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21  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by knitpurl on: December 01, 2010 09:44:28 PM
Here's my package from Vanessa_Nichole - I was very spoilt!!

A hand-embroidered calico bag which contained the yarn ball:

Here's the yarn ball, a couple of extra goodies and a post card:

The pattern is KnitPicks cathedral purse, and the yarn is Debbie Bliss Andes, an alpaca/silk blend in a beautiful purple - it is so soft - I love it! In the photo: 3 buttons, 2 sets of labels ('handmade by _____' and 'made with love by ______'), a yarn needle, gorgeous embroidery scissors, and 2 sets of mandmade beaded stitch markers:

A close up of one of each of the stitch markers (they are so cute Smiley):

Then, after I'd unwrapped the rest, a set of needle protectors for dpns, a purse by vanessa (it's really lovely fabric, with satin lining in a rich yellow), a set of wooden dpns (falling out of the photo), coffee, Amaretto hot chocolate, tissues, a little tin with a mini sewing set and a mini-iron:

The tin has the Opera House on it, which is very cool cause I grew up in Sydney and I couldn't take a picture of the mini sewing set inside cause my camera couldn't focus, it was so small.  Smiley

The iron was a bit hard to see, so here is another pic - see how tiny it is!  Shocked

Thanks so much vanessa_nichole - everything is so great. I wish my photos were better and did it all justice!
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22  tea cozy - quick gift idea in Knitting: Completed Projects by knitpurl on: October 14, 2010 11:39:53 PM
I made this last weekend for my workmates (we were wrapping our teapot in a teatowel to keep it hot, and I decided enough was enough).

It's using half a ball of wool from my stash and a scrap of ribbon I had left over from a gift. I made up two halves, basically rectangles, with just a little bit of shaping at the top, then sewed it together, picked up stitches around the side openings and knitted a few rows of rib, and added a button opening at one side, so it can be adjusted to fit another teapot in the future.
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23  Annis Scarf from Knitty with Noro Yarn in Knitting: Completed Projects by knitpurl on: October 14, 2010 11:31:40 PM
This scarf is the first of my christmas gift knits. The pattern used was the Annis shawl from Knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss10/PATTannis.php), but I only had one skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock, so I had to modify it to be more of a scarf than a shawl.

This was the first time I've used Noro yarn cause it's so expensive, but I loved working with it.


Finished, draped over the back of the sofa:

Work in progress (the pattern starts with the lace, then uses short rows of stockinette stitch to create the curved shape:
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24  Paul the Octopus in Knitting: Completed Projects by knitpurl on: August 04, 2010 08:32:47 PM
After a friend and I shared an obsession with Paul, the psychic octopus who successfully predicted all of Germany's matches in the World Cup and the final, i decided to knit her an octopus of her own. The pattern came from a book, Amigurumi Knits by Hansi Singh, and it was so great I can't wait to knit more of her patterns. The octopus' legs have pipe cleaners inside them so that they can be twisted however you want. Smiley

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25  Hot water bottle cover in Knitting: Completed Projects by knitpurl on: August 04, 2010 07:17:44 PM
A while back our microwave died, so this winter I've had to go back to a hot water bottle instead of a wheat bag. Perfect chance for a very quick project - It is a really simple design, using some leftover Cleckheaton vintage hues yarn, big needles (7mm I think) and only took a bit under two hours. I made it just a little two short, so there are 3 rounds of crochet around the top.

Close up of the crochet at the top:
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26  Knitting needle roll [image heavy] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by knitpurl on: December 29, 2009 08:24:37 PM
I made this a while back, most of the fabric is from some fat quarters I picked up on special, but I decided to use a triangle of japanese silk ( I think it's actually a silk/synthetic blend) which came from my grandmother's stash box. I added the embroidery after a workmate told me about sashiko embroidery.

It's a really simple construction, but I'm happy with it.

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