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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Long Glove Swap Gallery on: August 17, 2005 10:23:43 PM
Holy cow!

I received my package from glasskatana today. These were the contents:

one set of long black ribbed gloves with white lace

one set of black gloves with gorgeous spiderweb lace and eyelets (and don't worry about the leather, either Tamara; I just didn't want anyone slaughtering a whole cow or anything Wink)

AND a zip cardigan with vertical black and white stripes b/c I'd mention I liked Tim Burton, and well I think I'll just quote from her email:

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there's extra beads and ribbon just in case. and a referee jacket cuz I think it's fun, but have only worn it once since I was a referee. It's kindof Tim-Burtonny with the stripes and all. I hope you think it's fun too. I won't be insulted if you cut it up though!

As if. It fits great too! Seriously, I've BOUGHT cardigans that don't fit as well.

She also put in extra buttons, ribbons and fabric dye.

I'm just so very happily surprised. Thank you.

And I have taken photos, but my brother's hijacked the cord so I'll try to get them up tomorrow.

A la Wayne's World, "I'm not worthy! Not worthy!"

Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
22  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Sewn knitting tote from S'n'B (with cutest fabric ever!) on: May 01, 2005 07:58:58 PM
First, let me say:
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THIS PATTERN!
Easy, fast, attractive, perfect size - gosh!
(Except next time I might line it.)

I didn't change anything about it, except I sewed the bottom because I folded the fabric wrong and I was going to have sideways cowpokes. I did make it flat-bottomed, and I sewed the triangles into the bottom of the bag along the bottom seam. I also triple-stitched the sides and bottom for extra strength.

The fabric is from Reprodepot.com, which I also looooooooooooove! It's just a big filthy love-in, this bag!



There are three rather large books in there, with room to spare. The only thing I worried about was the strength of the fabric and stitching when I lifted it.

Close up of the fabric:

23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt on: May 01, 2005 07:50:28 PM
I made my very first quilt, and I did it all by myself! I've seen my mom quilt before, so I knew the general idea. I found some cool fabric at a craft show and cut it up, then I tried to lay it out. Well, I'm just so fussy and pattern-oriented that it wasn't working. So I just made strips then sewed te strips together. It's just smaller than a crib quilt.





24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My First Afghan on: May 01, 2005 07:46:29 PM
I did it double-stranded with shades of acrylic blue I received from my late aunt. I really liked doing this; the only annoying point was flipping it at the end of every row. The feather and fan pattern and colour changes kept me from getting bored.

The afghan (ignor the ends that haven't been woven in yet!):



It's not actually that misshapen - it just pulled that way when I laid it down.

Close up:



The feather and fan pattern:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *(k2tog) 3 times, (k1, yo) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times, rep from * to end.
Row 4: Knit.
25  KNITTING / Knitalongs / "Suki" from Knitty (and Knit Wit) on: March 19, 2005 10:15:28 PM
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTsuki.html

There's also a slightly adapted version in Knit Wit, which is the one I'm going to make. I was at a huuuuuge craft show this weekend and picked up some Cascade 220, which I've never seen at any store before. (I live near Vancouver.) I've made this pattern before, Suki I from knitty.com, with Paton's Classic Wool Merino.

Who else is in? I like the way this pattern is so open to interpretation - I left off one of the stripe repeats last time to make the smaller version and plan to do the same this time, and perhaps work a small 'S' initial in near the bottom (as my name starts with S). I'm not sure if I'll do the fun fur - perhaps I'll work up from the bottom.

(BTW, the colours I chose were 9421 [turquoise], 9456 [mottled blue], and 9430 [forest green].)
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Billy bookcase on: June 22, 2004 11:32:30 AM


Yup, just an ordinary Billy bokcase from Ikea. I am sick & tired of this thing but sadly have yet to find the sweet land of gnomes wherein large, free, attractive bookcases live. As well, years of abuse have ruined the back so that the particleboard (?) has holes all round the edges. I'm guessing I should put a new back on, but what? Also, how can I redo this thing? (I am quickly falling out of love with Ikea after it taking forever to paint their laminate on a SMALL bedside table.) Help, please.
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