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1  Felted iPod cozy in Knitting: Completed Projects by metaphysical_muse on: January 28, 2009 11:13:44 PM
My little sister got an iPod from her boyfriend for x-mas and asked me to make a case for it. Here's what I came up with.

I knit the bag first, then felted this bad boy by hand. There are a few areas that didn't "felt" as evenly as the others (my hands couldn't handle the hot water, soap, and wool any longer), but it's more obvious in the picture than in real life. I've never really embroidered before and the owl turned out looking a bit cranky, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.


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2  Re: Summer Reading Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by metaphysical_muse on: August 03, 2008 12:47:15 AM
My package from sf craftster arrived today! She had mentioned in an earlier post about how well matched up we were, and I definitely have to agree! It was like we had Swap ESP or something.

Onto the good stuff....

First, the books:

Winter of Fire; Sherryl Jordan (This one sounds really good! I love fantasy and YA books, so I can't wait to read it.)

Claymore, Volume 1; Norihiro Yagi (Whoa! The plot for this manga sounds awesome. I took a real quick peek inside and the artwork is pretty cool, too.)

Vampire Knight, Volume 1; Matsuri Hino (I actually have this manga already and it's one of my favorites! If I had had more time, I was going to make a Cross Academy school uniform to wear to Comic Con this year ('cuz that's how big a geek I am). I have a friend who has been wanting to borrow this from me for some time, so I'm very glad for the extra copy to lend out now.)

The Crafty Goodness...

A journal to keep track of the books I've read, lent out, and want to read. It's exactly what I wanted (and almost exactly the same thing I sent her as you'll see when she posts her pics)!!

It's so cool! She made the stamps that she used on the pages, which is genius. There's a section to record the books I've read and give them a 5-star rating. A section to keep track of who've I've lent my books out to and if they've been returned. And, a section to keep track of titles that I want to read in the future. She also sent me the stamps she made.

These are personalized book plate stamps that she made, too! They are rating off the charts on my personal awesome scale right now.

I went stamp-happy and tested them out on the envelope her card came in. Pretty sweet, huh? Isn't the little owl adorable!

Now, I'm a huge (which is an understatement, btw) fan of the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. Look how awesome this is!! (It looks like the Twilight book cover for those who aren't familiar.)

Lastly, she sent me this tote bag from the organization she works for. It's the perfect size and I love totes, so this will get tons of use.

I LOVE everything you sent me! Thanks again, sf craftster, for being such an awesome first swap partner!
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3  Twilight corset t-shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by metaphysical_muse on: April 27, 2008 11:36:05 PM
This is my first shirt recon!

I'm a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga and wanted to make something to wear to her book signing that I'm going to in May. My sewing skills are poor at best, so this crafty endeavor went the way most of my sewing projects go- lots of swearing and me getting slightly hysterical halfway through. But, it turned out okay in the end.

This started out as a plain black medium men's tee shirt. The front is iron on transfers and the back is a corset style lace up I did using the tutorial found here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38788.0. The picture links are dead, but you can get the idea of how to put it together.

The front: Bite Me...Please!

The back

I ran out of ribbon, so the botton laces aren't done. I might get a thinner ribbon to use for the lacings so they will lay flat.

Also, does anyone know if fabric glue will stick to the iron on transfers? I wanted to embellish the text with little red rhinestones, but I don't know if it will work.

Any other Twilighters (or Twi-hards, Fanpires, or TwilightMOMS) out there?
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4  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by metaphysical_muse on: October 29, 2007 09:13:04 PM
I got the outline of my Phoenix yesterday. It's my first tattoo and I'm totally in love with it!

I'm going back in a few weeks to start on the color. I can't wait for it to be finished!
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5  Banana Republic Hat Knockoff *big pics* **Now with PATTERN!** in Knitting: Completed Projects by metaphysical_muse on: September 21, 2007 08:53:57 PM
I saw this hat at Banana Republic last year and fell in love with it. But, like most things at BR it was ridiculously overpriced ($50, I think). Since it goes against every moral fiber in my body to pay that much for a hat, I whipped up my own pattern.


The Original:

I changed a few things, like using seed stitch for the band instead of garter stitch and making it a little bit longer to cover my ears all the way. And it only cost $5 to make! Take that, Banana Republic!


Yarn: Lion's Brand Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick
Needles: US 8 29" circulars and US 10.5 dpns
Notions: One big ol' funky button, needle and thread

The band of the hat is knit flat:
Using circular needles to accommodate the number of sts, CO 75 sts, leaving a fairly long tail (don't join). Knit seed stitch *P1, K1* for 9 rows.

Row 10: Bind off 13 sts (this is the button flap) - 62 sts remain.
Change to dpns: K10, place marker (pm), K11, pm, K10, pm, K10, pm, K10, pm, K10, pm, k2tog to join round.

Knit 13 more rounds (Several people have mentioned that their hats have turned out a little short. I would recommend trying on your hat at this point and seeing if it is your desired length. If not, knit an extra round or two (or three) and then continue with the remaining pattern)

Begin decreasing: k2tog before each marker. Continue to do so until only 7 sts remain.

Break yarn leaving a fairly long tail. Pull tail through remaining sts, pull tight, and knot.

Now, try on the hat. Pull the button flap until the hat band is to desired fit. Remove hat, holding button flap in place (I used a dpn to keep it in place). Using the tail from the CO sts, stitch the bottom edge of the band and button flap together. Using a needle and thread, attach your button to the button flap.

This is the first pattern I've ever written. Hopefully I explained it okay. If you have any questions please pm me and I'll try to help you out. If anyone makes this hat, please post pictures! I would love to see how they turn out!

P.S.: I added it to Ravelry, too. I'm still learning how to use the site, but it seems pretty awesome so far.
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