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1  Recycled book Kindle cover in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by L-train on: June 19, 2011 12:48:24 PM
I recently acquired a Kindle and didn't feel like paying through the nose for a cool cover. So I made my own cover! I picked up an old library book at the Oxfam shop, and spent the weekend mutilating it  Cheesy Total cost about 6.

Inside with Kindle:

Without Kindle:

And the cover:

(I rotated this photo, but for some reason Craftster un-rotated it)
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2  Embroidered cushion with tatted edging in Needlework: Completed Projects by L-train on: April 15, 2009 12:20:25 PM
Recently my in-laws bought a flat on the south coast of England. My mother in law mentioned that the decor will be Victorian, so I immediately thought "hmmm, what can I make for them as a housewarming present?" I love looking at intricate Victorian embroidery, so I decided to make an embroidered cushion. I had to go with a fairly simple design though, as I have a bad habit of starting things and never finishing them. Here is the result:

I used white linen that I bought on ebay. I searched long and hard online for information about Victorian embroidery, but found surprisingly little. Most of the search results were shops selling supplies and patterns. The pattern I used is based on something I saw in a shop and took a liking to. The purple is actually a little more vibrant than it appears in this photo. In hindsight I probably should have used less vibrant colours for a more authentic look. The finished cushion is about 10 inches x 6 inches. It took me two entire days of nonstop tatting to make the edging, but I'm really pleased with the result. I used heavy duty (size 20) white silk thread for the tatting, and it was a pleasure to work with.
Closeup of the tatting:

Closeup of the embroidery:

Thanks for looking  Smiley

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3  Diamond and smocked cover in Knitting: Completed Projects by L-train on: March 14, 2009 02:43:04 AM
I've been eyeing this pattern for quite some time. Thanks, Nashira, for posting the pattern.
Here is it blocking:

and this gives a more accurate representation of the colour:

I used superwash wool that I bought on a whim when I didn't have the pattern with me. Consequently I didn't have quite enough, so I could only do 10 repeats instead of eleven. The finished size was about 30" wide by 27" long.  I have already given this blanket to the recipient, who loved it. I thought the pattern was going to be really difficult, but i found it to be pretty easy. I'd really like to make a grown-up sized one sometime, but probably not any time soon!
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4  first soap in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by L-train on: March 14, 2009 02:31:19 AM
A few months ago I got bitten by the soaping bug after I read OhHappyDay's wonderful tutorial. I finally got the chance to make soap for the first time a couple weekends ago. Here are the results:

This is what it looked like before i cut it up:

I plan to make a second batch today. Thanks for the inspiration, OhHappyDay!
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5  Converse All-Stars booties! in Knitting: Completed Projects by L-train on: November 01, 2008 09:05:29 AM
I started these months ago for a friend's new baby. Finally finished them last night! I used this version of the pattern, using yarn I had in my stash. I've never knit with more than one colour before, so they're a bit wonky, but I'm sure the little one won't notice  Grin



I couldn't figure out a way to make the Converse logo that didn't end up looking unattractive, so I didn't bother. They were loads of fun to make. I like that they're a bit different than the usual baby booties out there.
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6  Re: Maude Louise by JeJune in Knitalongs by L-train on: May 04, 2007 08:14:34 AM
Pics at last! Shoulder shot, just for you, quikroxy!



I'm in love with this sweater.

marisal, I hadn't looked at it that way (the buttons/ribbon conundrum)!  Smiley
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7  crafting for the environment in Completed Projects by L-train on: May 04, 2007 08:09:15 AM
I'm not sure where to post it as it doesn't seem to "belong" anywhere! I have been meaning to make these bags out of newspaper for awhile and finally got around to making the first batch a couple of days ago.

A bit of background information: My local council introduced compulsory recycling (hooray!) last year, and as part of the scheme, every household was given a brown bin for compostable/biodegradable materials, including kitchen scraps, garden waste, and tissues. The council requests that people wrap kitchen waste in newspaper to keep insects out and help prevent the bin from smelling. Alternatively, you can buy biodegradable bags from the library, but no other biodegradable bags are allowed. So I decided I would make my own biodegradable bags that the bin men wouldn't even notice were bags. I haven't used any in the kitchen yet, because they were a bit labourious to make and it's just as easy to pile my scraps onto an ordinary piece of newspaper, but when we next have guests for a meal & I need more space in the kitchen, I think these will be handy as they take up much less room on the counter than a huge sheet of newspaper. In the meantime, I'm using one for tissues so I don't end up with a huge pile of used tissues on the floor next to my bed, or in the bin bound for the landfill. I just thought I'd share this idea in case anyone else has or is going to have compulsory recycling/composting  Smiley
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8  Re: 3-Hour Sweater Knitalong: dare we hope? in Knitalongs by L-train on: March 31, 2007 01:18:44 PM
Here I come, limping across the finish line. Everyone's sweaters are so lovely. They've really kept me going. This is my first ever sweater, which I finally finished last week, 3 months after I started  Grin

I changed the sleeves because mine came out really big & saggy. I wore this to work the other day and actually got a compliment on it!
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9  Re: Maude Louise by JeJune in Knitalongs by L-train on: March 30, 2007 05:00:34 AM
Thanks, Jejune! Once I started typing out my question, I thought you might have meant them as two separate rows. Sorry for being a bit slow! Smiley Also, I'm very mathy, so if you need any help, feel free to ask (though I should mention I don't know the first thing about writing knitting patterns, so might not be much use). Thanks again!

Edit: I've finished the back & it's happily blocking now!

This is the first time I've blocked something that isn't a rectangle. The armscye's are uneven in the picture, but I've fixed that now. I'm really enjoying knitting this.

Quikroxy, how is yours coming along??
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