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1  vacation pictures in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by imrahil on: August 28, 2014 02:03:26 AM
Going home from vacation this summer, I realized I had taken exactly zero pictures. What to do? I pulled out my sketchbook and drew the important parts instead.

I've been away from drawing for a long time due to University and work and lots of things going on. It felt really good to get started again!

Running a muddy trail at Knalleleden, Sweden.

Visiting a castle, with my sister and nephew as self-appointed guides.

Me on the bike, being very helpful while the boyfriend trains for skiing season

"Running hard or hardly running?"

Sorry about the poor photo quality.
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2  Wedding pillow in Needlework: Completed Projects by imrahil on: September 09, 2012 03:48:41 AM
I wanted to learn oldfashioned Swedish wool embroidery, and at the same time I suspected my dear friend S was about to get married. Why start with something easy? I bought black wool and drew the pattern with inspiration from old wedding pillows from southern Sweden. The wreath is the size of a regular dinner plate (I know because I used one to draw it) I was about halfway done  when i got the wedding invitation! Sewing the pillow together was scary but it worked out nicely. The wonky-looing corner in thes picture is actually straight. I made an opening in the back in case they need to take the pillow out, but i forgot to take a picture of the back.

The pillow was a huge hit at the wedding!

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3  Roadkill Goose in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by imrahil on: April 02, 2012 04:42:39 AM
My dad called me one day earlier this winter and asked me if I could get him an actual roadkill bird for an art project of his (why he thought I was the person to fix that, I have no idea!). I wasn't really feeling like going for a bird-smushing trip looking for capercaillies or geese, but being a good daughter I offered to crochet him one. The Roadkill Goose was born:

It's about the size of a hen, and the only stuffing is the intestine, which is about 12 feet long. It's made from acrylic and I freestyled everything.

Image from the local newspaper, Photo by Robert Svensson, published at http://www.folkbladet.se/kultur/default.aspx?articleid=5979207, March 29 2012)

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4  Latvian Garden Blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by imrahil on: December 20, 2011 03:05:06 AM
A dear friend of mine had her first baby in November. I wanted to make a present for the boy, but didn't figure out what to make until early December. I chose the Latvian Garden Baby blanket (can be found for free on ravelry), bought some Regia sock yarn and started knitting. That week I went to visit a friend and spent ten hours on a bus to get there, which worked wonders for the progress.

I chose the green colours because they looked nice and not too gender specific. I found the rubberboot fabric at a craft store and knew my friend would love it.

Yesterday I finished the blanket by cutting the steek and sewing the back. The edges are not entirely even, but not wonky enough to be a problem. It was hard matching the woven backing to the knit front. This is the largest item I have ever knit, as I usually make socks and mittens.

Sorry about the poor picture quality. I had to use my cell phone because my camera stubbornly refuses to work.

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5  Winter riding mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by imrahil on: November 27, 2011 06:50:33 AM
I love horseback riding. I love it slightly less on a lovely day like this
when my hands are freezing. I'm an outdoor nerd so I have lots of great mittens for cold days - not so many suitable for riding.
I decided my unlined leather riding mittens needed a pair of wool ones to go underneath, and knit these:

I pretty much winged the pattern, inspired by the Norwegian mittens with thumb gussets and pointy tips. Started with 56 stitches in DK yarn, can't remember which needles I used. Knit the ribbing 2x2, increased to 60 stitches, started a simple checkerboard pattern and began making the thumb gusset. The finger is made by putting 18 stitches aside while finishing the rest of the hand, then knitting it like you would when making gloves. If I remember correctly I cast on 6 new stitches so the finger has 24 stitches.

They look kind of silly lying there on the table, but the fit is perfect on my large hands.

I made them not matching on purpose because I had so  many scraps to use.
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6  Visibility saddle pad in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by imrahil on: November 27, 2011 06:38:22 AM

A friend of mine gave me a bunch of old saddle pads she was no longer using.
Most of them looked fine, but this poor one was so bleached and worn I decided it needed something new:

I had leftovers from making visibility sheets for another horse, so I found a piece of a cheap visibility vest and pinned it to the pad at an angle I liked,

Then I hand stitched it to the pad, so the stitches don't go all the way through the pad. It would probably work just as well machine stitching it all the way through, but I don't trust my machine around thick fabric.

It looks pretty much like the store bought visibility pads except I paid about 5 dollars for the material and nothing for the pad Smiley
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7  Imrahil tries embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by imrahil on: May 19, 2011 01:13:56 AM
We had a crafting workshop at uni earlier this spring. I wetfelted a large square and made a potholder and a coffee cozy.
This is the potholder! It was my first attempt at wool embroidery, and I used backstitch, stem stitch, french knots, and some kind of filling stitch just to try them all.

The top one in this picture is the one I made at the workshop. I used chain stitch and mattress stitch.

Then I got home, and started looking at embroidery all over the internet, and wanted to try some more. I bought a bag of roving and wet-felted some more pieces to work on. That resulted in the two coffee cozies in the bottom of the picture, and this:

This piece is inspired by the traditional embroidery of Dala-Floda, a Swedish village with a beautiful tradition of embroidery. If you google "psm" you will see what I mean!

This pine tree is backstitch and a lot of french knots.

I have en idea about making lots of embroidered 1 ft squares and making a blanket. I guess it will take a long time!
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8  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by imrahil on: January 30, 2011 01:19:15 AM
I don't have any new finished pages right now but I thought I'd show you some that I've been working on anyway.

This is a mad Spanish queen.

And this is the lovely wife of Skull Man Grin

Overcome your fears! This is my sister doing somenthing I NEVER thought she would. She's totally terrified of monkeys so putting her head in there took some serious bravery. The page is a bit too "scrapbook-y" for my taste so I'll probably put some paint on top of some parts.
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9  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by imrahil on: January 14, 2011 02:08:18 AM
I've been working in my altered atlas.
Some of these are just backgrounds, some are finished.

I like how the map shows through in this one.

I'm really happy with the skull man!

This is what I felt like after working way too much when everybody at work was sick Sad I couldn't stop crying for three days and painted this self portrait. I feel terrible just looking at it, but I'm gonna keep it as a reminder not to do that again.

This is just a background.

Not sure what to do with this one. It's from the same day as the self portrait, and the guy in the packing tape transfer to the left looks in a mirror and says he looks just like Saddam Hussein when they arrested him. The portrait to the right is just random.
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10  We call them pirates in Knitting: Completed Projects by imrahil on: January 02, 2011 02:30:32 AM
This is my second "We call them Pirates" hat.
Pattern from Hello Yarn. I love that it's lined so I don't freeze my ears off even if it's windy outside.
I knit it on a circular needle, then switched to DPN's for the decreases.

I used wool scraps. The lining is a green camo coloured wool.

Action shot w/ sleepy horse.

This is a great and easy pattern!
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