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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks for my dad's birthday on: June 09, 2009 12:35:21 AM
My dad is 74 on Friday!  Even though it's summer, he lives in Ireland where it's never really warm so I made him some cozy socks for his birthday present.  I'm posting them off today, I hope he likes them!

The yarn is a Kaffe Fassett design for Regia and was lovely to use.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Stephen the chicken (with link to pattern!) on: April 05, 2009 03:00:04 AM
A while ago I made Neil the chicken.  He was lonely so I made him a little friend - this is Stephen!  Here he is with his little pal.

I wrote the pattern on my blog in case anyone would like to make one for Easter, the link is HERE

Hope you like him!

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Neil the chicken on: March 17, 2009 02:58:40 PM

I made him last night while watching CSI.  Hope you like him Grin
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A happy apple. ::UPDATED:: to add a friend! on: February 02, 2009 01:48:18 PM
Today it popped into my head that an apple with a happy face would be cute in my kitchen.  So I made this little dude, and I plan to make him a little green friend.  Hope you like him!  I did think of writing up a pattern but he was so easy that I couldn't imagine anyone actually needing one  Grin

Edited to add: I made him a little green friend!  Here he is.  Two happy apples.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Bookmark Swap Gallery on: January 08, 2009 04:21:06 AM
Post 'em when you get 'em!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Last-minute snowflake ornaments - with sparkle! on: December 20, 2008 11:52:23 AM
These are from a pattern on the Lion Brand website, and are a present for my mum.  The crochet cotton has a sparkly thread running through it, it's really pretty but very hard to photograph.

Close up of the sparkly bits.

There's a wee bit more info on my blog, including how I starched them.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking a very long scarf. How would you do it? on: December 02, 2008 08:22:20 AM
I just finished a lace scarf that's about the same height as me - about 5' 5".  I don't have carpet at home, we have wooden floors throughout and the best surface I can think of is the ironing board, which would probably require blocking one half, letting it dry out and then doing the other half.  Or I guess I could lay towels on the floor and pin the scarf to those, but the problem with that is that a cat will inevitably come along and upset it all when I'm not looking. I wondered how other people would go about blocking something that's very long. 

I was probably going to do the ironing board/blocking it in two parts idea, but I'll wait and see if anyone comes up with a better idea  Cheesy
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I painted a bird - first time with watercolour. Please give me some advice. on: December 01, 2008 09:15:52 AM
I'm almost embarrassed to post this here, as this board is so full of talented people!

Further to this thread yesterday, I had a go with my new paints to see what I could come up with.  I did a quick pencil doodle and basically just coloured it in with paints.  This is my 'painting' (it's on a bit of scrap paper I'd been scribbling on to blunt my pencil a bit as I didn't even want to waste good paper on it!)  The smudgey bit under the bird's tail is a dirty fingerprint... oops.

The image I copied is here:

http://static.guim.co.uk/Guardian/environment/gallery/2008/feb/12/wildlife1/[email protected]

I like these little birds, they're called coal tits and there are lots of them in my parents' garden Smiley

As I said I have never used watercolour at all before, not since I was about eight anyway, and I don't really even know anything about drawing.  I would love if anyone could give me any advice or tips.  I would really love to be even half-decent at watercolour painting, it just appeals to me so much.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Drawing/painting - is it a talent you're born with, or can it be learned? on: November 30, 2008 02:06:11 PM
I would love to be good at drawing and painting, I just find the idea of doing watercolour paintings so appealing.  My dad was a fantastic artist years ago, he worked in oil, watercolour and gouache (not all at the same time) and did mostly landscapes and bird and plant studies.  He was incredibly talented and sold a lot of his work and exhibited occasionally, and although he kind of gave up years ago due to life getting in the way, he recently (aged 73) did a huge wall-length mural at the local environmental education centre he worked at before he retired.  But no matter how much he painted he could never do people.  Particularly faces. 

I don't seem to have inherited his talent, but I don't know if it's because I like thing with instant results and if I don't produce something decent first time I'll give up soon afterwards.  Our art classes at school were more about making stuff with papier mache and ceramics, and very little about drawing or painting.  I really just don't know how to draw.  But even with that I'm better than my poor husband who is good at many many things but drawing is not one of them - if he draws something you can very rarely even tell what it's supposed to be!

What I'm wondering is if it's possible to learn to draw, especially later in life (I'm 28 which I guess is kind of late for this sort of thing).  Or am I screwed and should I stick to the sewing machine?  I think musical ability, or being able to sing, is something you either have or don't have and I'm not sure if artistic ability is similar.

By the way, I've decided that it's about time my dad got back into his painting again so I phoned him tonight and demanded a painting for my Christmas present  Grin
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bookmark swap? on: November 16, 2008 12:52:21 PM
I couldn't find a bookmark earlier and had to resort to turning a corner of the page, which I hate!  And it got me to thinking about organising a bookmark swap.  It would be a low-stress swap, you would send your partner say two handmade bookmarks.  Maybe friends of Craftster could have the option to have more than one partner. 

Would anyone be interested?
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