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21  Yay collaborative art! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by KrisCreates on: October 16, 2009 07:22:03 AM
I needed a new painting for my living room wall because the old one just wasn't cutting it, so I bought a 3' x 3' canvas at the school bookstore and took advantage of my long weekend!

This is a collaborative work between my 9 year old son and I.  He painted all the little fish in the background for me and then i painted in the rest.  It turned out even better than my original artistic vision!   Cheesy

It fits in perfect with my living room which is mostly bright colours and matches all the little items I picked up off the beach and have displayed. 
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22  Re: Chocoholics Unanimous Round 5 Gallery of Sweet Chocolatey Goodness! in The Swap Gallery by KrisCreates on: August 20, 2009 04:05:49 PM
I got my package from Katcal today!  Check it out!

the package contents, including an extra envelop for my son, Caleb!  Lookit all that Chocolate!  OMG!!!   Shocked Grin

The kiddo with his stuff!  (A kit to make a cool mosaic coaster with a rocket ship on it and CHOCOLATE!  yum!  he was impressed, particularly with the Kinder chocolate hippo, he thought that was neat...)  Cheesy

Onto the crafted items!

I admit, I'm not quite sure what this is...  My educated guess would be a stir-y thingy for tea???  Anyway, it's cool and I lik ethe little charm on it!  Turtle!!!  Cheesy

A super cool necklace with a chainmaille flower pendant!  So cool!  (the cord is more brown in real life)

and this is my favorite!!!  A Green hemp neacklace with wooden beads!  I put it on right away and haven't taken it off! I LOOOOOVE it!!!!  Thank you Katcal, I really hope your package arrives soon!!!  Grin

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23  Baby shower knits for a little guy! (slightly pic obese!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by KrisCreates on: February 24, 2009 04:49:37 AM
My friends Brooke and Pat recently had a baby boy! The baby shower is today so when I got the invite last Tuesday I thought Id take the opportunity to knit something small and baby-y, but I know that when I had my son, Caleb, 8 years ago, that I quickly got sick of all the pastel blue and cutesy-wootsy Winnie-the-Pooh coated baby items I received. Tongue Brooke and Pat are a really cool couple, so I want to make something cool for their little one, so I went on the search for patterns. Wink

I chose to knit everything in acrylics, because theyre easier to care for. I remember when my son was a baby, if I couldnt throw it in the washer, I didnt want it!

I used this pattern for the skull and cross-bones hat: pippi-ob.livejournal.com/6735.html
It was my first time doing intarsia, and Im pretty psyched about how it turned out!!!

I used this pattern for the baby booties: ooobabyknits.typepad.com/ooo_baby_knits/2005/02/mi...

The second hat is from this site: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skater-babybrim-hat

The hoodie pattern can be found at this site:  fibredaze.blogspot.com/2008/03/baby-hoodie.html

Here it is modeled by a cabbage patch kid:

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24  THE BEST THING I'VE EVER KNITTED!!! A MAGIC UNICORN HAT!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by KrisCreates on: January 13, 2009 07:36:51 AM
Last Saturday my friend Angie and I decided to take our kiddo's out in the snow to go sliding. We went to the park and had a blast sliding down the hill on tubes and plastic slides.

While we were there, Haille, Angie's 5 year old daughter was admiring Caleb's Mohawk hat. When she found out that I had knit it myself, she asked if I could make her a hat too. I asked her what kind of hat she would like, and leave it to a 5 year old to give you a challenge, she replied "A unicorn hat!!!"

That was right up my alley because I've been looking for something fun and experimental to knit. I looked online for patterns, searched through my knitting books, but I couldn't find anything like what I was thinking of, so I set to improvising a pattern, and this is what I came up with:

front view

side view

Action Shot!!!

The hat is Bernat Wool Blends Natural Blends yarn in Rich Violet.  The horn is Briggs and Little Heritage Bleached White wool and the fring is both those yarns plus some Paton's Classic Merino in That's Pink.

Thanks for looking!!!   Grin
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25  Hobo Gloves for my Sister in Knitting: Completed Projects by KrisCreates on: December 10, 2008 10:34:13 AM
I made these fingerless gloves for my sister for Christmas.   Grin

They're made out of Pentex Chunky yarn, and I improvised the pattern as I knit them.  Because they're made out of chunky yarn they were super quick to make!

I shoddily embroidered on some purple snowflakes because they were too boring without them.   Cheesy
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26  Super Easy and cute 2 needle slippers! in Knitting: Completed Projects by KrisCreates on: December 09, 2008 02:09:17 PM
I made these slipper socks for my momma for Xmas!

I used this pattern:  http://www.aokcorral.com/projects/how2oct2005.htm  in medium, but I changed a few things.  I knit the first piece until it measured 4" instead of 5, I decreased 8 and 5 instead of 7 and 3, and then I knit until the entire piece measured 8".  And i added pom-poms!  I really like how they turned out, and I really really like the colour yarn!  Its Red Heart Light and Lofty in Blueberry, there was only one skein at the store, and it called to me! Cheesy

If you are looking for a super quick and super easy gift idea, these are great!
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27  Tattoo flash paintings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by KrisCreates on: December 05, 2008 02:22:25 PM
So my room was pretty plain and light purple-y pink and I wanted something to make it snazzy.  I figured some paintings of tattoo flash images would be sorta edgy and cool. 

I had a bunch of canvases kicking around that I wanted to use, so I googled some flash images I thought were cool, drew them onto the canvas with pencil, then traced over it with Sharpie.  You can't really colour over Sharpie with acrylic paint, so painting is kinda like coloring a colouring book!  When i had the image all painted I just went over the sharpie lines one more time to sharpen them up.   Grin

skull and roses

cherry blossoms

Tattoo heart

Koi (the flash kinda screwed this one up in the photo)

So I really like the koi, but once it was finished, I realized that it didn't match my room or the colours in the other paintings, so i gave it to my brother, who said something along the lines of "Thats primo!"  So i guess he liked it.  Cheesy
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28  A slipper that fits over my cast! in Knitting: Completed Projects by KrisCreates on: November 23, 2008 12:29:25 AM
So this was sorta made by accident, but honestly, I'm trilled!   Grin

I was looking for a quick easy pattern to make some slippers for my mom and found this pattern:  http://www.aokcorral.com/projects/how2oct2005.htm  Its pretty much the simplest pattern ever, great for a beginner knitter, its just 2 straight needles and garter stitch.

Anyway, I made them in the biggest size, which pretty much turned out to be GIANT.  So they won't fit my mom, but they will fit me as a pair of great slouchy slippers that I can wear with socks, which is awesome, because I have hardwood floors and live in a basement apartment with electric heat in Newfoundland.  IT GETS COLD IN HERE!!!

Even better is the fact that the slipper stretches over my cast! (yes, my cast is hot pink  Smiley ) I've been hobbling around with frozen toes for the past 3 weeks, the next three weeks I can live in comfort! Hooray!!! Cheesy

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29  I need opinions on this project!!!! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by KrisCreates on: November 19, 2008 09:19:43 PM
K, so fro Xmas I want to make my mom a pair of fingerless gloves that she can wear while she types cause she said her hands get cold and sore.

So I wanted a pattern that was pretty and feminine, and I wanted to use really thin yarn so it wouldn't feel bulky and awkward to type.

I found this really pretty pattern on Knitty.com called "Spirogyra" http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring08/KSPATTspirogyra.html

then I went to my LYS and bought what probably wasn't the greatest choice of yarns, but it worked Okay I think.  I used Patons Stretch Socks in Plum.

Because the yarn was really fine, I stuck with size 2 needles through the whole pattern and it still looks a little more lacy than the actual picture in the pattern.

This was my first try at anything remotely lacy or fancy and my first time using such small needles and yarn.

Does it look okay?  Should I frog the whole thing?  It's stretched out on my hand cause I have huge hands compared to my mom, so maybe it'll look better on her...    What do you think?

here it is on my giant hand...

Here it is lying flat...

And this is a darker shot that probably shows the stitches a little better...
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30  Xmas present knit for my fam + my awesome birthday scarf! (picture fatty) in Knitting: Completed Projects by KrisCreates on: November 19, 2008 01:11:49 PM
I broke my foot about a month ago, but while I've been couch-bound I've got SOOO much knitting done!  The only present I have left to knit is for my momma, and I'm working on it now.  In the meantime, here's some stuff I've got done:

Me modeling the hat and gloves I made for my dad for Xmas.  the gloves are a very slight alteration of Knitty's "Cigar"  http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html  I even kept basically the same colours, as I liked 'em and thought they'd suit my dad.  The hat is a pattern I just winged and made up as I went.  Pretty simple K2, P2 rib, with a folded brim because dad thinks beanies without a folded brim are goofy (yah, he's not hip)  Made outta Paton's Canadiana.  Here's a flat shot:

My first time ever making gloves might I add!

Here's me again modeling the hat and trigger mitts I made for my brother.  Ever since he found out I can knit, he's been asking for a pair, and he even specified these colours.  I couldn't find a pattern I liked, so I just winged it.  After knitting the "Cigar" pattern it wasn't hard to figure out how to make these.  The beanie Is my own pattern based off a beanie my brother used to have that I really liked on him.  Its a K3, P2 rib.  Made again outta Paton's Canadiana.  here's a flat shot so you can see the trigger mitts better:

Gonna be making more of those mittens, lots of my guys friends have asked for a pair!

This is a Beret and a felted clutch I made for my friend.  Again, I just made up the patterns as I went (I can pretty much make hats in my sleep)  I have a big tin of buttons that a buddy of mine gave me and one of them perfectly matched the awesome brown Alpaca wool of the hat!  The Hat is Bernat Alpaca, The clutch is SWS Natural Garden with wooden buttons from the big tin o' buttons!  I tried to use natural colours and fabrics, cause she's all earthy like that...

This is a black beret and a scarf I made for my sister.  She's a bit emo-kiddish   Cheesy  The scarf is the "Ska Scarf" from the book Pretty in Punk.  Super easy to make, but really cool looking.  I recommend it for a beginner knitter cause its all garter stitch.  The beret is another pattern off the top of my head, made outta Bernat Softee chunky, with a big black button from the button tin...

And here is my hat and scarf!  My friend gave me 3 skeins of yarn in my favorite colours, hot pink, lime green and black, and some tea for my birthday (she knows me too well!) So I made myself a scarf and a hat!  the scarf is again the ska scarf from "Pretty in Punk" and is super long, cause thats how I like them, It's probably like 12' or more, it pretty much nearly drags on the ground when I have it doubled loosely around my neck.  The scarf is made out of Briggs and Little Wool and Patons Merino, the hat is Bernat softee, cause my head gets itchy when I wear wool hats.  Smiley

Thanks for lookin'! Grin
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