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51  Re: NaNoWriMo Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by silverfisch on: October 29, 2007 02:08:48 PM
now you all prepare to be jealous because I just picked up and opened The Package Shocked I can't believe all the things addicted2knitting crafted for me and all the extras! I could never imagine a better first swap Cheesy

now with the goods!

I opened a colorful package (I folded the color papers you wrapped everything in becuase they are just so great!) to find the most gorgeous knitted bag ever! just check the pictures... the colors are absolutely beautiful and it's so nice to touch! I never had a knitted bag before and now I can't stop touching it  Grin It even has a back pocket for having things handy. I plan putting some change for sweets and such

the bag came filled with tons of other goods! now, why did she knit that beauty for me? because I happened to tell her I love to take my laptop outdoors and sit at some cafe to write. so she made the perfect bag for my 12" laptop, which fits perfectly and has tons of room for wallet, battery, keys, candy, notebook... one of my kitties, boss, agrees  Grin

the bag has beautiful lining, and is padded so that the laptop is protected... and came with some velcro? when I first saw it I went like huh?

it has a divider, too! with a pocket, a zipped pocket, and the greatest charms ever Cheesy check out also the crafty button to close the bag!

and action shot of dorky me with laptop packed for nanowrimo at my building's elevator, which happens to be the only place where there is good light  Grin I never thought a knitted bag would be so sturdy, and that a knitted handle would take a laptop's weight, but it does, and feels sooooo comfy! I love my new bag!!

inside the bag came a bunch of great things: some cards and papers to write ideas and such. my fave ones are the star folded, and the cats! did I mention I love cats? she completely took my passion for my three kitties in and everything shows it!

there are also many cuts with sayings about cats. they are lovely and so funny Cheesy

also some pens in my fave colors, beautiful pencils with sayings about the planet (already in use), delicious chewing gum I am currently chewing, and cherry lipbalm! I never find so yummy flavors in my city and I love it. It's already being used and in my purse Grin

and the secret files! she wrote for me the funniest story starring me, my cats, my contact in the USA (she) and the goodies she crafted for me. Tonya, my dear, please excuse me for lauging out lout at the zipper issue Grin Grin Roll Eyes there is also explained the meaning of the velcro I found inside the bag Wink

a handmade notebook. which is just PERFECT. the cover has also words about kitties, and the inside she completely stitched (was this called coptic binding?) and filled with pages all different. I just love the different textures, the writings on some of them, the special add-ons like the letter soup (is it called like that) for procrastination goodness Grin and the bookmarks! this is absolotely awesome and also being used in my purse instead of the plain boring moleskine I had

and last, but not least, the knitted wool socks I am currently wearing Cheesy this last night the weather cooled and I was feeling cold, so the perfect socks arrived at the perfect moment! they are soft and couldn't fit me better. and the colors - my fave! the loveliest shade of purples & greys for sitting in front of the computer and write with warm feet Cheesy

tonya, I love it ALL SO MUCH!!! and it's useful!  I can't thank you enough for being such a great swap partner. now I have the worst swap anxiety and can only hope you will enjoy as much as I have opening the package and looking at what I crafted for you

I can't stop smiling! Cheesy
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52  Re: Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by silverfisch on: October 28, 2007 02:42:46 PM
I finished mine!! thanks Glee so much for posting the tute, it helped me undesrtand many things about patterns Wink

mine is an alien octopode Grin

some more action shots can be seen in this post
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53  alien octopode! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by silverfisch on: October 28, 2007 02:38:17 PM
yep, I must give in... I decided to learn how to crochet because I wanted to try amigurumis Tongue then I saw PepperKitty's Octopode Pandemonium's post and just needed to try it. I looked for some orange yarn but no good, in my city there are just a few places where you can buy only few types of yarn for knitting or crocheting, so I decided on some shiny greenish yarn because... I would try a mimetic octopuss  Grin

as I went on crocheting, a friend said it looked like an alien, and in fact it ressembled the alien squirrel by Glee, so I tried on some alien felt eyes. I think it suits my octopode perfectly, now I must look for some shiny buttons like Glee's and change the felt ones, for the final touch

now with the pics. in all its alien glory

landing on my head Grin

discovering human habits: coffee!!

making first acquaintances on earth

rawwwr!!! defending from curious kitty sniffing!

and lastly, having a ride with the new friends Grin

hope you liked it! my cats did Grin
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54  bottle cover - my first crochet ever in Crochet: Completed Projects by silverfisch on: October 25, 2007 12:15:48 PM
a couple of weekends ago a friend showed me how to make the chain with a crochet hook... so I did have to try myself. I have discovered that the only thing I know how to crochet is the half crochet (is it called like that? the one that is less than the single crochet). I plan to learn all the types, but until then... look what I made just using that one and a yarn I found sitting in the back of a drawer!

the model is a small bottle (375ml) of a very good Spanish red wine. I plan this to be a present, do you think they will like it?

I am so proud of me... Grin

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55  Re: NaNoWriMo Swap (Signups CLOSED, sendout 10/22) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by silverfisch on: October 19, 2007 11:58:25 AM
I sent today! the Incredible Spanish Swap Bullet is on its way to the States Grin

I enjoyed a lot crafting for addicted2knitting and getting to know her, I can't wait for you to get my package... and receive yours!
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56  reading corner in the living room in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by silverfisch on: October 07, 2007 09:20:34 AM
i made this in a weekend my provider left me without internet. i wanted to give my house a different something, and thought of working on a small corner my livingroom had, just between the sofa and the kitchen counter. that place had been before filled with a shitty cupboard, some piled chairs, lots of dust and cat hair, so I revamped it all.

first i painted the walls of that corner green. i had thought about doing it in bright orange, but in the end i chose green green. help of cats is always great... i had to chase one of them down the corridor because he was running with green whiskers after sniffing too close to the wall  Tongue

i had bought long ago in a clearance a small shelf in natural wood so i built it up and proceeded to paint it. it has an ivory base of paint... which was one a completely horror. instead of normal paint i got the wrong pot and came home with lack paint. where's the problem? oh well... i wanted to rub it to let the wood show a bit and give it an "aged" look, and being the paint lack, i had to buy a couple of arms because i almost died of rubbing and scratching  Tongue disaster...

anyway i managed it in the end, then i painted with the same green some leaves on it with a stencil sheet, and gave it a coat of matte vernish. a couple of books, the home phone, the piggy phone holder and an ikea lamp later, i like it a lot!

i still plan to put some photo frames hanging from the walls, frames of different measures and colors. i need to think about it. any suggestions are welcome!  Cheesy

ps. sorry for my english Tongue
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57  Re: Tutorial: Mini Duffles in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by silverfisch on: September 23, 2007 12:13:08 PM
i did it!! even though there is medium interfacing everywhere, it doesn't remain in that shape when you put wallet, keys, etc inside... if i stuff it with socks, it will keep the shape though Tongue

i like it a lot anyway Grin it will cheer me up monday morning when i wake up and head to work

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58  Re: Tutorial: Pyramid Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by silverfisch on: September 23, 2007 04:38:16 AM
i did mine too! it ended up bigger than i thought and i completely messed up with the handle so that it finished INSIDE the bag instead of outside Cry but it is really easy and i think with some practice they might end up looking actually nice... this one is some sofa uphosltery fabric lined with linen-lice fabric. i plan on a make-up case one lined with something vinyl-like

thanks for all the tutes inside this post! they are really helpful for newbies (even though i sew the zipper twice on the wrong side and had to unsew it all Tongue

i am so proud of doing things myself, even though they are a billion years away from all your gorgeous ones Grin
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59  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by silverfisch on: September 22, 2007 11:36:29 AM
i had been wanting one for me since i first saw this post and finally today i did it! i don't know how on earth i manage to always find the thickest fabric... i need to try this with more colorful and thinner fabric!

i was too lazy too to try the pocket, and being the fabric so thick, it would end up so bulky i don't think it would fit in the pocket... so i did a separate bag and was too lazy too to line it Tongue

please don't laugh at my sewing skills and the greatness of my handles' finishings... it was the only way i came up with to keep in place the folded handles Embarrassed if someone can tell me how to do it in a neater way... btw, i discovered you can topstith the opening in the handles carelessly since when you fold them for the gusset, it will stay under and will not show

in the last picture it's holding 2 wine bottles, a box of cereal and a bag of chips (and almost a cat), and it did not hurt my hand as plastic bags do!!

i can't thank you enough for posting this tutorial Cheesy Kiss

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60  Re: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by silverfisch on: June 29, 2006 02:11:45 PM
i made mine! i don't have words to thank you jordy for this awesome tutorial! i love it!!

oh, and i finally found interfacing in spain (who on earth would know that here it's called "entretela"?)

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