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1  Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention- Ideas? in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by Sharra on: August 26, 2010 08:09:08 AM
Hi Guys!
I work with a non-profit organization that's looking to get involved with Prevent Child Abuse America's campaign called "Pinwheels for Prevention"  The idea is that the pinwheel is a symbol of child abuse prevention and we want to give our constituents ideas for how to use these pinwheels in creative and visible ways.
Here's a picture of what the pinwheel looks like:

Now, a lot of people nationwide have used them in Pinwheel gardens- here are some really great examples from their website:
-and also Pinwheel flower boxes, etc.

I'm trying to think of other creative uses and would love some help! Here's what I've come up with so far:
-Pinwheel Bouquets, either made up entirely of Pinwheels or by adding Pinwheels to an actual flower bouquet
-Pinwheel wreath (like the kind that goes on people's front doors)
-If you take of the 'stem' they could be used a Christmas ornaments

Any other ideas? Any and all help is appreciated!

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2  Belated Razor Cami in Knitting: Completed Projects by Sharra on: July 17, 2008 02:05:03 PM
I made this a while ago and I'm just now posting it- oops.

Anyway, I made this out of Hempathy which is a bamboo and hemp and something else mix.  It feels really good but i noticed it does leave little fuzzies.

Flaws that I see: I'm not thrilled about where the straps ended up attaching- in the future I would divide the front and back differently (I think I just divided it in half, I'd prefer it if the straps attached an inch or two further in over my shoulders) I do like straps crossed though, so that was serindipidous.  The purple ribbon on the back is there because I was running out of yarn at that point and the ribbon on the front is there to keep the top from sagging/cowling in the middle.
I plan on altering the brown shirt I'm wearing here and essentially building it into the razor cami so in the future I don't have to worry about the weird strap thing I have going on in these pictures.

Otherwise- very happy with how it came out, and plan on wearing it out and about once I alter the under-cami.  (oh- also, the under-cami is tucked in in this pic, but in the future it won't be)

Oh also it feels quite soft and smooth and quite sturdy for such a lacy top.
Thanks for looking!

Full body view:

Close up of front:

View of back:
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3  Shortened Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sharra on: July 17, 2008 01:49:26 PM
Hi all! First of all, Thanks for looking!

Well have you ever found some item that had such potential, so you bought it and start altering it... and find the simplest alteration makes it look so much better? Well that's essentially what happened here. 

This skirt is a wrap (it actually overlaps in the back so you cant see it) and it has deep pockets and with 2 pleats right next to them.  It's made of a mid-weight cotton and I love the pattern on it- somewhere between safari-print and those old blue/white porcelain plates I like. Well, it Also used to be mid-calf length and super frumpy looking. 
My original intent was to shorten it and reconstruct it into a basic a-line-esque wrap but upon shortening it, (about a food mind,) I decided I liked it's poofiness and got a petticoat (the white skirt you see at the bottom) to make sure my point wasn't missed.
Now- depending on where you wrap it on your waist- it's about knee length, above the knee if you wear it as a high-waisted skirt as you see here.

That's enough talking: here we are!

Full body view

Close up: (you can actually see the high-waisted-ness peeking out through the shirt)
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4  Basic Bag, lattice pattern in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sharra on: March 10, 2008 07:45:07 AM
I essentially made this bag up as I went along, and I didn't have any experience sewing them (successfully).
The outside is an upholstery pattern and I added padding and interfacing so it's very solid, which I like. 
One thing that I did not realize about the pattern when I bought the (small and oddly sized) bolt of fabric was that the lattice pattern was not at 90degree angles.  The vertical ones are perpendicular to the selvages, but the horizontal ones are actually slightly angled.
On to the pics I guess!
Bag Front

Bag Side

Bag Inside

For Scale

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5  Liesel Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Sharra on: January 07, 2008 02:07:09 PM
For a christmas gift for my mother I knitted up the Liesel scarf that I found on this site and it turned out super good!

Lets see.. I used one skein of Misti Alpaca, in the kelly green color I believe.  Also I used the lace weight but I held the yarn double throughout.  The pattern was a fun knit, my first actual lace knitting project. 

One issue (?) that I had was that the beginning end of the scarf was really pretty, almost a "w" shape which you can see in the picture but when I bound off the other end didn't match, it was just straight across, which unfortunately you can't see in the picture.  Its not really a big deal but it does bug me a little.  I'm wondering if it might be a better idea to knit two half scarves and then graft them together, then a) the branches would always be climbing up and b) the ends would match.  Anyway its just a thought, it's entirely possible that I just did it wrong (countdown to x-mas and all that). 

So- the pictures:

My wonderful Mother modeling it for me (also my equally wonderful Father was the photographer for this photoshoot)

And finally, a detail shot of the scarf.  (Actually now that I think about it the thing that it's resting on I also made, It's recycling wrapping paper, which I also learned to made from this site)
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6  Blue JerseyKnit Dress (Burda- Lydia) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Sharra on: December 16, 2007 08:34:06 PM
I got the pattern for this dress from Burdastyle.com, it's named Lydia, it's made of this really nice heavy royal blue Jersey.  I look goofy in my pictures as usual but its a super nice, super casual dress.  Simple but pretty, etc.  Here are the pictures [hopefully]:

Comments? Questions? Critiques? Obscure facts that you'd like to share?
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7  Experiment in Doleman sleeves in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sharra on: September 20, 2007 02:40:52 PM
Lately i've kinda been feeling the look of doleman(sp?) sleeves so I tried it out on one of my bf's old shirts.  It's nothing spectacular but I'm happy w/ how it came out.  Unfortunately the pictures are not great but its pretty simple, I just sewed up the sides in the shape I wanted according to my measurements and cut the sleeves to 3/4 length, adding a little elastic to the hem/cuff so it has a slightly puffy look. (I also wanted to give it a more polished look, I think it worked out well)
Front at angle

Front head on

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8  Hat and scarf set in Knitting: Completed Projects by Sharra on: September 15, 2007 04:55:30 PM
2(?) skeins of Berrocco Optik in Who-Knows-What-Color, plus some cheap acrylic yarn added to the braid (the same seen in the hat)
knit in Stst on large needless (probably 11's). 
Finished size: Length- without wraping/ tying, the scarf reaches from one calf to the other.  width- actual width is 10 inches or so but because of the stst it usually rolls up (something I originally didn't like but I realized it makes it both compact and warm, good for Boston weather.)
Credit for this idea comes from Jimenita here:
I saw, I liked, I found the optik yarn which has a wonderful color/ texture combo, I knitted.
Hat: My first actually.
Because it was my first hat I followed the very easy, very rewarding "Le Slouch" pattern by Wendy Bernard (online)
the yarn was a cheap nameless but soft acrylic (the same seen in the scarf) that was lying around and the brown is inherited, called Jo Sharp Hand Knitting Yarns, 100% pure Australian wool (aparently it's a Merino and Border Leicester cros bred, who'd've thunk.) but back to the hat: I made it about 7 inches long/tall before I started decreasing and like many others that followed this pattern the decreases seemed somewhat odd.  Although I am happy with the final product as I was weaving in ends I noticed that the decreases on the inside were much less noticable so to anyone thinking about knitting this perhaps there is some way of knitting on the wrong side? I just started on circs/dpns so I'm not sure but it seems feasable. 
And so: the pictures
(p.s. I Love Them)
Hat with hair tucked in and scarf wrapped around neck and tied:

Hat from side:

Hat with hair all over the place and scarf...pulled through? The way that is currently so fashionable to wear scarves/ pashimas:

Scarf (and hat) detail worn:

Hat and scarf detail:

P.P.S. I Really Love Them.
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9  Hot Knits Diana, sleveless top in Knitting: Completed Projects by Sharra on: September 13, 2007 09:50:50 PM
"Diana" from Hot Knits by Melissa Leapman, a sleeveless top knit flat with waist shaping and a twisted rib detail running up the middle (front and back) and sides.
Knit in smallest size with minimal modifications (shape of neck back)
Yarn: recycled cotton



Front Close-Up:

The Story:
This top came about because I had an old (roomates) sweater in an aweful shade of pink that I recycled and dyed.  (Incidentally this whole process is something that I was, and still am, immensely proud of since it was my first time doing this.  Thank you to www.neauveau.com/recycledyarn.html )
After going through all that work I needed something to do with it and I had seen this pattern and thought it might be interesting.  Looking back I probably should not have chosen this pattern because although I could knit in guage, the yarn probably would have been served better by using a looser guage.  
That being said I'm very happy with how it turned out, sort of a fall/spring weight of sleeveless shirt.  
Modifications: The neck back. I really hated how the back according to the instructions looked. It said to just BO the whole middle of the back and have the straps stick up from there.  Needless to say it looked weird and sagged strangely when my shoulders moved.  So, I decided to unknit as far as I could before I reached any shaping and reknit a scoop-necked back.  MUCH better.  This same re-knitting process I took as a chance to practice shoulder shaping, (this meant unraveling the shoulders on the front of course but I'm def. glad I did it) and I also grafted the shoulders and halter-neck part of the back which also made a huge difference in the finished product.  I'd like to take the time here to mention a book I just bought called "Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters" by Sharon Brant.  I was skeptical at first but after looking through I had to get it because it is such a great (starter) resource for techniques, basic patterns and ideas, that, much like craftster, has been compiled all in one place.  
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10  Boyfriend's new scarf, ribbed for his pleasure in Knitting: Completed Projects by Sharra on: August 19, 2007 07:07:20 PM
Okay now that I have that out of my system.  This is a scarf I made for my boyfriend for his birthday, it's Misti Alpaca, I'm not sure which kind or weight, nor do I know which colors I used (sorry) but it's a greenish brown and a brownish green held double.  It's a simple 4 by 4 ribbing but I switched from knit to perl basicly whenever I felt like it, like a demented waffle stitch.  Which is exactly what I wanted.  Lastly I wet blocked it. And it is SO nice.  (Don't tell him but I plan on wearing it whenever possible.  p.s. he's watching me write this. Oh well.) Back to the point.  It came out really well and it's really soft to wear and he seems happy so here are some pictures!

whole scarf for an idea (before blocking):

Whole scarf but with shadows so you can see the texture (before blocking):

I forgot to mention that about halfway through the scarf I lost one of my #10.5 needles and had to switch to #11 circulars which I am less familiar with, this picture you can kindof see the difference in guage before blocking.  Luckily post blocking you cant see any difference:

My boyfriend displaying the texture of the scarf:

Him actually wearing it like he would normally:

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