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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / What HAVE I let myself in for?! on: June 17, 2008 07:28:14 PM
Ok, firstly I must remember to breathe...

Secondly, help!!

We're getting married, after years of saying we wouldn't, after years of not even considering what I want!

And it's in 6 weeks...

the wedding itself is no real hassle, it's the reception!  There's only going to be 9 guests (if they can all make it) at the wedding, and I'll be wearing an outfit I already own (black dress, red accessories, going to knit a red shawl) and the guests really aren't expecting anything except to turn up and go to the pub after with us!

Now, the reception...

How do I, nicely, put "please come to the reception, but not the wedding, sorry...", especially as NO family are coming to the wedding itself (close family all know already, and are ok with that), and, we're not laying on food, I should mention this, right??  The venue we're having (hopefully!) does serve food, but we can't afford to lay any on (not unless they want a bag of crisps each...)

Also, it's generally accepted that gift registry details are included for wedding invites, but what about if they're only coming to the reception?  Is it cheeky to even mention a gift list? Or should I add something like "if you wish to buy us a gift, we'd love something from..."

I'd like to keep it as informal as possible (I was hoping that meant low stress...), but I'm also aware that we might be stepping on some peoples toes (my nan doesn't yet know, for example), so I'm trying to be as 'correct' as possible, whilst still casual!

and where do I start on deciding on invites?!?  I'd like *something* slightly unusual, but don't really know what...

One more question, I'm mad, right?? I mean SIX WEEKS!!!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Not quite 1000 cranes yet, but... on: May 24, 2008 10:39:38 AM
My SO *loves* origami cranes, and decided he wanted to start towards 1000 cranes (you're granted a wish/happiness/prosperity/nice shiny things if you get 1000 done, it's also meant to help teach patience and meditation), and we have a really annoying lightshade in our bedroom that has no covering, but seems to be welded to the light fitting!!

So, (excuse the pun) to kill 2 birds with 1 stone, between us both we made a mobile; he folded and I strung them up

ignore the mass of books, that'd be the SO's side of the room....

slightly closer up

from underneath

It'll be an on-going thing (obviously I'll need to get more creative as we get more and more, 1000 won't fit on there...), but we also want to ask friends and visitors to make at least 1 crane each, the more people involved the more luck is meant to be received.  We happen to have visitors this weekend, so we already have one from someone else

and finally, this is my favourite one, and my favourite pic!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pigs! (and a couple of wolves) on: May 19, 2008 07:19:30 AM
This is the 2nd set of these I've done now, but I was waiting for my swap partner to receive them, so thought I'd better wait in case she got any hints!

Anyway, both my sister and a swap partner are teachers, and both had dropped hints (indirectly) that they were desperate for finger puppets for their classes, but I knew from my sister that they don't really get a budget for such things.  So, of course, out came the knitting needles and google!

and so, the 6 little pigs and 2 wolves were born!

my sister with hers:

the ones for my swap partner:
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / So simple, yet I'm so proud! on: May 03, 2008 12:30:33 PM
ok, firstly, I'm a knitter through and through, I really can't hand sew unless it's for practical purposes, and I'm scared of sewing machines!

but I'm determined to get past this!

So, here's my first real attempt at "pretty" sewing!  The SO loves tea, and has a habit of buying loose tea, which is fine, we have a teapot cafetire type thing, but it's a nightmare to clean.  So, I said (in a really vague way) that I'd make him some reusable teabags... and he keeps asking... so I destroyed one of his old linen shirts (it was threadbare in places, he won't even notice...) and used the sleeves (which already had a handy folded over seam thing that I used for the drawstring bit) and here we are!

(I'm not sure the steam is obvious, but that's what the blue bits are meant to be!)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First sweater in plus size? on: April 25, 2008 05:54:19 AM
I think I'm ready to knit myself a sweater, but I'm very aware that I have "more than average" up top, and I'd kinda like to wear the sweater once I've knitted it!

I've seen some lovely plus sized stuff on ravelry, but it all looks a bit "involved" for a first try!

Anyone have any suggestions on a simple-ish pattern/shaping?  I'd say I'm an intermediate/advanced knitter, but having never done a full sized adult sweater before I've kinda nervy about it (specially the amount of yarn involved, the most I've ever used for a project was 6 balls), though I have done several baby/toddler sized sweaters and jackets, so in theory I should be ok, but it's be niec to have my hand held a little bit!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wonder Woman Outfit! Now with PATTERN! on: March 30, 2008 09:56:57 AM
One of my best friends just turned 33, and I felt it was about time he replaced his much loved, long lost, wonder woman outfit from his childhood...

so, behold,

and, some action shots (with a quite bad phone cam!):
trying to not look too gleeful, and failing!

you will tell all with my lasso of truth!

there may have been vodka...

It was stupidly easy, but I'm really quite pleased with how it turned out!  Oh, and all my friends seem to be complete wonder woman geeks!  Cheesy


I used very cheap DK acrylic (stylecraft) in yellowy-orange, held double for the crown/tiara, and some left over burgundy for the stars.  I also used needles 2 sizes smaller than recommended, the yarn said 4mm, and I used 3mm

Crown/tiara - Cast on 150 (for an adult, this will allow enough space for velro to be attached), k2p2 rib for 7 rows.  cast off 50, k2p2 50 , cast off 50.  break yarn. 
rejoin yarn and decrease as follows:
*k, ssk, k to last 3, k2tog, k
k2, p to last 2, k2*
repeat until 4 stitches left
ssk, k2tog. 
break yarn and thread through

for the wrist warmers I cast on 45, did 3 rows of 2x2 rib, stst for 2 rows, then used the star chart from "stitch n bitch", and then finished with another 2 stst rows, and 2x2 rib for 3 rows.

The star on the tiara was the trickiest bit, i spent more time trying to draw a 5 pointed start than knitting the damned set!  apparently it's much easier if you have a set of compasses and a protractor! (a quick google search gives you a couple of methods if you have them...), once i'd managed to get a decent start, I pinned the paper template to the knitting and did a loose running stitch around the outside (kinda of an outline, with the only points actually going through being the points/indents of the star), so I would fill the middle in and removed the outline later... I think that makes sense...  If you look closely at the first picture you can see that I just did rows of sewing next to each other to fill (I'm sure there's an actual term for it, but I'm certainly not an embroiderer!)

If anyone happens to make it, or something similar, I'd love to see! (and let me know if there's anything I didn't make very clear...)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rex, the not-so-frightening dinosaur on: January 20, 2008 02:58:58 PM
Whilst looking for a quick, and easy present for my nephew, I came across Rex, and a friend of mine said that he looked "so unfrightening it was cute".

Well, this was back in late November, and my xmas/yule knitting list was WAY bigger than I was going to manage as it was, and even though his (the friend, not Rex) birthday was 4th Dec, I knew I'd have to drop an xmas gift if I was going to fit him in...

But, now it's Jan, and I'm knitting stuff I want for myself, or for people I want to (rather than feel I should!), so out came the "oh gawd i've got yards and yards of this really shiny acrylic, what else can it be but toys?!" yarn, and my version of Rex was born  Cheesy

But how to get past being a month late, with a bit of humour...?  Rex was packed into a box, with a postcard from himself, apologising for the delay, and explaining that time travel was still a bit haphazard, and would Alex please still love him anyway  Grin

Oh, and I posted him to his workplace, which confused the living daylights out of his boss  Grin

Before he went though, I made sure he kept up with his studies...
Here he is helping my SO to translate some German:

and here he is trying to be all grrr-like and protect my pc:

Ravelry Project page
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Geeky Gloves! on: January 20, 2008 02:40:19 PM
My final xmas pressie has been given to its new owner, so I can post them at long last!

The recipient is really quite geeky, so was overjoyed when I gave him these!

I used the charts from Knitty's BMP

They were made with Rowan cashsoft, which was lovely and velvety to work with, Ravelry project page
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Plastic Needles? on: January 05, 2008 03:55:47 AM
I'm desperately searching for an online (or London based!) shop that stocks plastic needles.

I got a job lot of needles on Ebay a while back, and in there were several sets of plastic DPNs, which I quickly fell in love with, but now  can't seem to find anywhere that sells them!  And now I've used them I'm finding metal too cold/slippy and wood too sticky  Sad

If they're based in the UK, all the better, but I have "stash enablers" based in the US and Australia that could act as delivery points if needs be!

help!  Grin
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / If the knitting police existed... on: December 05, 2007 01:41:56 PM
What would you be in the dock for?

Mine, mainly not swatching, but also for tying knots in "places it won't matter", (insides of toys... the cushion I currently have on my lap...)

Share your guilty secrets!  Grin
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