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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kindle Kozy on: October 23, 2011 04:05:02 PM
Since I have always had a love of reading my family bought me a Kindle last Christmas.  Little did they know I love books, not just the act of reading.  But oh well, I wanted to make the best out of my expensive gift so I figured making it a cute little cozy may make me grow closer to my Kindle. 

I designed it to resemble a sheep, an animal I love.  I just made up the pattern as I went along, using the popcorn stitch for the body and a single crochet for the head.  Underneath a put in a snap to keep it closed during travel.  Now I can carry my Kindle in my purse without fear of something happening to the expensive device.

The Kindle is still not my preferred way to read, but I must admit it is nice to be able to download public domain books for free.  With more and more libraries closing in my area I have found that function nice.  I have yet to actually pay for any Kindle book and doubt I ever will...unless they stop producing paper books (which will be a sad, sad day for me).

Thank you all for looking  Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mirabilia Three for Tea cross stitch on: July 06, 2011 09:41:37 AM
The patterns really aren't as bad as they seem.  And despite it taking me 9 years to complete it honestly went rather quickly when I would actually take the time to work on it (well as quickly as cross stitch can go Smiley)  So I definitely say go ahead and start it!  It is super satisfying to finish, and as long as you don't shove it under a bed for 3 years at a time will be finished in a respectable amount of time.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mirabilia Three for Tea cross stitch on: July 06, 2011 02:00:57 AM
Thanks everybody!!  Yeah, the technique was well worth the outcome, even though it felt like I was working at a snails pace while doing it.  No regrets. 
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mirabilia Three for Tea cross stitch on: July 05, 2011 08:17:00 PM
FINALLY!!  After 9 years in the making I finally...FINALLY finished this cross stitch.  Mind you most of those years it sat untouched while I focused on knitting, but this year I was determined to finish it. 

I started this in Feb 2002 while I was still in high school, and now July 2011 years after I graduated college, it is done.  I slightly changed the design but not much.  I left some antenna type things coming from the wings off, and I used the dark purple metallic thread on the wing veining instead of the light purple...which was so light you could barely see it.

It was done on linen, 32 count fabric.  Most of it was stitched 2 over 2 with 3 strands, expect their skin that I did with 1 strand, 1 stitch for every single little ity-bity square (meaning I had to make 4 stitches to equal 1 stitch on the pattern).  Not sure what I was thinking, but it did look pretty in the end!  So I guess it was worth it.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy it and thank you all for looking!  Crafters definitely helped inspired me to finish it.  You guys rock!  Cool

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rose of Sharon XS Linen on: January 15, 2011 10:09:28 PM
You must be my long lost twin.  I am just finishing up a Mirabilia pattern I started in High School (circa 10 years ago) and on 32 count fabric as well! Weird, but glad to know I am not alone Cheesy  It is my 2011 resolution to finally finish it. 

Yours turned out wonderful!  I love that pattern.  My mom stitched that same pattern as well so it makes me all warm and fuzzy to see it, reminds me of home.  Don't worry about any mistakes, you are the only person who will ever see them.  I think it looks fabulous.  Great work and congrats on finishing a long standing project.  That is always a wonderful feeling!
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: o w l s - owls sweater knit along? on: March 30, 2010 10:56:43 AM
Also, I already have my yarn! Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool in Peacock.  That yarn should be ok, right? I actually don't know much about yarn weights and I just realized I might have gotten the wrong thing!

I am not familiar with that yarn but when I looked it up it seems like it may be a bit thinner than what the pattern called for, but I am not 100% sure (hard to gauge much from internet pictures).  The best thing to do is just make a swatch and figure out the gauge before you start.  You can always increase or decrease the needle size to get the yarn to be the proper gauge if you want.
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: owl sweater knit along? on: February 05, 2010 10:45:57 AM
I love yours!  The color and length are great.  Glad to see someone else finished it as well.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tubey-rific on: December 12, 2009 09:59:11 AM
Your sweater looks great!  It looks like a very easy knit!
  I went to knitty and found the pattern in case anyone is interested in making the sweater!  Hope you dont mind!
Thanks for Sharing!  Cool

I don't mind at all.  Should have done that myself, I have been pining over Tubey for so long I kind of forgot not everyone would automatically know it existed...haha.  So a big thank you for doing that for me.

It is a very easy knit as well, just requires decreasing, picking up stitches, and knitting in the round.  And since you pick up stitches around the sleeves you have nothing to seam in the end!  Which is great for me since seaming is always my least favorite part.

Thank you everyone for your kind remarks.  Glad you gals like it!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tubey-rific on: December 11, 2009 09:48:32 AM
I have wanted to make Tubey from knitty.com for years now, and since I have finally met my weight loss goal (so none of my old sweaters fit me) I figured now would be the perfect time!

It knitted up quickly using Red Heart Super Saver yarn.  I have limited myself to only making sweaters from yarn I already have at home (I have a huge yarn stash).  The solid brown yarn has all been upcycled from a frogged sweater, and the variegated fall mix yarn I have had for years, but never knew what to do with it.  I altered the pattern to make the sleeves more fitted, ending with a ribbed cuff.  The sleeves are a little more baggy than I would like, but not so much so that I feel weird wearing it.  Overall I am very happy with the results and love my new sweater!

Thanks for looking  Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: owl sweater knit along? on: December 08, 2009 04:54:03 PM
weee...first to finish!  Made with red heart super saver in gray.  Knitted on size 8 needles.  Altered the pattern quite a bit due to my yarn/needle combo, and some changes just to fit my body better.  I made it a bit tight under the armpits, but not so bad that I can't wear it comfortably.  I just put eyes on one owl, the buttons are vintage ones from my great aunt Eleanor.  I LOVE my sweater! 

Hope some other people finish soon, would love to see everyones!
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