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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Help? Need photo mat with embossed or etched text on: August 25, 2009 08:04:23 AM
I've done some online searches for this, but can't find anything that works.  I need a black photo mat to hold an 8x10 photo.  I need to have 12 words (90 letters) embossed in gold or etched in gold.  I've found a few diploma sites that can do it:


But they max out at 70 letters.  I would be able to have the text put on an engraving plate, but that's not the look I'm going for. 

This is for a work project and we're sending the framed photo to a client, so I really need it to look professional.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  If you know of a website or have the capabilities to complete this project, I'd love to work something out!

Thanks in advance.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / FO: EZ Seamless Hybrid Malabrigo sweater for hubby on: October 14, 2008 06:38:13 PM
I love Elizabeth Zimmermann "unpatterns" and this is no exception.  Very fun knit, and such a guy friendly sweater.

Pattern: Seamless Hybrid by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn:  about 5.5 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Praline colorway
Needles: US 7
I did a contrasting hem for the cuffs and body and 1x1 ribbing with a tubular bindoff for the neckline.  I had to aggressively block the body when it was completed as it was too slim for hubby's taste, but now it's almost perfect (he'd like it a tad longer, which I think will happen with wear, and the sleeves are a bit too long, but he likes them that way).


I'd love to hear any feedback or questions/comments and thanks for looking!!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DROPS 103-1 Modified Cardigan/Sweater on: October 02, 2008 12:10:59 PM
I found a sweater at the thrift store and liked the yarn, so I frogged it a year or so ago, and it's been sitting around.  I thought this pattern was quite cute and it made gauge, so a nice way to destash!

Pattern:  DROPS 103-1 Cardigan http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=103&d_id=1&lang=us
Yarn: Mystery stash yarn
Cast on: July 24, 2008
Finished: September 28, 2008 (I worked on many other projects during this time period)

I knit this in one piece up to the armholes.
I didn't want the bottom as wide as in the pattern, so I cast on fewer stitches. 
I added 2 inches to the body length.
I picked up and did short row sleeve caps and worked them down in the round.  I love this method of doing sleeves, although I end up doing a bit of frogging since it's a guessing game for me.

I have all of my notes and would be happy to share if anyone is interested.


Front open:

Front closed:


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jumped on the February Lady Sweater bandwagon... on: August 25, 2008 02:39:18 PM
I'm not a lacy girl.  I'm not really a bandwagon girl.  For some reason this sweater called to me and I decided it was worth trying out.  This is actually the first sweater my husband was really impressed with (though I must admit this was after he had some beers during fantasy football draft, but still...), and I've knit a LOT of sweaters.  Pretty easy knit, and I'm quite happy with it.  It'll definitely be a staple in my wardrobe.

Pattern:  February Lady Sweater http://www.flintknits.com/blog/?p=151
Yarn: 3.75 skeins of 100purwool 3 ply merino in Tostada colorway (LOVE this yarn - so soft)
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
Mods: I worked raglan increases until I had 235 stitches and then did 17 M1 increases (for less visible body increases than YOs) to get up to the 252 stitches needed for the smallest size.
Buttons: Fabulous find at Stitches Midwest.  Finding these is what made me finish up this sweater.

Thanks for looking! 
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / FO: Modified Eunny Jang Deep V Argyle Vest into sweater on: August 13, 2008 08:25:00 PM
I remember posting a progress shot of this sweater once, but I just got it finished up a week ago and some decent pictures taken this week.

Modified Eunny Jang's Deep V Argyle vest into sweater.  Pattern can be purchased here: http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/01/deep_v_argyle_vest_pattern_for.html

Cast on: January 21, 2008
Finished: August 3, 2008 (I really didn't work on this much over all of that time!)
Yarn: Peace Fleece DK weight in Grassroots (2 skeins) and Antarctic White (1 skein)
Needles:  US 4

This took quite a bit of modifying (some with my sewing machine...), but I'm very happy with it now.  Let me know if you have any questions - I have detailed progress on Ravelry (I'm Pugmama there).

Thanks for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Easy Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves on: July 31, 2008 06:57:38 AM
Inez and I did a personal swap and she had requested a knit hat.  I had about 80 yards left from the skein of yarn after knitting the hat, so I decided that I needed to knit up fingerless gloves to match.  I made up this pattern to utilize all of the yarn.  

Gauge: 5 stitches/inch

Materials: 80-100 yards of worsted weight wool (gloves shown knit with about 80 yards of 100purewool.com Merino Worsted 3 ply)

Needle: US 7 (4.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge  (I knit mine with US 8, but I knit them very tightly - I'd say anywhere from a US 6-8 would work for this pattern, but check gauge)

These gloves are knit flat and seamed up the side.  They knit up quickly, and really look more complicated than they are!

You can find the full pattern on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/waffle-stitch-fingerless-gloves.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / FO - Noro Striped Steeked Vest, SWS Gloves, and Sahara #4 on: June 29, 2008 03:54:37 PM
I decided to knit up a vest for my brother for Christmas.  I used 2.25 skeins of Noro Kureyon in colorway 150 and the contrasting color is Little Barn worsted weight yarn that I purchased at a fiber festival last year.  I thought the colors worked well to balance each other out.

Started - 6/21/08
Finished - 6/24/08 (I was on vacation so had lots of knitting time!)

The pictures are modeled by me, but my brother is thin so I'm hoping it'll fit him.  Definitely not perfect as I should have worked at least another inch, preferably two before cutting the steeks. I also need to find a jogless jog that works better than what I did. Overall I like the concept of this vest a lot and I think my brother will wear it.  I made this up as I went along and have my notes written down and would be happy to post if they'd be useful to anyone.


Close up of neck line and arm - I used a tubular bind off for the edging:



Then I knit these gloves from just over one skein of Patons SWS from a free berroco pattern.  http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/ken/ken.html  I'm also working on a matching entrelac scarf.

Last, but not least, I knit my fourth Sahara sweater for my friend.  I knit it with 3 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, which I love working with.  Modeled by me, but my friend is shorter and smaller chested than I am, so I think it'll be a good fit.  Pattern here - http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-031

Thanks for looking!!  Sorry for the pic overload!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Girly-fied Cobblestone Sweater on: June 08, 2008 10:42:54 AM
I'm addicted to sweater knitting...  I thought I'd share my recent FO that I'm very happy with. 

Pattern: modified version of Jared Flood's Cobblestone Sweater from Interweave Knits, Fall 2007.
Needle: US 6
Yarn: 4.25 skeins 100purewool.com worsted merino (LOVE this yarn - it's so soft)
Started: 5/26/08
Finished: 6/6/08
Mods:  I resized the pattern down for a bust/hip measurement of 33".  I also added some waist shaping.  I have my mods written out if anyone is interested. My mods are now in post #4.

This was a well-written pattern.  I knit men's versions twice, and it was easy to modify it down to my size.  This will definitely be a favorite sweater.


Yoke close up (which is also the most accurate picture of the color):

Side view, which shows the garter stitch band and waist shaping:


Thanks for looking!  I'm happy to answer any questions on the mods made!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sahara Sweater for me! on: March 05, 2008 10:38:52 AM
I've been on a sweater knitting kick recently, and need to show off my most recent item.  It's Sahara by Wendy Bernard.  I love this sweater!  The pattern is easy to knit and to customize.  I knit this with 6.5 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold silky wool that I got for 60% off at my LYS so it only cost about $25.  Actually, $25 was for 8 skeins, so less than that.  I should go back and see if they have more...

This sweater actually makes me look bigger than I am, although that could be due to the tank top I wore underneath.  This doesn't change my love, as it is very comfortable and I can see us being very happy together for a long time. 

Started:  Feb. 18, 2008
Finished: March 2, 2008
Size: Small
Mods: None

Without further ado... (DH and I are going to work on how to get better modeled pictures... I always look so awkward!):

Close up:

Thanks for looking!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knit and Felted Purse with Bamboo Handles on: February 15, 2008 04:30:21 PM
I knit this purse with 5 skeins of Noro Kureyon yarn using the pattern found here http://home.pacbell.net/kapleo/blog/domesticspherepatterns.html.

I ordered the handles from Eco Butterfly.  I'm quite thrilled with it, but I do still need to add a lining.  Thanks for looking - comments/criticism appreciated!

ETA - I very recently switched to a Mac, so I'm trying to figure out how to copy pictures properly -- I'll figure it out and get these linked correctly.
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