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41  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Otto the oven-dwelling octopus on: July 02, 2007 10:00:59 AM
Last summer, while nearly immobilized by cramps, I decided I needed a stylish new way to keep my abdomen hot.  We have a few of those rice bags, but they don't stay hot long enough, so I took matters into my own hands.  Enter Otto.

Here he is on my pillow

Oh no, he's eating my hand!

He's too big to fit into the microwave, but he fits quite nicely into the oven.  Unfortunately, though, one  of his legs got a little too close to the element...

He has a cotton broadcloth base filled with jasmine rice (smells so nice!) which I crocheted over with some of the cotton yarn we usually make dishcloths in. 

I hope you like him!  He's probably my best crocheted creation yet.
42  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First quilt! And it's blue! on: June 09, 2007 08:36:33 PM
Alright, so it's not exacly a quilt yet because it's not quilted yet, but the top is all done!!  This is the quilt I'm making for my boyfriend's birthday.  The appliques all have to do with inside jokes and important little symbols, from our aniversary to the Easter Bunny.  I'm very proud, even thought the squares don't all match up.  I guess that's what I get for not being really precise with cutting the pieces...  That and having to go back to the fabric store three times to buy more fabric. Roll Eyes

Here's the whole thing

My signature square(Bella is his pet name for me), plus a blue footed boobie and half a donut.

My favorite square

So, all powerful quilting mavens, how did I do?
43  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / picnic food? on: May 13, 2007 12:38:43 PM
For my boyfriend's birthday, I'm taking him on a picnic.  I'm making a quilt to act as a blanket, somehow finding a basket, and now all there is left is the food.

So far the only good suggestion my friends have come up with is a resounding "POTATO SALAD!" which I think I can handle, using farmer's market baby potatos and herbs with olive oil (I can't stand mayonaise).

He's allergic to fish and dislikes chicken, but loves olives and mushrooms (neither of which I like).  There can't be any wine involved, because I'm planning on driving, so I think I'll substitute with current juice.

Any ideas of things that are easily transported?  Something other than sandwiches?  Recipes for mayo-free potato salad?

Thanks in advance!
44  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Birthday quilt for boyfriend on: April 09, 2007 12:29:06 PM
I've never made a quilt before, but I think it would make a great birthday present for my boyfriend.  His birthday is in June, so I have lots of time, but I'm going to need some help.

I was planning on taking him out for a picnic and using the quilt as a picnic blanket.  My sister's guessing a good size would be 5' by 5', which would make for 100 6'' squares.  That's a lot!  I want to customize about half to 3/4 of them with inside jokes and memories (appliqued, embroidered, or iron transfered). 

Would it be too busy to make other patterned blocks?  Should I just use solid blocks?  Many colours or just one?

Any patterns to suggest?  Opinions?
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirt therapy! on: April 01, 2007 07:34:17 PM
I failed my driving test on Thursday and was in a terrible mood.  My brother was being very amiable, especially considering he's younger than me and got his licence in September, and offered to drive me to Fabricland.  True, he was looking for patch fabric for his coveralls, but it allowed me to do some impulse buying.

And so out of my frustration came:

Something about the amount of seam ripping and bias-taping was calming.  This is strange, because I'm known for my slap-dash sewing and easily reached frustration levels.

And in case anyone was wondering, I took the test again today and passed.  Yay!
46  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help with vintage sewing machine! on: March 12, 2007 07:44:31 PM
 I just bought a blue cast iron sewing machine in a consignment shop today but I can't get it to form stitches properly!  I don't like messing with tension on modern machines, let alone this one (I'm guessing it's from the 40's)

It didn't come with an owners manual, but it has "Beacon" written in big gold letters on it and has the same style of levers and shape as a lot of the Janome machines from the 40's that I could find on the internet.  It also has "JSM" written with a little insignia.  Has anyone heard of this model before?  Does anyone own one?  Can anyone help me?

I think I figured out how to thread it and insert the bobbin, but the needle thread doesn't loop properly with the bobbin thread to make a stitch.  It gets caught on the arm of the bobbin case and stays kinda loose in that area unless I pull on the thread.

Why can't I get my lovely new baby to work?
47  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / five balls of recycled sari silk??!? on: February 24, 2007 10:44:07 PM
I'll be eighteen in just over 15 minutes, and my lovely boyfriend gave me my birthday gift as we were going out for supper:  namely five good sized balls of recycled silk spun in Nepal he bought in a fair trade store in Vancouver. 

I've been lusting over sari silk for a while for a while, but the typical bags require about one or two balls and I refuse to knit a scarf in such a wonderous fiber.  Herein lies my dilemma.  I want a project I can use most of the yarn in.  I was thinking a tankop or halter of some sort.  Can anyone suggest a pattern?
48  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / quick last minute birthday present for a boy turning 18? on: January 11, 2007 06:57:33 PM
My friend is turning 18 tomorrow and has his party on Saturday.  He's pretty close with my boyfriend, who is getting him beef jerky and tabasco sauce (apparently the manliest breakfast).  Believe it or not, it's a pretty fitting gift, but because I don't have the same inside jokes about masculinity, it's pretty out of context for me to add my name to that gift.

A little bit about him... Well he's one of the silliest people I know.  He has awesome but random tastes in music. His favorite movie is Resevoir Dogs.  We have a joke about the song "I Turn My Camera On" by Spoon.  I'd like to have something to do with his now being legal or something along those lines.

So here's my dillema:  I'd like to be able to make him something, but I'm quite short on time.  I have a possible partner in crime, but having time to work together on something is a bit of a problem.  He's also really hard to buy for.
49  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The increadible monster slippers! on: January 05, 2007 03:45:18 PM
These are the slippers I made for my boyfriend for Christmas.  I made them before I got SNBN, so though they were inspired by the monster slippers in the book, they're constructed in a completely different way.

I knit them like giant socks in some red Lopi wool held together with eyelash yarn on big needles.  I felted them after.  The eyes are googley eyes hot glued to shank buttons.  I sewed footprint shapes of leather on the bottom (you can't see it in the pictures)

Here they are on my feet:

Comments and praise are appreciated, as always.
50  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Nightengale of Samarkand!! on: December 30, 2006 12:44:46 PM
For my Performing Arts class at school, we were doing Once Upon A Matress.  Before you get too excited, it was the story of the Princess and the Pea.  I had a very small role (Knight #2) so I volunteered to also be the Nightengale of Samarkand, a cheeky bird whistles a lulabye.

Now since only one member of our costume crew knew how to sew, I decided it would be best to take matters into my own hands.  Here is the costume I came up with.

It was basically just the skirt from my Haloween costume (A jellyfish-shaped tutu) covered in feathers worn over a black t-shirt and tights with a mask and  a boa.  I was the hottest bird ever.
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