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1  Mother-daughter butterfly in Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: June 15, 2007 03:17:58 AM
Well this isn't actually my craft but I saw it at my sister's and thought it was a really cute idea. My sister and her little girl had lots of fun painting their hands with cheap acrylic paint, then printed them onto canvas. They then added a body and some extra details on the wings, signed and dated it, and hey presto, a pretty memento of time spent together!
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2  International Centre noticeboard in Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: June 06, 2007 06:58:20 AM
Well I finished this ages ago but only just got a picture of it - here's the notice-board I decorated for the international centre (*lol* it's called that but it just means '3 foreign teachers').

The paper dolls were really fun to make. They are pieced together from different coloured construction paper, only the fine details are drawn on. I also made little collages for each teacher showing where we're from, what we like, our families, etc.

It's on local telly as we speak! (Gifu CATV visits a different kindergarten each month. They filmed student interviews in front of my noticeboard Smiley )
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3  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 20 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HyakuYenKnitter on: June 01, 2007 03:00:38 AM
Postal oddness - this has to be seen to be believed - I walked in yesterday to A YEAR'S WORTH of mail - bills, last year's and this year's birthday card from my mum... and of course all my swap packages!

So I got both the original and replacement packages from GatheredThreads - the cutest big penguin patch to cover the horrible scorch on my work smock, a knitting needle case, some fab hand-drawn flashcards, and an embroidery kit.

Action shot! Sort of... how the patch will look on my smock

Thankyou so much! Well worth the wait Smiley Sorry you ended up sending twice.
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4  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - May 2007 in The Swap Gallery by HyakuYenKnitter on: June 01, 2007 02:47:48 AM
Oh my , this has to be seen to be believed - I walked in yesterday to A YEAR'S WORTH of mail - bills, last year's and this year's birthday card from my mum... and of course all my swap packages!

travelbug sent me a fabulously funky bag that's big enough for all my work crap and has attracted comments already! Plus a train-pass and business-card holder to match.

Thanks travelbug!

Atsuko sent a lovely turquoise bracelet (I like the square beads, very sophisticated), a row-counter bracelet and matching stitch-markers/earrings, and best of all, a beautiful rose-quartz and onyx o-nenju (Buddhist prayer beads). It is so lovely I almost cried!

And action shot - gassho shimashou!

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5  Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) in Discussion and Questions by HyakuYenKnitter on: May 26, 2007 08:33:52 AM
I lost my sewing scissors a while ago, and it turned out they were in the kitchen, where people had been cutting bacon rinds with them.


*shudders* the horror!!

I just treated myself for my birthday to a pair of these

(I had a brief moment of 'what am I thinking? 5000Y scissors!' - though searching for a picture I just found I got them for 1000Y less than RRP) and had to patiently explain to bf that if he ever dared use them to cut paper or anything else non-fabric then the next thing they'd be cutting would be his fingers (or other body parts).

Actually YKYACW you spend 20 minutes searching for a picture of your new fabric shears so you can post it on craftster!
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6  drastic resizing=my new favourite dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by HyakuYenKnitter on: May 05, 2007 08:49:38 AM
I bought a lovely Japanese pattern book called 'Simple chic, but all the patterns only go up to a Japanese 11 (I'm a 13 bottom and 17 top)
I was dying to have a go at this dress:

but I'd never resized a pattern before. Luckily someone posted a link to a simple 'slash and spread' how to, and today I finished this

I'm so pleased it fits! Though if I use the pattern again I'm going to try redoing the bodice front as a full-bust adjustment instead of a straight slash-and-spred as the neck and shoulders are a little odd-fitting. But I'm really chuffed with how the waistline turned out as I don't usually wear dresses with a waistband (it sort of cuts my figure in half and makes me look even dumpier) but this is really flattering.
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7  Fuzzy stripy socks - I think I'm getting the hang of it! in Knitting: Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: April 10, 2007 04:11:04 AM
Just finished my second ever pair of socks! They are a rare 'me' knit from non-cheap yarn (usually only knit the good stuff for gifts), a yummy variegated mohair/nylon blend (you can't tell from the pic but it has a hint of a sparkle).

I think I have the makings of a sock-knitting addict - I have already cast on pair number 3 (sparkly blue/purple cotton for a friend) and am already accumulating yarn for future crazy socks (shiny purple acrylic slub, anyone?) just because I like the idea of wearing something fairly small and subtle but unique and nothing like you could buy in the shops.  Grin
Next challenge is kneesocks...
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8  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - April 2007 in The Swap Gallery by HyakuYenKnitter on: April 10, 2007 03:04:40 AM
I swapped with Samsara and she sent me -
some lovely beaded stitch markers. Now I have to cast on some insanely complicated lace or cable pattern just to do them justice. And they even match the pink bag I keep my knitting accessories in!

A huge box of goodies from home (England) - I'll be spending this evening eating crisp butties, reading tacky magazines and listening to Lemon Jelly Smiley

Thanks Samsara!
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9  My first sock! in Knitting: Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: April 02, 2007 11:56:11 PM
I'm on 'haruyasumi' (Spring holidays) at the moment and decided that my holiday project would be learning to knit socks - so, here it is, my first attempt! I used some generic 'easy sock' pattern (I think it was off knitting pattern central) that was for a much thinner yarn but it was very clearly written so I had no problems adjusting the instructions for about half the number of stitches.

I'm a bit annoyed with my boyfriend about the yarn though - I stupidly offered him the pick of my stash (while pointedly guiding him toward some navy blue alpaca I got on sale) and he picked this one - Olympus Merino 100 (I love this yarn - soft, knits up nicely, not too expensive and it's washable!) in the colour I just fell in love with and had to have. I'd been planning to make myself something nice with it - I generally only knit 'good' (i.e. not from 100-yen shop) yarn for other people!
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10  Re: knitty's nagano sakura in Knitting: Completed Projects by HyakuYenKnitter on: April 02, 2007 11:46:43 PM
Lovely - and it 'bloomed' at the exact same time as the real ones!

(photo of 138 Tower Park, Ichinomiya, a couple of days ago)
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