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11  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by miss_k on: February 03, 2008 08:01:25 AM
here's february so far:

1. a lingerie bag for me:

my mom, aunt, and another crafster already have a bag with this material...now it's my turn!

2. a travel bag for hair supplies for my mom:
(same link as lingerie bag link)

i have the same fabric to make one for myself, just haven't gotten to it yet.

3. recovered seat cushion of telephone table i refinished:

i did the refinishing in october/november 2007...just recently found fabric i like to recover.

4. seat cushion for  computer chair:

i've made three cushions with this fabric and i'm going to make pillows, too. it goes perfectly with my curtains.

so, that's all for now...not bad for only 3 days into the month. that brings me to 12 projects all together (i'm counting a scarf that i started knitting in december, but did most of the knitting and finished in january...no pictures, though). only 38 more to go!
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12  another lingerie bag and a bag for hair stuff in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by miss_k on: February 03, 2008 07:21:05 AM
i have already made a lingerie bag out this fabric for my mom, my aunt, and another craftster member in a swap...so now it's my turn to have something out of this adorable fabric!

i also have this super cute fabric for making bags for putting hair supplies in for traveling. this is for my mom...she didn't want anything for her hair dryer, just her mouse and hair spray and styling tools as she just uses the hair dryers at hotels. i have yet to make mine, but it's the next project on the list.

questions, comments, criticism welcome!! Grin
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13  mosaic clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by miss_k on: February 03, 2008 06:35:47 AM
for my birthday, my aunt took me to a place called artist for a day where you can either paint your own pottery or do mosaics. since i had taken her there for her birthday and we did pottery, we decided to do mosaics on my birthday.

i made a clock! and i love it!!

clock in my dining room:

you pick out a wooden base...they have all sorts of things (clocks, mirrors, picture frames, figures of animals, cutouts of objects, even small tables and stools)...then you choose your mosaic tiles (they have a bunch of colors and kinds) and glue them on. they give you the grout to take home and do at your convenience...since i did a clock, they even gave me the clock mechanism!

let me know what you think!!
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14  computer chair cushion in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by miss_k on: February 03, 2008 06:31:50 AM
so, i found this fabric and if you've seen my other posts you might recognize it. i'm on a mission to make my living room look nice and pulled together and i love this fabric!

i managed to scrape enough together to make a seat cushion for our computer chair. instead of putting a zipper in, i made the opening fold over itself. (i didn't have a zipper and didn't want to buy one.) i also added tied (which i made using the same fabric) to keep it in place.

here it is!


ties (and you can see the fold over opening):

fold over opening:

i don't now i'm feeling about this opening. i thought it would be snugger. and i might try to play with it to make it so.

let me know what you think!
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15  refinished telephone table in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by miss_k on: February 03, 2008 06:28:36 AM
i got this telephone table from the flea market for $10...i talked the guy down from $15. well, it was awful looking, but i saw it's potential. i forgot to take before pictures, but it had a nasty looking vinyl (ugh...) seat and the finish was just...ick.

i actually did the refinishing last october/november and have only just now the living room.

anyway...here it is.


close up of cushion:

we used carpet tacks to attach the fabric (staple gun wasn't working)...wood seat base was too thick.

anyway, i love to refinish...this is my second refinishing project and i already have one planned for spring!! Grin
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16  rocking chair cushion in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by miss_k on: January 26, 2008 08:06:22 AM
this is cushion i made for our rocking chair. i'm planning on using this fabric in our living room as pillows and also for the seat of the telephone table i refinished (pictures of that to come after the seat has been covered).

the cushion:

the zipper part of the gusset:

i'm super proud of this zipper. i did it like a couch cushion and folded the fabric and sewed it down to "hide" it.

the zipper part of the gusset meeting the non-zipper part of the gusset:

i zigzagged all cut edges before sewing because they were fraying quite badly, which i think it what most home dec fabric does. all in all it was a fairly inexpensive project even though the 4" foam is pricey. i'm really looking forward to making more stuff for my living room. my summer project will the bedroom, i plan on making pillows, recovering lamp shades, and making a fabric headboard. Grin

questions/comments/criticism welcome!
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17  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by miss_k on: January 25, 2008 12:02:14 PM
okay, here's my january projects so far:

two pairs of slippers and am currently knitting my third.

two lingerie bags (only posted pics of one, but made two).

rocking chair cushion:

hmm...only five things finished...better get moving! things i currently have in the works include 2 bags for hair products for traveling, pillows for living room, yoga mat bag.
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18  lingerie bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by miss_k on: January 25, 2008 11:58:09 AM
so, i hate when they open your bag in the middle of the airport and just expose all of your things to the entire world. i've been making little bags to put lingerie in so that i don't have to use those revealing mesh pockets. here's my latest. i actually made two, one for me and one for my mom. i used that cute envelope-style side that people have been posting around here. i have seen a couple of different ones and at least two tutorials. very easy, thanks for sharing to those craftsters!!

without further ado:

hope you like it!!
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19  handwoven baskets in Completed Projects by miss_k on: January 25, 2008 11:53:11 AM
so, i found a place to take basket weaving classes last fall. this is the first basket i made:

i was really pleased with the results, and i found that i absolutely love to weave baskets! it's so...relaxing.

well, my mom just loved it when she came to visit, so i surprised her with one for x-mas! i bought the supplies from the class instructor and wove it all by myself on my kitchen floor, so naturally i'm incredibly proud of myself and the basket!

the difference between my mom's and mine is the shape...i squared off her sides. don't know why  i didn't do it on mine...but actually, i like both shapes.

and finally, i took a second class and made this christmas basket:

the green reeds are trees!!  Smiley

hope you enjoyed looking at them and i hope it inspires you to check out basket weaving!

questions/comments/criticism welcome!
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20  simple slippers *NOW WITH PATTERN* in Knitting: Completed Projects by miss_k on: January 25, 2008 11:46:55 AM
so, i have graduated from long rectangles (scarves).

my grandmother used to knit these slippers for everyone - friends, family, etc. i inherited her knitting/crochet notebook with all her notes and patterns and i managed to figure out her pattern (which ended up being really simple) by comparing her notes to an actual pair she had made for me.

you make them on two needles and then sew them closed. they call for red heart yarn, double strand. i like to use the variegated red heart yarns because they knit up so prettily.

i made several pairs as gifts for x-mas:

my aunt's:

my dad's:

yes, even my dad wears them...he loves them, but they have to have "manly" colors. these, for instance, are michigan colors and quite acceptable. Cheesy

i also made a pair for my mom, but i didn't get a picture of her's. they're lovely teals and purples.


so, of course, i'm continuing to make the slippers even in the new year. so far, i've done:

my best friend:

my other grandmother:

and i'm now working on a pair for myself (finally).


here is pattern for the slippers! this is the basic pattern for a ladies slipper, about size 7/7.5. it will seem really small, but these do stretch. i figured out my grandmother's pattern in her notebook, which is far less detailed than this. and i don't have a really extensive knitting vocabulary, so i just did my best to describe everything as detailed as possible.

needles: size 9
yarn: 2 skeins red heart

you will use a double strand, meaning that you will be using both skeins at the same time. (hope that makes sense!)

cast on 41 stitches.

row 1: K15, P1, K9, P1, K15
row 2: K5, P1, knit to last six stitches, P1, K5

*row 1 and row 2 together make 1 "ridge." i don't know if that's a technical knitting term, but that was what my grandma used for her own notes.

you will knit 16 "ridges" for the heel. on row 2 of the 16th ridge, you will cast off the first 6 stitches and the last 6 stitches.  these will be your cuffs.

row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1 (that's 10 stitches total), knit 9, then P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
row 2: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1 (that's 8 stitches total), knit 13, then P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.

*again, row 1 and row 2 together make 1 "ridge." you will knit a total of 12 "ridges" for the toe.

after you have finished all 12 ridges of the toe, you will K2TOG. since there is an odd number of stitches on the needle, you will K3TOG at the end. leave a long tail (maybe 18 inches) and cut the yarn from the skein. thread one of the pieces of yarn on a darning needle and run it through the remaining stitches left on the needle, then pull it all off the needle, tug it together, and tie a knot. you will need to thread both pieces of yarn on a darn needle and sew up the slipper. not hard at all, i usually do it with the slipper inside out. this may sound confusing in words, but one you're to that step, you'll see what i mean and you'll know what to do. you'll also need to sew up the heel with yarn, too. i do use a double strand of yarn for that as well.


now, if you look at the heel section, you will see that there is a middle section of 9 stitches. that is the sole. if you need to make the sole wider or narrower for a person, add to or decrease the number of stitches in this section only. the sections on either side of the sole make the cuff and the sides of the slippers and they are pretty standard on everyone, including men with very large feet, so you shouldn't need to make adjustments unless you are knitting a pair for a baby or young child.

if you need to make the slipper bigger or shorter, add "ridges" to the heel and toe. there should always be 3 to 4 more ridges in the heel than in the toe, and i can say this accurately because my grandma has notes on slippers for kids in our family of various ages and for adults (men and women) of various sizes. in the case of very large feet, maybe 4 or 5 more heel ridges than toe ridges. you want the cuff to come up around the front of the ankle to keep you cozier!



i prefer the cardboard method of making pompoms and i'm just going to post a link to a tutorial with pictures from the internet.

link to pompom tutorial: http://www.helloknitty.com/pdfs/pompom.pdf


i hope this is helpful to you and isn't too confusing. once you get going, it really is very easy. i take these things everywhere with me and i usually knit them while watching t.v. because they are so quick and easy.

feel free to ask any questions and i'll try to help you out. i'm sure there are lots of ways to make these. i like this pattern because it was my grandma's and because it uses the two needles rather than dpn's or circular (which i've not worked with yet!).

if you knit any, be sure to post so i can see!! Grin

good luck and happy knitting!
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