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11  Also a lavender bunny - lavender inside :) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by sarantha on: July 31, 2007 06:27:25 AM
I made this bunny for a swap after the pattern I saw posted here of the gorgeous lavender bunny. I actually put lavender inside, because I figured to make it smell nice would be an additional bonus  Grin

I think he turned out well, thanks for the pattern Rheatheylia!

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12  Re: knit crochet goodie bag swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sarantha on: July 31, 2007 06:16:32 AM
Finally I'm posting the pictures of the AWESOME goodie bag package I received from minanina!! Sorry it took me so long, I had a few biggish events to organise (birthday parties for a 2-year-old and a few days later one for her 40-year-old papa  Grin ).

Here goes:

First a picture of the box when I just opened it.. look at the many balls of gorgeous blue and lilac yarn. It's soo soft, I love it (and though it's sad the wool shop closed, I do appreciate minanina got the yarn at a bargain price  Cheesy):

I simply LOVE the bag minanina has knitted for me. I've already used the purse, it's great.

Two great crochet magazines. Now I will learn how to crochet socks!! And a fancy yarn cutter. That one really cracked me up, I didn't know there was such a thing as pendants doubling as yarn cutters..

Last not least, a look into the purse revealed some cool plastic crochet hooks in rainbow colours and some merino sock yarn from minaninas stash.. I'm wondering if one skein will be enough if you crochet socks instead of knitting them...does anybody know? I don't want to start only to find out I don't have enough for two socks (but I've got a friend who's already offered to knit me socks with that great yarn  Grin )

Thanks again for swapping with me minanina, it was a fun swap and I really really love your package!

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13  Fat Bottom with a little red rose in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by sarantha on: July 31, 2007 05:44:42 AM
And yet another FBB. I made this one for a friend, she needed a purse for her nice red dress she's going to wear at a friend's wedding party. Since she didn't own a single purse I HAD to crochet one.. here it is. I'm pretty pleased with how the handles turned out, I just used the red yarn from the body of the bag and crocheted around the dull black plastic handles. It looks a lot more elegant this way.

Please tell me what you think  Smiley

Detail of the rose

Detail of the handles
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14  Shell stitch scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by sarantha on: April 24, 2007 10:39:29 AM
I crocheted this as a first project after taking up the hooks again, that was about a month ago. Two FBBs later, I've decided to post this scarf, too, because I love how it turned out.

It's done with Schachenmayr nomotta Microcolor yarn (or some such name), which is deliciously soft and great to crochet with (I bought it in Germany, but I seem to have noticed the brand in someone elses post here, so maybe it's available internationally). I chose the shell stitch, but without the scs to pin it down at the edges, since I wanted a looser scarf. It's really soft and quite long - long enough to wrap twice or even three times round my neck and still leave quite satisfyingly long ends... anyway, here goes:



I started a fringe for it, but I didn't like it, so I took it off again. I think I'll just leave it as it is.

What do you think? Too bad I won't wear it much with the warmer weather coming on. So I'll have to save it for chill nights out or until autumn Smiley
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15  Re: Cozy the World GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by sarantha on: April 24, 2007 08:35:59 AM
I received my super amazing package yesterday, and here are the pics!! Thank you sooooooo much WYOKrista!!

first the whole loot after I had managed to get it all out of the envelope without my very very excited little daughter Nina (saying "have it, have IT" all the time) running off with things..

Detail pics coming up, but first a list of everything, it was sooo much!

-super cute butterfly cozy for my iPod
-a crafts magazine with projects for kids
-postcards from where WYOKrista lives - wow, it looks so beautiful out there! Maybe I'll have to come and visit Wink
-a square of cute fabric with acorns
-a really amazing card she made with a sunny montainous landscape, there was a little letter inside
-some American Candy - not only for my girls, we'll share that so we all get to try it Smiley
-some little packs with instant drink mix - Nina managed to run away with that, pic of that to follow..
-another cute little flower card with a little thank you for swapping written inside..
-lots of stickers, they made Iljana (not quite four years old) very very happy
-two patches  - a smurf and... a motif I don't recognize, but it's cute .. to iron on (presumably) pants or maybe I'll put them on a little purse I'm going to sew for my girls... we'll see
-oh, and a cool Wyoming patch, too. Love that one, I'll keep it all to myself!

... I THINK I've got it all listed. Phew. Wow, unpacking all of that was GREAT!

Now some more pics - I had to choose, but here are a few detail pics.

First the so cute iPod cozy. It fits really well (and you're right, so funny we both chose purple for the main colour - I love purple), and I love the butterfly and the stitching under it!

The card. I really love it, I'll put it up in my kitchen I think Smiley

Nina ran around with this for at least 5 minutes, refusing to give it back.. luckily she didn't manage to open the ziplock  Grin

Iljana loved the candy and the stickers!

I've got a few more pictures, but I think you got the general gist Wink

Again, thank you so much WYOKrista, my first swap has definitely been a great success!

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16  Seagulls and Flowers - two Purses for the summer! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sarantha on: April 22, 2007 11:26:47 PM
My purse making skills are evolving, I'm pretty pleased with both of them, though they do have their faults.

This is the one I'm actually using right now, such a nice change from the heavy brown leather bag I carry around with me in winter:

(I know, it needed to be pressed, I've taken care of that by now..)

A little pouch on the inside, for mobile or keys..

and action shot:

It's quite floppy, because I haven't got my hands on interfacing yet. But it's quite big and I like the way it hangs when it's carried, so I'm happy. A stiff purse this size might be a bit awkward, but I'll guess I'll try to find interfacing somewhere and find out how to use it one of these days.

And here's the second purse, I'm rather pleased with how it came out, but next time I make this pattern (which I will, I love the shape) I'll make the straps narrower, they're a bit too much for the size of the purse I think.

detail of the appliqud seagull cut out from the same fabric

I opted for the shoelace closure instead of a button, because I felt a button would be too much, having already put the seagull right smack in the middle...

I'd love to get feedback on these!
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17  Re: Fat Bottom Bag CAL... anyone? in Crochetalongs by sarantha on: April 22, 2007 10:23:53 AM
Ok, I've finally taken pictures, here's my second finished FBB. This time it's lined (lining was sewn in before adding the handle flaps), and it's done in black microfibre yarn (Schachenmayr Micro) with some silver/gold effect yarn held as one.
While I was hunting for something I could decorate it with, I happened to find a jar with seashells we brought as a souvenir from Denmark. Didn't even have to punch holes in, there already were some Smiley

Hope you like Smiley

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18  Patchwork kitty tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sarantha on: April 12, 2007 02:12:15 AM
I made this one for a friend who's expecting her first baby, so I felt justified in using the pastel coloured kiddy fabrics I had lying around... this is a stash-busting project and my first patchwork tote. (the front panel started out as an experiment, I used an old towel for batting).
The heavy corduroy was left over from our curtains, the blue fabric with the clouds is an old baby sheet, the kitty terry cloth fabric is something I found as a bargain. It's really cute, but so thin it's hard for me to sew with, it keeps rollling up at the edges.. I'm still a beginner at sewing.

Ok, here are the pictures. Not perfect, but I like it (the button is a fake, there's a velcro closure hidden under it).

the front

the back

detail of the strap

detail of the front panel

Comments/suggestions for improvement are welcome!

I don't have a pic of the inside, it's lined with the blue/cloud fabric.
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19  My first Fat Bottom Bag in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by sarantha on: April 03, 2007 12:57:56 AM

This is the first project I'm posting, and my first FBB. I hope the picture will show. This was a test run, sort of. I haven't lined it, but I think I'll make another one and line it before adding the handle flaps, that seems a lot easier to me.

I really like how it turned out, and it was superfast and easy to make. What do you think?

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