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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Invitation: Embroidered! on: April 24, 2009 01:09:59 PM
My youngest sister designed the invite for my middle sister's wedding. I wanted to give my sister and her husband something a bit more interesting than the wedding list bowls so, despite the slightly complex rose design, I thought I'd have a go at embroidering the design.

And here is the original invitation:

I left it outline as I am an impatient procrastinator (aka I started it three days before the wedding Roll Eyes ). However, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out and my sister wants to hang it on the wall so I think she likes it too  Cheesy
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Easy Steampunk costume ideas? on: February 10, 2009 12:43:55 PM

Myself and a friend are debating wearing steampunk costumes for a games convention in June. As I can't sew and my friend, who can, is at least 100 miles away, does anybody have any very easy costume ideas? Ideas of stuff I could buy or easily adapt? Or what to look out for in charity shops?

I currently have the following:
A lacy ruff that can safety pin onto a white shirt (that I made a copule of years ago for a Captain Hook costume for my husband)
Some lovely lacy cuffs I have just recieved in a swap
A cracking pair of steampunk goggles (also a swap item!)

I was thinking a lacy shirt and waistcoat, my goggles and something on my bottom half, but not sure what!

Any ideas greatfully recieved  Cheesy
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Chapeau Mariner - Help! on: December 21, 2008 02:41:18 PM
I've just cast on for Chapeau Mariner from knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/PATTmarnier.html. All the instructions are from a chart - never my favourite! I am very puzzled by one of the chart instructions. It simply says 'no stitch'. At first I thought it meant I knit those stitches, but there is another chart symbol for knit. Do I just slip these stitches? Or something else Huh ? Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Bracelets - quick present on: December 21, 2008 01:29:05 PM
My sister asked for bracelets this Christmas. Ever the obliging sister, I made her these, inspired by this post here and using the instructions from Mimsie's blog.

They were really quick and a great way to practice different techniques. The pink one is moss stitch and the brown one a ladder stitch.

Comments appreciated  Grin
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Debbie Bliss Baby Hat on: December 20, 2008 04:17:18 PM
I made a hat for my practically-a-cousin's new baby girl. The pattern is from the Debbie Bliss book 'Baby Knits for Beginners' and I made it from Sirdar Snuggly DK left over from making Elijah the Elephant for a friend's baby.

Sadly I wasn't able to get a photo of it in use but I am assured it fits! Good job cos I have *no* idea how big a hat should be for a baby!
6  COOKING / Dessert / Christmas baking! on: December 20, 2008 04:11:33 PM
I have my parents over for Christmas for the first time this year and I want to make sure we have some lovely desserts for Christmas Eve and Christmas day tea. I used two recipies from the Green & Black's Cookbook. If you're not aware, Green & Black make amazing oganic chocolate (see here for more info if you're interested)

First up, the Chocolate Mousse Cake. Suitable for those with gluten issues, it's made of chocolate (a whopping 300g), sugar, eggs and ground almonds.

I then made the Lemon Drizzle Cake with Sunken Chocolate Chunks

I finished up with an old favourite, Anzac biscuits. My gran, who sadly passed away this year, always made them. I recomend them with a cup of coffee. Here's a sample:

Happy Christmas/Holiday of your choice  Cheesy
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / WoW! Cold hands no more! on: November 02, 2008 11:27:47 AM
Here are some fingerless mitts I made for one of World of Warcraft addicted friends. His hands get cold when he plays after the heating has gone off!

Modelled by my husband:


They were made with King Cole Magnum Lightweight Chunky, following the Short and Long Fleur-de-Lys Gloves pattern in the book Love to Knit. I left off the ribbon and patterns to make them more manly!

Thanks for looking, any comments appreciated  Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / American McGee's Alice on: October 15, 2008 09:54:01 AM
I embroidered this t-shirt for my partner for the altered fairy tale swap. I'm quite proud of it, especially as I've not been embroidering long.

Thanks for looking!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Long and the short of it: Sleeves on: August 07, 2008 12:12:21 PM
I'm knitting a jumper(=sweater for our American cousins Grin) and I would like to make it short-sleeved rather than long. It has ribbing on the cuff and is then knit in stockinette stitch. I would like to keep some of the ribbing just above the elbow and then continue the sleeve. The pattern is for length rather than number of rows so it should be fairly straight forward.

But I have a query (rather than me just telling you what I'm doing!).

There are increases at each end of every sixth row. Now, do I cram the increases into the number of rows I think I need? Or, what I think I might need to do, do I cast on with a higher number of stitches, pretending that the lower half of the sleeve is there, to take account of the increase rows that would be there if it was long? (if that makes sense  Huh I'm not certain!).

Many thanks in advance of any help. I've been knitting this forever (I got distracted by several other things...) and would love to finish it soon.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cthulhu T-Shirt on: July 30, 2008 01:12:02 PM
So, this is my first post on this board and my first embroidered t-shirt. A brave new world of craft for me but I love it already Cheesy

I'm going to a roleplay convention this weeken and as my husband runs a Call of Cthulhu website I thought it would be appropriate to embroider a Cthulhu t-shirt. On to the pictures:

A close up of Cthulhu himself (even if he is ever so cute and I need to reiron the hoop marks away!)

The stitching of the web address:

(This looks slightly wonky but the t-shirt is u-shaped rather than straight on the bottom. Honest!)

And a rather poor shot showing the position of the embroidery on the t-shirt:

Thanks for looking  Grin
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