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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first wearable: Cropped Raglan Shrug on: June 01, 2007 11:46:26 PM
I'm very excited to have finished my first wearable FO, just in time for a summer semester in Italy.

(click photos to enlarge)

It is from a Lion Brand free pattern, and I used Pound of Love yarn in Antique White.

This pattern was really quick and easy to knit, and I think I'll get a lot of wear out of it.

I have a few more photos and details on my blog. Thanks for looking, and I'd love to know what you think!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Summertime Tunic, IK Summer 07 on: May 10, 2007 02:27:22 PM
I just love the Summertime Tunic in this summer's Interweave Knits and wondered if anyone is interested in a KAL?

It is available as a free pattern on the website - direct link to the PDF is here.

If you're interested, there is also a KAL blog which starts June 1st.

I should be getting my yarn today, and I can't wait to get started! Who's with me?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Garter Lace Tote Bag on: February 01, 2007 01:57:31 AM
I really enjoyed this challenge, and I hope it's okay to post this (it's still the 31st in Hawaii, right?).

As a grad student, I have to lug lots of things to and from campus. I designed this bag to be large enough to accommodate my notebook and several heavy texts while fitting comfortably over my shoulder so I can take it on the subway and around New York.

I lined it with white fabric to help the lace pattern stand out, then lined the inside with another sturdy cotton and reinforced the bottom with cardboard so it would hold its shape. 

This bag was a lot of firsts for me - the first bag I've ever made, the first thing I've ever lined, and actually, the first non-scarf finished object I've ever produced.

It works really well for holding knitting projects too - even my 14 inch straight needles!

Thanks for looking!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Dachshund Note Cards for my Mom on: December 23, 2006 08:14:18 PM
My mom has a very sweet miniature dachshund named Otto. Whenever someone shows her note cards or cute dachshund themed gifts, her response is usually "Yes, it's cute, but it's not Otto."

So, as a stocking stuffer this year, I decided to make her a set of note cards that ARE Otto. (Click images to enlarge)

I used photographs I've taken of Otto in the past few years and picked complementing colors for borders in Photoshop. I printed them out on card stock then cut and folded, which was simple yet time-consuming.

I decided I would try to make my own envelopes, based vaguely on this template. After I cut and glued them all, I affixed double stick tape under the flaps so they would work as peel and stick envelopes, which my mother prefers. I banded them together with a piece of scrap paper.

I packaged the cards and envelopes all up with a red ribbon and affixed a tag across the front. I hope she likes them!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink gathered top - first thing I've ever sewn! on: August 25, 2006 04:08:34 AM
I was tired of not being able to wear a bra with my sleeveless blouses, so I decided to make my own. I was going for a kind of drapey, casual effect that wouldn't be too clingy.

This is the first thing I've ever sewn, so I'd really appreciate any tips for improvement.


Thanks for looking!
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