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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Seagreen Socks on: July 30, 2009 01:49:02 PM
So I'm a bit late on the Pomatomus train....  Cheesy
Getting used to knitting through the back loop was a pain, and I messed up the lace pattern many MANY times, but I still love this pattern!

The yarn was Araucania Ranco Solid (which, despite the name, is a bit variegated) in color 108. It was sitting in my stash for the longest time, until I was looking for a yarn to go with this pattern. I'm a sucker for themes, and sea-glass green yarn fits nicely with a pattern named after a fish!

The color's a little bit truer in this WIP pic. Green's one of my all-time fave colors, and this vibrant green particularly caught my eye! Surely I'm not the only one who sometimes buys yarn just cause of the color.  Wink

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Bootie Lineup! on: July 28, 2009 07:05:16 PM
A very close friend of mine is pregnant and due in september. I'm super super excited about this baby, and how do craftsters show their excitement? By making lots and lots of gifts!

I meant to make all these booties in the same size (0-6 months), but they all turned out different lengths... Hopefully the little guy won't notice too much. :-)

The patterns I used were Baby Mary Janes, Blue Suede Booties from the 2008 SnB calendar, and Cashmere Bootees from the Big Book of Kids' Knits (but totally not made of Cashmere!).

The way the light in the photo hit the booties, I thought it looked like a dramatic old-fashioned police lineup haha

Close up on the Mary Janes' button. Aren't they just adorable?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Green Baby Sweater on: July 28, 2009 05:04:04 PM
A friend who's practically my sister is having her first baby in September and I am SO excited!! So, of course, I've been furiously making things for the little guy to wear!

The first thing I cranked out was this little sweater. It's in a 6-12 month size so that the baby doesn't grow out of it too soon. The pattern's from Yarny Days, a blog that I've been loving lately. And this is my first non-rectangular crochet project, so I'm really proud of it!

It looks like a baby-knitting project snuck into the corner of the photo!

Aaand a close-up on those buttons. I wish I could make myself a sweater with buttons like these! They're just so cute.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Postcards/Stationary Swap? on: July 11, 2009 09:26:07 PM
I love collecting postcards and stationary, and thought I'd send a line out to all the craftsters who still love sitting down to write letters! Postcard swaps have been done before, but maybe instead of just sending each other postcards, this time we could do more letter-writing themed items, like rubber stamps or address books or organizers...

Anyone up for it?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Superhero Bracelets on: July 07, 2009 03:54:37 PM
One of my friends is an exchange student from Germany, and in a few days, she's heading back home.  I planned to make her a little going-away care package filled with things that were "Made in America".  Cheesy

When I was in a store looking for stuff to go in the package, I noticed some bracelets with pictures from comic books all over them. And what's more American than the spandex suit superhero? But the bracelets in the store were like 30 dollars each!! I figured that, if I made one, it would be way cheaper, and would still be made in America. So I got some comic books and plain wooden bracelets, and made these!

Captain America -

Batman -

Tomorrow, we're having a goodbye party for her, and I'll give her the whole care package (bracelets plus other girly things) then.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shiny Urchin Hat on: August 20, 2008 01:02:53 PM

I made the medium of Ysolda's Urchin, which is supposed to fit a 22 inch head. It came out way floppier and less structured than the pattern photo, even though I got gauge. It's more of a tam than a beret, but I like it better that way because it can hold all of my (very) curly hair!
The yarn is seafoam green with bits of blue and purple and even a shiny green thread plied! I seriously love this thing and all it's shiny multicolored goodness. The first time I wore it, a friend called it the glam rasta hat. :-)
A bit more about it at Ravelry.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lots o' Boleros on: August 18, 2008 07:00:40 PM
....Or maybe just two.
Forgive the spacey eyes in all the photos. I forgot to look at the camera when I was taking the pictures. Smiley

First up is Ester from Knitty.

It's good for layering, but I wish I had made the medium rather than the small. Mine came out a lot shorter than the one in the pattern photos, and also the ribbing flares out awkwardly in the back, like so -

I think I'll block it again to try and get rid of the ribbing flare. But knitting the cables was a lot of fun and it's good for cool days that aren't quite cold enough for a full jacket.

The Ribbed Lace Bolero from 10 Feet High. I lovelovelove this one! It's knit up in a super-soft grey cotton/wool blend, drapes nicely, and works well with tanks and dresses.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I Wish I Was a Superhero on: August 17, 2008 01:08:11 PM
Years ago, my family went to the Universal Studios park during a trip to Florida. My brother bought an awesome souvenir shirt there. Earlier this year, he had finally outgrown the shirt, so he gave it to me! It was baggy and generally unflattering on me, but the design was as awesome as ever. After seeing this recon, I pulled out an old bandana and fixed up the shirt.

Close up on the design. Captain America is on the shirt at about 5 o' clock, but he's a bit hard to see in this photo.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Socks! on: August 15, 2008 08:18:11 AM
After falling in love with this colorway of Noro Kureyon Sock, I spent forever trying to find a pattern for it. The colors are too overpowering for fancy stitches, but I don't have the patience for stockinette on small needles.  Cheesy I finally settled on the Cable Rib socks from the book Favorite Socks. It's got a small cable down each side of the sock, which added some interest to the knitting.
But the yarn falls into typical Kureyon territory. The colors are gorgeous, but the yarn is very scratchy... So I love the look of these socks, but I'm not sure if I'll wear them.

Adorable little cable!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Stretching Wool Felt? on: August 12, 2008 06:01:28 PM
For my birthday this year, my brother gave me a beautiful vintage hat! I just can't express how much I love this hat. It's made of ruby red felt with a wide-ish brim and a sleek black band around the crown. Simple, but very chic. Unfortunately, it's too small. It's only about a half-inch smaller than my head, but I have very thick hair as well, so it's uncomfortable to wear.

The interior of the hat has "100% Wool" printed on it. Since it's a natural fiber, is there anyway to reshape or stretch the hat to fit my head?
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