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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T-Shirt Quilt - featuring horses! on: December 30, 2009 05:51:54 AM
This is my first ever quilt-like project, and I cringe a little bit putting it next to the fabulous quilts shown here! It's a t-shirt quilt, made from my younger sister's outgrown horse shirts that she couldn't bear to get rid of.

I used some batting leftover from another project, and backed it with a brown bedsheet (because brown is a horse color, of course). It's machine sewn, but then I hand-embroidered the details on each square that has a picture on it.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ohm Sweet Ohm on: January 04, 2009 09:40:45 AM
After a long hiatus from Craftster, I'm back with a Christmas gift I stitched for my sister. She is a math major, and I thought this pun was too clever to pass up. It's a reference to our high school math teacher, who would make corny jokes like "Ohm Ohm on the range". I used a chart generator for the word (which I for some insane reason did not bookmark), and I free-handed the Ohm symbols based on several images I found using Google.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting in Your Dreams? on: January 07, 2008 05:26:19 AM
So, I think that being on a break from school and being busy crafting has finally taken a toll on my ability to sleep at night. In the past, I have dreamed about a particular project - for example, if I'm thinking about crocheting a neckwarmer, I might have a dream about how to construct it, how many rows, etc. that actually helps me out when I wake up. I've also dreamed that I had found the perfect bag, with just the right number/size of pockets, and I desperately try to remember it so I can sketch out plans to make it.

But last night was just ridiculous! I remember I had one dream that a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie was at the theaters, and I wanted to make a costume for my husband to wear, so I made an ascot for him out of a used napkin. Then I must have had another dream, about knitting or something, because I woke up and actually thought "I should not have my knitting needles and yarn next to my bed" (which is where they currently are).

Anyone else ever do this?? I feel like I really need classes to start so that I can go back to that frantic, no dreaming, get it while you can type of sleeping. Please comment to make me feel better. Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Necktie Cuff - I know, it's been done on: January 01, 2008 04:00:06 PM
So I'd seen these a lot for a long time, and then finally when I got the book Sew Subversive I was inspired to actually do it.

The tie was thrifted, and it has this fabulous brown swirly pattern on it. The button I bought at a sewing supply store years ago and I had never found the right thing for it.

It's not perfect, but for my first try, not bad!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Warm Hat for My Goofball Husband on: January 01, 2008 03:51:19 PM
My husband waited until it was about 30 degrees F outside in November before he bought a coat. Then I felt bad about him shoveling snow outside since it's gotten even colder, and he didn't have a hat or gloves. Well, I decided I could at least crochet him a hat!

Here's the front (and goofball Ryan face):

Really, he's cute. I think he likes it.  Roll Eyes

Here's the side view (and normal Ryan face):

He has the brim rolled up a bit in the front but not on the sides or the back, so it might look a little odd.

I used Caron Simply Soft, and the pattern found here: http://www.operationtoastytoes.org/patterns/17watchcapcrochet.pdf

Thanks for looking!! Oh, and it only took me a couple hours this afternoon. Sweet!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Harry Potter - House Scarf and Golden Snitch on: December 27, 2007 08:45:18 AM
More information here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216223.0

This was part of my sister's Christmas gift. Instead of doing the scarf in Hogwarts House colors, I used University of Kansas colors since that is where my sister is going to school.

Caron Simply Soft, about 13 feet long, 9 inches wide.

The Golden Snitch, from Melissa Mall's pattern at http://www.innerchildcrochet.com - done in embroidery thread and crochet thread.

Check out the original post for more Harry Potter goodness!
(I hope that posting these projects twice is ok - the main post is in the Miscellaneous section, and I wanted crocheters to see these!)
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Super Duper Harry Potter Package! (no, not Harry's package ...) LOTS OF PICS! on: December 27, 2007 08:37:09 AM
My sister and I are pretty big Harry Potter fans - she was actually 11 like Harry when the first book came out, so she has grown up with him. This whole thing actually started when I wanted to make a Hogwarts house colors scarf for her for Christmas. She is going to school at the University of Kansas, so I decided to surprise her and make it in KU colors, rather than colors from a Hogwarts house. Then I started getting more ideas, some inspired by the Harry Potter crafts here! She had always joked about feeling left out, and like she was actually supposed to get admitted into Hogwarts when she was 11, and she just never got the owl. Well, I decided to write a letter for her, from Professor McGonagall! For that, I used an image of the Hogwarts seal and made it a watermark, then took a digital photo of McGonagall's signature from Sorcerer's Stone! I also created coupons for Flourish and Bott's Booksellers and Ollivander's Wand Shop. Then I remembered that we have this red/black box that my sister and I pass back and forth on gift-giving holidays. I didn't have anything to put in it! So, I crocheted a Golden Snitch in about an hour, from Melissa Mall's pattern at http://www.innerchildcrochet.com! I made the package look like it really might have come from the wizarding world ... and I had so much fun doing it!

On to the pictures ...

The scarf is single crocheted, Caron Simply Soft. It's around 13 feet long and 9 inches wide! Weaving in the ends took forever. (I know, Mrs. Weasley knits, but I don't yet. She was branching out.)

The Snitch is between 1 and 2 inches and was single crocheted from embroidery thread (the wings) and sparkly crochet thread (the ball).

Please let me know what you think, and whether I did justice to this wonderful series of books. Smiley She loved it, which is what really matters.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pillow Covers! My First Sewing Machine Attempt ... on: December 18, 2007 12:22:36 PM
So, I am actually entering the crazy world of machine sewing, armed with my shiny new Brother LS-30 (don't laugh - sale at Walmart). With the help of the book Sew Subversive, I decided I would make pillow covers for Christmas gifts! I'll post here each time I make a new one. My first one took about an hour, but that included measuring out fabric and all of that. I used one of those pre-made polyfil pillows that are meant to be covered.

Here's the results:

This one is for my 8-year-old brother in law. (That just sounds weird.)

That second one shows how the cover opens in the back. Just a typical pillow cover. And you can see the corner of Sew Subversive on the left. Smiley


More pillow covers:

For my mother in law, who has a horse that looks like the brownish one right on front (I made one with this fabric for my 7 year old horse crazy sister too):

For my mom (and yay! I have some of this fabric left for myself!):

For my dad, who likes working on old cars:

For my 13-year-old brother in law (again, weird sounding):
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / "Men Who Knit" Shirt - Cafepress on: January 23, 2007 10:26:19 AM
I'm not a knitter, but I do check out Rare Bird Finds every day, and they listed this shirt from Cafe Press: http://www.cafepress.com/menwhoknit.39145292

I thought the design was pretty cool, and figured this would be a good place to post!  Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Neckwarmer with Celtic Buttons! on: January 06, 2007 08:00:17 PM
I had some Lion Brand Homespun in "Grape" leftover from my mother-in-law's scarf, so I made this neckwarmer! It's in double crochet, and I used an I hook (5.5 mm). I am keeping my eye out for a round Celtic-style pin with an amethyst in the middle to secure it. I know exactly what I want, I just haven't found it yet! The current buttons are just safety pinned on, and I safety pin it together when I wear it. It only took me a few hours to finish over the past couple of evenings. In the picture, I'm wearing it folded over, so actually what you see is only half the width. Oh, and the buttons are silver, the flash from the camera kinda dis-colored them.




More photos on Flickr - but these are the best.  Grin

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