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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Getting Knit Organized! DPN Cases and Knitting Journal Templates on: May 11, 2007 12:31:09 PM
I wanted to share some handy little things I made not so long ago to help me get organized.

First I designed some double pointed needle pouches to keep all those pesky needles together. I was always misplacing them and it was driving me nuts so I sewed these up. They're really easy to make and don't require any sort of button or snap. I have wrote instructions on how to make pouches for double pointed needles sizes 0-11. They're so handy to have around, and perfect for when you take your knitting with you and only need to bring one set of needles.
I posted a step by step tutorial if you're interested!

The second thing I created was a knitting journal. I wanted something that I could keep expanding as I created more stuff, so I designed six different pages to print and fill out. There are pages for you to fill out information on your FO's, keep track of the yarn in your stash and patterns on your to-do list, and more. You can print out however many you need, slip them into plastic sheet protectors, and organize them into a binder for easy reference. It is really satisfying being able to flip through a book and being able to see all your FO's neatly organized in one place. It works great as a brag book too Wink
I have posted all of the pages, and they're free to download so good luck creating and customizing your perfect knitting journal!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Vintage Velvet Scarf (Image Heavy) on: May 07, 2007 01:11:48 PM
I wanted to show off my newest FO! This weekend I completed the Vintage Velvet scarf from Scarf Style. I used 5 balls of Muench Touch Me in color #3635 Orange Velvet. I love how it turned out, and the yarn became just like velvet after felting. I was a bit afraid of the color before I started working with it, but I really love it now!

I didn't change anything on the pattern. It was so simple to knit and the pattern was easy to memorize. Felting it was a little nerve wracking but the results are awesome! Hopefully I will get to wear it a few times before summer beings. Thanks for looking!

I have posted all the project specs on my blog!

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 18 ENTRIES / 3... 2... 1... Blast off!! Scale Felt Model of the Space Shuttle (image heavy) on: May 02, 2007 06:09:25 PM

I decided to create a to scale felt model of the Space Shuttle! Everything is made of felt. The pieces are created from rolled felt cylinders and then those are covered with the exterior felt detail. I used those sheets of craft felt you get at the craft store and white Elmer's glue.

There are three parts to this model. First is the big orange thing which is the external fuel tank. On either side of the fuel tank is the rocket boosters. Each rocket booster has a propulsion system at its base. All of the detail on the fuel tank and rocket boosters is inlaid so nothing sticks out where it shouldnt. Each rocket is approximately 1 wide and the fuel tank is a little over 1.5 wide. When connected they stand 9 tall.

The third part is the orbiter. This was probably the most time consuming piece to make. It is 6.5 long, 3 tall (including the tail rudder), and has a wing span of almost 4. Again its made totally of felt. There are three engine nozzles on the back, as well as two smaller maneuvering nozzles near the rudder. The detailing on the rudder is also inlaid so it wouldnt be all bumpy. I added a little American flag detail to one wing and USA to the other. I didnt want to use embroidery (I though it might detract from the whole felt thing) so the letters and flag are made from thin strips of felt.

All pieces can be detached from each other, like the real deal.

Thanks for looking at my entry! I also posted more pictures on my blog if you want to see them!

p.s. The last two pictures are my actual shuttle in the sky! I love how it looks out there! I will post more pictures in this thread if you want me to! If you want to know more about it, just ask and I will do my best to answer your questions!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My First Handspun Yarn w/ 3 pics on: April 25, 2007 10:22:25 AM
These are the only yarns I have ever spun. I used a Ashford Top Whorl drop spindle. I have only had one 45 minute lesson so I am still kind of trying to test out the waters. My first yarn was spun from 4 oz of black roving and ended up about 70 yds long. I wish I would have used something other than black  Undecided It is two-ply.

For my second yarn I thought I would try a single ply. I used some roving I had dyed with acid dyes. There wasn't very much of it so the yarn is only 32 yds. I really love the colors in this one, but I am afraid that I over spun it. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips on how to spin better? I can use all the help I can get!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jess Hutch Bunny (w/ 3 pictures) on: April 23, 2007 07:04:50 PM
I made the Jess Hutchison Bunny to go along with the bunny booties and the Kiddie Cadet hat for a baby gift for my sister. This pattern was easy to follow and very typical Jess Hutch. I made it using Caron Simply soft so it would be baby safe. I also switched out the safety eyes with embroidered eyes that were very Jess Hutch inspired. I embroidered Marjorie's initial on the belly so it would be a bit more personal. You can find out all the extra info on my blog.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bunny Baby Booties w/ photo on: April 21, 2007 03:19:06 PM
I just finished these booties to give as a baby gift to my sister who is due on April 23. I used the Fiber Trends "Animal Friends Felt Booties" pattern. They're knit from Patons Classic Wool in Winter white with Petal Pink accents. I needle felted the faces on (my first attempt at needle felting anything at all), and I think they turned out pretty good! I also embroidered little eyelashes and the mouth. They're sized for 6-9 month, I wanted her to be able to wear them when it is a little bit cooler out. Hope she likes them! You can find all the detailed project specs on my blog.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felt Alpaca and Llama from Fiber Trends (image heavy) on: April 17, 2007 01:32:39 PM
I got such a great response from my Muks I just had to post these! I made these a while ago and they were so fun! They were the first toys I ever made. Now I am totally addicted to knitting and felting toys! I made both llama and alpaca versions of the pattern. There is more info on my blog.

The white one is an alpaca, made with Lamb's Pride Worsted and Toaga held together. The brown one is the llama version and is made from Reynolds Lopi.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mowat Mukluks from IK Winter 2005 w/ picture on: April 16, 2007 09:04:08 AM
Hi this is the first FO that I am posting on this site, so I am a real noob at this (and I can't post pictures in my posts yet). I made this pair of boots last Christmas as a gift to my sister (I know I am a few months behind huh!). They were the first pair of shoes I ever knit. They were actually really easy to make, to my surprise, and I followed the instructions pretty much exactly.

I only changed a few things. I used different yarn, it calls for Plymouth Galway and Foxy (which is insanely expensive) and I used 6 balls of Cascade 220 in medium rose color and 4 balls of Jo-Ann Sensations Mink in camel (purchased from joann.com). Also instead of attaching pompoms to the ends of the laces I added horn beads, which I got from joann.com too. Lastly, I decided not to add the embroidery to the toe.

I am happy with the way they came out and my sister really liked them too! There is more info on my blog about them if you would like to know more and see pictures.

(I can now post pictures yaya!)
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