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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Stitch Markers--Jewelry for your knitting! on: March 08, 2007 12:12:13 AM
I admit it.  I like kitsch.  And cute stuff. And most of all, accessories for my knitting.  Yay stitch markers!  These ones found a good home with my friend for her birthday.

Misc glass and swar beads with silver wire:

Comments and suggestions welcome!
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Plethora of earrings--and Teapot earrings! (image heavy) on: March 08, 2007 12:03:56 AM
Ok, so it's not quite a plethora...but we're getting close, right?  ANd there is a second teapot earring (i'm not a pirate, ARR) but I couldn't seem to hold the two teapot earrings up and take the picture as well.  Ack, I need three arms. And a pegleg. Heh.

This is the teapot earring of the pair...I can't remember what the stone is, but it is very pretty and faceted nicely. 

A pair of earrings that I made for my mum for christmas and then decided to keep. Heh heh.  Don't worry--I made her a pair of them as well. Faceted glass bead, FWP, SS.

A pair of flippant fun earrings.  Swar crystals, SS, and glass beads:

Danglies with fwp, swar, ss  (are we sensing a pattern?):

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Basketweave scarf with frilly edging AND herringbone scarf with pompoms on: March 07, 2007 11:46:22 PM
This is a lovely soft scarf...knit out of a mystery burgundy yarn I had in my stash.  I think it may have mohair in it as it sheds a bit.  It's freakishly long so I fold it in half and wear it that way.

And another favourite scarf...it's a lovely periwinkle colour but a bit on the scratchy side:

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Favourite Scarf--Purple Braid with Corkscrew Fringe [EDIT--Now with mini tut] on: March 07, 2007 11:41:55 PM
This is my fav scarf...so soft.  It's knit out of a very soft chenile-like yarn.

Comments welcome!


So because I just winged this I dont' really have a pattern, but here's a general idea of how to make your own.  Sorry for the dealy!

Make your Scarf!:

*Choose a yarn that is quite soft and flexible--ie a stiff/firm yarn won't bend as nicely along the curves and will look too rigid.  I used a chenile type yarn.
*You'll be making three long strips and then braiding them together at the end

*CO enough stitches to make desired width of strip (keep in mind that you'll be braiding the three together, so it'll be wider)
*Work in K1 P1 until the end of the row on odd rows, and P1 K1 until the end of rows on even rows (so you'll just have a rib stitch pattern)
*If you want a smoother edge, slip the first stitch of each row
*Once you have a length that you think will be long enough (remember, it shrinks in length once you braid it), break yarn, but leave quite a long tail, and slip onto a stitch holder
*Repeat instructions two more times, so that you have three lengths
*When you're finished your third strip, you're ready to braid!  Line up the ends of the three strips side by side, touching, and pin them to the floor or put something heavy on them, or best yet, have someone hold them.  Then braid the strips as loose or tightly as you would like it to be.  I found that the looser the better, otherwise the edges would pull up and the braid wouldn't lie flat.  Braid to the end of your strips
*If you find that one strip is much shorter than the other, don't panic--we'll get to that.
*Take a length of the yarn that you've been working with and thread it onto a yarn needle and then stitch along the inside folds of the braids, where the strips cross over one another.  (Does that make sense?  You just want to stitch down the parts that cross over one another to stop the braid from coming loose).  Do this until you reach the end of the strip that is the shortest, where your braid ends
*Now you can either knit the short strip(s) to make it long enough to complete another bit of the braid, or frog the longer section(s) to end the braid there.  If you make the braid longer, do the stitching bit on that bit as well, to make the braid stay.
*CO in pattern the end of each strip, either individually, or each in turn, in the same CO (ie do one cast off of all three strips, rather than each of the three strips separately)  Do which ever makes you happy and looks best with your braid.
*Seam in the ends

Now to make the corkscrew fringe:

*Very loosely cast on any number of stitches, say 10-20 (the length of your corkscrew will depend on the yarn and needles you are using, so you may have to do a test run)
*Knit into the front and back of each stitch to the end of the row
*CO purlwise.
*Twist the fringe into a corkscrew shape with your fingers (trust me!  It works...)

*make however many of these little suckers as you want and then attach them to your scarf!

Congratulations!  You have a new scarf!
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Flower Swarovski Bead Bracelet on: March 07, 2007 10:56:34 PM
Hey all--

I'm having trouble posting photos because of my ineptitude, so hopefully this works.

Swarovski pearls and bicone crystals and a silver toggle clasp.  Very sparkley!

26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Flower Basket Tea Cosy!! Ironic!! on: March 07, 2007 10:22:54 PM
Ok, so maybe it's not so ironic.  But perhaps simply the fact that I'm posting on a "No tea cosies without irony" website is the ironic part.... heh heh.

I hope this works...I haven't done the whole picture posting thing before.  And excuse it if it looks a little squishy....again, novice here.

Comments appreciated.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Inexpensive Swar Crystals In British Columbia? on: February 09, 2007 02:03:58 PM
Hi there!

So here's my conundrum:  I have so many cute patterns for 3D beaded Japanese animals etc but they take SO many crystals that it would cost me about $30-35 to make most of the patterns, based on the price I have to pay for swarovski (sp?) beads here (ie 25-40c each!!).  I am tortured daily by the opportunity to make deliciously cute beaded things and am restrained only by the sight of my very skinny wallet...

So I need a lead on a good bead dealer!  Anyone have any ideas for me?
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