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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / needlefelting cat fur to make a memorial effigy on: January 27, 2009 09:33:36 PM
I had to put my favorite kitty (4 years old) down on Sunday night and I had the vet shave off some of his fur so i could, hopefully, do something with it. I didn't get very much because i didn't like seeing him with big patches of missing fur. (He had the loveliest, shiniest fur I've ever seen on a regular house cat). I know I probably don't have enough fur to make a needle-felted mini-Bowie (that was his name, after David Bowie), but I thought maybe I could just put it as an outside layer?

I've never needle-felted before (or felted anything, for that matter) but I really want this. I'll obviously not start with his fur because I don't want to ruin it all, I just want to know if something like this can be done.

Since he had longer fur, I was wondering if it'd be possible to achieve something like that with a needle felting method... to only felt one end of the fur onto the body, leaving some of it hanging off, all fluffy like.

I'd really appreciate any help I can get on this, obviously.
Thanks for your time!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 10? on: November 29, 2008 04:03:36 PM
jrsloane1 and I (she's in the room with me right now) could probably co-organize again, provided that this swap waited until January for sign ups and then probably february for actual crafting time.
That should give me time to finish up everything that I'm making for Christmas (about 23 things left yurgh) but then we could do it!!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: need help with a christmas poem on: October 08, 2008 08:22:03 PM
I know I changed quite a bit of your original lines, but I didn't intend to... it just... evolved. haha
I'm a little rusty. I haven't written any poetry other than a couple of haikus in a few years, but here's what I came up with. Hope I could help...

Over the past few Christmases,
I've been saving all the cards
Which left many of you wondering
I've got you all thinking quite hard
"With all of these sweet greetings that we have sent to you
What genius scheme have you concocted, whatever will you do?"
And here you are, my lovely friends and family so dear
A Christmas treat, that's oh so sweet, is what I've created here.
So please take this present
A gift from me to you
And have a Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year, too!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Winter Hare on: September 10, 2008 09:32:13 AM
It's very very cute. I love the little berry by its ear.

Also, I LOVE that you have a knit owl in a cage with little mushrooms. Adorable!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Four and a half years and they're my first socks (pic chubby) on: July 21, 2008 08:39:54 AM
Thanks, Julie. I think I'm going to end up one as well. I've just queued a bunch of them on Ravelry... Like I didn't have enough stuff on my queue. Cheesy
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Chili's Table Revamp on: July 19, 2008 09:08:38 PM
While scrolling throught the recent with pics I saw the tiles and went "Chili's??" and then read what you said.

Before reading I was like "Wow! Where'd she get those tiles to make the table top like that?" haha

Looks great! I love it with the yellow and blue!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Four and a half years and they're my first socks (pic chubby) on: July 19, 2008 09:05:55 PM
To Oddsnblobs: They're warm, but not too warm. I mean, it's summer and I wore them all last night and was fine... although I did have the AC on.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Four and a half years and they're my first socks (pic chubby) 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!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8: The Gallery on: July 15, 2008 08:37:22 PM
Wow! What a great package you got!! That sock yarn looks amazing. I finally (after around 4.5 years of knitting) started a pair of socks two days ago, and finished the first one tonight (I would have finished it yesterday but I had to rip back because I guesstimated 2 inches and I was way off, so the sock was about an inch short... it fit but the heel rode down...
anyway, I cast on for the second sock tonight, and I think I see why everyone is so addicted to socks... Grin

Good on you for already knitting stuff with your yarn... how is everyone else doing with their patterns??

I (for shame) haven't used the patons lacette I was sent because I originally was only going to work on the blanket I am making, but then stopped at AC Moore and saw that the moda dea bamboo wool was on clearance for half price, bought three skeins (then two more a few days later) and immediately started the Besotted Scarf, for which I'm going to make a matching hat and mittens. Then I started the socks because I wanted a small project, and I had yarn and a book....

I should be started the scarf from the pattern book I got though. I was going to knit myself the little bolero from the book, but I can't get guage with any of the needles I have (it calls for 10s and I'm still too small with 11s... I swear the book is lying.)
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8 (Sign-Ups: 3/17-NOON est 4/1, A Send-Outs: May 5) on: July 15, 2008 02:02:16 PM
OK, so everyone has received their packages, and you should all have feedback now. Please pm me if you are missing feedback!

Thanks everyone for making my first job as organizer so great!  Grin
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