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11  Re: An obnoxious mitten - lots of vague advice needed in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lamantin on: October 29, 2007 02:01:57 PM
I'm going to have so many matching right-hand gloves...

Attempt number two. Better, but still a little bit small - I switched to smaller needles to make the weave denser and warmer, and tried to adjust the sizing accordingly, but it's just a little short. Bah.

Maybe I'll make one to match and make friends with someone with small hands.

That's the same yarn, I promise - it has given many different performances depending on needles and items.

(The little cat says MMM MITTINS FOR TO PET ME.)
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12  An obnoxious mitten - lots of vague advice needed in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lamantin on: October 28, 2007 02:04:33 PM
I made a mitten, but I can't make up my mind about it.

a) The yarn is obnoxious - which I have to admit I kind of like.

b) I'm not sure about the gray tips. Yes/no, and should the top start a little lower?

c) It's just a little bit small, so I'm probably going to make two new ones, not just a left to match, which is why I'm trying to decide about the gray.

What do you think?
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13  Re: NEWBIES ONLY SWAP ROUND 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by lamantin on: September 24, 2007 10:35:59 AM
The cat is sniffing all of my presents. Hee. The SO came with me to the post office and laughed at my glee all the way there and all the way back. (Me: "But I love getting packages! And it's even better when you don't know what's in them!")

I feel so spoiled - Jen made some awesome things. (Now I have swapper's anxiety about my stuff.)

All of my loot spread out. (Except the plants, those were already there.)

A really pretty reconned book-to-picture-frame - and a stand! (I'll admit, I saw the stand and thought it came with a plate, and got worried that it would have broken in transit. But no! Book frame!)

Napkin rings from bent spoons - my mom's going to be so jealous, she has some bent utensil jewelry.

Beaded spiders - I absolutely COULD not get a good picture of these. Bah. But they came in a little bag with a note that said "Happy birthday!" - I'm assuming because my birthday is on Halloween. Hee.

A beaded bracelet with matching ring - so coming with me to class tomorrow.

Maybe my favorite thing, if I can play favorites - a knitter's bracelet for counting, with clipped-on stitch markers. SO pretty - and YAY STITCH MARKERS. You can never have too many stitch markers, right?
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14  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by lamantin on: September 19, 2007 02:04:32 PM
I have a fairly simple Janome, but I'll cheat a bit and post a cell phone picture of a gorgeous vintage mint-green Husqvarna Rotary I saw at a flea market recently. Fortunately (or un-) I didn't have any money. But isn't it pretty?

Edited because an actual picture is good.
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15  Geek Chic - striped slipover in Knitting: Completed Projects by lamantin on: September 19, 2007 12:22:47 PM
I'm still too stubborn and lazy to use patterns. But I'm pretty happy - except for the fact that it cleverly disguises both the waist and boobs that I'm pretty sure are under there, and generally makes me look wider than I am. I might take in the side seams a bit, and take with me the fact that I need to work more with with the shaping.

The back neckline - higher and, I swear, not wonky.

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16  More pottery; mugs, crafty trash can, moo jug, big pot - lots of pics in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by lamantin on: September 11, 2007 11:13:57 AM
Second round of pottery class (day six and seven total, in case anyone is wondering...)

A little trash can for craft debris.

This little mug had a sort of free-hanging open handle, which sadly broke off during glazing, since I held it by the handle while splattering and didn't stop to think that the glaze would temporarily weaken the clay. I'll glue it back on, but then try to duplicate both shape and glaze.

A pink-and-black mug for my best friend. Ribbed for her pleasure.

I was going for a cow pattern, but this is kind of nice too. And vaguely cow-reminiscent.

This isn't that spectacular, but it was initially the highest cylinder I've achieved, maybe two feet high or something. And I really like the shape. The color is glaze, this is all stoneware.
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17  Slippers by Annann in Knitting: Completed Projects by lamantin on: September 08, 2007 10:23:36 AM
Craftster Annann made some slippers that were too big for her, but just right for my sizeable feet. The pictures she took didn't come out, so she asked me to post for her.

They're really comfy. (As can be inferred by my velour comfy-pants. Incidentally stolen from Annann.)
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18  Pottery - cherry blossom mugs, bowls, cup and saucer, pitcher in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by lamantin on: September 03, 2007 10:30:24 AM
Last Thursday, I glazed the results from my first week of pottery class. This is the stuff that came out the best.

I'm going to be drinking a lot of tea out of this mug. The saucer wasn't originally made to go with it, but they work really well together shape and size wise, so I glazed them to sort-of match.

These mugs were slip painted black, the cherry blossoms free-hand etched out, and then the whole thing glazed red. I'm going to try it again now that I'm more confident with my shapes (this was pretty early on in the class) but I like the general idea. (Which happened to be my own. Smiley )

A really simple glaze on a really simple, but nice, shaped bowl. My mom wants to steal it for ikebana (Japanese flower arranging).

The blue glaze hadn't been stirred up properly, so there's a really significant difference in texture and coverage. I like it, even though it wasn't intentional.

I didn't really like the shape of this, so I used it for a glaze experiment. Which I really liked and will try again.
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19  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by lamantin on: September 02, 2007 03:13:12 AM
My first tattoo, which I got four years ago:

I may do more stuff with it, but I haven't decided quite what yet. I got it at a convention, which in retrospect might not have been the greatest idea.

This one I started last spring, and did the lower half this spring.

Tattoo (and photo) by Thomas at Swahili Bob's in Stockholm.

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20  Plaid 50's-ish dress (tutorial on page 2) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lamantin on: August 31, 2007 03:47:17 AM
This is my first entirely from-scratch piece of clothing, unless you count some decidedly wonky and hastily sewn boxer-type things many years ago. Maybe I should have used a pattern, and saved getting cocky for later, but I'm still quite happy. And very glad that my sewing machine came complete with a zipper foot...

It looks really nice with a belt, but now I'm thinking about getting lots of tulle or some sort of hoop skirt thing to make it stand out more.

I found the fabric on a scrap rack, and some zippers on sale, so this entire dress cost me less than (the equivalent of) 15 USD.
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