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1  Needle-Free Knitting Needle Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by JennJenn on: October 26, 2007 06:52:13 AM
I loved the look of the Knitting Needle Bag [available free here http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/bags/?patternsandposts=1&showposts=1&organizeby=date&skilllevels=all], but I thought it would be uncomfortable to carry around a purse with pointy needles on the end.  Plus, I wanted a purse that could stand up to everything I cram in there.  When I saw a faux-croc purse on clearance at a local store, inspiration hit and here you have it:

I was fortunate that the pattern fit the frame as-is, no tweaking needed!  I used two skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky, just knit one side until I got to the end of the skein, then repeated for the other side.  Stash-busting is a beautiful thing.

Here's everything I cram in my purse (minus the odd scraps of paper and receipts that eventually work their way in) :

And here it is all full and zipped up:

Thanks for looking!
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2  Lariat and some fulled Kola Bears in Knitting: Completed Projects by JennJenn on: July 26, 2007 09:22:28 PM
A friend of mine fell in love with an expensive knitted lariat so I decided to try my hand at making one for her.  I used her favorite colors in WoolEase Chunky.  I wanted to make it somewhat washable in case of sticky fingered children.   Cheesy  Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers book helped me figure out the roses.

Hopefully I can get her to model when I give it to her, but for now, here's Elmo:

close up:


Tip for all you knitters with kids who get spoiled by their grandparents-- bring the kid and grandparent along to your LYS and you might just score some free yarn!  My well trained little darling squealed with glee when she saw this Fiber Trends pattern and, before I knew it, I was the proud owner of enough yarn for two (plus some extra "just in case"  Wink).  Thanks, Mother-in-Law! 

While I was knitting the bottom one a little hellion darling child [not my own] ripped out several rows and I had a hard time figuring out where I was.  Short rows make it hard for me to "read" my knitting.  The end result was that his head turned out a little wonky, but I think that gives him personality.  It was either that or rip back 2 hours worth of work!

I used Lamb's Pride Worsted for both of these little guys and they are snug in their proud owner's little beds as I type.

Who's cuter?  Grin

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3  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by JennJenn on: May 12, 2007 09:17:56 AM
I got my Tree of Life design yesterday.  My husband and I were going to get co-ordinating Celtic knots, his for Father and mine for Mother, but I decided I wanted to do something that symbolized all of me, not just one aspect.  The tree is a California Pepper Tree and I don't know if you can find them because I didn't want them to be too obvious, but the roots have an "A" and a "K" hidden in them to stand for each of my daughter's.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out:

Tim at Obscurities/Trilogy in Dallas, TX did it and he did an amazing job.  It took a little over three hours.
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4  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - March 2007 in The Swap Gallery by JennJenn on: April 03, 2007 11:12:33 AM
FrogPuddle had a request out for the fall KnitScene magazine, and my LYS had a few left, so we did a personal swap.  I couldn't believe she offered to make me a hand-bound journal, but how could I pass it up?  She made it in my favorite color, and it fits perfectly in my knitting bag pocket.  She even included some graph paper in the back for planning knit/crochet projects.

Thank you so much, FrogPuddle!  This journal is awesome.
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5  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Gallery - Round 8 in The Swap Gallery by JennJenn on: April 03, 2007 11:01:40 AM
I finally finished my term paper and now I can turn my attention to what counts-- posting crafty pics!  I LOVE what I have received so far, take a look:

Clockwise from top left:

Sassy Glass Marble Magnets from GatsbyGirl-- I LOVE these!  My daughters and I are on a bit of a Wonder Woman obsessive kick right now, so that's my favorite. 

Asian Hair Gems from sewknitter-- So fun!  The bobby pins are REALLY strong and sturdy.  I love wearing fun stuff in my hair.

Cupcake Pouch from Novastarlet--  I got this last week and it's already in heavy use!  Look at how great it looks after being thrown around in all my different purses!  It holds all the little things like lotion, lipstick, Advil, & MP3 player that I migrate from purse to purse.  I have gotten a lot of compliments on it.

Drawstring pouch from Reethi--  I LOVE this fabric!  It fits a yarn cake perfectly and I know it will be a great way for me to carry the little knitting projects I like to have with me at all times (if Linus were a girl with yarn, that'd be me!).

I got the hand painted pendant from Dancer4ever, but I can't get a good picture of it right now.  Hopefully tomorrow will be sunny and I can use natural light to give it justice.
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6  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 8! closed in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JennJenn on: March 18, 2007 09:01:07 AM
While we're waiting I thought I'd post a picture of the completed stitch markers.  I hope people who get me will like them. I went a little overboard and made 15 sets, but two have already been given away. 

Edited to Add:  The little oval charms have words like, "live," "love," "imagine," "dream," "believe," and "inspire."
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7  Tooth Fairy, Somewhat Literally! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by JennJenn on: March 12, 2007 09:52:39 PM
Okay, it's not literally a tooth fairy since it's not made of teeth, but it's close.  My 5-year-old has her first loose tooth, and she's obsessed with all things tooth-related.  First she asked me if the Tooth Fairy was real, and I asked what she thought.  "No," she said, "but it still sounds like fun."  Then she drew a picture of what she thought the tooth fairy would look like.  She was a tooth with wings, a crown, a wand with a flower on top, and a little pouch to hold the teeth.  That inspired me to make this...

I got the tooth shape pattern from Crochetville, but the wings, arms, pouch, etc are my own creations.  I added a pocket in the back in case she wants to leave a note or something that won't fit in the little pouch:

And here's a close-up of the Fairy's pouch, with an example of what the Tooth Fairy will be leaving (gold dollars are so much fun!):

I had a lot of fun making this, and I can't wait until my daughter's tooth falls out and I can surprise her with her special Tooth Fairy Pillow inspired by her own imagination!
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8  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 8! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JennJenn on: March 02, 2007 10:42:03 AM
I'm in!  I'll be doing 10 sets of these stitch markers.  The bead colors will vary, but they will all have the little oval sayings charms on the bottom.  Each will be a set of five.  I'm working on a few new sets and will post pics of them soon.

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9  Re: knitting swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by JennJenn on: February 24, 2007 04:03:23 PM
I got my package from maikkochan today!  She put together a great box for me. 

First I got this great purse with a little elephant on it because elephants are my favorite and so is purple! 

The lining is cute too and it's sewn in very securely.

There there's some great yarn-- all cottons because I like stuff that's easier to care for (little kids and all):

I've never had Manos!  I'm so excited to try it!  There are size 3 bamboo needles, some felted beads and some super cute stitch markers.

I love these & they are the perfect size b/c all my other markers are big and annoying on small needles.

Thank you so much maikkochan!!!  I love everything!
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10  Re: Sweat shoppe swap round 8? in New Swap Theme Ideas by JennJenn on: February 23, 2007 04:19:42 PM
Would anybody be interested in a fabric flower pin like this one?  I would uses different fabric, probably all one color unless you guys think the mix is cool.  The center is a mother of pearl button.

Or stitch markers:

The oval beads have insiprational sayings like "believe," "imagine," and "dream."  Pretty fitting for knitting IMO.  The colored beads may vary, but they wold all have the insirational part.

Let me know what you think!
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