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1  Four and a half years and they're my first socks (pic chubby) in Knitting: Completed Projects by jewelaroni on: July 18, 2008 11:07:35 PM
but they definitely won't be my last. I love these Seven Stitch Sockies and the amusement they've given me already, and I just finished them today... err... yesterday, as it's 1:44 AM.

I used the seven stitches per inch socks from Getting Started: Knitting Socks which i got for my birthday from my friend Beth.

I started them on the 13th and finished them on the 15th. The first one would have been finished the second day, but I had to rip back because I guesstimated on the length (no tape measure with me... what was I thinking!) and felt like following the directions was going to be too long. I was wrong (surprise surprise) and had to take out all of the toe decreases, knit in st st for about another inch, then do them all again. The book was great and has a lot of really easily customizable patters. I don't know if someone who's more advanced with socks would find it useful, but as a beginner I really did (probably why it's called Getting Started)

ONTO the pictures...
(which took ages to upload... way to go, Photobucket...perhaps I should edit the size of them, eh?)
When worn as a sock puppet and held to the side, they totally look like a shark, see?

sans MS Paint awesomeness

More sock puppet fun

AH MAH GAH! He's got no pants on...
Mr. Sock is appalled that Shawn is only wearing boxers...

The bottom of my feet, to show that all the stripes match up except for my heels (go figure).

The tops of my feet

In my fancy pants, slightly painful for long periods of time, new(ish) shoes...

(they're a little more khaki colored than they look... i had to edit the photo because the flash was weird)

and finally me standing up. This isnt' my floor, it's the floor of Breaking New Grounds, the cafe I was knitting in when I finished them.

I got a thumbs up from some really pretty, blue eyed, scruffy faced kid who I see there a lot when I tried it on before kitchner stitching them up. The guy is pretty, like Jared Leto pretty. If he didn't have facial hair he'd look like a very angular girl. If I were single I'd be all about this kid, other than the fact that he seems like a total stoner and hangs out with really obnoxious girls... I wish I'd kinnearedhttp://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2007/08/02/i_was_kinnearing.html him and the girls he was with. One of the girls, when she smiled, looked just like Summer Glau (except loud, blonde and idiotic).

back to socks and knitting....
I love knitting socks and I'm super pumped to try more... my next pair will probably be the same yarn, but baby sized, followed by a super special secret pair, which I'll show off when they're finished. Squee... I'm so pumped about them!
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2  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jewelaroni on: May 04, 2008 11:09:26 PM
That's what pinkleo did!
I did it too!!

Alright, I received a couple days ago and finally got around to uploading the pics!

My camera is a little crap, but here you go...

I opened the box, moved the pretty star paper and...

Then I pulled out the monstrosity that was my Magic Yarn Ball:

Seriously, that thing was a beast, and weighed a lot. Crazy.

Here's a shot of everything together and with the pattern book, which has 6 patterns:

Inside the book there's a pattern for a really pretty lacy scarf and hat set, and a bolero that I really want to make.
For non made items, I received:
A ducky bath fizz
a pair of folding scissors
a madeline englebright rose scented soap
a heart necklace
a maraca (which I gave to Sophie, to get her out of my stuff)
a Pinky bouncy ball (also went to Sophie)
English Breakfast tea (my faaaaavorite!)
a bear measuring tape
a thimble ring (AWESOME)
a pink deck of cards (hooray poker!)

These are the things that she made:

She made me:
~a quill (harry potter?? Cheesy)
~pretty amber bracelet
~a set of jingley bell stitch markers
~a wicked freakin cute little mushroom pin cushion
~a pair of melted-crayon colored (remember that teaser?) crocheted fingerless gloves
~a shrinky dink sheep necklace which isn't in this picture, but IS in the previous ones
~a wicked cute squirrel DS case (LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVE IT!!!)
and lastly the medium item: A GORGEOUS wire wrapped, beaded tree sun catcher, which I had wisted from one she had done previously before we were even in this swap!

Here's a better shot of the sun catcher:

And here are some action shots:
My daughter with the bracelet:

and with the fingerless gloves:

She absolutely refused to stand still or do something cute while they were on her hands. Babies....

OH, and the yarn I received was Patons Lacette, which is nylon, acrylic and mohair lace weight yarn in a very pretty light pink, which I think was called "A touch of rose" or something like that.

aaaaaaand here's a teaser for Pinkleo.... it should be sufficiently confusing. haha

(hell yeah MS Paint!!)
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3  I think I killed a duck **(a scarf) in Knitting: Completed Projects by jewelaroni on: April 06, 2008 10:19:24 PM
**No actual ducks were harmed in the making of this scarf.

The pattern is called "Holding Hands and Feeding Ducks"

The yarn is pretty but a bitch to work with. For reals, yo. (ha)

You can't tell from the close up, but the stitch used creates a really lovely detail. I absolutely LOVE it, and think it would make a great detail on an empire waist on a sweater. (I had a baby... empire waisted things are my friend)

and here's a picture of me with the scarf and my girly Jayne hat...


mad props to anyone who gets the title reference!
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4  My Girly Jayne Cobb (3 pics) in Knitting: Completed Projects by jewelaroni on: April 06, 2008 10:01:23 PM
So basically, I'm thinking that this hat is what Ma Cobb would make for Jayne's girlfriend... if ever he had one, and brought her home to meet Ma.

I shrunk down the number of rows for both colors and made the earflaps quite a bit smaller. I LOVE the original, but I know I won't wear a hat if I feel completely silly in it. This one is still pretty ridiculous, but it's toned down enough to seem like a normal hat. Also, I have a pretty small head, and those flaps are just crazy big. (patter from Dryope's blog)

Sorry to subject you all, but I just can't resist cliche MySpace 'angles' shots.... CLASSIC!

And the detail of the pompom, because I think they're cute.

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5  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8 (Sign-Ups: 3/17-NOON est 4/1, A Send-Outs: May in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jewelaroni on: April 01, 2008 01:38:24 PM
Your welcome! I'm quite enjoying myself!

Speaking of organizing, this was my match-up process:

I taped the entire spreadsheet with almost all of the answers to the questionnaire to my daughter's bedroom door and I matched people then yelled out partners to Jen, who wrote them down while she crocheted like a madwoman to finish a DS case for her swap (deadline today.. she finished it), ripped music to her laptop and made lunch. yeah multi-tasking!
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6  Decepticons Washcloth in Knitting: Completed Projects by jewelaroni on: March 18, 2008 07:40:00 PM
So my friends are having a baby, and little Smudgey will need baths, no?
So for baby's baths (or, in actuality, for Josh for baby's baths) he'll need super cool, lovingly knit washcloths...
I'm going to make an autobots one next, but I wanted to post this one now because I'm impatient!

So, thanks to Lori Mangus for the charts (from her so totally awesome Transformers Toque at http://yesimadethat.blogspot.com/2007/09/transformers-toque-pattern.html)

So, without further ado...
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7  My first Tote and book cover. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jewelaroni on: March 09, 2008 09:05:26 PM
This was for the Reading Rainbow Swap (so much fun). My partner said she loved it and is using it as her main purse. I consider that a win.

So here we go. I made up the pattern. It was supposed to be more slanted on the sides but it's... not. Originally, it was going to have a pleat and the buttons were going to be at the top, but then I realized I can't make pleats.
Also, it was going to be reversible then my sewing machine decided to suck hard core, so it's not.

Without further ado...
The reading rainbow bag....

the inside:

and the super cute button which was used to cover some funky seams...

I also made an adjustable book cover with a pocket on the back to hold bookmarks so you don't lose them while you're reading.

Open to show that it's adjustable (with velcro), with one of the greatest books I've ever read...

and the pocket with bookmarks....

I know that the inside seams on the book cover are pretty nasty, but when it's actually on the book it doesn't show at all, so I wasn't worried about it. If I make another I'll definitely make it a bit neater, but I sort of winged it so... yeah...

comments, gentle criticism etc...
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8  Re: Reading Rainbow 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jewelaroni on: March 09, 2008 08:43:11 PM
Okay, now that I've finally got some time I'm going to post pictures of what I sent my partner as she's just moved and doesn't have the time (I totally sympathize). She said she loved everything and that the bag is her new purse which made me really happy.  Grin Grin Grin Grin
So, here we go....

First the bag that I made... in my head it was reversible. In the real world, where I'm a novice, it's not. It's still cool though. It's also fairly large... about a foot tall.

Here's the inside:

and the buttons on the sides to cover weird seams (which someone else in the swap used too... great minds and all that):

Next we have the book cover I made her. She told me she liked sweets so I was very excited when I found this fabric.

And I used velcro to make it adjustable.

There's also a pocket on the back so you wont lose your bookmark when you're reading.

That picture also shows the bookmarks... a cupcake, a star trek next gen combadge (we both like star trek) and a long thin cupcake one, which is one of those flappy bookmarks that holds pages for you.
A better shot of the bookmarks and the books: American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Sabriel by Garth Nix.

Lastly, the extra goodies I got her: sweets candles and a sweets note pad with magnets on the back:

 I also gave her a suggested reading list, which if anyone wants, they can send me a message with their email and I'll attatch it (i used pictures of the covers too) or I can just copy the text and send it as a PM.
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9  Re: Reading Rainbow 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jewelaroni on: February 22, 2008 09:03:28 AM
I was laying in bed in my undies reading Pride and Prejudice when the doorbell rang. Thinking it was my landlord coming to talk about us moving (we're only going downstairs, we're not getting kicked out or anything) I scrambled to grab pants and my track jacket and ran down stairs (with greasy gross hair, mind you) I came down and saw through the window that there was no one on my porch and the mail man was next door and realizes YES! My package came today! So, without further ado, the WONDERFUL, awesome and totally ME craftings by Casstasstrophie
(oh, this is pictastic, by the way.... lots of piccies)


Itty bitty box... PACKED full of stuff. For reals...

The tote:
I told her I liked Mario, neopolitan colors, and knit items. She did all three...

The lining of the tote, which is pink with little white flowers

Now, this is super cool. She knit me a book cozy with the most badass button ever. Also, it's ribbed so, as she pointed out, it'll expand to fit almost anything. 

Seriously, check this button out. I don't know how she knew I'd love it, but it's so silly it's awesome.

hilarious. "I have a biiig head, and tiny aaaarrrms" (Meet the Robinsons was so good)

and the book: Madeleine L'Engle's  Time Quartet books, all in 1 (super cool, I got 4 books!)

This genius little contraption, which I LOVE the colors of. It's a key cozy, to keep my keys from scratching things, like my books (and palm treo and zune, which for some reason, I haven't crafted cases for yet.)

And onto the bookmarks:
#1: a super pretty cut paper one which has the words discover and achieve with the definitions on the back... it's so pretty, but I'll probably just display it because things tend to get beat up in my bag... we'll see though, now with that new book cozy


which on the front says "Victory emerge as champion" (I'm a reading champion)
and on the back has the words destination, adventure, commitment, success, teammate and competition and the definitions for them

aaand bonus (and totally best) bookmark

"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." I'd totally be in ravenclaw.

and more bonuses, she spoiled me so much! I love her. haha

There is a journal (which will be my reading journal, which like someone suggested in the other board, the upsidedown backward way will be books I want to read, the right side up forward way-books I've read. There's regular and super mini note cards, flower shaped tacks, a circle,  and a twisty sticky note pad.

So, to recap, here's everything together.

She's such a great partner and I totally LOVE EVERYTHING!!


Oh, also, is anyone else's cat this annoying when they're on the computer??

She's actually ON my arms right now. It makes it hard to type....
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10  Soot Sprite Wallet/Pouch thing in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jewelaroni on: January 31, 2008 10:09:53 PM
I made this for the Miyazaki Round 2 Swap.

It's the second machine sewn thing I've made since 8th grade (I'm now 23).

I basically went "Hmm... I need a pouch, what if I sew this together inside out, flip it out the right way, sew the end and fold it in.... Yep, that worked" After that I realized it needed a closure so, although it was a little difficult, I sewed some velcro onto it. Then I glued a sootie onto it, and it was done. It took like 10 minutes.

Also, if you haven't seen Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro (not the Dakota Fanning one), you REALLY should.

Aaanyway, enough talking, here it is:
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