30:02 PM

I used the awesome tutorial for the squarebottomed jordy by thejordy to make this mini jordy.  I love how it turned out.  Its going to be a gift for a friend.

I put some snaps in the lining but I'm a little afraid they may rip out with use.  Any suggestions anyone?

37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Pin cushion box. Does anyone know how to make it? on: September 04, 2006 06:56:03 AM

Many, many years ago I was given this box as a Christmas present by an older friend.  Only now that I am crafting so much myself do I appreciate the fine workmanship that went into making this.  My question is, does anyone know how to go about making it.  It is mostly handsewn, and all the box sides appears to have some sort of batting.  The cover is well padded.

I've never seen a box like this before or since.  I wanted to post this to see if anyone else has one like it.  Maybe it could even give some people ideas to make one themselves.

There is some elestic sewn to each side to hold other sewing notions and items like seam rippers.  When she gave this to me it was fully stocked with a thimble in the top peice.  This too is filled with fiberfill.

I'd really be interested in seeing if anyone else has seen one like this.  I'm not giving away any of my friends secrets or anything, so feel free to try and make it as well.
38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Handbag from recycled plastic bags on: August 28, 2006 02:00:39 PM
I made this bag out of recycled shopping bags.  All the bags came from a trip to Ottawa.  Needless to say, much shopping was done.  I like how it turned out.  I crocheted it with some yarn just to give it some more structure.

I also put a lining in as well

What do you think??  I just realized the handle looks a little...uneven.  It doesn't seem uneven in real life  Tongue
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Unisex Gloves from One Skein on: August 25, 2006 08:49:56 AM
I recently bought this book after seeing so many great FO's on this board.  I'm very happy with my purchase.  The author of the book states that many knitters don't feel that gloves are worth the effort required.  I tend to agree.  These were a royal pain in the butt!!  But now that I'm finished, I'm quite happy.  I really love the cabled cuffs.  Though, I think if I try this pattern again, I will turn them into mittens.  I used a lovely merino wool, that is just heavenly.

Please ignore the mistakes around the index finger.  I haven't exactly mastered the art of picking up stitches  Undecided
A close up of the cuffs.

I wonder is there a way of doing this type of cable with two different colours?  Like the pouchy parts in one colour and the raised part another.  I wonder does anyone have any info on how to do this?
40  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Eeeny Weenie Etch-a-sketch on: August 05, 2006 03:02:38 PM
I hadn't really planned on entering this challenge, but when I saw everyone's tiny creations, I just couldn't resist.  Etch - A - Sketch was always a favorite toy of mine.  My mother broke mine when I was a wee girl and I don't think I've ever gotten over it. Wink

So here is the finished object.

It is made from craft foam and duct tape (a very smooth type)  I cut much of it with nail clippers, since my scissors were hard to handle on such a small item

And here I've etched a sketch, but its difficult to get a good pic.  The drawing wasn't that great anyway.  I guess I'll have to shake it and start over!!

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