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11  I just love covering things - mohawk hat, lacy sleeves, and a swiffer cover in Knitting: Completed Projects by Lizzle on: September 14, 2008 07:05:21 PM
For my latest swap, I did a lot of knitting -- two partners who both wanted knitted things PLUS I had to knit one of each of their things for myself.

The first thing I made was a mohawk hat:

It was pretty simple to knit. Just knit a regular hat and then some sari silk in fall colors for the "hair."

I also knit some sleeves out of Rowan Kidsilk Haze:

And a close up:

I made a tie at the top by making a row of 3-wind stiches (as opposed to once around the needle) and then weaving a braid of sari silk through.  That way it will fit whatever wrist size (I got it small enough for me and I have baby wrists, but it could fit a big man, too if he wanted to wear them).

Last but not least, I knit a Swiffer cover (Or Ready Mop cover in my case).

It's knit with machine washable cotton, so it should hold up pretty well.  I love not having to be wasteful by using their pads anymore.

Hope you guys enjoyed!

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12  Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: September 14, 2008 06:51:09 PM
Gammerus received a while ago, but I haven't heard anything from her, so I'm going to post the pictures of what I made for her.  She asked for a mohawk hat, so I got knitting:

The hat is just a regular hat, except that I wove in a mohawk.  The hat part of it is knitted with really soft acryllic per Gammerus's request and I used short pieces of sari silk in her favorite color palate (fall) to make the "hair."

I hope you like it, Gammerus, and that you're doing well!
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13  Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: September 12, 2008 09:42:14 AM
Wow, that quilt is awesome!  I really love the personalization and the tiny bunnies.

Also, I figured I should post pictures of my one for me.  I don't know if I'll be able to get pictures of the hat because it's already been hijacked by a friend who really liked it, but I do have a picture of my swiffer cover.

I made one in the exact same colors for redstar13.

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14  Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: September 08, 2008 08:54:25 PM
redstar13 made me a scoodie (I know, I'm crazy for thinking I need one when I live in Southern California).  I got it a while ago, but just was able to take pictures.  The colors are pretty awesome, huh? And the cheetah "fur" is super soft.

Thanks so much, redstar!
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15  Re: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: August 10, 2008 07:15:10 PM
I've received six postcards so far and all of them are awesome!  Have a look.

From PlumCrafty, "Been there, done that":

On the back: "After living here for ten years I'v edone them all, but that has been today's lot at least.  I went to see the British Museum, the Guildhall Art Gallery and Amphitheatre, and the Clockmast's Museum--enough for one day, don't you think?"

From QuiltersBlock, "The Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland":

On the back: "'My dear, my native soil!  Fro whom my warmest wish to Heav'n is sent, Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content.' -Robert Burns, Cotter's Saturday Night"

From craftysunday, "Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands":

On the back: "Am completely delighted with everything, so what more can one say about a vacation! Betty" [by the way, craftysunday isn't Betty, it was just an amazing vintage postcard]

From myklia, "Cabela's, Richfield, Wisconsin":

On the back: "What you see in this piacture is about 1/8 of the store.  It is a huge outfitter store with a restaurant and wildlife museum.  It's kind of crazy, but if you are a hunter or fisherman, this would be your place.  I am not.  I go there for camping stuff."

From elvissatx, "Hotel Taft, New York":

On the back: "I don't know if you care about country music, but apparently Jimmie Rogers (who sang T for Texas, a fave song of mine) died here in 1933.  Morbid, but hopefully interesting."

From lil_starry1, "Pack Art Card":

On the back: "'After living in the dark for so long,a glimpse at the light can make you giddy.  Strange thoughts come into your head and you better think 'em.  Has a special fate been calling you and you're not listening?  Is there a secret message right in front of you and you're not reading it?  Is this your last, best chance?  Are you gonna take it?  Or are you going to the grave with unlived lives in your veins?' -Justine, The Good Girl"
Also, if you can't tell from the scan, it's a postcard in the shape of the Bovril jar.  Super cool.

Thank you so much, ladies!  These post cards are great!
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16  Re: Disposable Camera Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: September 24, 2007 01:33:43 PM
Lariarocket sent me some pretty awesome pictures and a really gorgeous frame (looks like it came straight out of Versailles or something).  Sorry it took me so long to post pictures!

You can see all of the pictures on flickr:

I'm really new to flickr, so I don't know how to add individual photos and make them show up on this page.  If someone could tell me how, I'd love to put a few of my favorites up here for everyone to see.

Thanks so much, lariarocket.  Your photos really reminded me of home (since I'm from Cleveland, too).

I love the deer photo! 

To make a photo show up on craftster:
 -- While you are browsing the pictures, and you find one you like, you can right-click on it and select "View Picture".
 -- The browser will then show the photo only the photo.
 -- Copy the URL, for instance, the deer photo was:
  -- In craftster, you can select the image button or edit the entry by hand: use the tag "img" with an open and close bracket: "[" and "]".  You also need the end tag "/img", again with an open and close bracket: "[" and "]".  e.g. "" , without the quotations of course. 
Thanks so much!

Without further ado, I present some of the awesome pictures that lariarocket took:

It's the Morton Salt Factory.  You drive past it on your way to Mentor Headlands, which is one of the prettiest beaches along the Cleveland stretch of Lake Erie.

This is (I think) at Mentor Headlands.  I've never been there when it was this empty.  So pretty!

This is Squire's Castle.  I hung out there ALL the time when I was little.
Also, of course, the deer picture is great, but I'm not going to double post it.

Thanks again, lariarocket.  Your pictures were great.
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17  Elephant hat and DINOSAUR! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Lizzle on: August 01, 2007 11:52:29 PM
My sister is going to Tufts next fall, so I decided that it was only fitting to make her a Tufts hat for her birthday (she'll need to keep warm in Massachussets).

Tufts' colors are light blue and brown, so I used Brown Sheep in those colors.  The brown is bulky yarn and the light bluish purple is 2 strands of worsted weight held together.
I made up the pattern for the hat and for the elephant fair-isle pattern.  You can't see it very well in any of the pictures because of the angle at which I shot it, but the line in the middle of the elephant is actually a T for Tufts.
Why elephants?  The Tufts mascot is Jumbo the elephant, so I figured it was apropos.  She can show some school spirit without being super overt about it.
Once I give it to her for her birthday, I'll try to add some action shots of her wearing it.
I also knit up a Mr. Steg from XtremeKnitting.  I didn't use the yarn that they called for, but a baby merino blend instead.  He's super-soft.

Sorry for the dark picture!
I went down a size on the needles to a size 6 and it seemed fine while I was knitting it up, but once I actually stuffed him, I realized that it still might have been a little too loose of a gauge, as you can see some of the stuffing.
Nevertheless, I think he's super cute.  How can you not like a tiny, pink stegosaurus?
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18  Re: Summer Book Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: August 01, 2007 11:29:38 PM
Oooh...I want the pattern, too!

Oh, and speaking of great swap packages, may I present the awesomeness that I got from milwjamie and Sherpa.
Milwjamie sent me two great trashy chick lit books: The Autobiography of Vivian and Carrie Pilby.  I devoured them pretty quickly.  She also crafted up a storm.

She sewed me a sweet book cover, which will allow me to read lowbrow books in public places without fear of retribution.  She also made me a wonderful Harry Potter bookmark just in time for the Harry Potter book release.  One end of it is Harry's face and the other end is a quote from the books.
Sherpa sent me two books (which I haven't had a chance to start yet...it's been a busy week).  She sent me Thornbirds and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift.

She sewed a great flowered tote bag, which will be perfect for transporting library books.  She also made the cutest embroidered book mark, which has a tiny purple flower on it.  And she included postcards from Rome.  So cool!
Thanks so much to both of you.
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19  Re: DIY KIT Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: August 01, 2007 11:22:37 PM
I got such wonderful kits from CraftyMcCrafterson, Vildhavre, and Glittergirl that I feel bad...my pictures totally can't do them justice (especially since I was silly and ripped into them to start crafting before photographing)
I really love what everyone sent me!  Thank you so much!
The first kit I got was from GlitterGirl and it was a Wilton's Cake Dye kit for dying yarn.  It was SO complete.  Many different colors of cake dyes, gloves, and super detailed instructions.  I couldn't have asked for a more comprehensive kit.

The second kit I got was from CraftyMcCrafterson and it was a great journal making kit.  She pre-drilled holes for me and everything.  The kit included a tiny sample journal as well as all the fixings to make my own (covers, lots of different paper for the inside, embroidery floss to bind and tons of ephemera to decorate).  This is a picture of my journal in progress.

The last kit I got was from Vildhavre (she sent all the way from Sweden!) and it was a spindle spinning kit. I've been dying to learn to spin, so I was super excited.  She included two huge balls of roving and the makings of my own drop spindle.  I especially loved the decorated CD that I get to use in the spindle.  Since it was the last one that came, I finally was able to remember to take a picture before I started in on it.

Thanks again, ladies!  It was a pleasure swapping with you and I'm really grateful for the great kits you sent me.  And apologies for the bad pictures...I was just so excited to get started crafting.
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20  Re: Favorite Children's Book Swap: Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: June 25, 2007 07:44:49 PM
Everyone, prepare to be jealous!  I just got my swap package from noelle and it is AMAZING.  Seriously, so creative and I couldn't have asked for anything better.  Here's my loot:

The whole shebang...such a pretty package.

A Ferdinand the Bull tote...it's really more like a purse.  And on the other side, there is a tiny pocket with "Ferdinand" on it.  So cute!  I'll use it all the time.

A Ferdinand silhouette necklace.   I think it's Shrinky Dink, but I really can't tell.  Whatever it is, it is SO great.  I am beyond impressed.

A matador pincushion.  It's as if she read my mind.  Two days ago, my roommate asked me if I had a pincushion because I stuck a sewing needle in the arm of the couch for storage and I said yes, but the truth is that I lost it, so this is PERFECT.  Now I have one.

A Spanish style hairclip.  You can hardly tell which are the clip flowers and which is the real one.  Ole!

A lace fan. So gorgeous and perfect for these hot summer days.

Thank you so much, noelle.  This is such a great swap package.  I'm so grateful!
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