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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Red & Blue Asian-themed Doll Quilt on: May 31, 2007 01:04:06 PM

Seeing as I already spilled the beans on this one, I thought I'd share it here, too! I made this doll quilt for KnitWit as part of our personal swap. It actually started it's life as 4 log cabin coasters, but when I saw she already had a set, I had to make it work! LOL Doll quilts seem to be all the rage lately, and it was this months(May07) Whiplash theme - so I figured they'd work perfectly. And, if I do say so myself, I think they do! LOL

I wanted to make it a little bigger, but I was very low on muslin scraps; so it is what it is, about 9 1/2" square. The square centers and the trim are recycled silk - they were a water stained blouse my Mom thrifted for me. I love re-using fabrics, and silk is one of my favorites! For more pictures of it, check out the Whiplash group over at Flickr.

Here's the backing, I got this fabric for a bag I'm making my sister, and I just LOVE it! I keep thinking of making little wooden Asian dolls because they're just so adorable! Thanks for looking, comments are always appreciated!

(Just for full disclosure's sake - I've entered it into the Whiplash contest this month, May 07. Even though there aren't any prizes, I still hope I win! LOL)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blue Sky Alpacas Pleated Skirt - In Turquoise! on: May 23, 2007 12:01:04 PM

Ok..... so does half-completed count? LOL

I'm just so proud, cuz it only took me a little over a week, and I even added short-rows to it, so it wouldn't creep up (my butt, this is the back side.) Comments are always appreciated!

Thanks for looking!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rapunzel Scarf for Blythe! on: April 17, 2007 07:58:53 AM

My Josie was so jealous of all the Rapunzel love going on around here, that she had to join the fun! LOL

It's made from Classic Elite Premiere, SWTC Bamboo, Malabrigo, and a novelty yarn I lost the band to!
Thanks for looking, comments always welcome!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Squiggle Shawl from Magknits w/ link! on: February 23, 2007 05:38:06 PM
I'm so excited - I actually finished something! Ok, so I'm a really slow knitter, but this project was really easy. I found the pattern at MagKnits, here. I changed the pattern repeat, as I only used 2 kinds of yarn, instead of 3.

More details over at my blog. Thanks for looking! Comments always appreciated!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Patchwork Purse on: January 09, 2007 12:33:39 PM

Here's a patchwork purse I made for my Mom for Christmas. I finished it a little late, but I'm very proud of it! It has a magnetic closure, gathered pocket and pen loop inside (see my Flickr pics for detail shot.)

More details and a link to the tutorial I used on my blog!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tree Branch Earrings w/ link to tutorial! on: December 11, 2006 02:04:52 PM

I designed these Tree Branch earrings for a friend for Christmas, and thought they were so easy, I'd write a tutorial for them. I hope you like it! It's over at my blog (sorry! tons of pictures!) I'd love to hear comments, suggestions and questions, if you have any!

These are missing ear wires (I can't seem to find the right color.) Also, the beads are genuine apatite. Thanks for looking!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need help with Razor shell pattern for cami! on: August 04, 2006 10:18:02 AM
Well, I feel like a dolt for not being able to grasp this myself... but I'm having problems getting the lace pattern for the Razor cami. I've never worked in the round before, and I'm really more of a visual learner than from words.

I understand how to do the slip-knit2tog-pass slipped st over, but it makes me think I have to add those 2 decreased stitches back somewhere, to get a tube that's not smaller at the top than bottom. Does that make sense?

The directions read;
Rnd1 - (k1, yo, k4, sl-k2tog-psso, k4, yo) to last st, k1
Rnd2 - k around
(Repeat these two rows til work measures 16")

I feel totally dumb for not being able to understand this... I've seen all of the seperate techiniques (yo & sl-k2tog-psso), but I don't understand them together. Can anybody help me out?
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Wee Curvy Kitten... the tiniest Pointy Kitty! on: August 02, 2006 07:48:28 PM
Here is my entry for challenge #14 - The Tiny Little Challenge! I knew when I read the challenge I had to make it a tiny Pointy Kitty - the tiniest I'd wager! I hope Hillary doesn't mind that I resized her pattern, I made the tail a little less pointy, as this little one is modeled after my younger cat, Monkey. She was 1/2lb when I got her, and I knew her stuffy had to be proportionately tiny (I've also modeled one after my older, larger cat, Spazz.) Here are the two of them together!

I backed white flannel with white denim (attached with fabric glue for seam stability.) It was really a bear to sew through the glue, but I knew I wanted tiny seam allowances, and that they'd rip out without reinforcement. The underbelly seam was sewn on the inside, I'd originally wanted to sew the whole thing that way, but when I decided to use the fabric glue, all of the pieces stiffened up too much to be able to turn right sides out. After that, it was just a matter of lots of tiny whip-stitching to close her up; I stuffed as I sewed, from the bottom up to avoid having to stuff into an impossibly tiny hole at the end. A little messy, but it was kind of fun to rip out bits of stuffing that peaked out! Sewn together with 3 strands of embroidery floss, the eyes & nose were drawn on; all other embellishments are felt glued on. I hope you enjoy her, I'm so happy I finished her!

She's just over 2" lengthwise, I had a hard time figuring the resized 3d dimensions. Grey kitty is 9" tall by 6" wide! I hope I still qualify!  Cheesy
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What's your knitting phobia? on: August 01, 2006 10:10:42 AM
Over at one of my favorite knitting blogs - Knit & Tonic; Wendy was talking about fear today, and it got her commentors talking about what they were afraid of. This really got me thinking, because of course I have my own knitting phobias, but I really wondered what intimidates other people (specifically, you Craftsters!) Anyhoo, here's the question, what technique/style scares you the most? And, what inspires/motivates you to move past those fears to try something new?

I'm currently trying to get over my phobia of knitting in the round with Oh My Stars - Razor cami. Sweaters really scare me with lots of shaping and seaming! Socks also worry me, as I don't know if I have the attention span to finish 2!  Cheesy

I just got over cables with Wendy's Dream Swatch headwrap - I've made 2 versions! LOL
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Dream Swatch Head Wrap by Knit & Tonic KAL on: June 13, 2006 12:56:31 PM
I've been following this thread started by maritimah, and I really wanted to try the pattern out. You can find the Knit & Tonic Dream swatch here. It's such an easy pattern, I wondered why there wasn't a KAL for this already?

I'm less than halfway, but I wanted to post an in-progress shot - I hope you guys like it! Any feedback would be really appreciated! It's my first cable project!  Grin

I'm using Classic Elite Premiere pima/tencel blend (color is 5226), on size 6 needles. I cut out one of the "cables", as my gauge swatch led me to believe it would end up too wide to be a head wrap I liked. I'm pretty pleased with how it's coming, although it is curling quite a bit. I hope it blocks well, I didn't bother with another scarf I made with this yarn!  Cheesy I'll be sure to post a finished shot when I'm done!
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